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TTP Spokesman Confesses the Expected…Pak. Taliban Work For India, Afghanistan

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RAW, NDS fund Taliban: Ehsanullah Ehsan’s confession video

 

 

 

 

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Pakistan Army has released confessional video statement of prominent leader of the Pakistani Taliban’s Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (JuA) faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan, who has surrendered to security forces last week.

Ehsanullah Ehsan remained Tehreek e-Taliban’s spokesman and later JuA’s. Both groups have carried out some of the most violent attacks in Pakistan.

In his confession before security forces, the notorious militants said that TTP maligned Islam and misguided the youths, saying that the banned outfit has contacts with RAW and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS).

He said disputed with Taliban leadership after the group accepted Indian assistance against Pakistan.

Complete text of Ehsanullah Ehsan’s video confession:

“My name is Liaqat Ali and Ehsanullah Ehsan, I belong to Mohmand Agency. In early 2008, I joined TTP when I was a college student. I later became TTP Mohmand Agency spokesman and then central spokesman of TTP and Jamaat-ur-Ahrar.”

“In these nine years, I observed that TTP recruited youth by misleading them in the name of Islam. They did not follow whatever they preached. A handful of emirs who dominated TTP leadership used to receive extortion money from innocent people, massacre innocents by bomb blasts on public points, attack schools, colleges and universities… So, Islam doesn’t teach us this.”

“The internal disputes and battle for leadership raged within Taliban ranks after army launched operation in trial areas. Umar Khalid Khurasani, Khan Sayed Sajna and Mullah Fazullah were in the run. Their shura decided to hold draw that led to election of Fazullah.”

“What one can expect from such organizations that elect a leader through draw, and emir [Fazullah] was the one who forcefully married to his teacher’s daughter… such persons are not serving Islam.”

“When we moved to Afghanistan from North Waziristan, I saw that Taliban leadership fostered relations with Indian RAW agency that financed Taliban and even gave targets. Taliban received reward [from RAW] of every action in Pakistan. They left fighters to face Pakistan Army while they themselves sought refuge in safe hideouts.”

“When they started accepting Indian funds and NDS aid, I told Khurasani that this way we are supporting kufars (non-believers) by killing our own people, he said: for the sake of terrorism in Pakistan, even if Israel aided my, I will accept. So, I realized that they doing all this for their own interests and under a particular agenda.”

“Afghan security agencies have been facilitating Pakistani Taliban with documents and identity cards to move freely in Afghanistan,” he said.

“Jamaat-ur-Ahrar leadership is facing severe disappointment following Pakistan Army’s action on its camps along Afghan border.”

“Those who are stuck there, I want to give them a message that please stop it and back to a peaceful life,” he said.

“After coverage ban on Taliban, they turned to social media and attempted to mislead teen and innocent youths by propaganda and a wrong interpretation of Islam,” he said.

“I want to give a message to all social media users that beware of their [Taliban’s] propaganda. They are playing in hands of others… these were the reason behind my surrender to Pakistan Army,” he concluded.

Ehsan Ullah Ahsan Stills New 26-04

Background

Ehsanullah Ehsan joined TTP in 2008 and became its spokesman.

In December 2011, Ehsanullah disputed that the Pakistani Taliban was negotiating a cease-fire with the Pakistani government. He asserted that the individuals negotiating that cease-fire were doing so without the authorization of the Taliban’s leadership.

He was sacked on June 25, 2013.

Ehsan, along with other former commanders of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, such as Omar Khorasani, a senior leader in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan joined JuA.

The JuA was formed in August 2014 as a breakaway faction of the central TTP by chief Omar Khalid Khorasani, the commander of its Mohmand district, and Ehsan, who left his post as a central TTP spokesman.

JuA rejoined the central TTP the following March but is known to operate independently of the central TTP leadership, which is led by Mullah Fazlullah.- Samaa

Saudi Spring Beginning To Boil…Real Reason For Kingfish Salmon’s Sudden Generosity

A Month Of Asia Tour – King Salman’s Mission & The Real Reason He’s Here

 

 

 

Muslim countries, especially those that subscribe to Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism, broadcasted and printed a piece of great news over the weekend. King Salman issued a royal decree restoring “all allowances, financial benefits, and bonuses” for civil servants and military personnel on Saturday. Saudi claimed it was due to a recovery in oil prices and internal changes.

 

Last September, in what appeared to be the energy-rich Saudi’s most drastic move to save money, ministers’ salaries were cut by 20% and perks for public sector employees were scaled back. It was indeed a desperate measure after the kingdom hiked petrol prices by more than 50%, not to mention price increases for electricity, water, sewage, diesel and kerosene.

Saudis Pumping Petrol at Station

When Saudi announced the cuts on September 28, the crude oil had already recovered from its low of US$28 a barrel in January 2016 – to around US$45 a barrel. When King Salman announced the cancellation of the salaries and perks cut over the weekend, the commodity price was at US$50 a barrel. Does it make sense for the country to make a U-turn after just a 5 bucks recovery?

 

King Salman took the opportunity to also install two of his sons to key posts. Prince Khaled bin Salman, an F-15 pilot who has trained in the United States, was made ambassador to Washington. Another son and long-time oil policy official, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, was appointed state minister for energy affairs.

Prince Khaled bin Salman - Ambassador to Washington, U.S.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman - State Minister for Energy Affairs

What the mainstream media from Sunni Islam nations refused to tell you was the “April 21 movement” which hit the Twitter hashtag. The cuts, which affected about two-thirds of working Saudis, were so unpopular that the Saudis demanded for the reinstatement of their financial benefits since it took into effect in October last year.

 

The calls for protests in at least four Saudi cities have spooked the Al Saud monarchy of Saudi Arabia. Regime forces were reportedly lined the streets of central Riyadh over the weekend in anticipation of a demonstration by unhappy citizens. Saudis were upset that while the monarchy continues with its lavish public spending, the normal citizens were victimized.

Saudi Arabia - Public Sector Workers

Although Saudi Minister of state Mohammed Alsheikh said it was Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who recommended the change (cancellation of cuts in benefits and perks) after alleged better-than-expected budget figures in the first quarter of 2017, clearly the monarchy dared not take the risk and therefore caved in to the peoples’ demand.

 

The bonus cuts had caused widespread grumbling in Saudi Arabia. For two-thirds of employed citizens, the bonuses had accounted for a substantial amount of their total take-home pay. The public discontent could trigger a similar “Arab Spring” as the protestors were also calling for an end to Saudi’s absolute monarchy (disguised as constitutional monarchy) in the “April 21 movement”.

Protest Against Saudi Arabia Monarchy - April 21 Movement

Simon Henderson, Baker fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Institute’s Gulf and Energy Policy Program said – “They adjusted things; they claim they are adjusting things because the economy is in a better position, but that’s nonsense. It sounds as though they felt it politically necessary to do something, which is economically risky.”

 

The unpopular cuts did not only affect the civil servants but also the military personnel. To pacify the powerful military forces, the monarch also ordered an additional two-month salary bonus for regime forces involved in a brutal and inhuman aggression against neighbouring Yemen. Salaries and allowances accounted for 45% (or US$128 billion) of government spending in 2015.

King Salman - The Saudi Spring

The panicked King Salman also made another U-turn when he told the kingdom’s central bank to instruct banks to maintain the current favourable terms of consumer and property loans to low-income Saudis, after having ordered their rescheduling in autumn to aid Saudis affected by the cuts. Another demand was for a halt to the sale of shares of state oil giant Aramco.

 

Saudi Arabia is in a mess, despite the slight recovery in oil prices. Although Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tries to play down the problems, the kingdom is facing its worst economy growth since the world recession in 2008-09. New construction projects are scarce, and payments to builders got held up last year. Nowadays, even Saudi banks aren’t attractive to buyers.

Saudi Arabia - King Abdullah Financial District Riyadh

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc has reportedly been seeking for years to sell its 40% stake in Alawwal Bank (formerly known as Saudi Hollandi), while Credit Agricole SA is considering a sale of its 31% stake in Banque Saudi Fransi. Alawwal Bank reported a 50% plunge in net income while Banque Saudi Fransi saw its profit down 13%.

 

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Trump’s Pentagon To Fire-Off Minuteman III ICBM Towards Asia, Overnight

MINUTEMAN III SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. —

 

An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Wednesday, April. 26, between 12:01 p.m. to 6:01 a.m. from north Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

Col. John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.

“Team V is once again ready to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to successfully launch another Minuteman III missile,” said Moss. “These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities. We are proud of our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to execute these missions for the nation.”

The 576th Flight Test Squadron will be responsible for installed tracking, telemetry, and command destruct systems on the missile.

 

For more information, please call Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs at (318) 456-1305 or after hours at (318) 532-1215.

US tests missile in Pacific as it escalates threats to North Korea

By Mike Head

While demanding that North Korea halt its nuclear and missile tests—and threatening military attack if it does not—the Trump administration will today test launch a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from California across the Pacific, in a menacing show of force.

According to Air Force Global Strike Command, the operation will test the weapon’s “effectiveness, accuracy and readiness.” In the context of the mounting US military pressure on North Korea and its neighbour China, it is an unmistakeable threat of American preparedness to use nuclear-armed ICBMs.

Missile launches were “essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities,” Colonel Chris Moss, the Vandenberg Air Force Base 30th Space Wing commander said.

For all the political and media hysteria about the danger presented by North Korea’s small and primitive nuclear and missile capacity, the provocatively-timed US test again underscores where the real risk of nuclear war resides—in Washington and the Pentagon’s unmatched arsenal of thousands of nuclear warheads.

No target was specified for today’s exercise, but an earlier US missile test, launched from a North Dakota base in February, travelled 6,760 kilometres to a test range at Kwajalein Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands in the northwestern Pacific.

The Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in the Marshall Islands is just one of the scores of US military bases throughout the Pacific, Japan and South Korea, as well as fleets of warships and submarines, from which devastating attacks on North Korea could be mounted.

On the same day as the missile test, President Donald Trump will hold a rare and suddenly announced White House briefing on the North Korean situation with all 100 members of the US Senate. Adding to the ominous atmosphere, the briefing will be delivered by the top four US war-related officials: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford. (see: “Trump summons the Senate to the White House”)

In another sign of war preparations, Trump had a publicised dinner on Monday night with two key foreign policy “hawks”—Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. No information was released on what they discussed, but Graham tweeted the next day: “Donald Trump is NOT going to let the nutjob in North Korea develop a missile—with a nuclear weapon on top—that can hit the US.” The “nutjob” was an insulting reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

As these developments unfolded, Washington was encircling the Korean Peninsula with nuclear-capable warships conducting war games with Japanese and South Korean naval vessels.

The USS Wayne E. Meyer, a destroyer, began exercises yesterday with a South Korean destroyer in the Yellow Sea, west of Korea. Another destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald conducted drills with a Japanese destroyer in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, east of Korea.

The US Seventh Fleet said both exercises demonstrate “the US Navy’s inherent flexibility to combine with allied naval forces in response to a broad range of situations.”

In further chilling displays, the USS Michigan, a guided-missile submarine, docked in the South Korean port of Busan and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier task force, accompanied by Japanese ships, is due to arrive in the waters off the Korean Peninsula to stage a combined operation with the South Korean navy.

Despite incessant claims by the political elites and corporate media that North Korea was poised to conduct its sixth nuclear test yesterday, the country’s 85th anniversary of its army, Pyongyang reportedly only conducted live-fire artillery drills near Wonsan on the east coast.

On Monday Trump summoned ambassadors from the 15 UN Security Council members, including China and Russia, to demand they impose further crippling sanctions on North Korea, featuring an oil embargo, transport bans and punitive measures against Chinese banks allegedly doing business in North Korea. This was despite evidence, such as soaring oil prices in North Korea, that China is already severely constricting supplies.

Trump delivered what amounted to an ultimatum, declaring that North Korea was “a real threat to the world” and a “big world problem” that “we have to finally solve.”

Publicly, the Trump administration is holding out the prospect of applying enough pressure on China to compel North Korea to abandon its missile and nuclear programs. But Beijing is sending increasingly alarmed signals that it has “very limited influence” over the Pyongyang regime.

An editorial yesterday in the state-controlled Global Times warned that convincing Pyongyang to cease its nuclear activities was not “as easy as saying abracadabra.” The “game of chicken” between Washington and Pyongyang could “quickly get out of control” with terrible consequences that “no side will be able to stop.” It described the situation as “puzzle filled with bombs” and declared: “Pyongyang must not strike a match and detonate it.”

This was not the first time that Beijing has voiced dismay at the danger of a military conflagration that would have a severely damaging impact on China’s geo-strategic interests.

Two days earlier, a Global Times editorial openly criticised North Korea, and said Pyongyang was making a “mistake” if it thought China was “a sentinel and on guard duty for China.” The editorial declared that North Korea’s nuclear program was “jeopardising China’s major national interests” and preventing Pyongyang from developing nuclear weapons was already “Beijing’s priority” in Northeast Asia.

China’s leaders obviously understand that their country, not just its erstwhile ally North Korea, is Washington’s target. A US assault on the Korean Peninsula could not only lead to the destabilising collapse of North Korea, near one of China’s major industrial regions, but install a US-backed regime on China’s border, as the US sought to during the 1950-53 Korean War.

The fact that China is in the firing line was highlighted yesterday by testimony at a US Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing on the Asia-Pacific region. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace senior fellow Ashley Tellis described North Korea as a “near-term” challenge, whereas “the challenges emanating from China are long term, enduring and aimed fundamentally at decoupling the United States from its Asian partners.”

These comments again point to the underlying driving force behind the Korean crisis. Not just in North East Asia but around the world, the ruling US capitalist class is intent on using America’s military might to offset its economic decline and block China, or any other potential rival, from challenging the global hegemony it established through victory over Germany and Japan in World War II.

Turkish Jets Bomb “Obama’s Boys” (Now Trump’s Problem)

Turkish jets bomb US-backed forces in Iraq, Syria, US officials say

 

 

 

 

TTP/ISIS Stage Revenge For MOAB Attack On CIA Base Chapman

Hakeemullah Mehsud (left), the Leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and Humam Khalil Muhammed Abu Mulal al Balawi (right), the suicide bomber who carried out the attack at Combat Outpost Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan.

[ONCE AGAIN, THE FOLLOWERS OF HAKEEMULLAH MEHSUD (CALLING THEMSELVES ISIS) HAVE STRUCK CIA BASE CHAPMAN IN REVENGE FOR A PRIOR BOMBING…THIS TIME FOR  BOMBING AT ACHIN…THE LAST TIME FOR KILLING BAITULLAH MEHSUD.]

Bomb attack hits U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan

 

Suspected Taliban insurgents on Monday attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost, officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a visit to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

The attackers had detonated a car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by U.S. forces and private military contractors, said Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

But he had little immediate information on any damage or casualties.

“I am aware of a car bomb attack at one of the gates in the U.S. base, but we are not allowed there to get more details,” the spokesman said.

A spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Capt. William Salvin, confirmed the car bomb attack. He said there appeared to be a number of Afghan casualties but none among U.S. or coalition personnel at the base.

The attack came just three days after more than 140 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack on their base by Taliban fighters disguised in military uniforms.

(Reporting by Ahmad Shah and Josh Smith; Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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