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 News & Comment
Why the U.S. and NATO use Afghanistan as their military corridor?!
(Translated)

News

The Afghan Ministry of Defense said, “ISIS and other terrorist groups are always trying to expand the scope of their activities and threaten the region and the world.”

Prior to this, the British Minister of Defense, during his visit to Afghanistan, had said that the terrorist groups have threatened Britain and other European countries from here. Gen. Scott Miller, during a ceremony marking the change of command in Kabul, also said that, “The pressure should continue on terrorists to ensure that they will not use Afghanistan as a threat to the world.” On the other hand, Hamdullah Mohib, the National Security Advisor, also stated at the same ceremony, addressing General Miller, “We stand with you shoulder to shoulder in the fight for freedom of speech and against injustice. We, together, will eradicate insurgency and terrorism in Afghanistan and the region.” (Ref: Radio Azadi)

Comment

It is strange how these puppets and their masters have been concocting different justifications for the continuation of the war in Afghanistan while, at the same time, they are raising the slogans of peace and negotiation with Taliban to deceive the public opinion, and have even deferred the parliamentary, provincial councils, district councils and even presidential elections.

It is about a year since the announcement of the Trump’s strategy on Afghanistan, but the Muslims of Afghanistan have not experienced anything other than bombardment, U.S. drone strikes and targeted terror. As a result of this strategy, civilian casualties peaked in the month of August alone 800 are killed and injured.

This figure demonstrates a dramatic increase from the month of July and is not even comparable to the previous years, especially 2017. Over the past year, more than 5000 bombs, including the mother of all bombs, were dropped by the occupation forces on the Muslim people of Afghanistan. Such terror and fear means that the U.S. and NATO are in struggle with the Muslims of the region as well as other colonizing forces i.e. China and Russia.

The White House and the U.S. Congress have recently discussed the handing over of Afghan war to private security companies, such as Black Water, so that the limitations experienced by the U.S. in relation to its terrorist acts in this war could be fulfilled by these mercenaries and private companies.

Although, the U.S. politicians, military officials and NATO construe the “terrorist groups” as justifications and excuses for their war, but, occasionally, they also reveal their sinister aims. As recently, Gen. John Nicholson, the former U.S. military and Resolute Support Mission commander in Afghanistan, during an interview with the Voice of America (VOA), said, “We know that Russia is trying to undercut military achievements and years of military progress in Afghanistan”. He also added, “It is not hidden anymore that Russia is looking for an opportunity to create a gap between the U.S. and the Central Asian partners, including Afghanistan.”

Earlier, the U.S. has repeatedly accused Russian officials of providing weapons to the Taliban – an allegation that has always been rejected by Russia though Russia has never rejected its political relations with the Taliban.

Thus, the “militant groups” is the justification and excuse they make, while in reality the U.S. and NATO are standing side by side to prevent the emergence of a real state for Muslims in the region, besiege China and Russia, and plunder the resources of Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries. To continue their military and political existence in the region, they seek to uplift and aid the armed opposition groups that are counted as threats to them. Scott Miller, commander of Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, has recently called the killing of one U.S. soldier and the injuring of another as a ‘tragedy’ stating that these soldiers had come to Afghanistan to protect their country. This dictum of ‘protecting their country’ is the false justification they make through which they want to mislead the American and Western nations while, in fact, these soldiers had come to Afghanistan to continue the occupation and to colonize of Central Asian countries.

All this happens at a time when Russia had scheduled to host a meeting on September 4th between Afghanistan, Taliban, U.S. and a number of other countries. But the meeting was put off after President Ashraf Ghani rejected the invitation to attend the meeting.

After 18 years of brutal occupation of Afghanistan, the U.S., apparently, proclaims itself as if it is still at the beginning of the war. It is because the Democratic election process has completely turned into infamy. More than half of Afghanistan’s territory is under the control of the Taliban. The peace process goes just by name and propaganda. The Afghan influential leaders are completely fed up with the governance process of Ashraf Ghani and U.S. policies for the government reforms.

They show their rage every day and offer failed solutions, such as the third Bonn Conference, the Loya Jirga, and formation of an interim government until the peace talk with the Taliban is accomplished, constitutional amendment and a government that could take on the responsibility of holding fair and free elections. While, drugs, corruption, unemployment, poverty, insecurity, kidnapping and obscenity in the community have been massively growing.

However, the U.S. may bring a number of Taliban to the negotiation table through the peace process, but the others will continue fighting the occupation. The activities of ISIS in Afghanistan are deliberately magnified by the government and the Americans, and even they now speak of the return of Al-Qaeda. Thus, the U.S. and NATO are still playing the same dirty game that they had kicked off in 2001. Therefore, the situation of Afghanistan can be interpreted no more than the US-NATO war project, drug, extending the the U.S. military corridor to Central Asia and containing the influence of China and Russia.

Consequently, the Afghan people can never achieve their hopes such as peace, security, prosperity, justice and liberation in the shadow of the ongoing terror and occupation. Therefore, all armed and political opponents of the American system in Afghanistan who attribute themselves to Islam and Muslims must understand that they cannot overcome the Western occupation and colonialism just by waging war and adopting pragmatic policies. They must increase their political awareness based on Islam.

They have to unite and contemplate profoundly and intellectually on grasping the ideological Islamic solutions as appose to pragmatic policies. First, they must abandon the strategic and security agreements with the U.S. and NATO, then with the use of the resources of the Islamic Ummah, they must fight against the occupation and colonialism in order to eject the enemy and establish a real Islamic State together with the Muslims of the region that is solely based on Islamic ideology i.e. the Qur’an and Sunnah. This could only be possible if we help the Deen of Allah (swt) and, truly, Allah (swt) will help us in return. As Allah (swt) says:

(يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن تَنصُرُوا اللَّهَ يَنصُرْكُمْ وَيُثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَكُمْ)

“Oh you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm.”

Written for the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir by
Saifullah Mustanir
Director of the Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir in Wilayah Afghanistan

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