India should reconsider US policy after Rana verdict: Mod

“W[ould] US let the Indian court take a trial of 9/11 terrorist attack case?”

India should reconsider US policy after Rana verdict: Modi


Ahmedabad Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the clean chit given to Tahawwur Rana in Mumbai terror attack-related charges by a US court was a “foreign policy setback”, and demanded that India reconsider its policy towards the United States.

“Just to please Pakistan, US has unlocked the ways for all the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorists to be free of guilt. It is time that the central government should rethink its

policy towards US,” Modi said.

“US declaring Tahawwur Rana innocent in Mumbai attack has disgraced the sovereignty of India and it is a major foreign policy setback,” Modi said on his Twitter page.

“The masterminds active behind the terrorist movements in India will now seek justice in the courts of America,” the Gujarat Chief Minister said.

“Will US let the Indian court take a trial of 9/11 terrorist attack case?” he tweeted.

Modi has always been critical of the Centre’s policy in connection with the 26/11 vis-a-vis Pakistan and the United States.

Tahawwur Rana was on Friday held not guilty on the charges of involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks by a US federal court which however convicted him for providing material support to Pakistan-based terror group LeT, and for plotting an attack in Denmark.

The Big Cover-up In Quetta

The Big Cover-up


In its quest for breaking news and exclusive footage, the electronic media managed to foil the traditional attempts of the police, the Frontier Corps (FC) and other law enforcing agencies to cover up the brutal killing of five Chechens, including three women, at a FC checkpost in Quetta on May 17. The victims were aged between 25 to 30 years. Among them was a seven-month pregnant woman, who received two bullet wounds.

The Chechens were coming from Kuchlak, some 30 kilometres in the north of Quetta, in a hired wagon. The driver of the vehicle, a local government teacher who is in police custody, told newsmen that the foreigners had booked the wagon for Ghausabad, a suburb in the south-eastern part of Quetta.

A posse of policemen belonging to the Airport Road police station intercepted the vehicle in Kharotabad and started searching the luggage of the foreign nationals. According to the driver, “When a policeman slashed a bottle of shampoo belonging to them, they expressed their consternation and a male inmate of the vehicle punched the policeman’s face, while one of the women not only pulled out a hand grenade and gave it to her companion but also showed off the suicide jacket on her body. On seeing the hand grenade and the suicide vest, the police personnel fled from the vehicle. The foreigners also fled the scene and went towards a FC checkpost, and after 15 minutes I heard the sound of gunshots and a blast.”

He continues, “When the firing came to an end, the policemen told me that the Chechens had been killed.” Later, the policemen shifted me to the police station. Soon after the incident, CCPO Quetta Dawood Junejo, who had reached FC checkpost in Kharotabad, informed the media that they were suicide bombers and wanted to attack the FC checkpost.”

“One of the Chechens blew himself up, while the others were killed as FC personnel opened fire on them,” said Junejo, adding that suicide jackets and other explosives were recovered from their possession.

Alongside, Junejo lauded both the police and the FC personnel for foiling a terrorism bid in Quetta. Without attempting to learn the truth, Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani also paid glowing tribute to both the police and the FC for killing the alleged terrorists. It was the media and local residents who subsequently exposed the facts behind the concocted story: the Chechens were unarmed and killed in cold blood by the law enforcement agencies.

Residents of the area, who staged a demonstration against the killings outside the Quetta Press Club, maintain that the Chechens approached them with a request to provide them protection from the police. The police had demanded a hefty bribe of $50,000 and warned them that they would be implicated in false cases of terrorism if the amount was not “coughed up.”

They further said that the policemen had been trailing them. After the Chechens had offered their Zuhr prayers at a local mosque, the policemen forced them to move towards the nearby FC post where “not only did the police open fire on them but also incited FC personnel to do the same after accusing them of being suicide bombers.”

When several reporters reached the FC checkpost following the firing, they found all the Chechens to be alive, but seriously wounded. The footage, which has been preserved in the cameras of some mediamen, shows three of them lying immobile on the floor. Two of the women appear fully conscious after the first round of firing. One woman tries to raise her head; the other who appears slightly older than the first, tries to cover a part of her body with her shawl and press her colleague’s hand to console her. She also raises her hand apparently to show that they are unarmed and innocent and therefore should be spared.

The footage further shows three to four personnel of the law enforcement agencies going very close to the wounded Chechens and then turning back.

Meanwhile, Dawood Junejo asks for a stick so that he can check whether the ‘culprits’ were wearing suicide jackets or not, but some law enforcement personnel warn him to stay away: “Sir, for God’s sake don’t go close to them.”

Incidentally, another volley of bullets was fired at them some 30 minutes after the first round, killing all five of them on the spot.

The footage not only shows police and FC personnel involved in intense firing on them but also has a shot of Lt Colonel Faisal Shezad of the FC taking a Kalashnikov from a subordinate and opening fire on them.

“There was no justification for the second round of firing, when they lay immobile after receiving bullet wounds from the initial firing 30 minutes earlier,” remarked a journalist who was covering the incident. “The police and FC said they were terrorists. So much precious information could have been obtained from them by keeping them alive.”

The eyewitness accounts of the local residents and the footage of the event negate the claims of police, the FC and the driver, as do the autopsy reports and the findings of the Bomb Disposal Squad. The Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Khan Raisani ordered the removal of the CCPO Quetta, Dawood Junejo, following the investigations.

Junejo had claimed that suicide jackets had been found on the Chechens and that they were killed because they had hurled hand grenades at FC personnel. However, a report of the Bomb Disposal Squad revealed that no suicide jackets and no explosives were recovered from the deceased or their belongings. Meanwhile, the autopsy report stated that the main cause of death of all five were bullet wounds; the bullets were fired at them from a very close range.

The provincial government has requested the Balochistan High Court to probe the incident. A judge of the Balochistan High Court has been appointed for this purpose and asked to submit the report within a month.

Of course, the major question many people are asking is why five seriously wounded people were shot at a second time and silenced forever, when it was proven that they were unarmed. “This is what needs to be investigated. It is the key to exposing the real facts behind the law enforcement personnel’s insistence on killing the Chechens at all costs,” say mediapersons in Quetta. They argue that “bringing all the responsible officials who were involved in the extrajudicial killings of these people will help to stop law enforcers from a massive violation of human rights in Balochistan.”

Abdul Wahab is a Quetta-based journalist who has been reporting on the politics and social issues of Balochistan for Newsline for over five years.

The UN declared free internet access a basic human right


The UN declared free internet access a basic human right

United Nations proclaimed the free internet access a basic human right, saying in the report submitted on June 6 that the central disable access to the network should be recognized as a legal matter, according to, with the precondition for Los Angeles Times.
The report stresses that the Internet – it is “an indispensable tool to a number of human rights, fight against inequalities and promote progress.”

The UN report, advocating the free use of the Internet as an essential communication platform for all democratic societies, also tells how the enemy he appears in the eyes of officials.

“The huge potential and advantages of the Internet lie in the speed of communication, accessibility and anonymity. At the same time, those properties that allow individuals to distribute information in real time … sow fear among governments. This leads to restrictions on the Internet through the use of modern technologies to block content .., to identify activists to punish them and make laws that allow to do it “- said in a report.

In support of this idea, the authors remind us of restricting access to Twitter and Facebook in the Arab countries covered by the massive anti-government unrest, and prosecution of the founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange .

The report stresses that “providing internet access for all persons should be a priority for any country.”

Recall that the power of the Central Asian countries to actively use Internet filtering, blocking is not just porn sites. For example, in Uzbekistan, after the so-called “Andijan in May 2005, total character adopted a ban on technical reading on the Internet independent information. Since then, users of Uzbekistan does not have direct access to hundreds of sites World Wide Web. Blocked as a Web-based resources of parties, movements and organizations that oppose the government and independent media, and disseminate alternative information about events in Uzbekistan. Among them – and Internet portal news agency Fergana. A similar situation exists in Turkmenistan. Both these countries are included in the list of “countries of Internet enemies.”

In October 2010, SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) presented at the conference ExileMedia report of the security model of the Internet. Since the work can be found here .

War with Syria, Iran, and Lebanon In the Works?

War with Syria, Iran, and Lebanon In the Works?

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

In their counter-revolutionary push to roll back any democratic changes arising from the Arab Spring, the US/Israeli/Saudi troika is out to destabilize the countries in the region that will not abandon their national sovereignty. Not only is Washington and its coadjutors trampling the legitimate aspirations of the Arab people, they are manipulating the entire region’s geo-political landscape as part of their strategy to control Eurasia. Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya deciphers the multiple facets of this explosive scenario.


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Lebanese Hezbollah supporters carry posters of (from R-L) Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Washington and its allies, Israel and the Al-Sauds, are taking advantage of the upheavals in the Arab World. They are now working to dismantle the Resistance Bloc and weaken any drive for democracy in the Arab World. The geo-political chessboard is now being prepared for a broader confrontation that will target Tehran and include Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Palestinians.

Tying Hezbollah’s Hands through External and Internal Pressure

In Lebanon, there is a deadlock in regards to the formation of a Lebanese government. Michel Sleiman, who holds the presidency in Lebanon, and the new Lebanese prime minister have been delaying the formation of the cabinet in a political row with Michel Aoun, the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement. It may be possible that the formation of a new Lebanese cabinet is being delayed deliberately to keep Lebanon neutralized on the foreign policy front.

The U.N. Security Council and several U.N. bodies are all being used by the U.S. and the E.U. to put pressure on Lebanon. U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon himself is a U.S. puppet who has done everything to legitimize U.S. and NATO aggression to the point where Moscow openly accused him of treachery for secret dealings with NATO in 2008. It is in this context that the U.N. is being used as a forum for insidious attempts to internationalize the domestic issue of the weapons of the Lebanese Resistance and to disarm it. Despite the fact that U.N. Resolution 1559 is no longer relevant, the Special Representative for the Implementation of Resolution 1559, Terje Roed-Larsen, still remains active and issues reports against Hezbollah.

The envoys of the U.N. to Lebanon resemble colonial figures making uninvited edicts in Beirut and working as agents of Washington, Brussels, and Tel Aviv. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which has an entire division in the U.S. State Department dedicated to it, is also a loaded political weapon that Washington is itching to use against Lebanon and Syria. A international tribunal was formed for the slaying of the late Rafik Al-Hariri.

Hariri at the time of his murder had no official state position, but an international tribunal has been created for his case alone. On the other hand the international community has taken no interest in forming any type of tribunals to investigate the murder and assassinations of the thousands of other people killed in Lebanon. What does this say about the STL and the justice being sought?

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL]) has also been complicit in Israeli violations against Lebanon. Even the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been infiltrated with officials that are supportive of Israeli crimes against Palestinians and Lebanon. This was demonstrated by Christopher Gunness, the spokesperson of UNRAW, in a May 15, 2011 interview with the Israeli military. In the same timeframe as when Tel Aviv fired on unarmed civilian protesters during Nakba Day 2011, Gunness declared UNRWA works in the interest of Israel and is against the mere position of rockets by Palestinians, which UNRWA considers a terrorist act. Even the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip was whitewashed by the UNRWA spokesperson.

The absence of a new cabinet in Lebanon has also allowed Saad Hariri and the March 14 Alliance to continue having an ominous hand in managing Lebanon’s affairs. It also buys time for the STL, which can move forward without being challenged by a Lebanese government in Beirut that would be hostile towards it. A new government in Beirut is certain to remove any Lebanese recognition of the STL and effectively work to de-legitimize it.

Moreover, the Internal Security Forces (ISF) of Lebanon is also being used against Hezbollah and the political opponents of Saad Hariri. The ISF may even have a hand in working against Damascus and helping promote violence in Syria. The ISF take its orders from the Hariri family instead of the Lebanese government and is controlled by them.

Because of the free hand given to Hariri and his cronies from the lack of a functioning cabinet in Beirut, Ziad Baroud, the acting interior minister of Lebanon, has refused to sign any more papers from his ministry. Baroud has taken this position, because he believes that the ISF is acting covertly and without his approval or supervision. In this regard, the ISF has refused to follow the orders of Ziad Baroud to allow Charbel Al-Nahhas, the acting telecommunications minister of Lebanon, to enter ISF headquarters for a routine check. The ISF was clearly trying to hide its operations and was acting to prevent Al-Nahhas and his team from going to certain floors at ISF headquarters.

It is also no secret that Lebanon is a nest of spies and intelligent agents from the U.S., the E.U., Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia that are working to tackle Hezbollah and its coalition. In 2006, during the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon the embassies of E.U. members were also collecting data against Hezbollah. The Al-Sauds have helped facilitate the links between Israel and the network of spies in Lebanon. This is demonstrated by the clear link between Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hussein, the Shiite cleric caught working for Israel, and the Al-Sauds.

In tune with all this, Hezbollah is constantly attacked as an Iranian agent. Recently, Hezbollah has been blamed alongside Iran for stirring protests in the Persian Gulf, specifically in Bahrain and the Shiite-dominated areas of Saudi Arabia. In this regard Lebanese citizens, regardless of their faith in many cases, have also been singled out by the Khaliji regimes and expelled from the Persian Gulf. This is part of a sectarian card to create regional divisions and hate. This has also been used internally in Lebanon by Saad Hariri to target Hezbollah and its allies. Hariri ironicially accused Iran of interfering in Bahrain when the Saudi military invaded the island-state to keep the Al-Khalifas in power.

The petro-sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf are now systematically preventing Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian, and Pakistani citizens from entering their borders. Kuwaithas justified this by saying that there could be trouble within Kuwait due to political instability in these countries. The Kuwaiti justifications are suspect. Kuwait and its fellow sheikhdoms are doing this because they expect trouble to ignite from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Afghani and Pakistani borders with China and India.

Destabilizing Syria

Damascus has been under pressure to capitulate to the edicts of Washington and the European Union. This has been part of a longstanding project. Regime change or voluntary subordination by the Syrian regime are the goals. This includes subordinating Syrian foreign policy and de-linking Syrian from its strategic alliance with Iran and its membership within the Resistance Bloc.

Syria is run by an authoritarian oligarchy that has used brute force in dealing with its citizens and there is no question about it. The riots in Syria are, however, multi-factored and simply not just about a quest for liberty. In this regard there is an attempt to use the riots in Syria as a tool by the U.S. and the E.U. to pressure and intimidate the leadership of Syria. Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, and the March 14 Alliance have all had roles in the Syrian riots.

The Al-Sauds have also helped drown out any authentic calls for democratic reform and marginalized the democratic elements in the Syrian opposition during the protests and riots. In this regard the Al-Sauds have supported both sectarian and violent elements that are intolerant of religious and ideological diversity. These elements are mostly Salafist extremists, like Fatah Al-Islam and the new extremist political movements being organized in Egypt. They have also been rallying against the Alawites, the Druze, and Syrian Christians.

The violence in Syria has been supported from the outside with a view of taking advantage of the internal tensions and the anger in Syria. Aside from the violent reaction of the Syrian Army, media lies have been used and bogus footage has been aired. Weapons, funds, and various forms of support have all been funnelled to elements of the Syrian opposition by the U.S., the E.U., the March 14 Alliance, Jordan, and the Khalijis. Funding has been provided to ominous and unpopular foreign-based opposition figures, while weapons caches were smuggled from Jordan and Lebanon into Syria.

The events in Syria are also tied to Iran, the longstanding strategic ally of Damascus. It is not by chance that Senator Lieberman was demanding publicly that the Obama Administration and NATO attack Syria and Iran like Libya. It is also not coincidental that Iran was included in the sanctions against Syria. The hands of the Syrian military and government have now been tied internally as a new and broader offensive is being prepared that will target both Syria and Iran.

Syria and the Levantine Gas Fields in the Eastern Mediterranean

Syria is the central piece of two important energy corridors. The first links Turkey and the Caspian to Israel and the Red Sea and the second links Iraq to the Mediterranean. The surrender of Syria would mean that Washington and its allies would control these energy routes. It would also mean that the large natural gas fields off the Lebanese and Syrian coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean would be out of reach for China and instead go to the E.U., Israel, and Washington.

The Eastern Mediterranean gas fields have been the subject of negotiations between the E.U., Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. Aside from the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline, the existence of the Levantine natural gas fields is also the reason why the Kremlin has created a military foothold in Syria for the Russian Federation. This has been done by upgrading Soviet-era naval facilities in Syria. Moreover, it has been Iran that has agreed to explore and help develop these natural gas fields off the Levantine coast for Beirut and Damascus.

Hamas-Fatah Rapprochement

There is a strong correlation between war in Southwest Asia and increased talk at the official level about Palestinian statehood. Hopes of Palestinian statehood have always been used twice to discharge pressure in the Arab World built from rising tensions from war preparations against Iraq. The first time was by George H. Bush Sr. and the second time by George W. Bush Jr., who was praised for being the first U.S. president to seriously talk about a Palestinian state.

Even as he flip-flops on his position, Obama now is talking about a Palestinian state too. Moreover, rapprochement between Hamas and Fatah has taken place as the count-down towards international recognition of Palestinian statehood begins. The Israelis have also released frozen funds to the Palestinians, which they refused to do before due to Hamas.

The rapprochement between Fatah and Hamas has also served to tie the hands of Hamas. Hamas will have to be careful not to effectively become a junior partner in governing the Palestinians under Israeli occupation. Hamas must now modify its behaviour to continue its partnership in a unity government with Fatah, which will undemocratically be imposed as the senior partner the Palestinian Authority. In a manner of speaking, Hamas is being domesticated indirectly by Israel and Washington.

Instability in Pakistan

With the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces has come an entire package of events. There has been a calculated effort to present Osama bin Laden as a popular and venerated figure for Muslims. This is with a view of supporting the so-called “Clash of Civilizations.”

At the same time the U.S. government is starting a media campaign against Pakistan. Islamabad has been portrayed as harbouring Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network. In reality any Pakistani involvement with terrorists has been ordered and directed by Washington. There is a much more complicated story to all this, but what is happening in reality is that Pakistan as a nation is being targeted for dismantlement.

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China promised to deliver 50 fighter jet planes to Pakistan in light of souring U.S.-Pak relations.

The dismantlement and destabilization of Pakistan would serve three objectives. One objective is in the scenario of a war with Iran, Pakistan would not be under threat of a takeover by revolutionaries that would side with Iran and its allies. The second objective is to targetChinese interests in Pakistan, such as an energy route from Iran to China or the Chinese port in Gwadar. The other objective is to destabilize the area of Eurasia between Iran, Central Asia, India, and Western China. At the same time Washington also wants to neutralize the Pakistani nuclear program.

The U.S. has also announced that it intends to violate the national boundaries of any country and international law by sending its forces into any nation. Hillary Clinton has justified this by saying that U.S. forces will be assassinating terrorists. This is merely an opening door for creating pretexts for intervention in other countries, such as Iran or Syria.

A New Pressure Point in Tehran for Washington, Israel, and the E.U. to Capitalize?

The political system of Iran is complex and there are multiple poles of power that challenge and balance one another. In 2009, the world already saw internal fighting amongst the ruling establishment. The divisions played themselves out during the protests that resulted after the presidential elections when allegations of fraud were put forward.

The presidential administration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad started its term in 2005 being at odds with vast segments of the political establishment in Iran. Its relationship has always been tense with the other poles of power in Tehran. In 2011 it has been finding itself increasingly at odds with the Iranian Parliament, the Iranian Judiciary, and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Within the framework of these political tensions, another Iranian internal political struggle is in the making. This time the centre of attention is Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei. The views of Mashaei, who is known as a political conservative, have been at odds with other conservatives, specifically the clerical elements. In 2009, Mashaei gave a speech where he said that Iran was friends with all the people of the world, including the Israeli people, and that Tehran was just opposed to the regime in Tel Aviv. This was rebuked by Ayatollah Khamenei.

In July 2009, President Ahmadinejad tried to appoint Mashaei to the office of the primary (first) vice-president of Iran, but was opposed by the Iranian Parliament. Ahmadinejad would be forced to appoint Mohammed-Reza Rahimi to the office of primary vice-president. Instead Mashaei would be appointed the presidential chief-of-staff by President Ahmadinejad.

In April 2011, a scandal would erupt when it became public that Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi had ordered for Mashaei to be the subject of electronic surveillance. Ahmadinejad in outrage would fire the Intelligence Minister, but his decision was vetoed by Ayatollah Khamenei. Heydar Moslehi would remain.

It appears now that there is a concerted effort to weaken the Ahmadinejad Administration and to prevent it from helping Mashaei and others run for office. General Ali Jaffari, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, has come out to publicly state that there are corrupt elements in the presidential office which have deviated from the principles of the Iranian Revolution. Ali Saeedi, the liaison of Ayatollah Khamenei within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, has also added his voice, saying that Ahmadinejad and his political camp will lose all support unless they remain committed to Ayatollah Khamenei.

Some form of political show down is looming in Tehran. There appears to be a widening political rift amongst Iranian conservative ideologues. The Iranian President and his political allies intent to field their own candidates in the March 2012 parliamentary elections, which will challenge the current assortment of so-called conservatives in the Iranian Parliament.

In addition to all this, the death of Haleh Sahabi, the daughter of the former Iranian parliamentarian Ezatollah Sahabi, at the funeral of her father has ignited opposition anger that is threatening to fuel and spark new protests in Iran. Iranian security forces were present at the funeral to prevent it from being turned into a political event against the ruling establishment. In their presence, Haleh Sahabi was confronted by an unknown man who grabbed the picture of her father that she was holding during the funeral. When she tried to grab the man, he elbowed her so violently in the face that she died from a heart attack.

This could all play into the hands of the enemies of Iran. There is a secret war against Iran being fought by Washington and its allies, which has included the kidnapping of Iranians, assassinations of Iranian scientists and security officials, and terrorist attacks on Iranian border regions. The developing internal divisions in Tehran could be capitalized on by its enemies. Israel is already showing a deep interest in these new political tensions in Tehran.

It should be noted that Tel Aviv and Washington had prepared to launch a campaign to de-legitimize the Iranian presidential elections in 2009 and to use it to exploit any internal political divisions in Iran. This is documented by the Israeli media. Additionally, this is the reason that the U.S. Congress gave millions of dollars, at the request of U.S. Secretary Rice and President George W. Bush Jr., to establish a special interests office in the U.A.E. for dealing with regime change in Tehran.

Secret Israel Drills in Occupied Iraq: Iran in the Cross-Hairs Again?

Challenging Tehran, just like Russia, has always been a strategic objective of Washington and NATO. Tel Aviv has ended its period of brief silence about Tehran and has started to talk about attacking Iran again. What has added an extra dimension to this are the reports that the U.S. has allowed Israel to secretly use U.S. air bases in Al-Anbar, Iraq. Moqtada Al-Sadr has warned Tehran about the Israeli-U.S. operations in Iraq, which could amount to plans for some form of confrontation with Iran, Syria, and the entire Resistance Bloc from Gaza, Beirut, and Bint Jbeil to Damascus, Basra, Mosul, and Tehran.

All the ingredients for a conformation led by the U.S. against Iran exist. Iranophobia is being spread by the U.S., the E.U., Israel, and the Khaliji monarchies. Hamas has been entangled into the mechanisms of a unity government by the unelected Mahmoud Abbas, which would mean that Hamas would have to be acquiescent to Israeli and U.S. demands on the Palestinian Authority. Syria has its hands full with domestic instability. Lebanon lacks a functioning government and Hezbollah is increasingly being encircled.

At the same time the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is the organization formed by the Khaliji petro-sheikhdoms that have been heavily armed by Washington and the E.U., are blaming Iran for their domestic problems. The strategic alliance that has been formed by Tel Aviv and the Al-Sauds, which was formed to originally combat Gamal Abdel Nasser, has also prepared for broader conflict across the map with Iran and its allies. Missile shields are in now in place and being prepared in Israel and the Arab sheikhdoms. Massive shipments of heavy weaponry have also been sent to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the GCC by Washington and the major E.U. powers.

A military structure, which is tied into NATO, has also been put into place to attack Iran, Syria, and their allies. Under various agreements NATO has established a foothold in the Persian Gulf and military links with the GCC. France also has a base in the United Arab Emirates. The GCC is also preparing to expand. Both the kingdoms of Morocco and Jordan have made requests to join, while Yemen is also being considered for membership. Along with GCC membership comes a joint defence structure.

Ankara: The Inside Man?

There is one other important player that must be talked about. This player is Turkey. Washington and the E.U. have pushed Turkey to be more active in the Arab World. This has blossomed through Ankara’s neo-Ottomanism policy. This is why Turkey has been posturing itself as a champion of Palestine and launched an Arabic-language channel like Iran and Russia.

Ankara, however, has been playing an ominous role. Turkey is a partner in the NATO war on Libya. The position of the Turkish government has become clear with its betrayal of Tripoli. Ankara has also been working with Qatar to corner the Syrian regime. The Turkish government has been pressuring Damascus to change its policies to please Washington and appears to possibly even have a role in the protests inside Syria with the Al-Sauds, the Hariri minority camp in Lebanon, and Qatar. Turkey is even hosting opposition meetings and providing them support.

Turkey is viewed in Washington and Brussels as the key to bringing the Iranians and the Arabs into line. The Turkish government has been parading itself as a member of the Resistance Bloc with the endorsement of Iran and Syria. U.S strategists project that it will be Turkey which domesticates Iran and Syria for Washington. Turkey also serves as a means of integrating the Arab and Iranian economies with the economy of the European Union. In this regard Ankara has been pushing for a free-trade zone in Southwest Asia and getting the Iranians and Syrians to open up their economies to it.

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The architect of Turkey’s foreign policy shift, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (L) and his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi.

In reality, the Turkish government has not only been deepening its economic ties with Tehran and Damascus, but has also been working to eclipse Iranian influence. Ankara has tried to wedge itself between Iran and Syria and to challenge Iranian influence in Iraq, Lebanon, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Turkey also tried to establish a triple entente between itself, Syria, and Qatar to push Syria away from Tehran. This is why Turkey has been very active vocally against Israel, but in reality has maintained its alliance and military deals with Tel Aviv. Inside Turkey itself, however, there is also an internal struggle for power that could one day ignite into a civil war with multiple players.

Turkey as the New Model and “Calvinist Islam

Turkey in its present form is now being presented as the democratic model for the rebelling Arab masses to follow. It is true that Ankara has progressed since the days it use to ban Kurdish from being spoken in public, but Turkey is not a functional democracy and is very much a kleptocracy with fascist tendencies. The military still plays a huge role in the affairs of the state and government. The term “deep state,” which denotes a state run secretly from the top-down by unaccountable bodies and individuals, in fact originates from Turkey. Civil rights are still not respected in Turkey and candidates for public office have to be approved by the state apparatus and the groups controlling them, which try to filter out anyone that would go against the status quo in Turkey.

Turkey is not being presented as a model for the Arabs due to its democratic qualifications. It is being presented as the political model for the Arabs, because of a project of political and socio-economic “bida” (innovation) directed towards manipulating Islam. Although very popular, the Turkish Justice and Development Party or JDP (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi or AKP) was allowed to come into power in 2002, without opposition from the Turkish military and the Turkish courts. Before this there was little tolerance for political Islam in Turkey. The JDP/AKP was founded in 2001 and the timing of their founding and their electoral win in 2002 was also tied to the objective of redrawing Southwest Asia and North Africa.

This project to manipulate and redefine Islam and Muslims seeks to subordinate Islam to capitalist interests through a new wave of political Islamists, such as the JDP/AKP. A new strand of Islam is being fashioned through what has come to be called “Calvinist Islam” or a “Muslim version of the Protestant work ethic.” It is this model that is being nurtured in Turkey and now being presented to Egypt and the Arabs by Washington and Brussels.

This “Calvinist Islam” also has no problem with the “reba” or interest system, which is prohibited under Islam. It is this system that is used to enslave individuals and societies with the chains of debt to global capitalism. It is in this context that the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is calling for so-called “democratic reforms” amongst the Arabs.

The ruling families of Sauda Arabia and the Arab petro-sheikhdoms are also partners in the objective to enslave the Arabs through debt. In this regard Qatar and the Arab sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf are in the process of creating a Middle East Development Bank that is intended to give loans to Arab countries to help them transition towards democracy. The democracy promotion mission of the Middle East Development Bank is ironic because the countries forming it are all staunch dictatorships.

It is also this subordination of Islam to capitalism that is causing internal friction in Iran. The hope in Washington is that this “Calvinist Islam” will take root under the banner of new democratic states with supposedly Islamic governments. These governments will effectively enslave their countries by placing them further into debt and selling national assets. They will help subvert the region extending from North Africa to Southwest and Central Asia as the area is being balkanized and restructured in the image of Israel under ethnocratic systems. Tel Aviv will also wield wide influence amongst these new states. Hand-in-hand with this project, different forms of ethno-linguistic nationalism and religious intolerance are also being promoted to divide the region.

Washington Arranging the Geo-Strategic Chessboard

Targeting Iran and Syria is part of the larger strategy of controlling Eurasia. Chinese interests have been attacked everywhere on the global map. Sudan has been balkanized and both North Sudan and South Sudan are headed towards conflict. Libya has been attacked and is in the process of being balkanized. Syria is being pressured to surrender and fall into line. The U.S. and Britain are now integrating their national security councils, which parallels Anglo-American bodies from the Second World War.

Targeting Pakistan is also connected to neutralizing Iran and attacking Chinese interests and any future unity in Eurasia. At the same time in Eastern Europe, the U.S. is building its fortifications in Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania to neutralize Russia and the former Soviet republics. Belarus and Ukraine are being put under increasing pressure too. All these steps are part of a military strategy to encircle Eurasia and to either control its energy supplies or the flow of energy towards China. Even Cuba and Venezuela are under increasing threat. The military noose is globally being tightened by Washington.

It appears that new Islamist parties are being formed and groomed by the Al-Sauds to take power in Arab capitals. Such governments will work to subordinate their respective states. The Pentagon, NATO, and Israel may even select some of these new governments to justify new wars.

It has to be mentioned that Norman Podhoretz, a original member of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), in 2008 suggest an apocalyptic future scenario in which Israel launches a nuclear war against Iran, Syria, and Egypt amongst its other neighbouring countries. This would include Lebanon and Jordan. Podhoretz described an expansionist Israel and even suggested that the Israelis would militarily occupy the oil fields of the Persian Gulf.

What came across as odd in 2008 was the suggestion by Podhoretz, which was influenced by the strategic analysis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), that Tel Aviv would launch a nuclear attack on its staunch Egyptian allies ruling Cairo under President Mubarak. Despite the fact that the old regime still remains, Mubarak is no longer in power in Cairo. The Egyptian military still gives orders, but Islamists may come to power. This is while Muslims have continuously been demonized by the U.S. government and most of its NATO allies.

Unknown Future: What Next?

The U.S., the E.U., and Israel are trying to use the upheavals in the Turko-Arabo-Iranic World to further their own objectives. The situations in Libya and Syria are testimony to this. Along with the Al-Sauds they are attempting to spread “fitna” or division amongst the peoples of Southwest Asia and North Africa. The Israeli-Khaliji strategic alliance, formed by Tel Aviv and the ruling Arab families in the Persian Gulf, is crucial in this regard.

In Egypt the upheaval is far from over and the people are radicalizing. This is resulting in concessions by the military junta in Cairo. Protests are also starting to take aim at Israel and the military junta has been forced to start dialogue with Tehran for diplomatic rapprochement. In Tunisia too, the popular stream is headed towards radicalization.

Washington and its cohorts are playing with fire. They may think that this period of chaos presents an excellent opportunity for confrontation with Iran and Syria. The upheaval that has taken root in the Turko-Arabo-Iranic World will have unpredictable results. The resilience of the peoples in Bahrain and Yemen under the threats of increased state-sponsored violence serves as testimonies to this.


Related articles:
- “The Middle East Counter-Revolution”, by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 26 May 2011.
- “Middle East: Obama’s counter-revolution“, by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 29 March 2011.

Pakistan’s military lashes out at critics

Pakistan’s military lashes out at critics

Pakistan’s military lashed out Thursday at its critics at home and in the United States in a statement that illustrated how deep a crisis the country’s armed forces are suffering.

By Seattle Times news services

Family members of an unarmed young man mourn his death at the hands of military forces.

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Family members of an unarmed young man mourn his death at the hands of military forces.

Related developments

NATO meeting: U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told NATO members Thursday in Brussels that when the Obama administration begins pulling troops from Afghanistan next month there will be no “rush for the exits” and “we expect the same from our allies.” President Obama is expected to decide within days how many troops to pull out this summer and fall. The U.S. has about 100,000 troops in Afghanistan.

Wedding attack: Gunmen fired on a wedding party in the Dur Baba district in eastern Afghanistan, killing nine people, including the groom, officials said Thursday. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Troops slain: Two NATO service members were killed in bombings in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the alliance said. No details about the two were released.

Seattle Times news services

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s military lashed out Thursday at its critics at home and in the U.S. in a statement illustrating how deep a crisis the country’s armed forces are suffering.

The statement rejected all U.S. financial aid for the military, saying the money should go instead to the government to be spent on “the common man.” It warned that it intended to “put an end” to domestic criticism of its actions.

The statement also tried to distance the military from the United States, saying it had stopped U.S. training of the country’s border guards and ordered the U.S. to “drastically” reduce the number of its troops in Pakistan.

Analysts considered the statement an effort to garner flagging public support.

Pakistan’s military has been hit by a series of calamities in the past month that have led to unprecedented censure at home, especially in the media but also from members of Parliament.

Among the controversies: the May 2 U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a humiliating terrorist assault on a naval base in Karachi in mid-May, the kidnapping and beating death of a prominent journalist, the fatal shootings of five unarmed Chechens at a checkpoint in Baluchistan province and the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Karachi.

Video of security forces fatally shooting the man, 18, Wednesday and looking on as he cries for help in a pool of blood triggered fresh anger Thursday as the footage was aired repeatedly on TV. It came less than a month after the shooting of the Chechens, including a pregnant woman, also was caught on video. Witness testimony to a tribunal investigating the killings has cast doubt on police claims that the Chechens were suicide bombers.

Pakistani military and security forces are often accused of using excessive force and killing unarmed civilians, typically those suspected of being criminals or militants. The criminal-justice system in Pakistan is inefficient and conviction rates are very low, meaning officers sometimes kill suspects rather than attempt to prosecute them, human-rights activists said.

Six members of the paramilitary Rangers, headed by an army general but controlled by the interior ministry, were arrested in connection with the killing of Afsar Shah on Wednesday, according to the head of the force, Maj. Gen. Aijaz Chaudhry.

A Rangers spokesman initially said security forces detained Shah because he was attempting to rob people in a park Wednesday. He said a gun was recovered from Shah and that he was shot because he was reaching for a Ranger’s rifle.

But Chaudhry, speaking later at a news conference, did not mention any such threat. He called the incident “deplorable.”

Hundreds of people showed up at Shah’s funeral Thursday and denounced the Rangers.

Some shouted “Rangers, murderers!” and others carried signs that said “Down with the Karachi Rangers.”

For the military, which has dominated Pakistan since the nation’s creation in 1947, the public criticism is the harshest since 1971, when half the country broke away to form Bangladesh, and it was clear from the tone of the statement that the criticism has stung.

“This is an effort to drive a wedge between the army, different organs of the state and more seriously, the people of Pakistan,” according to the statement, issued after a meeting of top military figures with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the army’s chief of staff. “Any effort to create divisions between important institutions of the country is not in our national interest.”

Western diplomats in Islamabad say Kayani is angry. The unilateral U.S. operation to eliminate bin Laden exposed the inadequacies of Pakistani air defenses and intelligence capabilities. The 16-hour assault on the naval base in Karachi by fewer than a dozen terrorists made the armed forces look amateurish. The military’s Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency denies killing journalist Saleem Shahzad, though few in Pakistan seem to believe it.

“In their world, everything they do, they do in the national interest. Any criticism of them, they would conflate as criticism of project Pakistan,” said Cyril Almeida, a columnist for Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper.

The military also sought to cool criticism of its receipt of billions from the U.S. It said the oft-quoted figure that the military had received $13 billion to $15 billion in the past 10 years was “misplaced.” It said it had received only $8.6 billion of the money and the remainder — “approximately U.S. $6 billion” — had gone into Pakistan’s general fund, “which ultimately means the people of Pakistan.”

The numbers are lower than the $20 billion the U.S. Congressional Research Service says Pakistan has gotten since 2001. A large chunk of that was reimbursements for the cost of Pakistan’s war-on-terrorism operations.

Compiled from McClatchy Newspapers and The Associated Press

The CIA/ISI Soap Opera In South Waziristan

The CIA/ISI Soap Opera In South Waziristan

Peter Chamberlin

The American/Pakistani/British shenanigans in S. Waziristan are once again exposing the old patterns–America makes more demands, unidentified militants attack Frontier troops, British press releases misleading disinformation (SEE:  Deadly militant attack on Pakistan security checkpoint), making the reality of the situation nearly impossible to understand.  In addition, the press is now starting to claim that the attack actually took place in N. Waziristan (SEE:  Eight soldiers killed in N Waziristan militant attack), possibly to create the impression that the reported N. Waziristan offensive had begun. 

Forgetting for a moment about the recent alleged high-profile military/militant activity in the area, consider the implications of this one reported attack.  It is in, or very near, Baitullah Mehsud’s hometown, Makeen.  Two days ago, the lgovernment restored the privileges to the Mehsud tribe, which had been revoked during Baitullah’s rein of terror, allowing the displaced to finally return to their homes.  The security checkpoint, which was allegedly attacked, is between Makeen and Razmak Cadet College, which was reopened one week ago, after having been closed for two years, as well.  After Operation RaheNijat (English: ‘Path to Salvation’), this area was allegedly swept clean of terrorists, according to the Army, even though the CIA drones keep killing alleged militants in S. Waziristan. 

This was not another cross-border attack, Makeen is nearly forty miles from the border.  Who were the alleged attackers?  Baitullah is dead and Hakeemullah is allegedly in deep cover somewhere in N. Waziristan or Orakzai.  It is in Gul Bahadur’s territory, yet the Army has been at peace with the militant leader since his attack upon an Army convoy near Razmak two years ago.  The other powerful local Taliban leader, Mullah Nazir may be blamed for the attack by the Western media, even though it is outside of his area of operations and he does not attack government targets, concentrating instead upon fighting only against the Americans and NATO in Afghanistan.  Recent multiple predator strikes near Wana are being cited for motivating Nazir to intensify his jihad in Afghanistan, according to the America/India-friendly Daily Times of Lahore (SEE:  Maulvi Nazir vows to escalate anti-US fight in Afghanistan).  If we read nothing else but that one article, we might think that it is just a short step from widening attacks upon NATO to hitting Pak. Army targets, since Nazir has already blamed Pakistan for all CIA drone attacks (SEE:  Paramilitary Pretense, Who Controls the Predators?).

The weakest part of the Maulvi Nazir story is the fact that Nazir himself has not been seen publicly since the commando assault upon him in 2009, following the drone killing of Baitullah Mehsud (except for a recent report by Asian Times correspondent Syed Saleem Shahzad).  The reporter for the Daily Times Nazir story purports to quote Nazir’s subordinates, but not him–just like another recent report claiming to offer words from the missing or dead militant leader’s mouth, without ever actually quoting him (SEE:  Pakistan Using Wazir Tribe of Mullah Nazir to Set-Up Next Psyop).  That particular story attempted to validate the Pakistani claims that a recent US drone killed most wanted terrorist, Ilyas Kashmiri, in the Ghwakhwa area of S. Waziristan, just 6 miles west of Wana, by using quotes attributed to elders of Nazir’s tribe.  That report on the Ahmedzai Wazir jirga (also not attended by Nazir) was also by the Daily Times.  The plot-line being laid-down by that report, attempting to validate claims of Kashmiri’s death, was riddled with holes in itself.  The biggest hole is placing Kashmiri in hostile territory, looking for shelter from Nazir.

Once again, as the US is screaming for an offensive in N. Waziristan, S. Waziristan is being set-up as the focal point of all terrorist action and military reaction.  S. Waziristan, especially near Wana, has been the focal point of all military/militant operations since the days of Nek Mohammed, predecessor of both Abdullah and Baitullah Mehsud.  This is where the “good Taliban/bad Taliban” soap opera has been played-out.  Pak Army stages running gun-battles with criminal gangs associated with the Taliban, that invariably end in peace treaties being signed with the Army.  Each time that a deal is struck with the Army, an American drone comes along and kills the Taliban who has signed it.  Just as every leader of the anti-Taliban lashkars (militias) are targeted for assassination.  Just as hundreds of anti-Taliban tribal leaders have also been murdered.  Rise-up against the terror war in the Tribal Region and either protagonist or antagonist will kill you.

There is really no way to understand what is unfolding in S. Waziristan at this point, all we can do is keep analyzing the news releases from the area, understanding as we do, that there is NO honest reporting coming from the Afghan or Pakistani war theaters.  The best that we can do is to observe the areas of spillover between the two war theaters, hoping to understand the importance of cross-border actions and multi-state actors interacting with Pakistani forces.

One consistently reliable source of information of the Pak. military/militant production has proven to be Mr. B. Raman, former interior ministor of India.  Considering that he has to first look-out for his own interests, it is understandable that Raman doesn’t say much about anything derogatory concerning the United States or the CIA, but he shares with us much of what he learned about Pakistan while serving in India’s premier spy agency.  He had the following to say about the second coming of the Taliban, who overcame nearly total defeat in 2001 , to begin rising once again in 2003, under the leadership of Mullah Omar and commander Mullah Dadullah:

“In 2003, at the instance of the ISI, Mulla Omar, the Amir of the Taliban, reconstituted the Taliban army to launch a new jihad in Afghanistan—this time against the Western forces. He asked Mulla Dadullah, who continued to enjoy the confidence of the ISI, to act as the chief military commander of the new Taliban army, which consisted of experienced jihadi fighters of the pre-October 7, 2001, vintage as well as new recruits from the madrasas and Afghan refugee camps of Pakistan. The new Taliban army was trained by the ISI and started operating in the Pashtun majority areas of Southern and Eastern Afghanistan from sanctuaries in Balochistan and  in the Waziristan area of the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Within a short period of time, Dadullah raised not only a well-motivated army, but also constituted a suicide squad of Afghan and Pakistani nationals for undertaking suicide missions against the Afghan army and the Western forces.

The total strength of the Neo Taliban army raised by him with the help of the ISI is estimated by reliable sources as about 5,000, but Dadullah himself has been claiming that it has a strength of about 20,000.”

By 2003, Afghanistan had virtually been pacified, just as George Bush was drawing-down military assets there to send to the new war in Iraq, even so, Bush could not allow the Afghan war to wind down yet, not before strategic objectives for South Asia were met.  Musharraf had to find ways to prolong the fighting, even if he had to pit Pakistanis against Pakistanis–and that is just what the General/Dictator did.  

The following is taken from Waging War Upon Ourselves:

“In S. Waziristan, during this same time frame, we see the rise of a succession of Lashkar Jhangvi terrorist leaders, who headed-up the new “Taliban” faction starting-up there.  First under the command of Mullah Dadullah, the new “neo-Taliban” drilled under IMU Uzbek trainers of Sipah-e-Sahaba.  According to plan, Dadullah (who had been selected by the British) was martyred in a Predator drone attack.  Dadullah had developed a very proficient rear staging area around Wana, from which he supplied troops for the fight in Afghanistan. Under the protection of Nek Mohammad, he trained an army of thousands, reinforcing it with the first suicide bombers academy.  After Bush pushed Musharraf to take over the terror war, moving the war to Pakistan, in 2003, Nek waged war upon the Pak. Army for turning against the jihad, eventually ending with him signing the first peace deal with the Army in 2004.  Two months later Nek became the first Taliban leader killed in a drone attack.

Control of the Pakistani Taliban was given to former Guantanamo inmate Abdullah Mehsud, who was fortuitously released from Camp X-Ray in March of 2004.  Abdullah moved from his release point in northern Afghanistan to Pakistan in the company of a ready-made army of several hundred militants, all drawn from the Northern Alliance, most of them Uzbeks and Tajiks.  It is suspected that among these Uzbeks were the IMU terrorists (Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan) who wrought havoc in Pakistan, primarily around Wana.  When Abdullah created trouble with the Army by abducting and killing Chinese engineers in November, he was fired from his leadership post by Mullah Omar himself, who made his cousin Baitullah the new boss of the Pakistani Taliban.  At the insistence of the American administration, Musharraf launched the next war in Waziristan, leading to a new peace deal signed by Baitullah in 2005.  War erupted again, followed by a new peace treaty, this one forced upon the Taliban by orders of Mullah Omar.  Mullah Dadullah signed the “Waziristan Accord” in late 2006.  He was killed in a Predator attack in May of ’07.  There have also been reports emanating from the Wana area that a group of Pakistani Army officers have defected to side of the terrorists holed up alongside the late Nek Mohammed’s lashkar in Waziristan.”

After the Accord was signed, a wave of sectarian terrorism broke-out all over Pakistan.  Much of that terror in the Tribal Region was linked to the IMU terrorists who had come over with Abdullah Mehsud.  In that regard, the Pak Army decided on a new approach to troubles in the unsettled region, tribal “Lashkars” (militias).  Competent tribal leaders would be brought into agreements to defend their territory from terrorist or foreign penetration.  The first such leader was an Ahmedzai Wazir tribal leader, Mullah Nazir.  He took it upon himself to raise a lashkar of 900 fighters to repel the trouble-making IMU Uzbek terrorists from around Wana, which he did, in short order.  Those were Nek/Abdullah/Baitullah Uzbek terrorists, the very first Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists.  They simply moved a few miles down the road to Makeen, S. Waziristan, Baitullah’s hometown, the scene of the alleged security post assault reported  today by the BBC.

This fight between Nazir’s fighters and the IMU terrorists and Nazir’s lashkar was to be expanded throughout S. Waziristan, possibly even beyond, but Nazir refused, settling for his own treaty with the Army to police his area.  This is the treaty referred to in the report on the Wazir tribal jirga members who allegedly confirmed Kashmiri’s recent killing.  All things in the psyop lead back to here.  Even though the idea of tribal lashkars sort of stumbled on from here, through local reporters, the idea was introduced into the popular domain as a split between the Taliban and “al-Qaeda,” based upon a series of reports on the Nazir (Taliban) and Uzbek (al-Qaeda) fight, made by recently murdered Asia Times reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad.  This gave palpable substance to the “good Taliban/bad Taliban” scenario, being painted by the ISI and the submissive Pakistani press. ” Good Taliban,” were guys like Nazir and  Qari Zainuddin Mehsud (who was murdered by Baitullah), who didn’t wage war against the Pak Army.  They were sometimes called “miscreants.”  Bad Taliban like the Mehsuds are terrorists and criminals.

More important than Syed’s minor favors to the ISI ( like the good/bad scenario), have been the favors he has done for the CIA, all of them involving giving life and substance to the CIA claims of pockets of “al-Qaeda” all over Pakistan, and assertions of a large Taliban presence in the highly-prized Baloch territory, the so-called “Quetta shura” (SEE:  CIA Mouthpiece–Part II, Syed Builds on CIA Theme, “Al-Qaeda” Has Infested Quetta).  The problem with Syed’s reporting is that you never knew which side he was speaking for, either CIA or ISI.  He seemed to have access to everybody on every side.  He performed a service for the ISI by faking an interview with Ilyas Kashmiri, wherein he attempted to refute the certain fact that Kashmiri is a product of the Pak Army, specifically the Special Forces (SSG).  He also stepped-up to the plate for the ISI with his recent report claiming to be an interview with Mullah Nazir.  The purpose of that exercise seemed to be to reaffirm that Nazir is one with the Taliban, the exact opposite of his former story of the Taliban/al-Qaeda split.  His last earthly report on links between “al-Qaeda” and Pak. Navy Special Forces (which possibly got him murdered) was an attempt to paint the military with the “al-Qaeda” brush, just like the one used to paint Nazir as a terrorist, obviously a favor for the CIA, giving them the excuse to expand drone attacks in the area.

Now, all the various militant/military threads have been tied to S. Waziristan, NOT North Waziristan as America demands.  The plot lines are being erased and re-written so fast and so often, that it is nearly impossible to get an idea of the entire mess.  The hunt for “Islamists” within the Pak military will be the tool used to split the military into pro and anti-American officers and servicemen.  Knowing that the ISI itself, or rogue elements from the agency, are working against the Pak Army, for their CIA masters, adds to the impossibility of understanding.  What they do next in the area Wana area tomorrow, or the next day at the latest, may provide the final clues for cutting through this man-made  Gordian Knot.