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Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by @speaks, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Hellfire

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    Bomb attack hits U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan
    WORLD NEWS | Mon Apr 24, 2017 | 7:23am EDT


    Suspected Taliban insurgents on Monday attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a visit to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

    The attackers had detonated a car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by U.S. forces and private military contractors, said Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

    But he had little immediate information on any damage or casualties.

    "I am aware of a car bomb attack at one of the gates in the U.S. base, but we are not allowed there to get more details," the spokesman said.

    A spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Capt. William Salvin, confirmed the car bomb attack. He said there appeared to be a number of Afghan casualties but none among U.S. or coalition personnel at the base.

    The attack came just three days after more than 140 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack on their base by Taliban fighters disguised in military uniforms.



    (Reporting by Ahmad Shah and Josh Smith; Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast-idUSKBN17Q12C?il=0
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Days are numbered for Pak Proxy in Afghan. It will jus matter of time before they are trashed...
     
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    True. Donald Trump will not allow US to suffer another setback, something the descent of Afghanistan into chaos will definitely come out to be as such. I am expecting a confluence of Indian interests with US in Afghanistan, with repercussions for both Iran and Pakistan.

    Russian 'entry' into Pakistani corner has sealed the fate for Pakistan.
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Current status quo was ok for US as there is no one else to take up the Mantle other than India to pickup the Afghans, But this attack has clearly send signals. And Trump being Trump a obnoxious weed will surely stamp on them literally to say.

    And yes you are right on Iran as a matter of fact we were expecting to be first but NK has bumped themselves in. NK would be quick work if at all it happens.

    Pak proxy's are done and dusted period. Jus the Latest report US started helping in intelligence in Software's they have been using organizing these heinous terror attacks and stone pelting. So it going to be a really quick work of India to clear those pure out lol.
     
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    The software thing? Indian facility should be getting online in another few days/weeks maximum for 'managing' unpleasant 'space capable vehicles'.

    @PARIKRAMA I forgot this tidbit.
     
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    Bregs Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    will you please elaborate which way Russian entry into afghanistan problem affect pakistan ?
     
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    SrNair Captain FULL MEMBER

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    There is some report about misfire from Afghan Special Force part i.e is they targeted their army man instead of militants .
    It is seems possible because in 26/11 10 men killed unarmed civilians .
    But here 140 Army men killed by 10 militants.Quite impossible.
     
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    I dont think so .
    We have to see this through a neutral perspective . Taliban is actually stronger than Afghan Govt .
    Without NATO the next day they will kicked out by Taliban.
    Out there when common people faces the injustice ,only Taliban would be there to help them .They are effective in that with zero corruption and sudden justice .
    They are actually indoctrinates both Afghan men and women to believe in their system and they are ensuring them that this time they wont repeat the brutality that they did during 90s.

    Now where would they get money? ,
    Poppy cultivation ,Extortion and ISI funding etc.
    Being a powerful insurgent group in a strategic area they are really exploiting the concerns of the other nations .
    Unlike IS or AQ that looks for global jihad ,Taliban is mainly concentrated in the Afghanistan.

    Due to this complex situation Taliban have a lots of local support .

    If you want an end to this ,you should create a Kurdistan like structure in Northern Alliance's area .Develop that area of war torn nation and enable them to defend their people .
     
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    Well from outside point of view what you said would be absolutely right... As i said earlier US was ok with status quo...
    And it was seems to be accepted by both US and Russians...

    But key is bring them to the table. Without enough political clout this truce is not going to work. There is a lame govt. in the helm now which cannot wield power across the country corruption is rampant there. Either it is going to be 2 state solution or a buffer status with autonomy.

    But hey CIA are having ball of their time on this anyways. But i think India is supporting TTP indirectly. So If CIA curtails their venture funds are dried form AF Tab's there is alot going on there with India/Russia being the key drivers of the arrangements.

    But this attack was unwarranted so there are going to be repercussions for that and seems like some of Indian Investments are also going to be affected. Best known can be watching the developments of this in next couple of months.
     
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    It is not possible to know what Americans are thinking because they themselves don't know what they are thinking. Whether Pak can get Agent Orange drinking into the Kool-Aid that Taliban are an inevitable unstoppable force of nature, but can be made to focus their jihadists gaze only on AF and IND, will determine the future of American withdrawal strategy. Drumpf may be persuaded to make some 'peace deal' directly with the Talis to sell home as part of his 'America First' banner. The optics of troops returning home after a long and weary deployment to nowhere will be good publicity and Drumpf is all about good publicity. After all their major objectives of avenging 9/11 is long over.

    The alternative is maintaining and even increasing American commitment without any date of withdrawal. With increasing Chinese support, Packis will grow more confident in their support to Talis which would result in more body bags returning home. Like Obummer, Trump has his hands tied by the fact that the only viable gateway to Afghanistan is controlled by Packis and thus for all his rhetoric he can't punish them for their blatant support to terrorism. Without Obummer's moral compass, a deal is far more likely in the making.
     
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    Pashtun's Support Taliban and they are growing daily .
    ANA also has a lots of ghost soldiers .
    Americans dont need a peaceful ,stabilised Afghanistan nor they need complete failure .
    They need a boiling pot ,to justify their presence in Afghan Soil.
    Perhaps only nation that wish the well being of the Afghanistan would be India.
    There is a reason for non existent of anti Indian statements from Taliban.
    Afghanis love us .India is still not strong enough to take care of that nation .We need some time.
     
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    Russian entry on an apparent Pakistani side, namely, support for Taliban to 'fight ISIS', is directly on perceived 'US withdrawal' from many regions. This is something that US will not allow. Post-Obama, the policy of minimalistic interference is over.

    Trump has proclaimed an 'America First' approach, but that includes the pre-dominance of US in all regions across the region and world as a whole. Without an emphatic 'US leadership' in place, there can not be 'US first'.

    If you read the history of US politics, it is not the first time, nor the last time, that US' president/administration has seemingly set a course of 'isolation'. It was observed in the pre-World War era in the immediate aftermath of the US Civil War too. The consequences, as per US' own assessment, have costed them more than a direct interference and pro-active interjection would cost.

    Hence, Russian move has to be read in overall context of US-Russian rivalry for influence and not on behalf of Pakistan.

    Henry Kissinger has summed up these aspects of US foreign policy beautifully in his book 'Diplomacy' (if I recall correctly)
     
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    Top-level Pak Army delegation meets Afghan officials


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    A high-level Pakistan Army delegation headed by Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Bilal Akbar in a visit to Afghanistan offered free medical treatment to Afghans injured in an attack on a military base in Mazar-i-Sharif last week.

    The delegation, on the direction of Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, met Afghanistan's acting Defence Minister Tariq Shah Bahramee and the Afghan Army Chief Gen Muhammad Sharif Yaftali, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

    The top-level delegation held talks with Afghan officials over bilateral border coordination measures, and conveyed condolences on behalf of Gen Bajwa over the loss of lives in the Mazar-i-Sharif attack, and expressed solidarity with the Afghan forces and people.

    Afghan authorities during the meeting were assured that the Pakistan Army has control over all areas on the Pakistan side of the border and would not allow its soil to be used against Afghanistan, ISPR said.

    "Terrorists are a common threat and shall be defeated," the statement read.

    The meeting was held a day after the Army released a 'confessional' video showing former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and Jamaatul Ahrar spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, in which the militant claimed that the TTP and JA have been coordinating with Indian and Afghan security agencies to move freely in Afghanistan and have been guided by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's apex spy agency, in infiltrating into Pakistan.

    Ehsan said that militants had fled to Afghanistan after Pakistan Army kicked off an operation in North Waziristan. In Afghanistan, they established and developed contacts with the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's intelligence service, and India's RAW.

    The army had also announced a day before the meeting that several militants attempting to enter Khyber Agency from Afghanistan's Nangarhar province had been killed in targeted air strikes in the Sattar Kalay and Narai Nau areas of Rajgal Valley.



    https://www.dawn.com/news/1329592/top-level-pak-army-delegation-meets-afghan-officials
     
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    Afghan And Pakistani Officials Meet Over Border Clashes
    By Ghafoor Saboory

    Afghan and Pakistani border forces met in Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province on Friday evening to discuss the security situation - an hour after clashes stopped following a ceasefire.


    This came after border forces opened fire on each other across the Durand Line after Afghan authorities accused Pakistani officials of having breached their territory.

    At the meeting, a number of Pakistani officers raised their concerns over the heightened tension between Afghan and Pakistani border forces in recent months and said this was not in the best interests of either country.

    Kandahar Police Chief Lieutenant Gen. Abdul Raziq, who chaired the Afghan delegation at the meeting, warned that they are monitoring Pakistani forces movements and that Afghan security forces will respond to any intervention against Afghan territory.

    “Our security forces have been busy fighting terrorists in recent years, but I warn you that your forces should not use the situation for their own benefit. We will stand against any personal or group intervention,” he said.

    Raziq also accused Pakistani forces of entering Afghan territory and said such moves are against international laws.

    “Both countries are Muslim and we are neighbors, so I urge you that we should not do anything against the laws. Your moves are obvious interventions in our affairs and after this any actions against the laws should not be repeated,” said Raziq.

    Pakistan forces meanwhile accused Afghan soldiers of crossing over the border and occupying Pakistani soldiers’ strongholds.

    “Afghan security forces have crossed an international border and came towards our side of the divided village and they occupied the positions over there. So we took it seriously because it is threatening the sovereignty of the neighboring country and a Muslim country,” said General Nadim, a Pakistani military official.

    Nadim said tensions between Afghan and Pakistani border forces are bad for both countries.

    Meanwhile, Afghan border soldiers also warned that they will stand against any move by Pakistan's military.

    “I will defend my country until the last drop of blood remains in my body. I will not allow any group or country to intervene in my country,” Gul Ahmad, a border soldier said.

    According to Kandahar police, the clash between Afghan and Pakistani forces started on Friday when Pakistani forces entered Afghan territory.

    Four Afghan soldiers along with two civilians and nine Pakistani soldiers were killed in the clash and nearly 80 others were wounded from both sides.

    http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan...-pakistani-officials-meet-over-border-clashes
     
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