Press TV, May 25, 2017 (with readings compiled by New Cold War.org on the aftermath of the Manchester bombing)
The United Kingdom is planning to send more troops to Afghanistan where insecurity is increasing despite the fact that the US and its allies have deployed thousands of forces there since 2001.
“The UK is prepared to increase its contribution to troops in a non-combat role to demonstrate our continued support for the NATO mission in Afghanistan,” a government source said Thursday. The United States currently has around 8,400 soldiers in Afghanistan with about another 5,000 troops from NATO allies. Britain currently has about 500 troops in Afghanistan.
NATO countries are asked by the US to send 3,000 to 5,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan, as Washington is also planning to send up to 5,000 additional troops, including hundreds of Special Operations forces, to the war-torn country.
The United States — under Republican George W. Bush’s presidency — and its allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban regime from power, but after more than one and-a-half-decade, the foreign troops are still deployed to the country.
US President Donald Trump, who has spoken against the Afghan war, has dubbed the 2001 invasion and following occupation of Afghanistan as “Obama’s war”, but now his administration is sending thousands of more troops to the war-torn country, signaling a policy shift.
Reactions to Manchester bombing show how anti-Muslim bigots are ‘useful idiots’ for ISIS, by Mehdi Hasan, The Intercept, May 24,2017
If you want to defeat ISIS, listen to former ISIS hostage Nicolas Henin. The group is “heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia … [and] drawn to any examples of ugliness on social media,” the French journalist wrote in November 2015 in the wake of the Paris attacks. “Central to their world view is the belief that communities cannot live together with Muslims, and every day their antennae will be tuned towards finding supporting evidence.”
Get that? Islamophobia plays right into the hands of ISIS…
Manchester bomber’s father and brother arrested in Tripoli, RT.com, May 24, 2017
Blowback? Manchester bomber linked to terrorist group which UK allegedly backed, RT.com, May 25, 2017
Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi and his father, Ramadan, had long-standing links to a violent jihadist group which may have had British backing for the 2011 Libyan war and a 1996 attempt to kill then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The controversy centers on the role of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which was both an anti-Gaddafi and Al-Qaeda subsidiary in the North African state.
Many of the fighters which formed the group in the mid-90s were veterans of the Afghan-Soviet war from the 1980s. They went on to fight the Gaddafi regime in Libya itself.
Interview with journalist and filmmaker John Pilger on the Manchester bombing (10 minutes), broadcast on RT.com‘s ‘Going Underground’, with program host Afshin Rattansi, May 24, 2017
The terrorist attack in Manchester, two recommended readings, by New Cold War.org, May 23, 2017:
* ‘Likely response for Manchester attack – more aggression in Mideast, anti-immigrant policies’, say analysts, RT, May 23, 2017
* Manchester attacks: What price hypocrisy?, by John Wight, published in CounterPunch, May 23, 2017
The only real way to stop atrocities like the Manchester attack is to end the wars which allow extremism to grow, commentary by Patrick Cockburn, published in The Independent, May 23, 2017
(with extensive, additional analysis compiled by New Cold War.org, including: British intelligence warned Tony Blair of Manchester-like terrorism if the West invaded Iraq, by Jon Schwarz, The Intercept, May 23, 2017)