How Deeply is the U.S. involved in the Afghan Drug Trade?

October 17, 2008

The answer is simple and dismaying. America’s local allies in Afghanistan, the politicians and warlords who overthrew Taliban in 2001, are up to their turbans in the heroin trade. Drug money is the blood that courses through Afghanistan’s veins and keeps the economy limping along. The U.S.-installed Karzai regime in Kabul propped up by US and NATO bayonets has only two sources of income: cash handouts from Washington, and the proceeds of drug dealing.

When Taliban ruled 90% of Afghanistan from 1996-2001, it almost totally stamped out poppy cultivation as un-Islamic. The UN’s drug control agency has confirmed this fact. >>>>>


Ethiopian troops to stay in Somalia

October 17, 2008

Ethiopian troops in Somalia are stay in that country until the AU deployed its full peacekeeping force. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told parliament in Addis Ababa. The African Union plans to send 8,000 peacekeepers but currently there are just about 3,000 of them from Uganda and Burundi. >>>>>

Kenya under attack threat from Somali Islamists

October 16, 2008

Following a recent offer by Kenya to train Somali forces, Islamists have responded with a threat to launch an attack on Kenyan territory if it goes ahead with plan.According to reports, Kenya had offered to train 10,000 Somali government troops in a bid to boost capacity to deal with insurgency and bring back law and order in that country.  >>>>>

10 Killed in Turkey – Kurd Clashes

October 16, 2008

The PKK has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey since 1984. The violence has killed at least 37,000 people.  The PKK is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. >>>>>

Pak warns US against border violations

October 14, 2008

Pakistani Government sources were quoted by the Dawn News channel on Monday as saying that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari had told British officials on the same day that violations of Pakistan’s frontiers would not be tolerated...

Islamabad says the strikes are an infringement of its sovereignty and are counterproductive in the battle against militants. Pakistani civilian and military leaders have frequently protested over the US incursions into Pakistan’s tribal region, with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani terming the attacks as an ‘act of terrorism’. >>>>>

Public At Last Guantánamo’s SERE Standard Operating Procedures

October 14, 2008

One of the most important documents of the U.S. torture program has just become publicly available for the first time. This is the JTF GTMO “SERE” Interrogation Standard Operating Procedure, now posted on the website of the new documentary, Torturing Democracy. This document clearly specifies that the abusive interrogation techniques to be used at Guantamo [JTF GTMO] are based upon the military’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape [SERE] program. The document is notable for its documentation of the extent to which abuse was bureaucratically standardized for routineuse.

Taleban stage audacious ‘Tet-style’ attack on British HQ city

October 13, 2008

British and Afghan forces repulsed an attempt by hundreds of Taleban fighters to attack the provincial capital of Helmand, Lashkar Gah, on Saturday night in the most audacious Taliban attack in the province since 2006.

Up to 100 Taleban fighters were killed in a series of airstrikes and firefights around the city outskirts in fighting that began in the early evening as Taleban fighters were concentrating to attack the city of three sides and continued into the early hours of Sunday morning.  >>>>>