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NEW: @DoD_IG report on US-#Afghanistan raises questions about Washington's "over-the-horizon" #counterterrorism strategy

Need for US planes/drones to fly long distances, loss of human intelligence "has significantly reduced the DoD’s
capacity to track terrorist targets"
"As of the end of the quarter [March 31], the DoD had not conducted any strikes on terrorist targets in #Afghanistan since its withdrawal last year" per @DoD_IG acting IG Sean O'Donnell

re: #ISIS #alQaida
#ISIS-#Khorasan estimated to have 2,000 members operating in #Afghanistan, per @DoD_IG citing @DefenseIntel

That's about half of estimates shared by the @UN in February
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🇦🇫 ⚡🌐 The #Taliban have not yet met the conditions for recognition of their #government, the #US Special Representative for #Afghanistan Tom West said in an interview with the #Afghan 1TV channel. Image
He stressed that the #UnitedStates is not ready to resume the work of the embassy in #Afghanistan, but will continue to interact with the #Taliban in order to protect #American interests.
At the same time, he noted that the #Taliban are serious about fulfilling the terms of the #Doha agreement regarding the prevention of the use of the #territory of #Afghanistan against the #UnitedStates and its #allies.
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1/Thread: #FCX30 (Doha) η νεα προταση της Ιταλικης #Fincantieri για τις αναγκες του #ΠΝ στο προγραμμα των κορβετων, η προταση που προτεινεται περιλαμβάνει την κατασκευη 1 #κορβετας στα Ιταλικα ναυπηγεια και την κατασκευη των υπολοιπων τριων στα #ναυπηγεια στην #Ελευσινα.
2/Το πλοιο αν και βασιζεται στην κλάση #Doha εχει προσαρμοστει στις απαιτησεις του #ΠΝ, η αυτονομια αυξηθηκε απο τα 3500 νμ στα 5000νμ ενω η μεγιστη ταχυτητα επεσε απο τους 28 στους 25 κομβους. Το προωστηριο σκευος φερεται να ειναι #CODOE και το cruise speed σε 14 κομβους
3/Για ανθυποβρυχιακες επιχειρησεις απαιτείται περαιτερω μειωση τιμης της ταχύτητας στου 12 κομβους ωστε να γινεται αθορυβη πλευση με βαση την κατασκευαστρια εταιρεια. Διαθετει τόσο σοναρ τροπιδας όσο και συρομενο. Εντουτοις δεν εχει αποσαφηνιστει αν ειναι μεταβλητου βαθους ή οχι
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Existential thread re how much do you love your kids & if you really, really want them over for Xmas holidays?

All thanks to @DGCAIndia @MoCA_GoI & @JM_Scindia @PMOIndia allowing v few flights, so fares > ₹1.5 lac, any sector, #London to #India
In @ShashiTharoor's cattle class
Thought I'd begin with our national carrier @airindiain after a great experience last time

Chose #AMD @ahmairport, one of our few international airports with A

Fare is £1983 (is it a promotion with the movie 83?)
Hey, it's #Gujarat, all business folks, ex Modi town. My bad!
Then went for the pukka #British @British_Airways

Picked #Hyderabad simply because it isn't #Bangalore, trying smaller airports, maybe better given the Covid restrictions

The fare is a whopping £2231. Ok, back to the drawing board !
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Dear @SecDef #Austin, the Afghan Government "collapsed" because the US Administration cut a deal with the Taliban, not because of Taliban attacks which they countered for 19 years.

The Taliban made advances because they had a deal with the Adm that they will be the next power.
Dear General #Milley, the best way not to "Americanize" any war is not to cut deals with the enemy, the Taliban in the case of Afghanistan.

As simple as that.
Can Congress ask the secretary of defense, the joint chiefs, and @CENTCOM commander, what is the plan they established with the #Taliban in #Doha, to transfer #Afghanistan to them?

Was there a joint plan? If yes, what was it. If not, how would a transition take place?
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-#Afghanistan govt for the ISI by the ISI
-Moderate Mullah Baradar was to head govt: Pushed to ceremonial pstn
-PM Mullah Akhund: Deobandi, Credited with destruction of giant 6th C #Buddha statues of #Bamiyan, directed insurgency against #USA-backed Afghan govt from #Pakistan
-Akhund belongs to powerful Durrani tribe from Kandahar
-Served as foreign minister in previous #Taliban govt
-Head of Quetta Shura
-ISI put together plot for Taliban’s second innings with Quetta Shura
-Baradar’s fall due his liking for Hamid Karzai & dislike for #HaqqaniNetwork
-I hope #USA Pres #JoeBiden realizes that #Pakistan & #China made fool of free world
-Moderate face Baradar served merely as facade before international community in #Doha
-With Sirajuddin Haqqani as interior minister & Akhund as PM world faces dangerous future
-Act now or perish
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Given recent events in #Afghanistan & my focus on that country since 2008, I’ve been engaging in a lot of professional reflection of late. I'm going to share some results of that in this (long) THREAD. 1/n
To do this, I went back and re-read everything I’ve written publicly on #Afghanistan over the past two years, as well as a few pertinent older pieces. I’ll post links to these articles as I go. 2/n
I’ll start w/this article I wrote in @WarOnTheRocks in 2016. In it, I described how the #Taliban were steadily encroaching on key rural areas of #Afghanistan & how the #ANDSF were struggling to stop them. 3/n
warontherocks.com/2016/12/afghan…
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Nuovo thread con l’aggiornamento della situazione in #Afghanistan oggi 17 agosto. Vi anticipo che mi attendo che gli aggiornamenti saranno meno rispetto ai giorni scorsi.
Si inizia subito con questo: una prima assoluta nella storia dellmAfghanistan. Il portavoce dei #Talebani che risponde alle domande di una giornalista donna di @TOLOnews.
I #Talebani hanno dichiarato l’amnistia generale per tutti i funzionari statali. (Furbi: senza di loro non possono governare, la burocrazia serve sempre).
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Anyone who s celebrating what's happening in #Afghanistan is bereft of a sense of history and perspective. This region needs to breathe and till the time Afghanistan remains in turmoil, the region will never be free to proposer or progress. 1/n
One of the worst mistakes we all made was concentrate more on what others were doing wrong and less on what we could do right. That time is over.
Now the only hope is the talks between what is left of the Afghan govt and the Taliban apparently happening tomorrow in #Doha - 2/n
had this process happened in earnest many months and years before we would ve probably never reached today's scenario. 3/n
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#Afghanistan 🇦🇫: thread sulla situazione a #Kabul sulla base delle fonti attendibili sul campo.
Si sono sentiti colpi di arma da fuoco nelle strade della capitale afghana #Kabul questa mattina.
Il Ministero degli Interni afghano ha subito dopo confermato che i #Talebani stanno penetrando nella capitale da più parti.
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The fall of #Kabul is the fall of US foreign policy under the #Biden Administration.
The Administration that claims it defends women, youth, minorities & liberals and fights fascism and fundamentalism is the one that threw women, youth, minorities & liberals in poor #Afghanistan to the #Jihadi fascists.

Unforgivable
Thinking of the scared and fleeing women of #Afghanistan.

Unlike men, they cannot hide from the #Taliban, they cannot camouflage.

They are trapped under the #Jihadists.
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NEW: @POTUS on #Afghanistan as #Taliban have taken 21 of 34 provincial capitals in just over a week

"One more year, or five more years, of US military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country" ImageImage
NEW-#Afghanistan: @POTUS says he has directed @StateDept @SecBlinken "to support President Ghani [@ashrafghani ] & other #Afghan leaders as they seek to prevent further bloodshed & pursue a political settlement"

"Secretary Blinken will also engage with key regional stakeholders"
NEW: US has "conveyed to the #Taliban representatives in #Doha, via our Combatant Commander, that any action on their part on the ground in #Afghanistan, that puts US personnel or our mission at risk there, will be met w/a swift & strong US military response" per @POTUS
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Yes #Trump Adm envoys negotiated the #TalibanDeal in #Doha, fooled their own Adm, applied #Obama era pro Ikhwan agenda. But it's the #Biden Adm that has & IS implementing the surrender of #Afghanistan to the Jihadi #Taliban. The incumbent bear the responsibility of the disaster. Image
US and Western officials are "warning" that "a civil war could start in Afghanistan!"

No kidding! And what is that whole #Taliban invasion if not a Jihadi civil war on the people of #Afghanistan? Politicians are just unable to admit that NATO threw Afghanistan to the #Jihadists. Image
So much crocodile tears are shed in Washington DC by politicians, bureaucrats and media, about the "fate of Afghan women, youth and minorities."

A #TalibanDeal horror. Image
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#Taliban released a "#Joint_Declaration" about the two-days intra-Afghan peace negotiations in #Doha (17-18 July 2021):
They agreed on the need to speed up negotiations to address the current conflict/crisis in Afghanistan and find a just and lasting solution to the problem ASAP.
They understand the need for a compromise that responds to the interests& aspirations of all men& women in AFG in the light of Islamic principles.
They are committed to engaging in high-level negotiations to reach a settlement& will continue to hold such meetings in the future.
At the same time, the two leaders (Baradar& Abdullah) instructed their negotiating teams to expedite negotiations.
Both sides r committed to ensuring that civilian infrastructure remains secure throughout AFG& will prevent civilian casualties& cooperate n humanitarian assistance.
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A number of people have been asking my thoughts on recent developments in #Afghanistan. Now that I’m back from a week of sandcastle building, a THREAD to that effect. 1/n
1st, a few thoughts on recent #Taliban gains. That the TB are suddenly gaining ground in rural areas shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone. eg, I predicted the group would have a slight military adv post-US withdrawal in a @CTCWP paper back in JAN: ctc.usma.edu/afghanistans-s… 2/n
@CTCWP The #Taliban have—for years—been employing a strategy of capturing rural areas IOT generate position & resources to threaten more populated areas, as we @CNA_org described in our independent threat assessment for Congress back in 2013 (cna.org/cna_files/pdf/…). 3/n
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ICYMI, last week I published an article with @Diplomat_APAC titled “Will #Afghanistan Collapse When the US Withdraws?” Since the article is behind a paywall, I’ll summarize some of my main points in this THREAD. 1/n

thediplomat.com/2021/05/will-a…
For the article, I was asked to explore what might happen in #Afghanistan in the year after the US withdraws. To do so, I found it instructive to revisit the years immediately following the Soviet withdrawal & to compare/contrast to the situation today. 2/n
I’ve seen people making superficial comparisons of these two eras to predict impending doom, but a detailed comparison reveals both striking similarities and distinct differences between the two, which should inform our thinking about the future of #Afghanistan. 3/n
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International Affairs /1-1
#Myanmar #Burma 🇲🇲
Myanmar's Generals
Run A Nearly Sanction-Proof
BUSINESS EMPIRE
Long Before Seizing Control
Of The Streets
by @oanhha @jwf825
& Khine Lin Kyaw
MAY 11, 2021
["bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-…"]
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar
International Affairs /1-2
#Myanmar #Burma 🇲🇲
- Area : 676.5K km²
- Population : 53.6 M
- Capital : #Naypyidaw
largest city : #Yangon
ETHNICS
- #Bamar 68%
- #Shan 9%
RELIGIONS
- #Buddhism 88%
- #Christianity 6.2%
- #Islam 4.3%
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
#Burmese
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar Image
International Affairs /1-3
#Myanmar #Burma 🇲🇲
ECONOMY
- GDP (PPP) : US$355 B
Per capita : US$6.7 K
- #InformalEconomy :
one of the biggest in the world
- Rich in precious stones :
#Rubies 90% of world's
#Sapphires #Pearls #Jade
- #Tourism
- #Agriculture
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar Image
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Reports on #Iran-#SaudiArabia intelligence contact in #Iraq.

#Zarif leaves #Qatar. #Saudi FM lands in #Doha, invites Emir Sheikh Tamim to meet the King in #Riyadh.

#Tehran (& the #US?) appears to try to take the #Gulf on board.

This could isolate #Israel in a revived #JCPOA.
Some in #Vienna appear to want to isolate #Israel. But officials in #Gulf/#GCC face a difficult choice. They have to weigh if a compromise on #JCPOA and weakening Israel's position will resolve the problem of #Iran's malign activities? Or will it be a temporary solution?
The #US is directly engaging #GCC on #JCPOA, while FM #Zarif engages #SaudiArabia through #Qatar and #Iraq.

If the #Gulf comes aboard, #Israel and #Republicans will be effectively sidelined.

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#Turkey began on Sunday the transfer of fighters from its terrorist groups in #Syria, to participate in the fighting within #Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen, sources told #Yemen Press Agency.

The sources said that #Turkish planes transported mercenaries of the
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#terrorist#AlQaeda and #ISIS” organizations from the #Syrian territories to the #Qatari capital, #Doha, in preparation for their transfer to the #Yemeni city of #Marib across the Empty Quarter desert.
Many mercenaries loyal to #Ankara would be transported in the
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#Syrian #territories through #Turkish and #Saudi airports, the sources added.

This comes days after several local and regional media circulated news of a #Turkish-Saudi understanding about Turkey’s participation in the war on #Yemen.

In the same context, leaders of the
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@AJENews Live Event in #Qatar on #Syria with participation of #Turkey & #Russia.
#DohaMeetings
#Russian FM #SergeyLavrov in Doha on last leg of visit to #UAE and #Qatar.
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While the US, @DeptofDefense review the US-#Taliban deal, the Taliban are pushing for the deal to proceed as is

#Taliban spokesman in #Doha, Mohammad Naim tells @VOADariAfghan the May 1 deadline for the US to pull out troops "is binding & must be implemented"
"Much progress has been made," #Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naim tells @VOANews's Afghan service

"We are trying to create a permanent ceasefire"
#Taliban also insist they are keeping to the terms of the deal w/the US

"A key issue in the agreement...is not to use #Afghan territory against the security of any country. We made a commitment & nothing like that has happened since" per #Taliban's Mohammad Naim
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NEW: No attribution yet for rockets attack Monday in #Baghdad or last week in #Irbil

"But clearly, look, these are dangerous attacks" per @PentagonPresSec

"We're there to counter #ISIS... our commanders have the right of self defense"
#Pentagon-domestic violent extremism

@SecDef Lloyd Austin "would like to know with ore granularity how big the problem is...a better sense of the numbers" per @PentagonPresSec
Some commands have already conducted the mandatory one-day stand down to examine domestic extremism, per @PentagonPresSec

Also, @SecDef has issued a video to the troops, he says:
defense.gov/Explore/News/A…
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Problem is Taliban, Khalilzada deal & then Ghani.
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#Taliban, who’ve spent the past year on a rampage, are despised nationally, with approval ratings in the single digits. But #Afghan President Ashraf #Ghani’s government is also extremely unpopular.

foreignpolicy.com/2021/02/02/afg…
Most #Afghans and U.S. officials agree that the #Taliban’s ability to continue the insurgency has been largely due to #Ghani’s bad leadership—and he has shown little interest in reaching a lasting peace agreement that might usher him out of power.
#Khalilzad was unable to secure guarantees on #humanRights, #democracy, or protection for #women’s rights. The deal has no provision for a #ceasefire or even an express promise by the #Taliban to end violence.
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2nd round of the #intraAfghanNegotiations
@PeaceIRAfg delegation is going to Doha after meeting the government’s leadership and reconciliation council”: @7Anajia , spokeswoman of @SMP_AF

#intraAfghanNegotiations
afghanistantimes.af/afghan-taliban…
“We are ready and have no problems. The agenda will be prepared by the sides’ agreements who have already agreed on. This is impossible that one side try to impose their opinions on the other”: @IeaOffice, #Taliban Spokesman.

#intraAfghanTalks
afghanistantimes.af/afghan-taliban…
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