December 10, 2018
The 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and following occupation by the United States was largely to protect the country’s opium cultivation and exploit its vast mineral resources, particularly the deposits of lithium, according to James Henry Fetzer, an American academic who has been studying the events of 9/11 since late 2001.
Fetzer, who is also a journalist with Veterans Truth Network and a retired professor in Madison, Wisconsin, told Press TV on Sunday that “Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11.”
Speaking at an event organized by the Washington Post on Thursday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford warned the United States should continue its military presence in Afghanistan if it wishes to prevent future attacks similar to what happened on September 11, 2001.
He added that pulling American and NATO forces out of Afghanistan was not a good idea.
“Leaving Afghanistan in my judgment would give the terrorist groups the space with which to conduct operations against the American homeland and its allies,” Dunford said.
“It is our assessment that in a period of time… [the terror groups] would have in the future the capability to do what they did on 9/11,” he said.
Professor Fetzer said that it “is ridiculous, beyond belief. Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11 which was brought to use complements of the CIA, the neocons and the Department of Defense, and the Mossad. Although the government has spun fanciful stories that the country was attacked by 19 Islamic terrorists under the control of a guy in a cave of Afghanistan, it was complete poppycock, fabricated, or had no relation to reality.”
“While 15 of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia none of them were from Afghanistan. The idea that Osama bin Laden was conducting this operation against the United States was a fantasy. When he was initially informed about the attack, he explained that he had nothing to do with it, that murdering innocent women and children were contrary to the tenets of the Quran, and that there appeared to be a government within the government of the United States that wanted to blame this on Muslims. On all points on which he was completely correct,” he added.
“The United States would launch an invasion of Afghanistan, virtually immediately, which appeared to have been to exploit its vast mineral resources, including one of the world’s largest deposits of lithium, which is used to trigger atomic weapons, in computers, and for electric car batteries which are becoming very popular in the United States…and of course to guard the poppy crop where the Taliban had all but extinguished the poppy fields which now since the United States has returned to Afghanistan are thriving and are in abundance, where a many military have returned from Afghanistan and discussed explaining his role there was to protect poppies from the destruction,” noted Fetzer, the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.
The September 11 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of strikes in the US which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure damage.
US officials assert that the attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda terrorists but many experts have raised questions about the official account, saying it was a false-flag operation and that bin Laden was just a bogeyman for the US military-industrial complex.
They believe that rogue elements within the US government orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.
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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
December 9, 2018
The Taliban has attacked an army post in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah, killing at least eight Afghan soldiers, officials say.
The overnight assault lasted nearly three hours before the militants overran the outpost and took nine other soldiers hostage, council members Dadullah Qani and Gul Ahmad Faqiri said on December 9.
They said the attackers took all of the post’s equipment with them.
Provincial police spokesman Mohibullah Mohib said three militants were also killed and four others were wounded in the battle.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousof Ahmadi posted a video on Twitter showing what he said were the captured soldiers.
The Taliban has ramped up attacks on Afghan security forces and government facilities in recent months.
Based on reporting by AP and dpa
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December 9, 2018
Afghanistan’s attorney general has suspended five officials of the Afghan Football Federation, including the president of the organization, following allegations of sexual abuse against members of the women’s national football team.
The suspensions came just days after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation into the allegations that were first reported in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper.
Ghani has said the allegations are “shocking to all Afghans.”
“The attorney general’s office has suspended . . . the president of the football federation, his deputy, the federation’s secretary general, the head of goalkeepers and the head of provincial coordinators,” Jamshid Rasuli, a spokesman for the attorney general, told the French news agency (AFP).
AFF Secretary-General Sayed Alireza Aqazada has strongly rejected what he said are baseless allegations. “No sexual harassment has been committed against any girl football player,” he said recently.
But team members who spoke to The Guardian said abuse took place inside Afghanistan, including at the federation’s headquarters, and at a training camp in Jordan last February.
The Guardian reported that players on the women’s team were molested by senior figures associated with the AFF, including its president, Keramuddin Karim.
The international soccer federation, FIFA, said it has a “zero-tolerance policy” on such violations and is looking into the case, which it called “serious.”
A former team captain, Khalida Popal, who now lives in Denmark, has been talking to members of the media about the alleged abuse she and her teammates suffered.
She told the New York Times recently that Karim sexually harassed women in a bedroom behind his office, trapping them inside with a door rigged so only he could open it.
Popal fled Afghanistan in 2012, but she still works with the women’s team by organizing training camps outside the country’s borders. She said when she organized a training camp in Jordan earlier this year, the Afghan federation sent two men as chaperones, both of whom sexually harassed the team members.
She told several media outlets that she reported to Karim the abuse she heard about in Jordan and was told the men responsible would be punished. Instead, she said, they were promoted.
Popal fled Afghanistan after receiving death threats and has spoken out previously about the discrimination facing women in her deeply conservative country.
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