“I am sure this will be a full-stop to President Karzai’s calls for peace with the Taliban.”

Afghan chief negotiator assassinated

Mr Rabbani’s death may strengthen the hand of northern constituencies within the government who are opposed to Mr Karzai’s attempts to negotiate with the Taliban, which is drawn mainly from the Pashtun dominated south and east.

“I am sure this will be a full-stop to President Karzai’s calls for peace with the Taliban,” said Fahim Dashti, a political commentator. “Now is the time to call them criminals and call for a national war against them – wherever they are.” 

(read HERE)

Pakistan’s Shia Slaughter Continues–26 Shia pilgrims Murdered in Mastung

Quetta: 26 Shia pilgrims killed by gun men in Mastung

QUETTA: At least twenty-six Shia pilgrims were killed when unknown men opened indiscriminate fire on bus passengers in Mastung, our sources reported. It is feared that the death toll may rise because those injured are in critical condition.

Later, banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attacks on Shia pilgrims.

According to sources the firing lasted between 5-10 minutes.

The bus was operated by a private company and several pilgrims were onboard. The bus was travelling from Quetta to Taftan.

According to the driver of the bus,50-60 people were travelling on the bus and there were only male passengers onboard.

The pilgrims were taken off the bus, lined up and then fired at.

Speaking to our sources the Deputy Commissioner Mastung said the injured were being shifted to nearby hospitals and ambulances had been called from Quetta.

Security forces have cordoned off the area.

The driver of the bus giving the eye witness account to our sources said 8 to 10 armed men riding two vehicles executed the heinous act and then headed back towards Quetta.

Khushhal Khan, driver of the bus, who was spared by the attackers said that first a pick up carrying the gun men intercepted the bus. They dismounted the pick up with Kalashnikovs and other heavy arms and ordered the passengers of the bus to come out, the driver added. He said, in the meantime, he got a chance and ran away from the scene to save himself.

“When I came back I found many passengers killed and others injured,” Khushhal Khan said, adding the security personnel reached the spot after a lapse of around 1 and a half hour time.

Emergency services also arrived at the site of the incident and shifted the dead and injured to hospital.

Chief of Afghan High Peace Council Assassinated In Own Home

[It is not likely that he was killed by a Taliban suicide-bomber, since they were apparently using his high office as a path to power.  It is more likely that he was killed by forces hostile to negotiations or reconciliation with the Taliban, such as the NDS, the Afghan secret service, or other anti-Pakistan entities (SEE:  Taliban’s war machine must be destroyed: Noor).]

Former Afghan President and chief of a new peace council Burhanuddin Rabbani holds a press conference, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rabbani says he’s convinced the Taliban are ready to negotiate peace. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Ex-Afghan president killed in blast

Leader killed by bomber with explosives in turban

  • AMIR SHAH,Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Kabul police official says former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed by a suicide bomber concealing explosives in his turban.

A presidential spokesman says Afghan President Hamid Karzai is cutting short his trip to the United Nations in New York to return to Kabul.

Mohammad Zahir, the chief of criminal investigation for the Kabul police, said the turban bomber entered Rabbani’s house Tuesday evening.

The Associated Press

Date: Tuesday Sep. 20, 2011 11:03 AM ET

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two Afghan government sources say former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani has been killed in the capital Kabul.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Rabbani was killed Tuesday evening at his home in Kabul.

Rabbani was head of the country’s high peace council, which was set up by the Afghan government to work toward a political solution. However, it had made little headway since it was formed a year ago.

Rabbani was president of the Afghan government that preceded the Taliban. After he was driven from Kabul in 1996, he became the nominal head of the Northern Alliance, mostly minority Tajiks and Uzbeks, who swept to power in Kabul after the Taliban’s fall. Rabbani is an ethnic Tajik.

Turkmenistan Calls All 18 yr. Old Males To Active Duty

Autumn military call-up announced in Turkmenistan

The President of Turkmenistan signed the decree “On discharge to the reserve from the Armed Forces and other troops of Turkmenistan of soldiers doing compulsory military service, and on the call up of Turkmen citizens for military service.”

In accordance with the decree, soldiers, who have done their statutory period of service, will be discharged to the reserve from the Armed Forces and other troops of Turkmenistan in October – December 2011.

As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, male citizens of Turkmenistan, who on the day of recruitment turned 18 years, who do not qualify for deferment of conscription as senior citizens, will be called for military service in October – December 2011.

The document says that the discharge of soldiers who have done their statutory period of service should be held in a festive atmosphere, and those soldiers who excelled in military and socio-humanitarian training should be awarded.


Saudis give PNA $200 million aid prior to the Palestine UN bid

Saudis give PNA $200 million aid prior to the Palestine UN bid

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) announced late Monday that Saudi Arabia will transfer $200 million to support its treasury to overcome the current financial crisis

  • By Nasouh Nazzal, Correspondent
  • Gulf News

Ramallah: The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) announced late Monday that Saudi Arabia will transfer $200 million to support its treasury to overcome the current financial crisis.

Dr. Salam Fayyad, Palestinian Prime Minister, said that King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz has issued instructions to fund the Palestinian budget.

The money transfer was announced ahead of Palestinian UN bid to win statehood recognition.

Sameer Al Hourani, a public sector employee, told Gulf News that the last thing almost 160,000 Palestinian employees thought of was receiving this month’s salaries, taking the Palestinian UN bid into consideration.


He stressed that the Palestinian employees have been considering the threats coming from various sources of suspending the tax revenues and cutting of foreign aid to the PNA. “We are happy with the Saudi announcement of the money transfer,” he said.

“The Palestinians were just right to depend on their Arab brothers,” he stressed.

Israel has threatened to suspend the transfer of tax revenues which they collect on behalf of the Palestinians and the US Administration also considering cutting its financial aid to the PNA should the Palestinian leadership go ahead with their UN initiative to win statehood recognition.

Russian Press Breaks Story of 17 Captured Brit and French Commandos On Aug. 23

[Reuters pretends that they “broke this story” today, but a Russian friend from Oriental Review put me on to this story (which I discounted at the time...sorry, Andre) on Aug. 23.   He found the original report (included below Reuters article) in the Russian press at http://news.argumenti.ru.]

Libya “mercenary” claim turns spotlight on special ops

Tue Sep 20, 2011
By David Brunnstrom and Giles Elgood

BRUSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – A boast by Gaddafi loyalists that they had captured 17 foreign mercenaries this week has been greeted with skepticism, but the claim has highlighted the importance of covert military operations in the overthrow of the Libyan leader.

Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim has so far not made good on his promise to put the group on television and he has produced no other evidence to back his story, which was quickly denied in Western capitals.

“The lack of evidence is for the moment what I find most remarkable about the whole story. Where are the boots, where are the watches, not to mention the faces?” said Francis Heisbourg, chairman of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

The whole thing may turn out to be no more than a bold piece of disinformation by a spin doctor with nothing to lose. But it still fits in with a compelling narrative surrounding the secret side of Libya’s war.

“This claim is coming from Moussa Ibrahim and a good proportion of what he has been saying is flat-out wrong,” said Shashank Joshi, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

“Moussa Ibrahim has no credibility to protect, so if it turns out to be completely wrong there are no repercussions for him — it’s just a good piece of psychological warfare.”

In focusing on “mercenaries”, Ibrahim has chosen an issue that, in its broadest terms, has been seen as crucial in the tortuous struggle to topple Gaddafi.

Ibrahim’s use of the word may have been intended as a reference to special forces employed as private military contractors to provide “a degree of deniability”, Joshi said.

“The more distant they are from western governments, it’s much less of a politically sensitive issue,” he said.

While they received a boost from NATO-led air strikes against Gaddafi’s army, rebel forces were for months unable to make much progress on the ground. This is where Western special forces provided vital assistance to the often disorganised revolutionaries.

“Western special forces were less involved with combat on the ground, and more focused on supplying NATO forces with intelligence on targets, supplying arms and training the rebels,” said Barak Seener, a research fellow at RUSI.

“Their role has been successful and has led to an increased rate of defections, the erosion of support for Gaddafi and the rapid crumbling of his regime along with the fall of Tripoli.”

In World War Two, Libya was the birthplace of Britain’s Special Air Service, or SAS, which ranged over the desert to destroy German aircraft, supply dumps and railway links.

Early special forces experience in today’s Libya was less successful. A group of British diplomats, reported to have included special forces soldiers, was humiliatingly captured near Benghazi during an attempt to make contact with rebel forces.

Since then, special forces operations appear to have been more productive, involving personnel from Britain, France, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, according to media reports.

Rebel units in Tripoli were secretly armed so they could rise up and help take the capital, while British agents infiltrated the city to deploy radio equipment to help target NATO air strikes in a way that would avoid civilian casualties.

France sent dozens of military advisers to organise and train the rebels. France also delivered arms to the rebels that had been supplied by Qatar.

Reuters correspondents in the field report having seen apparent evidence of foreign special forces on the ground, although their activities were never made clear. Rebels, whose accounts could not be confirmed, also spoke of assistance from CIA agents.

Heisbourg said that with Gaddafi on the run, it was now time for foreign special forces to start leaving Libya as quickly as possible as they risked getting caught up in internecine quarrels within the forces loyal to Libya’s new transitional government.

While details have emerged of what special forces had done earlier in the conflict — assistance with weapons and tactics, acting as forward air controllers for NATO bombers and providing weapons to rebel forces in the Western Mountains — it was not clear what they might be doing now.

“People who know are not going to say and people who say obviously don’t know,” Heisbourg said.

According to data from Tripoli, the serious losses suffered here a group of British special forces

August 23, 2011, 11:50 [“Argumenty.ru,” Alexander Grigoriev  ]

According to data from Tripoli, the serious losses suffered here a group of British special forces

According to a source close to the government, last night in Tripoli, killing several people from the British Special superelitnogo Special Air Service (SAS). Explorer group of local residents taken prisoner and will be prosecuted.

“Special anti-sabotage team, which is part of the 32nd brigade of special purpose forces and engaged in mopping up Libya’s Tripoli from the rebels after the battle he managed to keep alive a native of the capital. According to the testimony of the detainee, he was conductor of the commando Special Air Service (SAS) of 17 persons. According to his testimony, only the team leader was fundamentally Anglo-Saxons, while the other fighters – Arabs. He had a task to a group, avoiding ambushes and roadblocks government forces and the police, the center of Tripoli. For this he promised to pay about three hundred dollars, “- said” Argumentam.ru “on Skype from Tripoli source in government circles Libya.

He also said that the commandos were ambushed by special units of Libyan troops. “Several people were killed, many injured. Pick up dead, the British retreated. The persecution was carried out. At this point, the conductor and was captured, “- he stressed.

Answering the question “Argumentov.ru” about the fate of the conductor, the source said that “as soon as conditions permit in the city, the detainee will be given by the court.”

“This will be an open trial, it will be able to attend the foreign media to secure his testimony” – assured the government source.

Confirm or deny this information officially or from independent sources, we can not. However, “Argumentam.ru” it became known that this morning with a military base in Italy, on which the NATO planes, flew to an unknown military transport aircraft. For his service and were not allowed to download the Italian military. And cordon operation conducted by the military and the U.S. Air Force of Great Britain.

British military expert Peter Beynchli believes that the evacuation is carried out so dead soldiers special forces of the two countries. In a conversation with “Argumentami.ru” he suggested that “it is likely that soon in Afghanistan or Pakistan would be a” Taliban attack, “during which” die “several tens of NATO troops. Their bodies will be evacuated back home and solemnly buried in military cemeteries. Place of death would mean Afghanistan. ”


Another Lashkar Leader Murdered In Mamound

[If the Pak Army had an ounce of human decency to split among themselves, then they would move to protect all of these Lashkar leaders from further Taliban retribution attacks.  I have not yet attempted to piece together a grand total of Khans and associates murdered in Mamound, but, judging by the stories included on this website, there must be nearly ten or twelve of them by now.  They took-up arms at the Army’s insistence.  Why would they be abandoned now, when they have clearly served as an irritant to the TTP Taliban of Faqir Mohammed.  If they can’t capture or kill Faqir, they could at least put “fool-proof security” around the Tehsil.]

Gunmen kill tribal elder in Mamound

BAJAUR AGENCY: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a tribal elder at Tehsil Mamound, officials said on Monday. Malik Aziz Khan was on his way to mosque for prayer when unidentified gunmen ambushed him by starting indiscriminate firing at him that caused his death on the spot. Political authorities have started investigations and search operation for the arrest of the culprits. A Tribal elder and peace committee member, Malik Noor Gul, was also killed by assailants at Dama Dola of Mamound tehsil a few days ago. The tribesmen of Mamound have expressed deep concerns over the killing of noted tribal elders and demanded the government to arrest killers besides improving law and order situation in Bajaur Agency.

Terror Bombing In Ankara, Three Dead

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Flames are seen in a street after a blast in central Ankara on Tuesday. REUTERS photo
Flames are seen in a street after a blast in central Ankara on Tuesday. REUTERS photo

Turkish Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin talked to journalists on Tuesday, saying three people were killed and 15 were injured in Tuesday’s blast that rocked central Ankara.

The cause of the blast was still uncertaion, Şahin said, but the probability of an explosive device was high.

“There is a high probability that this incident was a terrorist attack,” he said.

The explosion happened in a parked automobile with an LPG fuel tank, whichaccording to documents, was recently purchased and its official notary transfer to its new owner was incomplete.

The initial blast caused the surrounding LPG-fueled vehicles to catch on fire and explode, causing the carnage on the street.

A reporter from broadcaster NTV had said vehicles at the explosion site were thrown around by the force of the blast and shops near the point of explosion were damaged beyond recognition.

Police have cordoned off the area with suspicion of an explosive device. The bomb squad was also deployed to the location of the blast.

The injured were taken to different hospitals in Ankara.

Meanwhile, a woman chanting slogans near the site of the blast was detained by the police.

War Crimes Tribunal Wants ISI General Who Supplied Islamic Terrorists In Bosnia



Islamabad refuses to hand over ex-ISI chief to Bosnia tribunal

The trial of Ratko Mladic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where the Hague charged Mladic with genocide, and crimes against humanity. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has refused to hand over one of its retired army generals to the International Tribunal of Hague on medical grounds, official sources told The Express Tribune.

The tribunal had demanded the custody of a former chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Javed Nasir, a retired lieutenant general, for his alleged support to Muslim fighters of Bosnia against the Serbian army in the 1990s, despite an embargo by the United Nations.

Islamabad had informed the court that the former general had ‘lost his memory’ following a recent road incident, and was, therefore, unable to face any investigation into the matter.

Nasir himself was not available for comment. However, his son, Omer Javed, told The Express Tribune that his father was not in service during the Bosnia war in 1993-95, as he had already been “removed from the army”.

The summons came when Serbian army officials were put on trial by The Hague Tribunal for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Bosnia, during which it was revealed that Nasir was actively involved in the war and had supported and provided arms to the Bosnian resistance.

(Read: Karadzic war crimes trial witness details horrors)

The case was built on a ‘confessional statement’ that Nasir made in a petition filed by his legal counsel against an English daily after the newspaper published a report of his alleged involvement in embezzlement.

The former general in a petition filed in an anti-terrorism court in Lahore on October 23, 2002 had disclosed that “despite the UN ban on supply of arms to the besieged Bosnians, he successfully airlifted sophisticated anti-tank guided missiles which turned the tide in favour of Bosnian Muslims and forced the Serbs to lift the siege, much to the annoyance of the US government”.

Nasir further stated that he “became a target of US, Indian and secular-minded lobbies both inside and outside Pakistan.” Having failed to buy him off, he said, the US government started a propaganda campaign against him and demanded his removal as ISI chief – warning that, otherwise, “Pakistan would be declared a terrorist state”.

He further stated that over 300 articles were circulated on the internet by the western media which contained references dubbing Nasir the ‘only radical Islamist head of the ISI who was an active member of the Tableeghi Jamaat’.

In April 1993, the US finally warned Pakistan in writing to remove the complainant from his post of ISI chief – following which Nasir was prematurely retired from service by the caretaker government of Mir Balkh Sher Mazari on May 13, 1993, he stated.

The demand for Nasir’s custody came when the International Criminal Tribunal put on trial the former chief of the Yugoslavia army Gen Momcilo Perisic and his deputy Gen Ratko Mladic for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the war in Bosnia and Croatia in the 1990s.

(Read: Accountability for war crimes)

Perisic and Ratko had reportedly told the court that the military help to the Bosnian Muslims by Gen Nasir forced them to retaliate against Bosnian Muslims, who were fighting against the Serb army for their national independence.

The authorities concerned declined to comment on the matter.

The Bosnian War followed the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991, when Serbs, Croats and Muslims fought for control of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Tactics used by the three factions were complex; allegiances changed as two sides would join forces against the third.

More than 100,000 people died after three-and-a-half years of conflict. The city of Sarajevo was in a state of permanent siege for the duration of the war.

The war saw a level of barbarism more marked than normal conflict. Mass rape, torture and indiscriminate murder were frequently carried out until the Dayton Peace Agreement paved the way for a settlement.

Published in The Express Tribune

U.S. to buy Georgia: Why?

[In typical US policy of having their cake and eating it too, the Americans are set to buy their way in Georgia the way they never could in Pakistan, perhaps in a replay of the 2008 military conflict with Russia.  If not for Pakistani resistance to Imperial demands, the Northern Distribution Network (NDN), leading to Georgia might never have been developed.]

U.S. to buy Georgia: Why?

Oleg Malyshko

In foreign policy priorities of the U.S. territory of the former Soviet Union is one of the most important, especially for countries in the Caspian region, as the owners of energy resources. Hydrocarbon reserves in the Caspian region are comparable to deposits in the North Sea. Although Georgia has no significant oil and gas, it occupies a strategic position in the Caucasus.Georgia to U.S. – this is a “gateway” from the Black Sea to the Caspian region and beyond to Central Asia. United States in 1992 were among the first to recognize the independence of Georgia, but later did not show any attention to this country, relying on Russia’s role in the region, viewing it “guarantor of stability in the vast space.” But gradually, due to the decrease of Russian influence in the CIS countries, the interest of America to the region increased. In March 1994 the Assistant Secretary of State Peter Tarnof made ​​a statement at a reception at the State Department: “The U.S. is still not paid adequate attention to countries bordering Russia. This situation should change because of the country, fearful of Russian expansion, have their own legitimate interests which the United States and the West can not ignore. ” 1997 was the beginning of the current stage of U.S. policy in the Caucasus, and particularly in Georgia. In April of that year, the U.S. State Department at the request of Congress, presented a report on U.S. policy in the Caspian region and in October was presented a bill called the “Silk Road Strategy”, which was approved by the Senate in July 1999. The essence of the bill was as follows: First, in “striving to create in the Caspian region, receptive environment for U.S. influence,” and secondly, to create a “meeting the interests of the United States transportation infrastructure in the region,” and, finally, to “support U.S. private investment in these countries. ” Today the United States and NATO are considered by the Georgian leadership as the main counterweight to the Russian political and economic influence in the Caucasus region – and as a source of livelihood.Georgia is in talks with NATO on possible accession to this organization. As a kind of “membership fee” Georgia sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan to participate in joint actions of multinational coalition led by the United States.Another manifestation of the Georgian-US cooperation – the construction in 2005 through Georgia, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline to ensure energy supply in the interests of the United States. At the same time the Georgian authorities then chose to overlook the possible environmental damage to its national wealth – mineral water springs in the Borjomi Nature Reserve. This is the first pipeline in the territory of the CIS, which does not include Russia.The purpose of the United States was one – to change the existing situation where a major role in ensuring traffic flows from the Caspian region is Russia. Although Tbilisi Baku-Supsa pipeline was economically more advantageous to Ceyhan pipeline was preferable to Georgia from the political point of view. U.S. conduct in Georgia, many programs designed to aid the region in economic, military and public spheres. Since 1994, a program “Partnership for Peace”, by which Georgia has participated in more than 620 events (mostly military exercises). Even before the withdrawal of Russian border troops from Georgia, the U.S. began to provide assistance in creating a viable Georgian Border Guard, developed a special program of technical equipment of the Georgian Border Guards. By some estimates, as a whole over the past 15 years, the U.S. provided financial aid to Georgia, including the military, amounting to $ 1.6 billion with much of this sum was allocated in the last 3-4 years. Annualized this is more than $ 100 million is a significant amount when compared, for example, with a military budget of Georgia, which in 2011 totaled about 360 million dollars, and in 2012 will almost double and will amount to more than 600 million dollars . Currently, Georgia receives more U.S. aid per capita than any other country except Israel. The U.S. share of imports of goods in Georgia is about 14% of U.S. supply to Georgia, machinery and equipment, meat, grain, feed, beverages, pharmaceuticals and other products. USA – the main contributor to the business capital of the Georgian economy. Between Washington and Tbilisi have bilateral agreements on promotion and protection of investments. In 2008, Georgia received a U.S. private equity investments totaling $ 120 million, representing about 29% of all such investments by foreign companies in this country. By 2011, the inflow of private direct investment rose to $ 160 million, which accounted for 34% of all foreign investment.particularly important place in U.S. assistance programs for Georgia is the Georgian energy sector. Georgia imports of fuel and energy products and is experiencing a constant shortage of electricity. U.S. has helped to develop and adopt the 1999 law “On oil and gas,” according to which created the state agency to regulate oil and gas resources, which carries out state regulation of the industry as a whole. Activities for the distribution and use of U.S. aid to Georgia by the Agency U.S. International Development (USAID). The main purpose of these funds are aimed at “forming a structure of state and society that would meet the interests of the United States.” With the help of USAID is training the Georgian government officials, development of the annual budget, tax legislation, USAID is also funding a number of news programs in Georgia and offers various kinds of humanitarian assistance. But back to the finance sector of the Georgian military. Currently active in the American program to improve Georgia’s Sun The first of them – “Train and Equip” – carried out since 2002 to 2004, using it to duty in Iraq has been prepared by the 1st Brigade of the national armed forces. American instructors trained over two thousand Georgian soldiers. Pentagon specialists and trainers also helped the Georgian army to create four battalions: the 112th, “Commando” (now 12th), 116th Infantry Sachkhere Mining (now 23rd), Telavi 111th Light Infantry (now the 11th ), 113th Light Infantry Shavnabadsky (now 13th) and mixed in ten armored company T-72B1 and ten of BMP-1 / 2. In 2005, the Pentagon began a new $ 60 million dollars, “Programme for the preservation of stability” for the preparation of the 2nd Brigade of the Georgian with a view to its further deployment in Iraq and in support of the 1st Brigade. Under this program, American instructors have prepared another 3 thousand Georgian soldiers for peacekeeping operations. Trained by American instructors officers and soldiers – both involved in the operations of NATO forces in Iraq and participated in a training battle – took part in the war in South Ossetia in August 2008. But, apparently, all these measures were more focused on Enhancing the sustainability of the pro-American Georgian government, than to improve the armed forces. A separate point is closer cooperation with the Georgia-NATO relations. It will also hold special programs funded by the United States: Individual Partnership Programme (IPAP – Individual Partnership Action Plan), passing later in the program to join NATO (MAP – Membership Action Plan); Strategic Defence Review (SDR – Strategic Defence Review) which is intended to inventory the available forces and equipment. Earlier this year, the Obama administration plans submitted to the U.S. Congress to provide financial assistance to foreign countries.According to these plans, in 2012, Washington will continue to fund the democratic and undemocratic regimes in different countries. His share, of course, receive and Georgia. The country remains among the favorites of financial White House. As mentioned above, Georgia – one of the most subsidized of the United States. And in 2012, Tbilisi will swim in U.S. money.In addition to 85 million of direct financial assistance that will receive the Georgian budget, a significant amount will go to the country programs of the various funds. What specifically will fund Washington? According to official statements made ​​by Congress, the U.S. will allocate to the “defense and upgrading of the Georgian armed forces,” half of the money being allocated to countries of the former Soviet Union for military purposes. According to them, this would amount to about $ 18 million. For comparison, Uzbekistan bordering Afghanistan in the coming year will receive a U.S. military-funded program is only 100 thousand dollars. That is, in itself, the amount allocated Georgia, is not small. But this is only the official statements of U.S. politicians. But what, really? U.S. State Department program to finance directly the military sector, which was discussed above, is titled “Providing financial assistance to the military to foreign countries” (FMF – Foreign Military Financing). Indeed, under this program in 2011, Georgia has received from Washington $ 18 million, and a similar amount planned for next year. However, be aware that the U.S. State Department carries out financing of the Georgian military sector not only for this, but for other programs related to the military area not directly. The least expensive of them – Anti Terrorist Assistance (ATA). In 2011 its volume was 0.8 million, a in 2012 is 0.7 million, is another program – International Military Education and Training (IMET) – implies a transfer of Georgia $ 1.8 million in 2011 and $ 2 million in 2012. And there are programs of the American sponsorship of the military sector of the Georgian economy some more. The report of the American Foreign Minister said: “Since the basic infrastructure needs of Georgia met the priorities and recovery after the August conflict with Russia in 2008 are made, the funding allocated in Georgia in 2012, will be focused to support long-term effort to build strong democratic institutions and creating instruments for broad-based economic growth. ” In this huge infusion of American money to the Georgian defense sector remained in the report without special attention. Now the White House allegedly encourages Georgia to focus on the development of civil society, independent media institutions and self-sufficient economy. The White House did not do nothing.The money also can not just give out. Just look at the numbers and justify the trenches in other countries, to understand how these subsidies depend on the political interests of Washington. Georgia occupies a strategic position in the Caucasus. Hence, the United States can, firstly, to control the flow of crude oil going through the country, and secondly, to actively expand its influence in the Caspian, and, finally, to use the territory of the Republic to place its military bases, which will dictate new terms already in the modern geopolitical game. An important process to “purchase” of Georgia is the acquisition cost and public opinion, mass control of the Georgian population.For this purpose, since 2002, NATO has in cooperation with local Georgian non-governmental organizations and government agencies a variety of activities, including seminars, conferences and workshops. Organized every year, “NATO Week” and summer schools, to establish communication with the young audience. Regularly group leaders, opinion-makers in Georgia, are invited to visit the headquarters of NATO and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and to hear reports of “the Alliance” and the staff of the Alliance regularly travel to Georgia and appear at public events. With the support of NATO Public Diplomacy in Georgia was established Information Centre of the Alliance, which plays a major role in the dissemination of information required the U.S.. Thus, Washington, in spite of the huge foreign debt and budget deficit, investing generously in Georgia instead of huge funds for specific political dividends. And Georgia, more precisely the current administration of Mikhail Saakashvili, is pleased the money accumulates, cherishing the dream of a long-awaited accession to NATO and going to meet all the requests and whims of the United States. No prizes for guessing that the current situation of Washington soon will do. The only question is, whether people like Georgia’s Saakashvili will be a puppet in the hands of strangers?

Taliban’s war machine must be destroyed: Noor

Taliban’s war machine must be destroyed: Noor

by ‌Zabihullah Ihsas

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Peace in the country would not come through dialogue with the militants, but by destroying Taliban’s war machine, the governor of northern Balkh province said on Monday.

Speaking at a meeting organised by Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), Atta Muhammad Noor opposed spending money on the High Peace Council.

He saw no point in luring the Taliban to the negotiation table, because the militants — who believed in fighting, killings and explosions — sought an Islamic emirate.

The insurgents’ war machine must be broken, he reiterated while opposing peace parleys. The governor also blamed Hezb-i-Islami, Al Qaeda, the Haqqani NetworkISI and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan for instability in the country.

AIHRC chief Seema Samar stressed respect for human rights during the reconciliation campaign of the High Peace Council.

Gas compressor station “Khazar” put into operation at Caspian Sea coast

[Does this strange name for a key gas compressor facility, “Khazar,” signify something about the Ukrainian/Turkmen partnership which built it?]

Gas compressor station “Khazar” put into operation at Caspian Sea coast

The State Concern “Turkmenneft” jointly with Ukrainian partners – experts of the Sumy Machine Building Scientific Production Association named after M.V. Frunze built gas compressor station designed to gather associated gas from the oil fields in the Turkmen shelf of the Caspian Sea and the coastal zone and ship this gas to the transportation system of Turkmenistan.

Gas compressor station “Khazar” with the capacity of 2 billion cubic meters of gas per year has been stuffed with modern equipment. The station is fully automated and autonomous. The official opening ceremony was attended by leaders and specialists of the oil industry, administration officials and public associations of the coastal regions.

Gas compressor station “Khazar” is intended to solve the problem of industrial use of associated gas, coming mainly from offshore wells. Previously, this gas was flared, adversely affecting the ecology of the Caspian region. Now, it will be sent to the interstate gas pipeline “Central Asia – Center-III”, and will be also used to intensify oil production at other wells.

Turkmenistan expects that the introduction of the station will help build up the capacity of the gas and oil industry and will create additional opportunities for gas export to international energy markets.


Qaddafi’s Forces Capture 17 British and French Invaders

An anti-Gaddafi fighter prays in the early morning near Sirte, one of Muammar Gaddafi's last remaining strongholds September 18, 2011. REUTERS-Goran Tomasevic

By Maria Golovnina and Alexander Dziadosz

BANI WALID/SIRTE, Libya | Mon Sep 19, 2011

(Reuters) – Libya’s interim government said on Monday its forces had seized the airport and fort in Sabha, one of the last strongholds of forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi which also controls the main route south out of Libya.

“Our forces are there in the airport and in the castle … Our flags are flying there,” Ahmed Bani, a military spokesman for the National Transitional Council (NTC), told a news conference in Tripoli. It was not possible to obtain independent confirmation.

Sabha, 770 km (480 miles) south of Tripoli and overlooked by an old fort built by Libya’s former Italian colonial rulers, controls the main trail south to neighbouring Niger, an escape route used by members of Gaddafi’s entourage.

Any advance on the town, which is still used as a military base, would be an important boost for government forces who are struggling to oust Gaddafi loyalists from the towns of Bani Walid and Sirte as well as to contain disunity in their ranks.

Bani also denied an assertion by Gaddafi’s spokesman that his forces had captured 17 British and French nationals in the fight for Bani Walid. “There are no British or French prisoners” in the town, Bani said.

The claim by Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim that foreign security personnel had been captured could not be verified and no immediate proof was presented.

“A group was captured in Bani Walid consisting of 17 mercenaries. They are technical experts and they include consultative officers,” Gaddafi spokesman Ibrahim said on Syria-based Arrai television, which has backed Gaddafi.

“Most of them are French, one of them is from an Asian country that has not been identified, two English people and one Qatari.”

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said there were “no French mercenaries in Libya,” while the British foreign office said it had no information about whether the report was true. Qatar’s foreign ministry was not available for comment. NATO, which is staging air strikes on Gaddafi loyalist positions, says it has no troops on the ground in Libya.

Western nations have sent special forces in the past, and media have reported that private security firms have aided anti-Gaddafi forces in training, target ting and with leadership. Gulf Arab states have also sent trainers and arms.

Among the confirmed sightings of foreign security personnel in Libya during the conflict, the head of a French security firm was shot dead at a checkpoint in Benghazi in May, and British special forces troops were held for three days by rebels in March while escorting a spy trying to make contacts.


The claim about the capture of foreign security personnel added to confusion about the situation in Libya nearly a month after Gaddafi was driven from power.

The former leader’s loyalist holdouts have beaten back repeated assaults by National Transitional Council forces at Bani Walid and Gaddafi’s home city of Sirte. NTC fighters have been sent fleeing in disarray after failing to storm Gaddafi bastions.

The NTC, still based in the eastern city of Benghazi, has faced questions about whether it can unify a country divided on tribal and local lines. A long-promised attempt to set up a more inclusive interim government fell apart overnight.

On Monday, NTC forces were unable to approach the northern gate of Bani Walid, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Tripoli, to attack the town because of heavy gunfire from Gaddafi loyalists.

“There is a lack of organisation so far. Infantrymen are running in all directions,” said Zakaria Tuham, a senior fighter with a Tripoli-based unit.

Many fighters spoke of tension between units drawn from Bani Walid itself and those from other parts of the country.

Some fighters openly disobeyed orders. In one incident, an officer from Bani Walid was heckled by troops from Tripoli after he tried to order them to stop shooting in the air.

NTC forces and NATO warplanes also attacked Sirte, Gaddafi’s birthplace, where assaults have been repelled. Hundreds of families were fleeing the city on Monday as NTC forces rolled up with huge rocket launchers and artillery.

Humanitarian groups have voiced alarm at reported conditions in the besieged coastal city.

“There’s no electricity, no phone coverage. Nothing,” resident Ibrahim Ramadan said, standing by a car packed with his family at a checkpoint. Interim government forces were handing out juice to civilians and rifling through their belongings to search for weapons.

Residents said homes had been destroyed and cars smashed to pieces as disorder spread through the city.

“People are fed up. There are explosions going off everywhere and you don’t know where the bullets will come from next,” said Abubakr, a resident making his way out of the city.

“Look at this,” he said, pointing to a bullet hole in his windscreen. “Bullets are coming down from above. People are just firing randomly.”


In Benghazi, interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril failed to name a new cabinet on Sunday when his proposals did not receive full backing from all current members.

“We have agreed on a number of portfolios. We still have more portfolios to be discussed,” Jibril told reporters at a news conference on Sunday.

Sources familiar with the negotiations said Jibril’s own role had been a sticking point. There was also disagreement about whether it was right to form a transitional government before declaring Libya “liberated,” which NTC officials say can only happen when all Gaddafi loyalists are defeated.

The political infighting reveals some of the fractures in an alliance that was united in civil war by hatred of Gaddafi but remains split among pro-Western liberals, underground Islamist guerrillas and defectors from Gaddafi’s government.

The NTC has its roots in Libya’s east, but most of the militiamen who finally succeeded in driving Gaddafi out of Tripoli are from towns in the west. Fighters are organised by home town into units with little overall coordination.

Nevertheless, many Libyans say they can tolerate confusion among the new rulers as the price of being rid of Gaddafi, who crushed all opposition during four decades of rule.

“The delay in the new government isn’t important… We need time to recover,” engineer Mustafa Saab bin Ragheb told Reuters in Tripoli’s main Martyrs’ Square, where traffic police in crisply pressed which uniforms took up patrols on Monday for the first time since Gaddafi’s fall.

“Look, we finally got rid of that bloody monkey. We are better than before. We will hang him and his sons, and then we can breathe freely. It’s too early for politics.”

(Additional reporting by John Irish in New York, William MacLean and Joseph Logan in Tripoli, Sherine El Madany east of Sirte and Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck in Brussels; Writing by Peter Graff and Myra MacDonald)




Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had alleged that elements of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) “continue the alliance with both the Taliban and al Qaeda to this very day” on the premise that Pakistan’s security requires “strategic depth” in the shape of a friendly or pliant Afghanistan. In an interview to Yale Global, Bhutto said that the ISI was continuing to adhere to the old arrangement, “even if it means supporting fanatics.” Daily Times, August 29, 2007

Benazir Bhutto had also said the Pakistani army decided to overthrow her in 1996 after she announced plans to crack down on terrorism.

She had said she first heard the name of Osama bin Laden in 1989, when he sent USD 10 million to the ISI to help it overthrow her first government.

ISI man Khalid Khawaja says that Osama financed the move against Bhutto. This money, Khawaja said, then was handed to Nawaz, the Chief Minister of Punjab. Nawaz Sharif met Osama and said “I love Jihad”.

Given that ISI is a organ of Pakistan Army, it is important to understand that this relationship (nexus with Al Qaeda and various terrorist groups including Taliban) existed from the very beginning and continues till this day. So much so I am going to state this – there is no difference between Pakistan Army, ISI, Taliban, Al Qaeda and terrorist groups it supports specially Lashkar e Taiba (LeT), Jasih e Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar e Jhangvi (LeJ) and Harkat Ul Jihadi Islami (HUJI & HUJI – B). The overt arms are Pakistan Army and ISI and covert arms are the rest including elements of ISI.



New York Times: The intelligence service of Pakistan, a crucial American ally in the war on terrorism, has had an indirect but longstanding relationship with Al Qaeda, turning a blind eye for years to the growing ties between Osama bin Laden and the Taliban, according to American officials.

On Lashkar e Taiba : NEW YORKER reports the group’s bank accounts remain unmolested by the Pakistani government, which gives Lashkar quite a lot of running room; on the other, the group resents the accommodations reached between Pakistan’s government and the United States. There is little doubt that the Army and I.S.I. continue to use Jamat’s legitimate front as a vehicle for prosecution of a long-running “double game” with the United States, in which Pakistan pledges fealty to American counterterrorism goals while at the same time facilitating guerrilla violence against India.

A little history to see how they (ISI – Al Qaeda – Terror groups) worked in tandem. We will take two countries here – PHILIPPINES and BOSNIA.



But before that – a tale of two individuals – Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (both related to each other). Both are Pakistani citizen though Khalid was born in Kuwait to Pakistani Balochi parents,his first passport was from Pakistan. After 9/11 people tried to pass Khalid Sheikh as a Kuwaiti citizen.

I have deliberately kept Omar Saeed Sheikh out of this – I am yet to make up my mind about him. That he is a coveted ISI asset is without doubt. But is he also a British intelligence asset?

Khalid & Ramzi were nurtured, sheltered and trained by ISI in its Peshawar camp and received training in Khowst camp. Khalid, a brilliant student, became deeply involved with ISI & Al Qaeda.

In 1993 Khalid and Ramzi planned the New York city World Trade Centre bombing which was successfully carried out by Ramzi in Feb 26th, 1993. After the bombing, he came back to Pakistan and met Khalid Sheikh and stayed in ISI safe houses.

While in Pakistan, both planned to assassinate Benazir Bhutto in collaboration with some ISI operatives. ISI masterminded the assassination attempt – which did not take place (Note – the constant Al Qaeda ISI hand in the assassination attempt on Benazir. READ THIS QUIXOTIC BLOG ON BENAZIR AND ASSASINATION)

After the failed attempt, Ramzi moved to Phillipines. By this timeRamzi became a coveted ISI asset.

Nur Misauri, a professor of University of Philippines formed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). After suffering reversals at the hand of Philippines Army, Nur fled to PAKISTAN. Nur was financially supported by the ISI and stayed in guest houses in Peshawar and Karachi. He helped MNLF recruit for Afghan Jihad. While Nur wanted autonomy, Salamat Hashmi wanted independence from Philippines and he too was actively supported by ISI – so much so that Salamat moved his organization (MILF) head quarters to LAHORE.

However, the most prominent face of Moro revolt is Aby Sayyaf group (ASG). It was originated in PAKISTAN when 400 Moro youths were inducted to Pakistan’s ISI managed camp.


At this time, 3 retired ISI officers were recruited by ISI and deputed to Mindanao under cover as religious teachers.

Simultaneously, Osama bin Laden (OBL) stationed his brother-in-law Md. Jamal Khalifa in Philippines. Al Qaeda and ISI came to a tacit understanding – to transplant Afghan jihad in South East Asia and create a distinct Islamic hub, as against the increasing Christian influence.

The other common thread binding them were students emanating from the madrassas of Karachi, Peshawar, Binori, Bannu & Quetta.

Khalifa set the Philippine operation rolling by setting up several front offices, trading units and charities. He was in charge of Saudi charity – Islamic International Relief Organization. With this he set up the terror network in Philippines and funded Al Qaeda operations in Jordan, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Committed Al Qaeda operatives – Zubair, Abu Oman and Sadiq Oden (Kenyan bombing fame) joined him.

Later Pakistani trainers, former ISI operatives, trained MILF and Abu Sayyaf guerrillas, the Malayan Kampulan Mujahideen, Jemmah Islamiyah and Lashkar Jundullah volunteers.

Linkages of ISI and Al Qaeda are very deep and stretches to the core positions of Islamic terrorism in the entire South East Asia.

Here the ISI – Al Qaeda team carried out several terrorist activities:

1. Ramzi bombed a mall at Cebu city
2. Ramzi masterminded the bombing of Miss Universe paegent
3. Wali Khan Shah, the ISI trained operative, bombed Greenbelt theatre in Manila
4. Audacious plan to assassinate Pope John Paul II and Bill Clinton (then US President) in Manila by these core group was uncovered in time and a major disaster was averted.
5. Trial run for 9-11 was hatched in Manila by ISI – Al Qaeda operatives. It was codenamed Operation Oplan Bojinka

OPLAN BOJINKA: This was conceived by Osama bin Laden, Khalifa, Ramzi,Khalid Sheikh and a faction of ISI. The grand plan was to sabotage 11 US flights over Pacific and they recruited Abu Sayyaf jehadists to carry out the plan.

An ISI trained Pakistani – Tareq Kaved Rana – resident of Paranque, Philippines, played an important role. He housed the conspirators at his place which he used to fabricate bombs.

Jamal, Ramzi & Khalid Sheikh guided the Manila cell of Al Qaeda.Another Pakistani terrorist, Wali Khan Shah (Greenway belt bomber) was entrusted by ISI to open terrorist cells in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. Another Pakistani born in Kuwait, Abdul Hakim Ali was trained by ISI in bomb making in Pehsawar. A product of Binori mosque and aligned to Harkat ul Ansar and trained by ISI – he joined the Philippines Al Qaeda cell.


On December 11, Ramzi boarded Philippines Airline 434 on a Manila – Cebu – Tokyo route. He assembled a bomb and planted it under his seat and deplaned at Cebu. The bomb exploded on the 2nd leg and killed one passenger – the plane had to make emergency landing at Okinawa, Japan.

The dry run for Oplan Bojinka was successful.

However, the full plan could not be carried out, as the apartment that the conspirators were living in, mysteriously caught fire. They abandoned the plans after “incriminating evidence” was collected by federal agencies in Philippines. Ramzi promptly fled to Pakistan where he was housed by ISI in their safe houses.

Filipino intelligence reported that Wali Khan Shah had visited Pakistan embassy in Manila twice to meet the ISI station in charge.

On September 5th 1996, Ramzi, Murad and Shah were convicted of Oplan Bojinka.

Under intense pressure Ramzi was arrested from a guest house in Islamabad.

Under intense pressure, Khalid Sheikh was arrested after 9/11 – described as the mastermind of 9/11.

Part 1. WTC 1st attack was by Ramzi who was ISI asset.
Part 2. Oplan Bojinka the dry run to 9/11 was conceived by Ramzi, Khalid, Osama and “a section of” ISI.
Part 3.In 9/11 the only mastermind is Khalid Sheikh – no mention of ISI (ISI paid US lobbyists to have their name erased from the final 9/11 commission report)

PHILIPPINES TODAY : So you thought this is all past. News flashing now – “Wednesday, 03 Dec 2008, COTABATO: Authorities in the southern Philippines have arrested a Pakistani with alleged links to a Southeast Asian extremist group for making bombs, it was announced Wednesday. Muhammand Alpariz was arrested at his apartment in Shariff Kabunsuan town on the island of Mindanao by joint police and military operatives on Tuesday, local Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Julieto Ando said. Found in his possession were ‘two 60 millimetre mortar shells rigged to improvised explosives devices,’ and two howitzer shells ready to be attached to similar bombs, said regional police head Chief Superintendent Pedro Tango.



Coming to the plot to assassinate Bill Clinton – why would ISI want to do it?

Let us go over to BOSNIA.

When the Serbs attacked and laid siege on the Bosnian Muslims there was a UN embargo in weapons transfers into the war zone. Pakistan flouted the UN ban by transferring weapons to the Bosnian Muslims.Pakistan amry planes were used for this purpose. ISI Lt Gen Javed Nasir claimed that despite the UN ban, he successfully airlifted sophisticated anti-tank guided missiles and this forced the Serbs to life the siege, much to the annoyance of the US government.Not only arms and ammunition, Javed Nasir facilitated the movement of jihadists from Paksitan – Afghan theatre into Bosnia, some of whom are today settled in Bosnia after marrying locally.


US President Bill Clinton threatened to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan will be declared a TERRORIST STATE if Sharif did not remove Javed Nisar from top post of ISI. Which Sharif did and averted his nation from being called a Terrorist State.

Recall a similar sacking of Mahmood Ahmed (AGAIN – ISI HEAD) who was implicated by Washington (FBI specifically) for passing on $100,000 to the 9/11 hijackers – who incidentally were trained by ISI.

What Pakistan does – it does the deed deemed essential for military objectives and if the heat is great – they sacrifice the ISI head – temporarily. They use him some time later for the global jihad.


1. The external section of ISI which reported to DG – ISI routinely executed plans of Army General A Kiyani and trained a few dozen Lashkar e Taiba (LeT) militants near Mangla Dam (close to Islamabad). And guess what : PAKISTAN’S SSG COMMANDO UNIT IS BASED THERE. These Mumbai attackers were part of this group.

2. n a major reshuffle of ISI a couple of months back the Director of External wing was changed placing the “game” in the hands of a low level ISI forward section head (a major) and the LeT’s commander in chief – ZAKIUR RAHMAN. Zakiur was personally in Karachi to oversee the operation. Zaikur and ISI’s forward section in Karachi approved of the plan under which more than 10 men took Mumbai hostage for nearly 3 days and successfully established a reign of terror.

3. The PNS Iqbal – a naval commando unit in Karachi – was the main outlet of militants to be given training and through deserted points they were launched into the Arabian sea and on into the Indian region of Gujarat.



ISI’s global successes in penetrating several countries have emboldened it to chew more than it can swallow.

And if you want to know why DANIEL PEARL was killed – it was because he unearthed a direct link of nuclear commerce and knowledge between ISI and Al Qaeda. Muslims use CHARITY organizations as a front to spread terror and in this case too there was one – UMAAH TAMEER E NAU – read about it here and go to the links for a detailed analysis for complicity of ISI. Read this excellent article: PAKISTAN’S FORGOTTEN AL-QAEDA NUCLEAR LINK.

I will not waste any more write up on ISI – but I want to make two quick points.

ISI was deeply involved in the Bali Bombings as well as in Somalia(Black Hawk down episode). ISI was greatly impacted by Somalia adventures. USA moved out of Somalia as the body bags started climbing which was interpreted by ISI as – USA public opinion matters a lot to USA and it is averse to “body bags”. It completely miscalculated the American 9/11 response.

Did it also miscalculate the Indian response (yet to be) to the Mumbai blasts?

HAMID GUL (Retd ISI HEAD) – the GODFATHER OF TALIBAN put it most aptly when he said : Al Qaeda should be considered as a global superpower.


Mike Vickers’ own thoughts on “irregular warfare,” given at the Council On Foreign Relations (CFR)

[In a rare interview with the master of America’s “limited warfare” doctrine, at the home of the New World Order, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Mike Vickers shares his thoughts on fighting “Islamic” terrorism and his strategy of recruiting local armies to fight against “failing governments,” like that in Pakistan (his example).  It is as close to an admission of guilt that his strategy has been to support the anti-Pakistan forces (TTP) as an American contractor, as you are ever likely to read.]  


Mike Vickers’ own thoughts on “irregular warfare,” given at the Council On Foreign Relations (CFR)

October 27, 2006
Council on Foreign Relations
New York, NY

Military Strategies for Unconventional Warfare [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]


VICKERS: The use of locals really is very dependent on contingencies. So if you’re trying to find al Qaeda terrorists around the world, you really have no choice. I mean, you may play a significant role in some cases with signals intelligence or unilateral human intelligence, clandestine human intelligence, but you’re almost certainly going to arrest the people and in many cases find them with local police or intelligence forces of some kind or another. I mean, the problem is just too daunting. It’s a 1.2 billion sea that really swims in a larger sea than that, and there’s just no other operational alternative.


Then, if you looked at state failure in larger countries with larger populations—I mean, don’t want to say this—too much, but Pakistan, 150 million people. If we didn’t ally with friendly Pakistanis, it’s just not a workable solution under—you know, unless we mobilize American society to do it.


[Here Vickers is admitting two damning bits of evidence against his efforts—“1.2 billion” refers to all Muslims being suspects, and his strategy calls for recruiting Pakistani hands to do the dirty work.—editor]


Now, as far as bringing in others into the fight, that’s very—everybody wants to do that, and you always here this, “Where are our allies and stuff?” It’s very problematic in irregular warfare. The people with the biggest dog in the fight are the locals involved directly in intra-state conflict. Then perhaps a great power like us that wants order in the area and is taking responsibility has the next biggest stake in it. Others—I mean, asking the Indians to go and die on a protracted basis for something where they don’t have a vital interest has been doomed to failure, and I think it will continue to be doomed for failure. 


[An indigenous force is the only solution, since India can’t be counted on to take-on Pakistan for us.—editor]


I mean, it’s something that successive administrations keep trying to do. There’s been things like Global Peace Operations Initiative or others, you know. Can we contract soldiers out from around the world? And I just think that it’s rubbing up against that problem, that, you know, they’re not going to—you know, if we’re having a problem sustaining forces to fight and die for that, why would you expect any other country, other than the locals, who have less interest to do that?


SHANKER: But Michael, how do you mitigate the risk when you use indigenous forces? Afghanistan, OEF, perfect example. Our Afghan allies fought very well up to Tora Bora, and then, if the public narrative is true—and Sean Naylor’s (sp) here; he’ll back me up on this—the backdoor was left open by our Afghan allies. In Pakistan today—Pakistan’s been a very important ally, but the Northwest Territories are a safe haven, so how do we get that right?


VICKERS: Well, again, I mean, I don’t believe—I have to say, I don’t believe the Tora Bora myth. I mean, it took us three years to find Zarqawi in Iraq, where we had 140,000 troops, and we were hunting him day and night and it’s flat as a pancake, and there’s urban cities and that’s it. So the idea that you’re going to do this in the white mountains of—you know, and it was simply because someone let him get away, I just don’t subscribe to that. We have a hard time finding people in North Carolina; you know, it takes us five years. So I just think that’s a big myth that’s been perpetuated, but just operationally not credible.

Again, Pakistan is a critical ally in the war on terror, but life’s not perfect. But again, what’s the alternative—invade the Northwest Frontier Provinces? Good luck. You know—and so there’s a—you know, there’s a time and place. But the question is: If we’re going to rally a lot of the world in—against Islamic terrorism, we’re going to have to rely on the locals. There simply is no alternative. And I mean, anything else, I think, is just wishful thinking.