Meet Your Afghan Warlords, Part One: Mohammed Qasim Fahim

Posted: August 20, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Mohammed Qasim Fahim (image from Tehran Times)This is the first in a series of posts to help Americans get to know some of the most powerful figures in the Afghan government for whom our troops are killing and dying. We’ll get started with Karzai’s running mate in today’s election.

Meet Mohammed Qasim Fahim.

After the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Fahim became first a defense minister and then vice president of Afghanistan. Prior to that, however, Fahim was a senior commander of the Jamiat-e-Islami militia. Here’s a quick introduction, courtesy of the Times Online:

Mohammad Qasim Fahim, one of two vice-presidential candidates put forward yesterday by Mr Karzai, is notorious for his role in Afghanistan’s civil war of the 1990s.

As a commander of the Jamiat-e-Islami militia, he was named by Human Rights Watch in its 2005 report Blood Stained Hands as a key commander in the Afshar Massacre. About 800 members of the Shia Muslim Hazara minority were killed in a bout of murder, rape and looting in a civilian area of Kabul in September 1992.

More on the Afshar Massacre from Blood Stained Hands:

As the report shows, in the lead-up to the attack, hundreds of people were killed in indiscriminate or intentional attacks on civilian homes, and thousands more were displaced. As documented here, militias murdered scores of civilians in front of their homes during the attack. Hundreds more were abducted and never seen again.

Fahim’s militia was implicated in the above-referenced Human Rights Watch report in war crimes which included:

  • deliberate targeting of civilians
  • indiscriminate targeting of civilians
  • abductions
  • killings of civilians in non-combat situations
  • robberies and general criminality

Fahim is a warlord and a war criminal. U.S. policymakers have tasked American troops with killing and dying on his behalf in a misbegotten counterinsurgency campaign. The reason? Well, he didn’t like the Taliban.

Fahim is one of several reasons why the warlord-ridden narco-state government of Afghanistan is not worth another drop of American blood.

Learn more at Rethink Afghanistan.

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Comments
  1. Farangis says:

    This is a biased report based only on lies told by afghan mellatis and former pashtun communists. One thing that wonders me is that the first line of the text says some of the warlords our troops are fighting and dying for??!?!??….One should be ashamed of himself to say something like that. The western and american troops are dying for no one in Afghanistan. They are there while the west and America had their own plans. No matter how naive the american society reacts on this matter, the american government and media are deep involved in this bloodshed more than anyone else. These troops, like those in Iraq are merely there to extend the read of their oil and energy companies. Taleban, al qaida, and the rest of the terrorist bands were trained, financed and financed directly or indirectly through CIA channels all through during the war with soviets and after that. Stop lying to your own people at least, we know you better then they do, but have mercy on the young souls who die for you, how could you sleep nights with all that lies on your mind?

    • dcrowe says:

      Farangis:

      I’m pretty tolerant on this blog because I believe strongly in engaging with folks who disagree with me, but much of your comment is ridiculous propaganda on behalf of murdering warlords. Do not continue these ad hominem arguments or I will ban you.

      Did you read the cited Human Rights Watch report? Obviously not. It’s based on first-hand accounts gathered by independent investigators.

      Re: what our troops are dying for: the United States has chosen counterinsurgency as it’s strategic paradigm in Afghanistan. That means we pick a side (the government comprised largely of the warlords formerly of the Northern Alliance) and support them as the “legitimate government” against the “insurgents,” i.e. the Taliban and other groups. So yes, we are killing and dying to make sure those people remain in control.

      I have no illusions about the ulterior motives lurking in the shadows of some policymakers’ designs on the region. And yes, the U.S. has quite a bit of blood on its hands. You might want to read the other posts on this blog before you accuse me of lying. I spend a lot of time working to end U.S. military action in the region. I sleep just fine.

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