The Stealth Helicopter That Crashed On Bin Laden Raid Was Downed By Air Vortex

  By Tony Capaccio -May 6, 2011 Small Wars Journal A United Technologies Corp. (UTX) Black Hawk helicopter carrying U.S. Navy SEALs to Osama Bin Laden’s hideout was downed by an air vortex caused by unexpectedly warm air and the effect of a high wall surrounding the compound, not mechanical failure or gunfire, according to … Continue reading

The only Christian in Pakistan's Cabinet was murdered on Wednesday. Shahbaz Bhatti was the federal minister of minority affairs.

Pakistan (MNN) ― An advocate for Christians in Pakistan will be laid to rest today, and the government is observing three days of mourning. Even as Pakistan’s clerics and other senior leaders condemned Wednesday’s assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Christians took to the streets in Lahore, expressing their ire. Bhatti was the federal minister of minority … Continue reading

Pakistan arrests US security contractor Aaron DeHaven for having an expired Visa

ISI tells American agency to unmask all its covert operatives after arrest of Aaron DeHaven in Peshawar, over visa expiry Islamabad authorities have arrested a US government security contractor amid a worsening spy agency row between the countries, with Pakistani intelligence calling on the Americans to “come clean” about its network of covert operatives in … Continue reading

Two Libyan Mirage jets defect to Malta seeking asylum… Refused to bomb unarmed citizens

GEORGE CINI   02/21/11 VALLETTA, Malta — Two Libyan air force jets landed in Malta on Monday and their pilots asked for political asylum amid a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in Libya, a military source said. The two Mirage jets landed at Malta International Airport shortly after two civilian helicopters landed carrying seven people … Continue reading

Is the pause in Pakistani drone strikes linked to the arrest of the CIA's Raymond Davis

  By Missy Ryan ISLAMABAD | Sun Feb 20, 2011 ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States has halted drone attacks on militants along Pakistan‘s western border in a development analysts believe is linked to U.S. attempts to secure the release of a jailed U.S. consular employee. After months of frequent strikes from unmanned U.S. aircraft … Continue reading

Commentary the developing situation with CIA employee Raymond Davis in Pakistan

  by Robert Haddick   February 21, 2011 According to a just-released article in the Washington Post, U.S. officials have confirmed that Raymond Davis is a contract employee of the CIA, responsible for security at a safe house in Lahore. According to the article, a U.S. official presumed that the Pakistani government has known the nature … Continue reading

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Muslims to "remove" the US from the Islamic world on Sunday .

02/20/2011 -Sapa-AFP “The main problem in the Muslim world is the presence of the United States. It is the biggest problem. We need to address that,” he told a gathering of Shiite and Sunni scholars in Tehran for an international conference on Islam. “It is necessary to remove the US from the Islamic world,” the … Continue reading

Washington Intensifies Push Into Central Asia

Stop NATO January 29, 2011 Rick Rozoff A recent editorial on the website of Voice of America reflected on last year being one in which the United States solidified relations with the five former Soviet republics in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. One or more of the five nations border Afghanistan, Russia, … Continue reading

Clashes Reported In Libya, As Protests Continue In Bahrain, Yemen

02.16.2011 By RFE/RL Clashes were reported today between protesters and police in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city. Witnesses and local media said a crowd angry at the arrest of a rights campaigner clashed with police and government supporters. The city is reported calm now, but the reports said several hundred protesters armed with stones and petrol … Continue reading

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Israeli military "is ready for all eventualities" after recent unrest in the Middle East

14 February 2011     AFP – The Israeli military is “ready for all eventualities” as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes “an earthquake,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday just days after Egypt’s regime collapsed. “An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and … Continue reading

Arrest Warrant Issued for Pakistan's Former President Pervez Musharraf for the killing of Benazir Bhutto

February 12, 2011 by Farhan Bokhari ISLAMABAD – An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has issued a warrant for the arrest of the country’s former president, General Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 killing of the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, in a move that potentially reopens a bitter chapter from the country’s troubled political … Continue reading

Algeria prepares for day of protests: the oil-rich, military-dominated north African state, braced itself for a day of pro-democracy protestson Saturday, despite a ban on demonstrations in the capital, Algiers, and a large security presence intent on containing any uprising inspired by Egypt or Tunisia

  Pro-democracy alliance expected to defy ban on demonstrations as euphoria from Egypt and Tunisia spills over to Algeria Riot police use their shields during a demonstration in Algiers last month. Photograph: AP Algeria, the oil-rich, military-dominated north African state, braced itself for a day of pro-democracy protestson Saturday, despite a ban on demonstrations in … Continue reading

After Mubarak's resignation, Muslim Brotherhood pushes for civilian led leadership instead of military control

Egypt’s vice president says Hosni Mubarak has handed power over to the high military council, despite millions-plus pro-democracy demonstrations. In a brief announcement, Omar Suleiman said on Friday that Mubarak had “abandoned the presidency,” handing over the power to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, which is headed by Defense Minister Gen. Mohammed … Continue reading

Fort Bragg trained Suleiman says Mubarak has stepped down and left the country in the hands of the Egyptian Army

02/11/11 CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and handed over power to the army, his deputy Omar Suleiman announced Friday in a televised address. Mubarak “has decided to leave the post of president of the republic and has tasked the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to manage the state’s affairs,” … Continue reading

Senior U.S. Marine says multiple platoons headed to Egypt

Nicholas Carlson | Feb. 5, 2011, 11:42 PM Business Insider  A senior member of the US Marine Corps is telling people “multiple platoons” are deploying to Egypt, a source tells us. There is a system within the US Marines that alerts the immediate families of high-ranking marines when their marine will soon be deployed to … Continue reading

Antigovernment Protests Spreading Across North Africa and Middle East

  by Barry Grey   As thousands continued to demonstrate in Tunisia over the weekend against the interim “national unity” government, antigovernment protests spread to Algeria, Yemen and Jordan.   State forces in Algeria and Yemen responded to the protests with deadly force. The Associated Press reported that more than a dozen people were killed … Continue reading

Book from Muslim Brotherhood leader reveals scope of of radical beliefs

Jerusalem Post By Oren Kessler 02/09/11   One of the greatest beneficiaries of the unrest in Egypt has been the Muslim Brotherhood. Banned but tolerated for decades by successive Egyptian regimes, the Islamist movement is now emerging as a central player in the country’s resurgent opposition. On Tuesday, two Brotherhood representatives participated in an opposition … Continue reading

Two Americans deny spy charges in Iranian court

Sun Feb 6, 2011   TEHRAN, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Two Americans held in Iran for the last 18 months on suspicion of espionage pleaded not guilty in court on Sunday on the first day of their closed-door trial, state television reported. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested on July 31, 2009 near Iran’s … Continue reading

The US is sending warships, including one with 800 troops, and other military assets to Egypt as the revolution in the North African country gains momentum

  USS Kearsarge warship . Officials in Washington have stated that the move is to be prepared in case of an evacuation of Americans from Egypt. Pentagon has dismissed widespread assumptions that military intervention in Cairo is being contemplated, asserting that the objective of the deployment is mainly for the evacuation of US citizens in … Continue reading

The Israeli army chief has urged Tel Aviv to make preparations for an all-out war over the recent developments across the Middle East

Tue Feb 8, 2011 3:1AM   Israel’s Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi has said that given the recent revolution protests across Middle East, Israel must prepare for a battle in several theaters, Ynetnews quoted him as saying on Monday. The outgoing military chief also said, “The connection between the different players requires us … Continue reading

U.S. demands release of diplomat in Pakistan. (Now known as an Xe(blackwater) employee)

U.S. Seeks Release of Official in Pakistan By JANE PERLEZ Published: January 29, 2011   LAHORE, Pakistan — The United States on Saturday demanded the release of an American official charged in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis in this city two days ago, and now being held in police custody. Breaking a virtual silence … Continue reading

Washington Post puts Pakistan's nuclear arsenal at more than 100

  By Karen DeYoung Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, January 31, 2011 Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal now totals more than 100 deployed weapons, a doubling of its stockpile over the past several years in one of the world’s most unstable regions, according to estimates by nongovernment analysts. The Pakistanis have significantly accelerated productionof uranium and plutonium … Continue reading

With Muslim Brotherhood Set to Join Egypt Protests, Religion’s Role May Grow

By SOUAD MEKHENNET and NICHOLAS KULISH Published: January 27, 2011   ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — Demonstrators in Egypt have protested against rising prices and stagnant incomes, for greater freedom and against police brutality. But religion, so often a powerful mobilizing force here, has so far played little role. That may be about to change. With organizers … Continue reading

"Security and the Environment in Pakistan" report from the Congressional Research Service

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41358.pdf

Marines of Operation Godfather seeing significant improvement in Helmand province

  By Josh Boak Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, January 18, 2011 GARMSIR, AFGHANISTAN – The Marines strode single-file across dusty farmland that the Taliban had controlled days earlier, facing little resistance beyond a boy who said, “Please, don’t step on the poppies.” Not a single bullet was fired in the first few days of … Continue reading

Discussions on the Complexity of Diverse Sunni Islamic Interpretations: History and Islamic Argumentation al-Qaida Chooses to Neglect. Link to PDF article.

http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/journal/docs-temp/652-aboul.pdf

Iran to display the US Navy drones it shot down over Iranian territory: IRG commander

(AFP) – 3 days ago TEHRAN — Iran will put on public display two US Navy drones shot down by its elite Revolutionary Guards, a top Iranian commander said on Saturday. “The planes that were shot down are among the most modern US navy drones and have a long-range capability,” Ali Fadavi, commander of Guards’ … Continue reading

All-Seeing Blimp To Be Afghanistan’s Brain

Noah Shachtman January 18, 2011  |4:00 am Come this fall, there will be a new and extremely powerful supercomputer in Afghanistan. But it won’t be in Dave Petraeus’ headquarters in Kabul or at some three-letter agency’s operations center in Kandahar. It’ll be floating 20,000 feet above the warzone, aboard a giant spy blimp that watches … Continue reading

Next Israeli Arab War Could Begin in Beirut

By David Eshel Tel Aviv Israel’s next war could be fought on several fronts and result in far more destruction and casualties on all sides than recent conflicts. So said outgoing Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin in an address to the Knesset in November. Yadlin believes that despite an unprecedented period of calm for … Continue reading

Pakistan Government Scrambles to Survive Coalition Defections

Ayaz Gul | Islamabad 03 January 2011 Pakistan’s ruling party is struggling to keep its grip on power a day after a key partner quit the governing coalition, denying it the majority in the national parliament. The prime minister is meeting with opposition politicians in a bid to head off a possible no-confidence vote. Last … Continue reading

Pakistani Prime Minister Scrambles To Forge New Ruling Coalition

Last updated (GMT/UTC): 03.01.2011 Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani faces the difficult task of restoring his government’s majority after a key coalition partner went into opposition. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) announced its decision to leave the government on January 2, leaving Gilani scrambling to forge new alliances amid widespread concerns about the government’s … Continue reading

IRGC Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has announced that the Iranian military forces have brought down two foreign spy planes over the Persian Gulf

January 3, 2011 Tehran Times Political Desk TEHRAN – IRGC Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has announced that the Iranian military forces have brought down two foreign spy planes over the Persian Gulf, not mentioning the exact date and location of the events. “They (Westerners) have made limited aggressions against the country and we have … Continue reading

How Petraeus has changed the Afghanistan war

Gen. David Petraeus replaced Gen. Stanley McChrystal as head of US forces in the Afghanistan war this year. One change he’s made represents something of a gamble to some in the Pentagon. General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, addresses troops at Bagram Air Base in early December. Jim Young/Reuters By Anna … Continue reading

Afghan report 2010- Deluding ourselves from one failure to another by Colonel Douglas Macgregor

      American forces invaded Afghanistan more than nine years ago, and we still don’t know whom we’re fighting. It’s hard to know who did the better job of playing us for fools a few weeks ago – the Afghan who passed himself off as the “moderate” Taliban leader, who was rewarded with American … Continue reading

Army, Air Force Get New Tools in IED Fight

An MC-12W at Bagram in Afghanistan.   by Paul McLeary at 12/29/2010   Much of the Army and Air Force’s intelligence operations in the air over Iraq and Afghanistan revolve around finding and defeating roadside bombs, as programs like Task Force ODIN and Project Liberty have been hunting bombs and bombmakers for years now, and … Continue reading

NATO Trains Afghan Army To Guard Asian Pipeline

by Rick Rozoff Global Research, December 29, 2010 On December 11 the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan and the energy minister of India met in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat to bring to fruition fifteen years of planning by interests in the United States to bring natural gas from the Caspian Sea to the … Continue reading

CIA's top spy flees after suspected ISI exposure in Pakistan

by Narayan Lakshman The Hindu   The Islamabad station chief of the Central Intelligence Agency hastily departed from Pakistan on Thursday after his cover was blown through a suspected deliberate leak by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence. Jonathan Banks was identified as the head of the CIA’s Pakistan office, in a lawsuit filed against the United States’ … Continue reading

U.S. Army finally getting our troops more Sniper Rifles in Afghanistan. The XM2010 sniper rifle should make the marksman shoot comfortably out to 1200 meters. Though they have the technology to get these results out of a semi auto they chose to make it a bolt action for some reason. Either way these rifles are a long time coming and a much better alternative to the M-14 that many troops were forced to switch to for added range. We need 25,000 of these, not 2,500. Get on it Petraeus.

Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:10AM As the violence against US-led soldiers in Afghanistan peaks, the US Army is shipping a new batch of rifles to the country in an effort to enable snipers to hit targets at long distances. The XM2010 rifle can hit a target at a distance of approximately 1,200 meters, which is … Continue reading

The US-NATO March to War and the 21st Century "Great Game"

Part II   by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya   Part II The Conquest of Eurasia: The Multiple Fronts of the 21st Century “Great Game” The Caucasus, the Balkans, the Middle East, East Africa, Central Asia The following text is PART II of The “Great Game” and the Conquest of Eurasia. The first text gave an overview of the … Continue reading

Pakistan defends refusal to remove fuel from research reactor

  By Chris Allbritton ISLAMABAD | Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:12pm IST ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan on Monday defended its decision to deny the United States access to a nuclear research reactor after leaked diplomatic cables revealed a U.S. attempt to remove enriched uranium from the facility. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told Reuters that … Continue reading

Pakistan's largest city goes dark after local violence

  By David Nakamura Washington Post Foreign Service Wednesday, October 20, 2010; 12:38 PM ISLAMABAD – Streets, shopping malls and schools shut down Wednesday in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and financial hub, after more than 60 people were killed over the past several days in violence attributed to political rivalries. President Asif Ali Zardari summoned … Continue reading

U.S. to expand Saudi offensive strike capacity with the largest arms sale package ever approved by the U.S. government

Posted by Robert Haddick on October 21, 2010 5:42 PM | Permalink| Print | The Obama administration has presented to Congress a $60 billion arms sale package for Saudi Arabia’s armed forces. The package, the largest ever approved by the U.S. government, will among other features, greatly expand the offensive strike capacity of the Saudi … Continue reading

Feds Confirm Mumbai Plotter Trained With Terrorists While Working for DEA

by Sebastian Rotella ProPublica, Oct. 16, 2010, 11:04 p.m. Federal officials acknowledged Saturday that David Coleman Headley, the U.S. businessman who confessed to being a terrorist scout in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was working as a DEA informant while he was training with terrorists in Pakistan. Federal officials, who spoke only on background because of … Continue reading

Embedded Journalists Not Permitted To Accompany Troops In Latest Afghan Operation, Said To Be A Major Offensive Involving Special Forces Heavy Bombers and Hundreds of Troops in Southern Kandahar Province

Journalist Embeds Canceled In Afghanistan by Ben Gilbert October 18, 2010 KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A major military operation involving hundreds of American troops, U.S. Special Forces and heavy bombers dropping 2,000-pound bombs on Taliban command and control centers wrapped up last week, concluding a critical phase in the campaign to oust the Taliban from … Continue reading

Afghanistan: Global NATO’s First Ground War In Its Tenth Year

by Rick Rozoff   The military alliance that 61 years ago identified its core mission as to “promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area” is now embroiled in the tenth year of a war in Afghanistan launched by its dominant member, the United States.   South Asia is as far removed from the … Continue reading

Predatory Finance: The New Mode of Global Warfare

Global Research, October 12, 2010 by Michael Hudson “Coming events cast their shadows forward.” – Goethe What is to stop U.S. banks and their customers from creating $1 trillion, $10 trillion or even $50 trillion on their computer keyboards to buy up all the bonds and stocks in the world, along with all the land … Continue reading

Pakistani Army Launches Operation In Northwest

  October 12, 2010 Pakistani security forces have begun a fresh military operation in the northwestern part of the country, RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal reports. The operation was launched on October 11 in the Katlang area outside Mardan, the second-largest town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Army officials say the villages and mountainous areas are being combed … Continue reading

Continued attacks on oil tankers in Pakistan

  Daily Times Pakistan – 2010-10-07   * 22 tankers torched in Quetta, one killed  * 35 tankers burnt in Nowshera attack  * Balochistan IGP says police can’t provide security to supplies with limited means QUETTA/LAHORE: Twenty two oil tankers carrying fuel supplies for ISAF in Afghanistan were attacked and destroyed in a daring raid … Continue reading

NATO oil tankers continue to be attacked in Pakistan. 57 more were torched Wednesday 10/6. Hundreds of NATO vehicles, including tankers and containers are still parked in Northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border.

  Pakistani police say at least ten NATO oil tankers have been torched in the incident. Earlier in the day, gunmen attacked another convoy torching at least 25 fuel trucks on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta. Pakistan’s pro-Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the attack. They say the move is in retaliation … Continue reading

Pakistani troops block key U.S. and NATO supply route in retaliation for U.S. helicopter gunship incursions

Pakistan Blocks NATO Supply Route After Alleged NATO Air Strike 30.09.2010 14:40 By RFE/RL Pakistan has blocked a vital supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, apparently in retaliation for an alleged cross-border NATO helicopter strike that killed three Pakistani troops. Officials in Islamabad say Pakistani authorities at the Torkham border crossing have … Continue reading