Is Kirkuk’s Oil Kurdistan’s Oil? How to split the revenues? Those are the questions behind the Iraq Elections being in jeopardy of taking place January 31: 71 lawmakers demand no postponing elections in Kirkuk The Kurds, who form the majority of the population in Kirkuk, have long demanded that the province be incorporated in their autonomous region in the north despite the opposition of its Arab and Turkmen communities. Read other of our Kirkuk Posts Here, and HERE.
Waziristan war zone conditions worry aid workers Rising numbers of civilians are pouring out of Pakistan’s war zone to flee battles between soldiers and Taliban militants but the fate of those left behind is uncertain, humanitarian workers say. ‘How much civilians are affected, we don’t know, and for that we need access,’ said Billi Bierling, spokeswoman for the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Pakistan. Up to 250,000 people have fled the military’s major offensive, now into a third week in South Waziristan on the Afghan border, said Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmad, chief of the state-run agency handling the displaced.Ahmad said more than 400 tons of army rations had been allocated for people still in the area of military operations.‘I would be hesitant to take the Pakistan military’s word on anything,’ said Hasan of HRW. Without independent monitoring, ‘how do we know that 400 tons of rations has actually got to the civilians?’
[Ed. Note: For three months, South Waziristan has been cut off from the outside, with the Pakistan Military blocking roads, keeping crops and livestock from being sold outside the area, causing much of the South Waziristan population to make no money and the crops rotting on the vine. Supplies are not allowed into the area. This is a tragic “Displacement (a nice word)” of the population. Imagine if this were your town and you had to get out to save you and your familes lives]. Read some of our South Waziristan Posts Here.
UN suspends development work in NWFP, tribal areas Citing security concerns, the UN suspended long-term development work in two key areas along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan on Monday, a blow to international efforts to counter the rising militancy.
Pakistan selects some drone targets: magazine The Obama administration quietly decided last March to allow Pakistan to choose some of its own targets for drone attacks, according to the New Yorker, a prestigious US magazine. Earlier last week, the magazine published a piece on the use of unmanned aircraft to target Al Qaeda and Taliban suspects in Fata. On Sunday, its author Jane Mayer gave an online interview to the readers, telling them that the Obama administration agreed to allow Pakistanis to select targets to calm down Islamabad’s protests over the drone attacks. [Ed. Note: Wait until both sides in a “war” have Drones. Pakistan and Afghanistan and Iraqi citizens are being murdered from the State of Nevada, USA during attacks on “selected targets”. Assasination from afar. Read our Drone Assassination stories HERE]
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