Gareth Porter

  • T The failure of a mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to get Iranian permission to visit a military testing site mentioned in its latest report has been interpreted in media coverage as a stall to avoid the discovery of confirming evidence of past work on nuclear weapons.But ...

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  • T President Barack Obama has finally begun in recent months to signal to Israel that the United States would not get involved in a war started by Binyamin Netanyahu without US approval. If it is pursued firmly and consistently through 2012, the approach stands a very good chance of averting war ...

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  • T Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told Israeli leaders January 20 that the United States would not participate in a war against Iran begun by Israel without prior agreement from Washington, according to accounts from well-placed senior military officers.Dempsey’s ...

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  • T President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are engaged in intense manoeuvring over Netanyahu’s aim of entangling the United States in an Israeli war against Iran.Netanyahu is exploiting the extraordinary influence his right-wing Likud Party exercises over the ...

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  • TThe US military and the Barack Obama administration have been thrown into confusion by the attack on two Pakistani military posts near the border with Afghanistan Saturday morning, even as the attacks provoked the Pakistani government and military leadership into much stronger opposition to US ...

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  • TOfficials of the Barack Obama administration have aggressively leaked information supposedly based on classified intelligence in recent days to bolster its allegation that two higher- ranking officials from Irans Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were involved in a plot to assassinate Saudi ...

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  • TDid the Taliban assassination of Berhanuddin Rabbani, the Chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council, bring a potentially permanent end of peace talks in Afghanistan? You would have to believe that, based on media coverage of the event. The New York Times reported that the assassination had struck a ...

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  • TUS Special Operations Forces have been increasingly aiming their night-time raids, which have been the primary cause of Afghan anger at the US military presence, at civilian non- combatants in order to exploit their possible intelligence value, according to a new study published by the Open Society ...

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  • TGen. David Petraeus wrote in his 2006 counterinsurgency manual that the US command headquarters should establish a narrative for the counterinsurgency war a simple storyline that provides a framework for understanding events, both for the population of the country in question and for international ...

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  • TIn focusing entirely on the alleged links between four Hezbollah activists and the 2005 bombing that killed Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the indictment issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon earlier this month has continued the practice of the UN investigation before it of refusing to ...

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  • TPresident Barack Obamas speech announcing that the 33,000 surge troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by summer 2012 indicates that he has given priority to the interests of the military and the Pentagon over concerns by key officials in his administration over the impact of the wars costs on ...

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  • TAl-Qaeda strategists have been assisting the Taliban fight against US-Nato forces in Afghanistan because they believe that foreign occupation has been the biggest factor in generating Muslim support for uprisings against their governments, according to the just-published book by Syed Saleem ...

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  • TBarack Obama and top administration officials have taken advantage of the killing of Osama bin Laden to establish a new narrative suggesting the event will pave the way for negotiations with the Taliban for peace in Afghanistan. That good news message, reported by Washington Post senior editor ...

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  • TLast week Barack Obama announced that he wants to cut $400 billion in military spending and said he would work with Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and the Joint Chiefs on a fundamental review of US military missions, capabilities and our role in a changing world before making a ...

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  • TThe central justification of the U.S.-NATO war against the Afghan Taliban - that the Taliban would allow al-Qaeda to return to Afghanistan - has been challenged by new historical evidence of offers by the Taliban leadership to reconcile with the Hamid Karzai government after the fall of the Taliban ...

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