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Peace talks again in Afghanistan and this time the Taliban may deal

Peace talks again in Afghanistan and this time the Taliban may deal

By Brian M Downing There are new reports of impending talks with the Afghan Taliban. Previous reports have either been baseless or talks took place but led nowhere. The outcome of today’s reports is of course uncertain but there are reasons why the Taliban may now be more willing to seek a negotiated settlement than […]

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Obama's Afghan agreement maintains U.S. presence in key region

Obama's Afghan agreement maintains U.S. presence in key region

By Brian M Downing President Obama whisked into Afghanistan unannounced, inked a somewhat nebulous yet significant agreement with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, then quickly returned home. It was an impressive diplomatic coup that guarantees an appreciable U.S. presence in the country over many years, for better or worse. Many regional powers wanted no such arrangement […]

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Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Some of the saddest collateral damage resulting from a score of civil conflicts worldwide remains the tragedy that children are caught in the crossfire or even worse, are specifically targeted by the combatants.  Ongoing armed conflict in places ranging from Afghanistan to Libya, and Pakistan to the Philippines […]

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Pakistan's ISI covertly running Pakistan's government, coordinating Taliban

Pakistan's ISI covertly running Pakistan's government, coordinating Taliban

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Pakistani intelligence services, Inter-Service Intelligence agency, is continuing to covertly support terrorist movements in both Pakistan and Afghanistan through its shadowy Directorate S, that is believed to be staffed by pro-terrorist Islamist members of the Pakistani military, according to intelligence sources. The ISI element provides money, military supplies and […]

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Report: CIA has 24 Al Qaida, Taliban targets on drone hit list

Report: CIA has 24 Al Qaida, Taliban targets on drone hit list

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com A Pakistani newspaper reported last week that the CIA has a list of 24 senior Al Qaida and Taliban terrorists who are targets of U.S. drone strikes and other special operations forces. The list includes Al Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, along with current No. […]

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Terropiracy in South and Southeast Asia

By Swadesh Rana, www.globalexpertfinder.org South and South East Asia are faced with the likelihood of profit motivated-pirates committing acts of terror and politically driven terrorists resorting to piracy. Unlike terrorism that emanates from South/South West Asia and piracy that originates from South East Asia, terropiracy is linking South and South East Asia as a contiguous […]

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Crisis overload hobbles Pakistan relief efforts

Crisis overload hobbles Pakistan relief efforts

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Both crisis overload and donor fatigue have hobbled global relief efforts in humanitarian crises.  The devastating Haiti earthquake in January and the ongoing floods in Pakistan have challenged the global giving system to the breaking point — not so much for lack of funds and compassion, but a […]

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U.S. covert action in Kandahar called key to offensive against Taliban

U.S. covert action in Kandahar called key to offensive against Taliban

Compiled by Bill Gertz   U.S. special operations forces are working behind the scenes in Kandahar to covertly knock out Taliban terrorist cells and networks of insurgents in the key stronghold city of 500,000 people, according to military intelligence officials. The operations include hundreds of Army special forces units and Navy SEALs, including the elite […]