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Russia cuts supply line to Afghanistan

Posted by Charles II on May 20, 2015

This is not sudden, nor is it retaliation. But it is serious.

Stars and Stripes:

The agreement with Russia survived numerous ups and downs in relations between the West and Russia. But Moscow officially ended cooperation when the United Nations mandate for military operations in Afghanistan expired in December, NATO officials said.

3 Responses to “Russia cuts supply line to Afghanistan”

  1. jo6pacjo6pac said

    “But it is serious.”

    Not so much it will mean more money down the dod vendor rabbit hole as supplies will now have to be flown in. I guess that sanction thingy isn’t working to well.

  2. I keep going back to this passage in a recent War Nerd post:

    …Arabs were getting very “modern” at that time [the 1960s]. It’s important to remember that. You know why they stopped getting modern, and started getting interested in reactionary, Islamist repression?

    Because the modernizing Arabs were all killed by the US, Britain, Israel, and the Saudis.

    That was what happened in the North Yemen Civil War, from 1962-1967. After a coup, Nasser backed modernist Yemeni officers against the new Shia ruler. The Saudis might not have liked Shia, but they hated secularist, modernizing nationalists much more. At least the Northern Shia kings ruled by divine right and invoked Allah after their heretical fashion. That was much better, to the Saudi view, than a secular Yemen.

    And the west agreed. To the Americans of that time, “secular” sounded a little bit commie. To the British, it sounded anti-colonial and unprofitable. To the Israelis, it raised the horrible specter of an Arab world ruled by effective 20th-century executives. States like that might become dangerous enemies, while an Arab world stuck in religious wars, dynastic feuds, and poverty sounded wonderful.

    Why do you think the IDF has not attacked Islamic State or Jabhat Al Nusra even once?

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