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  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • India Takes Economic Spotlight, and Critics Are Unkind

    03/06/2004 10:04:03 PM PST · by AM2000 · 55 replies · 582+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 7, 2004 | AMY WALDMAN
    BOMBAY, March 2 — India has finally arrived on the global economic scene. Unfortunately, like a debutante suddenly told she is wearing the wrong dress, it is not exactly the triumph India imagined. In recent weeks, the outsourcing of white-collar service jobs to places like this financial capital on the Arabian Sea has become the focus of the American presidential campaign, the brunt of jokes on late-night shows, the subject of angry Web sites, and the target of legislation in more than 20 states and Washington. Long caricatured in many American minds as home only to snake charmers and poor...
  • 'A Q Khan (Pakistani nuke scientist) visited Timbuktu for uranium'

    02/17/2004 6:03:16 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 902+ views
    rediff.com ^ | February 17, 2004 19:12 IST | Shyam Bhatia in London
    The London accountant who accompanied Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to Timbuktu on three occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2000 says the 'father' of the Pakistani bomb witnessed the digging of a well, toured an ancient Islamic library and enjoyed the views of the desert. A remote outpost in the middle of the West African desert, Timbuktu usually attracts explorers associated in the popular mind with the adventures of the comic character Tin Tin. And Pakistani dissidents told rediff.com the reason for Khan's visit to Timbuktu, part of landlocked West African state of Mali, was to prospect for uranium. They say...
  • "We are walking into the American trap": Former Pakistani Intelligence chief

    02/12/2004 4:59:06 AM PST · by AM2000 · 9 replies · 386+ views
    rediff.com ^ | 2/12/2004
    Home > News > Interview The Rediff Interview/Former ISI chief Hamid Gul February 12, 2004 Born in a mud hut to a farmer in Sargodha, Punjab, retired Lieutenant General Hamid Gul went on to become head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence directorate during then prime minister Benazir Bhutto's tenure. He played a pivotal role in creating the problems India confronted due to Pakistan's State-sponsored terrorism.B Raman, one of India's leading experts on Pakistan, recalls how Gul actively backed Khalistani terrorists. "When Bhutto became prime minister in 1988," Raman says, "Gul justified backing these terrorists as the only way of pre-empting a fresh Indian threat...
  • Socialism is criminal (an Indian columnist on the socialism of the Indian govt)

    12/30/2003 4:18:05 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 378+ views
    The Times of India ^ | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2003 12:00:47 AM | Sauvik Chakraverti
    Much of this won't make sense to an audience not versed in the intricacies of Indian politics. However, if you read between the lines, you'll notice a decent rebuttal of socialism, and of the inherent evil in government ownership of lands which are not being used as 'public goods'. Enjoy. -AM2000 A Second Republic | There Can Be No Collective PropertyIndia 's socialist judiciary, even after a decade of liberalisation, remains inextricably wedded to the notion that publicly held property is in the public interest: The collectivist ideal. This indeed must be the rationale for blocking privatisation in the oil...
  • Anti-Indian terrorists kicked out of Bhutan, ask China for safe passage

    12/28/2003 8:24:57 PM PST · by AM2000 · 7 replies · 425+ views
    The Times of India ^ | MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2003 03:36:50 AM | PTI
    Ulfa knocks on China's door GUWAHATI: Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa has appealed to China to offer temporary shelter to the fleeing cadres while its ideologue Bhimakanta Borgohain said they would now accord priority to Myanmar to set up fresh camps there. Rajkhowa in a letter to the Chairman of People's Republic of China said, “'We request you to permit them safe passage to your territory with minimum temporary hospitality necessary for their survival.” Rajkhowa in a letter faxed to the chairman on December 25, which was e-mailed to a section of the local media here on Sunday, said that of...
  • Scientists Map Out Destroyed Afghan Buddha in Preparation for Reconstruction

    11/13/2003 1:39:55 AM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 868+ views
    TBO.com ^ | 11/13/03 | Naomi Koppel
    GENEVA (AP) - Swiss-based scientists have created a model of a huge Buddha statue destroyed by the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan and said they hope it will be used to rebuild the ancient figure. The team used 30-year-old photographs and special software to build the three-dimensional model, which represents the larger of two standing Buddhas the hardline Islamic group blew up with dynamite in March 2001. International outcry followed the destruction of the giant Buddhas, which were chiseled into the cliff more than 1,500 years ago in Bamiyan Valley on the ancient Silk Route linking Europe and Central Asia....
  • Raid kills 22 Taliban, Al Qaeda: U.S. civilians die in Afghan battle

    10/28/2003 5:30:05 AM PST · by Coop · 39 replies · 841+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/28/03 | Jamie McIntyre/Elise Labott
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan -- At least 22 fighters from the ousted Taliban regime and al Qaeda network were killed in an aerial assault by U.S.-led forces in southeastern Paktika province, according to Reuters..</p> <p>Air support was called in on Tuesday after a group of Taliban and al Qaeda fugitives fired rockets and heavy machine-guns on a base used by U.S.-led troops and their Afghan allies in Shkin, near the Pakistan border, on Saturday, said Paktika province govenor Mohammad Ali Jalali.</p>
  • BERNARD LEVY ON PBS BILL MOYERS

    10/02/2003 6:18:42 PM PDT · by JENNIFER_SMITH · 11 replies · 643+ views
    PBS ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2003
    MOYERS: President Bush came to New York this week to ask the U.N. for money and troops to help out in Iraq. The U.N. turned a cold shoulder. While here, Mr. Bush met with the president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, supposedly a close ally. But there are complaints in Washington that Musharraf is not doing enough to round up the terrorists in his own country, with its huge population of radical Muslims. Our next guest knows Pakistan well, from many trips there over the years. Bernard-Henri Levy is a diplomat, journalist, and philosopher, the author of 30 books. His latest...
  • Religious freedom significantly imperilled in Afghanistan

    09/27/2003 9:44:01 PM PDT · by Colorado Doug · 3 replies · 423+ views
    pakistan tribune ^ | September 27, 2003
    KABUL, September 28 (Online): Members of a federal panel are warning that religious freedom and other human rights remain seriously imperilled in Afghanistan even under a United States-backed government. Members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, reporting on an August visit to Kabul, said Sept. 24 that the U.S.-backed interim government is in danger of allowing the nation to return to the patterns of severe repression of religious freedom that characterised the Taliban's rule there. The Taliban were deposed by U.S.-led forces in 2001 for harbouring Osama bin Laden and other members of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization. Noting...
  • Letter from Iran: The Seeds of Future Revolt

    09/26/2003 11:33:23 AM PDT · by Persia · 12 replies · 414+ views
    The Nation ^ | 9/26/03 | Afshin Molavi
    The hard-line Islamic vigilantes circled us. Wearing their trademark beards, untucked long-sleeve shirts and green headbands, they chanted progovernment slogans, occasionally crying out "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) or "Death to the foreign mercenaries," as they circled and scowled. Our unaffiliated group, standing near a shuttered corner market in Tehran University just after 8 pm on July 9, shuffled nervously. Most had come to see what might happen on this night--the highly anticipated fourth anniversary of Iran's pro-democracy student protests, which rocked the country. Few were political activists, students or organized protesters, let alone "foreign mercenaries"; they were housewives, middle-class...
  • BUSH HARDENS STANCE AGAINST MUSHARRAF

    09/25/2003 11:38:27 AM PDT · by JENNIFER_SMITH · 12 replies · 476+ views
    TIMES OF INDIA ^ | SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    NEW YORK: Notwithstanding its self-professed role as a frontline state in the war on terrorism, Pakistan finds itself cornered on the issue. The US, India and Afghanistan have come together to warn Pakistan's military government not to mess around in its neighbourhood. US President George Bush bluntly told Pakistan's military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday to "stop cross-border terrorism in Kashmir" and "infiltration" into Afghanistan. Despite effusive public praise for Pakistan for its role in the war on terrorism, Bush appears to have got tough with Musharraf during their meeting on the sidelines of the UN session in the face...
  • Barmal, Afghanistan - Town under Taliban and al-Qaeda control since August

    09/20/2003 12:45:56 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 737+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation ^ | September 20, 2003 | Herve Bar
    A chief town of district of south-east under control taliban since one month The talibans and their allies of organization Al-Qaïda took control in August of the chief town of a frontier district of Pakistan in the south-east of Afghanistan, exerting since an intense military pressure on all the zone, according to local persons in charge's for safety questioned by the AFP. The Afghan pro-governmental forces "were driven out of Barmal in mid-August after an attack of several hundreds of talibans and members of organization Al-Qaïda come from Pakistan", affirmed with the AFP the head of provincial safety Daulat...
  • India: Riots over 70 suicides blamed on "debt,drought, and Monsanto's GM crops."

    09/12/2003 4:32:31 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 9 replies · 491+ views
    BBC On Line ^ | Thursday, 11 September, 2003 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Thursday, 11 September, 2003, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK Indian farmers target Monsanto A group of farmers in southern India has stormed a building formerly used by the global biotech giant, Monsanto. Monsanto has left the building - but nobody told the farmers, say police More than 40 farmers of the Karnataka State Farmers Association ransacked the building in the city of Bangalore on Thursday after staging noisy protests. The attack came a day after the group demonstrated in the city against more than 70 suicides by farmers in the state in the past three months which the farmers...
  • AMERICAN & IRANIAN SEPTEMBER 9/11

    09/11/2003 12:49:25 PM PDT · by Persia · 9 replies · 472+ views
    IranVaJahan ^ | 9/11/03 | Koorosh Afshar
    You might still remember that our youth, the new generation of the Iranians, we, were the only people among the Middle Eastern countries, while opposing the ruling mullahs, poured into the streets and held candle light vigils to show our solidarity with the Americans, quite contrary to the vile policies of our government. At the time this seemed quite sufficient to disclose to others as to how we felt about the 9/11 tragedy. Removing the last excuse for the mullahs and also to dismiss any probable doubt regarding their role in these catastrophic events some links were found later which...
  • Hidden malware in offshore products raises concerns [Back doors in Indian and Chinese code]

    09/11/2003 11:13:41 AM PDT · by AppyPappy · 4 replies · 555+ views
    Hidden malware in offshore products raises concerns Story by Mark Willoughby SEPTEMBER 11, 2003 ( COMPUTERWORLD ) - "You've go to be a little paranoid to survive in this business." -- Andrew S. Grove, chairman and founder, Intel Corp., ca. 1980 The extreme difficulty in discovering a back door hidden deep within a complex application, buried among numerous modules developed offshore in a global software marketplace, is forcing those assigned to protect sensitive national security information to take defensive actions. The threat of hidden Trojan horses and back doors surfaced this summer when the governments of the U.S. and China...
  • A Pakistani thorn in the American side

    09/10/2003 9:09:38 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 3 replies · 494+ views
    The Daily Star, Lebanon. ^ | Sept. 9, 2003 | Michael Griffin
    The long arm of the US “war on terrorism” employs remarkably tender gloves when it comes to Pakistan, the original backer of the Taleban movement that offered Osama bin Laden sanctuary as he plotted the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks ­ and the only state in the Muslim world certainly known to possess weapons of mass destruction. Billions of US dollars in military and economic aid have poured into the country since then, although, before the attacks, Pakistan was more often cited as a sponsor of international terrorism. It had backed ruthless cross-border insurgencies in Kashmir and India, developed a nuclear...
  • In Afghanistan, The War On Terror Is Anything But Over

    09/10/2003 3:50:12 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 581+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-11-2003 | Phil Reeves
    In Afghanistan, the war on terror is anything but over By Phil Reeves in Afghanistan 11 September 2003 Afghans are not easily shocked. Repeated invasion, decades of civil war and centuries of poverty harden a place. Yet the latest atrocity to hit this nation was stunningly brutal, even by their dismal standards. It happened early on Monday afternoon, a multiple execution by men determined to render it impossible for the international community to reconstruct or stabilise the country under the control of a US- supported government. Five local workers from the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghanistan (Dacaar) were bumping...
  • Questions Grow on Pakistan's Commitment to Fight Taliban

    09/09/2003 11:50:53 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 4 replies · 441+ views
    New York Times ^ | Sept. 9, 2003 | David Rohde
    Two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, questions are growing about whether Pakistan, a crucial American ally in the campaign against terrorism, is mounting a sincere effort to crack down on a resurgent Taliban and other Islamic militants. The Pakistani military, which dominates the country, is credited by American officials with excellent cooperation in hunting down members of Al Qaeda. But members of the Afghan government and some Pakistani political and intelligence officials suggest that Pakistan is not doing all it could to stop Taliban forces from using its territory to attack Afghan territory, and that some elements of Pakistan's...
  • Canadians in secret unit hunt al-Qaeda terrorists Post reporter given rare access to sortie

    09/09/2003 1:00:26 PM PDT · by MalcolmS · 11 replies · 1,384+ views
    National Post ^ | Sept 9, 2003 | Chris Wattie
    A HILLTOP NEAR KABUL - Sitting in their unlit house, behind six-metre-high mud brick walls in the heart of a village so hostile to outsiders even heavily armed international troops rarely venture down its narrow roads and lanes, the al-Qaeda militants must have felt safe. They were wrong. From a barren, windswept hilltop kilometres away, the men of 42-Charlie are watching. "There you go," exults Corporal Chris Nadon, pointing at the screen in front of him showing a bearded man peering suspiciously out of a window far below. "Close enough to count the hairs in his nostril." The crew of...
  • Indian EEs show you can go home again

    09/08/2003 7:56:02 PM PDT · by nwrep · 15 replies · 484+ views
    EE Times ^ | September 8, 2003 | K.C. Krishnadas
    Indian EEs show you can go home againBy K.C. Krishnadas, EE Times September 5, 2003 (3:14 p.m. EST) URL: http://www.eetimes.com/story/OEG20030905S0038BANGALORE, India — When startup Insilica Semiconductors India Pvt. Ltd. took a booth at a recent job fair in California to recruit for its Bangalore design center, it was unprepared for the deluge of about 150 applications that followed. The response underscored what many observers consider an increasingly common phenomenon: Expatriate design engineers — not just programmers — are returning to India in droves. “It's historic; it's never happened before,” said New Path Ventures co-founder Vinod Dham, a renowned expat...
  • U.S. general: Taliban streaming from Pakistan into Afghanistan

    09/08/2003 6:47:23 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 25 replies · 843+ views
    AP via USA Today ^ | Sept.8,2003 | Unspecified
    <p>GARDEZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters, paid and trained by al-Qaeda, are pouring into Afghanistan from Pakistan, the top American commander in Afghanistan said Sunday. Lt. Gen. John Vines said the Taliban were trying to regroup and regain control of the country they ruled until ousted by the United States in late 2001. His comments to reporters traveling with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld were the first confirmation from a top U.S. military official of reports of a Taliban resurgence out of Pakistan into Afghanistan.</p>
  • Mine Blast Kills 12 Police in E. India, Communist rebels suspected

    09/08/2003 5:28:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 409+ views
    AP ^ | September 8, 2003
    PATNA, India -- Suspected communist rebels detonated a land mine under a passing police vehicle in eastern India on Monday, killing 12 officers, police said. The attack took place in hilly terrain in Rohtas district, 125 miles west of Patna, the capital of the eastern Indian state of Bihar, said Ritu Raj, the deputy inspector-general of police. Raj said militants of the outlawed Maoist Communist Center were suspected in the attack since the area is their stronghold. Other details were not immediately available. The rebels work closely with the People's War Group, another guerrilla group, and are active in five...
  • 2 U.S. soldiers wounded in Afghan attacks

    09/08/2003 10:43:04 AM PDT · by PatrioticCowboy · 16 replies · 570+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 8-8-03 | Associated Press
    2 U.S. soldiers wounded in Afghan attacks Five government soldiers killed by suspected Taliban fighters The Associated Press Originally published September 8, 2003, 1:26 PM EDT KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Suspected Taliban insurgents killed five Afghan government soldiers and wounded two U.S. soldiers in attacks in the south and east of Afghanistan, Afghan and U.S. military officials said today. The attacks in three provinces highlighted the security challenge in America*s other war. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. John Vines, warned Sunday that Taliban fighters, paid and trained by al-Qaida, were pouring into the country from neighboring Pakistan --...
  • Musharraf awaits his marching orders

    09/08/2003 7:03:56 AM PDT · by zacyak · 1 replies · 262+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Sep 9, 2003 | Syed Saleem Shahzad
    KARACHI - A political crisis in which the opposition and the ruling coalition have joined forces to coerce Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf into shedding his uniform and submitting his controversial constitutional amendments to parliamentary scrutiny has emboldened the hand of senior generals seeking Musharraf's ouster. The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a grouping of six religious parties, and members of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-i-Azam group are negotiating to force Musharraf to table the amendments, known as the Legal Framework Order (LFO), in the national assembly, and also to get Musharraf, who is chief of army staff as well as president,...
  • Taliban recruits new tier of terror

    09/07/2003 11:10:20 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 462+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, September 8, 2003 | By Massoud Ansari
    <p>KANDAHAR, Afghanistan &#8212; Hundreds and possibly thousands of Taliban recruits known as the "Sarbaz" &#8212; those who care nothing for their own lives &#8212; are involved in an increasing number of hit-and-run attacks against government and American troops.</p> <p>Among them are young men like Siddiqullah, 24, who despite his recent engagement has put his life on hold to wage a holy war on "infidel" forces occupying his country.</p>
  • Warlords wear out Afghans' welcome

    09/08/2003 6:26:22 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 10 replies · 629+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/8/03 | Kathy Gannon
    Warlords wear out Afghans' welcome'Now anyone with a gun is the law' By KATHY GANNON Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan -- Along a potholed road in eastern Afghanistan, Mohammed Jan points through a cloud of dust at a line of mansions that seem out of place in such poverty-stricken surroundings. "This is where the new, beautiful houses begin. They belong to the commanders. Their money is from drugs, from smuggling. They will never be caught. Their soldiers are working with the Americans," says Jan, himself a small-time opium grower. Nearly two years after the collapse of Taliban rule, ordinary Afghans like...
  • Pakistan Base in al-Qaida Hunt Attacked

    09/07/2003 6:42:35 AM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 399+ views
    The Free Lance-Star / AP ^ | 9/7/03 | RIAZ KHAN
    BANNU, Pakistan-Attackers fired three rockets at a small airport being used as a base by Pakistani troops hunting for al-Qaida and Taliban fugitives, but there were no injuries or damages, a military official said Sunday. The attack happened late Friday in Bannu, about 155 miles southwest of the capital Islamabad, said Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, a military spokesman. There was no claim of responsibility, and Sultan said the military was trying to determine who might have carried out the attack. "We are ascertaining details of the attack," he said. Two rockets exploded in deserted areas inside the airport grounds. The...
  • Almost Two Years After They Were Defeated, Thousands Join The Talibans New Jihad

    09/06/2003 5:57:12 PM PDT · by blam · 136 replies · 918+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-7-2003 | Massoud Ansari
    Almost two years after they were defeated, thousands join the Taliban's new jihad (Filed: 07/09/2003) Massoud Ansari travels with militia fighters around the Kandahar region of Afghanistan They are known as the Sarbaz - those who care nothing for their own lives - and they represent one of the greatest threats to the government of Mohammed Karzai and the international forces seeking to bring stability to the shattered country of Afghanistan. The Taliban, supposedly vanquished in December 2001 when American and Northern Alliance forces drove them from power, are reviving and fighting back across southern Afghanistan. Siddiqullah is one of...
  • Musharraf agrees to quit as army chief

    09/06/2003 9:06:41 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 388+ views
    The Times of India ^ | September 06 2003 | PTI
    ISLAMABAD: In a move that could resolve the 11-month old parliamentary crisis, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly agreed to Opposition's demand to quit as Chief of Army and submit his constitutional amendments to the Parliament for ratification after necessary modification. A committee of second rung leaders of the ruling PML-Q and the six party Islamist alliance Muthahid Majlis Amal (MMA) which held several rounds of talks to defuse the crisis announced in Lahore on Saturday that it reached a broad understanding to table the amendments, known as Legal Framework Order (LFO), in the National Assembly after necessary modifications. It...
  • 9/11 TWO YEARS LATER: Bin Laden dodges efforts to settle score

    09/06/2003 8:17:12 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 4 replies · 422+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | September 6, 2003 | ANDREW MAYKUTH AND MARK MCDONALD
    <p>SHKIN, Afghanistan -- Far above the thick mud walls of the medieval fortress in Shkin, spy satellites and sophisticated aircraft search the skies for a stray electronic signal -- a coded radio message, a satellite phone call -- that might lead them to Osama bin Laden.</p>
  • Powerful explosion rocks fruit market in Kashmir; two killed

    09/05/2003 10:15:36 PM PDT · by Brian S · 7 replies · 446+ views
  • 'I dream only of having my hand again' (from nov 2001)

    09/05/2003 7:00:05 PM PDT · by dennisw · 7 replies · 510+ views
    some UK rag ... the times ^ | 11 1 2001 | anthony loyd
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2001370005-2001380262,00.html KARIMULLAH is an Afghan who does not want to relate his war story. In a lan= d where everyone is quick to tell their tale, his silence makes him unique.= =20 He stood alone in the narrow midday shadows of the hospital courtyard when = I saw him yesterday, a mix of glittering fury and blank despair. He had hob= bled into the Red Crosss orthopaedic centre in Golbahar on Saturday.=20 Even among the other amputees, his injuries stood out. Mines can take off b= oth legs and both arms, or the limbs of one side, or,...
  • Anger As Troops Hunt Taliban In Pakistan

    09/05/2003 5:30:01 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 533+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-6-2003 | Ahmed Rashid
    Anger as troops hunt Taliban in Pakistan By Ahmed Rashid in Lahore (Filed: 06/09/2003) Pathan leaders are furious over the launch of a Pakistani military operation in the North West Frontier Province to arrest Taliban and al-Qa'eda leaders fleeing fighting in Afghanistan. Helicopters were flying over border areas yesterday looking for infiltrators after thousands of troops arrived at Bannu air base in lorries. Reports that a small detachment of US special forces was also involved could not be confirmed.The soldiers have cordoned off Bannu, begun house-to-house searches in some parts of the city and launched patrols in the mountains. The...
  • Pakistan to seek 28 F16s from US

    09/05/2003 5:10:17 PM PDT · by Brian S · 7 replies · 505+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09-05-03
    * PAF says Airborne System to be on agenda in defence talks with US ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, worried by nuclear rival India’s plans to acquire a strategic radar system from Israel, said on Friday it is seeking second-hand F-16 fighters from Belgium and will also request a similar US radar system. Air Commodore Sarfraz Ahmed Khan, the spokesman for the Pakistan Air Force, said an Airborne Early Warning System would be on Pakistan’s shopping list when the US-Pakistani Defence Consultative Group meets in Washington later this month. Khan said Pakistan would also repeat its request for the supply of an initial...
  • Afghanistan won’t be rebuilt overnight: Powell; pledged to speed up US aid to build a new state

    09/05/2003 5:03:54 PM PDT · by Brian S · 2 replies · 310+ views
    AFP ^ | 09-05-03
    WASHINGTON: Afghanistan’s plight will not be alleviated “overnight” Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday but pledged to speed up US aid to build a new state from the “ashes of war and chaos.” Powell touted what he said were major US successes in the war-torn country, despite a recent upsurge in violence and fighting between US troops and militia fighters. “In Afghanistan, both the political reach and the governing capacity of President Karzai’s administration are expanding,” Powell said in a major speech at George Washington University in the US capital. “Roads and schools are being built, dangerous landmines are...
  • U.S. Says Taliban on the Run, 70 to 100 Killed

    09/05/2003 8:36:43 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 24 replies · 400+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/5/03 | Yousuf Azimy
    U.S. Says Taliban on the Run, 70 to 100 Killed Fri September 05, 2003 07:12 AM ET By Yousuf Azimy BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday it was pursuing remnants of a large Taliban force in the mountains of southeastern Afghanistan after killing 70 to 100 of them in more than a week of fighting. "We believe we have been very successful, we believe we have the enemy on the run," Colonel Rodney Davis told reporters at Bagram air base, headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan. "From what we can determine they have withdrawn to...
  • Afghan-US offensive ends with 124 militants killed

    09/04/2003 8:03:58 PM PDT · by Destro · 34 replies · 529+ views
    asia.news.yahoo.com ^ | Thursday September 4, 11:05 PM | AFP
    Thursday September 4, 11:05 PM Afghan-US offensive ends with 124 militants killed KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) - A major joint Afghan-US offensive against hundreds of suspected Taliban dug into the mountains of southeast Afghanistan has finished with around 124 militants killed, Afghan officials said Thursday. Up to 1,000 Afghan soldiers supported by US troops and aircraft had been engaged for more than a week in the major operation against suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda bases in the mountains of Daychopan district of Zabul province, 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of Kabul. US-led coalition Special Operation Forces and 10th Mountain Division troops backed...
  • UN Fears Instability In Kabul After Mayor Demolishes 'Illegal' Homes

    09/04/2003 4:02:04 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 1,690+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-5-2003 | Phil Reeves
    UN fears instability in Kabul after Mayor demolishes 'illegal' homes By Phil Reeves, Asia Correspondent 05 September 2003 Kabul has always been the exception, a haven amid an unstable country where American troops are still tracking down anti-government guerrillas at huge expense, where swaths of the landscape are no-go areas because of the threat of violence. But now trouble has come unexpectedly to the Afghan capital. To the disgust of the United Nations, Basir Salangi, the Kabul police chief, has begun flexing his muscles, underlining tensions between the US-backed Afghan authorities and the international community. His target comprises one-room mud-brick...
  • Afghan, U.S. forces seek fleeing Taliban in south

    09/04/2003 6:38:37 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 30 replies · 517+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9/4/03
    Afghan, U.S. forces seek fleeing Taliban in south Pakistan renews hunt in border regions ASSOCIATED PRESS QALAT, Afghanistan, Sept. 4 — Afghan and U.S. forces scoured gorges and rugged mountain peaks in southern Zabul for suspected Taliban fleeing fighting that left scores of insurgents dead, an Afghan commander said Thursday. While Afghan officials claimed victory, the U.S. military said the battle in Zabul's Dai Chupan district was not over. Separately, at least 24 Pakistani military helicopters swooped in low over the tribal regions that border Afghanistan in a renewed hunt for fleeing al-Qaida and Taliban, witnesses said Thursday. Government officials,...
  • Kabul Is Quick to Import Headache From West: Traffic

    09/04/2003 6:19:09 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 6 replies · 412+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Thursday, September 4, 2003 | PHILIP SHISHKIN
    <p>German highway patrolman Wilhelm Borgert honked at a beat-up white sedan trying to cut in front of his jeep. "This is a one-way street, but you always have cars coming the other way," said Mr. Borgert, here to advise the Afghan government on police reform. He has started driving the wrong way himself, he says: "It's faster."</p>
  • Iran Under Pressure

    09/04/2003 5:54:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 331+ views
    IMRA/JCSS - Tel-Aviv University ^ | 9-4-03 | Ephraim Kam
    Ephraim Kam: Iran Under Pressure [full text] Highlights here JCSS - Tel-Aviv University Iran has recently come under increasing domestic and international pressure stemming from three primary factors. The first is the changes to Iran's strategic environment that resulted from the American operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, some of which have been positive for Iran but most of which have been negative. The second factor concerns new revelations about Iran's progress towards acquiring nuclear weapons, sparking a great deal of international pressure on the country. The third factor is domestic unrest within Iran, characterized primarily by student protests against the...
  • Kashmir - Woman, boy fight with jihadis, snatch weapons Militants gun down 5 of a family

    09/03/2003 2:01:22 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 7 replies · 846+ views
    RAMBAN, Sept 2: In a brazen act of violence, a group of militants last night struck at the residence of a well educated family, which was engaged in pre-marriage celebrations, killing five family members including three brothers and a woman at village Chamalwas, about eight kms from Banihal. Two members of the family including a youth and a woman put up a strong defiance and even snatched weapon of a militant before they were shot dead. Official sources identified the victims as Mohammad Khadim Hussain, 48, the lone elected Sarpanch of Chamalwas and former State secretary, Minorities Cell of the...
  • the Left's Double Standards & Deceptions on Iran

    09/03/2003 1:00:37 PM PDT · by Persia · 5 replies · 427+ views
    Defense & Foreign Affairs ^ | 09/03/03 | Elio Bonanzi
    For weeks during the month of June 2003 and on the occasion of the July 9, 2003, anniversary of the 1999 University protests in Iran, the opposition movement inside Iran challenged the authority of the Administration, marching and rallying, chanting anti-Government slogans, defying the guns and death squads of the various mullahs in key posts. As a result, thousands of political activists, students, and others, were rounded up and packed into prisons, subjected to torture, and in some cases murdered. It is instructive to compare and contrast the articles about Nicaragua that appeared in liberal newspapers in 1979 and the...
  • Pakistani: bin Laden options running out

    09/03/2003 7:12:54 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 19 replies · 575+ views
    The Associated Press | 9/3/2003, 9:37 a.m. ET
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's Interior Minister said Wednesday that terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was running out of options and places to hide. "To me, time, space and options are becoming limited by the day for Osama and all those linked to him," the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Faisal Saleh Hayyat as saying. Hayyat said intelligence collected from top al-Qaida operatives has provided coalition forces with information that has limited bin Laden's freedom of movement. He would not elaborate. "As a result, slowly and gradually the noose is tightening around Osama and his aides," Hayyat was quoted...
  • Taliban quit running, start returning [In this Writer's Dreams]

    09/03/2003 5:41:52 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 25 replies · 519+ views
    Dallas Star-Telegram ^ | 9/3/03 | Kathy Gannon
    Taliban quit running, start returning By Kathy Gannon The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Taliban are no longer on the run and have teamed with al Qaeda again, according to officials and former Taliban members. They say the religious militia has reorganized and strengthened since a U.S.-led coalition defeated it nearly two years ago. The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan and espoused a strict version of Islam, are receiving help from some Pakistani authorities and disgruntled Afghans fed up with lawlessness under the U.S.-backed interim administration, a former Taliban commander said. "Now the situation is very good for us. It...
  • Afghan Govt Says Ousts Taliban from Dai Chopan [Taliban Holdouts Destroyed]

    09/03/2003 5:34:39 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 7 replies · 509+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/03 | Sayed Salahuddin
    Afghan Govt Says Ousts Taliban from Dai Chopan Wed September 03, 2003 02:14 AM ET By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - After more than a week of intense bombardment and ground fighting, Afghan and U.S.-led forces have driven out Taliban fighters from Dai Chopan district in the southern province of Zabul, a senior official said on Wednesday. Zabul's intelligence chief, Khalil Hotak, also said that authorities from neighboring provinces had rushed fighters to the borders of the district to arrest Taliban forces trying to flee. He told Reuters he had received reports of skirmishes between fugitive guerrillas from the hardline...
  • U.S., Afghans press Taliban fight

    09/02/2003 10:31:25 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 532+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, September 3, 2003 | By Noor Khan
    <p>QALAT, Afghanistan &#8212; Afghan and U.S. troops overran three suspected Taliban positions and pinned down fighters in a cave yesterday as fighting raged in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military and an Afghan commander said.</p> <p>American bombing echoed through the mountains as the troops tried to root out hundreds of Taliban holdouts who have offered fierce resistance for the past week.</p>
  • (Pakistani) Army officers arrested in terror sweep

    09/02/2003 6:51:52 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 2 replies · 397+ views
    <p>LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Pakistan's army had several officers in custody Monday on suspicion of links to Islamic extremist groups.</p> <p>The London Telegraph reports the fear is the security arm of Pakistan, a Western ally in the war on terrorism, has been compromised by Afghanistan's former Taliban regime.</p>
  • Allied troops overrun three Taliban hideouts

    09/02/2003 6:47:49 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 22 replies · 467+ views
    * US bombing continues * Taliban get 300 reinforcements * Hekmatyar’s aide held in Kabul QALAT: Afghan and US troops overran three suspected Taliban positions in the mountains of southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, while American bombing echoed through the rugged region, officials said. Afghan forces supported by US troops and aircraft have been engaged for the past week in a major operation against suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda bases in the mountains of Dai Chopan district of Zabul province, 300 kilometres southwest of Kabul. General Haji Saifullah Khan, the main Afghan commander in Dai Chopan, said US warplanes and helicopter...