بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
America’s longest war is over. After almost twenty years, the invasion of Afghanistan and Operation Enduring Freedom resulted in a Taliban victory. However, the war could not have continued for so long and been so protracted without help from Afghans.
Andrew Quilty and Matthew Cole write about an elite American-trained squad of Afghans who fought against the Taliban.
BEFORE THE TALIBAN took control of Kabul in August, the U.S.-backed Afghan commandos known as Zero units were the ghosts of the Afghan battlefield. Along with their CIA advisers, they were feared and, in recent years, virtually invisible.
America refined its Special Operations training after the September 11th attacks. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States was able to adapt its own Cold War era tactics with those of the former Communist Republic. As such, it created some of the most brutal human killing machines ever known.
These programs were not limited to Americans but included anyone who would ally with them. Upon losing the war, these American-trained Afghan commandos were a top priority for rescue. Quilty and Cole note:
The CIA prioritized the evacuation of Zero unit members from Afghanistan, flying out as many as 7,000 of the former commandos and their relatives even as thousands of vulnerable former U.S. government and military employees, human rights activists, and aid workers were left behind. NSU commandos refused to allow a former U.S. government interpreter through the airport gates unless she gave them $5,000 each for herself, her husband, and their three children… .
Despite the services provided by many Afghans to the United States, including some ostensibly humanitarian ones, the shadowy Zero Unit was given top priority for relocation.
If America was in Afghanistan to liberate its people, why does it care so much about relocating special forces who carried out atrocities at the expense of activists and aid workers?
But the Zero units were known for deadly night raids that killed an untold number of civilians across Afghanistan. The Intercept documented 10 raids conducted by 01 in Wardak Province, southwest of Kabul, in which at least 51 civilians, including children, were killed — many at close range, in execution-style assaults. Most 01 missions were led by a small number of CIA “advisers,” as their Afghan fighters knew them, or U.S. special forces borrowed from the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command.
The United States’ foreign policy in Afghanistan and the work that it did was never for the benefit of the Afghan people. The goal was to so thoroughly traumatize and massacre as many Afghans as possible that their will would be broken. Then Afghanistan would become another colonial playground for the US to pillage.
The Zero units allowed the U.S. to conduct deniable operations and avoid accountability and were similar in some respects to the CIA’s Phoenix program during the Vietnam War.
In order to circumvent the legal restrictions which the United States government nominally places on various arms of the government in warfare, the CIA is allowed to conduct these projects under the guise of secret “national security operations.” That means that they can act with impunity to kill innocents.
But in 2019, Afghanistan’s most senior defense official, then-Afghan national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib, told The Intercept that 01 was controlled by the CIA. “Quite frankly, I’m not fully aware … of how they work,” he said at the time. “We’ve asked for clarification on how these operations happen, who are involved, what are the structures of this. When they were set up, why are they not in Afghan control?”
These questions may never be answered. However, Allah عز وجل says:
قُل إِنَّ المَوتَ الَّذي تَفِرّونَ مِنهُ فَإِنَّهُ مُلاقيكُم ۖ ثُمَّ تُرَدّونَ إِلىٰ عالِمِ الغَيبِ وَالشَّهادَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِما كُنتُم تَعمَلونَ
Say, “Surely the death which you flee from, it will definitely find you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the Hidden and the Seen, so that He will inform you regarding what you used to do.” Surah al-Jumu`ah 62:8