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  • US Wants a Peace Agreement with Taliban in Time for Elections

    01/29/2012 4:12:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/1/12 | Amiel Ungar
    US representatives have met with representatives of the Taliban in Qatar. The two sides are reportedly trying to work out a confidence building measure by staging a prisoner exchange. The Americans will release some Taliban bigwigs being held in Guatanamo, while the Taliban will release an abducted aid worker, a captured American soldier and a member of the Afghan government peace delegation. As the administration has already announced that it will be withdrawing from Afghanistan by 2014, it would be useful for it to secure a peace agreement with the Taliban that would avoid a repetition of the fall of...
  • Embolden Taliban try to sell softer image (Hussein perpetuates the LIE!)

    01/28/2012 12:36:48 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 2 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/28/12
    KABUL, Afghanistan – When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan in the 1990s, Maulvi Qalamuddin headed the Committee to Protect Virtue and Prevent Vice, the religious police that shut down girls' schools, beat up men with insufficiently long beards and arrested those in possession of music or video tapes. Nowadays, the 60-year-old Taliban cleric is on a different mission: He is overseeing a network of schools that teach reading, writing and math to thousands of girls in his home province of Logar, an insurgent hotbed just south of Kabul.
  • Soros Think Tank Adviser: There’s No Peace Because Those Rich Jews Bribed Congress

    01/26/2012 9:29:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 1/26/12 | Jeff Dunetz
    This Salon headline will bring agreement from many anti-Semites who believe the Jews (or Zionists) control the world. Zbig: Israelis “bought influence”and outmaneuvered Obama By Zbig, the author is talking about, Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser for Jimmy Carter, famous for helping to create the Taliban, inventing anti-Israel conspiracy theories, and spewing anti-Semitic rhetoric. Salon did a phone interview with the former national security adviser from his office at The Center for Strategic and International Studies, The George Soros-created progressive foreign policy think tank. The purpose of the interview was for Brzezinski to “pimp” his new book
  • Only one major media outlet reports terror suspect as Muslim

    06/17/2011 1:31:41 PM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 10 replies
    This morning police in Washington D.C. arrested Yonathan Melaku, a Muslim, for suspicious activity near Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. The twenty-two-year-old Melaku is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Ethiopia that also serves in the Marine Corp Reserves. He was found carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer and other materials making reference to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. The first reports I saw came from the Drudge Report and neither made reference to Malaku’s religion. Then I remembered the stories about Asan Akbar who killed two members of his platoon and wounded fifteen more and Hasan Nidal who killed thirteen...
  • Man Suspected of Carrying Ammonium Nitrate in Backpack Taken into Custody near Pentagon

    06/17/2011 10:48:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | Fox
    Suspect a Former Marine Corps Reservist ARLINGTON, Va. - UPDATE: FOX News has confirmed that the man taken into custody early Friday after being found near the Pentagon with suspicious materials in his backpack is former Marine Corps reservist Yonathan Melaku. 22-year-old Melaku was arrested in Arlington Cemetery overnight. He was believed to have a backpack containing 5 lbs of a substance that was labeled ammonium nitrate. Tests showed the material to be an "inert" substance. A notebook was also found in his bag with words such as Taliban and Al Qaeda. Melaku was a Lance Corporal Marine corps reservist...
  • Flashback - Biden in '08: The Taliban attacked us on 9/11!

    01/26/2012 7:48:34 PM PST · by Frankusa · 4 replies
    Vice President Joe Biden asserted, in a recent interview, that the Taliban is not an enemy of the United States. But, ironically, in 2008, Mr. Biden had a completely different view of the Taliban than the one he currently espouses. In fact, in 2008, Biden made the claim that both Al Qaeda and the Taliban had attacked us on 9/11. VIDEO
  • Combined Force Kills Insurgents in Afghanistan

    01/25/2012 4:27:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader in the Kot district of Afghanistan’s Faryab province today, military officials reported. The sought-after leader is an explosives expert and suicide-attack network facilitator who targets senior Afghan government officials throughout the Almar district, officials said. During the operation, two insurgents exited a building and fired at the security force, officials said. Several remaining insurgents barricaded themselves inside the building and also opened fire. The security force returned fire, killing the insurgents. The security force confiscated several assault rifles,...
  • Combined Forces Kill 5 Insurgents, Detain 8 Suspects

    01/24/2012 12:01:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2012 – Afghan and coalition forces killed five insurgents and detained eight suspects during operations in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported. A coalition airstrike killed five insurgents in the Tagab district of Afghanistan’s Kapisa province. Afghan police detained four suspects in Laghman province’s Methar Lam district after a firefight. Afghan police detained four people wanted for questioning in the Sabari district of Khost province.
  • Why Obama Gave Away the Middle East

    01/23/2012 12:44:13 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Editor’s note: The world is at this moment witnessing a horrific phenomenon: Islamists coming to power throughout the Middle East under the guise of a supposed “Arab Spring” – while the President of the United States is facilitating the entire process. Indeed, President Obama is reaching his hand out in solidarity to Islamists and enabling their solidification of power throughout the region. While displaying a disastrous weakness with Iran and allowing the Mullahs to move ahead aggressively with their nuclear weapon program, the Obama administration is helping the Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt and the Taliban regain power in Afghanistan....
  • Taliban Releases Horrific Video Executions of 15 Pakistani Soldiers

    01/22/2012 9:34:48 PM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Mail Online ^ | Januay 23, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Full Title:Handcuffed, Blindfolded, Shot in the Back of the Head: Taliban Releases Horrific Video of Executions of 15 Pakistani Soldiers Blindfolded and handcuffed to each other on a barren hilltop, Pakistani soldiers wait for death at the hands of a merciless Taliban fighter. Fifteen men were lined up for execution, the chilling scene captured on film by the Taliban for a video released as a warning to the Pakistani army operating near the Afghan border. The Frontier Corps soldiers were seized last month in what the Taliban said was an operation to avenge the deaths of insurgents in Pakistan. The...
  • Taliban video shows execution of Pakistani soldiers

    01/22/2012 2:52:44 PM PST · by Daffynition · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 Jan 2012 | RJSpencer
    The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the killings. The 15 FC (Frontier Constabulary) personnel were kidnapped late last month after a night-time raid on a checkpoint in the northwestern town of Tank. Pakistan's seven tribal districts near the Afghan border, including North Waziristan, are rife with home-grown insurgents and are strongholds of Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives.
  • France threatens Afghan pullout after troops killed

    01/20/2012 7:26:53 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:16pm EST | John Irish and Ahmed Qiam
    (Reuters) - France threatened on Friday to pull out early from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan after a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire on French soldiers, killing four and wounding about 15 others. The killings in the Taghab valley of Afghanistan's eastern Kapisa province were the latest in a series of incidents in which Afghan troops have turned on Western allies. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said all French operations on the ground were being suspended and his defence minister was dispatched to Afghanistan to clarify the situation. "If the security conditions are not clearly established then the question of an...
  • Combined Force Kills Taliban Leader

    01/20/2012 10:03:58 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban leader and two of his associates during an operation in the Achin district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province today, military officials reported. The leader, Khetab Gul, was responsible for a recent suicide car bomb attack in Nangarhar, officials said. He also constructed roadside bombs, planned attacks and distributed bomb-making materials to insurgents throughout the province. During the operation, several armed insurgents barricaded themselves inside a building and fired at the security force, officials said. The force returned fire, killing Gul and two other insurgents. The security...
  • Ron Paul: Wrong on the Taliban

    01/19/2012 3:43:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 19, 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    RonPaul knows even less about the history of our enemies than he does about their proper treatment under the Constitution. He actually interrupted Monday night’s Republican candidates’ debate so he could interject the following: >>>I would like to point out one thing about the Taliban. The Taliban used to be our allies when we were fighting the Russians. So Taliban are people who want — their main goal is to keep foreigners off their land. It’s the al-Qaeda — you can’t mix the two. The al-Qaeda want to come here to kill us. The Taliban just says, “We don’t want...
  • Marines vs. Taliban: The Piss Process

    01/18/2012 8:17:07 PM PST · by stolinsky · 3 replies ^ | 01-19-12 | stolinsky
      Marines vs. Taliban: The Piss Process David C. Stolinsky Jan. 19, 2012 Shimon Peres served as Israeli foreign minister and prime minister. He performed an invaluable service for international peace − inadvertently. He spoke English fluently but with a thick accent, so when he referred to the Mideast peace process, it came out as “piss process.” Thus he unintentionally planted an idea in the minds of his listeners: Trying to negotiate with people who openly declare they want to kill you is futile at best, and dangerous at worst. And in fact, decades of futile negotiations in the...
  • Voice of America journalist shot dead by Taliban in Pakistan

    01/17/2012 6:34:55 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Press Trust of India; Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012, 1:11 IST | Rezaul H Laskar
    A journalist working for the Voice of America was shot dead by Taliban fighters in northwest Pakistan today. Mukarram Khan Atif was attacked at a mosque near his home at Shabqadar town, 35 km from Peshawar, the capital of Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa province. Two gunmen on motorcycles arrived at the mosque during evening prayers. One of them entered the mosque and shot Atif in the head before fleeing, police said. Atif was taken to a nearby hospital in a critical condition but succumbed to his injuries. A prayer leader was injured in the attack. The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for...
  • Deadly attack on Americans was premeditated

    01/17/2012 5:33:58 PM PST · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 1/17/12 | AP
    WASHINGTON – U.S. military investigators found no conclusive evidence that an Afghan officer who killed eight U.S. airmen and one U.S. civilian during a meeting in Kabul in April had ties to the Taliban, according to a report released Tuesday. But the gunman, who shot each of the Americans multiple times after arriving for a routine meeting at an Afghan air force headquarters compound, previously had vowed to "kill Americans," the report said. The incident — among the deadliest of its kind during the 10-year-old war — showed the dangers faced not only by U.S. troops on Afghan battlefields but...
  • Take it from Allen West on Marine urination flap: ‘War is hell’

    01/17/2012 9:37:41 AM PST · by SmileRight · 50 replies ^ | 1/17/2012 | Alan Bergstein
    The media, along with the White House and its talking dogs, Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton, have joined the usual ragtag terrorists in the Muslim camp in condemning our troops – employed by our government to kill the Taliban – for allegedly urinating on Taliban bodies. I have a simple question, because I'm confused by Obama's stance: Which is more inhumane, killing someone or urinating on him? I'm not a legal expert, but I'm sure the penalty in Washington, D.C., for killing a person is more severe than just peeing on that person. Whatever the penalty is for urinating on...
  • Pakistan Taliban leader reported dead in US drone strike (Hakimullah Mehsud)

    01/15/2012 10:12:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Yahoo New via Associated Press ^ | 01/15/2012 | By ZARAR KHAN,
    ISLAMABAD – Intercepted militant radio communications indicate the leader of the Pakistani Taliban may have been killed in a recent U.S. drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials said Sunday. A Taliban official denied that. The report coincided with sectarian violence — a bomb blast in eastern Pakistan that killed 14 people in a Shiite religious procession. The claim that the Pakistani Taliban chief was killed came from officials who said they intercepted a number of Taliban radio conversations. In about a half a dozen intercepts, the militants discussed whether their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed on Jan. 12 in the North...
  • Crush the Taliban

    01/14/2012 11:59:09 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 4 replies
    Crush the Taliban ^ | Jan . 14 , 2012 | Martellus
    Video comment thread on this important issue
  • Rep. Allen West on the reaction to the Marines incident: “Shut your mouth; war is hell”

    01/14/2012 6:41:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2012 | Tina Korbe
    Candidly, the story of a handful of Marines videotaping themselves urinating on dead Taliban fighters is a subject I’ve feared to broach because it is heart-breaking to think those men so lost their sense of shared humanity — if only for those minutes — as to do what they did. Rep. Allen West has given me a way to write about it, though, by saying it all better than I ever could. In an e-mail to The Weekly Standard, West wrote: I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I...
  • Americans cheered Gen. Patton when he urinated on the enemy

    01/13/2012 9:51:48 PM PST · by Windflier · 117 replies
    The last soldier I heard of urinating on the enemy was Gen. George S. Patton. Should the general, who, as much as any other, was responsible for defeating the Nazis, have been driven from the military for such an act? You’d think so from the hysteric response building in the mainstream and Left-leaning press to a video allegedly showing marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters. Presuming it’s authentic, such reaction is absurd. We send these young men out to kill and maim their enemy. That means snuffing out their life, with all the heartbreak and tragedy involved. They usually do...
  • Let's not blow 'Abu Ghraib 2' out of proportion

    01/13/2012 8:41:10 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 37 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/13/2012 | Diana West
    Granted, it's not civil palace etiquette or, more important, U.S. military doctrine to urinate on battle-killed enemy fighters -- in this case, three dead Taliban in Afghanistan. But could we just move on? That'll be the day. Get set for Abu Ghraib 2, a national wallow in a wholly manufactured and inflated evil, the kind of masochistic frolic our extremely twisted elites, safe on their soundstages, find so extremely pleasurable. Get set for the exclusion of any and all context related to heat-of-battle conditions, battle fatigue or Taliban depredations. We have met the enemy and he is us, again --...
  • The Taliban and the PLO

    01/13/2012 7:51:02 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies
    Jewish Policy Center ^ | January 13, 2012 | Shoshana Bryen
    The Washington Post ran several articles and columns this week about the emergence of once-secret U.S.-Taliban talks designed to pave the way for an American exit from Afghanistan. Writers have likened them to the talks that preceded our exit from Vietnam. Maybe, but there is another cautionary tale in our history: what happens when the United States ignores the nature and behavior of an adversary and pretends that a) people devoutly wedded to a violent ideology will accept less than ultimate victory and will allow their darkest enemy to "win" as well; and b) legitimizing them and providing concessions will...
  • Atheist article calls Tim Tebow a "Christian Taliban"

    01/12/2012 9:04:25 PM PST · by Talkwire · 47 replies
    Tim Tebow is called a "Christian Taliban" by an atheist, comparing Southern Baptists to Muslim fundamentalists. Link to Mindposts article hereExcerpt: "Superstar NFL quarterback Tim Tebow looks like an All-American guy, but he has more in common with the Taliban than with our Founding Fathers. The press has given Tim an open mic to opine on abortion, virtue, and piety. When will reporters ask Tim to share his views on gay marriage, the subservience of women, the power of the devil, where the dinosaurs too big for the Ark, or the age of the planet? His overt Christianity has resounded...
  • Marines video: What’s your reaction?

    01/12/2012 7:01:06 PM PST · by bigbob · 189 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post blog ^ | 1-12-12 | Haley Crum
    The Marine Corps said Wednesday that it is investigating the origins of a video on the Internet that purports to show Marines in combat gear urinating on the corpses of three Taliban insurgents.
  • The Outrage Over Video of U.S. Soldiers Peeing on Taliban is Overblown

    01/12/2012 5:56:01 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2012 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Personally, I think it was a juvenile thing to do, but it doesn't deserve the overblown outrage shown by Leon Panetta and the liberal media. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he had viewed the video and considered it “utterly deplorable.” He telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai and pledged a full investigation.  Actually, peeing on the enemy has many historical roots, including during the American Revolution. There is a minor Revolutionary Holiday called Peeing Day. Peeing Day, sometimes called Pissing Day, is a local Holiday celebrated in Princeton, New Jersey on the second Saturday of March, which commemorates the retreat...
  • Panetta: Apparent Marine desecration of Taliban corpses is ‘utterly deplorable’

    01/12/2012 5:28:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/12/12 | Craig Whitlock
    Top U.S. officials moved swiftly Thursday to try to prevent diplomatic damage and contain public disgust from the release of a video that appeared to show Marines urinating on three Afghan corpses — images that spread quickly around the globe. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he had viewed the video and considered it “utterly deplorable.” He telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai and pledged a full investigation. Prior to the call, Karzai described the video as “completely inhumane and condemnable in the strongest possible terms.” His administration called on the U.S. military to “apply the most severe
  • Pentagon condemns alleged Marine misconduct in graphic video

    01/12/2012 12:23:17 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 52 replies ^ | 1/12/2012 | By Laura Rozen
    Pentagon condemns alleged Marine misconduct in graphic video Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday harshly condemned the alleged desecration by U.S. Marines of the corpses of Taliban fighters, after a video showing the actions went viral on a number of Internet sites this week. The Pentagon chief said he'd ordered a full investigation into the alleged incident, which comes amid sensitive diplomatic initiatives to try to advance reconciliation efforts with the Taliban. "I have seen the footage, and I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable," Panetta said in a press statement sent to Yahoo News Thursday. "I condemn...
  • U.S. Marines Allegedly Urinate on Taliban Corpses (Looks like the media won't blame Hussein)

    01/12/2012 5:41:08 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 61 replies · 1+ views
    ABC (All Barack Channel) ^ | 1/12/12 | L Martinez
    The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating a video that surfaced online today in which several Marines appear to urinate on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters. The video, which is less than a minute long, appears to show four men in uniform looking around before urinating on three dead bodies, at least one of the men chuckles as they do so. "Have a great day, buddy," one of the men is heard saying, apparently to a dead body
  • U.S. Marines probe video of men urinating on Taliban corpses

    01/11/2012 6:04:29 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 150 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:24pm EST | Phil Stewart
    The video, which was posted on YouTube and other websites, shows four men in camouflage Marine combat uniforms urinating on the bodies of three dead Taliban. One of them jokes: "Have a nice day, buddy." Another makes a lewd joke about a shower. A copy of the video can be seen here "While we have not yet verified the origin or authenticity of this video, the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps," the Marines said in a statement. "This matter will be fully investigated."...
  • Coalition Force Captures Taliban Leader

    01/11/2012 3:15:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2012 – An Afghan-led and coalition-supported force captured a Taliban facilitator in the Ghazni district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province today, military officials reported. The facilitator planned roadside-bomb attacks and distributed heavy weaponry throughout province. Multiple additional suspected insurgents were detained during the operation. In Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- A coalition patrol detained four suspects and discovered several drugs and weapons caches in the Reg-e Khan Neshin district of Helmand province. The caches totalled about 660 pounds of various compounds used to make homemade explosives, various bomb components and about 110 pounds of marijuana seeds. The security force...
  • Security Force Kills 7 Insurgents, Captures More than 30

    01/10/2012 2:36:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2012 – An Afghan-led and coalition-supported security force killed seven insurgents and captured more than 30 others during a search for a Taliban leader in the Charhar district of Afghanistan’s Balkh province today, military officials reported. The Taliban leader plans attacks against Afghan forces and directs the placement of bombs throughout the province. Insurgents used rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire to engage the security force. They also used Afghan civilians as human shields. The security force seized explosives, pressure-plate bombs, weapons and ammunition. The material was destroyed. In other Afghanistan operations today: -- A combined force captured...
  • The Shocking List of Gitmo Detainees Obama Plans to Release in Deal with Taliban

    01/09/2012 8:22:32 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 9, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Washington Post opinion writer Marc A. Theissen has published a list of the Taliban leaders President Obama is reportedly planning to release from Guantanamo Bay detention center — and their wrap sheets just might (or not) shock you. The Obama administration is allegedly considering the release of these senior Taliban leaders as part of a deal to bring the militant Islamist group to engage in peace talks. According to Theissen, if Obama does in fact proceed with the release, he will do “tremendous harm” to U.S. national security “and to his prospects for reelection this fall.” Theissen writes: To understand...
  • Afghan Soldier Kills American and Wounds 3 Others

    01/09/2012 3:27:12 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 9, 2012 | GRAHAM BOWLEY and SHARIFULLAH SAHAK
    KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier turned his gun on American military personnel while they were playing volleyball at a camp in southern Afghanistan, killing one and wounding three others before being fatally shot, the Afghan police said on Monday. It was the third time in just over two weeks that a man wearing an Afghan Army uniform attacked NATO personnel. In the earlier cases, the Taliban claimed responsibility, although there was no immediate claim in this case that the Afghan soldier had Taliban sympathies. The attack took place on Sunday afternoon in Qalat, the capital of Zabul Province. The...
  • Combined Forces Capture Taliban Leaders in Afghanistan

    01/09/2012 3:23:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured two Taliban facilitators and detained a suspected insurgent in the Khugyani district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province today, military officials reported. The facilitators distributed weapons and supplies to insurgent fighters and coordinated attacks throughout the district. The security force confiscated multiple weapons during the operation. In other news in Afghanistan today: -- In Helmand province’s Nahr-e Saraj district, a combined force captured a Taliban leader who directed the placement of roadside bombs and coordinated attacks against coalition forces. The force also seized about 10 pounds of hashish. --...
  • US frees top Taliban leaders from Gitmo (Unconfirmed claim from Iranian Government)

    01/09/2012 11:22:47 AM PST · by Cardhu · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Press TV ^ | January 9th 2012 | Staff
    The United States has reportedly released three high-ranking Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay Prison in return for an American soldier held by the militant group. The move is also considered as a big concession by Washington to persuade the Taliban to the negotiating table. The three senior Taliban leaders are reportedly on their way to Qatar despite strong opposition from Afghanistan. According to media reports, the released prisoners include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan and maybe Mullah Fazl Akhund, a Taliban Army Chief of Staff. Kabul says the prisoners must...
  • Musharraf to return to Pakistan, lead party in polls

    01/08/2012 4:23:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 8, 2012 2:47pm EST | Faisal Aziz
    Exiled former president Pervez Musharraf said on Sunday he would return to Pakistan later this month to lead his recently formed party in campaigning for a parliamentary election, despite the possibility of his arrest and concern over his security. "There are efforts to scare me, but these people don't know that I'm not among the afraid," Musharraf told a rally of about 8,000 supporters in the commercial center Karachi via video link from Dubai. The former general said he would return between January 27 and 30 and dismissed concern about his security. "I have fought wars. I am not scared...
  • Defiant Obama seeks peace with Taliban

    Never mind 9/11. American authorities are all set to exchange top Taliban officials with the Afghanistan government in hopes of coming to a truce between Washington and Kabul. High-ranking insurgents with ties to the Taliban will be released from American custody and shipped out of Guantanamo Bay if the deal materializes. The US is agreeing to free the alleged terrorists in exchange for Afghanistan’s agreement to cooperate with peace talks and open a political office in the nation of Qatar. To some, it’s a move that only cements what many have said all along — that the America’s war in...
  • Combined Force Kills Taliban Leader

    01/06/2012 7:54:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 1+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban leader in the Mazar-e Sharif district of Afghanistan’s Balkh province today, military officials reported. The leader was responsible for logistical and financial support of insurgent fighters, led a recent ambush against Afghan forces and buried roadside bombs. In operations in Afghanistan yesterday: -- A combined force in Kandahar province’s Panjwai district found and destroyed about 5,500 pounds of marijuana. -- In Kandahar province’s Zharay district, a coalition security force confiscated seven mines, eight 82 mm recoilless rifle rounds, a heavy machine gun and several bomb...
  • Caliph-in-Chief Obama Set to Release Taliban/Al Qaeda leaders at GITMO

    01/04/2012 5:44:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/4/12 | Pamela Geller
    It is as if the USA surrendered in installments and the caliph has been installed in the Oval office. Imagine reading the following on September 12, 2011. We would have stormed the capital. The Obama administration is set to release Taliban leaders with operational ties to Al Qaeda from Gitmo, even before the heinous Taliban has agreed to come to the table for "peace talks". The war criminals set for release are hardcore jihadist leaders who fought on the fields of Islamic imperialism and killed US and coalition troops. These Muslim leaders would return to the battlefield and serve to...
  • EDITORIAL: Vietnam flashback in Afghanistan

    01/04/2012 5:42:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 4, 2012 | Editorial
    President Obama smokes the peace pipe with the TalibanYou know the Taliban is feeling pretty good about life when it opens up a branch office. On Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid announced that the insurgent group would be establishing a presence in Qatar’s capital city of Doha to facilitate negotiations with the United States. The location is significant because it is the base for Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a radical Islamist scholar who is reportedly brokering a peace deal that would give the Obama administration a face-saving means of exiting Afghanistan. An about-face would be a better idea. Mr. Qaradawi is an...
  • Taliban publicly expresses interest in talks with U.S.

    01/04/2012 12:07:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/04/2012 | Ernesto Londoño
    KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed off Wedneday on the establishment of a Taliban office in Qatar so that the militant group can hold talks with the United States. Karzai expressed hope in a statement that peace talks between the dueling sides would “eliminate the foreigner’s excuses” to use Afghanistan as battlefield against terrorist groups. “Dialogue is the only way to achieve peace and get rid of war and the violence imposed upon suffering Afghan people,” the statement said. Karzai’s approval of an office for the militant group in Doha was seen as vital to the prospects of the...
  • Obama Releasing Taliban Prisoners From Gitmo in Exchange for What?

    01/04/2012 7:07:58 AM PST · by csd · 15 replies ^ | Jan 4, 2010 | The Lonely Conservative
    The Obama administration has agreed to release Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for the Taliban opening an office in Qatar to engage in peace talks. A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, announced on Tuesday morning that the insurgent leadership had reached an agreement with the Qatar government and other “relevant parties” about the opening of the office but did not say when it would happen. Secret discussions between American and Taliban officials have been under way for months about taking confidence-building measures including the establishment of a political office outside the immediate region and the release of Taliban prisoners.
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Insurgents, Weapons, Drugs

    01/03/2012 3:57:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2012 – Combined international and Afghan forces captured two Taliban leaders in Afghanistan today, military officials reported. A combined force in the northern province of Baghlan captured a Taliban leader in the Baghlan-e Jadid district, where he was known to operate a bomb-making cell and direct attacks against Afghan forces. In the south, a combined security force captured a Taliban leader and another insurgent in Helmand province’s Nahr-e Saraj district. The leader coordinated direct-fire attacks in the upper Gereshk Valley and planted roadside bombs. Afghan and coalition forces detained another suspected insurgent while searching for another Taliban...
  • Taliban leaders held at Guantánamo Bay to be released in peace talks deal

    01/03/2012 3:14:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 39 replies ^ | 1/3/12 | Julian Borger, and Jon Boone
    The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents' agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned. According to sources familiar with the talks in the US and in Afghanistan, the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan. More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund. Washington is reported to be considering formally handing him over to the custody...
  • Obama reaches out to Mullah Omar, Mullah Omar reaches out for more destruction

    01/03/2012 12:53:16 AM PST · by Frankusa · 8 replies
    The AP reported last week that "U.S. officials from the State Department and White House plan to continue a series of secret meetings with Taliban representatives." The AP report went on to say that "one member of the Taliban negotiating team has been publicly identified as Tayyab Aga [Agha], an emissary of Pakistan-based Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar." But sadly, and ironically, while the Obama administration is desperately reaching out to Mullah Omar, Mr. Omar is strengthening his resolve to kill US troops and to wreak havoc upon Afghanistan. From the Times of India: Taliban militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan...
  • SAS target Taliban using Royal Navy submarine technology

    01/02/2012 7:37:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | 02 Jan 2012 | Thomas Harding
    SAS target Taliban using Royal Navy submarine technology The SAS is targetting Taliban insurgents and Afghan smugglers in the Helmand desert using Royal Navy technology designed to hunt down Soviet submarines, it can be disclosed. The Daily Telegraph has been allowed access to operations along supply routes that involve radar technology traditionally used to spot periscopes breaking the surface and missiles skimming across wave tops. Using a sack-like device with which helicopters carry the radar equipment, the Sea King airborne surveillance and control (Skasac) can spot camel trains, pickup trucks and insurgents on foot dozens of miles away. The Navy...
  • Militants agree to truce with Pakistan, unite against NATO

    01/02/2012 1:11:26 PM PST · by Blackyce · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | January 2, 2012 | Tom Hussain
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani Islamist militants on Sunday pledged to cease their four-year insurgency against Pakistani security forces, and join the Taliban's war against NATO troops in Afghanistan. The agreement reunited four major Pakistan-based militant factions under the flag of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban chief, an announcement by the militants said. Security experts in Islamabad said the agreement to end the insurgency with Pakistan was a dual-purpose tactical move by the Taliban. It has lost hundreds of fighters during a two-year surge of U.S. forces in its southern Afghanistan strongholds. The Pakistani militants, too, have been pummelled by security...
  • Al Qaeda, Taliban Call on Pakistani Militants to join Clashes in Afghanistan (against U.S.)

    01/02/2012 12:27:41 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Prominent Al Qaeda and Afghan Taliban fighters asked Pakistani militants in a pair of rare meetings to set aside their differences and step up support for the battle against U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, militant commanders said Monday