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Pentagon Mulls Options for Stay-Behind Strike Capability in Afghanistan Region

Antiwar.com | US military wants to maintain the ability to bomb Afghanistan by repositioning forces in neighboring countries.

Progress Report: US Encirclement of China

Brian Berletic | Understanding all of the turmoil in Southeast Asia and Asia requires a grasp of US plans to encircle and ‘contain’ China.

Blinken Says US Can Still ‘Take Action’ in Afghanistan After Supposed Withdrawal

Antiwar.com | US expected to maintain presence, whether it be through contractors, proxies, or CIA.

‘Uncomfortable Fact’: Taliban Controls Majority of Afghanistan’s Territory

Antiwar.com | The Taliban, who was the Afghan government before the 2001 invasion, is effectively still in charge.

Pilger: The Most Lethal Virus is Not COVID. It is War.

John Pilger | While the world is still enthralled with the drama of the pandemic, another more lethal spectre still looms large.

Afghan Warcrimes Whistleblower Major McBride Discusses The Brereton Report

Syrian Girl | Whistleblower faces life imprisonment for telling the truth about war crimes.

US Troop Drawdown in Iraq: Strategic Shift, or Shrewd Election Move?

Mideast Stream | Is this an earnest rethink of US policy, or is it Trump merely fulfilling an old election pledge?

Top US Commander Admits Russia Bounty Story in Afghanistan ‘Has Not Been Proved’

Antiwar.com | A detailed review of all available intelligence found no corroboration of the story.

The Mysterious Michael D’Andrea: Was CIA’s Iran Chief Really Shot Down Over Afghanistan?

Philip Giraldi | Is the story true, or is Iran issuing an indirect warning to US operatives by sowing media speculation?

UPDATE: Mystery Crash of US Air Force E-11A Military Plane in Afghanistan

21WIRE + South Front | The Pentagon has adamantly denied the Taliban shot down their spy plane, while other reports tell another story.

US Dropped More Bombs on Afghanistan in 2019 Than Any Time in Last Decade

AFP | Turns out the 2019 was a banner year for bombing central Asia.

Explained: Why the US Hated and Assassinated Iran’s General Soleimani

21WIRE + Syriana Analysis | In short, both the US and Israel wanted Soleimani dead.

America’s Lost War in Afghanistan: Proof Emerges How US Gov’t Deceived Public

Stephen Lendman | How much more will be spent on “the grand illusion of the American cause”?

Eighteen Years On: After 9/11, Has Al-Qaeda Won The War On Terror?

Peter Ford | The de facto convergence between the U.S. and al-Qaeda undercuts received western wisdom on the supposed fight against ‘radical Islamic terror.’

UK COLUMN: Boris Dealing in Dublin, Farage in Play, Trump Snubs Taliban

UK COLUMN | Co-hosts Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen with the early week news round-up.

9/11 Redux: US Officials Now Claim Afghan ISIS as Latest ‘Threat to Attack the West’

21WIRE + Antiwar.com | US intelligence officials claim that ‘ISIS-K’ attacks in Kabul are “practice runs” for bigger attacks in America.

US Army’s Twitter Question Backfires, Reminder of High Human Cost of War

Antiwar.com | The sad reality that veterans and their families face showed itself in the thousands of heart-breaking replies to the question.

US Elites Vilifying Assange Are The Same Elites Wikileaks Exposed

21WIRE | Do you see the connection?

Why soldiers using an image of Jeremy Corbyn for target practice is not funny or clever.

Jonathan Cook | The media are manufacturing consent for potential increase in violence against Jeremy Corbyn.

Despite Trump’s Afghan Decree, US Commanders Dismissing Talk of Troop Drawdown as ‘Rumors’

21WIRE | “There’s all kinds of rumors swirling around,” Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford told U.S. forces.