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Afghanistan Foundation Urges Trump to Withdraw 4,000 U.S. Troops from the Unending War

 

 

WASHINGTON & KABUL, Afghanistan--()--The Afghanistan Foundation is urging President Donald Trump to withdraw 4,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan in the coming 120 days, by Christmas of this year, and to reduce the number of U.S.-paid, private security contract personnel operating covertly in the country.

 

“We are calling on President Trump to significantly decrease, not increase, U.S. troop and private security personnel in Afghanistan over the next 120 days, with 4,000 U.S. troops being brought home by Christmas of this year,” said Philip Smith, President and Executive Director of the Afghanistan Foundation in Washington, D.C. “At this time, pouring additional U.S. troops and taxpayers' money into the present snake pit and quagmire of Afghanistan is not prudent, and instead is counterproductive given the increasingly deep ethnic divisions and extraordinarily high levels of corruption within elements of the Afghan military, police and government.”

 

Smith continued: “Ongoing, massive corruption within senior ranks of the Afghan government, large scale defections of Afghan troops and police, as well as the waste, fraud and abuse of billions in U.S. taxpayers' money in Afghanistan, call for a much different policy approach by President Trump. Clearly, America has reached a point of diminishing returns on investment in Afghanistan and needs a lower U.S. troop profile to prevent creating more popular resentment and increased terrorist support and recruitment among ordinary Afghans, and in Pakistan, especially in the tribal areas.”

 

“The Afghanistan Foundation is calling for the withdrawal of 4,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in the next 120 days and no additional U.S. funding for private military contractors, or U.S. private military personnel, up and above current levels,” Smith said. “The Kabul government must stand on its own two feet; it cannot continue to be propped up with unlimited amounts of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars and the blood of American soldiers.”

 

President Trump is slated to speak today about U.S. policy toward Afghanistan.

 

The Afghanistan Foundation was founded as a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) prior to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., with the mission of helping to educate policymakers and the public about the nation of Afghanistan, its people, culture and history. http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 

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Contacts

Afghanistan Foundation
Mariam Khan/Philip Smith
202-543-1444
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Afghanistan Foundation Marks Anniversary of Terrorist Attacks on U.S., Libya



Washington, D.C., New York,  Shanksville, Pennsylvania and Benghazi, Libya, September 11, 2013

The Afghanistan Foundation today marked the anniversary of terrorist attacks on the United States and Benghazi, Libya.  The Foundation is participating in, and
attending, memorial ceremonies in New York City, as well as Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

“Today we memorialize the anniversary of the brutal terrorist attacks on the American people at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in
Washington, D.C., aboard United  airline flight # 93 in Pennsylvania , as well as one year ago at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya,” said Philip Smith,
President and Executive Director of the Afghanistan
Foundation.<http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org/>

“The thousands of Americans killed by Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya-linked terrorist organizations are not forgotten as America continues to seek to bring
security, stability and economic development to Afghanistan and Libya,” Smith somberly commented at ceremonies in Arlington, Virginia.

Smith stated:  “Along with the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America, we also remember and memorialize today, on this anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the over 2100 American soldiers and members of the U.S. Department of Defense, and other U.S. agencies, killed in Afghanistan and Libya, including the
U.S. Ambassador in Benghazi, J. Christopher Stevens and his colleagues. “

“Moreover, it is also important to not forget the allied forces from NATO and ISAF, including the United Kingdom, Germany and America’s European allies, as
well as Australia, New Zealand and many other nations, who have all paid a very heavy price in terms of their soldiers killed and wounded in Afghanistan in
support of the anti-terrorism effort since September 11, 2001, and the joint military intervention there,” Smith continued.

“Many civilian U.S. government contractor employees have also been killed, or suffered casualties, in significant numbers in Afghanistan and Libya; they also
should be remembered today in the context of the effort to remember the victims of 9-11 attacks and the ongoing struggle to combat terrorist attacks on the
United States and its allies,” Smith remarked.

“Today, sadly, on this somber occasion as we seek to memorialize September 11, we understand that a massive bombing occurred in Libya that appears to be linked to terrorist organizations; We are not yet clear as to the exact organization, or affiliate, responsible of today’s anniversary terrorist attack and massive
car bombing that occurred with a violent explosion near the Foreign Ministry Building in Benghazi, Libya,”  Smith observed. “Some Libyan militants and militant leaders, linked to international terrorist organizations, have fought in Afghanistan.”

“Our hearts still ache…,” said U.S. President Obama at keynote remarks at memorial ceremonies today at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, marking the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.  “…. May God Bless the memory of those we lost.”

In New York City, in keeping with tradition, the names of the American’s killed at the World Trade Center are being read aloud today.  Similar ceremonies are being held in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed on September 11, 2001, by Afghanistan and Pakistan-linked terrorist attacks on the United States which lead to the U.S., and NATO / ISAF, military intervention in Afghanistan later that year.

One year ago today, on September 11, 2011, four Americans, including  U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were killed , and ten injured, in Benghazi, Libya, after attacks on the U.S. consulate linked to Libyan and international terrorist groups.

The Afghanistan Foundation was founded as a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), prior to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the
United States, with the mission of helping to educate policymakers and the general public about the nation of Afghanistan, its people, culture and history.

 

American and NATO / ISAF forces are slated to withdrawal from Afghanistan at
the end of 2014.

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Contact:

Mariam Khan or Philip Smith

Afghanistan Foundation

info@afghanistan-foundation.org

Telephone (202) 543-1444

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan Foundation Urges Karzai to Conclude Security Agreement with United States

 

 

Washington, D.C. and Kabul, Afghanistan

August 23, 2013

 

The Afghanistan Foundation is urging the Karzai government today to conclude a bilateral security agreement and new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States to govern the post-2014 American military deployment in Afghanistan.

 

“We are again calling on President Hamid Karzai to move expeditiously to conclude a bilateral security agreement, and new Status of Forces Agreement, with the United States prior to the 2014 withdrawal,” said Philip Smith, President and Executive Director of the Afghanistan Foundation in Washington, D.C. “This agreement is long overdue, and critical to reach, prior to the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in the coming months.”

 

Smith continued: “American soldiers, humanitarian aid workers, and contractors, continue to be killed, wounded, kidnapped or simply disappear in Afghanistan, after twelve bloody years of war in support of the Afghan people, and the Karzai government, and yet, astonishingly, a new Status of Forces Agreement and bilateral security agreement have still not been signed by President Hamid Karzai and the Afghanistan government with the United States.”

 

“This ongoing delay by elements within the Karzai government is increasingly troubling to policymakers in the Obama Administration, and U.S. Congress, especially given that the United States has been Afghanistan’s strongest ally, following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against America, and has led the multilateral NATO and ISAF effort to provide security, reconstruction and economic development to Afghanistan for over a decade,” Smith commented. “America has made an extraordinary good-faith effort, and yet unacceptable and repeated delays continue on the part of the Karzai government in its failure to sign this critical diplomatic agreement.”

 

“Clearly, President Karzai should sign this bilateral security agreement immediately, well prior to the upcoming Presidential elections in Afghanistan in April of 2014, or risk the continued rapid erosion of political, military and economic support from the United States, NATO and international community for Karzai’s government,” Smith stated. “More policymakers in Washington, D.C., are questioning the hundreds of billions of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars spent, and thousands of American lives lost, in Afghanistan, if President Karzai and his government are unwilling or unable to reach a new Status of Forces Agreement with the United States in a timelier manner.”

 

The Afghanistan Foundation is a non-governmental, public policy research organization. http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 

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Mariam Khan or Philip Smith

(202)543-1444

Afghanistan Foundation

 

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Afghanistan Foundation Condemns Boston Bombings

 

April 15, 2013, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Kabul, Afghanistan

 

The Afghanistan Foundation is condemning the terrorist bombings in Boston and calling for the terrorist attackers to be brought to swift justice to prevent further attacks in the United States.

 

“We condemn in the strongest terms today’s terrorist bombing in Boston that has left scores of people wounded and others dead,” said Philip Smith, President and Executive Director of the Kabul and Washington, D.C.-based Afghanistan Foundation. “We are calling on President Obama and the U.S. government, as well as the international community, including the governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East, to fully cooperate in preventing further bloody attacks on American soil and to seek to fully investigate and swiftly bring to justice those responsible for this horrific attack on America.”

 

“The terrorists responsible for the bombings targeted the innocent, including women and children, and have left a wake of bloodshed and carnage on the streets of Boston that will never be forgotten,” Smith lamented. “The attackers and their supporters need to be brought to justice swiftly to prevent further terrorist plots and attacks in the United States.”

 

Smith continued: “Once the terrorists, foreign or domestic, are identified and brought to justice, there will be little sympathy for those responsible for this unwarranted attack that specifically targeting unarmed American civilians.”

 

“Extremist and terrorist groups who many contemplate, or wish to endorse, this terrible attack on the innocent in Boston should also beware that any misguided statements will be most unwelcome and viewed harshly by the United States and international community,” Smith said.

 

“It is unclear as to whether or not bombing in Boston are linked to militant or terrorist groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya or the Middle East, “Smith observed.  “But, it is a very strong possibility, especially given the presence of Afghanistan and Pakistani nationals as well as Middle Eastern students and immigrants in the Boston area some of whom, a small percentage, harbor radical and violent anti-American sentiments.”

 

“The militant and international terrorist organizations based in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East, as well as their sympathizers and affiliates, may very well be linked to the Boston attacks,” Smith stated.

 

“However, it is key that at least one prominent militant group in Afghanistan and Pakistan has already denied responsibility for the bombing in Boston, which was noted with interest by policymakers in Washington, D.C. , and internationally,” Smith commented further.

 

“It is also noteworthy that Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, who has significant links to the Boston area through his brother Mahmoud Karzai and other family members, has expressed grief over the attacks and offered his sympathy to the American families of the terrorist bombings,” continued Smith.

 

“Having suffered from terrorist attacks and civilian casualties for years, our people feel better the pain and suffering arising from such incidents," President Karzai reportedly stated in response to the Boston attacks, according to Agence France Press (AFP) and other sources.

 

A spokesman for one of the Taliban factions in Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has denied responsibility for the Boston bombings according to sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

“At present, there is a deafening silence after the blasts in Boston: Key factions and militants in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East, including designated terrorist organizations, have kept silent, or not yet commented, on the attacks in Boston,” Smith concluded.

 

Dozens of participants and spectators of the Boston Marathon were wounded, and at least 3 killed, in a series of deadly bomb explosions on Monday.

 

The Afghanistan Foundation was founded prior to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, with the mission of helping to educate policymakers and the general public about the nation of Afghanistan, its people, culture and history http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 

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Contact: Mariam Khan or Philip Smith

Afghanistan Foundation

Washington, D.C.

(202) 543-1444

info@afghanistan-foundation.org

www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 



 

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan Foundation Issues Statement, Urges Transparency, Full Investigation, in U.S. Defense Contractor’s Death

 

For Immediate Release: February 20, 2013

Washington, D.C., and Kabul, Afghanistan

 

Afghanistan Foundation

 

 

The Afghanistan Foundation has issued a statement today regarding the death on Sunday of a civilian U.S. defense contractor, Ms. Christina Maddock, who served in Herat, Afghanistan, calling for her to be honored and for a full investigation and disclosure regarding her death.

 

“It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Christina Maddock who died tragically in service to the United States and the freedom-loving people of Afghanistan,“ said Philip Smith, President and Executive Director of the Afghanistan Foundation in Washington, D.C.  “We are deeply concerned that on Tuesday, after major news media inquiries,  it was finally claimed in an enigmatic and mysterious fashion by a NATO ISAF spokesperson that Ms. Maddock, reportedly died of wounds in a non-combat related firearms incident.”

 

“Christina’s life was highlighted and characterized by important and honorable service to the United States, both in the U.S. Air Force and as a civilian defense contractor, working on behalf of U.S. national security interests and in support of the hope and vision of a new Afghanistan,” Smith stated. “Her premature death, in the flower of her youth, symbolizes the painful sacrifices of so many of America’s best and brightest; She, like many idealistic Americans, joined the efforts of the U.S. military and the international community, in the post-September 11, 2001 era, to struggle to free the suffering people of Afghanistan and to seek to make the world a better and safer place.”

 

Christina Maddock, 27, was reportedly serving as a civilian defense contractor for Intelligent Software Solutions, when she was critically wounded in the Herat-area of Afghanistan. A Fairborn, Ohio, native, she died on Sunday in a U.S. Army hospital in Germany, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

 

“Sadly, at least 2045 U.S. military personnel have died in support of the war in Afghanistan to date, however, the deaths of courageous U.S. contract employees in Afghanistan, such as Christina Maddock, has been largely ignored or forgotten,” Smith observed. “Many of these Americans died as heroes, worthy of the highest medals for their extraordinary courage and valor, but will never be fully recognized for their sacrifices because U.S. companies are still not required to report on the details, or share information, regarding their deaths in Afghanistan."

 

Smith continued: “It is little understood that U.S. contractor deaths in Afghanistan continue at a very high level, in some calendar years, to significantly outpace those of the U.S. military; For example, in 2011, some 430 American contract employees were killed in Afghanistan, outpacing the 418 Americans soldiers killed in that same year.  Enemy forces in Afghanistan continue to target and kill American contract employees and non-governmental aid workers at an alarming rate. "

 

Smith stated further: “We know that Herat is an area of great risk and a dangerous zone of conflict, close to the Iranian border, so it is likely that Christina Maddock, encountered in the field, on more than one occasion during her short tenure, hostile forces who often blend into the civilian population because they wear no uniforms; We may never know the degree of Ms. Maddock’s sacrifices and heroism, and those of other U.S. contractor employees, who have died in Afghanistan, in shrouded silence, too often maintained unnecessarily by the companies and Government that deployed them to this combat zone.”

 

Smith concluded on behalf of the Afghanistan Foundation: “The Afghanistan Foundation expresses its sincere and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues, of Christina Maddock and urges a transparent investigation, and full disclosure, regarding the circumstances of her tragic death; Clearly, she and others who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan deserve more recognition, honor and fairness, from the United States, the government of Afghanistan, and the companies they have worked for.”

 

The Afghanistan Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental, research organization (NGO) focused on public policy issues in Afghanistan and the region.   http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org  It was co-founded by Mr. Philip Smith, and others, prior to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, on the idea of helping to educate policymakers and the general public about the nation of Afghanistan, its people, culture and history.

 

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Contact:

 

Ms. Homyra Jones or Mr. Philip Smith

 

Afghanistan Foundation

info@afghanistan-foundation.org

 

Telephone (202) 543-1444

 

http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

http://www.afghanistanfoundation.net

 

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Afghanistan Foundation to Hold US Congressional Forum on Policy Developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

 

For Immediate Release:  Washington, D.C., December 2, 2012

Contact:  Afghanistan Foundation

Mariam Khan (202)543-1444

info@afghanistan-foundation.org

 

The Afghanistan Foundation will hold a U.S. Congressional policy forum and briefing on developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the region, including recent political, security, economic and human rights developments.  Reports regarding the potential deployment of thousands of additional U.S. military troops in Afghanistan after the slated 2014 American pullout will also be highlighted and discussed.

 

“Recent developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the region continue to be of keen concern to the policymaking community in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Congress,” said Philip Smith, Director and President of the Afghanistan Foundation.  “The full implications, strategy, objectives and costs of the potential deployment of thousands of additional U.S. military troops in Afghanistan after the slated 2014 American pullout are not fully clear to many U.S. and international policymakers, including many in the U.S. Congress and on Capitol Hill.”

 

“We seek to discuss and elucidate these and other key policy matters and developments regarding Afghanistan and the region,” Smith stated.

 President Hamid Karzai’s recent trip to India will also be discussed.

Key note speakers include:  Philip Smith, Director and President, Afghanistan Foundation; Mariam Khan, Research Director, Afghanistan Foundation;  Anna Jones, Senior Research Director, Center for Public Policy Analysis, U.S. Congressional staff, Members of Congress and others.

 

The event will be held on Monday, December 3, 2012, from  9:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M., in the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

 

The U.S. Congressional policy forum and briefing on developments in Afghanistan is cosponsored by the Afghanistan Foundation, the Center for Public Policy Analysis and Members of the U.S. Congress.

 

The Afghanistan Foundation is an international, Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, and non-governmental organization (NGO),  focused on research, education, policy analysis, international security, economic development, humanitarian affairs and policy issues in Afghanistan—as well as the regions of South Asia, Central Asia, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.  http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 

Contact(s): 

Mariam Khan or Philip Smith

Afghanistan Foundation

info@afghanistan-foundation.org

Tele. (202) 543-1444



 

 

 

 

 

Press Advisory

 

For Immediate Release:  November 27, 2012

Washington, D.C. & Kabul, Afghanistan

 

U.S. Congressional Briefing on Developments in Afghanistan

 

The Afghanistan Foundation will hold a U.S. Congressional Briefing on developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region, including recent political, security, trade, human rights and economic developments, as well as reports regarding the potential deployment of thousands of additional U.S. military troops in Afghanistan after the slated 2014 American pullout. http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 

Key note speakers include: Philip Smith, Director, Afghanistan Foundation; Mariam Khan, Research Director, Afghanistan Foundation; Anna Jones, Senior Research Director, Center for Public Policy Analysis, Members of Congress and others.

 

Date/Time: Monday, December 3, 2012, 9:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.

 

Location: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. (Room number to be determined)

 

The event is cosponsored by the Afghanistan Foundation, the Center for Public Policy Analysis and Members of Congress.

 

The Afghanistan Foundation is a international Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, and non-governmental organization (NGO), focused on research, education, policy analysis, international security, economic development, humanitarian affairs and policy issues in Afghanistan-- and the regions of South Asia, Central Asia, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

 

Contact(s):

 

Mariam Khan or Philip Smith

Afghanistan Foundation

info@afghanistan-foundation.org

Tele. (202) 543-1444

 

Or

 

Jade Lee

Center for Public Policy Analysis

info@centerforpublicpolicyanalysis.org

http://www.centerforpublicpolicyanalysis.org

 



 

 

 

 

Will NATO Summit End Pakistan's Deadly Blockade of Afghanistan, ISAF ?

Monday,  May 21 2012
Press Release: Afghanistan Foundation

info@afghanistan-foundation.org

During the final day of the NATO Summit in Chicago, the Afghanistan
Foundation is urging Pakistan's Army to fully re-open its border with
Afghanistan for the purpose of the resupply of NATO/ISAF and American
forces. The Afghanistan Foundation is welcoming reports that Pakistan has
permitted the re-opening of its border with Afghanistan to allow a limited
number of trucks and containers to resupply the U.S. Embassy in Kabul,
Afghanistan.  However, serious concerns remain during the final hours of
the NATO Summit as to whether or not the Pakistani military will end its
blockade of Afghanistan in a timely fashion.

The Kabul and Washington, D.C.-based Afghanistan Foundation is again
appealing to Pakistan, and its military and Inter-Service Intelligence
Agency (ISI), to fully re-open the Afghanistan–Pakistan border to allow
trucks to resupply NATO /ISAF forces in a full-scale, and timely, manner.

“We again welcome recent reports that Pakistan’s ISI, and military, has
permitted a limited number of NATO/ ISAF sponsored trucks to resupply the
U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan,” said Philip Smith, Director of the
Afghanistan Foundation. “Clearly, this is long overdue, but the NATO/ISAF
trucks should be allowed to roll across the border in an unfettered manner,
without horrific and unreasonable tolls that may continue to bleed
Afghanistan and the U.S. and European taxpayer.”
http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

Smith commented further:  “The Afghanistan Foundation is proposing to
Pakistani officials a fair and reasonable transit fee of no more than $350
per truck-- that the government of Pakistan could apply to NATO/ISAF
resupply trucks crossing the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan, or
vice-a-versa.  Otherwise, to NATO and the international community, this
simply appears to be highway robbery by the ISI, for elements of Pakistan’s
military and intelligence services to simply delay lifting the blockade and
then demand many thousands of dollars per truck in border transit fees, to
resupply American and NATO/ISAF forces fighting against instability and
terrorism in Afghanistan.”


Smith continued: "The Afghanistan Foundation is proposing a transit fee of
no more than $350-$400 per truck (depending on the size of the truck and
its weight) be charged by Pakistani officials, and the ISI, on NATO/ISAF
resupply trucks crossing the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan, or
vice-a-versa.  According to the Afghanistan Foundation, if Pakistan's Army
and intelligence services charge more than $350- $400 per truck crossing
the border into Afghanistan, this may backfire on Islamabad at the local,
national and international level.  The continued blockade of the border, or
gross extortion by elements of the Pakistani Army upon NATO / ISAF truck
convoys, may further harm Pakistan-Afghanistan relations as well as
Pakistan's economic status domestically and internationally."

"Will the NATO Summit in Chicago and international opinion help to convince
the Pakistani Army and ISI, that it is in Pakistan's long-term strategic
and tactical interests, to end Pakistan's military blockade of Afghanistan
and the NATO/ISAF resupply convoys ?" Smith questioned.

“Today, at the NATO Summit in Chicago, we are once again urgently
appealing, and calling upon the government of Pakistan, and its military
and Inter-Service Intelligence Agency), to fully re-open the Afghanistan –
Pakistan border to allow trucks to resupply NATO /ISAF, and American forces
in a full-scale and comprehensive manner,” Mr. Smith stated further.


Smith concluded:  “It is in Pakistan’s national interest to fully end the
border blockade in a timely and fair manner—- and to not grossly overcharge
each truck and rob NATO/ISAF and the U.S. taxpayer; During the current
economic downturn and recession in Europe and the United States, grossly
overcharging the NATO /ISAF resupply trucks to Afghanistan may be seen by
some policymakers as extortion, and backfire on Pakistan, in the U.S.
Congress, European capitals and within NATO.  Long-term instability, and
chaos in Afghanistan, if it returns to a failed-state status, may also
infect Pakistan and cause it to eventually disintegrate and implode.”

Since November of 2011, the Afghanistan Foundation has repeatedly expressed
concern about the reported killing of Pakistani military troops by
NATO/ISAF forces during border-area airstrikes, while at the same time
urging that the Afghanistan-Pakistan border be re-opened for NATO/ISAF
resupply trucks and convoys.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1112/S00637/will-us-defense-secretary-visit-end-afghan-blockade.htm

The Afghanistan Foundation is a non-profit and non-governmental
organization (NGO) focused on research, education, policy analysis,
international security, economic development, humanitarian affairs and
other issues in Afghanistan-- and the regions of South Asia, Central Asia,
the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.



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Contact:

 

Homyra Jones or Philip Smith

 

info@afghanistan-foundation.org

Tele. (202)543-1444

 

 

Afghanistan Foundation

2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Suite 220

Washington, D.C. 20006 USA

 

http://www.afghanistanfoundation.net

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Afghanistan Foundation Urges Pakistan To Fully Open Border

 

 

Afghanistan Foundation Urges Pakistan To Fully Open Border

The Afghanistan Foundation is urging Pakistan to fully re-open its border
with Afghanistan for the purpose of the resupply of NATO/ISAF forces during
the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago. The Foundation is welcoming reports
that Pakistan has permitted the re-opening of its border with Afghanistan
to allow a limited number of trucks and containers to resupply the U.S.
Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

The Kabul and Washington, D.C.-based Afghanistan Foundation is calling on
Pakistan, and its military and Inter-Service Intelligence Agency (ISI), to
fully re-open the Afghanistan – Pakistan border to allow trucks to resupply
NATO /ISAF forces in a full-scale manner.

 

“We welcome recent reports today that Pakistan’s ISI and military has
permitted a limited number of trucks to resupply the U.S. Embassy in Kabul,
Afghanistan,” said Philip Smith, Director of the Afghanistan Foundation.
http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 

“We are calling on the government of Pakistan, and its military and
Inter-Service Intelligence Agency (ISI), to fully re-open the Afghanistan –
Pakistan border to allow trucks to resupply NATO /ISAF forces in a
full-scale manner during the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago,” Mr. Smith
stated.

 

Since November of 2011, the Afghanistan Foundation has repeatedly expressed
its concern about the reported killing of Pakistani military troops by
NATO/ISAF forces during border-area airstrikes, while at the same time
urging that the Afghanistan-Pakistan border be re-opened for NATO/ISAF
resupply trucks and convoys.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1111/S00781/afghanistan-foundation-criticizes-pakistan-border-closure.htm
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1112/S00637/will-us-defense-secretary-visit-end-afghan-blockade.htm

 

The Afghanistan Foundation is a non-profit and non-governmental
organization (NGO) focused on research, education, policy analysis,
international security, economic development, humanitarian affairs and
other issues in Afghanistan-- and the regions of South Asia, Central Asia
and the Middle East.

 

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Contact: Homyra Jones or Philip Smith

 

info@afghanistan-foundation.org

Tele. (202)543-1444

 

 

Afghanistan Foundation

2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Suite 220

Washington, D.C. 20006 USA

 

http://www.afghanistanfoundation.net

http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan Foundation Cautiously Optimistic Following Panetta Visit

 

 

Kabul, Afghanistan, Peshawar, Pakistan and Washington, D.C.

December 17, 2011

 

The Afghanistan Foundation (AF) expressed cautious optimism about the military and security situation in Afghanistan following the two-day visit to the country of U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta last week. Concern about the ongoing closure of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to NATO/ISAF supply convoys, and the deadly ambushes of scores of NATO fuel trucks in Pakistan, continue to put a damper on Afghanistan’s prospects for political and economic stability.

 

“The recent visit of U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to Afghanistan earlier this week sends an important and high-level signal regarding America’s, and the international community’s, ongoing effort to bring security and stability to the country and region,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the Afghanistan Foundation in Washington, D.C.

http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 

“Many policymakers in Brussels, Washington, D.C., and Capitol Hill, are concerned, however, by the ongoing closure of key border checkpoints, and NATO/ISAF supply routes, by Pakistan’s military following the unfortunate and tragic attacks that resulted in the deaths of numerous Pakistani Army soldiers last month,” Smith continued. “Without the reopening of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, so that U.S. military and NATO/ISAF forces can be re-supplied in a cost-effective and timely fashion, the prospects for Afghanistan’s security, and the Karzai government, remain difficult and increasingly bleak.”

 

Smith stated: “As a clear result of recent unprecedented developments and deepening concern, on Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives froze some $700 million in American foreign assistance to Pakistan out of alarm regarding the deteriorating Afghanistan and Pakistan relationship and America’s counter-terrorism efforts in South Asia.” http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1111/S00781/afghanistan-foundation-criticizes-pakistan-border-closure.htm

 

“When, if ever, will the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) agency allow trucks into Afghanistan to re-supply the U.S. military and NATO/ISAF forces ?,” Smith questioned. “Clearly, Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI Director General Lt General Shuja Pasha, have expressed their deepest concern and regrets about the tragic deaths of the 24 Pakistan soldiers along the Afghanistan border and are, therefore, moving forward very cautiously with the interests of Pakistan at the forefront.”

 

“The slated withdrawal of ISAF/NATO forces by 2014 remains increasing problematic in terms of Afghanistan’s future economic and political security, if the Khyber Pass and other border supply routes continue to be closed, and more NATO supply and fuel convoys continue to be ambushed and destroyed in large numbers in Pakistan,” Smith concluded. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1112/S00006/afghanistan-withdrawal-of-33000-us-troops-marks-milestone.htm

 

Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to American soldiers at Forward Operating Base Sharana, a military installation in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province. He expressed the view that the United States, with its military forces deployed in Afghanistan, was helping to win the war with its ISAF allies.

 

Pakistan continues to insist that deadly NATO attacks on two border posts, along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, were deliberate. At least 24 Pakistani soldiers were reportedly killed by NATO/ISAF forces on November 26 causing Pakistan to seal the border with Afghanistan.

 

Pakistan’s Army is reportedly considering a plan to potentially re-open the border crossing points to Afghanistan, including the Khyber Pass, whereby it would impose a hefty tax on fuel and trucks transporting supplies to U.S. and NATO/ISAF forces there.

 

On Wednesday, after debate, the U.S. House of Representatives froze some $700 million in American assistance to Pakistan.

 

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Homyra Jones or Philip Smith

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Tele. (202) 543-1444

 

Afghanistan Foundation (AF)

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Washington, D.C. 20006 USA

 

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Afghanistan Foundation Marks Plans For NATO, US Exit

 

November 30, 2011 - Washington, D.C., Mazar-e-Sharif, and Kabul, Afghanistan

The planned pullout of some 40,000 troops by the United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan, , by the end of 2012, was marked today in Washington, D.C. and Kabul as a significant milestone by the Afghanistan Foundation.

“In Washington, the announced withdrawal of about one-third of American and NATO’s ISAF force troops in Afghanistan, by the end of 2012, represents a major milestone in the draw-down of international security forces,” said Philip Smith, President and Director of the Afghanistan Foundation in Washington, D.C. “The U.S. and NATO troop exit is an important progression in the assumption of key combat responsibilities by the Afghan National Army and police.”

The Afghanistan Foundation is a non-profit and non-governmental organization(NGO) focused on research, education, policy analysis, international security, economic development, humanitarian affairs and other issues in Afghanistan-- and
the regions of South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. http://www.afghanistanfoundation.net

Over the next 13 months, America is slated to withdrawal 33,000 of its soldiers, or the bulk of NATO’s ISAF forces being withdrawn from Afghanistan over the next year.

“Afghanistan’s road to self-sufficiency and further control of its national security and sovereignty are issues that are very important to ordinary Afghans and the leaders of the Afghan people,” Smith commented.

“President Hamid Karzai and other senior Afghan leaders have repeatedly stressed the importance of Afghanistan’s self-sufficiency and national sovereignty,” Smith noted.

“Furthermore, major budget concerns in Washington over domestic matters as well as the cost of the ten year war effort by U.S.-led ISAF forces have contributed to a more pragmatic view in Washington regarding the potential accelerated withdrawal of significant numbers of U.S. troops from Afghanistan,” Smith stated.

Smith continued: “Many in the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress, including many of the long-time friends of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C., support a measured draw-down, and orderly withdrawal, of U.S. soldiers and NATO/ISAF forces from Afghanistan in consultation with our Afghan and international allies.”

“Security issues in Afghanistan remain serious, however, and more should be done by the United Nations and the international community to help ensure a smooth transition of control to Afghanistan’s National Army and security forces,” Smith observed. “This includes continued negotiations with Pakistan regarding the recent closure of Pakistan’s border crossing points with Afghanistan, including the Khyber Pass, which has prevented NATO convoys from re-supplying ISAF and American soldiers in Afghanistan over the last several days.

The Afghanistan Foundation issued an emergency statement on Saturday, November 26, 2011, expressing deep concern about the reported attack by NATO forces on Pakistani troops, leaving at least 24 dead and 13 wounded, according to military and civil officials in the Khyber Pass tribal area and Islamabad. The Afghanistan Foundation also called upon Pakistan to reopen border crossings with Afghanistan, as soon as possible, following an official investigation of the attack, which is ongoing. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1111/S00781/afghanistan-foundation-criticizes-pakistan-border-closure.htm


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Withdrawal of U.S., NATO Forces in

 

Afghanistan Marks Milestone

 

 

 

November 29, 2011, Washington, D.C. and Kabul, Afghanistan

 

The announced withdrawal, by the end of 2012, of 40,000 troops by the United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was marked today in Washington, D.C. as a milestone by the Afghanistan Foundation.

 

The United States will remove 33,000 of its soldiers, or the bulk of the NATO/ISAF forces being withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2012.

 

“The slated withdrawal of about one-third of American and NATO’s ISAF force troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2012 represents a milestone in the draw-down of international security forces and an important progression in the assumption of key combat responsibilities by the Afghan National Army and police,” said Philip Smith, President and Director of the Afghanistan Foundation in Washington, D.C.

 

“Afghanistan’s road to self-sufficiency and further control of its national security and sovereignty are issues that are very important to ordinary Afghans and the leaders of the Afghan people,” Smith commented.  “President Hamid Karzai and other senior Afghan leaders have repeatedly stressed the importance of Afghanistan’s self-sufficiency and national sovereignty.”

 

“Furthermore, major budget concerns in Washington over domestic matters as well as the cost of the ten year war effort by U.S.-led ISAF forces have contributed to a more pragmatic view in Washington regarding the potential accelerated withdrawal of significant numbers of U.S. troops from Afghanistan,” Smith stated. “Many in the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress, including many of the long-time friends of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C., support a measured draw-down, and orderly withdrawal, of U.S. soldiers and NATO/ISAF forces from Afghanistan in consultation with our Afghan and international allies.”

 

“Security issues in Afghanistan remain serious, however, and more should be done by the United Nations and the international community to help ensure a smooth transition of control to Afghanistan’s National Army and security forces,” Smith observed. “This includes continued negotiations with Pakistan regarding the recent closure of Pakistan’s border crossing points with Afghanistan, including the Khyber Pass, which has prevented NATO convoys from re-supplying ISAF and American soldiers in Afghanistan over the last several days."

 

The Afghanistan Foundation issued an emergency statement on Saturday, November 26, 2011, expressing deep concern about the reported attack by NATO forces on Pakistani troops, leaving at least 24 dead and 13 wounded, according to military and civil officials in the Khyber Pass tribal area and Islamabad. The Afghanistan Foundation also called upon Pakistan to reopen border crossings with Afghanistan, as soon as possible, following an official investigation of the attack, which is ongoing. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1111/S00781/afghanistan-foundation-criticizes-pakistan-border-closure.htm

 

The Afghanistan Foundation is a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on research, education, policy analysis,  international security, economic development, humanitarian affairs and other issues in Afghanistan-- and the regions of South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East.
 
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Tele. (202)543-1444
 
Afghanistan Foundation
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Washington, D.C. 20006 USA
http://www.afghanistanfoundation.net
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Pakistan Border Attack, Closure, Criticized By Afghanistan Foundation

 

 

 

Washington, D.C. , Kabul, Afghanistan and Peshawar, Pakistan, November 26, 2011

 

The Afghanistan Foundation has issued a statement expressing concern about the reported attack today by NATO forces on Pakistani troops , leaving at least 24 dead and 13 wounded, according to military and civil officials in the Khyber Pass tribal area and Islamabad. Some official reports indicate the death toll, and the number wounded by the alleged helicopter-rocket attack in Pakistan, may be higher.

 

The Afghanistan Foundation has also called upon Pakistan to reopen border crossings with Afghanistan, as soon as possible, following an official investigation of the attack.

 

“We are deeply concerned by reports that NATO helicopters and jet aircraft of the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, based in Afghanistan, are reported to have fired upon members of the Pakistan military, on Pakistan’s territory, in pre-dawn attacks along the Afghan border in the Baizai area of Mohmand district,” said Philip Smith, President and Director of the Afghanistan Foundation in Washington, D.C. http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 

Smith continued: “The reported killing today by ISAF and NATO forces of at least 24 members of Pakistan’s armed forces, and the wounding of 13 others, if details of the incident and casualty numbers are confirmed, represents a great tragedy and a further serious setback to U.S.-Pakistan relations. Indeed, the problematic security situation along the Afghan-Pakistan border, and elsewhere in Afghanistan, will be set back further if this deplorable incident and emerging crisis is not fully addressed in a timely manner.”

 

“Pakistan has remained an important ally of the United States during key periods of the Cold War, and during critical years of conflict in Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East,” Smith observed.

 

Smith further stated: “The Afghanistan Foundation, and key policymakers in Washington, D.C., are also calling upon Pakistan to reopen border crossings with Afghanistan, as soon as possible, following a full an official investigation of the attack, so that American-led ISAF and NATO forces can continue to be logistically supplied in Afghanistan as part of the ongoing commitment of the United States and international community to Afghanistan’s security.”

 

“At this critical time, we are also very concerned that NATO trucks are being stopped at Torkham , and at other Afghan-Pakistan border crossing points, and have been prevented from resupplying the U.S. and NATO-led war effort in Afghanistan,” Smith commented. “It may be that Pakistan will close the border with Afghanistan for 10 days, as was done last year, or the closure could extend significantly longer because of the apparent deterioration in relations between the United States and Pakistan as well as President Karzai’s recent high-level security pact with India.”

 

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, President Asif Ali Zardari, and army chief of staff General Ashfaq Kayani, are slated to hold an emergency meeting today of senior cabinet ministers and military generals of the army, air force and navy.

 

General Kayani and senior Pakistani military and intelligence officials, including elements of the Pakistan Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) agency, have indicated the potential closure, within 15 days, of the covert U.S. drone and clandestine-operations base at Shamsi, in Baluchistan, Pakistan.

 

U.S. General John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO/ ISAF forces in Afghanistan, expressed condolences for any Pakistan forces that may have been killed or wounded in the border incident.

 

The Afghanistan Foundation is a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on research, education, policy analysis, international security, economic development, humanitarian affairs and other issues in Afghanistan-- and the regions of South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East.

 

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Homyra Jones or Philip Smith

 

info@afghanistan-foundation.org

Tele. (202)543-1444

 

 

Afghanistan Foundation

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Suite 220

Washington, D.C. 20006 USA

 

http://www.afghanistanfoundation.net

http://www.afghanistan-foundation.org

 

 

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Congressman Charlie Wilson Remembered

 


 

 

 

Congressman Charlie Wilson Remembered, Honored By Afghanistan Foundation, CPPA

 

Washington, D.C., Kabul, Afghanistan, February 11, 2010

The Washington, D.C.-based Afghanistan Foundation and the Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA) today marked the passing of former U.S. Congressman Charles Wilson (D-TX) and offered a statement honoring and remembering him.

 

“We honor and remember fondly Congressman Charlie Wilson for his political courage and tireless devotion to the cause of the suffering and freedom-loving Afghan people, especially in those early dark days when the world had turned its back on Afghanistan,” said Philip Smith, President and Director of the Afghanistan Foundation.

 

“Congressman Wilson helped to lead and spearhead a historic bipartisan effort in Congress, with a handful of Members, that provided essential humanitarian aid, emergency medical care, refugee assistance and funding for food and covert weapons shipments, including Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, that helped to save the lives of many Afghan people and forever alter history and the geo-strategic balance of power during that pivotal era,” Smith said.

 

Smith stated: “We will never forget Congressman Charlie Wilson’s kind friendship and his leadership in the Congress, his love for the suffering Afghan people and the ordinary working people of Texas, who he diligently served, and especially his deep love for America who he devoted himself to defending. Indeed, Charlie Wilson remains immortal, to those of us who knew him and were honored to have had the opportunity to work with him and his staff on Capitol Hill during those fateful years that he served in Congress. He was a fearless warrior, a colorful Texan, a devoted public servant and a strong and proud American.”

 

Smith served as the Congressional staff liaison for the U.S. Congressional Taskforce on Afghanistan which Congressman Wilson Co-Chaired. He worked in the U.S. House of Representatives in the late 1980s and early 1990s with Congressman Wilson and other Members of Congress active on Afghanistan

 

The Afghanistan Foundation is a non-profit foundation in Washington, DC. established prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks, which Smith helped to establish. It focuses on research, education and advocacy on issues pertaining to Afghanistan and the region.

 

Smith also serves as the Executive Director of the Washington, D.C. based-Center for Public Policy Analysis, a non-profit policy research organization focused on foreign policy, national security, human rights and refugee issues. http://www.centerforpublicpolicyanalysis.org

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