War in Afghanistan and Pakistan - Part 9

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Wilf Day

Unionist wrote:
I really don't like the re-inventing of this thread series which has been going on for so long, and gratuitously adding "Pakistan". Why not add Iraq and Chechnya while you're at it?

Because this war is about the Pakhtuns on both sides of the Durand Line, who have never really recognized it.

TTP's (Taliban's) treasure leads to India's RAW (Research and Analysis Wing):

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"A bloody feud that followed Baitullah Mehsud's death involving about three-dozen best-trained Taliban fighters was actually a battle among various Taliban warlords to control Rs 2 billion Taliban funds and ownership of arms and ammunition worth about Rs 1 billion by grabbing the 'Emarat' of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Such was the charisma and awe of 35-year-old five feet two inches tall Baitullah Mehsud that none of his associates ever dared to challenge his leadership till an American missile strike blew his body apart on the first floor of the house of his second wife in South Waziristan. There was a constant flow of tens of millions of dollars from foreign enemy sources that keeps the Taliban machine rolling. "Over the years Baitullah had built a cash reserve of about Rs 2 billion in addition to large cache of sophisticated weapons, ammunition and latest communication equipment."

Money for the Pakistani Taliban was either buried in various caves in the tribal areas or it was stashed in various bank accounts in Pakistan and in some Gulf states. Baitullah's coffers expanded so much last year that he sent one of his cousins to Dubai for cash investment in various real estate projects; subsequently millions of dollars were remitted for adventurous business proposals in Gulf states. When a renowned Taliban commander informed Baitullah about huge monetary offers he was receiving from Pakistani officials to surrender, Baitullah's answer to this man was: "Money is not with the government of Pakistan. Money is with me, tell me how much you want." Officials concede Baitullah's money power was such that it was difficult for them to buy his key commanders, as he conveniently outbid them in case of a couple of important commanders.

Baitullah was convinced by al-Qaeda and Pakistan's foreign enemies that South Waziristan would soon emerge as an independent "Islamic Emirate" and he would be declared as its first Amir. Intelligence accounts speak of smooth flow of cash to Baitullah from enemy agents, posing as wealthy and highly motivated Arab Muslims, who had established direct connection with the reclusive Taliban commander. The Taliban sources close to Baitullah Mehsud say a strong cash flow was his most crucial need because his top priority remained an uninterrupted payment of monthly salaries to the families of each of his fighters. Baitullah was supervising a smooth system of cash deliveries ranging from Rs10,000 to Rs 20,000 at the doorsteps of his fighters all across Pakistan. Sustenance allowance reached the families of those killed in action.

Cash pipelines emanating from RAW and Afghan secret services headquarters were terminating in Baitullah-run accounts, besides cash and weapons infusion. Baitullah was paying about Rs 600 million in salaries to his fighters every year. While intelligence agencies see a direct hand of Indian and Afghan secret agencies in financing terror outfits in Pakistan, US officials have consistently accused wealthy individuals in unnamed Gulf countries of providing finances to the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

RAW is The Research and Analysis Wing, India's foreign intelligence agency. Working directly under the Prime Minister, the structure and operations of the Research & Analysis Wing are kept secret from Parliament. 

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The Pakistani Air Force is now in the business of operating pilotless drones:

http://www.daily.pk/paf-starts-drone-production-9267

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Afghanistan: Continuity Uber Alles

http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/1822-...

"Of course Obama's continuity in using the Bush-serving professional manipulaters only continues Bush's continuity with the Clinton Administration which also used the Rendon Group. Rendon's Job #1 is to make the destructive and expensive imperial wars appear palatable to the yokels back home, so the rubes will keep sending their sons and daughters off to die--and to kill, in vast numbers--for the profit and privilege of the small, bipartisan American elite.."

War to Escalate after Afghan Election

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/aug2009/afgh-a24.shtml

"the election itself has been a debacle for US imperialism and its NATO allies. The majority of people in the ethnic Pashtun southern and eastern provinces followed the direction of the Taliban and boycotted the ballot altogether. While fear may have been a factor, it cannot be denied that the insurgency has broad popular support. The Pashtun population hates both the foreign forces and the puppet regime in Kabul which has inflicted 8 years of repression, corrupt officials and police and ongoing economic deprivation.."

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[url=http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/yasmin-alibhai-brown/y...'m sorry, but I was wrong to support the war in Afghanistan[/url]

Fidel

Wilf Day wrote:
Because this war is about the Pakhtuns on both sides of the Durand Line, who have never really recognized it.

TTP's (Taliban's) treasure leads to India's RAW (Research and Analysis Wing):

Cash pipelines emanating from RAW and Afghan secret services headquarters were terminating in Baitullah-run accounts, besides cash and weapons infusion. Baitullah was paying about Rs 600 million in salaries to his fighters every year. While intelligence agencies see a direct hand of Indian and Afghan secret agencies in financing terror outfits in Pakistan, US officials have consistently accused wealthy individuals in unnamed Gulf countries of providing finances to the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

RAW is The Research and Analysis Wing, India's foreign intelligence agency. Working directly under the Prime Minister, the structure and operations of the Research & Analysis Wing are kept secret from Parliament. 

Exactly, Wilf. And today's imperialists are trying to carve up the region, once again. There needs to be a regional solution arrived at by UN mediated negotiations with those Gulf countries, and Pakistan, Russia, Iran etc. They must stop using Afghanistan as a battleground for proxy wars. We can hold our breaths demanding that foreign troops be withdrawn while more Afghans are sacrificed to cluster bombs, IEDs,  air raids etc, But colder warriors seem to be oblivious to the fact that not only are the peace activists turning blue in the cheeks and becoming irrelevant in the larger scheme of things, Afghans are still dying and war and chaos reign merrily. The left needs to push everyone involved toward peace talks and exit strategy for NATO. NATO doesnt want an exit strategy, and that's the problem.