The U.S. Assassination Drones are at work in North Waziristan. Over 50 attacks by Predator or Reaper U.S. Drones have taken place since January 2009. In 2008, there were 36 attacks for the full year. A full list of each attack is located at the bottom of the article below.
US airstrike kills 8 Punjabi Taliban in North Waziristan By Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal
The US killed eight Islamist terrorists in the third airstrike in two days in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.
…The Datta Khel region is a stronghold of both the Haqqani Network and North Waziristan Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadar; they both shelter al Qaeda leaders and fighters. The US has pressured Pakistan to dismantle the Haqqani Network, but has been rebuffed. The Haqqani family is led by Jalaluddin and his son Siraj, who serves as the military commander. The network is based in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, and has the backing of the Pakistani military and its intelligence service. The Haqqanis have strong ties to al Qaeda. Siraj Haqqani is believed to be a member of al Qaeda’s military shura, or council, US intelligence officials have told The Long War Journal.
The US has zeroed in on the Haqqani Network since killing Baitullah Mehsud in an Aug. 5 strike in South Waziristan. Baitullah was the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, one of several Taliban groups operating in Pakistan. Since the Aug. 5 strike, 14 of the 18 reported airstrikes have taken place in North Waziristan, while the other four were in South Waziristan. Nine of the 14 attacks in North Waziristan occurred in territory administered by the Haqqani Network.
So far this year, the US has carried out 50 airstrikes inside Pakistan. In all of 2008, 36 strikes were carried out. Since the US ramped up cross-border attacks in August 2008, 16 senior al Qaeda and Taliban leaders have been killed. Read the rest here.
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The United States has taken on “corruption” in the Afghanistan Government that they had initiated in 2003 and had watched and partnered with since then. Now as part of a “clean Afghanistan”, the U.S. is forcing President Hamid Kazari of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to get rid of ministers in his cabinet that are “corrupt”. The story below from Al Jazeera reports on President Hamid Karazi’s new cabinet appointments. You be the judge. Do you think things have changed, or is this “window dressing”?
Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has chosen ministers for his cabinet and presented them to parliament for approval.
The list of 23 was read to parliament by Anwar Khan Jigdalik, the minister for parliamentary affairs, on Saturday after a stormy session during which politicians questioned the legality of the process.
Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the Afghan vice-president, told MPs on Saturday that the nominees were being presented to parliament for “votes of confidence”. “The nominees include some former ministers who have shown excellence in their positions in their past term in office,” Fahim said.
Karzai’s choices are seen as the first test of his stated commitment to building a clean and accountable government and eradicating corruption. Key players:
Hashem Ahelbarra, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Kabul, said: “It is a goverment of ‘appeasement’ as was described to me by a member of parliament. “The key players are still there, and there are about 12 new faces who represent most of the power brokers, mujahidin and warlords who endorsed President Karzai during the election. Read the rest here.
[Ed. Note: We are in Afghanistan to secure the Oil and Pipeline routes through Afghanistan and the best hope that these pipelines will be built in the future is if we keep the current Karazi Government in power. We, the United States, is propping up another hand-picked leader of a Failed State, ranked 178th our of 179 countries in "Nations with the worst conditions" listings. Now we have Pakistan attack their own people to "kill the Taliban" that supposedly sneak across the Afghan border and blow up car bombs and people committing suicide with bomb vests.
FOR WHAT? WHEN DOES IT END? WHAT DOES THE END LOOK LIKE? OUT NOW.]
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War causes death and serious injuries. The United States troops hurt or dead is over 70,000. WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH? End the War(s) NOW.
Read the story here: Last Week: US Iraq Casualties Rise to 72,548 From Voters For Peace By Michael Munk
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