CSTO Rapid Reaction Force Will Copy Saudi/Bahraini “Self-Defense” Policies To Quell Subversion

[Russia and the CSTO states will draw the same line in the sand as the Saudis and the Syrians.  The Western insurrections are forcing this solution upon them.  It is the only workable defense to the cruel American path of democratic-revolution, financed from abroad and abetted by American/NATO military forces.  In order to prevent widespread decimation of the territories to be protected, Russia and friends have signaled that they are prepared to accept limited military actions to quell insurgencies.  Look for the Western push to take place in Fergana Valley, with the West backing either the Uzbek or Tajik govts.]

Russia to Fortify Military Ties With Allies to Preempt Revolts

By Ilya Arkhipov –

Russia and six former Soviet states plan to bolster their political, law-enforcement and military alliance to protect each other from the kind of uprisings that toppled regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

“The events in North Africa opened our eyes to many things,” Nikolai Bordyuzha, general secretary of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, said in an interview in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, Sept. 3. “We must reflect on what happened there and develop means of defense.”

The protests this year against authoritarian rulers unseated governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and sparked unrest in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. and the European Union imposed sanctions on nations such as Belarus where opposition activists have been imprisoned.

Russia is seeking to bolster its influence in the former Soviet Union, opposing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s expansion into eastern Europe and vying with the U.S. and Europe for central Asian oil and gas.

The alliance of former Soviet states agreed to create “a mechanism to assist the legitimately elected leadership of a country to protect constitutional order,” according to Bordyuzha. The cooperation may involve political, law- enforcement or military support, he said.

The group, which also includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus andArmenia, agreed last year to set up peacekeeping units and re-equip a rapid-reaction force. Next, it will target potential uprisings from within the group, particularly after foreign troops carried out strikes against forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi on the basis of a United Nations resolution, according to Bordyuzha.

‘Internal Problems’

“The whole crisis-response system that was improved a year ago is focused on avoiding threats to security and stability,” he said. “First and foremost, that’s internal problems.”

Former Soviet states, most of which make up the Commonwealth of Independent States, have been criticized for curbing democratic freedoms since the fall of communism.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe urged Belarus July 5 to free anti-government protesters detained during protests. The EU imposed sanctions against the nation in June, freezing assets of government officials and setting restrictions on the sale of arms.

President Aleksandr Lukashenko, whose regime was described by U.S. President George W. Bush in 2005 as “the last dictatorship in Europe,” has been in power since 1994.

‘Non-Competitive’

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been in power for two decades in the former Soviet Union’s second- biggest energy producer, won re-election in April with 95.5 percent of the vote. The OSCE said the ballot was characterized by a lack of opposition candidates and political debate that made it “non-competitive.”

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has criticized Europe’s election watchdog, which refused to monitor Russia’s presidential vote in 2008, for “dual standards” and applying “a very politicized approach to the election preparation.”

Russia will hold parliamentary polls in December, followed by a presidential ballot in March.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin risks unleashing “destructive” forces if the authorities stoke popular anger by rigging nationwide elections, the Center for Strategic Studies, a research group that advises the government, said in March.

Every country has the infrastructure necessary to destabilize the political situation, Bordyuzha said, citing foreign-controlled media, non-governmental organizations and professional revolutionaries as examples.

“If you can harness this potential, you can influence the situation in any country,” he said. “Even in the most prosperous country there is a large group of people that is unhappy about something. You just need to use that potential.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Ilya Arkhipov in Moscow at iarkhipov@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

Rainbow-2 anti-drug plan for Afghanistan

Viktor Ivanov. Photo: RIA Novosti

Russia is ready for decisive action to curb Afghan drug production. The statement came from chief of the Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov during a meeting in Kabul, which was attended by the anti-drug chiefs of Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan.

A second meeting of the so-called anti-drug quartet, set up on the initiative of the 2010 Sochi summit, it followed top-level talks in Dushanbe.

Addressing reporters ahead of the Kabul meeting, Viktor Ivanov said that the top issue on the agenda would be why Afghan heroin keeps spreading across the globe despite international counter-efforts. One reason why the huge presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan failed to stop drug flows is that destroying opium plantations and drug-making laboratories is not on their mandate, Viktor Ivanov said.

No grain or vegetables are cultivated in Afghanistan, only opium poppy, he said. In this situation, the key task is reorienting the Afghan agriculture to non-drug crops.

Mr. Ivanov put forward a step-by-step anti-drug plan called Rainbow-2. It stipulates the creation of an international body that would work in close cooperation with the Afghan government, the governments of neighboring states and the United Nations. He also suggested that the Afghan drug problem be recognized as a threat to international peace and security, and that foreign troops in Afghanistan be authorized to destroy poppy plantations.

The Afghan counter-narcotics minister Zarar Ahmad Moqbel Osmani said he welcomed the idea to set up an international center for strategic anti-drug cooperation and reminded the audience that a lion`s share of money raised through drug trafficking is spent on arms support to terrorists. Poppy is cultivated only in areas controlled by extremists. In view of this, effective anti-drug policies depend much on measures taken to fight terrorism.

The sides taking part in the anti-drug Quartet agreed to resume joint operations to destroy poppy crop, drug laboratories and prevent illegal drug trafficking. By the end of this year, members of the Quartet agreed to focus on the Afghan province of Badakhshan, which lies on the Tajik border and where the Afghan heroin begins its way to Russia and Europe.

Russia`s anti-drug chief Viktor Ivanov: “It is necessary to set up an expert group to hold regular meetings and work out a road map plan to ensure our effective cooperation on this front”.

Mr. Ivanov stressed the need to boost anti-drug cooperation with the EU. He added that in 2010 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the implementation of a new anti-drug policy in Afghanistan, where Russia was mentioned as one of key participants.

Taliban Leaders Still A Mystery

[I have never read anything about this Umar Daudzai fellow before, but, here he paints a clear picture of how much we do not really know about the Taliban.  Do we even know if Mullah Omar is still alive?  His assessment of the Taliban as purely a military organization, without any political substance, helps to clarify why ideas of dealing with them through the political process will ultimately fail.  If they cannot be defeated, or at least boxed-in on the battlefield, then it is unlikely that they will become more reasonable at the negotiating table.  These people have lived and breathed war, most of them, since the day that they were born.  They will keep fighting Americans, either until they win, or they once again have to fight Afghans.  Either the Taliban will re-conquer Afghanistan, or Afghans will rise-up against the Taliban, in another civil war.  The idiotic American political decision to allow the regrouping of the Taliban to take place, after they were ousted by Northern Alliance and US troops, made this scenario inevitable.  It is far too late in the game for the US to correct its course in this war, unless it is now willing to use massive, indiscriminate force to solve it. 

In the local culture, most deals with both friends and foes are not permanent arrangements, everything is open for a better deal.  That means that we can possibly buy our way out of this mess much easier than we can fight our way out.  The US wants to pull most of its troops out of Afghanistan, but still maintain its superbases.  The Taliban militia will never allow it.  However, tribal leaders might allow it, if they were first paid some kind of tribute, so that keeping the bases would be in their economic interests.  The Afghan space would not be occupied, but rented.  If the US negotiators appealed directly to local tribal leaders, as well as to the Afghan government, for the privilege of maintaining the American presence, then the Taliban might have a harder time opposing the proposition.  It is my opinion that we might be able to withdraw from Afghanistan any time we wanted, while keeping our options open there, if we worked within the tribal structure and were willing to pay.]

Afghan Envoy: Taliban Leaders Still A Mystery

by NPR STAFF

Umar Daudzai is Afghanistan's ambassador and special envoy to Pakistan.

Nishant Dahiya/NPRUmar Daudzai is Afghanistan’s ambassador and special envoy to Pakistan.

As war grinds on in Afghanistan, there is increasing talk about finding a negotiated solution. It’s a complicated proposition that would presumably involve the Afghan government, the United States, Pakistan, the Taliban and potentially others as well.

One man who would be a key figure in any negotiation is Umar Daudzai.

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has made Daudzai his ambassador and special envoy to Pakistan.

Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne met with Daudzai, who said he was pleased that NATO now was in favor of working out a deal with the Taliban. He acknowledged, though, that the Taliban remains a difficult group to figure out.

 

Renee Montagne: The Taliban has various factions within its organization. How easy is it going to be to reach out and know if what one group is saying applies to the rest of the players?

Umar Daudzai: With Taliban, our information about their structure and about their decision-making mechanism is not good enough. We don’t really clearly know how it works within the Taliban, because [it] is not a political entity, it’s a purely military entity. Sometimes you hear of somebody being an important commander one day, and the other day he is not. And then someday somebody from nowhere appears and becomes the most important commander. So it’s not a clear structure.

 

Montagne: There’s even been cases, rather well-known, of somebody who was, apparently, an impostor, who was taken seriously.

 

Daudzai: Correct. And that’s also an indication that our information about the Taliban structure is not good enough. And the Taliban have no political face, so [even though] we see them as a political entity, they don’t have a political address.

 

Montagne: But is not Mullah Omar, who may be the biggest name in America outside Osama bin Laden, the political face and the leader who is reachable as a real person of the Taliban?

Daudzai: He was their supreme leader when Taliban were in power in Kabul. And now, they do say that he is still the leader, but we don’t know. I can’t say for sure if all decisions are made by Mullah Omar or if Mullah Omar is chairing a council that’s making decisions.

Montagne: But you would seem to be one of the people on this planet who have the best information about the Taliban’s structure. Do you have some evidence that he isn’t the actual person in control?

Daudzai: You don’t see his picture, like you’ll see picture of Osama bin Laden speaking. You don’t see picture of Mullah Omar speaking. We don’t even hear his audio voice.

Montagne: Could he be sick or dead?

 

Daudzai: My current information is that he is not dead, and he is not sick. But it’s a question of to what extent is he making the decisions, alone. The most powerful people in the Taliban structure are the most active, the cruelest of their commanders. The one who causes most damage to the Afghan government and United States, they are the most powerful, when it comes to the power of decision-making.

Montagne: So the cruelest might be the younger and less open to negotiation?

Daudzai: The cruelest and the youngest, that are not exposed to global politics. They may be even more difficult to reconcile, which would be bad news, which is bad news.

 

Montagne: Speaking about the region gets us to Pakistan. Pakistan has never gone after the Afghanistan Taliban leadership that is thought to be in its country, and while they’ve denied it, there’s lots of evidence that that’s the case. Where does Pakistan today stand in all of this? Does it have any motivation at this point in time to aid in the reconciliation of the Taliban with the Afghanistan government?

 

Daudzai: I can only tell you what I have picked up from reading the Pakistani mind. Pakistan wants a friendly government in Afghanistan. We need to convince them that there are other ways to ensure friendliness of an Afghan administration towards Pakistan, without even Taliban. You don’t have to bring Taliban to Kabul to make sure that Afghan administration is friendly towards you.

 

Montagne: What are you saying would be a good reason for doing this?

Daudzai: There are many ways that we discuss with the government of Pakistan. One, we always remind them that five, six years ago there were no Pakistani Taliban. And now there are Pakistani Taliban. And there are Pakistani Taliban because there is conflict in Afghanistan. So we’re trying to convince them that prolongation of the conflict will not remain limited to Afghanistan.

 

Montagne: So it’s a danger to Pakistan.

 

Daudzai: It’s a danger to Pakistan. So we are reminding them from that point of view. We are also telling them that we are trying our best to understand your legitimate interests in Afghanistan and your legitimate concerns in Afghanistan, we are trying to understand, which is basically economic, which is access towards Central Asia through Afghanistan, which we share that interest, that’s an advantage for us, too. But to say that we have reached the stage that we have convinced them to cooperate with us, to encourage Taliban, to go for reconciliation talks with us, we are not yet there, but I am fairly optimistic that we will get there, inshallah.

Montagne: Is there any reconciliation possible without Pakistan having a big hand in that?

 

Daudzai: No, it’s not possible. And I would rather say, without their genuine and sincere support, we will not achieve any result.

Criminal TTP Terrorists Take Credit for Mass-Murder In Quetta

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Quetta blasts to avenge al Qaeda arrests: Taliban

Pakistani security officials and volunteers examine the site of a twin suicide bomb attack in Quetta on September 7, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombs in Quetta on Wednesday that killed at least 24 people, saying it was to avenge the recent arrests of al Qaeda operatives.

“We carried out the attacks,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP in a phone call from an undisclosed location.

He said the two bombs, which also wounded 82 people, were “to avenge the arrest of our mujahedin brothers by Pakistani security forces in Quetta recently”.

Asked whether he was referring to the arrests, announced Monday, of Younis al Mauritani — believed to be a senior al Qaeda leader who had planned attacks abroad — and two others, he said “Yes.”

“We will launch a bigger attack in future,” Ehsan said.

Twin suicide bombs targeting security forces responsible for the recent capture of senior al Qaeda operatives killed 24 people and wounded 82 others in Quetta Wednesday, police said.

One attacker detonated his bomb-laden car outside the residence of the deputy chief of the Frontier Corps in Quetta city, before a second attacker blew himself up inside the house, said senior police official Hamid Shakil.

The attack on the home of deputy chief Farrukh Shahzad wounded him, killed his wife and injured at least one of his children, security officials said.

“The death toll has gone up and 24 deaths are now confirmed. There were at least 82 people wounded and taken to different hospitals. We have reports that at least seven of them are seriously hurt,” said Shakil.

Flames from the blast engulfed security vehicles and motorcycles parked outside Shahzad’s residence, where paramilitary forces had been waiting to escort the deputy inspector-general to work.

Two children and at least 11 troops from the Frontier Corps and army — including an army officer — were among the dead, Shakil said.

A mosque and official residences nearby were also badly damaged, he said.Shakil said the car had been packed with 50 kilogrammes of explosives. He said the head of one of the bombers was found, along with an identity card that indicated he could have been from Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.

 

The first blast occurred near commissioner’s office in the Civil Lines area. The second explosion was heard five minutes later from the same location, however the intensity of the second blast was less.

One of the suicide bombers blew himself up in a vehicle packed with explosives near the car of the deputy head of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Balochistan, Farrukh Shehzad.

The other suicide bomber entered his house and blew himself up. The dead included his guards. The explosions brought down the walls of his house and nearby offices.

Stringent firing was also reported from the site of the blast.

Express 24/7 correspondent reported that the injured are being shifted from Civil Hospital to the Bolan Medical complex.

Security personnel have cordoned off the area and an investigation has been carried out.

The commissioner’s office is located near the governor house, chief minister secretariat, and inspector general’s office are also located in the same area.

The blast has also smashed the glass windows of nearby buildings and damaged the vehicles.

Earlier this month, a bomber targeted a congregation of 25,000 people at the Eidgah in Marriabad – a Shia-populated locality in Quetta – in order to ensure maximum casualties.

However, being unable to reach his intended victims, the suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car on Wednesday near the place of worship, killing at least 12 people, including two women and two children, and wounding 32 others.

Security tightened along Pak-Afghan border

Strict security measures were taken along the Pak-Afghan border area after Balochistan’s capital was hit by twin blasts on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people crossing the border without complete documents were reportedly sent back to Afghanistan.

Security officials will also be strictly monitoring all cars at all checkpoints before entering the border.

According to the security sources, the measures are being taken to avoid any untoward situation in Chaman.

India probing bomb claim by Harkatul Jihad Islami By Reuters

India probing bomb claim by Harkatul Jihad Islami

Indian security personnel stand guard outside the Delhi High Court at the site of a bomb blast in New Delhi on September 7, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

DELHI: India is investigating an email allegedly sent by the outlawed South Asian militant group Harkat ul-Jihad Islami (HUJI) claiming responsibility for a bomb attack in New Delhi, which killed at least 10 people on Wednesday, said a senior Indian security official.

National Investigation Agency chief SC Sinha told reporters he was taking the contents of the email seriously.

The outlawed HUJI has bases in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The claim of responsibility came as India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was on an official visit to neighbouring Bangladesh, the first visit by an Indian prime minister in 12 years.

A bomb blast at Delhi high court killed 10  people and injured 45, the home secretary told the CNN-IBN news channel.

Television channels said at least 45 people were wounded in the blast outside the entrance of the High Court during early court business hours.

Television images showed scores of lawyers in black coats running from one of the main gates of the building.

Police cordoned off the area, not far from parliament and the prime minister’s office.

UK Bansal, special home ministry secretary, said the blast was caused by a suspected bomb inside a briefcase.

Several ambulances took away the injured to a nearby government hospital. Fire trucks were also sent to the scene.

“There was a bomb blast where you enter the court… there was panic everywhere. Now we are on the way to the hospital,”said Kriti Uppal told CNN-IBN.

“It seems to be very powerful (blast). Seems to be many casualties.”

It was not yet possible to identify any group which may have been behind Wednesday’s bomb attack outside the High Court in New Delhi that killed nine people, India’s home minister told parliament.

Palaniappan Chidambaram said at least 47 people had been wounded in the attack.

In May, a low-intensity blast outside the same court triggered panic but injured no one. The blast on Wednesday was outside the busiest gate of the High Court.

Near-simultaneous triple bomb attacks in India’s financial capital, Mumbai, in July killed 24 people. Police have yet to identify those behind the attacks.

Delhi bomb: India High Court explosion kills 10

Delhi bomb: India High Court explosion kills 10

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Sanjoy Majumder says the explosion happened in an area where many people were gathered

A bomb outside the Indian High Court in the capital Delhi has killed 10 people and injured at least 47.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called it a “cowardly act of a terrorist nature”.

The bomb was apparently placed in a case near the first security checkpoint at the court, where people were queuing for passes, officials said.

Police said they were taking seriously a claim by the extremist group Harkat-ul Jihad Islami (Huji) that it planted the bomb.

The US state department says Huji is a terrorist organisation with links to al-Qaeda, and has it been accused of carrying out attacks in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

“Huji is also responsible for terrorist attacks in India including the May 2007 Hyderabad mosque attack, which killed 16 and injured 40, and the March 2006 Varanasi attack, which killed 25 and injured 100,” the state department says.

The leader of Huji, Ilyas Kashmiri, was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in north-western Pakistan in June.

“It appears that the bomb was in a suitcase because we have the remains of that suitcase,” the senior civil servant in the home ministry, RK Singh, told the CNN-IBN news channel.

Prime Minister Singh, who is on a visit to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, condemned the attack.

“This is a long war in which all political parties, all the the people of India, have to stand united so that this scourge of terrorism is crushed,” he told reporters.

Intelligence agencies shared information with Delhi police in July about the latest threats, Home Minister P Chidambaram told parliament.

“At this stage it is not possible to identify the group that caused the bomb blast today,” he said.

News channels showed ambulances taking away a number of people who appeared to be severely injured.

Eyewitness Chanakya Dwivedi told the BBC the blast took place just before the first security checkpoint.

“As I was just about to enter the Chief Justice’s court, I heard a huge bang that shook the building and gave the effect of a earthquake,” he said.

“After 20 seconds’ commotion, I saw huge smoke on the front gate…. It was a bomb blast with blood all around and lot of people crying.”

He went on: “About 15 to 20 minutes later, all the lawyers were asked to stay in the complex, and after that, the lawyers were asked to evacuate the building.

“The emergency services reacted in quick time, but still I guess the damage was already done till then.”

In June, a bomb exploded in a car outside the same Delhi court complex. There were no casualties on that occasion.

In July, 26 people died in three explosions in the country’s financial capital, Mumbai (Bombay).

Delhi and Mumbai are now on high alert.

The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder, in Delhi, says the area was crowded with lawyers and witnesses because Wednesday is the day when most public-interest litigation is heard at the high court.

Forensic experts are now collecting debris to analyse.

TTP Terrorists Display Kidnapped Boys, Issue Demands

by Khan Wali Salarzai

ASAD ABAD (PAN): The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Bajaur, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal regions of Pakistan, on Tuesday demanded the release of their jailed comrades from the Pakistani government in return for the release of 25 children in their captivity.

The insurgents had abducted 40 children who mistakenly crossed into Afghanistan’s Kunar province from Bajaur during an outing on the second day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The kidnappers later released some of children aged below 12 years and held captive 25 others.

The TTP had already claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, saying they held the children hostage in bordering areas near Bajaur.

Several reporters from Kunar visited the area to meet the kidnapped boys and TTP members.

Living with the kidnapped youth in a house, a TTP local commander Maulvi Dadullah told Pajhwok Afghan News if their demands were not met, they would continue the kidnapping process.

“If relatives of these children do not stop supporting the Pakistani government, we would not release them,” he warned.

The kidnappers had earlier said the kidnapped children belonged to areas where anti-Taliban militias had been raised to fight against them in support of the government forces.

One of the children, Fazal Rabbi, 20, said they were treated well in captivity and given three times meal and had not been tortured yet.

Fazal demanded of the government to accept the Taliban’s conditions and urged local elders to cut off relations with the government.