Rasoul/Mansour Peace Deal Kaput, As Taliban Civil War Resumes In Helmand

[Mullah Rasoul Stops Fighting Mansour and They Are Now Pals ; The Pentagon Peace Ploy Enters A New Phase With the Flipping of Mullah Rasoul ]

Infighting leaves 30 Taliban dead in Helmand

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LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 30 fighters have been killed during a clash between two Taliban groups in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.

Police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang, told Pajhwok Afghan News fighters loyal Mullah Akhtar Mansour and Mullah Rassoul fought fierce battles in Nawar locality late on Sunday.

He said as a result of the infighting, 30 Taliban were killed and some wounded. Security forces have collected the bodies of three rebels.

District chief, Agha Mohammad Takra, confirmed the infighting.He said both sides had suffered causalities in the clash, but exact casualty figures were yet to be ascertained.

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmad rejected the claim as baseless. He said the clash in Nawar area took place between the Taliban and Afghan Local Police (ALP).

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Terrorists Murder Pakistan’s Most Honest Journalist—LUBP

[Let Us Build Pakistan (LUBP) has fought valiantly to uphold Truth in a land of manufactured reality.  Pakistan, and especially Pakistan’s military establishment, have long been hostile to honest reporting and journalism which do not serve the government’s interests.  Khurram Zaki has faced daily threats, coming from all sides and he has managed to keep LUBP focused upon a better future for his troubled Nation.  He was very generous to me personally, running many of my articles on LUBP. 

Above all, he was a great patriot, whose tireless dedication shall be sorely missed.]

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LUBP’s Statement on Khurram Zaki’s Martyrdom

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We offer our condolences to Pakistani nation on the martyrdom of LUBP blog’s editor and leading human rights activist Khurram Zaki. After Shaheed Irfan Khudi Ali of Quetta, Shaheed Khurram Zaki is the second LUBP editorial team member who has been target killed by Takfiri Deobandi militants.

For the last one year, Shaheed Khurram Zaki was a target of a systematic hate campaign organized by Deobandi fanatic, Shamsuddin Amjad of the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in collaboration with the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP aka ASWJ/LeJ).

In particular, hateful and violence inciting posters against Shaheed Khurram Zaki had been published recently by the Mashal Facebook page run by Shamsuddin Amjad, Asad Wasif and a few other pro-Taliban fanatics of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Shaheed Kurram Zaki was a bigger journalist and rights activist with more valuable credentials and contributions than those in mainstream media or NGOs who remain silent on or obfuscate systematic target killing of Shia Muslims, Sunni Sufis Muslims, Christians and other communities in Pakistan at the hands of Takfiri Deobandi militants.

Khurram Zaki took a principled and courageous stance against the notorious Lal Masjid Deobandi cleric, Abdul Aziz, when the latter refused to condemn the same Taliban/ASWJ terrorists who killed 150 school children in Peshawar. Zaki’s bold and unwavering stance against this cleric brought him to the attention of the Takfiri Deobandi nexus which is also responsible for 100% of suicide bombings in Pakistan.

In boldly highlighting and supporting the rights of Sunni Barelvis, Shias, Sufis, Ahmadis, Hindus and Christians, his contribution as citizen journalism was much bigger than all journalists combined in Pakistan. His death is the grim reminder that whoever raises voice against Taliban, ASWJ/LeJ and Jamaat-e-Islami Deobandi mafia in Pakistan will not be spared. And when they have to murder, they never fail.

In keeping with the legacy of Shaheed Khurram Zaki, LUBP will not bow down to Takfiri Deobandi terrorism. We will continue to work for greater Sunni-Shia unity and support all operations against the TTP, ASWJ/LeJ and other terrorists. We will continue to highlight and condemn Shia genocide and target killings of Sunni Sufis, Christians and other communities in Pakistan at the hands of Deobandi militants.

Khurram Zaki’s martyrdom is the result of a sustained campaign against not only LUBP but all those Pakistanis like Irfan Khudi Ali and Sabeen Mahmud who spoke the truth. We have no doubt that his target killing has been engineered by and is the result of a systematic hate campaign by Shamsuddin Amjad of Jamaat-e-Islami. We remind Shamsuddin Amjad that all lawful means will be used to ensure that he is held to account for this murder.

To honour and preserve the memory of our dearly departed colleague, LUBP is setting up the Shaheed Khurram Zaki Trust to ensure the well being of family members and children of deceased activists killed by Takfiri Deobandi terrorists regardless of their sect or faith background.

(Ali Abbas Taj)
Editor in Chief
Let Us Build Pakistan

 

Trump just exposed America’s dirty little secret–We Have More Debt Than We Can Pay Back

Trump just exposed America’s dirty little secret: Schiff

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump just revealed an inconvenient truth about U.S. debt, the outspoken and often controversial Peter Schiff told CNBC in a recent interview.

Last week, Trump joined CNBC’s “Squawk Box” last week to discuss a wide range of topics including U.S. debt, interest rates and replacing Fed Chair Janet Yellen. It was Trump’s comments about potentially renegotiating the more than $19 trillion in U.S. debt and the sensitivity surrounding higher interest rates that raised eyebrows.

While some observers argued that Trump’s approach could be tantamount to a debt default, Schiff told CNBC the GOP nominee was fundamentally correct in his observation.

“Trump just admitted on CNBC that America has too much debt to afford a rate hike, and that he wants our creditors to accept less than 100 cents on their Treasuries,” the Euro Pacific Capital CEO explained on CNBC’s “Futures Now” last week. “In other words, Trump knows a U.S. government default is inevitable.”

Last year, the widespread belief that the Federal Reserve would tighten monetary policy unsettled markets. Recently, soft economic data and turmoil around the globe have softened expectations of a rate hike. Still, Schiff said an eventual rate hike could leave the world’s largest economy exposed to a growing risk.

“If rates go up, refinancing [debt] doesn’t help. The only thing that helps is restructuring,” said Schiff, who compared the situation to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

The commonwealth “can’t pay because they are broke, well math applies on the main land just like it applies in Puerto Rico, we can’t pay either,” he said. “And if interest rates go up Donald Trump is right, we have no choice than to tell our creditors they are taking a big haircut,” he added.

Schiff has long been opposed to the Fed‘s so-called easy money policies. He insists that rather than helping the economic backdrop, the excess liquidity has created fragile asset bubbles so fragile that may send the U.S. spiraling into a recession worse than what occurred during the financial crisis.

“[Trump] recognizes that we have a bubble and he wants to make America great again,” Schiff said, adding that of all the candidates he has the best understanding of how bad the problems are.

“To get great again we need to recreate what made us great in the first place, and so we’re going to have to let interest rates go up,” Schiff added. “A big part of that is admitting that we aren’t going to be able to re-pay the debt.”

Obama Uses Pakistan, To Manipulate Taliban, To Create Demand, For Return of US Forces

[SEE:  Taliban Take Their Orders From Pakistan…Period ;Taliban Have Always Been ISI Foot Soldiers, Working For the CIA ; NSA Declassified Doc. Reveal Pak ISI Funded Taliban (TTP) Bombing of CIA Drone Camp Chapman ; If the Afghan Taliban Tried To Kill John Kerry, Whose Orders Were They Following, Islamabad or Langley? ]

Pakistan and the Taliban Team Up against Afghanistan

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In response to a massive suicide attack in Kabul that killed and wounded over four hundred people, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made an unprecedented appearance before a joint session of parliament on April 25. During the impassioned speech, he rallied his countrymen to stand united against the threat, and promised to go all-out against the Taliban, no longer relying on Pakistan to bring the insurgents to the peace table. What remains to be seen, however, is whether President Ghani will be able to make good on his promises. Recent battlefield setbacks at the hands of the Taliban and the Pakistani military, unfortunately, are complicating Ghani’s ability to deliver.

There has been much in the Western press on the temporary loss of the province of Kunduz to the Taliban late last year. Government control over Kunduz remains tenuous. More recently virtually all the gains made by U.S. and NATO troops in the key province of Helmand in the south have been lost, and the Taliban are threatening to take control of yet more territory. Government forces have thus far been unable to retake many of the lost districts. Getting virtually no notice in Western press, however, has been a significant deteriorating security situation in the eastern part of the country, particularly in Kunar Province.

In 2011 I was an Army officer serving in Afghanistan and traveled to Kunar Province, which abuts the Pakistan border, to assess the needs of several U.S. combat brigades in the field. I spent time at the two biggest bases in that area, Combat Outpost (COP) Bostick and COP Monti. As I wrote in the Armed Forces Journal upon my return, the state of the war at that time was going poorly for U.S. and Afghan forces. But as I have recently discovered, the situation on the ground in Kunar and elsewhere in eastern Afghanistan has deteriorated dramatically since the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces in 2014. The Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) are not solely to blame, however.

During my visit to COP Monti in 2011, I met an Afghan gentleman I’ll call Mr. Salarzai (I am withholding his full name to protect him from Taliban reprisal) who was serving as a cultural advisor to U.S. forces in that area. We have remained friends via email and Facebook ever since. Earlier this week during a visit to Kabul I was reunited with Mr. Salarzai. I asked him what the security situation in the Kunar had been since the withdrawal of U.S. troops. What he told me was both shocking and disturbing.

“Right now the government only occupies about 30 percent of the province,” Mr. Salarzai told me. “And of the 30 percent they occupy, they do not actually provide security to the people, because it’s all they can do to secure themselves. Rarely,” he continued, “do they even leave their bases.” When I asked him why, he said it was because they had no choice. “These Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers are good guys. I know many of them,” he said. But the bases they inherited from the United States have fallen into disrepair, the equipment is barely functioning and they have virtually no air support, he explained.

Three weeks ago, outside of a certain government checkpoint in Kunar province, a helicopter was landing to bring supplies. Mr. Salarzai told me the landing zone was maybe twenty meters outside the compound. “When the landing gear hit the ground, the helicopter blew up. It landed on an IED planted by the Taliban. If the government can’t even secure twenty meters outside its own compound,” he said in frustration, “how can they defend us?”

Those troops who occupy the bases, however, are at a major disadvantage to the Taliban. “When the U.S. was here and the Taliban attacked the base from the mountains overlooking the bases, the U.S. troops would call in airstrikes, and within minutes, F-16s or attack helicopters would come in and blow up the fighters. Now,” he lamented, “there is no air support. So all the ANA guys can do is hide behind the barriers.” I contacted the governor of Kunar Province, Haji Wahidullah Kalemzai, and he confirmed much of Mr. Salarzai’s account—but added more troubling, current information.

Near Ghaziabad, Kunar province, recent heavy rains washed out a major section of the road. The Taliban took advantage of the blockage and set up heavy machine guns on the high ground, the governor told me, and had taken the ANA and repair crews under direct fire when they tried to repair the roads. The mountain road is the only resupply route for the ANA in that area. “If we don’t get air support to take out the Taliban on the high ground,” Mr. Kalemzai said, “our troops will be in great danger as other Taliban troops move on them.” This situation, however, isn’t the only—or the most dangerous—threat facing government troops in Kunar.

Both the governor and Mr. Salarzai told me about recent incursions by the Pakistani military against Afghan border troops and police outposts. In recent months the governor said the Pakistani military had taken Afghan positions under rocket fire, artillery, and heavy machine gun fire. “Last month,” Mr. Salarzai told me, “there was a big fight between the Pakistan military and the ANA near where I live. In this case, the ANA actually beat back the Pakistanis. That’s not always the case, but still (this attack caused) three Afghan civilians killed and another thirty wounded.” I asked Governor Kalemzai what Pakistan hoped to accomplish by these attacks.

“I don’t know,” he said with obvious frustration. “We’ve often asked them why, but they don’t give any answer. We really want to know why ourselves.” Frequent Pakistani attacks have been a source of much frustration to every Afghan official I spoke with. The former director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Amrullah Saleh, said it is clearly common knowledge in Washington that Pakistan’s support for the Taliban is active and overt. Why the United States didn’t put genuine diplomatic pressure on Pakistan, however, he couldn’t understand.

“What is the definition of an enemy of the United States?” Mr. Saleh rhetorically asked. “A country which undermines U.S. interests? Yes. A government which kills its citizens? Yes. Harbors known terrorists,” Mr. Saleh continued, “supports extremism? That is the very definition of Pakistan relative to the United States.” A senior member of the upper house of the Afghan parliament, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said he had been in private conversations with his counterparts in the Pakistani parliament who flatly told him if Afghanistan would agree to certain demands, Pakistan would pull the plug on support for the Taliban.

The demands would require Afghanistan to surrender some of its sovereignty, the Senator said, which no one in Kabul will consider. If Pakistan doesn’t cease its support, however, the Afghan government is prepared to take the matter to the UN Security Council. “We’ve got strong proof of Pakistani support for the Taliban,” he continued. “We’ve even got some Pakistan military we’ve captured in our jails. Our UN diplomat is already staffing the document in preparation to submit it to the Security Council.” Whether Kabul can wait that long for diplomatic efforts to bear fruit is uncertain because the situation continues to deteriorate in other areas of the country. These developments place the United States in a precarious situation.

On one hand, the United States continues to deploy combat power on the ground to help the ANDSF fight the Taliban. But the other hand seems inexplicably passive, with regard to putting diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to cease its support for the Taliban and outright attacks against Afghan troops along the border. In the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, Congress demanded that before providing funds to Pakistan, the secretaries of state and defense had to certify that the government of Pakistan would cooperate

*** “with the United States in counterterrorism efforts against the Haqqani Network, the Quetta Shura Taliban, Lashkar e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Al Qaeda, and other domestic and foreign terrorist organizations, including taking steps to end support for such groups and prevent them from basing and operating in Pakistan and carrying out cross border attacks into neighboring countries . . .”

Yet as evidenced by current and frequent attacks by Pakistan against Afghan troops, and considerable support for the Taliban within their country, no such certification can be made. Why the administration, with apparent acquiescence by Congress, is unwilling to enforce existing U.S. law is unclear. Inexplicably, it appears that by failing to abide by the terms of the law, the United States is deploying the military to help battle the insurgents on the ground in Afghanistan while turning a blind eye to the primary source of the conflict: support from the territory of Pakistan. President Ghani was emphatic in his demands of Islamabad during his April 25 speech.

He said he expected Pakistan to “to keep the promises they made” to “carry out military operations against those who, according to our intelligence organizations, the intelligence organizations of our international partners and senior Pakistani officials, have centers inside Pakistan and whose leaders are residing inside Pakistan.”

The time has come for Congress to hold the secretaries of state and defense accountable for the law they passed, and either withhold funding from Pakistan for its support of insurgent groups in Afghanistan or ensure that Pakistan ceases its overt support. But the U.S. government must stop deploying U.S. combat troops to stop an insurgency, while turning a blind eye as an erstwhile ally perpetually undermines the military’s efforts. The lives of our troops and the success of our mission to provide stability in Afghanistan depend on it.

Daniel L. Davis is a widely published analyst on national security and foreign policy. He retired as a Lt. Col. after twenty-one years in the U.S. Army, including four combat deployments, and is a member of the Center for Defense Information’s Military Advisory Board. The views in these articles are those of the author alone and do not reflect the position of the U.S. government. Follow him on Twitter @DanielLDavis1.

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