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LeT as dangerous as Taliban, al-Qaida: US; U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda; US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan; Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s Year of the Drone Interactive Map, must see

October 3, 2010

Lashkar-e-Taiba

On March 27, we predicted that since the U.S. CIA director said that there were “…less than 100 al-Qaida in Afghanistan..”, that the LeT would be the new “terrorist targets”, click here to see that Post. The following story comes from The Times of India, click here for the full story. This is another reason to never stop military action in Central Asia. Where to next?

    NEW DELHI: The US on Thursday said Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit was as dangerous as Taliban and al-Qaida with which it was working in close coordination and that Pakistan has been asked to deny it a foothold in that country.

U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda, from the New York Times, read the whole story, click here. Ed. Note: The Pentagon has spent over $500 Million on “Public Relations” to show the “good results of the military efforts” and the Taliban are winning this PR war also? What gives? Get out now…

    KABUL – The Taliban in recent months has developed increasingly sophisticated and nimble propaganda tactics that have alarmed U.S. officials struggling to curb the militant group’s growing influence across Afghanistan.

US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan, from Dawn.com, click here for full story.

    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes killed 15 militants Saturday in a lawless tribal belt in Pakistan, where a land route for Nato supplies was blocked for a third consecutive day, officials said.

    Officials in Washington say its drone strikes in the region have killed several high-value targets, including Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, and help protect troops in Afghanistan from attacks plotted across the border.

    …However, drone attacks are a sensitive issue in Pakistan as the attacks also fuel anti-American sentiment in the conservative Muslim country.

    …Pakistani officials have reported that at least 21 US drone strikes in September have killed around 120 people, the highest monthly toll for the attacks.

See Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s work at counterterrorism/New American, click here and see the map from Year of the Drone, click here.

    Our study shows that the 172 reported drone strikes in northwest Pakistan, including 76 in 2010, from 2004 to the present have killed approximately between 1,153 and 1,772 individuals, of whom around 842 to 1,238 were described as militants in reliable press accounts. Thus, the true non-militant fatality rate since 2004 according to our analysis is approximately 30 percent

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Senate passes 635 Billion Military Bill; South Wariristan misery to get much worse; Quetta attack soon?

October 7, 2009

Senate Passes $636 Billion Military Bill: Includes $128.2 Billion for Iraq, Afghan Wars. Question: Has your City Government cut funding for services this year? Laid off workers? Cut back hours? Why not fund our Cities properly first? End the War(s).

Thousands of Truckloads of 100 dollar bills being blown up in smoke

Thousands of Truckloads of 100 dollar bills being blown up in smoke

Civilians fleeing South Waziristan to ‘safety’ appeared in today’s dawn.com. People have been leaving over the past months in as the Pakistan Military have been shelling their towns and dropping bombs from airplanes, along with the U.S. assasination Drones dropping Hellfire missiles and other missiles on ‘selected’ militant targets. This will be much worse than Swat Valley destruction. What will be left of their villages, their homes, their livestock and crops? The roads, bridges, schools, water supply, will all be blown to bits. It was to cost $2.5 Billion to repair Swat Valley after the attack and Pakistan went begging to the foreign governments for money to reconstruct what they spent a few Billion to just destroy. Does this make any sense? We are breeding more extremists from those that survive this assault. It is stated that over 10,000 fighters are in South Wariristan and have been successful from driving back the Pakistan Military in the past, but that was before the U.S. had its assasination Drones in the air. Now they can be picked off from 60,000 feet in the sky.

Makeen and Ladha residents leaving their cities in South Wariristan as bombing increases and the Pakistan Military prepare to attack

Makeen and Ladha residents leaving their cities in South Wariristan as bombing increases and the Pakistan Military prepare to attack

Another headline from dawn.com: Six killed as jets hit militant positions in South Waziristan. Makeen and Nawaz Kot areas of South Waziristan were bombed,’ said an intelligence official in the main provincial town Wana. ‘We have reports that six Taliban were killed and an unknown number of them were injured.’

From the Daily Times: Army ready for new assault on Osama lair in Waziristan
LAHORE: The Taliban showed their resilience with a daring attack on UN offices in Islamabad, as the military readies 28,000 troops for an offensive in South Waziristan Agency, the Independent said on Tuesday. The Waziristan operation is likely to be the army’s sternest challenge yet, but the military is poised to launch a major offensive in the coming days in South Waziristan, long rumoured to be the hiding place of Osama Bin Laden.

Meanwhile, Quetta is in the U.S. sights. The U.S. has information that Mullah Omar is there and are preparing for assination Drones to take him and other high command out in a Drone attack. Pakistan so far has not given its ‘approval’. After each Drone attack, Pakistan Government admonishes the U.S. for the attack. The Drones are taking off and landing from an airfield in Pakistan, and now a new field has opened up in Afghanistan in anticipation of the Pakistan public demanding that the Pakistan airfield be closed once they realize it is in operation. The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi says in a HiPakistan article “Quetta Shurra has lost its existenceas a number of its activists have already been killed or are active in Afghanistan.
Action You can Take:

Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

North and South Waziristan? Quetta attack? Then Punjab? Must every village in Pakistan suffer Drone Assasinations?

October 6, 2009

Today, there’s some stories that tell what is happening in the War Zone (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq). On this day, President Obama meets with the leaders of the House and the Senate to discuss Afghanistan and the War Zone. Will he go along with the troop escalations? Easy to get in, very hard to get out. Let your voice be heard. At the bottom of the post, you can call the White House, CIA, and write to your House and Senate representatives. End the War(s).

Naveen Naqvi is a senior anchor at DawnNews and presents the morning news programme, Breakfast at Dawn. (whole story here) You can tweet her at twitter.com/naveenaqvi. Today, Naveen writes her thoughts entitled “The games people play” and shows a compassionate side of U.S. aid to Pakistan, and then shows the brutal side. She says “…I met my doctor, a gynecologist-obstetrician, who told me she had just returned from a very exciting trip to the United States. She told me that the administration of US President Barack Obama appears to have a real interest in pushing for funds in the health sector, especially women’s health. Whereas it is generally the Indians and the Bangladeshis that take much of the development funds, the Americans seem to want to invest in Pakistan’s health sector. Again, I was impressed and frankly, reassured. But then here’s what I find confounding: the US pursuit of the ‘Quetta Shura.’ Well, if the Pakistanis were to pursue the Afghan Taliban and Al Qaeda, that would be a good idea. If the Pakistani military and government do that with a little push and nudge from the Americans, that’s not too bad either. But why would the Americans want to threaten to bomb Quetta? And it’s looking pretty likely that it’s on the cards.
Naveen goes on “…But what I do know is that it doesn’t strike me as being the smartest move – to speak the lingo. That too after the whole world, including the US, has acknowledged that drone strikes are hugely unpopular and breed the hatred and anti-Americanism that provokes that clichéd, whining, and ineffectual question: Why do they hate us? The plan to move into Quetta would be another reason why.”

Breaking up is hard to do, but these tribes can not be ruled by others

Breaking up is hard to do, but these tribes can not be ruled by others


Second Story: Punjab is next after Quetta? Spread the Drone Assassinations there? Another story from Dawn.com This story is entitled “Fears rise over militants in Punjab” “…This is Osman-o-Ali, the headquarters of Jaish-i-Mohammad, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group which has a long record of violence including an assassination attempt on former president Pervez Musharraf. While Pakistan’s attention is focused on the Taliban and al-Qaeda threat on the Afghan border in the remote northwest, there are fears that the militants are quietly expanding their influence and winning recruits in the country’s heartland. ‘South Punjab is a fertile ground for extremists and militants,’ said security analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi.

Story Three: Pakistan jets ‘bomb S Waziristan’ from Al Jazeera
Pakistani fighter jets have bombed the northwest tribal region of South Waziristan, killing six suspected Taliban fighters and wounding three others, according to a military spokesman.Major-General Athar Abbas said on Tuesday that raids were launched on Makeen and Nawaz Kot to “purge the region” of those responsible for a wave of bomb attacks over the past two years.”According to our analysis, the root of the terror is in South Waziristan where this group is present. It is a must to root out this terror and curse, and for this purpose an operation in this area is inevitable,” he said. “If we do not launch this operation, then terrorism will become strong and would spread in other areas.”

From Daily Times President, PM vow to launch operation in South WaziristanLAHORE: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have vowed to launch a full-scale military offensive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Waziristan, reported a private TV channel on Monday. Recent reports have claimed that the army is all set to launch an offensive in the agency, with the required equipment and helicopters now available at bases in the area.

BULLETIN; ONE MORE: From: The Independent: Pakistan readies for new assault on Bin Laden lair Suicide bombers show their resilience with daring attack on UN offices in Islamabad as 28,000 troops mass for imminent strike in the mountains of South Waziristan By Omar Waraich in Islamabad and Andrew Buncombe. Read this for the 10,000 strong Mehsud Tribe information, enemies to some, assets to others.

[Ed. Note: Nothing has changed in North or South Waziristan for the past years except for the Pakistan Military once again attacking both areas, and the U.S. using Assasination Drones to kill people on the ground. The terrorism will grow with more relatives having to be Revenged. Over 125,000 of the area's population are now 'displaced', living where? Where's the photos of these 'camps'?]
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Action You can Take:

Congress Should Vote “No” on 2010 Military Budget! To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: Vote No on the Military budget. End the War(s). Reader, call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

Leon Panetta, you can stop the Drone attack of Quetta before it starts. Follow your heart.

October 5, 2009

Spreading the War over all of Central Asia, is that the U.S. policy?  Leon Panetta can stop this from happening, he should not allow Drone attacks in Quetta, Balochistan.  Leon, we know you as a person, a fine husband,father, brother, son and uncle, and grandfather(?).  You worked hard for the U.S. government all of your adult life.  As a staffer in the Civil Rights Office  in Nixon’ White House (where you resigned in disgust) to a Member of Congress from the Central Coast of California; to Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton; to Chief of Staff to President Clinton; to the co-founder with your partner and wife Sylvia, the Panetta Foundation; and now, we don’t know you as Central Intelligence Agency Chief, the head of the CIA. 

You are from an Italian family.  Your roots go back to tribes similar to those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and most of Central Asia.  You can stop the death of innocents due to Drone attacks.  It is an inhuman weapon.  It is directed to fire on a home by “intelligence” that someone that you want dead is there.  But you don’t know for sure.  You order the Hellfire Missile to be fired, the President agrees, and more people are killed.   Please do not spread this to Quetta, the capitol of Balochistan.  It will mean the end to the current Pakistan Government, and will cause your supply lines to be cut off from Pakistan to Afghanistan.   A humanity and tactical error of great magnitude.  Leon, help End this War.  Come up with a strategy to accomplish what you want without putting so many millions of people in jeopardy and starvation.  Let the Pope be your guide.  Please, Leon, do what is right, you’ve been doing that All Your Life. Many of your liberal supporters on the Central Coast of California call upon you to lead us out of this trouble [Leon, this is John from 1976 writing this to you]. You can do it. Yes, you can. Reader, call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

Why send Killer Drones to Quetta? On a hunch? On faulty intelligence? Are you told by Indian spies that Mullah Omar is there? The Prime Minister of Balochistan tells you what he knows, they are not in Quetta.

Thanks to The Long War for posting this video.  As you surf the web, make sure to stop at the Long War for information not found elsewhere.  Bill Roggio and his staff do a great job and have in-depth knowledge of who is who in the battlegrounds. Support their great reporting.

Quetta History: The following paragraph was taken from The City District Government Quetta website.Go visit the site. It is in English and very well done. See what we are about to destroy, chasing ghosts….Quetta district is ethnically diverse. A colourful culture can be seen in the district. The district is multilingual in the sense that there are five major ethnic groups, and each group has its own cultural values. They are Pashtoons, Balochs, Brahuis, Hazaras and Punjabis. Some other minor ethnic groups like Urdu speaking Mehajirs and Sindhis are also living in the city. The mode of living differs from group to group. In the urban area except Kachi Abadis, the way of living is somewhat modern especially among the wealthier people. In the rural area, the style of living is more traditional.

Over 750,000 people, just like you and me and our families, our children, our aunts and uncles, our in-laws, our grandparents, our parents, our sisters and brothers are all about to be torn apart and some killed. The Swat Valley residents still have not fully returned, and over 2 Million were ‘displaced’ prior to the Military action there by Pakistan and our Drones. Over 125,000 have left the South Waziristan area all ready and are now ‘displaced’, in anticipation to the Pakistan Military shellings prior to the invasion planned there, and the American Drones coming and killing.
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Action You can Take:

Congress Should Vote “No” on 2010 Military Budget! To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: Vote No on the Military budget. End the War(s). Reader, call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.


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