NATO needs external enemy to make its members ‘fall into line’

NATO needs external enemy to make its members ‘fall into line’ — Putin

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The president says Russia is alarmed about NATO’s expansion

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MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. It looks like NATO needs an external enemy to make its member states fall into line, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Oliver Stone’s Ukraine on Fire documentary to be shown on Russia’s Ren TV channel on Monday.

“I don’t understand the logic of our partners,” Putin said. “Sometimes it looks like they are seeking to establish discipline in their Atlantic alliance, to make its members fall into line. And an external enemy is needed for that.”

“Despite all the concerns they have about Iran, it does not seem to live up to that role,” the Russian leader added.

He explained why Russia is so alarmed about NATO’s expansion. “We are worried about the decision-making practices. I know the process (of NATO’s decision-making),” Putin explained.

“When a country joins NATO, it becomes next to impossible for it to resist pressure from a major NATO leader such as the United States and hence it may deploy anything – a missile defense system, new bases or, if need be, missile strike systems,” he said.

“And what are we supposed to do? We are forced to take counter measures, that is, to aim our missile systems at those facilities which we think pose a threat to us,” he stressed. “The situation is heating up.”

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Britain Backs Down On Threat To Move Missiles To Estonia…Feels Putin’s Heat

Britain backs out of sending missiles to Estonia to combat Russian threat

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BRITAIN has backed down on plans to send missiles to its Nato outpost on mainland Europe for fear of inflaming tensions with Russia

The UK was due to ship medium-range rockets to Estonia, but has had second thoughts in light of the Kremlin’s anticipated anger. 

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The Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) was thought to be a bold move by Nato in response to Moscow deploying Iskander short-range ballistic missiles to its Kaliningrad enclave on the continent, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania on the Black Sea.

But the Army has backtracked on its decision and removed all mention of the GMLRs from a press release published on its website last week which announced their deployment.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) that the launch was now on hold and “yet to be confirmed”.

Colonel Bob Stewart blasted the decision as a sign of weakness.

The MP for Beckenham, said: “This certainly sends a signal of indecision or possibly incompetence.”

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They would have been the first overseas deployment of the rockets since Afghanistan

A former United Nations commander in Bosnia, he added: “Trump’s election is a wake-up call for Nato.

“He will tell them they must spend two per cent of GDP on defence but they are moving at the speed of a striking slug to achieve that.”

This certainly sends a signal of indecision or possibly incompetence

A defence source confirmed “politics” had played a part in the decision to delay their deployment, and concerns over Russia’s possible aggression towards any ground missiles may have been a factor.

Aerial confrontations, coupled with president-elect Donald Trump’s frosty attitude towards Nato, are also thought to have influenced the decision to pause sending the GMLRs.

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A defence source confirmed “politics” had played a part in the decision

A defence source said the rockets had not been removed from the press release “as a result of third party pressure”, and the final deployment date would be announced “at the appropriate time”.

The U-turn comes as it was recently revealed Russian fighter jets have been intercepting British spy planes over the black sea.

Both country’s planes regularly confront each other, in particular the Russian Sukhoi- SU-27 planes which fly alongside the RAF RC-135 Rivet Joint eavesdropping on them.

RAF sources claim that despite the provocative behaviour Russian jets behave less aggressively towards them than with their American counterparts.

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Colonel Bob Stewart blasted the decision as a sign of weakness

The source said: “Our American colleagues have been buzzed pretty badly on missions over the Baltics, but the Russians are on their best behaviour when we are around.”

Britain is in the midst of preparations to send 800 troops to Estonia, as part of a Nato force to bolster protection around the eastern members.

The GMLRs were due to accompany this ground force as part of “artillery support”, according to the now removed press release.

They would have been the first overseas deployment of the rockets, which have a 45 miles range, since Afghanistan.

Nato chiefs have growing concerns that Russia could launch a strike to take back Estonia, the most northern Baltic state, sending in an invading force before Nato was able to muster a response.

Balochistan After Zarb-e-Azab Becomes What Fata Was After Operation Enduring Freedom

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The massive and deadly attack on Shah Noorani shrine proves the expanding and evolving theatre of Islamist terror

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Devotees outside the Shah Noorani shrine.

 

The devastating suicide attack on Shah Noorani shrine in Khuzdar has underscored the fact that Islamist threat in Balochistan is both evolving and expanding. Initially inter-sectarian, the militant landscape has, apparently, also acquired intra-sectarian character. Similarly, it is political too. The toxic ideology of militant Deobandism under the unsavoury influence of Wahabism gives rise to Islamist terror in Balochistan.

If the year 1999 is taken as starting point of Islamist perpetrated violence in Balochistan, the nature of violence was inter-sectarian. The high profile incident of anti-Shia violence was carried out on October 6, 1999 when Sardar Nisar Ali Khan, an ethnic Hazara, Shia and Balochistan’s education minister, was wounded in a hit-and-run attack while his driver and guard were reportedly killed.

Nevertheless, sectarian violence perpetrated by Deobandi militants from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) became bloodier with the passage of time. On June 8, 2003, eight Hazara police cadets were killed by two armed men on motorcycle in Quetta city. Then there is a long list of Hazaras killed en masse in a string of deadly attacks ranging from bomb blasts to suicide attacks to target killings since June 8, 2003 to 2014 through.

The militant violence inflicted by the predominantly Deobandi Taliban associated with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is also political. They, emerging shortly after the US-led invasion of Taliban-governed Afghanistan, stood for bringing about a Taliban type Shariah regime in Pakistan.

Flushed out from Afghanistan, initially they relocated to Pakistan’s tribal areas, primarily North and South Waziristan. They found themselves on the run whenever a military operation was launched in the six of the seven tribal agencies. The state’s security apparatus, military installations, police and paramilitary troopers were Taliban’s favourite targets in the rest of Pakistan though Balochistan was a late entry.

After the launching of Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan, the last of the tribal agencies to experience a major military operation, in June 2014, some of the anti-state Taliban ended up in Afghanistan’s bordering areas with Pakistan, others went into hiding or relocated to various parts of the country including Balochistan. A conglomerate of more than 40 militant outfits, the TTP was an umbrella organisation for Deobandi militant Islamists with two broad agendas: political and sectarian with religion playing an overarching role.

The most worrying scenario is that all three recent suicide attacks in Balochistan carry the footprints of ISIS.

In Balochistan, the recent spike in violence is perpetrated by multiple splinter factions of the TTP in the service of their political and sectarian objectives. Although these groups may have parted ways, operationally they appear to be in cahoots with one another. What brings these all militant groups on the same page is their unwavering commitment to a distorted version of Deobandi Islam under Wahabi influence.

The massive suicide attack on Shah Noorani shrine added a third dimension of Islamist terror in Balochistan. The nature of terror is intra-sectarian. Deobandi militants, like their Wahabi/Salafi counterparts, exhibit strong antipathy towards reverence to shrines as practiced among Barelvi Sunnis and Shia Muslims. Visiting shrines and participating in various activities such as Dhammal — a Sufi dance performed by devotees — and Nazr-o-Niaz — literally offering of less valuable thing in the hope of getting more valuable thing — are considered equivalent to mockery of religion bordering on idolatry and heresy punishable by death.

The militant Deobandis have a very constrictive interpretation of religion. Even the otherwise very conservative religious leaders, the likes of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, do not qualify for being pious Muslims. It should not come as a surprise that the JUI-F chief has survived three suicide attacks.

The Quetta suicide attack on October 22, 2014 was claimed by Jundullah, the otherwise anti-Shia militant outfit.

The most worrying scenario is that all three recent suicide attacks in Balochistan carry the footprints of ISIS. While al-Qaeda introduced suicide attacks inside Pakistan, the Islamic State group is even more savage. The issue with state’s denial of ISIS’s presence is that those at the helm of affairs equate ISIS with the possession of some territory, which has been terror group’s hallmark both in Iraq and Syria.

To the extent that ISIS does not occupy any territory in Pakistan, which it won’t for the foreseeable future, the official stance carries due weight. Nevertheless, what appears is that ISIS has established links with local terrorist groups such as Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Jammat-ur-Ahrar, a breakaway faction of TTP. What it requires for a militant to be part of Islamic State group is simply to switch allegiance from one group to the terrorist entity. Just take the example of Islamic State Afghanistan chapter. Militants previously affiliated with Afghan Taliban defected to establish Islamic State group in that country. The recent surge in Deobandi militancy in Balochistani is a bad omen for how bleak the future may look like.

It seems that Balochistan is playing Fata post Taliban collapse in Afghanistan when militants from al-Qaeda, Afghan Taliban and Uzbeks of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan among others flocked to Pakistan’s tribal areas in the northwest. Seemingly, Balochistan, especially its metropolitan city Quetta and its suburb areas, is increasingly becoming Taliban’s new centre as fleeing militants are relocating there.

Seeking powers under FCR is not a rational move on the part of Balochistan government to prevent terror. Trimming the list of good Taliban was a rational move by the government though it took too long to do so. Nevertheless, much needs to be done. Until the good and bad Taliban distinction is laid to rest we can never get rid of terror perpetrated by non-state actors because every good Talib is a potentially bad Talib. Today’s all bad Taliban were once good Taliban. The longer we take to realise it, the further we shall suffer!

Brit SAS Ordered To Kill 200 British Jihadis Now Before They Leave Iraq

‘Kill them before they come home’ 200 Brit Jihadis on SAS kill list

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SAS units in Iraq have been handed a “kill list” of at least 200 British jihadis.

 

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They are on a mission to kill or capture the fanatics before they can return to establish terror cells in the UK.

The list includes at least 12 bomb-makers who studied electronics at British universities.

They are now regarded as some of the most dangerous terrorists on the planet.

Special forces have been told to “use whatever means possible” to stop them leaving Iraq.

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The SAS have been warned the operation could be the most important in the regiment’s 75- year history and that success is vital to keep the UK safe.

“The race is now on to kill or capture those who are left”

Senior source

Any British jihadis captured alive will be handed over to the Iraqi authorities, tried and possibly executed if found guilty of terror offences.

The order was issued after intelligence suggested hundreds of British terrorists are attempting to return to the UK.

One senior source warned: “Foreign fighters serving with IS have been told to return home and carry out attacks.

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NO RETURN: Jihadis will have no place to call home once the war is over

“We know there are hundreds of Brits who went to fight in Iraq and Syria, a lot have been killed but there could be up to 700 still alive.

“The race is now on to kill or capture those who are left.”

The SAS have been told to focus on targeting 200 senior Islamic State members who pose a direct threat to the UK.

It is understood that the British and US special forces have a series of hunter-killer teams under orders to eliminate the high-value targets.

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INSIDE THREAT: Intelligence agencies warn ISIS Brits will try to return

They are based at the HQ of the US Joint Special Operations Command near Baghdad.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have closed in on Mosul – the headquarters of IS in Iraq – and are expected to capture the city within weeks.

The Iraqis have been advised by members of the SAS and US special forces throughout the campaign.

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DESPERATE: Special Forces will do all they can to stop the warriors of terror

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, the government’s secure listening service, believe the British jihadis will try to return to the UK once IS has been defeated in Iraq.

They fear the Islamist killers could attempt to carry out a wave of Paris-style massacres.

The kill list has been drawn up from intelligence provided by MI6 and CIA agents operating inside towns controlled by IS.

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WAR: The fight with ISIS is a deadly conflict

Mum-of-two Sally Jones, who converted to Islam and uses the name Sakinah Hussain, is one of the top names on the list.

She vowed to behead Christians with a knife and is known to be active in Islamic State’s recruiting team.

Sources said that Jones, from Chatham, Kent, is regarded as a senior figure within the group and her links with the UK make her a major threat.

Hundreds of British nationals left the UK to fight in Syria as part of the Islamic State group and at least 60 have been killed.