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US Af End Game:Moving mountains of war gear home from Afghanistan

US Af End Game:Moving mountains of war gear home from Afghanistan | United States & Pakistan. An Undeclared War | Scoop.it

Maj. Gen. Kurt Stein has to figure out how to move $48-billion worth of war gear back home from landlocked, mountainous and war-torn Afghanistan.

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For the last 11 years, the U.S. militaryhas stuffed bases in Afghanistan with Humvees and bullets, radios and radars, armored vehicles and surveillance balloons. Army Maj. Gen. Kurt Stein has less than two years to move $48-billion worth of weapons, gear and equipment back home.

Before U.S. combat troops leave at the end of 2014, Stein has to figure out how to transport 35,000 vehicles, 95,000 shipping containers and mountains of other war materiel out of a landlocked, mountainous country in the middle of a war.

It's not the first monumental moving job for Stein, 54, a burly former enlisted man with 37 years experience in military logistics. He was a top commander of the massive effort to move gear and equipment out of Iraq two years ago.

"Hard but not that hard," Stein said of moving tons of materiel on paved Iraqi highways into relatively safe and orderly Kuwait. "Afghanistan? Big difference. We don't have the road networks or the ports.".

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"U.S. forces have shut down or turned over to Afghan forces 619 bases and combat outposts, with 193 still to be handed over or dismantled."

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#AlQaeda Fractures Update

#AlQaeda Fractures Update | United States & Pakistan. An Undeclared War | Scoop.it
Terrorism consultant, consulting, research and investigative reports, original and declassified documents. Edited by J.M. Berger, author of Jihad Joe,

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The Al Qaeda fractures chart has been updated with the latest developments. The chart is crowdsourced with myself as the final arbiter, and frequently updated. If you see an error or ambiguity, contact me on Twitter @intelwire to suggest changes. The chart is not intended to present a comprehensive view of the global jihadist movement, but rather to track significant players strictly within the context of the fragmentation of al Qaeda.  Click on the image below for a larger version, or click here for a version that is printable at any size. The previous version may be found here. Some notes below. 
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Top U.S. General thinks the missing Malaysia Airlines 370 flight could be in Taliban-controlled Pakistan

Top U.S. General thinks the missing Malaysia Airlines 370 flight could be in Taliban-controlled Pakistan | United States & Pakistan. An Undeclared War | Scoop.it

Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney — the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 17 oak-leaf clusters, Distinguished Service Medal and other honors — is suggesting searchers looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 take a look at possible landing spots in Taliban-controlled Pakistan.In an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, McInerney said his recommendation was based on information from sources he was unwilling to disclose on television as well as the analysis of an intelligence service called LIGNET.


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Closer look at Gen McInerney's missing plane theory, http://video.foxnews.com/v/3374590856001/closer-look-at-gen-mcinerneys-missing-plane-theory/.

 

Lyndon LaRouche Discusses Flight 370, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlR3RpHeLI0.

 

Gen. McInerney: US hasn't 'come clean' with Flight 370 data, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9fKNHFfopc.

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Pakistan Suddenly Receives Mysterious $1.5 Billion by Jim White

Pakistan Suddenly Receives Mysterious $1.5 Billion by Jim White | United States & Pakistan. An Undeclared War | Scoop.it

Back in January, I mused on whether Pakistan was making a play for counterterrorism funds that were being freed up by the US cutting back on its funding plans for Afghanistan. It now appears that Pakistan is not only starting to receive renewed flows of US defense funding, but US development funding is flowing, as well. I probably shouldn’t be so surprised by this, since the article I cited on the US cutting back on Afghanistan funding mentioned both defense and development funds, but it still remains remarkable that those funds are being so clearly moved from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

It appears that Pakistan has had to quickly establish a new fund for accepting the newly designated development money, which totals a whopping $1.5 billion in only one month:

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We hope that the Govt of India is aware of these sly machinations by the Obama Administration?

 

An excellent appreciation by Jim White


He expertly points out:

1] How Pakistan has had to quickly establish a new fund for accepting the newly designated development money

 

2]How Pakistan is also asking the US to expedite payments under the Coalition Support Fund, which is the route through which Pakistan is reimbursed for its defense spending related to Afghanistan security.


3]The genesis for Pakistan’s new-found enthusiasm for military action against the Taliban.

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Surviving Drones – The Complexity of Automated Warfare

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The United States government has made hundreds of attacks on targets in Northwest Pakistan since 2004 using unmanned aerial vehicles also known as drones. The use of drones has been applied in Yemen and Somalia since the end of 2004. An estimated 411 to 890 civilians have been killed, including 168 to 197 children according to a News Agency report. Many more were injured, and still more live under the fear of drones. Some decided to stand up and make their voices heard in the international community.

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Sofie Chen paints a dark picture of drone war going on in Pakistan. From initially being the war on terror; its has also become the war that creates terror. 
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If there are no U.S. or NATO troops in Afghanistan after 2014, what happens?

If there are no U.S. or NATO troops in Afghanistan after 2014, what happens? | United States & Pakistan. An Undeclared War | Scoop.it
There are good reasons to worry about a precipitous departure of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan. The country remains fragile and the Taliban still threaten key areas. Withdrawing all troops would leave the Afghans to fend for themselves against a resurgent Taliban. And because the United States uses its presence to monitor and target al-Qaeda and other threats, such as the proliferation of nuclear weapons from the region, leaving the country completely would mean having less warning or ability to respond.
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Afghan police prevents planned attacks

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Afghan police in a more tight measure to secure electoral campaigns, foiled plans intended to attack Kabul city, officials with National Directorate of Security said on Monday.
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Two suicide bombers arrested in Kunar province

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The Taliban Is Broke

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After years of fighting against the U.S. military, the Taliban have run out of money after donors lost interest in their fight.
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America's Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Are Not 'Ended'

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Report: Afghan President In Secret Talks With Taliban

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KABUL, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has been holding secret talks with Taliban officials in the hope of persuading them to make peace with his government, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed Afghan and...
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Yemen hostage mediators lose contact with Al-Qaeda

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Negotiators working to secure the release of a South African man kidnapped in Yemen by Al-Qaeda said Tuesday they had lost contact with the group, just days before a ransom deadline.
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US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan carries grave threat for J&K: Farooq

US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan  carries grave threat for J&K: Farooq | United States & Pakistan. An Undeclared War | Scoop.it
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US Withdrawl from Afghanistan will reduce the engagement for the militant groups in Afghanistan  to keep up their opperations it will start pumping it's cadres towards Kashmir

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Pak-US strategic dialogue

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‘ISI’s Pasha knew where Osama hid, Lashkar’s Saeed was in touch with him’

‘ISI’s Pasha knew where Osama hid, Lashkar’s Saeed was in touch with him’ | United States & Pakistan. An Undeclared War | Scoop.it

 

For CARLOTTA GALLs original article "What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden" click the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/magazine/what-pakistan-knew-about-bin-laden.html?_r=2

 

Gall covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for the paper from 2001 to 2013.

 

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Lt gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, when he was chief of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI, knew of Osama bin Laden’s hideout in his country and Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed was in regular contact with the al-Qaeda chief, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Soon after the US Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden’s house, “a Pakistani official told me the US had direct evidence that the ISI chief, Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, knew of Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad,” the newspaper said in an article by senior journalist Carlotta Gall.

Bin Laden was shot dead by US commandos in May 2012 in a unilateral raid that caught the Pakistanis by surprise. Pasha was ISI chief from October 2008 to March 2012.

“The information came from a senior US official, and I guessed that the Americans had intercepted a phone call of Pasha’s or one about him in the days after the raid,” Gall wrote in the article headlined ‘What Pakistan Knew About bin Laden’, adapted from the book The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014, to be published next month.

Gall covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for the paper from 2001 to 2013.

“He knew of Osama’s whereabouts, yes,” the Pakistani official was quoted as saying.

“Pasha was always their blue-eyed boy,” the official said, adding he was surprised to learn this.

Pakistani intelligence sources dismissed the NYT report as “baseless”.

“There is no truth in the NYT report. It is a totally baseless story. Nobody in Pakistan knew about the presence of Osama bin Laden,” a Pakistani intelligence source said.

The report added that the haul of handwritten notes, letters, computer files and other information collected from bin Laden’s house during the raid revealed regular correspondence “between bin Laden and a string of militant leaders who must have known he was living in Pakistan, including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of

Lashkar-e-Toiba, a pro-Kashmiri group that has also been active in Afghanistan, and Mullah Omar of the Taliban”.

“Saeed and Omar are two of the ISI’s most important and loyal militant leaders. Both are protected by the agency. Both cooperate closely with it, restraining their followers from attacking the Pakistani state and coordinating with Pakistan’s greater strategic plans.

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What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden; Pak had a special Desk for OBL !!

What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden; Pak had a special Desk for OBL !! | United States & Pakistan. An Undeclared War | Scoop.it

A must read By Carlotta Gall MARCH 19, 2014

 

Our supposed ally had a special desk devoted to managing Osama bin Laden. How can the U.S. fight extremism when we’re unable to confront it where it really lives?

 

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@SASFOR says: Please do not forget that USA has slyly "donated 1.5 Billion Dollars to Pakistan.

 

An excellent appreciation by ZAHID HUSSAIN entitled "What’s the deal?" can be found here: http://www.dawn.com/news/1094000/whats-the-deal

 

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Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, I went to live and report for The New York Times in Afghanistan. I would spend most of the next 12 years there, following the overthrow of the Taliban, feeling the excitement of the freedom and prosperity that was promised in its wake and then watching the gradual dissolution of that hope. A new Constitution and two rounds of elections did not improve the lives of ordinary Afghans; the Taliban regrouped and found increasing numbers of supporters for their guerrilla actions; by 2006, as they mounted an ambitious offensive to retake southern Afghanistan and unleashed more than a hundred suicide bombers, it was clear that a deadly and determined opponent was growing in strength, not losing it. As I toured the bomb sites and battlegrounds of the Taliban resurgence, Afghans kept telling me the same thing: The organizers of the insurgency were in Pakistan, specifically in the western district of Quetta. Police investigators were finding that many of the bombers, too, were coming from Pakistan.

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This article is adapted from “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014,” to be published next month by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

Carlotta Gall is the North Africa correspondent for The New York Times. She covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for the paper from 2001 to 2013.

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Pak Army,ISI hell bent to ensure estranged relations between India & Pak:

Pak Army,ISI hell bent to ensure estranged relations between India & Pak: | United States & Pakistan. An Undeclared War | Scoop.it

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said that people of India and Pakistan want to live with peace and amity but Pakistani Army and ISI were biggest hurdle in normalizing relations between two neighbouring countries.
Addressing an impressing public meeting in border town of Mendhar, Mr Azad said that civil population of both the countries were want to live with peace. He said that notorious intelligence of Pakistan ISI and Pakistani Army do not want that there should be peace between two countries. Those at the helm of the affairs in ISI and Pakistani Army were minting money by launching hatred campaign against India. “Through anti-India hatred campaign, Pakistani Army and ISI are earning so these groups do not want normalization ofrelations between two countries”, he said and cautioned the people against designs of such forces.

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Who made our Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad an expert on this subject?

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I'm ashamed of the British military's mistakes in Afghanistan : Poster boy for Ministry of Defence lifts lid on campaign saying training and equipment simply 'wasn't good enough'

I'm ashamed of the British military's mistakes in Afghanistan : Poster boy for Ministry of Defence lifts lid on campaign saying training and equipment simply 'wasn't good enough' | United States & Pakistan. An Undeclared War | Scoop.it
The poster boy for the Ministry of Defence has lifted the lid on the 'poor training and equipment' that soldiers were given during combat in Afghanistan, stating that it simply 'wasn't good enough'....

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Preliminary Peace Talks With Pakistani Taliban Postponed

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A meeting has been delayed between the Pakistani government and Pakistani Taliban to discuss the possible launch of peace talks.

Reports say the meeting in Islamabad, scheduled for February 4, wa...
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Obama to hold talks on Afghanistan with defense leadership

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The US President Barack Obama is expected to hold talks with the senior US defense officials to discuss the future US engagement in Afghanistan. The meeting comes as Kabul and Washington have not succeeded to end the deadlock over the controversial bilateral security agreement that will give a legal framework for the presence of US…
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Signing BSA a matter of weeks: White House

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The Barack Obama Administration has ramped up the pressure on the outgoing Hamid Karzai government to sign the bilateral security agreement in "a matter of weeks" even as the campaign for the presidential elections kicked off in Afghanistan.
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The Makers of Jihadist Strategy

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Michael W. S. Ryan, Decoding Al-Qaeda’s Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013). These days, westerners write more about jihadist...
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Abstracting War, from Afghanistan to Syria

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I was at dinner a few months back when they brought up the little dead Afghan girl. A girl I had watched die, but had...
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“Norwegian Getaway” Cancels U.S. Itinerary after Role in NYC Nuclear Terror Plot is Exposed

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David Chase Taylor February 4, 2014 Truther.org SWITZERLAND, Zurich — Based on breaking news and events, it appears that the Norwegian Cruise Line ship at the center of the now foiled New York City...
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COAS to discuss ‘entire gamut of ties’ in S. Arabia - DAWN.COM

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During his stay in the kingdom, Gen Sharif will meet King Abdullah and top Saudi military commanders.
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