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  • Taliban Suicide Bomber Turns on His Own Commanders, Kills 15

    04/01/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 27 replies
    TOLOnews.com ^ | 01 April 2014
    At least 15 senior Taliban commanders were killed on Tuesday in Ghazni province by a suicide bomber reportedly attempting to keep them from carrying out plans to disrupt Saturday's elections, according to Afghan officials. In addition to the 15 confirmed dead, nine other militants were wounded by the blast, which occurred in the Gelan district of Ghazni, according to the National Directorate of Security (NDS). Among the casualties were said to be Pakistani Taliban leaders. Insurgents have publicly stated their intent to derail the elections, which will mark the country's first democratic transition of presidential power in history. The Taliban...
  • British sniper in Afghanistan kills six Taliban with one bullet

    04/01/2014 8:00:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04/01/2014 | By Holly Watt
    A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Telegraph has learnt. The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards (850 metres) away, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast. The incident in Kakaran in southern Afghanistan happened in December but has only now been disclosed as Britain moves towards the withdrawal of all combat soldiers by the end of the year. Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of...
  • Attack at Wrong Door Turns Into Fatal Mistake for the Taliban, Reports Say

    03/29/2014 5:03:38 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 28, 2014 | ROD NORDLAND and JAWAD SUKHANYAR
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban assailants apparently thought they were attacking an unprotected Christian-run day care center. But they mistakenly burst into the compound next door, where an American government contractor’s employees were heavily armed and ready, according to accounts that the contractor and the Afghan police gave on Friday of a wild four-hour shootout here.
  • 500 Pound Bomb Dropped on U.S. Soldiers By Mistake - INTERVIEW

    02/28/2014 7:10:36 AM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    funker530.com ^ | 2-21-2014 | funker530
    Video from inside outpostPaktika Province, Afghanistan – After spotting Taliban forces on a distant ridge line, U.S. Army mortar teams engage with 60mm mortars. A simultaneous airstrike is called in which accidentally drops a 500 pound bomb on a U.S. Army infantry outpost, mistaking the position for Taliban fighters. Luckily there were no friendly casualties in this incident. It is still unclear what caused the pilot to target the wrong position. INTERVIEW: Q: What events led up to this bomb drop, and what was going through your mind after the bomb hit? A: We had been taking harassing sniper fire...
  • Taliban Condemn Violence in C. African Republic

    02/22/2014 9:24:44 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 22, 2014 (AP) | CASSANDRA VINOGRAD Associated Press
    The Afghan Taliban on Saturday called for an end to violence against Muslims in the Central African Republic, making a rare statement on conflicts outside their region. Central African Republic has been wracked by sectarian violence, with Christian armed fighters hunting down and killing Muslim civilians in recent weeks despite the presence of thousands of French and African peacekeepers. The violence has displaced tens of thousands of Muslims in what the United Nations human rights body has called "ethnic-religious cleansing." In a statement released Saturday, the Taliban condemned the "merciless killings" of Muslims at the hands of "bloodthirsty militias" as...
  • Obama's Gitmo-Taliban prisoner exchange will cost US lives

    02/19/2014 6:24:48 PM PST · by TigerTown · 13 replies
    2-19-14 | Brett M. Decker and Van Hipp
    Only including link due to copyright limitations: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/02/19/taliban-prisoners-us-soldier-afghanistan-column/5619727/
  • Obama administration ´to offer Taliban 5 Gitmo prisoners in exchange for last Afghanistan POW

    02/18/2014 1:14:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/18/14 | James Nye
    The Obama administration will attempt to resume talks with the Taliban to free the only known American soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The move is an attempt to free Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl before the majority of US forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the report in the Washington Post said, citing current and former officials. The swap would trade Bergdahl for five Taliban members who would be released from Guantanamo Bay into protective custody in Qatar, the Post reported.
  • Afghanistan's Future: Who's who in pivotal presidential election

    02/15/2014 10:50:26 PM PST · by Innovative · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | Feb 15, 2014 | NBC News
    General Rashid Dostum is a legendary and widely feared ex-warlord running for vice president alongside presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani (more on him later). Revered by fellow ethnic Uzbeks, he has been credited with having tremendous influence in Afghanistan’s previous elections. A fierce battlefield commander, Dostum is said to have been instrumental in helping the U.S. Special Forces topple the Taliban regime following the 9/11 attacks. He has strongly denied accusations of human rights abuses and other war-related atrocities throughout decades of strife across Afghanistan
  • Pakistan: Religious decree: ‘Constitution completely in line with Sharia’

    02/15/2014 10:01:22 AM PST · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | 02/15/2014 | Our Corrisponent
    ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Friday obtained a fatwa (religious decree) declaring the Constitution of Pakistan completely in accordance with Islam from one of the country’s most prominent clerics, preempting any demand for the enforcement of Sharia the Taliban may voice during peace talks. “Our Constitution is a complete document. The presence of 22 clauses proposed by the then leading religious scholars in the 1973 Constitution make it a perfect Islamic document,” observed Rafi Usmani, President of Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi. In the three-page document which contained his recommendations, Usmani, who claims to be Pakistan’s grand mufti, condemned any move...
  • Karzai releases American killing Taliban prisoners

    02/13/2014 11:11:49 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Sword and Shield of Hawaii ^ | Feb 13 , 2014 | Sword and Shield of Hawaii
    Once again, proving that he is a better ally to the Taliban than to America ; Mohammed has refused every request to hold these enemy combatants. Now free to re-join the fight and kill more U.S. troops . I have an idea ; Take No Prisoners ( in the future )
  • Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Seize Taliban Ally’s Cash

    02/08/2014 2:08:52 PM PST · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | february 7, 2014 | eli lake
    In the last 17 months since the U.S. government financially blacklisted the Haqqani Network, one of the deadliest insurgent groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, not a single dollar associated with the group has been blocked or frozen, according to U.S. officials and one of the Congressman who oversees the Treasury Department’s financial war on terrorism. But it’s not just the Haqqanis—an ally today in the Taliban’s fight against U.S. troops and the Afghan government—who seem to have been spared from America’s economic attacks. According to a Treasury Department letter written in late November, not a single dollar been seized from...
  • Sad Colonel, the Dog-of-War Captured by Taliban

    02/07/2014 6:30:21 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Feb 6, 2014 | Cathy Burke
    Newsmax Sad Colonel, the Dog-of-War Captured by Taliban Thursday, February 6, 2014 By: Cathy Burke A video featuring a forlorn war-equipped dog, captured by the Taliban, is provoking uproar online. In the footage, gunmen show off weapons while the subdued dog, wearing a vest with a GPS device, small camera and other equipment is being held by a chain, the Telegraph reported. The capture of the dog, identified as a Belgian Malinois named Colonel, is believed to be the first by the Taliban of a military working dog. The video was put up on the website of Islamic Emirate of...
  • U.S. said to curtail drone strikes in Pakistan as officials there seek peace talks with Taliban

    02/05/2014 5:31:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/05/2014 | By Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller
    The Obama administration has sharply curtailed drone strikes in Pakistan after a request from the government there for restraint as it pursues peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, according to U.S. officials. “That’s what they asked for, and we didn’t tell them no,” one U.S. official said. The administration indicated that it will still carry out strikes against senior al-Qaeda targets, if they become available, and move to thwart any direct, imminent threat to U.S. persons. Concern about Pakistani political sensitivities provides one explanation for the absence of strikes since December, the longest pause in the CIA’s drone campaign since...
  • Karzai Arranged Secret Contacts With the Taliban

    02/04/2014 7:06:18 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 Feb 2014 | AZAM AHMED and MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has been engaged in secret contacts with the Taliban about reaching a peace agreement without the involvement of his American and Western allies, further corroding already strained relations with the United States. The secret contacts appear to help explain a string of actions by Mr. Karzai that seem intended to antagonize his American backers, Western and Afghan officials said. In recent weeks, Mr. Karzai has continued to refuse to sign a long-term security agreement with Washington that he negotiated, insisted on releasing hardened Taliban militants from prison and distributed distorted evidence of what he called...
  • Karzai suspects U.S. is behind insurgent-style attacks, Afghan officials say

    01/29/2014 11:58:30 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | Jan. 27 , 2014 | Rahmat Gul
    — President Hamid Karzai has frequently lashed out at the U.S. military for causing civilian casualties in its raids. But behind the scenes, he has been building a far broader case against the Americans, suggesting that they may have aided or conducted shadowy insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government, according to senior Afghan officials. Karzai has formalized his suspicions with a list of dozens of attacks that he believes the U.S. government may have been involved in, according to one palace official. The list even includes the recent bomb and gun assault on a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul, one of...
  • Afghanistan-US deal 'hinges on Taliban peace talks'

    01/25/2014 10:38:37 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 25 January 2014 | BBC
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai has reiterated his refusal to sign a key US security pact until a peace process is under way with the Taliban. "Afghanistan will absolutely not accept or sign anything under pressure," he said at a news conference on Saturday. [snip] "If the US is not willing to accept our conditions, they can leave anytime and we will continue our lives," he told reporters in the Afghan capital, Kabul.[snip] He called on the US to be a friend not a rival, but then compared them directly with colonial Britain in the 19th Century - imposing deals on...
  • Resurgent Afghanistan drug trade threatening US goals, Pentagon warns

    01/20/2014 6:34:59 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 16 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Jan. 20 , 2014 | Anna Mulrine
    In the sharpest warnings they have ever issued on the topic, Pentagon officials told Congress the growing opium trade is threatening the costly US war effort to build a stable Afghanistan.
  • Afghan president again demands US airstrikes end

    01/19/2014 10:27:02 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 11 replies
    Lexington Herald- Leader ^ | Jan. 19 , 2012 | AP
    Afghanistan's president says the U.S. can no longer carry out military operations or airstrikes and must jump-start peace talks with the Taliban before his country signs a security deal to keep American troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
  • Kabul restaurant attack: three UN staff and local IMF head among 21 dead

    01/18/2014 4:05:25 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | Saturday 18 January 2014 11.03 EST | Conal Urquhart, Emma Graham-Harrison
    Link to video: Kabul restaurant attack: UN reaction to Taliban strike Two Britons and two Americans were among at least 21 people killed when a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked one of Kabul's most popular restaurants. The head of the International Monetary Fund's Afghanistan office and three UN staff of the were also killed in the attack on Friday evening, along with the Lebanese restaurant owner, several Afghans, and two Canadians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the well protected district in Kabul where most foreign workers live and work. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the...
  • Deadly Attack at Kabul Restaurant Hints at Changing Climate for Foreigners

    01/18/2014 4:09:18 PM PST · by robowombat · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | JAN. 18, 2014 | By AZAM AHMED and MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    KABUL, Afghanistan — As country director for the International Monetary Fund, Wabel Abdallah spent years navigating the shoals of scandal in Afghanistan’s financial sector. Vadim Nazarov, a top political officer at the United Nations, dedicated himself over the past nine years to looking for a peaceful solution to the Afghan war. Dhamender Singh Phangurha, a British candidate in the coming elections for the European Parliament, was here on a consulting contract. All three happened to be dining Friday at a popular Lebanese restaurant in downtown Kabul, where they were among 21 people killed in an attack for which the Taliban...
  • Deadly Taliban raid targets Kabul restaurant

    01/18/2014 4:01:59 PM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Al Jeezera ^ | Last updated: 18 Jan 2014 21:52
    At least 21 people, including foreigners, killed in suicide assault in heavily fortified district of Afghan capital. At least 21 people - 13 foreigners and eight Afghans - were killed in an apparent Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in a heavily fortified area of Kabul. The assailants targeted Taverna du Liban, a Lebanese restaurant popular with expatriates and diplomats, in a neighbourhood of Kabul where many embassy buildings and offices of non-governmental organisations are located. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, strongly condemned Friday's attack through his spokesman, who said: "Such targeted attacks against civilians are completely...
  • IMF, UN officials among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack

    01/18/2014 3:58:37 PM PST · by robowombat · 10 replies
    (Reuters) ^ | Jan 18, 2014 | Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni
    Up to 15, mostly foreigners, killed in Kabul suicide attack Reuters IMF representative killed in Kabul, Fund says Reuters 'No possible justification' for Kabul restaurant attack: US AFP [$$] Kabul Bombing Targets Foreigners The Wall Street Journal UN staff, US academic among 21 dead in Kabul attac - A Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing 21 people including three United Nations staff and the International Monetary Fund's top representative in Afghanistan. Gunmen burst into the Lebanese restaurant spraying diners with bullets after the bomber blew himself...
  • IG for Afghanistan paints grim picture of possible narco-criminal state

    01/15/2014 6:40:51 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Jan. 15 , 2014 | Chris Carroll
    U.S. counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan are in a “perilous state” despite billions of dollars spent to combat the spread of drug production there, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko told Congress on Wednesday. [snip] Poppy cultivation hit a record level in 2013, with 209,000 hectares, or about 516,000 acres, devoted to growing the picturesque red flowers that provide the base ingredient for opiate drugs, including heroin, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. That’s a 36 percent increase over 2012.
  • In blow to US relations, Karzai orders release of 72 detainees

    01/10/2014 12:52:10 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | January 9, 2014 | Kevin Sieff
    The Afghan government said Thursday it will release 72 high-profile detainees, a decision that defies pleas by U.S. officials and deals a massive blow to U.S.-Afghan relations just as the two countries attempt to complete a long-term security agreement. U.S. officials say the prisoners pose a threat to both Afghan security and American servicemembers based here, claiming their exoneration proves not only the dysfunction of the Afghan judiciary, but also the government’s inability to cooperate on even the gravest matters.
  • Afghan risks US fury over 'Taliban' prisoner releases

    01/09/2014 8:48:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/9/14 | BBC
    Afghanistan will release scores of prisoners considered by the US to be a security threat because there is insufficient evidence against them, President Hamid Karzai's office says. A statement said there was not enough evidence against 72 out of 88 prisoners previously held by the US. Correspondents say that the move will further strain relations with the US. The two countries are at loggerheads over President Karzai's refusal to sign a security deal with Washington. The US is strongly opposed to the releases because it says the prisoners have been involved in the wounding or killing of US and Nato...
  • Afghan Girl Believed to Be 10 Was Detained With Suicide Vest

    01/07/2014 9:26:28 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 7, 2014 | Sharona Schwartz
    An Afghan girl believed to be 10-years-old says that her brother and his friend forced her to wear a suicide vest and carry out an attack on police. The BBC reported that the girl, named Spogmai, could be as young as eight and is the sister of a prominent Taliban commander known as Zahir. According to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, her brother strapped her into the explosive harness and sent her across a river to her target, a border police checkpoint in Helmand province. In an interview after the ordeal, she said that she shouted “it’s cold and I can’t cross...
  • Afghanistan to free 88 prisoners despite US objection

    01/06/2014 3:15:56 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 6, 2013 | Hafiz Ahmadi
    The Afghan government said on Monday it would release 88 prisoners seen as posing a security threat by the United States, ignoring warnings from Washington ahead of a planned pullout of international forces from the country later this year. “We found no evidence to show these people having hands in terrorist activities,” said Abdul Shakoor Dadras, who heads a government-appointed panel reviewing the prisoners' cases. “They have passed long terms in detention without being assessed. So, we decided to free them,” he added. The government made the announcement last week when it released some 650 prisoners. The decision angered US...
  • Girl, 8, wearing suicide vest detained in Afghanistan

    01/06/2014 9:42:55 AM PST · by dead · 43 replies
    AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Afghan girl wearing a suicide vest... as she tried to carry out an attack against border police... Police believe she was encouraged to carry out the attack by her brother. She is believed to be the sister of a prominent Taliban leader....
  • Michael Savage: SEALs 'executed' or 'moron responsible' (...somebody should go to prison for this)

    01/02/2014 10:59:52 PM PST · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    WND ^ | January 02, 2014 | Unattributed
    In the opening hour of his inaugural East Coast drive-time show, Michael Savage signaled he has no intention of abandoning his passion for uncovering the full story behind the deaths of 22 members of Navy SEAL Team 6 in Afghanistan shortly after it was leaked that their unit killed Osama bin Laden. The subject came up for a second time in the show when a regular listener said she liked the fact that he covered subjects no one else on talk-radio seemed to be talking about. “They were killed. They were assassinated. They were executed. Or it was done because...
  • Mullah Nazir first Death Anniversary celebrated in Wana

    01/02/2014 3:24:09 AM PST · by musarratullah · 2 replies
    own work | 2 january 2014 | musarrat ullah jan
    Wana, 2 January 2014. The Taliban has celebrated the first death anniversary of the Mullah Nazir, Taliban commander in Wana Bazaar, South Waziristan on Thursday. More than 30 thousand people including local commanders of the Mullah Nazir Group attend the ceremony in South Waziristan. According to the local commander Zahid Wazir, whose near to Mullah Nazir, on the first death anniversary of the Mullah Nazir people from different areas attend the ceremony. On his death ceremony Wana Bazaar was close and they put the black banners on shops and vehicles. Religious leaders, Taliban commanders of Mullah Nazir Group including Molana...
  • Taliban closes their offices for two months in Wana

    01/02/2014 3:22:43 AM PST · by musarratullah · 3 replies
    own work | 2 january 2014 | musarrat ullah jan
    Wana, 2 January 2014, Shora Alia of Taliban has closed the Taliban offices for two months in the Wana Sub Division, through pamphlet Mujahedeen Waziristan Wana sub division inform the locals Taliban “if they open the office they will face punishment. The letter which was issued on the first day of 2014, Shora Alia informs that from 1 January 2013 all personal, national and regional offices of Taliban which is cover these issues will be close for two months and hearing of different cases that important will be handled through 10 January 2014, after the 10 January 2014 no new...
  • US embassy in Kabul attacked on Christmas Day

    12/25/2013 2:41:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2013 4:39 AM EST | Amir Shah
    The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says its compound was hit by indirect fire just before dawn on Christmas Day. It says no Americans were injured. […] The Taliban claimed they fired four rockets at the embassy on Wednesday and inflicted heavy casualties. But the insurgents often exaggerate their claims. …
  • Taliban gives deadline to the Pakistan government

    12/22/2013 4:28:44 AM PST · by musarratullah · 4 replies
    own | 22 december 2013 | musarrat ullah jan
    Mir Ali, 22 December 2013 , Pro Pakistani Taliban has warned the Pakistani government to stop the operation in North Waziristan otherwise government will be responsible for all the situation in north Waziristan. They give 18 hours to the government of Pakistan to decide the issue. The deadline issued by the Amin commander of Hafiz Gul Bahadr groups, who’s also a local Ameer (leader) of Mir Ali. He informed the journalist through telephonic conversation on Sunday at 5.00 pm. The Hafiz Gul Bahadr Taliban is a pro Pakistani group of Taliban, but now the Taliban angry over the operation of...
  • Taliban threatened the local media of Pakistan

    12/21/2013 7:47:13 PM PST · by musarratullah · 2 replies
    iwb | 22 december 2013 | musarrat ullah jan
    Mir Ali, Ansar Ul Mujahedeen threatened the local media of Pakistan for avoiding them and didn’t publish or on air the news of the tribal area of North Waziristan. The spokesman of the Ansar Ul Mujahedeen Abu Baser threatens the local newspapers and journalist, in his recent call to journalist through telephone he said that local media of Pakistan only publish or on Air the news of security forces, which are not fairs. According to Abu Baseer local media of Pakistan only publish or On air the news of ISPR , in which they killed the local innocent tribal’s and...
  • Marine faces dishonorable discharge after WARNING soldiers of Taliban insider attack that killed...

    12/19/2013 3:25:08 PM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 18, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    According to President Karzai, the Obama administration said that the Taliban are "not our enemies." If not them, who? United States Marines and soldiers like Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler or Lance Cpl Greg Buckley (below)? It would seem so by the treacherous actions of the Obama administration. There's a stunning new development in the murder of Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. Atlas readers are long familiar with the horrible murder of Lance Cpl. Buckley. The murderer of this great American hero in one of a string of insider attacks was Aynoddin, the 19-year-old "tea boy" of Afghan District Police...
  • Taliban Warned the Imran Khan on Polo Campaign

    12/18/2013 8:03:50 PM PST · by musarratullah · 16 replies
    own | 19 december 2013 | musarrat ullah jan
    Mir Ali,( North Wazir Stan ) 19 December 2013 Taliban group warned that PTI chief Imran khan to stop the polio campaign & promotion of Polio in the province. Otherwise the Taliban will target Imran Khan along With Sami Ul Haq. Ansar Ul Mujahedeen has taken the responsibility of the blast in Mir Ali on army check post and said that it’s the revenge of Hakeem Ullah Mehsood. Talking to media persons through telephone from unknown area the spokesman of the Ansar Ul Mujahedeen Abu Baseer said that our fighters did this and our activities will be continued against Pakistani...
  • Journalists should leave their jobs; Taliban issued warning to Pakistani journalists

    12/14/2013 10:52:22 AM PST · by musarratullah · 4 replies
    own | 15 december 2013 | musarrat ullah jan
    Khar, 15 December, 2013. Some journalists start blaming the Taliban to get the visa & immigration in the west especially to leave the country and go to USA and UK, but they remember that it’s not the way. This is the latest statement of Tehreek Taliban Pakistan Ex Spokesman Ihsan Ullah Ihsan (Sajjad Momand) , which he released through social media. In Urdu statement Ihsan Ullah Ihsan also informed that some a journalist sends letter him about Taliban threat, which is fake letter , because Taliban nor interested to on that journalist nor in the past nor will b in...
  • Betting big on a citadel for the Afghan elite

    12/11/2013 8:36:35 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 11, 2013 | David Zucchino
    If Mohammed Ibrahim Caravan smells fear about Afghanistan's future, he doesn't show it. He strolls around like a country squire in the glittering new gated community he helped build, dressed in a spotless white shalwar kameez tunic, stylish shades and polished wingtips. "Worried?" the 28-year-old asked. "Hah — not me. I'm confident in the future. If you don't invest in your own country, who will?" Caravan's company is plunging $160 million into the family-run Saleem Caravan City, with its rows of salmon-colored villas with balconies and rose gardens, like some ersatz Miami Beach condo community. He's moved his family into...
  • Five Terror Suspects Flown to US from Britain

    10/06/2012 4:00:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    VOA News - VOICE OF AMERICA ^ | Posted October 6th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-4) | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Two U.S. planes have flown radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other suspected terrorists to the United States, hours after Britain's High Court cleared the way for their extradition. The planes departed a Royal Air Force base immediately after the British High Court rejected last-minute appeals by Hamza and the others. The five had raised legal questions about human rights and prison conditions they expected to face in the United States. In rejecting the appeals, the British court cited an “overwhelming public interest” in seeing the extraditions carried out. Hamza is wanted on U.S. charges that include...
  • UN: Afghanistan slow to enforce law on women

    12/08/2013 1:16:35 PM PST · by gooblah · 7 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | December 8 2013
    Susan Boyle revealed she has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. The Scottish singer who shot to worldwide fame in 2009 with her jaw-dropping performance on "Britain's Got Talent" was diagnosed last year, but has now decided to reveal her news publicly for the first time. Speaking to the Observer newspaper, Boyle said, "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid. "I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself." Asperger's has...
  • Mark Dice shaming the people who are destroying our family holidays

    12/01/2013 11:19:46 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/01/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Listen as Mark Dice speaks to shoppers lined up to help destroy Thanksgiving for workers in stores. He makes a very solid point. Can Mark save Christmas?
  • Obama: 'The Taliban are Not Our Enemies and We Don't Want to Fight Them.'

    11/30/2013 9:59:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 71 replies
    front page ^ | 11/30/2009 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s one compulsive liar who hates America and supports terrorists quoting another one. But it seem plausible enough. ' Karzai confirmed that the Obama Administration actually told him that the Taliban, which provided al Qaeda its base of support for September 11, was not an enemy of the U.S. He said: Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: “The Taliban are...
  • Karzai: Obama Administration Said Taliban 'Not Our Enemies'

    11/28/2013 5:08:53 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/27/2013 | William Bigelow
    (snip) (Karzai) "Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: "The Taliban are not our enemies and we don't want to fight them." "
  • Why Are America and The West Funding Sharia Law?

    11/28/2013 1:05:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5:32 AM | Phyllis Chester
    President Hamid Karzai’s government is considering bringing back stoning for adultery—and imposing 100 lashes (which is a death sentence) for unmarried people who have had sexual relations. Thus, Afghan men can marry female children, keep male children as sex-toys, maintain four wives, and visit prostitutes from dawn to dawn. But it is a capital crime if an Afghan man dishonors another Afghan man by having relations with his female “property;” and, if he has raped the poor wife, she is also to be stoned. Worse yet, if two young Afghans meet and fall in love on their own and have...
  • Adulterers may be stoned under new Afghan law, official says

    11/26/2013 11:54:14 AM PST · by edcoil · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-25-2013 | Mirwais Harooni and Katharine Houreld
    Adulterers may be stoned under new Afghan law, official says By Mirwais Harooni and Katharine Houreld KABUL Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:54am EST 4 Comments inShare4 Share this Email Print (Reuters) - Death by stoning for convicted adulterers is being written into Afghan law, a senior official said on Monday, the latest sign that human rights won at great cost since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 are rolling back as foreign troops withdraw. "We are working on the draft of a sharia penal code where the punishment for adultery, if there are four eyewitnesses, is stoning," said Rohullah Qarizada,...
  • Suicide Attack Kills Seven Taliban Militants in Pakistan

    11/20/2013 5:12:20 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 10 replies
    Naharnet ^ | 11/19/2013 | Naharnet Newsdesk
    A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a vehicle carrying Taliban militants in Pakistan's troubled northwest Tuesday, killing at least seven insurgents including a local commander, officials said. The attack took place in the Mir Ali area, some 35 kilometers east of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal district, a hub of Taliban and al-Qaida linked militants. There was no immediate claim of responsibility and the motive of the attack was not clear but militant groups in the past have carried out suicide attacks against each other in the tribal belt.
  • US attacks ‘outrageous’ media probe into its wars

    11/17/2013 10:11:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Nov 2013 16:26 GMT+01:00 | Tom Bristow
    The US Government hit out on Friday at a highly-critical report in a German newspaper claiming the country had become the “headquarters” for America’s “secret wars”. The Süddeutsche newspaper published an investigation in its Friday edition into America’s foreign policy and wars being conducted from German soil. It claimed: “The U.S. knows no limits. And Germany looks on—even asking where it can help.” But on Friday afternoon, the US Embassy’s press department in Berlin took the unusual step of sending out a statement attacking the “outrageous” claims. It described the story as “full of half-truths, speculation, and innuendo”. …
  • Pakistani private schools ban Malala’s book

    11/10/2013 11:53:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2013 9:11 AM EST | Zarar Khan
    Pakistani education officials said Sunday that they have banned teenage activist Malala Yousafzai’s book from private schools across the country, claiming it doesn’t show enough respect for Islam and calling her a tool of the West. Malala attracted global attention last year when the Taliban shot her in the head in northwest Pakistan for criticizing the group’s interpretation of Islam, which limits girls’ access to education. Her profile has risen steadily since then, and she released a memoir in October, “I Am Malala,” that was co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb. While Malala has become a hero to many across...
  • Pakistani Taliban 'elect new chief', vow 'unprecedented' revenge

    11/02/2013 12:18:22 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    Times of India - Pak ^ | Nov . 2 , 2013 | staff
    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday named Khan Syed Mehsud alias Sajna as its new chief, a day after a US drone strike killed its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan's Shura (Council), media reports said. Most of the members of the council were present in the meeting held at an undisclosed location though all could not attend it.
  • Pakistan Taliban secretly bury leader, vow bombs in revenge (buried under cover of darkness)

    11/02/2013 9:51:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/2/13 | Saud Mehsud and Hafiz Wazir - Reuters
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN/WANA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban fighters secretly buried their leader on Saturday after he was killed by a U.S. drone aircraft and quickly moved to replace him while vowing a wave of revenge suicide bombings. The Pakistani government denounced the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud as a U.S. bid to derail planned peace talks and summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest. Some lawmakers demanded the blocking of U.S. supply lines into Afghanistan in retaliation. "The murder of Hakimullah is the murder of all efforts at peace," said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar. "Americans said they support our efforts at...