I. M. Mohsin

  • TThe Christian Science Monitor recently examined the subject of Afghan opium in the light of UNODC report for the year 2011 entitled, The Global Afghan Opium Trade: A Threat Assessment. Quite naturally, the emphasis was on academic aspects of the issue in standard format. It highlighted the threat ...

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  • TA series of well coordinated attacks by the Taliban led to shock and awe in the high security zone of Kabul. Amid insinuations from foreign military commanders, emphasising that the Taliban had no capacity to disrupt the well guarded city’s way of life, the rockets appeared to be awesome. ...

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  • TI.M.MohsinAccording to reports, Staff sergeant Robert Bales, who killed 16 innocent Afghan civilians, was very efficiently whisked away by the US high command in Afghanistan to a safe haven in Kansas. Stories have since been afloat in the American media that the killer had been suffering from ...

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  • TJune ended as the deadliest month for the foreign troops, more so the US. According to ISAFs assessment, 103 soldiers got killed while many more were badly injured. Lacking missiles and air power, which is the monopoly of the foreign troops, the Taliban have to depend on the extensive use of IEDs. ...

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  • TOn formally taking over the command in Kabul over the weekend, General David Petraeus showed a tremendous skill in the choice of words. Being a very learned man, he appears to be doing much better than George Bush, who remained a Texan cowboy even in the White House. In addition, General Petraeus ...

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  • TAOL News last Sunday highlighted the insecurity pervading the G-8 Summit in Toronto, Canada. The meeting of the heads of rich eight countries drew, as usual, violent protests. It is indicated that the police behaved as if it was breaking up an African-American rally before Dr. Martin Luther King ...

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  • TRobert Reid in a recent article entitled Bad news bares reality of Afghan War has revealed that Admiral Mike Mullen conceded that we all have angst about the Afghan war. The latters reaction to the festering position is a realistic assessment if the objective conditions are given due importance. As ...

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  • TThe subject of the article is part of a quote from the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Sergei Ivanov. Attending a seminar in Singapore on regional security, he confided that his government was rendering useful help to the ISAF and the US in Afghanistan, including intelligence input. During the ...

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  • TA host of confusing signals is coming out of the US which reflect concerns to ensure its security. President Barack Obama announced, as usual, a nicely-worded doctrine which would anger the rightwing while inducing the thinking Americans to ponder where they are headed. What they are reaping now is ...

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  • TPresident Karzai had serious discussions during his recent visit to Washington DC. In an attempt to raise his own profile at home after the ridicule heaped on him following the charges of rigged election, he may have succeeded in some way. The US, realizing that it had no better option, tried to ...

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  • TThe Afghan conundrum is becoming rather problematic for the Obama Administration. The latest opinion polls indicate that 52 percent Americans are upset at the costs entailed by the operation, as against the likely benefits in the future after some version of 'victory for the US gets consolidated. ...

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  • TThe US administration and its forces in Afghanistan are seen as blowing hot and cold, perhaps, as a part of the new strategy adopted on the advice of General David Patraeus and General Stanley McChrystal. Both the generals won laurels for their performance in Iraq, regardless of the continuous ...

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  • TLately the US media has been more focused on wildly projecting the military operation in Helmand. Claiming to have wrenched Marjah, a small town out of the clutches of Taliban, the media went poetic in singing praises for the achievement of their forces in collaboration with the Afghans which is ...

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  • TApril, like the past month, has been marked by the US forces looking the other way. The news from the South, where a major blitz was propagated earlier on to be getting launched, has been marred by small skirmishes which ended up in bad taste, mostly for US. Marjah, the much-vaunted place appears ...

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  • TThe neocons prompted President George W Bush to attack Afghanistan on the basis of a suspicion that it had helped Al-Qaeda in the 9/11 tragic venture. Although the Taliban regime had asked for a proof, yet as a coalition of Russia and Central Asian allies and northern warlords had been organised, ...

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  • TThe Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in recent past, tried to change his tone which disturbed his mentors in the US. As expected, it was considered by the incumbent America administration as troubling and preposterous (AFP). Further, President Barack Obama, during his latest secret visit to Kabul, ...

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  • TUS President Barack Obama landed at the Bagram Airbase in Kabul, paying a surprise visit over the weekend after winning laurels in Moscow over the nuclear agreement with the hosts. He complimented his troops on their achievements as they were keeping their country safe and secure. Trying to be ...

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  • TNine years on, the Afghan War launched in October 2001 is like the Vietnam War after the 'Tet Offensive, a military campaign during the Vietnam War. The new strategy of the US forces looks like a drama played out in the distant land to block the peoples disenchantment with the status quo. With the ...

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  • TThe payback for the atrocious policies pursued by the neo-cons appears to be on. General Stanley McC-hrystals much-vaunted new strategy in Afghanistan is running into the throes of a crisis. Starting with a massive attack on Marjah in Helmand, which put up traditional resistance, the tactical ...

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  • TPakistan remains mired in death and destruction for the last few years. The spate of attacks by the terrorists is like Sword of Dam-ocles for the people. The worst hit appears to be the areas bordering FATA, while the rest of the country gets occasional shocks caused by human and material losses. ...

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  • TThe top general from UK visiting the Helmand province of Afghanistan last week claimed that his troops would stay another five years, even though the military operation would trail off in 2011. Feeling happy about the provision of additional resources to his troops for the first time, he tended to ...

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  • TGeneral David Petraeus calls the Marjah/Helmand operation, now into its second week, the opening onslaught. It is believed that by now 15 foreign troops have died, while US claims that the enemys losses are more than twice that number. The general has termed the Talibans fight back as formidable ...

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  • TThe operation code named 'Mushtarak, launched by the huge foreign forces along with some Afghan complement in Helmand has run into serious problems. Its projected aim was to provide security to the local people while dismantling 'enemy strongholds in the same area. A tempestuous publicity campaign ...

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  • TThe foreign forces appear to be pursuing confusing tactics to tame the enemy. Till about two months back, Karzai was a cheat and US and its allies had to find an aggressive way-out of the Afghan quagmire. Though the US manpower losses are nominal, the history of the area proves that far more ...

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  • TThe London conference held recently amid the momentous media blare ended with an optimistic scheme. While wishing peace and justice to emerge in this tortured trail, one cannot help thinking of the fanfare at the end of the Bonn Conference on the subject in 2002. Then the US had a mindset of ...

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  • TPresident Barack Obama has finally proclaimed how his administration would handle Afghanistan. His deliberations were Greek to the neocons who had got used to the 'gut feeling approach, as assessed by Ron Suskind in his book titled The way of the world, of their boss since 2001. No wonder while the ...

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  • TThe Taliban terror, which swelled following the increase of US forces in July to ensure a peaceful election, hit a new benchmark. After their success in defaming the election-process and its scandalous outcome, reportedly 62 Americans including three federal agents got killed in October. This ...

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  • TDick Cheney, George W Bush's vice president, struggling to stay on line like Palin, accused the president of 'dithering' over Afghanistan last Wednesday. Appearing to be under a spell of amnesia, he advised the incumbent to "do what it takes to win." He also emphasised that "signals of indecision" ...

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  • TThe latest wave of terrorist attacks particularly in Islamabad, Rawa-lpindi, Lahore and Peshawar sent sordid shockwaves besides causing death and destruction. Understandably, the most appalling was the GHQ foray which denotes the best bastion of our war potential. Its final outcome, as projected by ...

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  • TWhile the new strategy submitted by General McChrystal is being considered by the White House, things appear to be going awfully awry on the battleground. A recent AP report stressed that last year was the worst in terms of insurgency-related deaths, which soared to more than five thousand. ...

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