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Iran’s top leader says U.S. relocates IS Assets to Afghanistan

Iran’s top leader says U.S. relocates IS to Afghanistan

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TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) — Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the United States has been relocating the so-called Islamic State (IS) to Afghanistan to justify its military presence in the region.

By transferring the IS terror group from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan, the United States seeks “to justify the continuation of its presence in the region and to create security for the Zionist regime (of Israel),” Khamenei said according to the state TV.

“The same hands that created Daesh (IS) as a tool to oppress people in Syria and Iraq and carry out crimes against them are today seeking to transfer Daesh to Afghanistan after its defeats there,” he was quoted as saying.

The United States “is the main source of insecurity in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that the recent killings in Afghanistan represent an early stage in the scheme of relocating IS to the country.

Khamenei said Washington’s proxies have been directly or indirectly involved in the killings perpetrated in Afghanistan over the past 20 years in the name of religion. “To the U.S.-backed terrorists, Shiite and Sunni (Muslims) are no different, and civilians, including Shiites and Sunnis, are their target,” he stressed.

Washington wants to advance their own political and economic agendas through destabilizing Afghanistan, he added.

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Gigantic Qatari Al Udeid Air Base To Expand and Become Permanent

Qatar CRISIS: Trump’s ‘BIG PLAN’ for ‘PERMANENT’ military presence in Middle East deal

THOUSANDS of US troops could be sent to Qatar by the Trump administration as the two countries execute a “big plan” aimed at increasing an American military presence in the Middle East, the Qatari Defence Minister has announced.

Qatar is already home to the US Air Force Central Command but the countries are said to be keen on expanding the Al Udeid military base to house more military personnel.

Al Udeid is currently home to 11,000 people employed by the US armed forces and plays a crucial role in giving the US air power in the Middle East.

Announcing the decision Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said: “We have a big plan to expand Al Udeid to make it permanent.

“Colleagues in the US Department of Defence are reluctant to mention the word permanent, but we are working from our side to make it permanent.

“We are planning for a 2040 Vision in the military-to-military cooperation with the United States in all aspects whether it is in the Air Force, Navy or the land force.”

The US and Qatar are long term allies in the region and have been working together since the 1990s in a bid to crack down on the financing of terrorism.

Last year American military and Qatari armed forces carried out military exercises in a show of co-operation between the two countries’ armed forces.

Donald Trump is keen on increasing the presence of US military in the region as fears of a Gulf War rage on and is working with Qatar to improve their defence facilities in the Middle East.

Since he became President last year, Trump has increased the number of US troops and civilians working for the Department of Defence in the Middle East by more than 30 per cent from 40,517 to 54,180.

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Donald Trump has agreed a deal with Qatar to increase their military presence in the Middle East

The international power is keen on being well placed in case its allies are targeted by an attack.

The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been building over the past 12 months.

The US agreement to expand Al Udeid comes in spite of an increase in relations between Qatar and Russia.

Qatar Foreign Minister

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The Middle East state is considering purchasing S-400 air defence missile systems from Putin.

However, dismissing queries that the sale could cause tension between the US and Qatar Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said: “You know we have a rooted, historical relationship, whether military-to-military or education or energy with the United States.

“So I don’t think such a thing will affect the historical, solid relationship with the United States.”

Pentagon Orders STOP To Afghan Progress Reports To American Public

[SEE: Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction SIGAR–JAN 30, 2018]

Inspector general accuses Pentagon of censoring Afghanistan data

The federal watchdog overseeing U.S. efforts in Afghanistan slammed the Defense Department on Monday night for blocking the release of unclassified data on U.S. progress there, calling the order unprecedented and “troubling for a number of reasons.”

In a letter accompanying its regular quarterly report, the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, said the Defense Department blocked publication of data on “the number of districts, and the population living in them, controlled or influenced by the Afghan government or by the insurgents, or contested by both.”

Those data aren’t classified, but the Defense Department determined that “they are not releasable to the public,” said the letter, which gave no indication that the Defense Department provided a reason for the decision.

Why Americans should expect to see casualties rise in Afghanistan

The letter, which is signed by Inspector General John Sopko, called the order distressing because “the number of districts controlled or influenced by the Afghan government had been one of the last remaining publicly available indicators for members of Congress — many of whose staff do not have access to the classified annexes to SIGAR reports — and for the American public of how the 16-year-long U.S. effort to secure Afghanistan is faring.”

On a broader scale, the directive is troubling because “this is the first time SIGAR has been specifically instructed not to release information marked ‘unclassified’ to the American taxpayer,” the letter said.

In its last report, in October (PDF), SIGAR said the Taliban controlled or was contesting 43 percent of Afghanistan’s districts, up from 40 percent in July.

Image: Kabul attack

Afghan soldiers stand guard at Marshal Fahim military academy after an attack Sunday in Kabul, Afghanistan. Omar Sobhani / Reuters

“Historically, the number of districts controlled or influenced by the government has been falling since SIGAR began reporting on it, while the number controlled or influenced by the insurgents has been rising — a fact that should cause even more concern about its disappearance from public disclosure and discussion,” SIGAR said Monday night.

In a statement to Reuters, the Defense Department said it wasn’t responsible for the order, saying it had been issued by Operation Resolute Support, the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan.

Related: U.S. has thousands more troops in Afghanistan than the Pentagon admits

The commander of Operation Resolute Support, however, is a U.S. Army general, John Nicholson Jr. In November, Nicholson told NBC News that the war in Afghanistan remains in a “stalemate” but that “we’ve set all the conditions to win.”

August 2017: What Afghan strategy may signal to Afghan government

The SIGAR complaint comes as Taliban and Islamic State fighters have increased their attacks in Afghanistan, especially in Kabul, the capital. Hundreds of people have been killed in a wave of attacks in the last few months.

On Jan. 20, at least 14 foreigners and four Afghans were killed when gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, and at least five people were killed and two dozen injured when four gunmen stormed an office of the Save the Children aid agency in Jalalabad on Jan. 24.

On Saturday, a Taliban attacker drove an ambulance filled with explosives into the heart of Kabul, killing at least 103 people. Then, on Sunday, 11 Afghan troops were killed when ISIS militants attacked a military academy in Kabul.

Old Conservative, Pro-Reagan Press, Pitts. Post Gaz., Calls For Afghan Withdrawal

The Afghan morass: Three brutal attacks underscore futility of U.S. role

 

Three recent attacks in Afghanistan, waged by the Islamic State, a new player there, and the Taliban, a very old element in the interplay of forces in the country, should make something plain to Americans: It is time for us to conclude that we have done as much useful there as we can, and that it is time for us to go.

The fact that some Americans are making money and gaining career advancement from U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is far from sufficient reason for us to stay.

The three attacks were all different, but equally negative in both their impact and their implications. The first was on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, the capital. At least 43 were killed, including some Americans. The Taliban claimed that one. A second assault was on a Save the Children office in Jalalabad, claimed by the Islamic State. The third, which occurred Saturday, was carried out by an ambulance filled with bombs, in Kabul. It killed more than 100 and was claimed by the Taliban.

The United States has more than 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, accompanied by at least an equivalent number of employees of American contractor firms. The U.S. plan is to try to train and equip a sufficient number of Afghan armed forces not only to maintain security in the country, but also to find and kill the Taliban and Islamic State forces that contest control of the country with the Afghan government.

President Ashraf Ghani’s government is divided, weak and corrupt. It does not even hold authority over its own appointed officials. The most prominent among them have their own tribal or family militias which enable them easily to maintain their independence from the Kabul government’s control.

In the meantime, the position of the Afghan government is that everything that is going wrong in Afghanistan in the security area is the fault of Pakistan. Pakistan disagrees. Its government too is a mass of competing elements. It does see Afghanistan as a neighboring territory that it doesn’t want to fall under the influence of India, its principal rival, and it does play games by giving aid and shelter to Taliban elements. But blaming all of Afghanistan’s ills on Pakistan is too simple.

American media are full of accounts of the Vietnam War, including the movie “The Post” and Ken Burns’ series on PBS. We are reminded, first, of the endless character of the Vietnam War, expensive in lives, cash and national unity. Second, and more to the point, we are reminded of the lack of courage on the part of successive American presidents, even when it was clear that all we could do in Vietnam wasn’t going to work, to withdraw the U.S. forces and involvement in that losing venture. U.S. entanglement there went on for decades, until 1975. America has been engaged in Afghanistan since 2001, coming up to 17 years now.

Don’t Fuck with the Charleston Police!

Imperial Plan To Use Civil War As Gas and Oil Valve–PART II

Imperial Plan To Use Civil War As Gas and Oil Valve–PART II

[American foreign policy has proven to be a formula for using “civil war” as a weapon.  As repugnant as it seems, it is true, that our leaders have chosen a policy of fighting our wars by getting other nations and other cultures to go to war upon themselves, within their own societies, and upon their own people, to advance American goals.  Quite a trick, if you can manage it, obtaining policy through the sowing of chaos.  Money and covert coercion proved to be sufficient motivation to accomplish US goals, of blocking the flow of oil and gas which was not under Western control.  There is no more obvious example of this blatantly aggressive war policy than this report of US moving Poland to attempt the blocking of Russian gas, bound for Germany.  An act of passive-aggressive warfare, which does not quite fit the definition of “Agressive War,” as defined in the Nuremburg Trials.]
[“The pattern displayed so far is too consistent to be the result of chance, or a blundering foreign policy….
All of the wars started within the greater war (which used to be called ‘war on terror’) have blocked oil and gas which was about to be brought onto the market.”–
Imperial Plan To Use Civil War As Gas and Oil Valve]

[U.S. says planned Russian pipeline would threaten European energy security US forcing Europe to abandon Russian gas & buy more expensive American LNG – Lavrov]

[Are LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) and Shale Gas Cooling European Ardor for Gas Pipelines?Oct 25, 2012 ;

US Creating Conflict To Sell Expensive Fracked GasOct 12, 2014 ;

Without War To Inflate the Price, Many Anticipated Gas “Bonanzas” May Go BustJun 6, 2014]

Poland hopes for US support in counteracting Nord Stream-2 – foreign minister

Poland has criticized Nord Stream-2 as an instrument of political pressure, said Poland’s Foreign Minister Yacek Czaputowicz

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WARSAW, January 27. /TASS/. Poland hopes the U.S. will offer political support for the republic in counteracting the Nord Stream-2 project, Poland’s Foreign Minister Yacek Czaputowicz told a joint news conference following a meeting between the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Saturday.

“Poland has criticized Nord Stream-2 as an instrument of political pressure,” he said.

“We shall ask the U.S. partners to support our politics in this sphere.”.

Besides, the Polish foreign minister stressed important of the U.S. participation in improvement of the republic’s energy security. “We share the view about necessary diversification of energy sources, including by importing the U.S. liquefied natural gas,” he said.

In late November, 2017, Poland’s energy company PGNiG (Polskie G·rnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo) signed a contract on LNG supplies from the U.S. This contract will be an alternative for buying gas from Russia, the Polish company said. The deal’s term is five years, its cost is not announced.

In December, Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry said that it had officially notified the environmental authorities of all Baltic countries that Russia had completed international procedures envisaged by the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment within a transboundary context for the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to come into service at the end of 2019. The pipeline is set to run from the Russian coast along the Baltic Sea bed to the German shore. Each of the pipeline’s two stretches will have a capacity of 27.5 bln cubic meters. The new pipeline that is expected to connect the Russian resource base with European customers, will double the capacity of the first line and will basically follow its route. The cost of construction of the Nord Stream-2 is estimated at 9.5 bln euros.

Chaos As Policy…US Foreign Policy In the Middle East

U.S. spreads chaos in the Middle East

U.S. special forces in Syria.

U.S. imperialism’s deteriorating position in the Middle East was confirmed on Jan. 16 by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s bold assertion for U.S. plans in Syria. The arrogant statement was followed, within hours, by almost immediate backpedaling.

Tillerson’s talk at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University confirmed that the only hope of maintaining U.S. domination is another desperate attempt to close all borders and dismember the entire region. But the latest plan has also created a rupture in NATO, the oldest and largest U.S.-commanded military alliance.

Meanwhile, Turkish planes bombed 100 positions in Syria of U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG forces (the Kurdish acronym for People’s Protection Units) on Jan. 21.

As the war in Syria stretches into the seventh year, Tillerson grandly announced the U.S. military will remain in Syria indefinitely. The newest U.S. plan is to create and train a military border force of 30,000 soldiers. The secretary of state also arrogantly restated the U.S. demand that has met with failure for seven years: the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the overthrow of the Syrian Arab Republic government.

This was not the first mention of new U.S. plans there. General Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, said on Dec. 24 that a training program was being established for Kurdish and Arab fighters to become a permanent U.S. occupying force in Syria. Votel declared, “What we don’t want to do is leave a mess.” (us.pressfrom.com, Dec. 24)

In fact, U.S. long-term plans are to permanently divide Syria and Iraq and expand their imperialist “mess” into Iran.

Since Jan. 14, news reports around the world reported U.S. plans to create a new “border force” in Syria on the borders of Turkey and Iraq. This U.S. plan would separate the oil-rich northern region from the rest of Syria, create a mini-state and close the borders.

Washington said it would help Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria led by Kurdish YPG militias, to set up a new 30,000-strong border force.

A flurry of other U.S. statements drew out this plan more explicitly.

The coalition’s Public Affairs Office said: “The base of the new force is essentially a realignment of approximately 15,000 members of the SDF to a new mission in the Border Security Force as their actions against ISIS [the Islamic State group, IS] draw to a close.” (Reuters, Jan. 14)

Before the announcement of a new U.S. plan to occupy and divide the region, numerous commentators described an unprecedented development with the defeat of IS – open borders among Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. The whole region has been divided since the 1991 U.S. war to recolonize and divide Iraq.

Turkey immediately slammed this new plan of a permanent U.S. occupation through an alliance with YPG Kurdish forces in Syria. Turkey warned of military action against the U.S.-armed and -protected YPG forces.

In the face of Turkey’s fierce opposition, Tillerson claimed, “That entire situation has been misportrayed, misdescribed, some people misspoke. We are not creating a border security force at all.” (aljazeera, Jan. 18)

The Kurdish Nation

Turkey’s great fear is that a “border force” of U.S.-armed Kurdish militias will siphon off advanced U.S.-supplied weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles, to Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) forces in Turkey.

Although there are 1.5 to 2 million Kurds in Syria, there are almost 20 million nationally oppressed Kurds in Turkey. Making up 20 percent of population, they are the majority population in southern Turkey, bordering northern Syria, Iraq and Iran.

For decades the Pentagon has armed Turkey and aided in the brutal repression of the Kurds, who resisted under the leadership of the PKK.

But imperialism sees an opportunity to use the smaller Kurdish population in Syria, where they are 5 percent to 8 percent of the Syrian population, as a way to divide Syria. The Kurds in Syria are under the leadership of the Democratic Union Party (PYD); their armed units are the YPG. These are the main units of the U.S.-armed Syrian Democratic Forces.

U.S. imperialism used a similar scenario to impose a division on Iraq. This is imperialism’s divide-and-rule strategy for the entire region. Using the Kurds’ national aspirations for a temporary U.S. military or political advantage, and then cynically dropping them, dates back to Henry Kissinger.

The Kurds are a historically oppressed nation with a distinct language and culture, numbering over 30 million people. They are the largest nation without a state. They live in the underdeveloped, mountainous region spanning four countries: southern Turkey and northern Iraq, Iran and Syria.

Some 72 Turkish jets bombed U.S.-backed Kurdish militias in Syria on Jan. 21. The Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that jets bombed more than 100 targets, including an air base, in the first day of air operations against YPG militias. The operation targeted YPG barracks, shelters, positions, weapons, vehicles and equipment.

Each U.S. maneuver has created greater destruction, but the U.S. has been unable to consolidate its position in the region or gain stable allies.

U.S. divide-and-destroy tactics

Since 2011 the U.S. has covertly armed a whole series of conflicting militias and mercenaries.

With a wink and a nod from U.S. forces in the region, which were arming numerous extremist militias, Saudi Arabia and Turkey armed the fanatical IS army. This became an excuse for open U.S. bombing of Syrian infrastructure.

The U.S. military command pulled 19 other NATO and Gulf countries into the war in Syria. This military onslaught was totally uninvited by the Syrian government.

The Syrian government appealed to Iran, Russia and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon to aid them in defeating IS and the Pentagon-funded militias and mercenaries. This forced Washington to change tactics, but not its objective — the recolonization of the region.

U.S.-imposed sanctions against Iraq and then Syria were an effort to destroy all forms of normal economic exchange and to shut down all commercial and social life. The U.S. occupation of Iraq divided the country into walled-off mini-states with checkpoints and inspections. All borders were closed. U.S. intervention in Syria was designed to do the same thing.

U.S. wars in the region have displaced more than 10 million people and decimated the region. They have created animosity and suspicion on every side, divided the corrupt and brutal feudal Gulf state regime aligned with imperialism, and are now dividing the oldest U.S. military alliance — NATO.

But after seven years of war and 15 years of sanctions, U.S. imperialism has still not succeeded in destroying the sovereign government of the Syrian Arab Republic.