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Posted by Just Foreign Policy on October 6th, 2011

From our partners at Just Foreign Policy

Report back here concerning your call to Congress on this the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan.

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Posted by Peace Action West on October 5th, 2011

From our partners at Peace Action West

Peace Action West is cosponsoring some great events this month around the military budget and ending the war in Afghanistan. We hope you can join us.

Friday, October 15: March and rally for Jobs Not Cuts

 

 

 

October 6-29: Windows and Mirrors

There will be a number of events throughout the month organized around an exhibit of forty-five murals exploring the experiences of Afghan civilians.

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Posted by Peace Action West on October 5th, 2011

From our partners at Peace Action West

When the war in Afghanistan began ten years ago this week, four of my five grandchildren weren’t even born yet. The US has now been at war for their entire lives. Over that time, I have given more than 400 speeches on the floor of the US Congress calling for our costly and counterproductive wars to end.

Please help me send the message that we need to end these wars. Share the story of your life in the decade of war.

As committed supporters of peace, you understand the devastating cost of the wars to our troops, Afghans and Iraqis, and the millions of Americans who suffer because of cuts to social programs to fund the wars.  My allies in Congress and I will continue to push for a responsible, quick withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, but we need your voices to make that fight successful.

Join me in standing up to end these wars by sharing your story and showing the media, the public and Congress that ten years of war is ten too many.

Next year I will finish my last term in the United States Congress. I am proud of the work we have done over the last decade to end these needless wars, and impressed and inspired by the commitment of people like you who help make that work possible.

We have made great progress in building support for ending these wars and investing in smarter security. However, there is still much work to be done, and we must redouble our efforts and show we will not rest until all our troops come home.  Add your voice to this call by sharing your story of the decade of war.

I look forward to working with you to make sure my grandchildren and our future generations can know a time when their country is not at war.

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Posted by Newshoggers.com on October 4th, 2011

From our partners at Newshoggers.com

By Dave Anderson:

Pace of attacks in Iraq in October 2005:

Pentagon officials said that in October there were about 100 attacks a day in Iraq compared with 85 to 90 attacks a day in September — and about half of all attacks involve homemade bombs.

USA Today on Afghani IEDs:

From June through August, U.S. troops detected or were hit by 5,088 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the most for any three-month period since the war began in 2001.

Assuming 90 days from June 1 to August 30, 2011, and that is a pace of 55 to 56 IEDs per day. That is roughly the same pace of violence as Iraq in 2005. And there is no countervailing militia force available for a brutal ethnic cleansing campaign to go against the Taliban and Pashtuns. The pace of violence has steadily increased every fighting season from 2002 onwards, and it is only likely to go up until at least 2014.

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Posted by The Agonist on October 4th, 2011

From our partners at The Agonist

Paul Smith | October 3

NYT – What is happening here in Afghanistan? Essentially, diverse groups of people who share the same country are reasserting their common sense of cultural identity after centuries of ravaging invasion, ravaging intervention, and even ravaging goodwill. Over the past 30 years, external imposition and internal revolt have destroyed infrastructure, leaving Afghanistan one of the poorest, least-developed countries in the world. But in 2001, the government and people of Afghanistan started to climb back to self-reliant democratic nationhood, resisting extremist interference. They were determined to achieve stability and security.

This is not just about economic development. Reinforcing Afghanistan’s cultural identity and strengthening the professional and educational capacity of its peoples are critical. Despite war and dereliction, Afghanistan remains a vibrant conflux of ethnic identities. It is a country of 30 million ordinary men, women and children who live for their families, their friends and their faith and who are proud of their vibrant ethnic diversity, their mature social identity and their astounding cultural legacy. Afghans have learned over millennium to sustain their values, despite living at the geographical nexus of other peoples’ imperial ambitions.

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Posted by The Agonist on October 1st, 2011

From our partners at The Agonist

Oct 1

AP – NATO captured a senior leader of the al-Qaeda- and Taliban-allied Haqqani network active inside Afghanistan, the alliance said Saturday, describing it as a “significant milestone” in disrupting the terror group’s operations.

NATO said Haji Mali Khan was seized Tuesday during an operation in eastern Paktia province’s Jani Khel district, which borders Pakistan. It was the most significant capture of a Haqqani leader in Afghanistan, and could dent the group’s ability to operate along the porous border with Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas.
Shortly after NATO’s announcement, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied in a message to Afghan media that Khan had been arrested but provided no evidence that he was free.

Proof will be in the pudding I guess, since no side offered evidence lol

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