Contaminated Blood: US legal depositions from expert witnesses used to help win haemophilia cases released to UK Infected Blood Inquiry

In the 1980s and 1990s, Arkansas prisons were working toward national standardization. In the 80s, it was discovered that the Arkansas Department of Corrections had been selling contaminated plasma from prisoners to other countries in order to make money. This practice was stopped in Like most prisons in the country, overcrowding became a problem in the 90s. Image: Arkansas prisoner giving blood. Retrieved from “Prison Reform In Arkansas”

A zipped file containing many key US legal depositions from expert witnesses and other documents used to help win haemophilia contaminated blood cases in America has been submitted to the UK Infected Blood Inquiry chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff. This was instigated on the instructions of UK litigant Carol Grayson to her lawyers, Leeds based solicitors’ firm, Milners.

Grayson and her (late) husband Peter Longstaff who was infected with HIV, hepatitis B and C and exposed to variant CJD through factor concentrate treatment initiated the UK legal case in America in 2003 by making contact with San Francisco law firm LCHB (Leif, Cabraser, Heimann and Bernstein) after consulting with US haemophilia campaigners.

Longstaff, a severe haemophiliac with less than 1% clotting factor was given imported US factor concentrates to treat his blood clotting disorder from the early 1970s after the UK failed to become self-sufficient in its own blood products and has never achieved that goal to this day. Plasma for factor concentrates was sourced from “high-risk” donors. This included prisoners from Arkansas and Louisiana state penitentiaries who were known to be beaten and tortured, “skid-row” donors, those from Central American countries such as Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and including the island of Haiti. Gay donors were also targeted for their “hepatitis rich” blood which was used in research and to develop the hepatitis B vaccine… Incredibly any surplus plasma from the gay donors exposed to hepatis B was used to top up the plasma pools which could be as high as 60,000 donors.

Documents retrieved years later showed that Longstaff was part of controversial treatment trials which included US factor concentrates in 1973 at Treloar College, a school set up in Hampshire, England, to educate children with disabilities. His younger brother Stephen, also a haemophiliac that attended Treloar died of AIDS in 1986. As well as being guinea pigs in treatment trials, a number of former pupils alleged physical and sexual abuse at the college. Many haemophiliacs are now dead from HIV and hepatitis C related health problems after being infected through their American treatment.

Simon Birch, currently Data Protection Officer at Treloar wrote to Grayson after she applied for treatment records stating,

We wish you all the very best as you endeavour to uncover the truth about the causes of your husband’s and brother-in-law’s contamination. Our heart goes out to all the families of all the 72 young haemophiliacs treated at the centre who died as a result of this scandal and I genuinely hope that all who were involved in the catastrophic decision making that was undoubtedly the cause are called to account.

In order to pursue a legal case in the US, a meeting for haemophilia clients and relatives was set up by LCHB at Claridges in London back in 2003. The firm agreed to take on further cases highlighted by Grayson and Longstaff with additional meetings held in Manchester and Edinburgh.

In 2003, the BBC reported,

“Thousands of haemophiliacs have filed a lawsuit in the US against four companies for allegedly exposing them to the HIV virus by selling products made with contaminated blood.

The lawsuit alleges the companies continued distributing the blood-clotting products in Asia and Latin America in the 1980s, despite having stopped selling them in the US because of the known risk of passing on HIV and hepatitis C.

The four companies named are: Bayer Corporation, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Armour Pharmaceutical Company and Alpha Therapeutic Corporation.

The lawsuit alleges that they purchased plasma from “the highest-risk populations, including prisoners, intravenous drug users and blood centres targeting promiscuous urban gays” and that they failed to exclude donors with a history of viral hepatitis

The lawsuit was filed less than two weeks after the New York Times accused Bayer of selling old stock of the medicine abroad, while marketing a newer, safer product in the United States.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2960294.stm

Longstaff also received US treatment that should have been subject to a product recall as it included donors from the prison plasma centre at Arkansas during a period when it was closed down on the grounds of safety.

In order to esure as many haemophiliacs and their families as possible could participate in the litigation (providing they could produce the relevant treatment batch numbers and medical records) Grayson and Longtaff organized through their then lawyers Anderson Eden for a notice to be put in the press. They also had articles published via the UK Haemophilia Society Bulletin, took part in radio and TV interviews and released information via the Macfarlane Trust newsletter. The Trust was set up to provide financial assistance to haemophiliacs infected with HIV and their families and was supposedly established for life as part of the 1991 HIV haemophilia litigation under Justice Ognal. Recently however, the Trust was allegedly scrapped illegally and replaced by the English Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBBS) without consulting with the longest standing campaigners as promised.

The case for haemophiliacs given US blood products was always deemed the strongest due to the high-risk, sourcing of plasma and the dumping of dangerous treatment on UK haemophiliacs. The case for those infected through UK plasma was put at only a 5% chance of winning by lawyers in legal documents in 199o.

However in a bizarre twist specifically related to those that had received US factor concentrates, a lawyer admitted in writing in 1990 to his colleagues that he was concerned that they had not sufficiently examined some crucial evidence pertaining to imported American treatment. This was essential in order to give claimants the best possible chance of winning their cases against UK authorities deemed as the first line of protection regarding a duty of care. The lawyer acknowledged solicitors were running out of time and wrote the following in December 1990,

This note evidences a radical change in my perception of the plaintiff’s prospect of success on establising breach of duty in negligence and, in so far as it is relevant Wednesbury unreasonableness. At the consultation held at 10th October 1990, I assessed the Plaintiff’s prospects of establishing common law breach of duty at no higher than the litigation risk which I put at 25%. I also advised that in terms of Wednesbury unreasonableness the plaintiffs prospects of success were so small as to defy sensible quantification.The purpose of this note is to explain why I am now of the view that the plaintiffs prospects of success have SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED both on breach of duty in negligence and Wednesbury unreasonableness and the consequential and favourable implications for causation.

He went on to say,

I am alive to what will be discussed in the course of the Consultation later today having had a telephone call from Michael at 00.45 this morning. Given the work that has been put into the preparation of the plaintiffs case by all counsel and the Steering Group I hesitate to inflict yet another note not least because there is rarely sufficient time to properly consider any note circulated immediately prior to or in the course of a Consultation. That said for reasons, which will become obvious, it is my duty to do so.

The solicitor then outlined in a document of numerous pages, the key evidence that had been omitted. This escalation in the prospect of winning and grounds for the change of opinion were never relayed to clients at that time.

A further solicitors’s note was discovered by Grayson years later in legal offices in Newcastle which stated, “I can no longer lie to my clients”!

Since that time period campaigners have themselves accessed a lot more evidence with regard to safety violations in the collection of US plasma which ought to have been sought at the time of the UK litigation.

In an e-mail to solicitor Ben Harrison dated September 4th 2019 Grayson wrote regarding the US depositions obtained from her former American lawyers LCHB,

Please send the US LCHB documents off today to the Inquiry in my name (as Pete’s living representative who inherited his case as his widow) a case we initiated with US lawyers LCHB many years ago on the back of Pete’s legal aid funding which we then opened up to several hundred other haemophiliacs who then joined our solicitor Denis Whalley (who was later struck off).

The Inquiry has now received the zipped file of relevant documents.

Fellow campaigner Colette Wintle, a female with a bleeding disorder infected with hepatitis C also instructed Milners to contact LCHB regarding her own case.

The US cases for UK haemophiliacs initiated by Grayson and Longstaff were sucessfully AUDITED by US lawyers as legal letters show and ACCEPTED by the US pharmaceutical companies with a token settlement which included a silence clause. The cases was finally closed to all UK haemophiliacs in 2009 however it kept open the possibility to sue UK authorities who by their own documents highlighted that they were well aware of both the high–risk sourcing of US plasma and the increased risks from imported treatment. Safety warnings to recall the US treatment and take it off the shelves were repeatedly ignored.

The cases filed by UK haemophiliacs in America were referred back to the UK courts (to fight for full compensation) on the grounds of “forum non conveniens” (not the right venue) and preceded by many years the recent contaminated blood cases filed by Collins Law solicitors of Watford now in the High Court. The cases back from the US are a continuation of the case started by LCHB and this is a separate case to the Collins Law litigation which is currently stayed during the course of the Infected Blood Inquiry.

The former LCHB cases are not dependent on the outcome of the Inquiry, depositions which we now possess have been used already to WIN cases in the US. The case here is even more serious due to the dumping of dirty treatment on the UK after it was deemed too dangerous to use in the US.

In Longstaff’s case he received US prison blood (some containing an HIV infected donor) after a plasma programme was closed down regarding gross safety violations. As documentary film-maker Kelly Duda (Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood scandal) highlighted to Longstaff’s then QC, Stephen Grimes,

“The prison system remained unconstitutional in May 1980 when for 3 days Peter Longstaff infused several vials of Koate, the brand name of Cutter’s factor concentrate to stop a bleeding episode. He had no idea when he took his medicine from Lot no …. (stated) that it was made with the plasma of 297 inmates from Arkansas and an undetermined number of convicts from Avon Park, Florida.”

John Adervont a former inspector, a former Inspector and retired Director of Blood Center Licensing for the FDA remembered catching inmates performing phlebotomies at the Arkansas prison. Bill Douglas a former Arkansas inmate infected with hepatitis C, who sold plasma regularly at the time Longstaff infused Cutter …. stated, “They didn’t care. If you could crawl to get there you were able to give blood.”

“In July 1982, operators were forced to pay a $250,000 settlement after products made from tainted plasma were shipped to Europe. Two international recalls of contaminated plasma in the US, Canada, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Japan were unsuccessful. The following year, the FDA shut down the operation and revoked its license when it was discovered that an inmate clerk had allowed diseased prisoners to donate. But after a six-month suspension, the center was up and running again with the full approval of federal regulators and the Clinton state leadership”.  

“Given the above information, and the fact that even before AIDS, the hepatitis rate among prisoners was estimated to be 30 to 60 percent higher than that of the outside population, it becomes clear that Peter Longstaff ard others like him should not have been advised to take medication made from sources like this.”

On February 9th 2006, Lord Alf Morris of Manchester then Minister for Disabilities followed up on the Arkansas prison blood evidence after Longstaff’s batch numbers were verified by US lawyers and the plasma companies. The following is taken from Hansard,

HIV: Contaminated Blood Products

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What representations they have received from Ms Carol Grayson concerning the death of her husband, a haemophilia patient, from HIV infection by contaminated National Health Service blood donors at Arkansas State Penitentiary; and what response they propose to make to these representations. [HL3584]

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): We have received several recent communications from Ms Carol Grayson about the import of plasma from the United States. We will be responding shortly. I will insure that a copy of the letter from Ms Grayson dated 14 January is sent to my noble friend.

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200506/ldhansrd/vo060209/text/60209w02.htm

Lord Warner had earlier been highlighted by Grayson, Longstaff and Wintle for misleading parliament on the Eire settlement. Lord Archer who held a private Inquiry in 2007 in the UK into how haemophiliacs came to be infected with Contaminated Blood had recommended that the British government echo Grayson’s initiative from 1996 for “compensation on a parity with Eire.” In order to deny haemophiliacs the same level of compensation Warner falsely claimed the case in Eore was different suggesting Ireland had admitted legal liability with regard to haemophilia cases when it hadn’t. This was challenged in a Judicial Review won in 2010 by haemophiliac Andrew March using Grayson and Wintle’s evidence first sourced in 2004.

Going back to 2006, Warner failed to address both why Longstaff received US prison blood in the first place and secondly why this treatment wasn’t recalled in the UK when the Arkansas prison plasma programme was closed down on the grounds of gross safety violations.

Now with the US legal depositions from international experts that helped win American cases regarding the same treatment and batch numbers used on UK haemophiliacs and knowledge that key evidence was omitted from the 1991 litigation it is imperative that the former LCHB cases are now settled by the British government as a matter of urgency. As Liliana Segura highlighted in her 2017 article looking at the history of Arkansas State Penitentiary where Longstaff’s treatment originated,

In the 1969 expose, “Accomplices to the Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal,” former prison superintendent Tom Murton described the system as one of modern-day slavery, built upon “an ancient philosophy of retribution, corruption, exploitation, sadism and brutality.” Rather than pay civilian guards, the state relied on armed “trusties,” who violently enforced the state-ordered regimen of hard labor on fellow prisoners. Men were towed to the fields like cattle, harvesting crops under close supervision. Many compared it to a Nazi concentration camp.

Whippings were routine and legal in those years – and torture was an open secret. Especially notorious was an instrument called the “Tucker Telephone,” facilitated by so-called prison doctors at a penitentiary of the same name. As Murton described it, “An undressed inmate was strapped to the treatment table at Tucker Hospital while electrodes were attached to his big toe and to his penis. The crank was then turned, sending an electrical charge into his body. In ‘long distance calls,’ several charges were inflicted – of a duration designed to stop just short of the inmate’s fainting.”

and 

In 1970, a federal judge declared the whole Arkansas prison system unconstitutional, deeming it a “dark and evil world.

The problems within Arkansas State Penitentiary were made public in the media and the horrors of the system even inspired a film “Brubaker” starring Robert Redford based on Thomas Murton. Arkansas prison continues to this day to be regarded as problematic  and was hardly a safe and ethical place for British authorities to source treatment for the haemophilia community.

In the UK, victims continue to die every few days. Although the Infected Blood Inquiry is a step in the right direction giving victims some hope it will expose a long and complicated history of wrongdoing, bereaved relatives continue to exist on the breadline with surviving haemophiliacs and their families still denied the full and proper compensation they truly deserve.

Links

Law suit for infected blood 2003 (Guardian, June 4th 2003)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/jun/04/aids

Haemophilia patients launch action against Bayer over contaminated blood products (BMJ 2003 326(7402) :1286

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1151015/

Bloody awful

How money and politics contaminated Arkansas’s prison plasma program.

Bloody awful

ARKANSAS JUSTICE: RACISM, TORTURE, AND A BOTCHED EXECUTION

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/12/arkansas-death-row-executions-kenneth-williams/

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 was 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 regarding resumption of activities by ICRC in Afghanistan

Post via Islamic Emirate September 15th 2019

The Islamic Emirate had a number of issues with the quality and quantity of activities being carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan which forced the Islamic Emirate to suspend their activities and scrap the security guarantees which the Islamic Emirate has given to all committed NGOs in Afghanistan.

Following continuous contacts and discussions between officials of the Islamic Emirate and heads of ICRC in the capital of Qatar, Doha, both parties consented to following the old agreement on top of new promises in humanitarian aid leading to the Islamic Emirate granting ICRC permission of resuming their activities.

With publication of this statement, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan restores the former security guarantees to ICRC in Afghanistan and instructs all Mujahideen to pave the way for ICRC activities and be mindful of security to this committee’s workers and equipment.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

17/01/1441 Hijri Lunar

24/06/1398 Hijri Solar                 15/09/2019 Gregorian

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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 was 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: Who is responsible for the continuation of war?

Post via Islamic Emirate September 13th 2009

The American invasion of Afghanistan and the imposed war upon our believing nation has completed its eighteenth year. Over the course of this period, three successive US presidents (Bush, Obama and Trump) have employed various military strategies – from changing generals to altering troop numbers, intelligence and propaganda techniques and exerting political and religious pressure, nothing has been left untouched. Yet, the efforts of these eighteen years have proven futile and on the contrary, the Afghan resistance has only grown fiercer, the human and economical toll of US has grown larger and their political prestige has taken an irreversible hit.

When a formula consistently fails for eighteen years, it means that it is wrong and another method must be undertaken. The political leadership of the United States had recently keyed in on this point and Trump began giving precedence to dialogue and understanding after the failure of his military strategy. The Islamic Emirate – who have always given precedence to peaceful resolution and even showed readiness to negotiate with US prior to the invasion – entered dialogue and negotiations with utmost seriousness by assigning a notable and influential delegation and following through with this process for the past nine months.

After the text of the agreement was finalized during nine rounds of talks over this nine-month period, the US president Donald Trump announced that this agreement was unacceptable to him and suspended the negotiations process.

As the Islamic Emirate followed through with this process with utmost seriousness and used all its power for its success in order to bring an end to this war, this only serves as proof that the Islamic Emirate is sincerely committed to peace. On the other hand America – already shouldering the burden of igniting this war with a military invasion – has also shown that she and specifically Donald Trump are the ones who are now responsible for the continuation of war and bloodshed.

Those organizations, individuals and media outlets that treat the issue of war sentimentally, support slogans of humanitarianism and always proclaim the Islamic Emirate responsible for war and civilian casualties, hereafter they must place the entire blame for the tragedies and losses of this war on Donald Trump because all nations and the international community observed how he carelessly shattered the hopes of peace of the Afghan and American people and authorized the prolongation of the longest war in American history.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan exerted all efforts for the security and prosperity of its nation and gave everything at its disposal for the success of the negotiations process. But as the opposite side unilaterally cancelled this process without a clear reason, it only shows that those who began this war do not wish to see it end therefore they now bear the responsibility of continuing this war just as they started it.

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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 was 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: Afghanistan in the month of August 2019

Post via Islamic Emirate September 13th 2019

N.B. This article consists of only those incidents which are admitted and confirmed by the enemy too. But it is worth mentioning that the real amount of losses and casualties suffered by the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries are several times higher than those admitted by them. These and other related developments can be read on the official website of the Islamic Emirate on regular basis.

In August 2019, Mujahidin launched their attacks in various parts of the country especially in the southern areas, in which several districts and enemy bases were liberated and conquered. During this month, a significant number of foreign occupying forces were killed and wounded. In addition, two rounds of peace talks were also held by members of the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate and the American representatives in Qatar. These and some other related topics are discussed under the following captions:

Losses and casualties of the foreign occupying forces:

During August, the foreign occupying forces suffered heavy losses and casualties, though only two or three incidents were admitted and confirmed by them, but in reality more than twenty foreign invaders were killed and wounded in this month.

On Wednesday 7th August, a military convoy of the foreign occupying forces became the victim and target of a huge blast in ‘Dand’ district of Kandahar province, in which, a number of enemy forces were killed and wounded.

On Wednesday 21st August, the foreign occupying forces reported that two of their soldiers were killed in Afghanistan.

On the following day, four foreign occupying forces were killed in ‘Almaar’ district of Faryab province.

On Saturday 24th August, the foreign occupying forces came under a severe and fatal attack of Mujahidin in ‘Bagram’ district of Parwan province, in which eleven American forces were killed and wounded.

On Friday 30th August, the killing of another foreign soldier was reported.

Losses and casualties of the internal mercenary forces:

In fact, losses and casualties of the internal enemy is beyond covering, but in the following lines only a handful examples out of a heap are discussed which were mainly suffered by the intermediate level forces.

On Saturday 3rd August, the head of ‘Zanda Jan’ district in Herat province was killed by Mujahidin.

On Wednesday 21st August, a jet fighter was hit and brought down by the heroic Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate in ‘Do-Aab’ district of Samangan province.

On Saturday 24th August, the head of ‘Farsi’ district in Herat province was killed by Mujahidin.

On the following day, the director of first zone of police force was killed in a successful attack of Mujahidin in Logar province.

On the same day, a member of the provincial council of Samangan province was killed by some unknown people.

On Tuesday 27th August, a commander of the notorious Arbaki militiamen was killed by Mujahidin in Jozjan province.

On the following day, another head of the unrestrained Arbaki militiamen was killed in ‘Parchaman’ district of Farah province.

Losses and sufferings of the civilian people:

Suffering and torture of the innocent civilian people by the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries were as incessant as usual. This time, our innocent masses were not spared to enjoy and celebrate even their ‘Eid’ festival in a peaceful and happy way.

On Sunday 11th August, it was the very first day of ‘Eid’ but even then two aged and white-bearded civilians were martyred by the mercenary forces of the stooge admin near the center of Logar province.

On Friday 16th August, nine innocent people including women and children were ruthlessly martyred in the indiscriminate drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Gilaan’ district of Ghazni province.

On Monday 19th August, two civilian people were blasted in landmines by the (so called) special national security forces in ‘Daud Khail’ area near the center of Logar province. The ‘Tolo’ News agency published a report, which cited while quoting members of the bereaved family that the national security forces raided their house at midnight. They forced two members of the family (Mohammad Amin who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, and his 16-year old son) to sit on mines and then blasted them. Mohammad Rahim (father of Mohammad Amin) told Tolo News that his son and grandson were completely innocent and had committed no crime, but they were torn into pieces by the security forces. This tragic incident was confirmed by the security chief of Logar province by adding that a team has been assigned for investigation as details of this tragic incident will be shared with media subsequently.

On the following day, eight innocent nomadic people including women and children were ruthlessly martyred in ‘Azra’ district of Logar province.

On Friday 23rd August, a wedding ceremony was indiscriminately attacked by the brutal joint enemy forces in ‘Chak’ district in Maidan Wardak province, in which fifteen civilian people were martyred and wounded.

On Sunday 25th August, a Mulla Imam (a religious figure who leads congregational prayers) and some innocent local farmers were martyred in ‘Mosahi’ district of Kabul province during the indiscriminate night operations of the brutal enemy.

And on the last day of August, a health clinic was destroyed by the brutal joint enemy forces in Laghman province, in which five civilian people were martyred.

For further details of losses and sufferings of the innocent civilian people, one can read monthly reports of ‘Special Commission of the Islamic Emirate for the prevention of civilian losses and casualties’ regularly published on its official website.

‘Al-Fatah’ Jihadi Operations:

‘Al-Fatah’ Jihadi operations were successfully going on in nearly all parts of the country, which had tremendous achievements for Mujahidin. In the following lines some instances are elaborated.

On Thursday 1st August, a meticulous attack was carried out on a police post in the first circle (zone) of Kabul city, in which all six policemen present there were killed.

On Monday 5th August, fourteen policemen were killed by an infiltrated Mujahid in ‘Shah Wali Kot’ district of Kandahar province.

On Tuesday 6th August, another fatal motor bomb attack was carried out on a recruitment center of the mercenary police force in Kabul, in which several enemy forces were killed and wounded. Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate ‘Zabihullah Mujahid’ told that the series of urban attacks has been launched in retaliation to the blind and brutal attacks and military operations of the joint enemy forces in rural areas of the country in which innocent civilian people are ruthlessly martyred and injured without any discrimination.

On Saturday 10th August, ‘Dai-Chupan’ district in Zabul province was liberated and controlled by Mujahidin.

On Thursday 22nd August, a huge mine of ‘lapis-lazuli’ (a precious stone) was captured by Mujahidin in ‘Kiran-o-Minjan’ district of Badakhshan province.

On the following day, the notorious ‘campaign forces’ of the stooge enemy was targeted in a huge motor bomb blast in ‘Mandozi’ district of Khost province, in which, a large number of these forces were killed and wounded.

On Saturday 24th August, a strategic center of the stooge enemy forces was captured by Mujahidin in ‘Nahr-i-Shahi’ district of Balkh province.

On Wednesday 28th August, several military posts of the enemy forces were conquered by Mujahidin in ‘Qarghan’ district of Faryab province.

On Friday 30th August, a key center and several military posts of the stooge enemy forces were cleared and captured by Mujahidin in ‘Chah-i-Aab’ district of Takhar province.

And on the following day, the above district was completely conquered by Mujahidin.

On Saturday 31st August, huge attacks were launched by Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate on the northern Kunduz province, in which several areas were captured, and a military contingent along with all its personnel and military equipment surrendered to Mujahidin. This fighting continued for several days, in which large number of enemy forces were killed and wounded and a huge amount of military equipment was confiscated by Mujahidin. In addition, during these operations, a martyrdom seeking attack was also carried out on the stooge enemy, in which, a large number of the mercenary forces were killed and wounded. This fighting came to an end when the foreign occupying forces intervened for direct participation in the confrontation.

These were only a handful examples of the tremendous achievements of ‘Al-Fatah’ Jihadi operations. Further and complete details can be seen on the official website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Peace Talks:

On Friday 2nd August, regarding peace talks between American officials and representatives of the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Qatar, the daily ‘Washington Post’ wrote in one of its articles that American government is preparing for the withdrawal of its thousands of forces from Afghanistan.

On the following day, peace talks between the negotiating team of the Islamic Emirate and American side began in Doha which continued till Monday 12th of August. Both negotiating sides expressed their optimism for the outcome of this round of talks. But the American officials gave contradictory statements about the evacuation of their forces from Afghanistan at the end of this round of talks. In his response, spokesman of the political office of the Islamic Emirate ‘Sohail Shaheen’ told that the ongoing war will remain incessant until and unless the foreign occupation comes to an end.

On Thursday 22nd August, besides the above uncertainty, ninth round of peace talks started between the two sides which continued till the last moments of August.

Achievements of Democracy:

On Friday 2nd August, ‘Commission for Complaints’ of the stooge admin disclosed a big secret that government funds were misused by both leaders of the present heterogeneous setup Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah in their election campaigns, whereas no ruling authorities who are found involved in misusing the government resources are eligible for contending elections.

On the other hand, media protection committee of the stooge admin in Kabul (though the stooge setup considers itself committed to democracy) reported that thirty seven incidents of different level of violence of the stooge officials and forces of the puppet regime against the reporters have been registered with this committee.

The abscondence and surrender of internal forces:

The incessant success of Mujahidin on both military and political fronts and the simultaneous abscondence and surrender of its military and police forces have deeply shaken the moral of the stooge admin in Kabul.

Based on a report published by SIGAR (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction) on Friday 2nd August, forty two thousand mercenary forces have left the puppet regime by now.

According to another news published on the same date, deputy head of ‘Muaqar’ district in Badghis province has joined Mujahidin along with his several armed personnel.

On Saturday 31st August, a whole contingent of the mercenary army of the stooge admin surrendered to Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate in the wake of their huge attacks in the heart of Kunduz province.

Confession of failure:

On Friday 23rd August, head of the stooge admin in Kabul Ashraf Ghani declared openly as he was feeling no shame that their mercenary forces were fighting proxy war for the protection of world powers. This bitter reality is confessed and acknowledged by the stooge setup while the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is incessantly fighting for the last nineteen years against the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries by considering and proving itself as the freedom fighter and defender of our beloved country, and its pious people.

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 was 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: Message to the Kabul administration

Post via Islamic Emirate September 11th 2019
Last Monday night the courageous Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate conducted a deadly attack on Green Village in Kabul. Before this, attacks took place against the provincial capitals of Baghlan and Kunduz. The Mujahideen took control of about 80% of Kunduz city while hundreds of puppet soldiers met a humiliating death and dozens were injured in these assaults along with large amount heavy and light weaponry obtained as war spoils. Note that the Mujahideen did not intend to establish full control over these cities as per their strategy.
Then alongside these events, the Mujahideen liberated Zari distict of Balkh province while in Takhar and Badakhshan, dozens of outposts and facilities were overrun. In Kohsan district of Heart, forty soldiers surrendered their weapons before the Mujahideen and, in the same manner, the Mujahideen continued gaining victories over the Kabul administration and invaders throughout the country rendering all schemes of their oppressive armies completely futile.
Foreigners in Kabul were struck with such ferocity that the Kabul authorities became hysterical. Following the attack, the area was completely surrounded and journalists were prohibited from entering. The puppets proudly claimed to have saved many foreigners in Green Village as though they had accomplished something praiseworthy. Also, according to their false assertions innocent civilians had been killed in the attack. The dead civilians to whom they were referring are in fact dozens of dead invaders that were part of an ongoing occupation of our land. This, of course, was prevented from appearing on the media and journalists were prohibited from visiting the site of the attack. Nevertheless, the Afghan public are well aware of all that took place. Whatever the Mujahideen have mentioned in the official statement conveys the reality of the incident. In this successful attack the enemy was heavily targeted and no civilians was deliberately hit. Besides, the public is not permitted to go to such areas.
Moving on, the message behind this deadly attack was as follows: the barbaric enemy ought to at least now, after almost two decades of unsuccessful use of violence, acknowledge that massacre, oppression and indiscriminate bombardment will not deliver it a victory of any kind. The enemy’s manner of attacking is one of blindly bombarding Afghans, making no distinction between unarmed civilians and armed Mujahideen. In nighttime raids, the homes of Afghan civilians are destroyed, their wealth and valuables looted while violence against women, children, youth and the elderly is rampant. This is because both the invaders and their quislings are well aware that Afghanistan and its Muslim people reject their presence and whatever package that presence brings.
It is only wise for the Kabul quisling administration to cease this horrific series of unjust violence against the Afghan public. They ought to make their decisions in accordance with ground realities and these ground realities have revealed that policies based on oppression cannot deliver to them any success. The enemies should refrain from their criminal activities otherwise further days of mourning await them.
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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 was 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 regarding 100th Anniversary of Independence from British Occupation

Post via Islamic Emirate August 19th 2019

Exactly one hundred years earlier (28th Assad 1298), the righteous Mujahid Afghan nation won independence of their beloved homeland (Afghanistan) from the English imperialists and forced them to officially recognize the sovereignty of Afghanistan. The Afghan Mujahid nation – under the leadership and with the fatwa of noble scholars and spiritual guides – waged Jihad and War of Independence against the British colonizers for eighty whole years, defeating them thrice and forcing them out of their proud land.

The indefatigable struggle of our Mujahid forefathers against the English imperialists not only resulted in the freedom of Afghanistan but it blessed nations under the oppression of colonialists in the region and throughout the world with the spirit of freedom and resistance. It sparked armed struggles against the western occupiers around the world and these same uprisings resulted in them gaining their independence.

It is due to the blessings of the Jihadi endeavors and gaining independence by our forefathers a century earlier that our nation has remained committed to its religious and cultural values and be able to keep alive their creed, ideology, culture, mother language and all spiritual values even as most occupied societies became alien to their own heritage and adopted the colors of their colonizers.

Just as our Mujahid predecessors waged Jihad against the English and Soviet occupiers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Islamic Emirate – with the help of Allah (SwT) and support of its believing nation – has also kept the fronts of Jihad simmering and is leading a national uprising against the American invaders and her allies in the twenty-first century.

We convey to the current occupiers that not only have you failed to pacify the Jihadi uprising of the valiant Muslim Afghans despite using force and experimenting with various strategies for two decades, demolishing homes, crops and social centers and overcrowding Guantanamo, Bagram and other open and secret prisons with Afghans but on the contrary, your territorial control is being restricted with each passing day and you are being forced to take refuge behind towering blast walls in city centers. Therefore, we advise you to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans and take heed from the history of this Graveyard of Empires.

Fortunately, the ongoing eighteen-year Jihad against the current invaders being led by the Islamic Emirate has reached a stage where the occupiers are making preparations for the withdrawal of their forces.

The Islamic Emirate extends its felicitation to the entire Mujahid nation on the occasion of 100th Anniversary of Independence Day and feels a sense of pride in following the footsteps of our forefathers by leading the current resistance (Jihad) and maintaining support of its nation against the American invaders.

With the blessing of this Jihad, the day approaches closer when these invaders shall completely leave our country akin to the British and Soviets before them and the believing Afghan nation shall again raise the banner of honor and independence as they did a century earlier, Allah willing.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

18/12/1440 Hijri Lunar

28/05/1398 Hijri Solar                  19/08/2019 Gregorian

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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 was 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: American invaders and their hirelings martyr 11 civilians mostly students in Zurmat

Post via Islamic Emirate August 12th 2019

In the continuing cycle of war crimes, American invaders along with their hirelings under the name of Kabul NDS once again carried out a raid on our defenseless countrymen.

This time the raid was carried out in Kolalgo area of Zurmat district, Paktia province, targeting students that had come home for Eid holidays.

The Kabul administration intelligence announced that they had supposedly martyred commanders and other Mujahideen in this operation.

This as the entire district of Zurmat, Paktia province, are witnesses that all the victims were innocent civilians with no ties to any armed group.

All the military achievements of the criminal Americans and their hirelings are these exact crimes against humanity.

They believe that carrying out raids on homes in the dead of night and murdering civilians is an excellent achievement that is why they proudly accept responsibility for such crimes.

Names of the Martyrs are:

1 – Ustad Shafiullah s/o Dr. Ulfat, physics teacher at Kolalgo school.

2 – In’amullah s/o Dr. Ulfat, student.

3 – Ansarullah s/o Dr. Qudratullah, student at Department of Education in Paktia University.

4 – Hayatullah s/o Muhammad Mukhtar, teacher at a private school in Kabul.

5 – Rahatullah s/o Abdullah, shop owner in Ghazni city.

6 – Hikmatullah s/o Abdullah, teacher at Daulatzai school.

7 – Nasratullah s/o Abdullah, student.

8 – Muhammad Asif s/o Azizullah, principle of Dawlat Khan high school.

9 – Fida Muhammad s/o Muhammad Yousuf, ordinary villager.

10 – Nasrullah s/o Wardak, ordinary villager.

11 – Fathullah s/o Jumma Gul, ordinary villager.

Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid

11/12//1440 Hijri Lunar

21/05/1398 Hijri Solar                 12/08/2019 Gregorian

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