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Major opium bust near Pakistan cuts Taliban revenue stream

Major opium bust near Pakistan cuts Taliban revenue stream

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com U.S. military forces last week conducted a major anti-drug operation seizing some 10,000 pounds of dry opium being used by Afghan insurgents to raise money for arms and ammunition. A tip came from local civilians in the Dishu district of Helmand Province, near the border with Pakistan. “To put the […]

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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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NATO the great is dead, long-live NATO?

By Sol W. Sanders  The North American Treaty Organization [NATO] has been history’s most successful alliance. It protected Western Europe from Soviet Communist engulfment, halted intra-European civil wars which almost destroyed Western civilization, and underpinned unparalleled prosperity for 400 million. And, of course, monumentally outlived its designated enemy, the Soviet Bloc. Ironically, post-Soviet events were […]

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Iran's apocalyptic window of opportunity: What will the mullahs do with the bomb?

Iran's apocalyptic window of opportunity: What will the mullahs do with the bomb?

By Alexander Maistrovoy The question is not whether Iran will get a nuclear weapon; it is about where and against whom it will use it. Is the civilized community ready to reconcile with the Iranian nuclear bomb? There is only one answer to the question: It is, because it has no other options. Years of peace […]

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U.S. praises Turkish trainers of Afghan security

WorldTribune.com ANKARA — The United States has given high marks to Turkey’s trainers of Afghan security forces. Officials said Turkey has made significant gains in efforts to train the Afghan police. They said Turkish instructors have been far more effective than their U.S. counterparts in training and organizing Afghan officers. “I see the incredible difference […]

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The downside of another Vietnam, this time in South Asia

The downside of another Vietnam, this time in South Asia

By Sol W. Sanders  On April 11, 1975, Congress turned its back on the sacrifice of 58,000 American lives, 350,000 casualties, and an $800 [1958 dollars] billion investment. The House voted down a Nixon Administration request for $700 million emergency aid to South Vietnam.  Saigon’s small U.S. style army – created through “Vietnamization” but wholly dependent […]

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Pakistan chaos threatens U.S. alliance, conduct of war in Afghanistan

Pakistan chaos threatens U.S. alliance, conduct of war in Afghanistan

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com U.S. intelligence sources said growing instability in Pakistan is threatening to undermine U.S. relations with a key Southwest Asian ally needed for conducting the war in Afghanistan and other counterterrorism operations. The sources said recent events in Pakistan combined with the weakness of the civilian government have emboldened the younger […]

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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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Drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan disrupted Euro-terror plots

Drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan disrupted Euro-terror plots

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com U.S. intelligence officials said Al Qaida’s No. 3 official was involved in planning for a major terrorist attack in Europe but the planning was disrupted by stepped-up drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan. More than 10 drone strikes were carried out over the past week in remote regions of Pakistan […]

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More contractors than troops killed in war zones this year

WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — U.S. private contractors have been killed at a faster rate than American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. A report said the deaths of private contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq have exceeded those of American soldiers in 2010. The report by ProPublica said this marked the first time in history that private employees […]