Afghanistan: Stance of the Islamic Emirate Regarding Real Peace

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As frequently emphasized in formal statements, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants real solution to the Afghan issue. The establishment of the Political Office in the structure of the Islamic Emirate conveys to the Afghan people and the world that the Islamic Emirate does not wage fighting for the sake of fighting. Rather it has some sacred objectives in front, i.e. independence of the country and establishment of an Islamic system. Protection of our country and beliefs are our legitimate right as per any law of the world and we are ready to defend from them on the table as well as in the battlefield. That is why the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has appointed some of the veteran and experienced diplomats of the Emirate in the Political Office. In our view, to achieve the above mentioned objectives without bloodshed is the best solution.

On political front, the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate is the only authorized entity of the Islamic Emirate striving for a political solution of the Afghan issue as per the instructions of the leadership of the Islamic Emirate. The purpose of the existence of the Political Office in Doha is not to give any pretext to the invading countries and other concerned sides in Afghanistan to say that they wanted peaceful solution of the Afghan issue but the address of the Taliban was unknown.

The factors of continuation of occupation and the current tragedy in the country are known to everyone. Similarly, the obstacles in the way of peace are also not hidden from anyone. Now, it is the responsibility of the concerned sides of the Afghan issue to remove major obstacles in the way of Afghan imbroglio and create suitable environment for a peaceful solution.

Fighting is not our choice. It is our necessity. The Islamic Emirate is making efforts for real peace and stability in the beloved country more than anyone else but if someone is nurturing for showdown of muscles; view peace as nothing more than a project to deceive people and lack any strategy for peace then they should realize that every member of the Islamic Emirate has strong faith and un-fatigable determination. They have before themselves sacred and lofty objectives for which they are ever ready to lay down their lives.

The recent living history of the past four decades of our country has proven once again that anyone who has opted for the use of force against the Afghan Muslim and Mujahid nation has ultimately faced defeat and failure and compelled to kowtow before the will of the (Afghan) people. In this lies a lesson for all.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. 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: War crimes of foreign invaders and their internal mercenary forces (February 2017)

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On Wednesday 1st February, a boy was martyred inside his shop while his cousin was injured by the internal mercenary forces in the main bazaar of ‘Sabary’ district of ‘Khost’ province.

On Thursday 2nd February, houses of civilian people were raided by savage foreign invaders collaborated by their internal stooge forces in ‘Chamtali’ area of ‘Surkh-Raud’ district in ‘Nangarhar’ province, in which, seven innocent villagers were incarcerated after thoroughly searching their houses and severely beating several other innocent people.

On Thursday 2nd February, it was reported by Kabul based ‘Shamshad’ Television that a sixteen year old boy was martyred by the border police-force in ‘Tandi Marghay’ area of ‘Barmal’ district in ‘Paktika’ province.

On Sunday 5th February, a local villager was martyred in the indiscriminate helicopter shelling of foreign invaders in ‘Doulat-Zai’ area of ‘Chaprihar’ district in ‘Nangarhar’ province.

On Monday 6th February, three innocent civilians were martyred and four others were injured in the indiscriminate mortar shelling of local incompetent stooge forces in ‘Maidan’ area of ‘Alingar’ district in ‘Laghman’ province.

On Thursday 9th February, heavy losses and casualties were inflicted on civilian people in the brutal and indiscriminate bombing of savage foreign invaders near the main bazaar of ‘Sangin’ district in ‘Helmand’ province. In this relentless air raid, 26 innocent people most of them women and children were martyred and 13 others were injured. Similarly, a Mosque and two civilian houses were demolished in this blind bombing. In the beginning, both the heterogeneous puppet setup and their foreign invading masters denied the civilian losses; but later, it was confirmed by them that heavy losses and casualties were inflicted on civilian people in this felonious act.

On Saturday 11th February, 5 members of one and the same family were martyred and 8 others were injured in the brutal and blind bombing of foreign invaders in ‘Haji Amin Aka’ area of ‘Sangin’ district in ‘Helmand’ province.

On Sunday 12th February, five innocent civilians were martyred in the indiscriminate bombing of mercenary forces of puppet regime in ‘Shalie Nawa’ area of ‘Khas-Urzgan’ district in ‘Urzgan’ province.

On Thursday 16th February, a 75-year-old white-bearded civilian was martyred and another civilian was wounded in the indiscriminate artillery shelling of internal stooge forces in ‘Gor-Zad’ area of ‘Shirin Tagab’ district in ‘Faryab’ province.

On Sunday 19th February, ‘Hashim Khail’ area in ‘Khogyani’ district of ‘Nangarhar’ province was raided by brutal foreign invaders and their internal mercenary forces. In this savage raid, main gates of several houses were broken; local people were severely beaten; their valuables were stolen; an innocent villager, named ‘Arif’, was relentlessly martyred; and 6 Muslim preachers staying in the mosque, and 4 other villagers were taken away as prisoners.

On Monday 20th February, a female-child was martyred and four others, including children and women, were injured in the indiscriminate artillery shelling of local stooge forces in ‘Naiknam-Kala’ area of ‘Zurmat’ district in ‘Paktia’ province.

On Tuesday 21st February, an innocent civilian was martyred and another one was injured by the unrestrained and notorious Arbaki militiamen in ‘Sang Charak’ district of ‘Saripul’ province.

On Wednesday 22nd February, 10 civilian people were martyred and injured in the random artillery shelling of local amateurish forces in the central area of ‘Dasht-i-Archi’ district of ‘Kunduz’ province.

On Wednesday 22nd February, four innocent villagers were incarcerated by the savage foreign invaders during a raid on ‘Bat Khaila’ area in ‘Nau-Bahar’ district of ‘Zabul’ province.

On Wednesday 22nd February, two innocent civilians were injured and three others were imprisoned during a raid of foreign occupying forces escorted by their local mercenary forces in the suburbs of ‘Ghani Khail’ district of ‘Nangarhar’ province.

On Wednesday 22nd February, a house was hit by a mortar shell, indiscriminately fired by the incompetent stooge forces of puppet regime in ‘Husain Khail’ village of ‘Alla-Sai’ district in ‘Kapisa’ province. Three women, including a bride, were martyred and a man was injured in this incident.

On Thursday 23rd February, 6 shops and 2 orchards were demolished by the local in-security forces near the main bazaar of ‘Farah-Raod’ district in ‘Farah’ province.

On Friday 24th February, an innocent civilian (named ‘Faizullah’ s/o ‘Mohammad Sarwar’) was relentlessly martyred by the local notorious Arbaki militiamen in ‘Khado-Khail’ village of ‘Aab-Band’ district in ‘Ghazni’ province.

On Friday 24th February, 4 women were injured during a raid of brutal foreign invaders collaborated by their internal mercenary forces in ‘Loi-Kanam’ area, near the capital city of ‘Kunduz’ province.

On Saturday 25th February, local civilian houses in ‘Chabarma’ and ‘Amin-Abad’ areas near the capital city of ‘Kunduz’ province were raided by the savage foreign invaders and their mercenary internal special forces, in which, main gates of several houses were blasted, several villagers were badly beaten and threatened, and finally, two of them were taken away as prisoners.

On Saturday 25th February, the ‘Lyceum of Moulavi Habib-ur-Rahman’ (situated in ‘Basram’ area, near ‘Mehtarlam’ city, the capital of ‘Laghman’ province) was hit by a mortar shell, indiscriminately fired by the local stooge forces, in which, two students were martyred on the spot, and seven other students including one of their teachers were injured. This tragic incident was strongly condemned by the local people and the corpses were kept in front of governor office to demonstrate their protest.

On Saturday 25th February, several local civilian people were badly beaten and two of them were imprisoned in a joint raid of brutal foreign invaders and their local mercenary forces in ‘Kankarak’ area of ‘Surkh-Raud’ district in ‘Nangarhar’ province.

On Sunday 26th February, two innocent civilians were martyred in the indiscriminate bombing of internal in-security forces in ‘Pachak’ village near ‘Gurag’ bazaar of ‘Khak-i-Afghan’ district in ‘Zabul’ province.

On Sunday 26th February, a local Mulla-Imam (the one who leads congregational prayers) was martyred and several other villagers were incarcerated in a joint raid of foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenary forces in ‘Buz-i-Kandahari’ area, near the capital of ‘Kunduz’ province.

Sources: (BBC, Radio Liberty, The Afghan Islamic News Agency; Pazwak, Khabaryal, Larawbar, Nunn.Asia and Benawa websites.)

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. 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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US military review finds no mistakes in Trump’s Yemen raid: Reprieve comment

Children outside one of the homes that was damaged during the US raid in al-Bayda governorate in central Yemen against AQAP on January 29, 2017. At least 14 civilians, including 9 children, were killed during the raid, and at least 20 homes damaged, witnesses said. 

Thurs March 9th, 2017

A top American military commander today announced that he has completed an internal review of Donald Trump’s first military raid – an operation in Yakla, Yemen, that killed a Navy SEAL and up to 23 Yemenis – and concluded there were no lapses in judgment surrounding the operation.

The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, also told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a separate investigation into civilian casualties found that between four and 12 innocent people were killed.

This is despite the fact that independent investigations (by Reprieve and others) show ten children died in the raid – including two babies and eight children 12 years and under – in addition to an 80 year old tribal elder and several women.

General Votel said he sees no need for additional investigations.

Commenting, Reprieve attorney Jennifer Gibson, who represents some of the families of those killed in the raid, said: 

“Eight Yemeni children lost their lives to President Trump’s botched midnight raid on their village, and today their families were delivered another blow: President Trump’s government has conducted a secret, internal review and determined they don’t count as innocents.

“A secret, internal review that contradicts eyewitness accounts, re-classifies innocent children as combatants, and underestimates the number of dead is simply not good enough. Both the American and Yemeni bereaved families deserve more. They deserve to have their children counted among the dozens of innocents harmed. They deserve to know why their own eyewitness accounts have been discarded. And they deserve an apology.

“We urgently need an independent, transparent and full scale public investigation into just who was killed and what the decision-making process was that authorized such a mission. If this really was a recklessly planned catastrophe of a mission, as independent reports and the eyewitness accounts from Yakla suggest, then we must do everything in our power to make sure such mistakes don’t happen again.

“Only then can we begin to repair the damage done, and start a real conversation about how to make the US safer.”

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Death in Ghayil: Women and children in Yemeni village recall horror of  Trump’s “highly successful SEAL raid

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/09/women-and-children-in-yemeni-village-recall-horror-of-trumps-highly-successful-seal-raid/

Yemen: US Should Investigate Civilian Deaths in Raid

Al-Bayda Attack on Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula Killed at Least 9 Children (HRW)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/02/24/yemen-us-should-investigate-civilian-deaths-raid

Reprieve website

http://www.reprieve.org.uk/

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. 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: 24 Hours and 4 Atrocities

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Over the past 24 hours the regime and its foreign allies have killed and injured dozens of civilians, destroyed numerous homes, and caused heavy financial losses. These crimes occurred in Zabul, Wardak, Takhar and Farah provinces.

The foreign occupiers bombed Malikhel province – located in Zabul provinces, Arghandab district, adjacent to Algaey bazaar – and caused civilian casualties. Specifically the bombardment killed two women and 9 men, and injured two innocent children.

Similarly the enemy killed three hunters on a mountainside in the Kanjaghtu mountain – located in Wardak province’s Chak district in Arabano area. Presumably the hunters were mistaken for fighters or perhaps were used as target practice.

In the Qamguzar area, located in Takhar’s Darqad district, an airstrike killed five civilians including two children and injuring another 7 civilians. The strike also damaged nearby houses.

In Farah province, in the district of Farah Rud, regime artillery bombarded Ghatt Kilai – located close to district centre . This blind bombardment killed 15 civilians and injured another 23 innocent civilians.

In accordance with its now established rules the regime forces and their foreign allies regularly target civilian personnel and infrastructure as a form of deterrent and collective punishment for supporting the Mujahideen. Often civilians are mercilessly targeted and killed in their shops, farms and even mosques prostrating to their Lord. Even more provocative are the subsequent claims of the regime spokesmen labeling the fallen victims as ‘terrorists’ in their regularly published statements.

The death of 66 civilians in the span of 24 hours is despicable and a clear war crime. Human Rights organizations, the media and civil activists should forcibly condemn these atrocities and bring its perpetrators to account.

The Islamic Emirate – as a safeguarding force of the nation – has always avenged the blood of our innocent fallen countrymen, and it is hoped that it shall exact revenge upon the invaders and their trained mercenary hirelings for the innocent blood of the above crime against the vulnerable women and children of this poor nation.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. 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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CIA torture architects ordered to testify over cover-up involving Trump appointee (Reprieve)

CIA (Image via RT)

Wed March 8th, 2017

Guantánamo’s military court will reportedly call CIA witnesses to explain the Agency’s destruction of torture evidence – an act carried out in part by the new Deputy Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel.

In a one-page ruling cited by the Miami Herald, judge Air Force Col. Vance Spath authorized defense lawyers to call four witnesses to explain the CIA’s shredding of 91 videotapes depicting the experimental torture of prisoners in the Agency’s black sites.

Ms Haspel, who has not been called, was instrumental in both the torture and the shredding of the tapes – the latter of which triggered the Senate’s inquiry into the CIA’s rendition and torture program. No official has faced prosecution over either the torture itself or the destruction of the tapes. Ms Haspel was recently promoted by President Trump to the number two position at the CIA.

The court wants to hear about the tapes as part of the defense case against Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, who is facing charges based on torture evidence and is likely featured in the tapes. It will call former CIA General Counsel John Rizzo and Jose Rodriguez Jr., the clandestine service chief who in 2005 ordered the destruction of tapes against Rizzo’s advice — as well as James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, psychologists who designed and implemented the interrogation techniques recorded in the videos. None of those men has ever testified in a court.

The CIA’s torture ‘guinea pig’ Abu Zubaydah was held with Al Nashiri in the CIA black site in Thailand overseen by Ms Haspel, and likely featured heavily in the tapes. Unlike al Nashiri, Abu Zubaydah has never been charged with an offense; he was waterboarded 83 times in one month before the CIA concluded that he was not a member of al Qaeda. He remains in Guantánamo after Ms Haspel reportedly sought assurances during his torture that he would “remain in isolation and incommunicado for the remainder of his life.”

Reprieve attorney Shelby Sullivan Bennis said: “The CIA’s abuse of prisoners and destruction of evidence is no longer merely historical. We now have a key player in these crimes, Gina Haspel, in a top post at the Trump’s CIA. We cannot learn from history unless we know what it is. And we cannot know what Ms Haspel is capable of doing with our CIA unless we know the truth about her. This testimony will be a welcome first step towards a long-overdue public reckoning with the past and the future of the CIA.”

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Reprieve website

http://www.reprieve.org.uk/

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. 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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Statement of Islamic Emirate concerning Security for Urgent Humanitarian Relief Work

4th March 2017

Since a large number of our countrymen were killed, their homes wrecked and faced varying hardships in this harsh winter due to recent heavy rainfall and avalanches in many areas of our beloved homeland.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on the country’s businessmen, international NGOs, countries and the United Nations to deliver urgent aid to affected areas of Afghanistan on Islamic and humanitarian grounds. Similarly the leader of Islamic Emirate orders it’s Mujahideen throughout the country to provide necessary security to relief workers so they can deliver their aid with reassurance.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. 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: 66 civilians killed and wounded over past 24 hours by airstrikes

March 4th 2017

Tens of our countrymen, mostly women and kids, were martyred and injured yesterday in four provinces by the airstrikes of occupying forces and indiscriminate attacks of their hirelings.

The first airstrike targeted Mal Khelo village near Algi bazaar of Arghandab district in Zabul province resulting in 2 women and 9 adults martyred as well as 2 minors injured. The second criminal airstrike took place on Kanjghatu Mountain in Arabano area of Chak district, Wardak province, targeting and martyring 3 young hunters who hunted in the area regularly.

The third airstrike carried out by a B52 type bomber hit Qumgozar area of Darqad district in Tarkhar province, martyring 5 innocent civilians including two children, wounding 7 others and destroying homes.

Lastly, airstrikes hit civilian vehicles and homes in Zerh Akhundzada shrine, Tapa Sa’adat, Todnak, Spanzi and Ghat village near the district bazaar of Farah Rod district, Farah province, resulting in 15 civilians including women and children martyred and 23 others wounded.

On top of carrying out such barbarity in a single day, the Ministry of Defense of the Kabul regime published a statement labeling all these martyred civilians as Taliban and proudly claiming that they had killed tens of people.

The Islamic Emirate – besides condemning these barbaric attacks by the Americans and their trained hirelings – considers this a great crime against ordinary Afghans deliberately targeting civilians and their homes. It also calls on the media, human right organizations and organs concerned with civilian casualties to fulfill their duties by publishing, condemning and recording these crimes, so it can be ascertained that these humanitarian organs really do care about the lives of human beings.

Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. 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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