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Taliban Decry ‘Detriments for the Environment’ from U.S. MOAB Explosion

April 20, 2017

Taliban Decry ‘Detriments for the Environment’ from U.S. MOAB Explosion, PJ Media, Bridget Johnson, April 19, 2017

Afghan commandos are positioned in Pandola village near the site of the U.S. MOAB bombing in the Achin district of Afghanistan on April 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

(St. Al the Gored has not yet registered his displeasure at this obvious effort to promote global warming. — DM)

“The use and experimentation of such destructive weapons by foreign occupiers on our war-weary people and in every corner of our war-ravaged country is inexcusable,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. “The Islamic Emirate condemns such barbarity in the strongest of terms and considers its perpetrators as war criminals. Such over-proportionate use of destruction poses long-term detriments for the environment and the development of our nation.”

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster visited Afghanistan after the MOAB attack to help determine if the U.S. will have an increased presence in Afghanistan moving forward.

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The Taliban accused Washington of harming the environment and using disproportionate force against ISIS by dropping the “mother of all bombs” in Nangarhar province last week.

It was the first time the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, packed with 11 tons of TNT and dropped from an MC-130, was used in combat.

The U.S. Resolute Support Mission said forces “took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with this strike.” An Afghan army spokesman told the country’s Tolo News that one civilian family lived in the blast area, but they were evacuated by security forces before the MOAB was dropped.

“Many families had long been displaced from the area due to ISIS brutality,” said Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. “Government also took great care to avoid civilian harm.”

Tolo reported Tuesday that the majority of the 96 fighters killed by the MOAB in the ISIS stonghold were Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and members of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba. TTP’s attacks include the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the shooting of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, and the 2014 massacre at a Peshawar school. Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been allied with the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda, was behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Also reportedly among the dead: 13 ISIS commanders, 12 Tajiks, and 13 Indian nationals who had joined ISIS.

ISIS operatives are still active in other provinces including Kunar, Zabul, Ghor, Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul, where Afghan officials say ISIS has beheaded children and torched homes.

ISIS and the Taliban called a truce last August, agreeing to stop fighting each other to both focus on fighting U.S. forces and the U.S.-backed Afghan forces.

In a statement posted on their website over the weekend, the Taliban said the “barbarity” of the Achin district MOAB drop “was followed with much fanfare with the Americans proudly boasting about it in the media thus showcasing the increasing barbarity of the foreign occupation.”

“The use and experimentation of such destructive weapons by foreign occupiers on our war-weary people and in every corner of our war-ravaged country is inexcusable,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. “The Islamic Emirate condemns such barbarity in the strongest of terms and considers its perpetrators as war criminals. Such over-proportionate use of destruction poses long-term detriments for the environment and the development of our nation.”

He added that ISIS in Afghanistan is an internal Afghan matter and “if Americans fear for their security they should foil such plots at their own borders.”

Mujahid accused the U.S. of using ISIS “as a ploy” to “experiment novel weapons and extend the illegitimate occupation.” Further, he claimed the Taliban “came close to completely eradicating this group” but their operations were stymied by U.S. bombing.

“The fact that the Americans claim that their presence in Afghanistan is limited only to a train and assist role while dropping 10 kiloton bombs on our lands only strengthens the voices of independence and jihad in our land,” he added. “…Such irresponsible actions only light the flames of vengeance and show the ugly face of foreign occupation.”

Taiban terrorist attacks this year include a car bombing that killed 7 people outside of a bank and an insider attack that killed a dozen policemen in February. In November, the Taliban claimed a suicide bombing at Bagram Airfield that killed four Americans.

The Obama administration would not call the Taliban a terrorist group, claiming they were an “armed insurgency” and encouraging the Afghan government to broker a deal with the group.

The Taliban were the first terrorist group to openly address President Trump after he won the election, telling him in November and again in December to pull out of Afghanistan or face an “incurable wound.” After the inauguration, Mujahid argued in an open letter to Trump that the previous administration erred in viewing the Taliban as “mere rebellion” instead of “a governing system,” and he should “unwaveringly accept” the “historically successful struggle” of jihadists over the past 15 years and give up the fight in Afghanistan.

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, told a Senate panel in February that Russia has been giving support to the Taliban, who have been training with al-Qaeda.

Nicholson said “just within the last year” Russia began cozying up to the Taliban — “this has started and it was a gradual progression,” and the support continues to increase as the Kremlin is “concerned that if there’s a coalition and a U.S. presence in Afghanistan that this affects their ability to influence the Central Asian states to the north.”

Pressed on what Russia’s endgame in Afghanistan could be, Nicholson said he thinks the Kremlin’s goal is to “undermine United States and NATO.”

This month, some Afghan officials in Uruzgan province reported seeing Russian trainers among the Taliban.

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster visited Afghanistan after the MOAB attack to help determine if the U.S. will have an increased presence in Afghanistan moving forward.

Op-Ed: Swedish “neutrality” has brought in the Islamist Trojan Horse

April 28, 2016

Op-Ed: Swedish “neutrality” has brought in the Islamist Trojan Horse, Israel National News, Giulio Meotti, April 28, 2016

When in 1988 the Greens landed at Swedish Parliament for the first time, they were called “the sons of seal”. Since then, their environmentalism has always supported political ideological battles. During the Cold War it was pacifism: “How to talk about ecology without talking about Vietnam?” So they said then. Today it is the turn of migrants and multiculturalism.

Now the Greens, who are part of the ruling coalition in Stockholm, are shaken by the accusation of being infiltrated by Islamic fundamentalists. Last week, the Minister of Housing, Mehmet Kaplan, resigned after the press revealed his ties with the Nationalist Islamists in his country of origin, Turkey (he also compared Israel to the Nazis).

Lars Nicander at the Swedish National Defence College said that “today people close to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist party, have gained a strong position in the Green Party. I see a similarity with the way that Soviet communism was acting during the Cold War, when it tried to infiltrate into various democratic parties”.

Two senior officials of the Greens, Jon Karlfeld and Anders Wallner, stated that “although there are no signs of infiltration, the Green Party will go on and investigate the potential vulnerabilità”.

After Kaplan’s resignation, it was the turn of Yasri Khan, a candidate for a seat in the political leadership of the Greens and a former president of the organization “Muslims for Peace and Justice”, who refused to shake hands with a female journalist, in compliance with the Sharia, Islamic law . The prime minister, Stefan Löfven,, who already has to manage the entry of 250,000 immigrants in a country of 10 million people, had to intervene to condemn intolerance.

According to numerous surveys, 65 percent of Swedes now want the Greens, the most vocal advocates of open borders, to be expelled from the ruling coalition. “In our desire to embrace a pluralistic and multicultural society, we have turned a blind eye on the undemocratic views [they espouse],” said Gulan Avci, a member of the rightist opposition.

Trying to cool tempers, the leader of the Green Party Asa Romson, who is also a deputy prime minister, has made it worse and in a TV interview she described the September 11 attacks as “accidents”. Then founder of the Greens, Per Gahrton, has said that the former minister Kaplan was the victim of a witch-hunt concocted by Israel. Gahrton was the president of the Palestine Solidarity Association for ten years.

But it does not end here. New images have emerged in which Kaplan and other members of the Greens raise their four fingers, the gesture used by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. One of them, the young Greens leader Salahaden Raoof, repeated the gesture during a broadcast on Swedish television. The four fingers raised to the sky is a reference to the Rabaa mosque, in Cairo: Rabaa, which in Arabic means “four.” It is where the largest sit-in in the capital took place, where the Muslim Brotherhood had gathered the day of deposition of Mohammed Morsi.

The gesture is not illegal in Sweden, but many Green members now question if representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood are compatible with the feminist and gay friendly platform of the Swedish Greens.

This “infiltration”, as it has been called, fomented anti-Semitism in Sweden. For the Global Peace Index, Sweden is a world model of equal opportunities. Stockholm excels only in a particular type of hate, the one against Israel. Social democratic, feminist and humanitarian, eurocommissioner 1999-2009, the minister of foreign affairs, Margot Wallström, charged Israel of “extrajudicial executions” in the Third Intifada.

A year ago, Sweden was officially the first EU country to recognize the “State of Palestine”. Meanwhile, anti-Semitism is fomented and flourishing in a large sector of Swedish society:

  •  The Israeli ambassador to Stockholm, Isaac Bachman, has been asked on the radio: “Are the Jews responsible for the growth of anti-Semitism?”
  • Omar Mustafa had to resign from the Social Democrats for having called for “bombarding” Israel.
  • The government has funded with 104,000 € a manual entitled “Colonialism and Apartheid”, which accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing.
  • The Swedish pension fund divested from the Israeli company Elbit.
  • The main Swedish supermarket chain, Coop, has eliminated some Israeli products from the shelves of its six hundred outlets (boycott eventually canceled due to protests).
  • Dagens Nyheter, the most sophisticated Swedish newspaper, published an editorial entitled “It is allowed to hate the Jews” in which the author, the historian of religions Jan Samuelson, explains that Islamic hatred of the Jewish State is justified.
  • The Stockholm National Museum has exhibited a work “of art” with a picture of Hanadi Jaradat, a Palestinian suicide bomber who killed 21 Israelis in a restaurant in Haifa.

During the Cold War, the Soviets took advantage of the famous Swedish “neutralità” with its rejection of the US-USSR conflict, the rapid recognition of Mao’s China, the suspension of relations with America after the bombing of North Vietnam, the nuclear disarmament preached by Swedish PM Olof Palme, the Swedish socialism and “non-alignment”, in short, the Swedish disengagement from the West.

A very ambiguous neutrality is now tinged with green: the color of Islam.