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Afghanistan: ending the game

Posted by seumasach on March 4, 2012

Air Commodore (R) Khalid Iqbal

Opinion Maker

4th March, 2012

Now is the time for a paradigm shift in international approach towards resolving the Afghanistan issue. This is the moment for a healing touch; it’s time for the occupation forces to disengage and leave Afghanistan at its own. Left to itself, Afghanistan would normalize after some constructive aftershocks. International community has wandered in the wilderness to find a viable solution for Afghanistan. Too many cooks have indeed spoiled the broth. Everyone had been giving own vision and wisdom; hardly any one cared to incorporate the Afghan perspective and sensitivities to ever-changing recipes. Formulation of Afghan crisis still continues, emanating from lack of consensus on policy and objective. A late January Pew Research Centre poll indicates that 56 percent, of Americans want troops removed from Afghanistan as soon as possible, while just 38 percent believe the US should stay until Afghanistan is stabilized.

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Kabul on razor’s edge

Posted by seumasach on February 27, 2012

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

218th February, 2012

The killing in Kabul on Saturday of two high-ranking American military officials – a colonel and a major – serving with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will prompt a paradigm shift in regional security. Afghanistan surges as still America’s number one “hot spot”, over-shadowing Syria and Iran.

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US-led airstrike killed 8 Afghan kids: Karzai

Posted by seumasach on February 9, 2012

PressTV

9th February, 2012

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says all the eight people killed in a US-led aerial attack on the eastern province of Kapisa were children.

“The president strongly condemned the aerial bombing by foreign troops that killed a number of children in Nejrab district on Wednesday,” a statement released by the Afghan presidential office on Thursday read.

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Sticker shock: NATO mulls shrinking pricey Afghan military

Posted by seumasach on February 4, 2012

NATO Suggests Other Countries Start Paying for It

Jason Ditz

Antiwar.com

Every time NATO DMs meet on Afghanistan it’s a good bet that the plan is going to involve making the Afghan military even bigger. It has been a safe strategy, with the argument that it is making Afghanistan handle their own security woes.

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France mulls early Afghanistan pullout

Posted by seumasach on January 20, 2012

PressTV

20th January, 2012

France has suspended all military training and joint operations in Afghanistan after four French troops were shot dead by an Afghan army soldier in the country’s east.

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Russia could deliver death blow to Nato, say analysts

Posted by seumasach on December 2, 2011

The News

1st December, 2011

 

ISLAMABAD: With the Russian threat to cut land routes for supply to NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Afghan battleground may turn into a cold death trap for NATO, defence analysts believe. They say that Pakistan should utilise the opportunity for a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan by pulling it out of the American war.

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US told to vacate Shamsi base; Nato supplies stopped

Posted by seumasach on November 27, 2011

Dawn

27th November, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Furious over the pre-dawn Nato attacks on border posts, the government on Saturday reacted sharply by indefinitely closing down supply routes used by western forces in Afghanistan and once again asking the United States to vacate an airbase previously used for drone operations. The government also said it would carry out a thorough review of its cooperation with the US and Nato.

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Pakistan closes key NATO supply route to Afghanistan after alliance’s airstrike

Posted by seumasach on November 26, 2011

RiaNovosti

26th November, 2011

Islamabad authorities said on Saturday they were closing one of NATO’s key supply routes to Afghanistan after the alliance’s airstrike in Pakistan, which killed 25 people, Pakistani TV channels said.

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Next stop is Pakistan

Posted by seumasach on October 5, 2011

Short of full-scale invasion of Libya by NATO, the only way to reverse the declining fortunes of their TNC proxy forces, the Libyan situation will soon go off-radar, a failed campaign, a memory to be obliterated by another hyped misadventure.Could it be in Pakistan?

Wayne Madsen

Voltairenet

4th October, 2011

It looks as if Syria will have to wait now that – as Wayne Madsen points out – Washington’s priority is seizing Pakistan’s nuclear booty before, as the story goes, it falls into radical islamist hands. The only obstacle remaining was to create an environment acceptable to world public opinion that would justify a multinational intervention in Pakistan. Over the past year and a half, Washington has been attempting to do just that through a crescendo of uninterrupted provocations.

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USA loses its base in Kyrgyzstan

Posted by seumasach on August 18, 2011

RT

12th Augiust, 2011

Kyrgyzstan is not going to prolong its agreement with Washington, which entitles the US to use Manas Transit Center to supply its forces in Afghanistan, after it expires in 2014, the republic’s Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev has said.

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Karzai urges Afghan terms for US ties

Posted by seumasach on July 27, 2011

PressTV

27rth July, 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will not sign a strategic partnership deal with the United States if the conditions set out by his country are not met.

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