The week America lost Central Asia–(not likely)

The week America lost Central Asia

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Whoever controls Central AsiaControls the World–Lord Curzon

Zaheeruddin Babur tried to conquer Samarqand and could not, so he headed towardPakistan. The Khyber pass at the time was so thin it barely allowed a man through it. The rest as they is history.

When the French got together with the continental Europeans in the treaty of Brussels, the UKtried to thwart it with a grouping of its own called the Out-Eight. Britain failed and the French succeeded. Eventually London knocked on the door of Brussels and joined what is now known as the EU. Today that grouping rivals the US in GDP.

A similar event is happening in Asia.

The countdown has begun. 10 days– to one of the one fundamental tectonic shifts in recent history. Not since the Austro-Hungarians formed their alliance in 1918 has the world seen such a colossal development.

The SCO comprises China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Russia also has a Quadilateral group with Pakistan, Tajikistan Afghanistan. Beijing and Islamabad are working to develop closer military and economic cooperation. China has publicly declared that “any attack on Pakistan will be considered an attack on China”. China is also pursuing a policy of ‘soft reverse containment’ of the USA in Asia and in Pakistan.

Moscow is working closely with Pakistan. It wants TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) gas pipeline project to divert gas away from Europe towards South Asia and China. Pakistan and Russia have had several meetings in the past couple of years, and Zaradari has met Medhev twice to coordinate their approach in a post-US Afghanistan Moscow’s special representative on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov (equivalent of Holbrooke) visited Islamabad last week for in-depth consultations.

Russian and China are augmenting Pakistan’s strategic sovereignty so that it can withstand America’s constant bullying. In the aftermath of the Abbottabad raid, Asif Zardari for all his faults is actively diversifying its foreign economic ties and foreign policy. Russia working on the directions of Catherine the Great is actively fostering the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an exclusive club to keep out the United States of America.

Washington is reaching for the panic button. The US is fretting that the SCO is gearing up to admit Pakistan and possibly India as as full members. The US think tanks are chagrined that Afghanistan will join the club as an observer. The rethink on admitting new members has set alarm bells ringing in Washington. The odds are heavily stacked against the US.

The plan to prop up India against China as espoused by Paul Craig Roberts maybe failing

The Russian-Chinese initiative to induct Pakistan and possibly India as full SCO members deals a devastating blow to American of encircling China, threatening Iran, bullying Pakistan, and jawboning itself into Central Asia.

Clearly, the SCO summit in Kazakhstan on June 15th is an historic event of Himalayan proportions for the geopolitics of energy. America US apprehends a paradigm shift in the Asian power dynamic. Russia and China banding together with Pakistan and possibly India sends chills up the spines of US think-tanks. American hubris had it coming. Russia and China are re-crafting their South Asia polices that aim at harmonizing their ties with Pakistan and India respectively within the umbrella of the SCO. Russia is more of a honest broker than America today. Moscow was able to bring Delhi and Islamabad togther in Tashkent, something that the Americans have never been able to do.

The establishment of SCO in the 1990s was one of Beijing’s most successful diplomatic overtures. The purpose of establishing the SCO was and remains to this that –to challenge the US encroachment into Central Asia and China’s backyard. It has dampened America’s plans to making Central Asia its pawn in the Great Game. China has improved its relations with the regional players using the SCO.

Half the world will be represented in the SCO. That is powerful.

Next week will change Asia as we know it.

Pakistan Using Wazir Tribe of Mullah Nazir to Set-Up Next Psyop

[A drone attack hit the last Wazir jirga, causing instant outrage from Gen. Kayani, of all people.  The Ahmadzai Wazirs are taking new heat because of the alleged killing of Ilyas Kashmiri west of Wana, in a village called Laman.  The US has openly called Pakistan's bluff on this one, claiming today that Kashmiri was not among those nine bodies wrapped in white sheets, killed in the drone attack.  The Ahmadzai Wazirs are the tribe of infamous Taliban warlord, Mullah Nazir, who was not at this latest jirga of his tribe, because he probably really is dead (SEE:  Did US Special Forces Kill Mullah Nazir?).  The alleged 2007 agreement referred to in the following report, between Nazir and the govt., allows the Army to wash its hands of the Wana region, making the tribes responsible for keeping-out Uzbeks, Mehsuds, Al-Qaeda and other foreign militants, an impossible task for the outgunned tribes.

So the Pak Army claims that their most wanted militant, the terrorist blamed for the Mumbai attacks and implicated in the ongoing trial of David Headley in the US, has been killed in its most lawless region, one policed by tribal Lashkars.  After killing the one reporter who allegedly interviewed both Mullah Nazir and Ilyas Kashmiri recently, before he blew the lid off military connections to "al-CIAda," the ISI needs to spread their disinformation stories, albeit without their most reliable reporter, Syed Saleem Shahzad (SEE:  Warfare of the Whisper –dividing the people and keeping them ignorant.).  Pakistan dearly needs to reinforce the idea of another "Taliban split," providing proof of the so-called "good Taliban," in order to maintain their validity in the ongoing psyop, called the "war on terror." 

All the Taliban are evil.  Dealing with any of them is dealing with Shaitan, even if they do cooperate with the Pak. Army, the hidden dictators of Pakistan.  The closer we get to open warfare in Pakistan by American troops, the more these kind of bullshit disinformation tactics will be used.  If Pakistan is ever to be free, it must begin by freeing its aborted democracy from the military dictatorship.] 
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Ahmedzai Wazir tribes, Taliban decide to keep ‘peace deal’ intact

* Taliban claim no hard feelings against Pakistan in wake of Kashmiri’s killing

* Tribal elders pledge not to allow fleeing Uzbek, Mehsud militants in their areas

By Iqbal Khattak

PESHAWAR: Ahmedzai Wazir tribes won on Monday local Taliban commanders’ support to keep the 2007 ‘peace deal’ going in South Waziristan after a US drone strike killed dreaded terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri on June 3, elders said.

“The Taliban commanders understood Pakistan could do little to stop these drone attacks and assured they will not break the 2007 peace deal the Taliban reached with the Ahmedzai Wazir tribes in reaction to the killing of senior militant leader Kashmiri,” a tribal elder told Daily Times by phone from Wana, agency headquarters of South Waziristan, after returning from the jirga.

Ilyas Kashmiri, said the tribal elder, was “confirmed dead” in the June 3 strike. The killing of Kashmiri, leader of Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HJI), comes as serious blow to terrorist organisations spearheading attacks both inside Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“We have been invited by the Taliban commanders to discuss the situation in the wake of Kashmiri’s killing and they (Taliban commanders) admitted they have no hard feelings against Pakistan after Kashmiri’s killing,” the elder said wishing not to be named for personal security.

Taliban leader Mullah Nazir did not attend the jirga, according to the elder, giving no reason for his absence nor did the elder say where the jirga was held with the senior Taliban commanders.

However, the Taliban commanders expressed anger at the military’s unannounced search and other operations, according to the elder, who added that the jirga members later called on the South Waziristan political agent, Atifur Rehman, to convey the message. “We are concerned at the military’s search and other operations, without taking local elders’ into confidence and one single clash with the army can jeopardise the peace deal between the Taliban and Ahmedzai Wazir tribes,” the unnamed Taliban commanders were quoted as saying during the jirga. The Ahmedzai Wazir tribes had inked peace deal in spring 2007 with Mullah Nazir-led Taliban after the tribes and Taliban had flushed out the Uzbek militants in popular uprising following the brutality of the Uzbeks.

“We have conveyed the message to the political agent after the meeting with the Taliban,” the elder gave the latest about ongoing activities to keep the areas safe in the wake of fears that “foreign agents” could sneak to make the situation crisis-like.

The political agent told the Ahmedzai Wazir elders that recent killing of foreign elements in the drone strikes were a “matter of concern” for the government in Islamabad. “The Ahmedzai Wazirs have to guard their areas against such foreign elements,” the political agent said, according to the elder.

“We told the political agent that porous border with Afghanistan and drone strikes make our protectors (indirect reference to local Taliban) unable to guard the Ahmedzai Wazir areas against infiltration of foreign militants,” the tribal elders responded to the political agent.

Meanwhile, the Ahmedzai Wazir elders said they would not allow fleeing Uzbek and Mehsud militants in their areas who might sneak from North Waziristan where media reports suggest the military may go on offensive against the Haqqani network and its affiliated local groups of militants.

“Both the Ahmedzai Wazir tribes and the Taliban are on the same page as far as presence of Uzbek and Mehsud tribes in our areas is concerned. We do not want this nor do the Taliban,” the tribal elder said when asked was there any possibility the militants might flee North Waziristan and take shelter in Wazir areas.

Ilyas Kashmiri, according to official sources, reached Wana suburb from North Waziristan hours before the deadly strike and more militant leaders’ arrival in the wake of likely military offensive there was not ruled out. South Waziristan experiences lesser drone attacks in comparison with North Waziristan. However, since June 3, four drone strikes were launched and scores of terrorists, including Punjabi and foreign Taliban, were killed so far.

US general discusses joint operations

[Joint US/Pakistani Army operations are nothing new, they have been going on since at least 2008.  In Feb. of 2010,  there were 100 Special Forces trainers working with the Frontier Corp., three of them were killed in an attack upon their convoy in Upper Dir, the same place where hundreds of Taliban have been flowing across the border to attack Frontier outposts. (SEE: America’s Silent War In Pakistan Unmasked).

(SEE:  The Final Proof of Gen. Kayani’s True Loyalties Will Be US and Pakistani Troops Fighting Side-by-Side).]

US general discusses joint operations

By Baqir Sajjad Syed
United States Central Command (Centcom) chief Gen James Mattis. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: United States Central Command (Centcom) chief Gen James Mattis discussed on Monday with Pakistani military leaders plans for an initial drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan and details of joint operations against high-value targets.

Gen Mattis`s only announced engagement was with the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne, who had last month cancelled a trip to Washington to protest against the May 2 US raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden.

However, his more important engagement with Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was kept under wraps.

Gen Kayani and Gen Mattis, defence sources said, had met on Sunday night and discussed operational details about the fight against militancy, including the minutiae of the `renewed cooperation` agreement negotiated during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen`s visit to Islamabad late last month. The agreement envisaged joint operations against high-value targets that could be hiding in Pakistan and an operation against sanctuaries in North Waziristan.

But ISPR officials tried to give an impression to journalists that Gen Kayani did not meet the American commander because of his engagements in Quetta.

Lately there has been a concerted effort by the Army to keep their chief`s interactions with American commanders away from media`s watchful eyes.

Gen Kayani, according to a military source, is very concerned about him being seen as too pro-American.

During his town hall-style meetings last month after the embarrassing US raid, Gen Kayani was quoted by a military source as having said that his frequent interactions with the Americans did not mean that he was `friendly` with them.

Gen Mattis`s visit comes weeks before the scheduled start of US troops` withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Obama administration is likely to announce the pace of the withdrawal later this month. At present the Pentagon is debating the nuts and bolts of a drawdown, but is taking pains to ensure secrecy.

Military sources say Americans are considering withdrawing troops in larger numbers than previously thought because of growing anti-war sentiments back home, recent gains against the Taliban and, more importantly, Osama`s killing.

No numbers were, however, shared with Pakistanis during the meetings. The discussions, a source said, focused on broader details.

The US has about 100,000 troops in Afghanistan and the number going back could be between 5,000 and 10,000.

Practically no information was shared about Gen Wynne`s meeting with the Centcom commander. A brief statement issued by the ISPR only said the two generals met and “discussed regional security situation and other matters pertaining to professional interest”.

 

 

US, Pakistan authorities dispute Kashmiri’s death

US, Pakistan authorities dispute Kashmiri’s death

Pakistani officials subsequently issued a series of statements about Kashmiri’s death. The nation’s interior minister told reporters on Monday: “I can confirm 100 per cent that he is dead. I got this information this morning.” — File Photo

 

LONDON: US and Pakistani authorities disagree sharply over claims that senior al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri was killed in a recent missile strike, officials from both countries said on Monday, suggesting sharp strains persist between authorities in Washington and Islamabad.

Two days ago, intelligence officials in Pakistan claimed that Kashmiri, a figure in both al Qaeda and a Pakistan-based affiliate, was killed by a US drone-borne missile in northwestern Pakistan.

Pakistani officials subsequently issued a series of statements about Kashmiri’s death. The nation’s interior minister told reporters on Monday: “I can confirm 100 per cent that he is dead. I got this information this morning.”

But US officials familiar with counterterrorism activities in the region said they still were unable to confirm Kashmiri’s death.

It was more likely than not, they said Monday evening, that the militant leader was still alive.

“It wouldn’t be the first time that reports of his death have been wrong,” one US official told Reuters. “We’re simply unable at this time to confirm reports of Kashmiri’s demise.

Our working assumption is that he’s still walking around.”

A second US official said government experts believed it was more likely that Kashmiri was alive, though they are not ruling out the possibility he was killed in a drone strike.

The US officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

The conflicting assessments from Washington and Islamabad indicate relations between the United States and Pakistan, which hit a low point after the US killing of Osama bin Laden last month in Pakistan, remain deeply troubled despite claims by both countries that they were improving.

US doubts

Kashmiri was wrongly reported to have been killed in a September 2009 drone strike. It is difficult to confirm the identities of people killed in drone strikes because they occur in remote areas not accessible to foreign journalists.

A Pakistani television station quoted the group that Kashmiri headed, an al Qaeda affiliate called Harkat-ul Jihad Islami, confirming his death. Britain’s Channel 4 News said the death had been confirmed by a senior HUJI commander and close aide of Kashmiri.

However, the SITE Institute, a US-based private group that monitors and translates messages posted on militant websites, on Monday cast doubt on an Internet photo said to be of Kashmiri’s dead body and an accompanying fax from HUJI confirming his death.

The US group said it actually appeared to be the body of another militant, Abu Dera Ismail Khan, who was killed in the militant attacks on Mumbai, India, in November 2008.

Diplomatic relations between the United States and Pakistan have suffered since last year, when the name of the CIA station chief in Pakistan was leaked to local media and the American official, who was supposed to be operating undercover, had to leave the country.

Relations worsened considerably after the arrest, and later release, of a CIA security contractor who had killed two Pakistani nationals in what the United States said was an armed robbery attempt. Then, US Navy SEALS killed bin Laden without giving advance notice to Pakistani authorities.

Ilyas Kashmiri, said to be a former Pakistani military officer, was high on a list Washington gave Pakistan of militants it wanted captured or killed, a Pakistani official said on condition of anonymity.

The US State Department has labeled Kashmiri a “specially designated global terrorist.”

Pakistan Fakes Ilyas Kashmiri Death–HUJI “After Death” Photo Proves It

[The Pak Army's favorite terrorist, India's most wanted man, has NOT been erased in an American Predator attack, just like so many of the other previous kills, announced by the Pakistanis.  The militants/terrorists/ultras/commandos/paramilitaries are the last chain in Pakistan's defense.  They are the CIA's secret army.   They will protect them by any means.  If no verifiable death photo is produced, then it is safe to assume that the American drone killers are being scammed by the Army.  Just like the scam about killing bin Laden in Abbottabad, if Pakistan and the US had nothing to hide, then they would verify the killing of terror kingpins (SEE:  US and Pakistan Have Always Released Photos of Dead Terrorist Leaders’ Corpses…Where Is Bin Laden’s Photo?).  The terror war and all the little terrorist marionettes are merely stage productions, managed for our entertainment, in a government horror show.  There is no terror war--there are no terrorists--only govt. agents doing what they know best, killing, lying and hiding.  Let's put an end to this modern Greek "tragedy," NOW!]

HUJI releases photograph of Ilyas Kashmiri after death, but it isn’t him

By BILL ROGGIOJune 5, 2011 2:06 PM
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Left: a purported photograph of Ilyas Kashmiri after his death. Right: Ilyas Kashmiri before his death. The image on the left is published courtesy of the SITE Intelligence Group.

In addition to the statement released by Harkat ul Jihad-al-Islami spokesman Abu Hanzla Kashir that announced the death of top al Qaeda military leader Ilyas Kashmiri in the June 2 Predator airstrike in South Waziristan, HUJI also released a photograph that is purported to be Kashmiri after his death. The alleged photograph of Kashmiri above on the left and HUJI’s statement below have been republished with the permission of the SITE Intelligence Group.

Kashmiri was believed to be about 47 years old, and is known to have been blinded in one eye after fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan during the 1980s. Note that the picture shows the face of a clean-shaven man. Kashmiri is well known for photographs with his full beard and aviator sunglasses. One eye does appear to have been blinded, but is difficult to determine if that was the result of an injury years ago or an injury sustained in a Predator strike.

Updated:

HUJI clearly is trying to pull a fast one here. With thanks to the many informed commenters here at Threat Matrix/The Long War Journal, we’ve learned that the photograph is actually that of Abu Dera Ismael Khan, one of the members of the suicide assault team that attacked Mumbai, India, in November 2008. You can see the image here.

This certainly calls into question the validity of the official HUJI statement made by Abu Hunzala Kashir. Keep in mind that another HUJI leader, Qari Mohammad Idrees, claimed Kashmiri was killed. So did HUJI botch the photograph, or are they attempting to fake Kashmiri’s death? If the latter, this would be the first time that I’ve detected this happening.

Translation of the statement released by HUJI on Kashmiri’s death:

On behalf of Harkat Jihad al-Islami 313 Brigade we confirm the fact that our leader and Commander-in-chief Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, along with other companions, have been martyred in an American drone attack at 11:15 pm on June 3, 2011 and Insha Allah (God willing) the present pharaoh America will see our full revenge very soon. Our only target is America. 

Spokesperson(Harkat ul Jihad al-Islami) 313 Brigade

Abu Hunzala

June 4, 2011

Civil War In Syria?

120 security forces killed in northern Syria

120 security forces killed in northern Syria, posted with vodpod

 

(CNN) — Dozens of people were killed Monday in and around the northern Syrian city of Jisr Al-Shugur in the third consecutive day of violence there, according to reports from the government and opposition groups.State television cited 120 security forces killed, including 82 in Jisr Al-Shugur. In addition, it said, dozens of civilians were wounded.State television said the security forces were killed in a number of attacks: an ambush by “armed gangs” in the city, when government buildings were set afire and in clashes at a security center.Are you there? Share your photos and videos from the scene, but please stay safe.”The armed attacks targeted public and private buildings in various regions and lately there were similar attacks in Jisr Al-Shugur,” Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim al-Chaar said in a short statement on state television. “The state will deal with sternness and force within the law and we will not remain silent when it comes to any armed attack.”‘Chilling’ details on Syrian boy’s deathRELATED TOPICSSyriaWar and ConflictState television further reported that the “armed gangs” had stolen five tons of dynamite from a storage area near the Al Abyad Valley Dam.The state security forces were facing hundreds of armed men in Jisr Al-Shugur and were trying to lift the siege of a neighborhood that had been taken over by the “gangs,” state TV reported.It said the state was sending reinforcements.A resident of Jisr al-Shugur said earlier that the city was calm Monday, and that the clashes happened at nearby Khan Shaykhun, where 20 residents and an unknown number of security forces were killed.He said residents were using hunting rifles.The Syrian Revolution Facebook page said 10 helicopters were firing at civilians. The page predicted a major military incursion Monday night and appealed to residents to evacuate as soon as possible to Turkey.An opposition member who lives outside Syria but has sources inside the country who have proved reliable in the past said the clashes over the past three days in Jisr Al-Shugur, Khan Shaykhun and surrounding villages were between members and supporters of the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood and the Syrian security forces.He said that 90 security members and 23 opposition members were killed Monday. In addition, nine tanks were destroyed and two helicopters were downed, he said.He said the weapons had been taken into the country from Turkey, whose border is about 20 kilometers away. The wounded, he added, were being taken to Turkey for treatment.The man, who has asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal, said Muslim Brotherhood supporters have long opposed the Syrian regime and were taking advantage of the uprising to settle their score. He further expressed concern that the brotherhood could hijack the peaceful secular uprising.The Arabic Facebook group called the Local Coordination Committees of Syria reported that 42 people died Sunday in Jisr al-Shugur and its suburbs as the Syrian army and security forces sought to enter the city, where many of the stores have been closed in a general strike.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put Sunday’s death toll at 47 — 37 civilians and 10 security forces.CNN was not able to confirm the reports. The Syrian government has restricted access to the country by members of the international news media and reliable information has been hard to get.For example, two videos posted over the weekend on YouTube showed what Syrian opposition activists said was the slaughter of civilians in the besieged city of Daraa in the south of Syria. One video shows what appears to be a group of Syrian security forces standing over dead bodies, making jokes and discussing planting weapons on them.The images included the bloody, mangled bodies of five men in civilian clothes. Men dressed in military uniforms walked around them, talking. “Show me those weapons,” one said, “put them here.”Someone dropped what appeared to be weaponry onto the torso of one of the bodies.”These are the weapons the committee will come film,” a voice said.Throughout the uprising in Syria, the Syrian government has described protesters as “armed criminals” and “terrorists,” at times saying photos prove that the “criminals” were armed when security forces shot them.The videos — in which the bodies are bleeding from different areas — are labeled online as having been shot April 30.CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the videos.