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US to Deploy Hundreds of Marines to Afghanistan

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The US will send 300 Marines to train Afghan forces in the embattled Helmand province, adding to nearly 10,000 US troops still in the country. The Taliban claimed most of the opium-making region after NATO withdrawal.

The troops are set to be deployed in spring of 2017 as a part of NATO’s advise-assist mission, the US Marine Corps announced on Friday.

A 300-person force, led by a brigadier general, would “train and advise key leaders” within Afghanistan’s security forces in the southern Helmand region. Both the Afghan army and the police are struggling to contain the Taliban insurgency, which took large swaths of territory by storm after NATO ended combat missions in 2014. The Taliban currently hold around 85 percent of the Helmand province and launch attacks on the remaining districts. The region is known for its massive opium trade.

“The Marine Corps has an operational history in Afghanistan, particularly in Helmand province,” the officials said in the statement, adding that the Marines “will assist in preserving gains made together with the Afghans.”

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Although no foreign troops are currently fighting the Taliban, the United States still keeps nearly 10,000 troops in the war-torn nation under the so-called Resolute Support mission. While the Obama administration made plans to reduce this number in 2017, the fate of the mission is unclear as US President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office later this month.

US officials believe that the Taliban cooperate with opium traffickers in the embattled province, with criminal networks aiding the insurgency.

Last month, the chief US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, John Nicholson, stated that Kabul directly controls some 64 percent of the Afghan population, 4 percent less compared to his September estimate. The UN estimated that Afghanistan’s opium production rose sharply during 2016.

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45 Comments on "US to Deploy Hundreds of Marines to Afghanistan"

  1. penury on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 2:17 pm 

    Really? Colour me shocked.

  2. GregT on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 2:39 pm 

    The Taliban must not be allowed to take control of the opium. They refuse to play nice with the CIA.

  3. Cloggie on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 2:45 pm 

    So why the interest in the Afghan desert?

    The official story was something with bin Laden. The real geopolitical interest is in attempting to create a pipeline corridor from the Caspian basin to the Indian ocean and deprive Russia from controlling these resources:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkmenistan%E2%80%93Afghanistan%E2%80%93Pakistan%E2%80%93India_Pipeline

    It has a similar aim as this Nabucco pipeline through Turkey. And both pipelines are becoming obsolete from a Western perspective:

    – Pakistan is gradually becoming a Chinese client state
    – Turkey is becoming a more unreliable ally with every passing day

    The idea of constructing a pipeline through Taliban country Afghanistan is adventurous to say the least.

    Expect Trump to end the Afghan madness and withdraw.

  4. GregT on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 2:51 pm 

    “Expect Trump to end the Afghan madness and withdraw.”

    And lose some 500 billion annually in opium production? Can you say ‘assassination’ Cloggie?

  5. Cloggie on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 3:11 pm 

    Trump considers assasinating the CIA.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2016/12/10/trump-comments-cia-expose-breach-with-agencies/MGY4ef9rA7V9m4qEVYMBAI/story.html

    Regarding JFK 2.0 – first time a tragedy, second time a farce.

  6. GregT on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 3:37 pm 

    Trump might want to consider one of these.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/btCU2k0F_50/hqdefault.jpg

  7. Anonymous on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 5:48 pm 

    Who are you trying to convince clogger? Trump is not taking on the CIA, the NWO, or anything of the sort. President Hairpiece hasn’t even assumed his pretend job as pretend leader of the empire, and here you have him slaying the well-entrenched muscle of the amerio-zionist deep state.

    None of your pronouncements about him, have actually, you know, occurred. Yet you act like not only IS the puppet trump going to act exactly like you expect him to, but you almost seem to think these things have already de-facto taken place. But is that to be expected? You are exactly the same way when it comes to ‘tech’. Always reminding us tech X will ONE day, perform miracle Y, and some vaguely unspecified point in the future.

    The uS could have ‘left’ afghanistan anytime it wanted to. trump has not made any noises about leaving that country(more projections and wishful thinking on your part), and if the pentagon and CIA (and friends), don’t want to leave that unfortunate country, they simply wont. ‘trumps’ input will hardly matter one way or the other.

  8. peakyeast on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 6:14 pm 

    The only time Taliban really had power in Afghanistan the output of Opium dropped to about 0.

    Interestingly that was when the West decided it was time to obliterate the country.

    The year after obliterating the Talibans total control the Opium production was back to historical levels.

    Yeah – Sure – NATO and the US surely are preventing opium production…

    https://publicintelligence.net/unodc-afghan-opium-survey-november-2012/

    The only thing in the situation of 2001 is that Taliban had the power. War has been going since then (and before) – so its not disruption due to the “Good” forces of the West.

    “In the seven years (1994–2000) prior to a Taliban opium ban, the Afghan farmers’ share of gross income from opium was divided among 200,000 families”

    So we went to war to make sure we got production back online… Fucking disgusting.

  9. makati1 on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 6:25 pm 

    GregT, most here think only about oily things and “terrorists”, not the real reason the U$ is in Afghanistan. They have no concept of the planned destruction of the U$, and other countries, by the poppy production there, under the watchful protection of the U$ mercenary military.

    The CIA is the world’s largest drug cartel by far. There is no other explanation for how after, what, 30 years and many billions of dollars, the drug problem in the U$ is still growing by leaps and bounds with no end in sight.

    Poppy production increased almost exponentially over the years the U$ has been in Afghanistan. It pays for most of the black ops and other “secret” projects of the U$ government. The ones that are “off the books” and out of the news. Hundreds of billions of dollars pay a lot of bills.

  10. makati1 on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 6:26 pm 

    Right on peaky!

  11. makati1 on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 6:30 pm 

    Anon, you are correct. If Trump doesn’t toe the line he will not live to run again in 2020. But it would be interesting to see how the VP performs. Anyone know anything about the VP? Who is he anyway? lol

  12. DMyers on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 6:32 pm 

    This is all very plain and simple. If those boys aren’t out there fighting war, they’re going to get rusty and soft. We also need an occasional fatality to heighten fear among the survivors.

    This is really just a little practice war, something to keep certain troops sharp. It’s a very realistic type war, with both military and civilian casualties, but it’s happening way over there, on the other side of the world. We’ve basically rented some space in Afghanistan to engage in war games.
    We try to act as advisors to the native armies, but we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty if it takes that to save face.

    The opium issue is a red herring. Seems the argument is that the U.S. clandestinely takes part in the trade or in aspects which are complementary to it. Banks serving as laundries for opium money, for example, benefit greatly from that business, and this is without any regard as to whether the banks are themselves culpable or acting with knowledge of the underlying circumstances.

    The opium factor should not be ignored, but the real motive is a neurotic need to be ready for war at all times, to the point of inventing one (or two, or three…) while we’re at it.

  13. peakyeast on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 6:43 pm 

    @DMyers: When they do these kind of actions there are always more than one reason. The trigger here is the opium ban. If Afghanistan did not have the opium it is much less likely that the west would have used it as training grounds.

    The multiple reasons are also a comfortable way of making difficult the analysis and conclusions of the reasons behind the attack – because this was purely an attack not a defence.

    There are many other places they could “train”.

    Somalia for example, but it seems that there was too little to gain so they pulled out whining all the way… Black hawk down.. waaaah waaaah home to mommy.

  14. joe on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 6:44 pm 

    This thing with the opium is simple. According to salafist interpretation of Islam, the Taliban are against opium because of its addictive and harmful effects. Jihadis are not allowed to harm their bodies and it is haram to do so. Most muslims dont drink alcohol because Mohammad forbade the consumption of fermented wheat and grape, however the drinking of meade and starch based spirits was at one time considered to be perfectly fine, only the modern jihadists/Wahabbis have taken the extremist view, until jihadism took over Albania and Kosovo the muslims there drank meade etc. I guess I saying that its unlikely that they would permit such over production of opium unless there was a religious arguement for it, which could be true. The modern Taliban is not the Taiban founded by the Pakistanis with US money, Talibanism so to speak has taken over, its very nationalist. Its probably the local farmers who are supplying demand, the Taliban probobly dont say anything right now because their hold is a tenuous as what they pushed out. As with ISIS, they lay low and build up the base first via the mosque networks and then explode onto the scene when they have caused enough trouble to government via social movments and civil actions and political activites.

  15. Sissyfuss on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 9:53 pm 

    I think the deep state might have shipped Apeman to Afghanistan. Apey, how’s the Poppy crop doing?

  16. JuanP on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 11:53 pm 

    Peakyeast “The only time Taliban really had power in Afghanistan the output of Opium dropped to about 0.”
    Isn’t that why the US government labeled them terrorists? Ah, no, it was because they were buddies with our man in Peshawar who turned against us and singlehandedly organized and funded the 911 attack which was not a false flag. Evil, evil OBL. LOL! I sometimes wonder how Americans manage to believe the stuff they are sold. I can’t wait for Trump to be president. That motherfucker makes me laugh everyday with his tweets. I am considering joining Twitter just to subscribe to Trump’s feed. Go trump!

  17. Hubert on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 1:05 am 

    This Idiot Country is stuck in Hell.

  18. Hubert on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 1:07 am 

    Albert Einstein:””Insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.”

  19. rockman on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 11:22 am 

    “300-person force, led by a brigadier general, would “train and advise key leaders”. Of course, after all the basic function of a marine is to be a “teacher”. LOL.

    And a reenforced company of marines commanded by a brigadier when it’s usually commanded by a major or a captain? Maybe he volunteered hoping for his second star before retirement.

  20. Kenz300 on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 12:06 pm 

    Follow the money.

    The top 1% want it all and will do anything to get it.

  21. Boat on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 2:27 pm 

    mak, peak

    So using your reasoning the world could move the Taliban to Mexico and they would end the drug cartels? He he. Pass that on to Trump. Sounds like something he would go for. Hey the P’s could use some taliban. Lol.

  22. peakyeast on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 2:50 pm 

    @boat: Yeah – Trump just needs to convince Mexico that they should take all afghan “refugees” that applies.

    Then the fanatics can kill the fucked up and vice versa.

  23. GregT on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 3:29 pm 

    Are you on drugs Boat?

  24. makati1 on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 3:33 pm 

    GregT, Boat definitely has a problem. He obviously has delusions of grandeur mixed with pure stupidity. OR … he has some really strong stuff he inhales.

  25. peakyeast on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 3:51 pm 

    @GregT: Why not let him have his type of fun? He is after all not a bad person…

    http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/parenting/discipline-behavior/spanking/10-reasons-not-hit-your-child

  26. makati1 on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 4:17 pm 

    peaky, … But! But! It’s so much fun! lol

    Some people ask to be “hit”. It is their form of pleasure. Why else would one keep coming back for more? I don’t understand masochism, but the disease seems to be spreading in the West. Why else keep pounding the war drums and living a lifestyle that is killing you?

  27. Cloggie on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 4:50 pm 

    peaky, … But! But! It’s so much fun! lol
    Some people ask to be “hit”. It is their form of pleasure. Why else would one keep coming back for more? I don’t understand masochism

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LP1nueUNn8

  28. makati1 on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 4:59 pm 

    Cloggie, I was being facetious, not literal, about not knowing what masochism is.

    “Masochism and sadism are both about the enjoyment of pain. Masochism refers to the enjoyment of experiencing pain while sadism refers to the enjoyment of inflicting pain.”

    Now doesn’t that explain the U$ is a lot of ways? It is both.

  29. Cloggie on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 5:11 pm 

    “Masochism and sadism are both about the enjoyment of pain. Masochism refers to the enjoyment of experiencing pain while sadism refers to the enjoyment of inflicting pain.”

    There is this ritual kind of masochism, usually without serious physical pain, where men are prepared to pay for, provided the whipping is done by a scarcely-dressed sex-bomb.

    I doubt that this is the case with boat. So I support peaky that sometimes it is better to ignore an opinion you don’t like and an refrain from continuously and pavlovian rubbing it in “how stupid he is”.

  30. Boat on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 5:24 pm 

    Clog,

    If what you say about Jewish influence is true the 50 million Germans in the US are now controlled by a mere 5 million or so Jews. Lol In Europe even during WWII they were a tiny percentage of the population. I don’t mind being ridiculed by a bunch of racist and obvious perception challenged idiots. Why Germans are so hateful, fearful and easily mentally manipulated along with other Europeans is intriguing. Ya’ll seem much like many of the remnants of the Ottoman Empire. Stuck in some ideology that makes you think race or religion is destined to rule. And you don’t mind dying at repeated attempts of world control. I don’t want to paint with to big a brush knowing large numbers of “normal folks” have rejected crazy ideology. In fact troops and tanks from Germany, the Brits and US gather in Poland to send a message to another crazy, Putin. In the world whack a mole game Putin seems to insist on raising his head.

    Jews on the other hand, in all their tiny impact cause few problems in comparison. Glad the UN sent a message about the settlements. But no way should the land be given back unless there is peace. Those idiots should have never attacked Israel in the first place.

  31. makati1 on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 5:33 pm 

    If the 5% own or control all of the important things in the U$, of course they control the other 95%. After all, the 0.01% control the other 99.99% and have for decades.

  32. makati1 on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 5:34 pm 

    jews ARE the problem, Boat. They cause most, if not ALL, of the world’s problems today. You either are one or are not very informed.

  33. peakyeast on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 5:47 pm 

    @Boat: Who attacked who first? Please read up on history on the creation of Israel.

    Please do – and read it all. And remember the particular points in time where things happened. I have been through it myself and it is pretty obvious what happened if you read it carefully and pay attention to who did what and when.

  34. GregT on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 5:48 pm 

    @Cloggie,

    “sometimes it is better to ignore an opinion you don’t like”

    No rebuttal to Boat’s above post to you? Or is this one of those times that it is better to ignore and let his post stand as factual? If so, Boat just owned you. 🙂

  35. Cloggie on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 5:57 pm 

    If what you say about Jewish influence is true the 50 million Germans in the US are now controlled by a mere 5 million or so Jews. Lol In Europe even during WWII they were a tiny percentage of the population

    Boat, try to get a grasp of the idea of power structure.

    Every society in history was ruled by a power pyramid. It is completely irrelevant if we talk about western democracies, Czarist Russia, Nazi-Germany, Stalinist-Russia, Pharaonic Egypt, Roman Empire… there is always a PM, Czar, Fuehrer, Comrade #1, Pharaoh, Emperor who is nominally in charge, but who is surrounded by ministers, consultants, advisers, counselors, etc., who exercise influence on the chief and invisibly control him. That’s where in the US the Jews come in. The additional unique feature about the US is the presence of mass media, who to a large extent are in the hands of the folks we are talking about. The MSM can and are used to create an atmosphere and mood, a huge influence, no US “ruler” can ignore.

    Released taped conversation Nixon and Billy Graham:

    BG: This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country’s going down the drain.

    RN: You believe that?

    BG: Yes, sir.

    RN: Oh, boy. So do I. I can’t ever say that, but I believe it.

    BG: No, but if you get elected a second time, then we might be able to do something.

    They were not talking about Germans, boat.

    But Nixon and Graham would never got the chance to do something about J-power in the US, because this nice mr Bernstein prevented that with his Watergate non-event revelations:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRlatDWqh0o

    Now mr Bernstein is shitting in his pants about neocon J-power from becoming too exposed (thanks to the internet).lol

    Jews on the other hand, in all their tiny impact cause few problems in comparison.

    You’ve got a point there, boat. Apart from…

    – instigating the Bolshevik revolution in Russia
    – bringing the US in WW1
    – owning the FED and the rest of Wallstreet
    – instigating WW2
    – inventing all nuclear weapons
    – running the Nuremberg trial (holo-tale and German war-guilt)
    – killing JFK for wanting to abolish the FED and prevent Israeli nukes
    – opening up the US for mass-immigration in 1965 after the JFK-hit brought the Texan Jew LBJ in the saddle
    – organizing 9/11
    – organizing the Iraq, Syrian and Libyan war
    – organizing the coup in Kiev

    …is Jewish influence neglectable really and not worth discussing.

    So what’s the weather tomorrow going to be?

    Why Germans are so hateful, fearful and easily mentally manipulated along with other Europeans is intriguing.

    It is intriguing for you because you don’t understand.

    The Jews never had a chance to attain power in Europe before 1945, very much unlike in America and Russia [*]. You of course will say that Americans are morally superior, I say in contrast that Americans are slow and terribly naive. They almost got a hold on Germany, like they attained with Russia in 1917 with their communist party, because Germany was cornered by the “noble” French and British in Versailles after WW1 and due to the social misery in Germany, the communist appeal was great. Europeans understand that if you don’t throw them out, they take you over thanks to high IQ and rigid networking (ethnic solidarity, aka racism).

    https://www.biblebelievers.org.au/expelled.htm

    There is no American entry in this registry. I trust you are very proud of that, right?

    [*] – there is a reason for that. Russians in 1917 will little more than illiterate serfs of the Czar. The weakness with Americans is that they are a nation of immigrants, with little natural social cohesion and solidarity. The famous American individualism. European-Americans are therefor not organized, where the Jews are the most organized people on this planet.

    In fact troops and tanks from Germany, the Brits and US gather in Poland to send a message to another crazy, Putin. In the world whack a mole game Putin seems to insist on raising his head.

    Putin was until November 2016 the main hope for (violins please) The White Race. Fortunately he now has an important ally in Trump. And perhaps they (plus coming European nationalists) can defeat the “Sanhedrin” and their absolute knucklehead foot soldiers like you.

  36. Cloggie on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 5:58 pm 

    No rebuttal to Boat’s above post to you?

    Took some time to write a long one.

  37. peakyeast on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 6:10 pm 

    The current US government has succeeded in subduing the real Americans and the original Hawaians totally. It is very sad and completely immoral. But the same hasnt been completed yet in Palestine. The original population still remembers and feels what happened and the continuous wars is not making it better.

    That land is STOLEN. And there is just no way around that fact!

    They can blah blah all they want – but if we had to roll-back all the indecency, genocides and land grabbing for the past 1000s of year. NOONE would be living where they are now or at any other point in time if you did it at any other point in time.

    The problem here is that Israels land was stolen recently from people who has been living there mixed together for generations and given to one of the parties that lived there. After which the western nations hurried to put in so many people that it was difficult to roll back.

    More or less like a massive invasion of muslims to Europe. See how happy the Europeans are about that !!

  38. Cloggie on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 6:12 pm 

    European-Americans are therefor not organized

    This may have changed in 2016 when the Republican Party changed from being The Party of Big Business into what effectively has become The White Party.

    The Reps are going to be the vehicle that could initiate the eventual breakup of the US as there is for the “deplorables” from fly-over country no reason whatsoever to remain in the Union and keep paying the affirmative action bills until they have become a minority in their own country and live at the mercy of those who call you cracker. The Euro’s have weapons and can count on massive support from Europe (that never really was comfortable with being sidelined by Anglo-Soviet… err …liberators). The deal will be: “we 700 million Europeans can guarantee you ‘white lives’ as long as you don’t team up with China, as you teamed up with the USSR in 1933”.

    Match made in heaven.

  39. GregT on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 6:56 pm 

    “Stuck in some ideology that makes you think race or religion is destined to rule. ”

    You obviously know nothing about Judaism either Boat. They believe that they are God’s chosen people, and that they are destined to rule over all other races and religions.

  40. Boat on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 7:04 pm 

    Clog,

    If Europe can’t handle a few Jews with regulations for the greater good of all. If your fear of Jews dominates your politics and life, I fear there is no competence or common sense that could stand up to anything or anybody. Sounds like a bunch of disorganized pussys. You don’t need violence, just a few votes it the Jew control is so destructive. If you just stood in the streets and chanted along with 20 or 30 million like minded reformists you can change anything. You just need a true coherent agenda and presentation of the destruction the Jews represent. I personally don’t think you have anything but hate but I wouldn’t know. Who cares about European politics. We have enough of our own.

  41. GregT on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 7:08 pm 

    “Who cares about European politics. We have enough of our own.”

    And yours are being controlled by the Jews.

  42. Hubert on Mon, 9th Jan 2017 2:54 am 

    This idiot country has lost it’s soul.

    FBI: https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1546920

  43. Cloggie on Mon, 9th Jan 2017 4:40 am 

    boat says Stuck in some ideology that makes you think race or religion is destined to rule.”

    You make the mistake boat of projecting your own mindset onto the rest of the world. Anglos are really different. The US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are all “nations” of immigrants, populated by people who abandoned their ancestral homeland’s not that long ago. They handed over their European identities like overcoats at the wardrobe of Ellis Island to Emma Lazarus. And Emma loved all these “huddled masses”, because Emma has a centuries old globalist agenda and Emma needed people without strong identities to achieve that aim. Rallying around the American flag was allowed as a surrogate for nationalism, as long as you did the rallying together with Africans, Latino’s and Asians.

    Perhaps you would care to look how a Texas university looks like from the inside in 2017:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orNT-aMTfvc

    Not sure why Richard Spencer would want to explain the alt-right to a group of students who appear to be for 50% black; perhaps he wants to develop his verbal & leadership skills. Don’t forget to note the large number of police men in the back of the room, who apparently are not as confident as you are that “race doesn’t matter”.

    Now how do you think that a cynical foreigner like me interprets these pictures? I’ll tell you:

    1. with that kind of a (future) elite, the US won’t be on top that much longer.
    2. it is only a matter of time until somebody throws a match in that system and America will have its own Slaviansk, where the Ukrainian/Donbass standoff began.

    https://twitter.com/prisonplanet/status/526364195642966016

    People like Alex Jones and Richard Spencer with his fashy hair cut smell that the days of Washington are numbered and that a new tax farm can be created, owned by them and all the other 1776-style revolutionaries who will soon pop up. And just like in 1776, continental Europe (this time from Atlantic to Ural) will see it in its interest to again support these American revolutionaries. This time not to kick the British under the nuts and deprive it of a valuable colony, but to get rid of the US overlord and role back 1945.

    Trump will probably be the last president of the US as we know it. We should use the Trump years to quietly prepare for a pan-European future and an identitarian multi-polar world order next to China, Islam, Africa, India and others. The absolute rule of white man like we had in 1900 is over, thanks America. But we can still be the first address on this planet.

    In the world whack a mole game Putin seems to insist on raising his head.

    The only mole who is going to be whacked will be you, boat, in the unlikely event that you would take up arms and attempt to prevent the formation of James Howard Kunstler’s “Foxfire Republic”.

  44. Mark Ziegler on Thu, 12th Jan 2017 7:18 pm 

    A few runs with agent orange can take care of the opium once and for all.
    Must be the people in charge are stuffing their pockets.

  45. makati1 on Thu, 12th Jan 2017 9:41 pm 

    Mark, “the people in charge” are the U$ CIA. How do you think they pay for their black ops if not with drug money? The U$ government is the world’s largest drug organization, bar none. No other explanation for the drastic increase in production AFTER the U$ got into Afghanistan.

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