By Kadir Mohmand for Veterans Today
The U.S. government’s appointment of war criminals/terrorists and war profiteers to continue its occupation of Afghanistan, ethnic cleansing and war against Afghan villagers will not lead to peace nor a “win” for the United States. The appointment of JSOC General Austin Scott Miller, Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad ,Rashid Dostum and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, with their past records of war crimes and war profiteering, will result in a lot more terrorizing of Afghan villagers, billions more in war profiteering and corruption, and the escalation of war crimes in Afghanistan by U.S. forces with its JSOC and CIA paramilitary, its puppets, thugs and agents/mercenaries.
The United States’ Afghan election this fall, the U.S. “selection” of another Afghan puppet administration, is done to make it appear free and democratic, but it is really an assault on democracy and Afghanistan’s centuries of independence and democratic political traditions such as the loya jirga. These same strategies are meant to divide the Afghan people so they fight amongst themselves (Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazara versus the majiority Pashtun) while the United States exploits the Afghan people’s Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and other natural resources, occupies their country with permanent bases and puts in place and controls the Afghan government. Sadly, it is more of the same U.S. occupation and war strategies, but more than likely implemented by the Trump administration and its JSOC General Miller and its war criminal thugs Dostum and Hekmatyar with even more division, terror, bloodshed and brutality. After seventeen losing years, the new U.S. strategy must be the end of occupation and the withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign troops.
Over the years the Afghan villagers/the freedom fighters have not wanted to talk with the Afghan puppet administrations because these puppet administrations have signed agreements with the United States that provide that the U.S. cannot be prosecuted for war crimes committed in Afghanistan.
Now, the U.S. government has appointed Gen Scott Miller terrorist, to lead the forces in Afghanistan. As part of JSOC, General Austin Scott Miller, is responsible for many war crimes committed against the Afghan villagers/civilians. He needs to be prosecuted for his war crimes on the ground but instead he is being let loose to command all of the forces against the Afghan people. This appointment of a JSOC general only indicates that the U.S. plans to escalate its brutal war against the Afghan villagers. The Afghan puppet administrations have paved the way for war crimes to be continued against the Afghan people with impunity. The U.S. government has appointed war profiteers, Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen Austin Scott Miller, JSOC war criminal who based on his past record, will continue and escalate war crimes in Afghanistan. I ask, who are the terrorists in Afghanistan?
I want peace and not war. Mr Zalmay Khalilzad is the architect of the war in Afghanistan, who is only looking out for his own financial interests. His war profits are in the billions. It is easy for him to profit from the blood of hundreds of thousands of Afghans as he is not an Afghan/Pashtun. His ancestors were brought by the British from Mosul, Iraq to be spies for the British in Afghanistan. Due to his policies and approaches, he is responsible for the millions of Muslims deaths and destruction of Muslim countries in the world. He does not want or care about peace. Khalilzad is an obstacle to peace. The war and occupation in Afghanistan continues due to the implementation of his strategies and advice, the war profits soar and his personal wealth grows. Former interpreter Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad and other war profiteers must not be part of the U.S. selected Afghan administration and any peace negotiations. They are obstacles to peace because of their arrogant greed. Also, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar must not be part of peace negotiations. Pakistan profits from the continuation of war in Afghanistan. It has no incentive to have a peaceful resolution to the war.
I am appalled that the U.S. government is using and giving prominent positions to communist war criminal/ sociopath/warlord/thug Rashid Dostum, Gulbideen Hekmatyr, war criminal, the Butcher of Kabul and other communist Afghan criminals and Northern Alliance warlords. These criminals terrorized and are responsible for the rapings, killings and massacres of thousands of Afghans. The U.S. once again is using these criminals to divide and terrorize the Afghan people and profit from the war.
After seventeen (17) years, the U.S. government and “selected” corrupt, puppet Afghan administrations, who consist of war profiteers, warlords, drug traffickers and communist war criminals like Rashid Dostum (the present first vice president) have not been able to win the war in Afghanistan. U.S. war policy and war strategy need to change to a “sincere” negotiations strategy for peace. Peace cannot be achieved with the increase or continuance of the same number of U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan as desired by the war profiteers. I only want true peace for the American and Afghan people. This cycle of war cannot continue. I believe it is my patriotic duty to always support the U.S. Constitution but to question the policies and strategies of those U.S. government officials in power at the time when it is harming the United States in the long term.
During these past seventeen years, almost every day, Afghans have been the victims of war crimes. A few examples are:
(1) On April 2, 2018, the U.S. bombed a school in the Dasht-e-Archi District in Kunduz Province and civilian homes killing 250 Afghan/Pashtun children/students, teachers and villagers.
(2) On February 24, 2018 the U.S. and its agents bombed a school and civilian homes in the village, Bala Buluk, Gang Abad, Farah Province killing 10 civilians including children.
(3) On November 20, 2017, Afghan villagers reported that 21 students, many children, were massacred by U.S. special operation forces along with forces from the Afghan Puppet Administration in Maidan Wardak Province.
(4) On November 3, 2016 Afghan civilians in a Pashtun village in Kunduz Province were killed by a U.S. bombardment. Approximately more than 50 civilians were killed with the majority of the victims being women and children. These are war crimes.
Afghan/Pashtun women and children have the same human rights as all other women and children around the world. Everyday these war crimes are being committed against the Afghan/Pashtun. Stop the genocide of the Afghan/Pashtun. I ask you, who is terrorizing whom?(
5) On Sunday, October 30, 2016, at approximately 9:30 a.m. the U.S. planes and/or drones bombarded the Village of Darwayshan Nawa Uruzgan Province. Approximately thirty (30) civilians were killed. This bombardment of civilians was in retaliation for the capture of the nearby garrison by the Afghan Resistance the night before. That morning, desperate children, who were scavenging for any valuable items to help them survive and who were outside of the garrison, were targeted and killed. These killings are war crimes.
(6) On September 28, 2016 in Achin district in Nangarhar province the U.S. military used drones to strike and kill 27 Afghan civilians.
(7) Presently CIA mercenaries, and Rashid Dostum’s militia from helicopters are terrorizing and killing civilians villagers in Kunduz Province. and other areas The United States is using its agent to do its dirty work.
(8) On August 12, 2016, in Minari Village of the Khoshamand District in Paktia Province, the U.S. military used drones to strike the house of the Afghan civilian, Dr. Wrekhman, killing him and 13 family members.
(9) On February 1, 2015 in Qisar district of northern Faryab Province about 200 Afghan homes were bulldozed and destroyed by the puppets and mercenaries of the United States. Some civilians were killed including women and children.
(10) On February 1, 2015 in Qisar district of northern Faryab province about 200 Afghan homes were bulldozed destroyed by the puppet Ghani’s Afghan army. Some civilians were killed including women and children. These war crimes need to be investigated and prosecuted.
(11) On January 1, 2015, more than fifty Afghan/Pashtun civilians, many women and children, were targeted and killed, while attending a wedding in Sangin District in Helmand Province. And
(12) On December 10, 2014, a U.S. led drone strike killed five students in the Ghorband Seyagard District of Parwan Province, Local villagers said the students, who were between 12 and 16 years old, were preparing for their yearly exams outside in the field. These victims of war crimes matter.
Why is the U.S. government occupying Afghanistan? I strongly believe it is not about supporting its independence or sovereignty. It is not about caring for the Afghan people. It is not about Freedom for Afghan women terrorism, al-Qaeda or Daesh. Afghanistan is not responsible for the tragic events of 9/11. The U.S. government’s 28 classified pages, which were referred to recently in the media and recent lawsuits, are pointing to Saudi Arabia. Yet the U.S. government chose to invade and occupy Afghanistan. I think it is time that the U.S. government reveal why it is really in Afghanistan.
It is all about the vast untapped Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in Afghanistan especially in the Pashtun areas such as Helmand and about relocating its outer defense perimeter to Central Asia with Afghanistan at the heart. The U.S. Pentagon referred to Afghanistan as the “Saudi Arabia of lithium…” The U.S. government needs a new supply chain for REEs instead of relying on China to supply it with REEs. The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is really about the U.S. and NATO having direct access and control over Afghanistan’s vast untapped Rare Earth Elements (REEs), which are worth trillions. These REEs are vital to the manufacture of technology and defense systems. The U.S. sent down geologists with special operations forces into the REE deposits of the Helmand region at the start of the invasion. The U.S. even knew about these REEs deposits before the war. I believe control of the REEs is the real reason for the invasion, continued occupation and covert war and genocide against the Afghan villagers.
The New York Times wrote an article about the REEs in 2010 in which it referred to Afghanistan as becoming “…one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.” It is not about fighting terrorism. It is about the U.S. fighting for control of the Afghan people’s REEs. It is obvious that the U.S. and NATO will fight anyone that gets in their way of this goal. The Afghan villagers are in their way because this REE rich-land is their land and as history has shown they cherish their freedom and defend their homeland. I believe this is why genocide and other war crimes are being committed now against the Afghan/Pashtun villagers.
Freedom for Afghan women means an Afghan woman being able to live in her country, with her family, with her culture being respected, with her honor in tact, with her faith being respected, and without foreign drones and intelligence balloons flying and buzzing overhead, without puppet leaders in Kabul, and without the constant fear of foreign soldiers invading her home and privacy, terrorizing her and threatening her safety and honor. In an Afghanistan occupied by foreign military and private mercenaries who are terrorizing the villagers, with widespread drug trafficking and rampant systemic corruption there can be no true freedom for women or anyone.
I strongly believe if this ugly war continues, the only winners are Russia and China. Afghans and Americans will be the losers. The U.S. Government needs to cut the funds for Afghanistan and end this war, which is filling the pockets of war profiteers and emptying the American coffers.
On Wednesday, December 17, 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Olson, Mr. Sampler and others, testified at a hearing before U.S. Senate committee on Foreign Relations. I watched the hearing on C-SPAN. First, so-called Daesh in Afghanistan is not who you are being led to believe they are. Second, despite Ambassador Olson’s flowery comments that there is not any sectarian conflict in Afghanistan, there is sectarian and ethnic conflict in Afghanistan, which is caused by the CIA’s divide and conquer strategy implemented these past fifteen years. Third, contrary to Ambassador Olson’s remarks, the Pashtun majority, the native inhabitants of Afghanistan, is being marginalized by the corrupt national and local Afghan governments, which consist primarily of communist war criminals, Northern Alliance, war lords, drug traffickers and other thugs. The U.S. government has installed an Afghan government of ethnic minorities and Pashtun communists. The Pashtun majority and other Afghan Muslims are not represented by this government.
I strongly believe that any so-called Daesh, ISIS or ISIL in Afghanistan are mercenaries, contractors and just plain thugs paid for with U.S. and Afghan monies and drug trafficking monies.
When I met with Abdullah Abdullah in September, 2012 in Afghanistan, after showing me his extremely expensive gold watch, which was bought with U.S tax dollars, he bragged that he was in charge of the mercenaries/contractors, DAESH, ISIL ISIS. I have known Abdullah since childhood. Furthermore, I have been told from reliable sources on the ground in Afghanistan any “so-called” DAESH, ISIL ISIS, fighters in Afghanistan are really CIA and MI6 contracted thugs, and hired thugs of the Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, who released from jail the worst killer and drug trafficker, Mohammad Mukhtar, to oversee these hired thugs, the so-called Daesh. Why does there need to be the appearance that Daesh is in Afghanistan? I beliweve it is because the American people will support the continuation of the war in and occupation of Afghanistan if they are led to believe that ISIL, ISIS or Daesh fighters are in Afghanistan.
The former, governor of Paktika Abdul Karim Mateen, admitted that the Afghan government paid several hundred thousand dollars for these mercenaries and thugs, which are the Daesh. He was removed from his position right after that comment. So I ask you, who the real “terrorists” are in Afghanistan? Who are they paid to terrorize? I strongly believe they are hired to terrorize Afghans, who reside in areas such as Helmand Province where vast deposits of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are located. These deposits are worth trillions and vital components of defense and technology systems. I strpngly believe it is an intentional and systematic targeting of civilians especially Pashtun in the REE rich areas. As history has shown, these Afghans, mainly Pashtun, in Helmand, fight for their independence, their land and now their REEs.
The Pashtun majority are seen as the main roadblock to easy access and control of these REEs. Furthermore, Afghanistan is the heart of Central Asia. After the fall of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the United States determined its new outer defense perimeter would be located in Central Asia. The Pashtun majority are viewed as the roadblock to the development of this outer defense perimeter and to its new REE supply chain, and as a road block to the economic development of the energy sector in Central Asia. The Afghan people’s natural resources will be exported through piping of the gas and the transporting of REEs and other mineral resources.
The existence of Afghanistan’s valuable resources have been known by the superpowers for many years. In the 1990s, my attorney, Mr. G.P. Hardy of Houston, who had many clients in the oil industry, asked if I wanted to work for one of his clients to scout the area for the potential construction of a pipeline, which would be built through Afghanistan. I did not take the assignment as I had a young family in the United States. I know the history of this pipeline and Afghanistan’s vast untapped natural resources. The Pentagon has even referred to Afghanistan as “the Saudi Arabia of Lithium.”
The foreign and Afghan war profiteers in the government and private sector will benefit financially from this exploitation of Afghanistan’s resources.. The U.S. government will benefit with a new supply chain for REEs. It will no longer have to rely on communist China to supply it with REEs. The U.S. will win with its new outer defense perimeter. The Afghan majority will lose. It will be terrorized by the “so-called” Daesh, the U.S. drones, bombs and weaponry, the corrupt national and local warlords and government officials like First Vice President, Communist War Criminal Rashid Dostum and their private militias and thugs, the continuation of the divide and conquer strategy of the west, the exploitation and theft of its resources and last but not least, the contamination, pollution and negative health effects on the Afghans caused by the radioactive by-products of mining REEs and the uranium tipped weaponry. The Afghan majority will not benefit financially or in any other way from the present policies and strategies.
In addition, the drug trafficking attracts war profiteers to Afghanistan. The war profiteers want to see the war continue where corruption runs rampant. Since the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, it has become a narco state and one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Systemic corruption has run rampant. One would expect this corruption to happen since during these past fifteen years, the national and local Afghan governments, police and army primarily consist of communist war criminals like First Vice President Rashid Dostum, Northern Alliance war lords, drug traffickers and other thugs. For example, I am sure you are aware of the government officials who stole from the Kabul Bank. The present government released the main criminal. As long as the U.S. supports and finances this Afghan government of criminals, war lords, communists, thugs and war profiteering technocrats, there will be this systemic corruption. I think the United States needs to end its practice of hiring these thugs and criminals to be its puppets and do its dirty work. These Afghans will do any thing for money and a title. When the money stops flowing they will turn against the United States. Dr. Jodi Vittori of Global Watch testified regarding Afghanistan’s need for an attorney general. In the past, an inexperienced thug was appointed as Afghanistan’s Attorney General. The interim attorney general is the same. I am sure that practice will continue.
I am still appalled that the U.S. supports and funds the Afghan government with Afghan officials like the communist war criminal and war lord, First Vice President of Afghanistan, Rashid Dostum. All of the human rights organizations and the U.S. government know exactly who he is. I believe the U.S. government should be demanding his prosecution for his horrendous war crimes committed from the1980s to the present instead of propping him up, funding him and allowing him to be a member of the Afghan government..
I think that it is time that U.S., global and Afghan scholars meet to discuss and analyze the current war approach, which has only escalated violence, created instability, and a corrupt narco state. They need to evaluate ways to end the war and bring peace. To date, I believe that the only advice that the U.S. government has been relying upon when forming its foreign policy and war strategy for Afghanistan has been from military think tanks, scholars with former national security, DOD and intelligence backgrounds and careers; basically all war mongers and war profiteers. For example, the United States has relied upon advice from the Kagans, the RAND corporation, and Afghan Americans like Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad, whose family’s wealth has increased in billions, Mr. Ali Jalali, a war profiteer and former Afghanistan Interior Minister from 2003-05, and former Afghan communists, who are now working for the U.S. Department of State, Voice of America, CIA and/or Department of Defense. I believe these war profiteers will do anything for a dollar, which is the main reason the United States is in such a mess and Afghanistan is a narco-state and so corrupt.
I strongly believe this war in Afghanistan must end now. As history has shown, Afghanistan has been the grave yard of superpowers. As Afghanistan is my motherland and the United States is my homeland, I want the United States to be at peace with the Pashtun majority. I fought against the Soviet Union and the Afghan communists during the 1980s to stop communism. I know what war is. I hate war. I want to see the Afghans themselves prosecute the war criminals, who committed crimes from 1979 to the present, in lawful tribunals.
High level officials like Rashid Dostum should not be allowed to apologize for his war crimes and partake in reconciliation and be part of the Afghan government. Rashid Dostum is a documented war criminal. He was the subject of articles in the Time magazine and Newsweek. As reported in the Time on November 19, 2001, and in Newsweek, on November 5, 2001, Dostum and his group raped many Afghan women and children, “…Dostum’s marauders chopped off breasts and tied the toes of women behind their heads..” Instead of prosecuting this criminal, my U.S. government ignores his war crimes, supports and keeps him on the payroll. The United States government needs to follow the rule of law and international law. Instead it is covering up these war crimes and helping him commit new war crimes against the Afghan/Pashtun like recently in Faryab Province. In addition, the Afghan majority has not forgotten about the war crimes committed by Dostum against the Pashtun in November 2001 at Dasht-e-Leili even though the United Nations and the United States has. When the UN asked the Afghans to surrender the Afghans did, and Dostum cowardly massacred them while he was partnering with the United States.
Afghans have suffered enough these past four decades because of war, occupation, drug trafficking and corruption. The Afghan children have suffered enough. Average Americans have suffered enough because of this war. The war profiteers are the only ones benefiting. Change the war strategy to a “sincere” negotiations strategy for peace. To do so, Pakistan cannot be involved in these negotiations. Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad and other war profiteers cannot be involved in the new U.S. administration. The United States knows that the Afghan Freedom Fighters will not come to the table if Pakistan is involved. Therefore, I strongly believe that peace negotiations must be held without Pakistan’s involvement. American Afghans are willing to be the bridge in these negotiations. I along with members of our peace group are willing to be the bridge. I strongly believe the first step in this peace process is to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Maintaining or increasing troops will only continue and even escalate this war. I ask you for your help so that this ugly war can end in an honorable way for the United States and Afghanistan and true peace can be achieved in Afghanistan.
If America is to be great again it needs to end its ugly war in Afghanistan in an honorable way. This war does not make America great. It makes America a war monger and very much in debt. I along with other educated American Afghans can be the bridge to peace to end this war ( see my biography). Michigan has a strong connection to the Afghans/Pashtuns. In the 1980s, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and waged war against the Afghan civilians, Sister Eugene of Borgess Hospital along with Dr. Fabi, Dr. Ramos and other staff, allowed me to bring 12 Afghan children, who were severely wounded in the war, to Borgess Hospital for free treatment. Mary Freebed also donated services for rehabilitation. I can be that bridge again. Do not repeat the mistakes of the past 15 years. I am very concerned about the future of my homeland the United States, and my motherland, Afghanistan. I do believe that the Republicans can stop the division in our country and bring peace in Afghanistan with new policies towards peace and new players, who are not war profiteers.
Thank you for your time and consideration. At your convenience, I may be reached at(269)353-7044.
Kadir A. Mohmand
Former Representative of the Afghan Freedom Fighters for North America during the 1980s