Thursday, 30 September 2010

News For September 30, 2010

'Horrifying' Swat Valley Executions

By Jane Perlez
WARNING- Video Contains Graphic Images
An Internet video showing men in Pakistani military uniforms executing six young men in civilian clothes has heightened concerns about unlawful killings by Pakistani soldiers supported by the United States, American officials said. Continue

New U.S. Raids on Pakistan Constitute 'Naked Aggression'


"It's high time that the Pakistani government wake up to the potential costs of its trickery with its own people. … Even on Sunday, as ISAF officials and their Afghan puppets were crowing that their gunships had killed 'militants' in two sorties in North Waziristan, local politicians were in complete denial that any incursion had occurred." Continue

Beware of Governments Trumpeting Terror Threats

By Mark Phillips

Fans of the movie Men in Black will be smirking quietly at the European terror plot story currently circulating. Continue

CIA Runs Private Army in Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Tom Peters

In one incident in June 2009, described by the AP, the Kandahar-based group went “on a killing spree” after one of its members was arrested, killing Kandahar’s police chief and nine other police officers. Continue

Time to Repeal Congress' Blank Check on Wars

By Barbara Lee

I was the only member of Congress who voted against the "Authorization for the Use of Military Force" because I knew some would use it as a blank check to wage war anywhere around the world. It is safe to say that if we knew at the time what the next decade would bring, I would not have been alone. Continue

Dwight Was Right

By Michael Moore

The only people really making the decisions about America's wars are across the river from Washington in the Pentagon. They wear uniforms. They have lots of weapons they bought from the corporations they will work for when they retire. Continue

Somalia - 11 Killed in Mogadishu Market Shelling: At least 11 people have been killed and 20 others wounded Wednesday in an artillery battle by Somali government backed by African Union forces and insurgents in Mogadishu, according to witnesses, Radio Garowe reports.
US attack Kills 3 Pakistani Soldiers: Pakistani military officials said two NATO helicopters crossed over into Pakistan's Kurram tribal region along the Afghan border before dawn and fired on paramilitary troops at the Mandata Kandaho border patrol post. When the soldiers fired back at the helicopters, the aircraft retaliated by firing two missiles, destroying the post and killing the three soldiers, the Pakistani military said.
Pakistan Cuts NATO Supply Line In Apparent Retaliation For Killed Troops: A permanent stoppage of supply trucks would place massive strains on the relationship between the two countries and hurt the Afghan war effort. Even a short halt is a reminder of the leverage Pakistan has over the United States at a crucial time in the 9-year-old war.
Extrajudicial Killing:: Briton suspected of plotting Mumbai-style attacks killed by drone: A Briton suspected of plotting attacks on European cities modelled on the terrorist rampage in Mumbai was killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, according to reports.
What a joke! CIA promises to 'respect' Pakistan sovereignty: Pakistan said Thursday that visiting CIA chief Leon Panetta had promised to respect its sovereignty and examine reports that NATO helicopters conducted deadly cross-border raids from Afghanistan.
Drone attacks will continue: Panetta: The ISI DG asked the CIA Director to provide secret information to the Pak-Army, adding that the Pak-Army would conduct an operation on the secret tip-off provided by the CIA, the channel reported. daily times monitor
Pakistani tribesmen protest against US drone strikes: “We are protesting against the drone attacks. Americans are killing innocent civilians but the government has completely failed to protect us,”Malik Jalal, a tribal elder and one of the strike organisers told AFP.
New Poll: Pakistanis Hate the Drones, Back Suicide Attacks on U.S. Troops: A plurality of respondents in the tribal areas say that the U.S. is primarily responsible for violence in the region. Nearly 90 percent want the U.S. to stop pursuing militants in their backyard and nearly 60 percent are fine with suicide bombings directed at the Americans.
7 Civilians Killed in NATO Airstrikes: Residents in the Central Logar province say a tank of the American forces was hit by a road-side mine blast in the province's Baraki Barak district on Wednesday night, after which NATO forces started air-bombardments in the province killing three civilians.
5 NATO occupation force service members killed in Afghanistan: Five NATO service members were killed Thursday in southern Afghanistan, the scene of heavy fighting as troops push into areas long controlled by the Taliban, the coalition said.
US attack kills 4 Afghan civilians: An airstrike by NATO forces killed four Afghan civilians and wounded three others in Ghazni province, southwest of the capital Kabul, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Thursday.
'Afghan children' killed in Nato raid: Wednesday's incident comes days after Nato was accused of killing 13 civilians in Laghman province on Sunday.
U.S. tax money goes to Taliban: A prominent U.S. contractor in Afghanistan may have inadvertently funneled millions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Taliban insurgents in the form of bribes and protection money, according to a review by the inspector general of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
US soldier in war crimes probe killed Iraqis, says report : A US soldier already facing murder charges for allegedly killing Afghan civilians is also linked to the 2004 deaths of several unarmed Iraqi soldiers, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Suicide attacker shot, killed in Kurdish region: Police in Iraq's Kurdish region shot and killed a suicide bomber trying to attack a checkpoint near a military base on Wednesday, a Kurdish security official said.
Soldier suicides spike: 4 Fort Hood soldiers take their lives in 3 days: "It is frustrating that so many Fort Hood soldiers have decided to take their own lives," Maj. Gen. William Grimsley, Fort Hood's senior commander, said
Study: Wars could cost $4 trillion to $6 trillion: Joseph Stiglitz, who received the 2000 Nobel Prize for Economics, and Linda Bilmes, a public policy professor at Harvard University, said the number of veterans seeking post-combat medical care and the cost of treating those individuals is about 30 percent higher than they initially estimated.
War's burdens borne by too few, Gates says: Most Americans have grown too detached from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and see military service as 'something for other people to do," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.
Yemen foreign minister confirms US strikes on Al Qaeda: Yemen’s foreign minister acknowledged the United States has launched attacks on Al Qaeda in his country in an interview published yesterday, the first confirmation from Sana’a of a US military role.
Mossad 'issued death threats' to Dubai police chief: Dubai's police chief said he has received death threats from Israel's spy agency Mossad linked to his role in uncovering details of the assassination of a senior Hamas leader, a report said on Thursday.
Iran's bourse booms despite sanctions: While U.S. diplomats were busy upping Iran's economic punishment over nuclear activities Washington fears are aimed at making a bomb, Iranian shares, which might have been expected to fall, have, instead, gone through the roof.
U.S. senators: China firm is violating Iran economic sanctions: In letter Secretary of State Clinton, senators say Chinese National Petroleum Co. is in violation of a new. law aimed at discouraging foreign investment in Iran.
Millions of Computers Hit by Virus Across China: A computer virus dubbed the world’s “first cyber superweapon” and which may have been designed to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities has found a new target — China.
US politicians threaten trade war with China: Congress to vote on punitive tariffs for Chinese imports amid frustration over 'beggar-thy-neighbour' currency policy

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