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also wanna harp on the fact that pretty much any military theoretician worth their salt will tell you to never underestimate your enemy, idk man, i giggled a bit at reading the comments and the tags on that post with like 18 year old commies talking about the how US military is a wet noodle and will be overrun by an army of The People

in fact, i think the main reason the US military has made such fools of themselves is because THEY underestimated their enemies, are u honestly telling me that if the US military fought an all-out war against the vietnamese or the taliban the outcome would have been the same? nah, they went into these conflicts over-confidently and if they waged these wars the same way they would have against the USSR the outcome would have bee very different.

anonymous asked:

Thanks to those who brought up Afghanistan threats in relation to my ISIS ask. Love finding new perspectives in comments. I didn't consider that initially as PH joined the war against the Taliban. Taliban issued the threat (in 2012?), with ISIS becoming more well known in the west later (2014/15?). Unless ISIS and Taliban are one and the same/partners, I figured PH would have to be pretty unlucky to have both after him specifically. Y'all could be right and they all mad over Afghanistan idk (EL)

I still think it’s mostly local threats they are worried about, but that was a very good point.

Taliban and ISIS are pretty separate though. Sometimes they are allies and sometimes they fight each and I lost track of who is fighting whom a long time ago.

I doubt they are concerned about foreign groups launching an attack. They may, however, be concerned about some local discontent watching ISIS/Taliban channels and becoming radicalized and trying something. That, to me, is a more likely scenario, though still not as likely as just a local protest getting out of hand.

AFGHANISTAN. Nangarhar Province. Jalalabad. 2001. In the intense therapy department. The child is a victim of an American strike that mistakenly killed 153 people in a village near the Tora Bora Mountains.

Photograph: Alex Majoli/Magnum Photos

PAKISTAN. Quetta. August 8, 2016. Pakistan Bomb Blast. Lawyers help their injured colleagues after a bomb explosion. Seventy people were killed when a bomb exploded outside a civil hospital where a crowd of lawyers and journalists had gathered to mourn Bilal Anwar Kasi, a senior lawyer who had been assassinated hours earlier. On that day, an entire generation of lawyers was lost.

Spot News, First Prize, Singles at the World Press Photo Contest.

Photograph: Jamal Taraqai/European Pressphoto Agency

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PAKISTAN. Outskirts of Islamabad. February 20 & 25 & 26, 2014. Portraits of Afghan refugees.

(1) Eight-year-old Ibraheem Rahees.

(2) Six-year-old Zarlakhta Nawab.

(3) Seven-year-old Hazrat Babir.

(4) Five-year-old Hamagai Akbar.

For three decades, the world’s largest source of refugees has been Afghanistan. Beginning in 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded the country, millions poured across the Afghan borders with Pakistan and Iran. After the war with the Soviets ended in 1989, many remained as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Ahmed Shah Massoud and other warlords clashed for control of the country during the early 1990s. In the latter half of the decade, the Taliban rose from the ashes of the civil war, driving millions more from Afghanistan and keeping those who had already fled far from their homes.

The result is that entire generations of Afghan children have been born and lived their entire lives in Pakistan.

“Their tough life makes them look older and react as elderly people,” Muheisen said, “but their innocence is right there in their eyes.“ The boys and girls in Muheisen’s portraits are only a handful of the millions of Afghan refugees living inside Pakistan, a forgotten few in the middle of a largely forgotten mass of people.

Photographs: Muhammed Muheisen/AP

AFGHANISTAN. Parwan Province (now Panjshir Province). 1996. Taliban fighters take refuge behind an armoured vehicle as they try to move up the Panshir valley against government forces (Massoud’s troops).

Photograph: Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos

PAKISTAN. Outskirts of Islamabad. March 30, 2014. Afghan refugee Fareeda Abdulgafour, 20, a mother of one child, at her mud house in a slum. Nine years ago Abdulgafour and her parents fled the violence in Jalalabad. “I am a widow. My husband died in a car accident. My boy is my life, and I will live this life taking care of my son.”

Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP Images for TIME

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PAKISTAN. Outskirts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Daily life of Afghan refugees. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: the more than one million Afghans who have fled years of war in their home country. This massive and persistent population remains vulnerable to multiple dangers, from outbreaks of disease to violence spilling over from the war next door. AP photographer Muhammed Muheisen has spent the past several years in Pakistan, documenting the lives of these refugees, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable: the children caught up in the chaos as their families try to keep them safe.

(1) An Afghan refugee, her burka billowing, holds her daughter as she walks to her home through an alley of a poor neighbourhood on September 16, 2013.

(2) Afghan refugee girls, background, repeat verses of the Quran after their classmate Mohammed Akbar, 7, during a daily class to learn how to read verses of the Quran at a mosque in a poor neighbourhood on March 24, 2010.

(3) Rozeena Zaman, 7, an Afghan refugee, watches other children playing in a poor neighbourhood on February 10, 2010.

(4) An Afghan refugee hides in a wooden cart near his home in a poor neighbourhood on February 2, 2014.

(5) Afghan refugee Samiullah Afsar, 5, smiles while carrying a puppy he found in a pile of a garbage on October 18, 2012.

(6) Afghan refugees play a traditional fighting game in a field, as the sun sets on January 24, 2014.

Photographs: Muhammed Muheisen/AP

AFGHANISTAN. Kunar Province. Korengal Province. October 29, 2009. Two makeshift stretchers with the bodies of two children killed during an explosion are carried out during their funeral as the US Army investigate the incident. An Afghan child, approximately 6 year-old, was brought in by Afghan villagers to the Korengal Outpost with serious wounds to his legs and abdomen, and once treated by the medics at the Korengal Outpost was evacuated by helicopter to a better facility. 

The US Army Commanding officer of the Korengal outpost was informed that in the same incident two other children had lost their lives and that the funerals would be held that same day in the nearby village. He decided to send a patrol to raid the village after the funeral to inquire about the incident, suspecting that that the Taliban were responsible. He speculated that they were preparing an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) to attack the US forces and that possibly while doing so, something went wrong and the device exploded wounding one child and killing the other two. Following the patrol sixteen Afghan villagers were brought back to the Korengal Outpost for questioning and four of them were held in custody overnight at the gym of the outpost. They were later released after their record was checked. No one has been able to determinate what really caused the death and the injury of the children.

Photograph: Marco di Lauro/Getty Images