Post by Shep on Oct 14, 2017 10:10:08 GMT
Taliban Cant Win in Afghanistan
Oct 13, 2017 - The White House has given Gen. John Nicholson in Kabul, commander of NATO mission in Afghanistan, more authority to attack the Taliban, more warplanes and drones to mount punishing airstrikes — and a few thousand more American troops. 8 months ago, Nicholson told Congress that the Afghan fight was at a stalemate. Now he says the Taliban can't win.
McCain is kept in the dark. GOOD! He's the LAST person to trust!
Oct 13, 2017 - Iraqi Kurds send reinforcements to Kirkuk.
Thousands of Kurd fighters deployed to Kirkuk amid fears that Iraq govt forces want to take it. Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul said its responding to threats. Iraq PM Abadi said he would not use the army against Iraqi citizens, but convoys were seen heading towards Kirkuk.
Voters in Kirkuk voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession. Kirkuk is an oil-rich province claimed by both the Kurds and the Iraq government. Its majority is Kurd. Peshmerga Kurds took control of much of the province in 2014, when ISIS invaded across northern Iraq and the Iraq army collapsed.
Kirkuk was Kurd until Saddam Hussein killed most of them and put Arab Sunnis in their homes. After USA killed Saddam, Kurds came back & literally paid Arabs to move out of their centuries old family homes