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24 October 2017

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Two senior officials tell the NYT that the CIA will start a Phoenix like program in Afghanistan.

A Newly Assertive C.I.A. Expands Its Taliban Hunt in Afghanistan
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/world/asia/cia-expanding-taliban-fight-afghanistan.html

They call it counter-terrorism but the text describes the military part of a counterinsurgency campaign. There is no economic or political program accompanying it. CIA SpecOps and contractors leading local militia in raids and targeted killings on a large scale. It borders on idiocy to try something like this after 16 years in Afghanistan.

The only result will be a big scandal when in a few years the truth about the interrogations and the number of killed civilians comes out.

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