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Taliban Leaders Offered Exile and New Jobs Under Peace Plan

Posted on May 06, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Guardian

Top Taliban leaders could be offered exile outside Afghanistan if they agree to stop fighting the government of Hamid Karzai, a long-expected peace plan by the Afghan government will propose later this month.

The far-reaching proposals, seen by the Guardian, also call for “deradicalisation” classes for insurgents and thousands of new manual jobs created for foot soldiers who renounce violence.

Hayden’s Note:

Sooo, should unemployed Americans go to Afghanistan, join up with the Taliban, renounce violence and then get a job?  President Karzai is doing this with US taxpayer money, so this is technically just another portion of Obama’s Stimulus and Bailout plans, right? 

The long-delayed Afghan Peace and Reintegration Programme has emerged just as Karzai prepares to go to Washington for talks with Barack Obama, where the issue is likely to be top of the agenda.

The plan will then be presented later in the month to a gathering of representatives from across Afghanistan called the National Consultative Peace Jirga. Once agreed upon, the government will be able to start spending around $160m (£100m) pledged by the international community to lure fighters away from the conflict....

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Previously Denied, Now Released; DynCorp Flying Missions Along Pakistani / Afghan Border

Posted on May 03, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Source: Wired

The airspace along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border is pretty crowded these days: Along with U.S., Afghan and Pakistani military missions, the CIA is running its own covert drone ops. Less well known, but perhaps equally controversial, is the State Department’s counter-narcotics air force, staffed by mercenaries.

A recently released State Department Inspector General report, however, gave an unusually detailed look at the size and scope of these operations. The report fills in more details about America’s growing and undeclared war in Pakistan.

The State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (known by the abbreviation INL) operates an air wing of around 14 aircraft in Afghanistan and another 17 in Pakistan. The aircraft help monitor the border, fly crop-eradication and interdiction missions, and move equipment and personnel around the region.

These kinds of missions aren’t new: The State Department has similar Air Wing programs in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, and Peru. Perhaps more importantly, the State Department has outsourced much of this mission. The INL’s air wing in Afghanistan and Pakistan is operated by private military company DynCorp, and the presence of U.S....

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Soldier in WikiLeaks Video Responds; Sought Mental Health Care & Was Threatened

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Wired

Ethan McCord had just returned from dropping his children at school earlier this month, when he turned on the TV news to see grainy black-and-white video footage of a soldier running from a bombed-out van with a child in his arms. It was a scene that had played repeatedly in his mind the last three years, and he knew exactly who the soldier was.

In July 2007, McCord, a 33-year-old Army specialist, was engaged in a firefight with insurgents in an Iraqi suburb when his platoon, part of Bravo Company, 2-16 Infantry, got orders to investigate a nearby street. When they arrived, they found a scene of fresh carnage – the scattered remains of a group of men, believed to be armed, who had just been gunned down by Apache attack helicopters. They also found 10-year-old Sajad Mutashar and his five-year-old sister Doaha covered in blood in a van. Their 43-year-old father, Saleh, had been driving them to a class when he spotted one of the wounded men moving in the street and drove over to help him, only to become a victim of the Apache guns....

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Recycled al-CIAduh: al-Masri Killed, Arrested, Devalued, Re-arrested and Re-killed

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: CLG & Various

Recycled al-CIAduh: ‘killed,’ arrested, devalued, re-arrested and ‘re-killed’

Head of al-Qaeda in Iraq ‘killed in raid’19 Apr 2010 The US said that its forces had dealt a devastating blow to al-Qaeda after the terror network’s top two leaders in Iraq were killed in a night-time raid. Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq [reported dead in 2007], and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, his close associate and the purported leader of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), were tracked to a safe house near Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, on Sunday night. US forces fired two missiles at the house as Iraqi ground troops stormed it.

Except that… Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri captured 08 May 2008 Iraqi forces claimed tonight to have arrested the head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq during an operation in the northern city of Mosul, one of the terrorist organisation’s last major hold-outs in the country. Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the nom de guerre of Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, was captured in a joint US-Iraqi operation, according to Iraqi military sources quoted by the Arabic news channel al-Arabiya....

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Botched Spec-Ops Raid Kills 9 School Boys

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Times Online UK

Afghanistan

It was dark when Mohammed Taleb Abdul Ajan woke to the sound of dogs barking. Then he heard boots crunching on gravel and men’s voices outside his bedroom. “Their guns killed without a sound,” he said. By dawn three of Taleb’s sons, two of his brothers, three nephews, a shepherd boy staying with them and a neighbour were dead.

All the victims were aged 12 to 18. Eight of them were enrolled in the local school. Most were shot at close range where they slept but one was dragged from the bed that he shared with his wife and killed with his nephews in a different room, Taleb said.

Taleb woke sometime between midnight and 3am on Sunday, December 27 — the cockerel had not yet crowed, he said.

A covert group of US and Afghan forces had landed by helicopter 2km outside Ghazi Khan village, investigators said, in a remote and mountainous part of Kunar province, close to the Pakistan border.

Originally Nato said that the “assault force” was hunting a group of men suspected of making and smuggling improvised explosives — the Taleban’s deadly roadside bombs — although it denied that the troops were under its command....

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US Drone Attack Kills 5 in Pakistan

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: PressTV

At least five people have been killed in a US drone attack in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan on the Afghan border.

Several more people were injured when two missiles hit a nearby compound in Boya village, located about 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of Miranshah.

Security officials say the attack came in the tribal areas of North Waziristan near the Afghan border.

Security officials say the attack came in the tribal areas of North Waziristan near the Afghan border and only two of the victims were “suspected” militants.

Since last year, the US has carried out many such attacks on Pakistan’s tribal areas. Washington claims its airstrikes target militants. Most of the attacks, however, have killed civilians.

Islamabad publicly opposes the US missile strikes, saying they violate its territorial sovereignty.

However, there have been reports that the US drones take off from military bases within the Pakistani territory.

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Iraq War: “We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us”

Posted on Apr 09, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: TruthOut

by Dahr Jamail

On Monday, April 5, Wikileaks.org posted video footage from Iraq, taken from a US military Apache helicopter in July 2007 as soldiers aboard it killed 12 people and wounded two children. The dead included two employees of the Reuters news agency: photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh.

The US military confirmed the authenticity of the video.

The footage clearly shows an unprovoked slaughter, and is shocking to watch whilst listening to the casual conversation of the soldiers in the background.

As disturbing as the video is, this type of behavior by US soldiers in Iraq is not uncommon.

Truthout has spoken with several soldiers who shared equally horrific stories of the slaughtering of innocent Iraqis by US occupation forces.

“I remember one woman walking by,” said Jason Washburn, a corporal in the US Marines who served three tours in Iraq. He told the audience at the Winter Soldier hearings that took place March 13-16, 2008, in Silver Spring, Maryland, “She was carrying a huge bag, and she looked like she was heading toward us, so we lit her up with the Mark 19, which is an automatic grenade launcher, and when the dust settled, we realized that the bag was full of groceries....

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Afghan President Threatens to Join Taliban and Lead Resistance to US Interference

Posted on Apr 05, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: RawStory

Hayden’s Note:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has always been on the outside edge of politics.  His claim to fame was becoming a hero during the Mujahedeen resistance to the Soviets in the 1990’s.  His brother, Ahmed Karzai, is also of particular interest regarding the heroin trade and the current actions in Marja (Helmand Province).  His brother served time in US Federal prison for trafficking heroin but returned to Afghanistan and created a very large and very feared “security company” that essentially controls trade in and around the Helmand Province, specifically “Highway 1” (a strategic route).  His security forces control passage of trucks, military convoys and most importantly; the heroin.  The Karzai’s are a very interesting family.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has slammed Western backers for the second time in a week, accusing the United States of interference, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

In a private meeting with up to 70 Afghan lawmakers Saturday, Karzai also warned that the Taliban insurgency could become a legitimate resistance movement if foreign meddling in Afghan affairs continues, the Journal said, citing participants in the talks....

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CIA Red Cell Report – Shoring Up Afghan War Support in Europe, ‘Classified’

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Police, Military, & War

Source: WikiLeaks

This classified CIA analysis from March, outlines possible PR-strategies to shore up public support in Germany and France for a continued war in Afghanistan. After the Dutch government fell on the issue of Dutch troops in Afghanistan last month, the CIA became worried that similar events could happen in the countries that post the third and fourth largest troop contingents to the ISAF-mission.

The proposed PR strategies focus on pressure points that have been identified within these countries. For France it is the sympathy of the public for Afghan refugees and women. For Germany it is the fear of the consequences of defeat (drugs, more refugees, terrorism) as well as for Germany’s standing in the NATO. The memo is an recipe for the targeted manipulation of public opinion in two NATO ally countries, written by the CIA.

It is classified as Confidential / No Foreign Nationals.

Read the entire report here – .pdf file

Title: CIA Red Cell Special Memorandum; Afghanistan: Sustaining West European Support for the NATO-led Mission-Why Counting on Apathy Might Not Be Enough

Author:  Central Intelligence Agency; Red Cell...

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NATO Rejects Russian Call for Afghan Poppy Eradication – Editorial Attached

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Reuters

 

NATO Wednesday rejected Russian calls for it to eradicate opium poppy fields in Afghanistan, saying the best way for Moscow to help control the drug would be to give more assistance against the insurgency.

Hayden’s Note:

I’m sorry; Russia has already lost 9,000 soldiers in the FIRST war in Afghanistan.  They were supporting the Afghan government and FIGHTING the very same fringe, fundamentalist religious fighters that we are fighting today.  What’s the difference you ask?  Back then, WE were financially supporting the religious fundamentalists and arming them to fight the Russians.  And now….NOW…. NATO tells Russia to assist MORE?  NATO refuses to eradicate the poppy fields when just a few years ago, under US pressure, NATO finally agreed to allow countries to go after suspected druglords and narcotic trade rings.

Russia is in bad shape right now with the heroin trade.  Russia is experiencing extremely high addiction rates because of the oh-so cheap Afghan heroin currently on the market and all they are asking is for NATO to fulfill it’s promise; to help rid the world of such a toxic poison and those who would push it onto children and poor people just to make a dime....

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WikiLeaks – Video Of US Military Shooting Journalists And Civilians

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Email

WikiLeaks tweet:

Finally cracked the encryption to US military video in which journalists, among others, are shot. Thanks to all who donated $/CPUs.

Wow

If this turns out to be true (which I have no doubt it is) – this could undermine all the propaganda they’ve put out to-date.  If the US government is capable of this, do you think they might be capable of pulling a 9/11 false flag event?  We already know the Gulf of Tonkin was staged as well as the attack on the USS Liberty.

As you may or may not know, the current head of the CIA is also the chair of the New York Stock Exchange – with previous heads including George HW Bush.

From Techie-buzz:

WikiLeaks has promised to reveal a Pentagon murder cover-up at the US National Press Club on April 5. Although, very little information is available about the nature of the information available to WikiLeaks, it is definitely sensitive enough to prompt the US government into action.

A flurry of recent updates on the official WikiLeaks Twitter account suggests that they are currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation.

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U.S. Turns a Blind Eye to Opium in Afghan Town

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Hayden’s Note:

Please refer to several other articles I’ve typed up relating to the War on Drugs, the War on Terrorism and how the US Military and NATO Forces are the world’s largest drug cartel.

– US & Afghan Forces Are the World’s Largest Drug Cartel

Oil? We’re Here for the Heroin! (at $19,923,200 per barrel)

US Marine Killed by Private Security Contractors High on Opium

Arrested Terrorist Leader Exposes Extensive CIA Connections

Source: NY Times

U.S. Turns a Blind Eye to Opium in Afghan Town

The effort to win over Afghans on former Taliban turf in Marja has put American and NATO commanders in the unusual position of arguing against opium eradication, pitting them against some Afghan officials who are pushing to destroy the harvest.

Marines landed in an Afghan opium field last month on the outskirts of Marja, where opium is the main crop of the area’s farmers.

From Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal on down, the military’s position is clear: “U.S. Forces no longer eradicate,” as one NATO official put it. Opium is the main livelihood of 60 to 70 percent of the farmers in Marja, which was seized from Taliban rebels in a major offensive last month.

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Oil? We’re Here for the Heroin! (at $19,923,200 per barrel!)

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden

Truth is Treason.net

The recent article about Russia criticizing US and NATO forces (attached below) struck a chord with me because just a few weeks ago, I discussed how and why I believed US and NATO forces to be the world’s largest drug cartel.  The push into the Helmand Province was a key element, being some of the most fertile production areas in the world.  In that article, I asked why US and NATO forces have not begun destroying the opium fields, salting the region or even engineering a Monsanto-like gene to sterilize the plants. 

In response, I received multiple emails talking about the “poor farmers who have nothing else to do” and how many people would starve if we destroyed the poppy fields.  I read several articles on USA Today, CNN, FOX, etc talking about the same thing.  They were shifting the blame.  The poor Afghan farmer was the victim in these emails and articles. 

If you’re a loyal reader, you clearly know that I do not support the war in Iraq or Afghanistan for a variety of reasons. ...

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Marine Killed by Private Security Contractors High on Opium

Posted on Mar 04, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Raw Story

 

Pentagon originally said Marine killed in combat

The Pentagon confirmed late Tuesday that it is investigating the death of a 24-year-old Indiana Marine after he was shot to death in Afghanistan, allegedly by several US-paid private security contractors.

The contractors, according to a fellow Marine in Afghanistan who communicated with an investigative reporter in Chicago, were Afghanis who were found with “copious amounts of opium” and had been paid by the United States as guards.

“He was killed by American Hired Local National Contractors that were high on opium the morning of the 19th,” the ABC reporter quotes a friend and fellow colleague of Lance Corporal Joshua Birchfield as saying in an email message.

Lance Corporal Joshua Birchfield was killed after being shot in the head Feb. 19. The Department of Defense originally reported that he died of “small arms fire” while in combat.

But the story is apparently darker and more complex — raising questions of whether the Pentagon originally concealed information about the Marine’s death.

The Chicago Marine who tipped off the ABC reporter purportedly wrote a detailed email surrounding the circumstances of Birchfield’s death....

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The Road to Armageddon

Posted on Mar 02, 2010 in Political Issues

The Road to Armageddon

By Paul Craig Roberts
Information Clearing House

The Washington Times is a newspaper that looks with favor upon the Bush/Cheney/Obama/neocon wars of aggression in the Middle East and favors making terrorists pay for 9/11. Therefore, I was surprised to learn on February 24 that the most popular story on the paper’s website for the past three days was the “Inside the Beltway” report, “Explosive News,” about the 31 press conferences in cities in the US and abroad on February 19 held by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, an organization of professionals which now has 1,000 members.

I was even more surprised that the news report treated the press conference seriously.
How did three World Trade Center skyscrapers suddenly disintegrate into fine dust? How did massive steel beams in three skyscrapers suddenly fail as a result of short-lived, isolated, and low temperature fires? “A thousand architects and engineers want to know, and are calling on Congress to order a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7,” reports the Washington Times.

The paper reports that the architects and engineers have concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology provided “insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers’ destruction” and are “calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials.”

The newspaper reports that Richard Gage, the spokesperson for the architects and engineers said: “Government officials will be notified that ‘Misprision of Treason,’ U.S....

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