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Title: Almost as soon as the US military left its biggest airbase in Afghanistan, looters rolled in
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URL Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/worl ... n-looters-rolled-in/ar-AALHIzA
Published: Jul 3, 2021
Author: staff
Post Date: 2021-07-03 07:30:17 by Ada
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Views: 68
Comments: 9

Bagram, the biggest airbase in Afghanistan, was ransacked within hours of the US withdrawal.

Afghan officials said the US didn't coordinate the withdrawal with them, though the US military denies this. Looters stole laptops and gas canisters. It's not a good sign for the future of Afghanistan.

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Within hours of the US withdrawal from Bagram - the largest airbase in Afghanistan and the long-time hub of America's longest war - looters rolled in.

The looters stole laptops and gas canisters from the base, said Darwaish Raufi, a district administrator for Bagram, per the New York Times.

Raufi said the US withdrawal from the base was done overnight and not in coordination with local officials.

"Unfortunately the Americans left without any coordination with Bagram district officials or the governor's office," Raufi said, the Associated Press reported. "Right now our Afghan security forces are in control both inside and outside of the base."

The looters were "stopped and some have been arrested and the rest have been cleared from the base," Raufi said. A local said the looters had also stolen materials like metal and plastic that could be sold as scrap, Stars and Stripes correspondent J.p. Lawrence reported.

Typically bases are turned over between military forces when the new troops are able to, at a minimum, secure the perimeter. That the base was so easily ransacked following the US pullout doesn't bode well for Afghanistan's future.

Video: U.S. leaves Afghan airbase, once war epicenter, after nearly 20 years (Yahoo! News)

Video player from: Oath (Privacy Policy) Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesperson for the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, pushed back against the notion that the US wasn't in contact with local officials about the withdrawal. Leggett told the Times the pullout was "closely coordinated."

Control of Bagram has been handed over to the Afghan military.

The US withdrawal from Bagram came nearly three months after President Joe Biden announced an end to the "forever war" in Afghanistan.

Biden pledged to withdraw all troops by September 11, though roughly 650 will remain to protect the US embassy in Kabul.

America leaves Afghanistan in a precarious state, with the Taliban emboldened and taking over districts across the country. With the full US withdrawal on the horizon and Afghan forces repeatedly losing or surrendering, regional militias have popped up to carry on the fight against the Taliban.

US officials have warned that deserting bases like Bagram leaves the US few options to strike terror groups or launch raid forces to capture militants, should the country again become hideout for groups plotting to attack the West. Aircraft carrier-launched fighters, for instance, would need clearance to fly over Pakistan on long missions to Afghanistan that would have little loiter time to find targets before returning, with the added risk of how to evacuate an American pilot whose jet malfunctions or is shot down.

Gen. Austin S. Miller, the top US commander in Afghanistan, earlier this week offered a grim assessment of what could come next for Afghanistan.

"A civil war is certainly a path that can be visualized if this continues on the trajectory it's on right now, that should be of concern to the world," Miller told reporters.

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

That the base was so easily ransacked following the US pullout doesn't bode well for Afghanistan's future.

Looks even worse for ours.

“ On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. ” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-07-03   8:42:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Ada, Lod (#0)

America leaves Afghanistan in a precarious state, with the Taliban emboldened and taking over districts across the country. With the full US withdrawal on the horizon and Afghan forces repeatedly losing or surrendering, regional militias have popped up to carry on the fight against the Taliban.

All by design. Saudi Arabia and Qatar (and therefore, the US is complicit) are funding the Taliban and ISIS to thwart any regional aspirations of Iran that may be detrimental to Israeli expansion.

FactCheck Q&A: Is Saudi Arabia funding ISIS?

Nothing about Israel in that article, but we all know...

“I am not one of those weak-spirited, sappy Americans who want to be liked by all the people around them. I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. My affections, being concentrated over a few people, are not spread all over Hell in a vile attempt to placate sulky, worthless shits.” - William S Burroughs

Dakmar  posted on  2021-07-03   8:55:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: All (#2)

Romans 15:27

27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.

“I am not one of those weak-spirited, sappy Americans who want to be liked by all the people around them. I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. My affections, being concentrated over a few people, are not spread all over Hell in a vile attempt to placate sulky, worthless shits.” - William S Burroughs

Dakmar  posted on  2021-07-03   8:57:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Dakmar (#3)

Interesting verse, now to try and learn what Paul was saying to the Romans. Thanks.

“ On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. ” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-07-03   9:20:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Lod (#1)

The DoD reports spending $815 billion over the years in Afghanistan. The real number is probably at least triple that. So leaving behind a few billion dollars worth of weapons and other equipment is but a drop in a big big bucket of bloody bellicosity.

StraitGate  posted on  2021-07-03   9:45:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Lod (#4)

Paul is saying that because the Jewish Christians shared their religion with the Gentile Christians, fiscal remuneration was in order.

“I am not one of those weak-spirited, sappy Americans who want to be liked by all the people around them. I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. My affections, being concentrated over a few people, are not spread all over Hell in a vile attempt to placate sulky, worthless shits.” - William S Burroughs

Dakmar  posted on  2021-07-03   9:45:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: StraitGate (#5) (Edited)

The DoD reports spending $815 billion over the years in Afghanistan. The real number is probably at least triple that. So leaving behind a few billion dollars worth of weapons and other equipment is but a drop in a big big bucket of bloody bellicosity.

If you figure in the CIA and the black budget the likely expenditures would be well over a Trillion dollars. But somehow I do not think any weapons systems were left behind, at least not like in Iraq where ISIS purloined U.S. equipment and used it in their offensives against Christians in the area.

A few ISIS punks wanted to toast some Christians with a flame thrower. But British SAS shot the fuel tank of the flame thrower with a Barrett .50 BMG and toasted the ISIS creeps. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2021-07-03   10:47:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Dakmar (#2)

All by design. Saudi Arabia and Qatar (and therefore, the US is complicit) are funding the Taliban and ISIS to thwart any regional aspirations of Iran that may be detrimental to Israeli expansion.

FactCheck Q&A: Is Saudi Arabia funding ISIS?

Nothing about Israel in that article, but we all know...

Yes and we should all know the Israelis destroyed the Iranian nuclear facilities at Natanz in April 2021. Mossad said they conducted a cyber operation and destroyed a great many of the centrifuges. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2021-07-03   11:25:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Lod (#1) (Edited)

When I was driving the big truck out of Chicago area, I was making a delivery in Ohio north of Cincinnati. After unloading I got the bills back, but they forgot to sign. So I stopped at the guard shack.

There was a woman in there. Sometimes the dispatcher would make notes on the bills. She looked at the bills and said, "Oh look. It says B4." as in "B4 9 am." She was a dumb strawberry blond. :-O

This happened in late 90s so I am very lucky to recall these old stories because of the meningitis. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2021-07-03   11:34:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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