by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

September 1, 2021

AFGHANISTAN – According to US sources it has been confirmed that the Taliban executed Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarab for violating Taliban law that forbids music.  Andarab was shot last Friday after Taliban enforcers dragged him from his home.

According to Taliban law, as described by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, “. . . music was being prohibited, as it had been during Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001.  Music is forbidden in Islam . . . people will be persuaded not to do such things.”  However, some music will be allowed if it is based on Islam. 

The Andarab Valley is located 90 miles north of Kabul, next to the Panjshir Valley, where there has been sporadic fighting between the Taliban and an armed coalition of northern militias known as the Northern Alliance since last week. 


by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

August 28, 2021

KABUL — The Taliban has formed a special death squad called Al Isha to track down Afghans who assisted NATO allied forces using US equipment and data.

According to Zenger News, Nawazuddin Haqqani, a brigade commander in the Al Isha death squad, says they have been using US hand-held scanners to tap into a massive US biometric database and identify “enemies of the State” who assisted NATO allies.  Thus, Afghans who try to deny or minimize their role will be contradicted by the detailed computer records left behind by the US.

In a stunning revelation, President Joe Biden admitted that the US has given the Taliban lists of Americans and Afghans that wish to exit the country.  In other words, the Taliban was given a de facto kill list of Afghans that oppose the Taliban.

Over the past 12 years, nearly all Afghans that worked with NATO powers has been fingerprinted and scanned into the biometric database.  It is estimated that nearly 7,500 biometric scanners have been abandoned to the Taliban.

Haqqani stressed that that the Taliban is now in control of the country and is now focusing on counterintelligence operations to root out “enemies of the State” using information held at the Afghan Interior Ministry and the biometric database left by the US.  According to Haqqani “We now have access to everyone’s data, including journalists and so-called human rights activists.”

The database, which included fingerprints, iris scans, and other biographical information, was kept at Kabul’s Ministry of Interior.  According to NATO, the US began collecting data from 300,000 Afghans in 2009, primarily prisoners and Afghan soldiers.

Initially, the US hoped to use the biometric database to track down Taliban infiltrators or the perpetrators of roadside bombs, which had killed hundreds of American and allied personnel since 2001.  Only now, it will be used to track down those that have helped the NATO alliance.  This also confirms reports of Taliban death squads going door to door with precision and conducting summary executions of those deemed “enemies of the State”.

When researching Haqqani, a senior US intelligence source reported that Nawazuddin Haqqani was at one time, at least for the right price, a NATO informant over the last 8 years.  According to the source “We have existing assets with-in the Taliban at all levels.”


by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

August 26, 2021

KABUL – There have been reports that the Taliban has placed former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai and the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, under house arrest.

Since former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, Hamid Karzai, Abdullah Abdullah, and Gulbadin Hekmatyar have been the only political figures in Kabul who have met with Taliban leadership and tribal elders on a regular basis.

The trio have been rumored to be part of the new Taliban government and currently sit on the Taliban’s 12-member grand council.  Some intelligence sources have indicated that Karzai will be executed if he refuses to be the figurehead President of the new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.  The Taliban hope to use Karzai to give legitimacy to their newly formed government.

The Taliban are still debating the structure of the upcoming government, but they have repeatedly promised to form an all-inclusive government.  Yet with reports of widespread abuse and summary execution of opponents, many believe the Taliban will return to their pre-US invasion brutality.


by The Chicago Times Staff

August 26, 2021

KABUL — A suicide bomb was detonated outside the Abbey Gate at Kabul’s airport on Thursday, killing 13 US service members and injuring dozens more, according to Pentagon officials.

10 Marines, 2 Army soldiers, and a Navy corpsman were among the dead along with dozens of Americans that have been injured in the suicide attack.  Pentagon officials sadly believe the death toll will rise as well as attacks.

The suicide bombing sparked a firefight at the gate where 5,000 Afghans and Americans hoped to board flights out of the country even with the threat of an ISIS terrorist attack.  According to the Pentagon, “a number of US service members were killed in today’s complex attack at Kabul airport . . . A number of others are being treated for wounds.”

The Pentagon also confirmed a second explosion, at the Baron Hotel, where Americans have previously gathered for rescue and evacuation.

There are currently 5,200 US troops at the airport, as well as thousands of Afghan evacuees waiting to be evacuated.  Airplanes from the United States have been departing the airport every 48 minutes.

The US Embassy is Kabul confirmed that the Taliban have stopped letting Afghans through the airport gates.  However, many are also staying away because of the ISIS threat.  Sources in the Embassy also believe Americans will fall behind as the Aug 31 deadline approaches.

The bombing comes just hours after the State Department issued a warning to Americans outside the Kabul airport to “leave immediately” due to the growing ISIS terrorist threat.

President Biden and Vice President Harris have been briefed on the attack.


by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

August 21, 2021

KABUL – Islamic State re-emerges and threatens US efforts to evacuate American citizens and our Afghans allies.  The US Embassy has now issued a travel warning Saturday, advising Americans not to travel to the Kabul Airport unless advised by an official government representative.

The embassy cited “potential security threats” outside the gates of Hamid Karzai International Airport in its official notice, as Afghanistan faces a tumultuous and dangerous situation on the ground as a result of the Taliban’s forced takeover. The Islamic State, which has fighters in Afghanistan, has issued threats against Americans attempting to flee the country.

“Because of potential security threats outside the Kabul airport gates, we are advising US citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a US government representative,” the Embassy said in a warning posted on its official website.

The new State Department guidance is a sharp departure from the approach taken earlier this week.  Until Saturday, the Embassy in Kabul had advised American citizens and their families to try to get to the airport and board flights out of Afghanistan, despite the State Department’s insistence that it could not guarantee safe passage.  The latest guidance also contradicts President Biden’s assertion on Friday that Americans were having no trouble getting to the airport.

The new directive comes after Taliban fighters set up checkpoints outside the perimeter and there have been reports of Taliban insurgents beating American citizens on their way to the airport.  There have also been reports of Taliban fighters threating to kill American male citizens and take females as war prizes.


by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

August 20, 2021

KABUL — According to a US colonel in the 82nd Airborne Division, Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue told his British Army counterpart, a high-ranking field-grade officer with the British army’s 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, that British operations were embarrassing the US military in the absence of comparable US military operations.

British sources have said they will not comply with the request since they are here to rescue British citizens, not take orders from embarrassed American generals that are hampered by political and military authorities.

As the situation grows worse around the Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul and throughout the county, US military personnel are increasing becoming hampered by military and political leaders in Washington causing a dramatic slowdown in the American rescue effort.  The main problem is lack of communication between the White House, the Pentagon, and Allied Forces. 

On the other hand, the British and other allies have a clear mission with the freedom to carry it out in due course to rescue their citizens.  In some cases, the US has become dependent on our allies to rescue American citizens while waiting for orders from the Biden administration.  Let us be clear, the problem is not US soldiers on the ground, but the ineptitude of the top leadership.