Sunday, November 29, 2009

Afghan Taliban Photography Magazine, "In Fight #11," November 2009 Issue

November 2009 issue the Afghan Taliban photography magazine In Fight, which reproduces photographs of the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan between the United States, NATO, and an ever-expanding Pashtun resistance, led by the Taliban and several other groups, particularly those headed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Jalaluddin Haqqani. These type of photographs are not frequently published in most mainstream U.S. media.

"In Fight #11"

See the October 2009 issue HERE.

See the September 2009 issue HERE.


Christina said...

This came in from a google alert; looks very interesting.
I haven't had time to read at all, let alone with concentration, such great blogs as this.
I plan to catch up over the winter when life will be quieter.
Previous posts, such as about History of the 12th Imam's Occultation, look especially interesting.
Probably you have also visited the shrine showing the exact place where the Imam Mahdi disappeared, in Samarra?
Also interested in reading Mullah Omar's Eid message. It's so necessary to read oneself the original documents and to hear other sides.
Even more than earlier, the American media is impossible to even read one story as it's so slanted. Articles give no accurate picture of what the Taliban are like or what they think.
There is no information of any use in the mainstream media, it's shameful.
At least for those of us who understand and care deeply about Afghanistan and its special people.
Of course, none of their characteristics emerge in any mainstream reporting. Just drumming in to the point of brainwashing about the supposed poor treatment of women, bizarre stories of purported backward customs so to rile up all the feminists and movie stars in the U.S. so they will support the war.

إبن الصقلي said...

Hi Christina,

It's good to hear from you again. Your points are thought-provoking, as always.

I haven't been to Iraq, though several close friends of mine have. One worked for a year in USAID and the other went with his family on pilgrimage before Saddam Husayn and the Ba'th were toppled.

I'll be interested to read your comments on the statements when you get a chance to read them.

Take care!

Christina said...

I have visited the major Shia shrines, from Hazrat-i-Zeinab in "Sham" to the Imams in Iraq to Imam Reza and Hazrat-i-Fatima in Iran.
Pilgrims at all these recounted miracles which they attributed to their prayers to the Imam.
About the Afghan situation, I would be happy to mention some of my ideas, as long as no readers would impute them to the editor, but realize they merely constitute the opinion of one reader! I don't want you to suffer by proxy if I express politically heretical ideas - !

I think one aspect people should be aware of is that many other nations feel entirely differently about the stubborn American war in Afghanistan. In constrast, no other point of view but the official line has been even aired in our monolithic, uncreative, unimaginative press.

A look at the opinion columns in other countries' media can therefore raise eyebrows in shock. For example, Komsomolskaya Pravda in Moscow wrote in late November 2009 the following entirely sarcastic comment by a N. Krasnikov:

"NATO whose soldiers today are heroically protecting the world and the harvest of opium poppies in...Afghanistan."

Indeed, it's bizarre to many what on earth the US Army has been doing in desperately poor, underpopulated, landlocked Afghanistan all these years.

Achieving nothing but huge loss of life and fortune, there must be SOME big compelling reason of which no one beyond a small elite in Washington DC is informed. The weak cover story is combating "terrorism". But that sells only when a people can be easily manipulated by fear, owing to entire ignorance of the realities of a religion, culture, people who are far away and far different from Westerners.

So it's not a surprise that cynical observers from the traditional adversary of the U.S. could come up with jabs like the above.
While their ideas seem wildly illogical, neither is there any logic in paying vast sums to keep blindly attempting to occupy an un-occupiable country!
Ask the Soviets...some of the most cogent critiques of American military strategies and techniques I have read come from Russian officials with direct experience during that era. Why is it that no one in Washington is willing to listen to those who struggled for a decade to impose their will on Afghanistan before giving up?
I suspect that there is a conscious or unconscious wish to best the Soviet performance in Afghanistan, to show that Americans are invincible.
But the lives of so many thousands of Afghans are not for barter to "show the Russians" who is better. So we are left wondering what has been accomplished that is truly constructive during this war. About ZERO is the only answer. Maybe the index is well into the negative category: that it has only destroyed, with no purpose whatsoever.

Those odious Afghan poppy fields have boomed more than ever, too, leading alert observers to question what could be the real objectives in this campaign.

By the way, back to your Private Bergdahl post last July, sure enough, a recent report says he is in fairly good shape. Just as I knew, that he would be fine.
Furthermore, Maulvi Jelaluddin Haqqani [who kindly helped my travels in Afghanistan during the mujahideen's campaign against the Red Army] gave an interview saying just what I anticipated at the time of that same commentary. He made his position clear: "No talks until all foreign troops leave".
Anyone could figure out how the so-called Taliban think with a little conscientious study, but why are U.S>policy makers in a dream world talking about negotiations? They mean what they say exactly. Why would religious fighters throw down their rifles and come to the bargaining table and smile as the cede their power to a secular regime still imposed by the U.S. and the token NATO allies?
People who don't care enough to ferret out the mentality of their opponents do not belong fighting them in an interminable war for no cause whatsoever - that's how I look at this regrettable Afghan situation!