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  1. @speaks

    @speaks Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Al Qaeda coming back to Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON: Al Qaeda militants are gradually returning to eastern Afghanistan and setting up bases for the first time in years, exploiting a withdrawal of US troops in the area, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

    The trend has alarmed and discouraged US officials who had seen al Qaeda as a seriously weakened force in Afghanistan, the newspaper reported.

    In September, the United States bombed an al Qaeda training camp in the Korengal valley, killing two senior al Qaeda figures, a Saudi and Kuwaiti.

    One of Saudi Arabia’s most wanted militants was also reportedly killed in the strike by US fighter jets.

    The bombing raid illustrated the revival of al Qaeda in Afghanistan that has occurred over the past six to eight months, just as the US military has pulled troops back from remote eastern outposts.

    Instead, US and coalition commanders have said they want to focus their troops on populated areas in the east while handing over security duties in more rural areas to Afghan forces.

    US officers expected the Taliban to move out of the areas to fight the coalition elsewhere. But the militants have stayed put, a senior US military officer told the paper, and ‘al Qaeda is coming back.’ afp

    Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan
     
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    @speaks Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Re: Afganistan

    Pakistan lacks plan to defeat Taliban: US

    * White House report to Congress says situation in FATA deteriorating

    * Operation against Taliban in Mohmand Agency and Bajaur Agency hampered by terrorist resistance, poor weather, need to settle IDPs and discovery of caches of IEDsg Report says Pak-US military cooperation survived outcry caused by Raymond Davis shooting incident

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan lacks a robust plan to defeat the Taliban and its security forces struggle to hold areas cleared of the al Qaeda-linked fighters at great cost, says a critical US report which came just three months before US President Barack Obama is scheduled to announce the pace at which American troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan.

    The semi-annual White House report to Congress is designed to judge progress or otherwise towards key objectives of the war in Afghanistan and operations against al Qaeda in Pakistan.

    The report notes a deterioration of the situation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the country’s northwest alongside the Afghan border between January and March this year. It details an operation in Mohmand Agency and Bajaur Agency that started in January to clear insurgent strongholds – the third time in two years that the Pakistani army has attempted to complete the task. It says the operation had been hampered by terrorist resistance, poor weather, the need to settle internally displaced people and the discovery of several caches of improvised explosive devices.

    The report acknowledges that “tremendous human sacrifices” were made by Pakistani forces in the region, but concludes “what remains vexing is the lack of any indication of ‘hold’ and ‘build’ planning or staging efforts to complement ongoing clearing operations”.

    “There remains no clear path toward defeating the insurgency in Pakistan, despite the unprecedented and sustained deployment of over 147,000 forces,” the Obama administration says in the report.

    The critical assessment, however, emphasises that the US “must strengthen our dialogue with both Pakistan and Afghanistan on regional stability”. It also hints at the Obama administration plans to hold next round of trilateral talks with the two countries in Washington.

    On a more encouraging note, the report says US-Pakistan military cooperation had survived the outcry caused by a deadly shooting incident involving a CIA operative, Raymond Davis. It also touches on strains in relations and refers to incidents involving NATO and ISAF incursions and closure of Torkham border.

    The survey, portions of which remained classified, also reflects rising recent bloodshed in Afghanistan, particularly among civilians. It also warns that Pakistan still had no clear path to triumph over insurgents and that Afghanistan’s Taliban were turning more and more to soft civilian targets.

    According to declassified portions of the report, Pakistan is central to US efforts to defeat al Qaeda. The report determines that “progress in our relationship with Pakisttan over the last years has been substantial, but also uneven”. It shows slight progress in the last six months in involving the international community to help stabilise Pakistan, and overall, modest progress in the US surge strategy to subdue the Taliban. But, it says that absenteeism and attrition continued to pose a risk to the quality of the Afghan national security forces that are vital to Washington’s goal of eventually drawing down its troop presence in Afghanistan. The report issued on Tuesday was not accompanied by any public statement by Obama. But, the report states clearly what many administration and Pentagon officials have long said in private: Without pressure from the Pakistani side of the border, it is virtually impossible to wipe out terrorism. agencies
     
  3. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    People claim that it will take 15 years to end the war on terror, but i believe they are mistaking.

    The terrorism is breeded on the Afghan-Pak area, there will be a whole new generation then, simply grown up to eliminate the war on terror.
     
  4. @speaks

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    Horrible truth.....
     
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    There is a growing realization among the highest level of US Civilian and Military Leadership that they cannot win in Afghanistan till the terrorists continue to enjoy safe havens across the border in Pakistan. Bob Woodward's Obama Wars throws light on this fact.

    However there continued efforts to persuade the Pak Army to move into North Waziristan have fallen on deaf ears and it is reflected in recent report by the White to US Congress.. The Big Question what will they do now??????????
     
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    Khan 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    the americans are stupid, paksitanis milking them and also provide sanctuary to their enemies to kill them.
     
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    Afghanistan: Taliban announce spring offensive

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban announced that the insurgent group’s spring fighting season would begin officially across Afghanistan on Sunday, and NATO warned the public to expect small-arms fire and possible insurgent efforts to launch a major attack.

    Some international organizations ordered their staff members to stay inside secure compounds for the next several days, and the spokesman for the Afghan National Directorate of Intelligence said at a news conference that the insurgency’s effort was aimed at undermining Afghans’ faith in the government as it prepared to take full responsibility for security from NATO troops in some provinces.

    Lutfullah Mashal, the spokesman for the intelligence directorate, said that the Taliban’s announcement was another attempt to diminish people’s confidence in the government, following a series of bold attacks in recent weeks. The group not only engineered a successful prison break that freed nearly 500 of its members, it also sent a suicide bomber into the Defense Ministry and assassinated two police chiefs.

    “Terrorists and radical parties and Al Qaeda, who support these small terrorist groups, undertook these to undermine the transition to Afghan control of the security forces and the peace process,” Mr. Mashal said.

    He added that the insurgency was also trying to avenge its loss of strongholds in southern Afghanistan over the past year during the American troop buildup.

    While the Taliban have opened the spring fighting season in the past with news releases, this year’s announcement had some new elements, including the assertion that they intended to protect civilians and would attack members of the government-appointed High Peace Council.

    The council’s members “are trying to pave the way for the prolongation of the American occupation by cashing in on the name of jihad, religion and tribal chieftainship,” the news release said. The council was set up by President Hamid Karzai in an effort to reach out to the insurgents and end the fighting.

    Like much of the recent Taliban propaganda, the news release was a sophisticated product: it was e-mailed in the morning, at the beginning of the news cycle on Afghan radio and television, and the information was supplied in Dari and Pashto, the two most common languages here, as well as in English.

    The inclusion of a promise to protect civilians was welcomed by human rights organizations, but viewed with skepticism by NATO. Lt. Col. John L. Dorrian, a NATO public affairs officer, said the Taliban had talked a lot about protecting citizens, “but we haven’t seen much sign of it.” He noted that assassinations of tribal elders and other local politicians opposed to the Taliban had continued despite the pledges to reduce civilian casualties.

    The most recent United Nations report found that 75 percent of the civilian casualties recorded in 2010 were caused by the Taliban and 16 percent by NATO forces; in the remaining cases the fault could not be determined.

    Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations special representative for Afghanistan, warned that the announcement of the spring offensive heralded fighting by both insurgents and the combined NATO and Afghan forces, thereby heightening the likelihood of civilian casualties.

    “We are asking all sides to avoid civilian casualties,” he said. “If there is a spring offensive, who should not be paying the price is civilians, and since the Taliban have been responsible for the biggest civilian casualties that’s why we are addressing them first. But we are also addressing NATO and asking them to do the same.”
    A version of this article appeared in print on May 1, 2011, on page A20 of the New York edition with the headline: Spring Offensive to Begin, Taliban Say.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/world/asia/01afghan.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
     
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    25 foreign fighters killed, wounded after crossing into east Afghanistan from Pakistan; they include Arabs, Chechens, Pakistanis - Reuters
     
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    Pak 'unstable' than ever: Afghanistan

    Kabul: Afghanistan is of the view that Pakistan is "more unstable" than anytime ever in its history since 1947 and hoped that it "realises" that radicalism will not serve any purpose to pursue its policies.

    It also hoped that after al Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden's killing in its garrison city, Pakistan will realise that in today's world to be "seen" as a country harbouring, helping and advancing terrorism would be "disgraceful."

    In an interview to PTI, President Hamid Karzai's spokesperson Waheed Omar said, "We have to stop the notion of Cold War, 30 years ago,... where we thought radicalism can serve our state policy. That world has changed. Afghanistan has changed, India has changed, Pakistan has changed.

    "Pakistan is more unstable than anytime ever in history of Pakistan since 1947. It is being threatened more than any other country. We hope that there would be that realisation." Omar noted that during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit here, both his and Karzai's message was to bring Pakistan on board to realise that their interests are common.

    "There is no way one should think that one's interest is in destruction of the other because it can cause self- destruction as well. It is a very clear message for Pakistan as a country," he said.

    Reacting to bin Laden's killing in the May 2 US raid in Abbottabad, he said, "Well, after Osama's incident, we are hoping that Pakistan would realise that it would be disgraceful for any country in the world...to be seen as harbouring terrorism or to be seen as helping or advancing terrorism."

    "It serves no purpose to be seen as a country where a terrorist was hiding in a garrison city near the capital city while they continuously refused his presence. Pakistan should realise that...," he said.

    The Presidential spokesperson also had some strong words for the US and NATO when he said bin Laden's killing would be a lesson for them also, apart from Pakistan.

    Maintaining that in past they have been neglecting Afghanistan's view that the terrorism was not in the Afghan villages and that they should focus on their safe havens and financial support, Omar said, "This is going to be a lesson not only for Pakistan but for the US and the NATO. One incident has changed the whole dynamics."

    Asked if apart from developmental assistance, Afghanistan would be interested in India helping them in military cooperation, he said "it is too early to talk about that" but after deciding to embark on a bilateral strategic partnership during Singh's visit, "We hope that joint fight against terrorism, joint struggle against it is going to be part of this partnership."

    "I think, this is going to be discussed and we need to wait for the outcome."

    Pak 'unstable' than ever: Afghanistan - World News - IBNLive
     
  10. RoYaN

    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    They are not stupid they are stuck!!
     
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    U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team

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    LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet.

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    Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a goat.

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    An Afghan carrying a child approaches U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Peter Moeller of Atkins, Iowa, a medic with Task Force Red Bulls, for humanitarian aid at Qale-Mussa Pain Middle Schoo​
     
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    Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department

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    PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Cody Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa, a cavalry scout with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, asks a villager if there have been any security issues within the village, May 9. Troop B and Afghan National Police visited the Sia-Sang Village to ensure security and search for weapons caches

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    PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew Gibson of Batavia, Ill., a cavalry scout with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, provides security for an Afghan National Policeman while he searches a villager’s home, May 9. Troop B conducted the joint foot patrol with ANP to search for weapons caches. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kristina L. Gupton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

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    PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Police officer and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Cody Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa, a cavalry scout with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, provide security for fellow Soldiers and ANP while they conduct a search of a villager’s home, May 9. Troop B conducted the joint foot patrol with ANP to search the village for weapons cache. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kristina L. Gupton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)


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  14. WARrior

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    Here's ans Afgani version from an Afgainstani forum of the story about USA abusing Pakistan, Pakistan is the victim, etc etc......Now you decide whats the flaw in the below argument. INTERSTING POST. :)

    The only people who will oppose India giving aid to Afghanistan will be those Pro-pakistani lobby. The only thing Pakistan has done for Afghanistan is destroy it. People on this forum, always complain about America's "Invasion" America's "Crusade" and America's "War of Terror" but what they fail to mention is, right from the start America has no interest in supporting any groups in Afghanistan, yes the plan was made to lure the Soviets into Afghanistan, everybody knows this, but Pakistan invited the Americans into the region.

    In other words, Pakistan is the one responsible for the mess. Of course Pakistan was involved in nearly every uprising in Afghanistan before and during the 70's. The Panjshir Uprising was led by Pakistan with their Farsiban supporters. That Failed.

    You see guys, these Anti-War Activists, the Left wingers never mention the role played by Pakistan, they hide Pakistans devious role through tactics such as "Anti-Americanism" "Political Correctness" and the best of them all "Racism".

    Please grap yourselves some books, and read about the history of that conflict.

    and to end note, I would like to mention why do people insult the Afghanistan government at the time for inviting the Russians/Soviets to assist them against a Arab/Punjabi/Warlord/ISI Sponsored Uprising while on the other hand, nobody mentions the Pakistani invitation of America and CIA to turn Afghanistan into a Hell hole.

    Go ask yourself, why did those who promised you freedom, ran away once the Soviets fled? while they left your people to the vultures(pakistan)
     
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    Dr. Tahir Shaaran
    Congratulations to Dr. Tahir Shaaran for becoming the first ever Afghan Nuclear Scientist, he recenty passed his PhD from UCL – London's Global University (UK). Dr. Shareen is truly an Afghan who is an Inspiration and Example for all Afghans...we are extremly pround of his Accomplishments.

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