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Afghanistan 2021 Onwards

Old 1st Oct 2021, 14:26
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Thank you, Skrid. And I wish to clarify....

When I use the term "shot at", it is also related to another expression "boots on the ground". and both expressions refer to folks that have actually been to the places we talk about, whether in peacetime or not.

My comrades that never served "in country", but flew from bases in Thailand did not see and feel what I did when at Bien Hoa and Pleiku. Nor did many ever fly with and help the Vee use the weapons of war we provided as I did.

The armchair warriors and experts that have never been "shot at" are far down my "respect" scale. And you do not truly understand the folks you are trying to help (or defeat) until you live, eat and breath with them for more than a few minutes at a cocktail party.

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Old 1st Oct 2021, 23:09
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The armchair warriors and experts that have never been "shot at" are far down my "respect" scale. And you do not truly understand the folks you are trying to help (or defeat) until you live, eat and breath with them for more than a few minutes at a cocktail party.
100% with you on that, mate!
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Old 16th Oct 2021, 20:33
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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/...id-taliban-row

Pakistan Airlines suspends Afghanistan flights amid Taliban row

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suspended flights to Kabul after what it called heavy-handed interference by Taliban authorities.

The suspension on Thursday took place as the Taliban government ordered the airline, the only international carrier operating regularly out of the Afghan capital, to cut ticket prices to the levels of before the fall of the Western-backed Afghan government in August.

“Our flights frequently faced undue delays because of the unprofessional attitude of the Kabul aviation authorities,” Abdullah Hafeez Khan, the PIA spokesman told the AFP news agency. “The route will remain suspended until “the situation becomes conducive,” he added…..

Earlier, the Taliban warned PIA and Afghan carrier Kam Air that their Afghan operations risked being blocked unless they agreed to cut prices that have spiralled out of the reach of most Afghans.

With most airlines no longer flying to Afghanistan, tickets for flights to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, have been selling for as much as $2,500 on PIA, according to travel agents in Kabul, compared with $120-$150 before.

The Afghan transport ministry said in a statement that prices on the route should “be adjusted to correspond with the conditions of a ticket before the victory of the Islamic Emirate” or the flights would be stopped…..

PIA, which runs chartered flights to Kabul rather than regular commercial services, said it had maintained the flights on humanitarian grounds and paid more than $400,000 as insurance premium, “which could only be possible if 300 passengers are available”, Khan said.

PIA said that ever since the new Taliban government was formed, its staff in Kabul had faced last-minute changes in regulations and flight permissions and intimidating behaviour from Taliban commanders…..

It said its country representative had been held at gunpoint for hours in one incident and was only freed after the Pakistan embassy in Kabul intervened.


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Old 16th Oct 2021, 20:45
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Surprised no mention on here that the RAF are back evacuating people

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...uations-resume
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Old 16th Oct 2021, 22:16
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Or perhaps the wiser heads think our very own are at risk and regret that any such exposure should come ahead of their safety.

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Old 17th Oct 2021, 09:26
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"The Taliban government ordered the airline, the only international carrier operating regularly out of the Afghan capital, to cut ticket prices to the levels of before the fall of the Western-backed Afghan government in August."

You know, I can see their point...............
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Old 17th Oct 2021, 10:56
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Originally Posted by NutLoose
Surprised no mention on here that the RAF are back evacuating people

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...uations-resume
They’re not back in Afghanistan
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Old 17th Oct 2021, 12:03
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Originally Posted by Asturias56
"The Taliban government ordered the airline, the only international carrier operating regularly out of the Afghan capital, to cut ticket prices to the levels of before the fall of the Western-backed Afghan government in August."

You know, I can see their point...............
This simply shows that the Taliban has no clue how the market operates nor any understanding that it’s own victory has altered the risk assessments for those who want to operate into Kabul. The instability will also affect the insurance premiums. Effectively ordering a foreign airline to operate at a loss just means there will be no traffic at all unless someone else subsidises it. Perhaps that was the aim.
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Old 17th Oct 2021, 12:41
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You would have thought the Taliban would have subsidised the difference until market forces as in insurance premiums etc settle back down. But it seems they do not understand no one will fly routes at a loss for their benefit.
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Old 17th Oct 2021, 15:04
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ahem, Nut.....

"You would have thought the Taliban would have subsidised the difference until market forces..."

Beam me up! The last thing those religious zealots think about are "market forces" or most anything else except their view of a society that 99% of the rest of the world do not share. When another national airline has problems in the 'stan, there are economic and other considerations the Taliban do not value, and prolly won't for a long time.

Maybe we should have discussions over on the main forum if there are any members flying commercial planes into Kabul or Bagram or...

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Old 17th Oct 2021, 15:33
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They don't do irony in Fl?
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Old 18th Oct 2021, 00:06
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Great point, Ninth.....

We have a very "diverse" grope here in FLorida. We are ironic, bionic, sarconic, geriatric and many of us have touched the elephant or flown into the jaws of the doom pussy. Some have not returned. Look up the Khobar Tower truck bomb where we lost 19 of our neighbors here in the Eglin/Hurlburt complex.

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Old 18th Oct 2021, 01:03
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When serving in the Canadian Military I was at a reception for high level government people in 2008 . A senior Mandarin at Foreign Affairs was standing next to a very senior Canadian Military Officer. I asked both of them to make the linkage between the Canadian Armed Forces deployment to Afghanistan and the national security interests of Canada.

The response, unsurprisingly but very disappointing, was a master class in desembling with no clear answer to what should have been a very straight forward question

I am also old enough to be one of the last officers in the CAF to have a commissioning scroll signed by a Defence Minister who had medals awarded for service where Combat operations were taking place.
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Old 18th Oct 2021, 11:23
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I see the EU is to pump 1 BILLION Euros in aid into Afghanistan. The US a furthur $64 million, all laudable efforts, don't get me wrong, but how can a country develop to a place where it can stand on its own two feet free from outside help, why would a country have an incentive to throw off killing each other and using more and more sophisticated weaponary if you keep pumping monies into the place and corruption is rife, as in life at some point you need to withdraw the teat and let the young fend for themselves no matter how hard that may be.


https://www.euronews.com/2021/10/13/...l-crisis-group

https://www.usaid.gov/news-informati...ce-afghanistan


and some of the waste so far, frightning reading..

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...use/ar-AAPejgg
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Old 18th Oct 2021, 14:02
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Skirdlov. Is your name Rory by any chance?
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Old 18th Oct 2021, 15:05
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to Nuts and others about trying to help the 'stan.....

check out this op ed and it will explain a lot. Sure, some political jabs that could have been omitted, but the basics are there. It is one big reason an analogy with the Saigon evacuation does not compute. And my squad covered the evac in 1975, and I worked with the VNAF for three years, understood their culture and such.
The ''stan has never existed as a country except western folks drew some lines on a map. I also had two Afghan students when an instructor at Air University. Oh yeah, the first Pakistan and Israeli folks to check out in the Viper. Just some background...

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/202...el-greenfield/

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Old 18th Oct 2021, 15:32
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I for one would be more comfortable if a proviso was in place that women were allowed to work and get an education etc, before funding was available to them and it being in increments throughout the year with checks being carried out that these things were being adhered too. That way some progress might happen.

Pie in the sky I know, but better than nothing.

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Old 20th Oct 2021, 16:13
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Old 20th Oct 2021, 17:23
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Not sure who the "we" or the "they" are.....

Mao had a good explanation of the guerrilla tactics in his Little Red Book, and Uncle Ho's folks did a good job versus the French about 6 years later. Another five years go by, and this dude in Cuba pulls off a coup.

As the op ed piece I posted earlier points out, the 'stan is an arbitrary group of lines on a map. I must admit that most humans within those lines have much in common as far as physical appearance and genetic attributes, but about the only unifying thing there is a certain religion, and even it has two strong different sects.

There is no "common" foe nor desire to form a union as we saw here in the colonies except one...
The villages and families just want to be left alone.

But unlike we colonists, mostly from Europe, the Taliban would wish to impose a heinous social existence on all of them in the name of he who cannot be mentioned. One of our fundamental tennants was that the government or anyone else should not force religious practices upon the whole of the populace. After all, many of us migrated here to escape religious persecution. So no establishment of a national religion has been a biggie in the U.S. since 1787.

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Old 21st Oct 2021, 08:26
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Mainly correct Gums - bu the idea that people can hold different views to you and not be attacked, imprisoned, driven out or just abused is under attack even in the "liberal" west
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