And the Pakistan Military action spreads to Orakzai Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Area.: ‘Taliban’s Orakzai positions bombed’ was a front-page headline in this newspaper yesterday and there is every indication that the ongoing campaign of aerial bombing will continue to chip away at the TTP’s strongholds in the area. Following Operation Rah-i-Nijat in South Waziristan, it has emerged that not just the top leadership of the TTP but even many of its foot soldiers had already escaped from South Waziristan and fled, it is believed, mainly to Kurram and Orazkai agencies.
Orakzai in particular has become the focus of analysts because of its links to Hakeemullah Mehsud. Hakeemullah is believed to have laid his claim to the TTP leadership slot on the back of the fiefdom he established in parts of Orakzai, making the agency a natural hiding place for TTP militants on the run. Hakeemullah’s second wife is also from Orakzai.
Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.
Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.
Afghanistan has been rated by Transparency International as the second-most corrupt nation in the world, with public sector corruption worsening for the second consecutive year.
Only war-torn Somalia rates worse on the Berlin-based organisation’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of 180 nations, which was released on Tuesday.The group said of Afghanistan: “Examples of corruption range from public posts for sale and justice for a price to daily bribing for basic services. “This, along with the exploding opium trade – which is also linked to corruption – contributes to the downward trend in the country’s CPI score.” [Ed. Note: The U.S. Government has spent over 231 Billion Dollars in Afghanistan since 2002. Enough is Enough. End the War(s) NOW.]
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