Contaminated Blood, new potential risk to UK blood supply from synthetic cannabinoids: Have lessons been learnt from the past?

A man and women down the side of Debenhams Manchester England where the drug Spice induces a zombie-like state and could pose a safety risk to the UK blood supply

(Image: Manchester Evening News)

A Public Inquiry into how haemophiliacs came to be infected with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood has now finally been launched in the UK after decades of alleged cover-ups by government, the medical profession and pharmaceutical companies. The Inquiry also includes those who were infected through whole blood transfusions though haemophilia and whole blood are completely separate cases that came under very different legal arguements.

Many haemophiliacs received blood products called factor concentrates for an inherited disorder where their blood does not clot. These products were often manufactured from the pooled plasma of thousands of paid US prison donors with many alleged safety violations and human rights abuses affecting both blood donors and recipients. Haemophiliacs were repeatedly exposed to multiple viruses. In contrast, whole blood recipients received British blood from a small number of unpaid donors usually in a one off exposure to a single virus at a time before screening for HIV and hepatitis C was introduced. Haemophiliacs are a specific patient group whereas those who had whole blood were given blood for many different reasons such as pregnancy, car accident or for blood loss during a violent attack such as a stabbing.

An important question now arises on blood safety… Has the UK learnt from past mistakes and are authoritities on the alert for any new dangers in blood supplies at home and abroad? I suspect not!

US blood safety alerts over synthetic cannabinoids

In recent days, this author has become aware of new safety alerts from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) which could potentially also affect blood safety in the UK. The recent alert focuses on safety concerns regarding synthetic drugs (cannabinoids, marijuana) such as K2, Spice and AK47 that appear to originate from China. These drugs put both those taking them at risk and persons receiving any blood they may have donated through selling their blood at collection centres. The practise of “blood for money” is common in the US and known to increase risk as blood donors may not be as honest in answering health questions where there is a financial reward.

On the 20th July 2018, USA Today reported that the FDA had issued warnings after synthetic marijuana tainted with rat poison had sickened many people, the publication states,

Federal health officials are warning the public about a version of synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison that’s caused uncontrolled bleeding in hundreds of people and killed several others who have ingested the tainted products. 

The synthetic cannabinoid, sold under names such as Spice, K2 and AK 47, has hospitalized people in 10 states since early March. That’s when health officials in Illinois discovered people at hospital emergency rooms with severe bleeding had ingested synthetic marijuana laced with brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant found in rat poison.

The article goes on to say that the FDA highlighted that these illegal products were “unfit for human consumption” and a “significant public health concern” for people who smoke synthetic marijuana and the U.S. blood supply,

Officials said the illegal drugs are associated with adverse health effects such as rapid heart rate, vomiting, increased blood pressure, reduced blood supply to the heart, kidney damage and seizures. Users also have exhibited violent behavior or expressed suicidal thoughts.

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/07/20/fda-warning-synthetic-marijuana-rat-poison/802585002/

The full statement from the FDA concerning risks issued on the 19th July 2018 can be read on the following link.

Statement from FDA warning about significant health risks of contaminated illegal synthetic cannabinoid products that are being encountered by FDA

https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm614027.htm

The CDC alert can be read here,

Outbreak Alert: Potential Life-Threatening Vitamin K-Dependent Antagonist Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use

CDC noted,

  • Three patients in Illinois were discovered to have donated plasma prior to admission to hospital for treatment. This issue has not been reported in Indiana or Wisconsin. Cases were reported to and advice was requested from CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Questions regarding plasma/blood donation are added to the case questionnaires. Previous patients were followed up in this regard and new patients are asked about plasma/blood donations.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/1e6dac3

On August 2nd, reporter Jim Spiewak (KUTV) reporting from Salt Lake City Utah highlighted changes to the way blood is collected including 4 new steps taken by the Red Cross to minimise risk to blood recipients. The Red Cross now warns that “anyone who’s used synthetic drugs since March should not donate blood.” Spiewak’s report can be viewed here,

FDA warns synthetic drug use could contaminate blood donations

https://kutv.com/news/local/fda-warns-synthetic-drug-use-could-contaminate-blood-donations

AABB also put out a statement

Regulatory Updates: Warning Refarding Synthetic Marijuana Use by Plasma and Blood Donors

http://www.aabb.org/advocacy/regulatorygovernment/Pages/Warnings-Regarding-Synthetic-Marijuana-Use-by-Plasma-and-Blood-Donors.aspx

Blood safety concerns for the UK

Although these alerts are for the US, the UK must learn from past mistakes and take action now to ensure the safety of our own blood supply. The use of Spice has now reach “epidemic” proportions in the UK as shown in a recent article in the Manchester Evening news. A distressing video showed users in a zombie like state filed one afternoon in the city centre, see following link,

“The pale wasted figures caught in a Spice nightmare thats turning Piccadilly Gardens into a hell on earth”

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/spice-nightmare-manchester-city-centre-12870520

See also, the following article from chemist Dr Simon Cotton,

Synthetic Spice: The science behind the drug

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/perspective/synthetic-spice.aspx

Although most haemophiliacs now receive synthetic plasma, some may still require blood transfusions during liver transplantation and other medical procedures and must be ever on the alert. Receiving blood from a person taking a synthetic drug which causes bleeding could be disastrous for haemophiliacs

Although most haemophiliacs now receive synthetic plasma products for their bleeding condition, some may still need blood transfusions during liver transplantation following hepatitis C infection or for other medical procedures and must be ever on the alert. A blood donation from a person that has taken a synthetic drug which causes bleeding could be disastrous to a person with a clotting disorder. Haemophiliacs are often regarded as the “canaries in the coalmine” so whatever blood borne viruses and other blood hazards are out there will usually show up later in the general public.

The toxicity of these synthetic drugs have been highlighted in a recent Guardian article where nurses attending to prisoners have been affected by second-hand smoke, even “knocked unconscious”. What would be the impact regarding a person being injected intra venously with blood from a donor that had taken Spice? See following link,

“The spice epidemic in UK prisons is putting nurses at risk”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/16/spice-epidemic-uk-prisons-nurses-psychoactive-drugs-jails

Is there a risk to blood safety from dangerous diet pills?

Then there are dangerous diet pills which are known to have killed and affect metabolism and could potentially cause harm to anyone receiving their blood. In the UK blood donors are asked which medication they take and are excluded depending on their replies. Perhaps questions should specifically be asked about whether an individual is or has recently taken diet pills which contain 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP). As Dr Simon Cotton states,

“DNP is a highly toxic and very dangerous substance, and it was even used to fill shells as an explosive during World War I…. the use of DNP in humans has been banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1938. The UK Food Standards Agency have also said that ‘it is not fit for human consumption’.”

“DNP is very toxic, people have got lethal doses just by absorbing it through the skin. If you have taken too much, you can’t go back on it, there is no antidote”

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/chemistry/news/2018/birmingham-chemist-warns-against-taking-diet-pills.aspx

Campaigners on blood safety will now make representation to government to ensure that they are aware of new FDA and CDC guidelines on blood safety so that they can be examined and where necessary implemented in the UK also. Those responsible for blood safety also need to check out the potential impact of being exposed to the ingredients of diet pills via blood donation. Dr Simon Cotton spoke to the Birmingham Mail and was quoted as saying, “the commercial use of DNP is as a pesticide or herbicide and, in 2009, 11 workers in a Chinese chemical factory – plus nine of their relatives – contracted DNP poisoning, their skins turned yellow or even black and two died.”

The history of contaminated blood has shown us a valuable lesson. UK authorities were notoriously slow to pick up on early alerts from the US in relation to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis and implement recalls of blood products and key safety measures. Now what has been learnt from previous mistakes should ensure the highest safety measures are in place to avoid further contamination of blood supplies. Those affected by this scandal do not want a repeat of the past where many lives were lost!

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Message of Islamic Emirate to the noble scholars of the Islamic World regarding the possible gathering of Scholars in Indonesia

Post via Islamic Emirate March 10th 2018

الحمدلله وکفی والصلوة والسلام علی عباده الذین اصطفی: وبعد !

قال الله تعالی في محکم التنزیل:

إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ غَفُورٌ )فاطر:28)

Esteemed noble Islamic Scholars! May peace and blessing of Allah be upon you all!

You are fully aware that following the end of Prophethood, scholars have been entrusted with spiritually leading, reforming and enlightening the entire Islamic Ummah. And on top of individual rectification of the Ummah, they also hold a huge responsibility towards the crucial issues of the Muslims.

Although the case of Jihad in Afghanistan is not an intricate and precarious matter however it is still among the critical issues of the Islamic Ummah.

You already know that an Islamic government ruled this land seventeen years earlier where political power rested in the hands of the most sincere, committed and Mujahid cast of the society meaning students of religious knowledge and its scholars. Shariah was instated, Hudood and Qisas were established, the Quranic ‘promoting good and preventing vice’ command was enacted while politically, economically, socially and in every part of life, all rule was derived solely from the Holy Quran and Prophetic traditions.

However the historic enemies of Islam, those who have continued their hostilities towards Islam specifically towards political order of Islam over the past fourteen centuries and have caused irreparable damage to the Islamic Ummah through imperial wars and crusades, this historical western enemy of Islam formed a coalition under the leadership of America and declared their enmity with the Islamic Emirate. They initially launched a propaganda war against it, then followed it up with economic and political sanctions and then finally launched a military invasion on our independent Islamic homeland.

The tyrannical invading western infidels toppled our Islamic government, occupied our land, condemned and subjugated us in our own home, took control of our land and air space, built huge air and military bases in our homeland in pursuit of their global domination and to humiliate our valiant, honorable and Mujahid nation, they installed west based puppets who had fled our society to power.

Even though our nation had suffered tremendously, was in distress and exhausted however when America was planning an invasion, the Islamic Emirate – which controlled 95% of Afghanistan including the capital Kabul – convened a meeting of 1500 scholars who passed the fatwa of sacred Jihad against the American invasion while the Islamic Emirate was in power. And when the infidels under the leadership of American practically invaded Afghanistan, armed Jihad was launched against them under this same fatwa. For two months the Islamic Emirate defended the large cities and capitals following which they adopted guerilla tactics. The Afghan nation was ordered towards the obligation of Jihad by one and a half thousand Islamic scholars against the American invaders under the clear religious texts.

 

ـــ وَاقْتُلُوهُمْ حَيْثُ ثَقِفْتُمُوهُمْ وَأَخْرِ‌جُوهُم مِّنْ حَيْثُ أَخْرَ‌جُوكُمْ ۚ وَالْفِتْنَةُ أَشَدُّ مِنَ الْقَتْلِ ۚ وَلَا تُقَاتِلُوهُمْ عِندَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَ‌امِ حَتَّىٰ يُقَاتِلُوكُمْ فِيهِ ۖ فَإِن قَاتَلُوكُمْ فَاقْتُلُوهُمْ ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ جَزَاءُ الْكَافِرِ‌ينَ ﴿١٩١﴾ بقره

ـــ أُذِنَ لِلَّذِينَ يُقَاتَلُونَ بِأَنَّهُمْ ظُلِمُوا وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَى نَصْرِهِمْ لَقَدِيرٌ( ۳۹)الَّذِينَ أُخْرِ‌جُوا مِن دِيَارِ‌هِم بِغَيْرِ‌ حَقٍّ إِلَّا أَن يَقُولُوا رَ‌بُّنَا اللَّـهُ ۗ وَلَوْلَا دَفْعُ اللَّـهِ النَّاسَ بَعْضَهُم بِبَعْضٍ لَّهُدِّمَتْ صَوَامِعُ وَبِيَعٌ وَصَلَوَاتٌ وَمَسَاجِدُ يُذْكَرُ‌ فِيهَا اسْمُ اللَّـهِ كَثِيرً‌ا ۗ وَلَيَنصُرَ‌نَّ اللَّـهُ مَن يَنصُرُ‌هُ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَقَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ ﴿٤٠﴾ سورة الحج ــ

ـــ وَعَنْ أَنَس بن مالک رضی الله عنه،قال قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : «جَاهِدُوا الْمُشْرِكِينَ بِأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنْفُسِكُمْ وَأَلْسِنَتِكُمْ»[ رواه ابو داؤد ۳۲/۲ والنسائي ۷/۶ والحاکم ۸۱/۲].

د حنفي فقهې حکم ـــ وَفي الهندية (۸۸/۲) وَعَامَةِ الْمَشَايخِ رحمهم الله تعالى قَالُوا: الجِهادُ فَرْضٌ عَلَى كُلّ حَالٍ غَيْرَ أنَّهُ قَبْلَ النَّفِيرِ فَرْض كِفَايَة وَبَعْدَ النَّفِيرِ يَصِيرُ فَرْض عَيْنٍ وَهُوَ الصَّحِيْح، وَمَعْنَى النَّفِيرِ أنْ يُّخْبِرَ أهْل الْمَدِينَة أنَّ الْعَدُوَّ قَدْ جَاءَ يُرِيْدُ أنْفُسَكُمْ وَذُرَارِيْكُمْ وَأمْوَالَكُمْ فَإِذَا أُخْبِرُوا عَلَى هَذَا الْوَجْهِ افْتَرَضَ عَلَى كُلّ مَنْ قَدَرَ عَلَى الْجَهَادِ مِنْ أهْلِ تِلْكَ الْبَلْدَةِ أَنْ يَّخْرُجُوا لِلْجِهَادِ وَقَبْلَ هَذَا الْخَبَرِ كَانُوا فِي سَعَة أنْ لَّا يَخْرُجُوا.

ـــ وفی المبسوط للإمام السرخسي (۲-۱۰): ثم أمر رسول الله صلى الله وسلم بالقتال إذا كانت البداية منهم فقال تعالى ﴿أُذِنَ لِلَّذِينَ يُقَاتَلُونَ بِأَنَّهُمْ ظُلِمُوا﴾ [البقرة: ۱۹۱] أي: أذن لهم في الدفع وقال تعالى ﴿فَإِنْ قَاتَلُوكُمْ فَاقْتُلُوهُمْ﴾ [البقرة:۱۹۱] وقال تعالى ﴿وَإِنْ جَنَحُوا لِلسَّلْمِ فَاجْنَحْ لَهَا﴾ [الأنفال: ۶۱] ثم أمر بالبداية بالقتال فقال تعالى ﴿وَقَاتِلُوهُمْ حَتَّى لا تَكُونَ فِتْنَةٌ﴾ [البقرة: ۱۹۷[

 

So in accordance with the religious fatwa (edict) issued by the esteemed scholars, the Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate under a single leadership and with unwavering resolve began their Jihadi uprising against the invading infidels.

This Jihadi struggle passed through various testing stages over the past seventeen years and a point once came when the western invaders deployed around 130 thousand troops equipped with tanks, artillery, aircrafts and state of the art technology while being backed by tens of thousands of internal hireling militias, all engaged in a war against us. The invaders carried out bombings and unprecedented transgressions but still failed to break the resolve of our believing nation.

All praise is due to Allah the scales of war have been reversed due to the help of Allah and sacrifices of the Mujahid nation. Mujahideen are advancing and the invaders retreating and withdrawing. To date tens of banners (flags) of the invading nations have been lowered and all its soldiers forced to withdraw with the exception of America and a few others who insist on occupation. Tens of thousands of troops of these nations have also been forced to withdraw and only a tiny contingent are spending their time inside fortified bases whereas all praise belong to Allah, the vast majority of Afghanistan is under the control of Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate and being ruled by the Shariah of Allah Almighty.

However the western invaders – even though they have been defeated and humiliated by Allah Almighty on the battlefield – have not abandoned their determination to occupy. The invaders have employed various stratagems to prolong their indirect occupation, an important part of which is called the ‘Peace Process’ which seeks the surrender of Mujahideen and invalidation of Jihad by legitimizing the stooge Kabul regime and by passing preposterous fatwas.

The transgressing enemy now wants to pacify the Jihadi uprising of the Afghan nation through misleading propaganda, psychological warfare, undercover plots, fake fatwas and other nonmilitary tactics like peace processes.

The invaders are determined to force the Mujahideen to abandon Jihad, raise their hands in surrender and accept an invasion which cannot be justified religiously nor accepted by human conscience.

In order to give a legal face to the illegitimate Kabul administration and in the series of propaganda and deceptive ‘Peace Process’ efforts, this time around the enemies of our religion, country and independence want to fool internationally respected scholars and Islamic countries by convening a gathering of Islamic Scholars in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia or in another country.

The surrogate Kabul administration has declared that this conference will be convened at their behest in order to legitimize the presence of infidel invaders in the Islamic country of Afghanistan by providing misleading information and painting the legitimate Jihad of the Mujahideen as corruption. They want to present the sacred Jihad in Afghanistan which is on the brink of success as unlawful bloodshed which opposes the texts of Shariah and defames the name of Jihad.

We wish – due to Islamic brotherhood and in light of Shariah – to send the following message to the noble scholars of the world specifically to the scholars of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia and other Islamic countries:

You know better than anyone else that the American Taghut (idol) is the most tyrannical occupier of the current era and her hands are stained with the blood of hundreds of thousands of Muslims. You also understand that our nation is a Muslim nation, a poor suffering nation whose home has been invaded by foreign forces. You also realize that the Jihad of our nation is a legitimate struggle being guided and led by esteemed scholars and is the final effort of an oppressed nation against a transgressing occupier. You also recognize that this conference under the misleading title of peace is being convened by the invaders and their stooges solely for the subjugation of our people. And surely you are also aware of the tricks of the western media that no matter how much you criticize the west inside the conference hall or talk about truth and Shariah, all of it shall stay inside the conference hall and only that will come out to the public which is in the interest of America and damaging to the Muslims and sacred Jihad. They shall characterize sacred Jihad founded on the texts and principles of Shariah as terrorism and will point to noble scholars as reference.

Therefore we wish to remind you once again that may Allah forbid, your attending of such conference organized by aggressors is not interpreted as a sort of support for them and may Allah forbid, you do not become an instance of this admonition.

Allah Almighty says:

وَلَا تَرْكَنُوٓا۟ إِلَى ٱلَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا۟ فَتَمَسَّكُمُ ٱلنَّارُ وَمَا لَكُم مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ مِنْ أَوْلِيَآءَ ثُمَّ لَا تُنصَرُونَ »ـ هود 115 )

 

Or as stated by the Prophet (peace be upon him):

من مشى مع ظالم ليعينه وهو يعلم أنه ظالم فقد خرج من الإسلام. رواه الطبراني.)

Esteemed noble scholars!

The Islamic Emirate believes with complete reliance on divine help that the enemies of Islam will fail in such intelligence ploys just as they have faced defeat on the battlefield. But due to Islamic brotherhood, we hope that the governments of the Islamic world will not facilitate such conventions. Our message to the noble scholars is that they avoid participation in such gatheirngs and decide on this matter based on the book of Allah, Prophetic traditions and demands of faith. Do not afford an opportunity to the invading infidels in Afghanistan to misuse your name and participation in this conference as means of attaining their malicious objective. If it is not possible to openly declare your support for the Mujahideen, then it surely is possible for us to safeguard ourselves from such plots of the infidels and adopt a stance of non-participation.

May Allah allow it that our pain and message reaches you so that we are delivered from torment and punishment of the hereafter due to failing in taking into consideration the rights of each other.

وما علینا الا البلاغ ، حسبنا الله ونعم الوکیل نعم المولی ونعم نصیر

Wasalam

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

 ۲۲/۶/۱۴۳۹هـ ق

۱۹/۱۲/۱۳۹۶هـ ش ـــ 2018/3/10م

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

 

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Islamic Emirate: Waves of oppression befalling the nation

Post via Islamic Emirate March 8th 2018

Since the past week people have risen in different parts of the country in protests against the cruel militias of the slave Kabul regime. People are raising their voices against the oppression of these militias through these protests and demonstrations.

People of Khost and Ghazni province have blocked roads and the elders of Omna district have gathered to tell the media that they are fed up off the cruelties of the government funded militias. They have told the media that if their terms are not met then they will also start protests and demonstrations.

After the killings of the innocent civilians by the Arbaki miltias in the Sherabad village of Ghazni province’s Qarabagh district, locals have gathered in big numbers in the center of Ghazni province. They have blocked the Kabul-Kandahar highway, have erected tents and are demanding justice and end of cruelties which are being carried out by the government funded militias.

But in return, the government funded militias opened indiscriminate fire during the night on the protesters in order to forcefully end their demonstrations. This wanton aggression resulted in many civilians injured and their tents burned.

In Khost province (in yet another cruel incident in which the CIA funded miltias violently killed 7 members of a family and followed it up with the killing 4 members of another family, prompting the people to launch a protest). The CIA funded militias again copied the formula used in Ghazni instead of listening to their peoples demands. The CIA trained ‘campaign’ gunmen again raided a Madrasah where they beat up students and took multiple as prisoners. on top of committing blasphemy by tearing up religious texts.

Such incidents take place on daily basis in the country especially when the foreign invaders raid homes of innocent civilians during the night. They bomb civilians everyday as their slaves cheer them on, they steal, loot and abuse civilians. They have opened a new chapter of indiscriminate killing and there is no one who will listen to the voice of the victims.

When Khost incident happened and the common people came took to the streets, the local administration of the puppet regime immediately showed that they have no authority. The matter reached an official of the Ghani regime and they sent an advisor Asadullah Fida so he can launch an investigation into the atrocities of the CIA trained ‘campaign’ soldiers however he denied permission. It means that the cruel soldiers of campaign are pretending to be under the command of the puppet regime but in reality, they are being controlled by the Pentagon.

This behavior has proven how much our country is under occupation and invasion while making clear the extent of control the puppet regime exerts in the country. And such a government also putting forward offers of peace and negotiations to the Mujahidin. The waves of oppression that we are witnessing will continue so long as such a regime remains and only the Mujahidin can lead the nation and correct its affairs through their commitment and firm Jihadi resistance against the invaders.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Son of Fazlullah, grandson of Sufi Muhammad allegedly killed in US drone strike in Kunar, Afghanistan

Molana Fazlullah (pictured above) who son was allegedly killed in a US drone strike in Kunar, Afghanistan

On Wednesday 7th March, I received the following message from a source close to Taliban group TTP,

“20 Mujahideen of Tehreek -e- Taliban (TTP) Pakistan embraced martyrdom in US drone attack on the tip off of Afghan intelligence in Afghanistan, in Islamic Emirates Controlled area. The grand son of Sufi Muhammad and Son of Molana Fazlullah is among the martyrs.”

The drone strike was said to have taken place in Sultan Khel area of Eastern Kunar province near Bajaur Agency tribal region of Pakistan according to Khaama Press. Six other persons were reported wounded in a text message received by Tolo.

Fazlullah also known as Fazal Hayat and nicknamed “Mullah FM, Radio” for his fiery religious broadcasts whilst living in Swat, Pakistan is Emir of TTP. The age of Molana Fazlullah’s son Abdullah is allegedly 14 and therefore considered a minor in international law. Drone strikes are often followed by “blowback” and TTP have a long history of avenging attacks.

According to Dawn media, the father -in-law of Fazlullah, a grandfather in his late 80s, Maulana Sufi Muhammad, cleric and chief of the banned Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM “was (recently) released from jail after his arrest and subsequent imprisonment in 2009 for hate speech against the government”. He criticised TTP strongly in an interview with Pakistan Tribune alleging,”TTP have tarnished the image of Islam” and cited the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai and the Army Public School Massacre, Peshawar where many schoolchildren were killed.

The following report by Tahir Khan, Daily Times details the attack on the training camp stating, “a Taliban source said US drone fired five missiles on the camp when the bombers were present for routine training. He described the strike as disastrous for the TTP as the group might have lost some key members.”

https://dailytimes.com.pk/211945/over-20-killed-as-us-drone-hits-ttp-training-centre-in-kunar/

Khaama Press also alleged, “a key TTP figure involved in training suicide bombers Ustad Yaseen was also among those killed.”

Asfandyar Mir a Social Scientist Predoctoral fellow at Stanford University who researches on Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, Drones, Political Violence tweeted, “US drone strike on markaz of TTP commander Hilal in village Sareshah Sultan Shah, Kunar, Afghanistan. Strike occurred during training. 23 including son of TTP chief Maulvi Fazlullah killed. Not sure of breakdown but most killed young madressa boys, aged 15 to 22/23.”
I asked a Taliban commander if he feared dying in a drone strike, his reply, “death has no calender. Everything is written.”

 

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

 

 

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Islamic Emirate: Failed Enemy Winter Operations Part of Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy

Post via Islamic Emirate February 24th 2018

Sami’ullah Zarmati

The US President Donald Trump, made public his Afghanistan strategy several months ago, which coincided with a massive wave of psychological and propaganda warfare by the enemy media against the Mujahideen. American generals issued their threats one after the other and the media exaggerated them and stressed that Trump’s strategy would go into effect in the early winter season and that it will result inevitably in the crushing defeat of the Mujahideen in this country.

Before winter sets in, American media spread propaganda and prepared people’s minds to accept what is dictated to them. Every day, they hummed about a military report such as the arrival of more troops and new intelligence men to this country and more warplanes to Bagram air base, and the completion of preparations for reconnaissance and combat operations, and other news aimed to spread fear in the hearts of the Mujahideen. Those reports suggested to people that President Trump would show on the battlefield the war innovations that would make the Mujahideen face difficulties and that they would lose numerous areas currently under their control. However the people neglected that Trump, in truth, did not have the means of power and victory on the ground, making him resort to propaganda war and rumors.

By the beginning of the winter season, Trump’s strategy started with the launch of the first extensive military operations by American forces and their agent Afghan forces in Helmand, Ghazni, and Uruzgan provinces. In Helmand, the enemy set their first target on Marjah directorate. In mid-September of last year, massive enemy military forces comprised of Americans and puppets under air cover attacked Marjah district. The Mujahideen fought them and put up strong resistance.

The attack by American forces lasted for ten days. The troops involved made great effort to advance and found cover under powerful air raids on the area.  But the result was more dead and wounded among them and failure to advance forward. As for the Mujahideen, they used new combat tactics and precautionary measures to put up a strong resistance against the enemy. They protected their elements from loss because of the barbaric air strikes by enemy aircraft. When the enemy observed the tough resistance by the Mujahideen on the one hand, and the losses in their ranks on the other, they lost their will to fight or to continue combat. So they withdrew from the battlefield in great confusion and fled to the center of the province (Lashkargah city).

Simultaneously with the failed operations in Helmand, the defense department of the agent government under the leadership of its Chief of Staff, General Shareef al-Yaftali, in late December, launched an attack named Desert Storm on the districts of Qarah Bagh, Ander, and Dah Yek in Ghazni province. The department led a military force, consisting of 150 tanks and hundreds of troops under air protection of helicopters, to battle. Those forces started their attack first on Qarah Bagh district. The Mujahideen fought them in Noroz Khel village. On the first day of battle, they destroyed three tanks. Enemy soldiers fled, leaving the bodies of 12 slain soldiers on the battlefield.

Enemy soldiers tried their strength for ten days in Qarah Bagh but they could not recover any territory controlled by the Mujahideen. The enemy, during that battle, lost dozens of their troops. When the enemy decided to flee, their soldiers took revenge for their defeat by targeting the population of the area. They beat people and humiliated them. They blew up the doors of their homes and looted their property in Qarah Bagh village and they ran away after that.

After the failure in Qarah Bagh, government forces attacked Noghi area, east of Ghazni city. The Mujahideen fought them in this area as well from morning to evening until they defeated them. Some days after this defeat, other forces came to rescue the defeated forces. The entire force, which consisted of 200 tanks and hundreds of soldiers, marched under air protection, to Andar.

The Mujahideen set up ambushes to those forces in the areas alongside the road. They targeted enemy forces and fought them until sundown. They destroyed several tanks and inflicted heavy losses on the soldiers.

Government aircraft bombed some homes in the area, killing civilians including an elderly man and a woman. However, government forces lost hope trying to advance in this directorate. So they withdrew to Dah Yek district where these forces failed not descend from the public road to the village. So they withdrew from it as well. They declared the end of operation Desert Storm on the 7th of January 2018 and withdrew to Ghazni city and from there to the capital, Kabul. They gained from this large operation nothing but lies and the claim of having killed dozens of Mujahideen and regained areas that were under their control. As for the Mujahideen losses in all these battles, only one Mujahid was martyred (may Allah accept him) and five others were wounded.

During the same time of these military operations in Helmand and Ghazni provinces, the enemy launched a military operation in Uruzgan province as well in order to reclaim the areas under Mujahideen control in the center of Tarinkot city. However the enemy attack failed. The official spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate declared on January 10th that the joint American and Afghan troops’ attack that lasted for twenty days experienced failure in Uruzgan province and did not accomplish their goal. The enemy ran away from the battlefield.

According to confirmed information about the Tarinkot battles, 87 enemy soldiers, army, police, and militia members, including three of their commanders were killed, 138 were injured and 7 tanks were completely destroyed.

The enemy carried out more than twenty attacks on Mujahideen ground under air cover and protection. But they all faced fierce resistance by the Mujahideen and failed.

The Mujahideen lost 9 soldiers (may Allah accept them) while 9 others were injured.

Enemy defeats in Helmand, Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces prove that Trump’s strategy is incapable of achieving any change in favor of America and its puppets in Afghanistan and that it will not cause any major problems for the Mujahideen. We trust Allah the Almighty who promised us victory. We are also certain that the enemy will face a bitter defeat in Afghanistan sooner or later, Allah willing, and that the injustice of infidelity and occupation will be erased with Allah’s permission, and that the Islamic system alone will rule the land of Islam and the martyrs. Allah is indeed capable of that.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Islamic Emirate: How does the Kabul regime justify civilian killings?

Post via Islamic Emirate 25th February 2018

With the announcement of the new war strategy by Donald Trump, a new wave of horror has started in Afghanistan. Aerial bombings, drone attacks and night raids increased tremendously. Houses, Mosques, Madrassas, schools and even bazaars are destroyed and people have suffered not only casualties but also huge financial losses.

The invaders and the Kabul regime considered every attack on the Afghan people as victory and also promise to repeat the same atrocities. They call the the victims of their bombardments including children whose bodies are blown to bits, as armed Mujahidin. They consider these types of operations where women and children are mercilessly slaughtered as success.

An example of this type of horror was on 31st January 2018 when in Band-e-Taimur region of Maiwand district, Kandahar province, a massacred was performed by the regime and the invaders. The regime soldiers with the backing of the invaders attacked this area and according to the eye witnesses, the regime soldiers killed people indiscriminately after they were taken out from their homes. The common people of the area were slaughtered in groups by the criminal regime and its soldiers. According to the locals from Reg and other adjacent areas, a lot of people were shot by the soldiers of puppet regime and the invaders. Everyone these soldiers saw were shot and many common Afghans were also arrested. According to reports, cars and motorbikes of common folks were burned and most valuable items were stolen from their homes. The enemy killed around 31 civilians and injured tens of others in this raid.

After the end of these operations the regime announced that they had killed tens of Mujahidin and destroyed several factories of banned substances!!

The International human rights commission declared in their latest report that the invaders and their puppets killed 20 civilians in their operations in Band-e-Timur and even more have been imprisoned. The report is compiled after the locals reported huge financial loses in addition to the civilian casualties. When this report came out, some of the officials working for the regime also disclosed that many civilians were killed and imprisoned, mostly farmers and villagers.

Ashraf Ghani – whose rule is limited to ARG (presidential palace) – showed absolute joy following the conclusion of these operations, considered them highly successful and signaled that such operations will extend to other areas. Ghani also added that the operations in Band-e-Timur were conducted in revenge for the attacks in Kabul. And according to Ghani, Afghans take revenge even after 100 years!

Most of those media outlets who declare themselves independent in reporting were also complicit in presenting these operations as success for the regime.

The head of Kabul regime should understand that killing common folk is not victory. If by killing people one could achieve success, then the communist Najibullah would have been in power up until today.

The protector of American interests (Ghani) must know the blood of the innocent Afghans will not go in vain. The plans of ARG and White House will be shattered and the grave of the American invaders will also be dug in the graveyard of empires, by the will of Almighty Allah.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Islamic Emirate: What does the deployment of hundreds of military advisers indicate? War or Peace?

Post via Islamic Emirate March 6th 2018

Alongside the hollow calls for peace and negotiations by the Kabul regime, it is reported that hundreds of American military advisers and troops have arrived in Afghanistan so that they can back and support their puppet regime which is on the verge of collapse.

From the past experience of 17 years, it has been made abundantly clear that whenever the American forces have suffered loses and severe casualties in Afghanistan or when in the international arena, the US defeat is debated and analyzed, the Pentagon and White House have always tried to perform maneuvers in order to manipulate the general public opinion. They have done these actions throughout this time in order to show the world that they are firmly standing behind their puppets, that they will increase the economic and military assistance to the regime, that they will increase the aerial bombings in the support of the puppet regime and that they will increase number of flights by B52 bombers in the Afghan airspace. That is why they say that they feel the necessity to send the military advisers in order to bolster their help and cooperation with the regime.

This deployment of 800 military advisers to Afghanistan and the heavy propaganda accompanying their arrival in Afghanistan is to conceal the loses sustained by the American invaders in Afghanistan. These calls for peace by the puppets of the invaders are all to hide their defeats in the political and military arena in Afghanistan.

The spectacular military operations by the Mujahidin in different parts of the country and in addition the successful operations such as the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in which many high profile Americans and foreign invaders were killed and following that the open letter to the American people by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, were the two milestones in both the military and political arena which crushed the morale of the American invaders and exposed their criminal and evil face.

The Americans gave the Kabul regime orders to start the calls for peace and negotiations because of the loses which they suffered and in order to compensate for their defeat, the American invaders told the regime to call for peace talks as they simultaneously launch propaganda for the arrival of hundreds of advisers to Afghanistan. The American invaders are doing this in order to make up for their defeat in the military and political arena which they have been facing constantly.

The Afghans are fully aware about the intentions of American invaders and their slaves, their calls for peace and security in Afghanistan and about their evil plans.

If the Americans wanted to bring an end to the war in Afghanistan and if they did not have the long term strategy for pursuing their interests, then what is the meaning of the sending additional military advisers and soldiers to Afghanistan? Who will believe that the Americans actually want peace when thousands of invaders have usurped the ground and air space of Afghanistan? Nobody can ever take such a proposition seriously. The presence of thousands of invaders and their calls for peace are in completely conflict with logic and reason.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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