Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

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$500m for ‘Safe Exit’ from Afghanistan’s Unforgiving History

January 30, 2010


“Those who do not learn from history, are condemned to repeat it” -George Santana

Dan Qayyum | Editor, PKKH

After 9 years of maintaining an expensive presence on Afghan soil, thousands of lives and billions wasted in aid and reconstruction efforts, not to forget bribes to warlords and drug barons, the US and its allies have come up with a real gem of an idea – trying to buy themselves a safe exit from the Afghan mess for a cool $500m.

The world leaders gathered at the Afghanistan Conference in London seem to have realised the only hope left is to save face and exit Afghanistan with some dignity intact. Their offer of cash to the Taliban, laughable as it is, is a last ditch effort to save Hamid Karzai’s government by attempting to buy out his only real opposition in Afghanistan.

Taliban today control 33 out of 34 provinces of Afghanistan and are under no pressure to negotiate with the ‘Governor of Kabul’ – as he’s mockingly called in Afghanistan due to his rule being limited to parts of the Afghan capital. The momentum is with the Taliban and they are in a position to dictate terms. Therefore the plan to rope in ‘moderate’ elements of the Taliban by promises of cash and power is a non-starter.

The decision reached at the conference to invite Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to mediate with the Taliban and Kabul’s Government seems to have little point, even though it confirms what Pakistan has been saying for years – that there will not be a solution to the Afghan problem until the Taliban – who represent Afghanistan’s Pashtun majority – are ignored.

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Pak overture to Turkey for attack drones worries India

January 27, 2010

NEW DELHI: Finding the US not overly helpful on arming it with drones and drone technology, Pakistan has now made overtures to the Turkish army

During his recent visit to Islamabad, US defence secretary Robert Gates promised the gift of 12 drones for surveillance. But the 12 RQ-7 Shadow drones cannot send in Reaper or Hellfire missiles which would make them truly lethal and would have provoked an immediate outcry from India. However, experts believe this is dangerous stuff anyway, and it will not take much for Pakistan to reverse engineer them or tailor them for needs other than spying on the Taliban, in other words, to target India.

Needless to add, Pakistan was less than overwhelmed by the offer. Therefore, Indian sources said, Pakistan is now approaching their its friends in the Turkish army for this technology. The Turks were given drones, both attack and surveillance ones, by the Israelis as they battle the Kurds. Whether they are persuaded to part with these for the Pakistanis is another matter, and likely to involve a lot of pre-emptive Indian diplomacy.

India is finding less and less to be positive about in the Pakistan-Afghanistan theatre.

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Peace enjoyed by Pakistan is peace of Turkey and unease of Pakistan is unease of Turkey: Turkish PM Erdogan

January 27, 2010

ISTANBUL (Turkey): President Asif Ali Zardari urged the international community on Sunday to help Pakistan and Afghanistan overcome problems of the region, observing that Turkish-inspired Trilateral Summit could serve as useful model in this behalf.

The President stated this during a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who promised that his country would soon deliver spare parts of Cobra helicopters to Pakistan free of cost, underlining the growing cooperation between the two countries in different fields.

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Turkey-Pakistan ties: Steps in the right direction

October 27, 2009

Erdogan pledges unwavering support against terrorism

A delegation headed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-i-Sadr yesterday and discussed bilateral relations, their countries’ strategic partnership and ways to enhance economic activities. Briefing the media, Spokesperson former Senator Farhatullah Babar said the President while interacting with the Turkish Prime Minister remarked that Turkey and Pakistan today find themselves at crossroads of history.

While referring to the shared cultural heritage and mutual influences on literature and language, the President emphasized the need to enhance existing relations at all levels including trade, defence, energy, commerce and communication sectors.

(Turkish Prime Minister addresses the Parliament. Click here for details)

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Israel Spearheading deadly US, India Troika

October 19, 2009

PKKH | EXCLUSIVE

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday that a controversial television drama which shows actors dressed as Israeli soldiers killing Palestinian children will not be taken off air. This is the latest, in line of cracks that have appeared in the Israeli-Turkish relationship. Recently the Turkish government has developed a serious mistrust and suspicion of Israel and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Earlier in January this year the Turkish Prime Minister walked out of World Economic Forum after a heated debate with Shimon Peres. This was not a random moment but a well calculated political move on Turkey’s part. On returning home from the Forum, Turkish Prime Minister was greeted with millions of people on streets celebrating outburst of Turkish anger against Israel. During the Israeli massacre of Gaza, most animated protests against Israel took place in Turkey.

Israel has been playing a nefarious double game with Turkey. This is directly posing a serious threat to Turkish national Interest. Turkish nation maybe split in two distinct groups of practicing Muslims and secular Muslims but when it comes to national interests’ Turkish nation is united like ‘Wall of China’. After the US invasion of Iraq, Israel started meddling into Kurdish Iraq. Israel wants to control the Oil of Kurdish Iraq, and eventually use the political conditions to create an independent country of Kurdistan. This will include part of land that is currently part of Turkey. Turkish Army and Air Force has carried out many operations against Kurdish Rebels during the last three years. Turkey is improving its relationship with Syria, and Russia. This is something that is neither in favor of the US nor Israel. Most recent event that further soured Turk-Israeli relationship was the cancellation of a military exercise between the two nations. Turkey is also not on board with Israel’s plan to attack Iran using Turkish airspace. Just like in 2003, Turkey refused to allow US Air force to launch operations into Iraq using Turkish bases.

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Bombshell: Bin Laden Worked for US Until 9/11: Sibel Edmonds

August 2, 2009
Sibel Edmonds on the Mike Malloy radio show
Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds dropped a bombshell on the Mike Malloy radio show, guest-hosted by Brad Friedman (audio, partial transcript).

In the interview, Sibel says that the US maintained ‘intimate relations’ with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, “all the way until that day of September 11.”

These ‘intimate relations’ included using Bin Laden for ‘operations’ in Central Asia, including Xinjiang, China. These ‘operations’ involved using al Qaeda and the Taliban in the same manner “as we did during the Afghan and Soviet conflict,” that is, fighting ‘enemies’ via proxies.

As Sibel has previously described, and as she reiterates in this latest interview, this process involved using Turkey (with assistance from ‘actors from Pakistan, and Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia’) as a proxy, which in turn used Bin Laden and the Taliban and others as a proxy terrorist army.

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Pakistan’s northern Iraq

July 11, 2009

Ahmed Quraishi | http://www.AhmedQuraishi.com

Like Turkey, Pakistan too has a northern Iraq. It’s called Karzai’s Afghanistan. Islamabad needs to adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward the Karzai regime. Pakistani fighter jets should cross the border and bomb the terror training camps that send terrorists to Pakistan, including suspected Indian intelligence outposts. If the U.S. military and Karzai’s intelligence service can’t do anything about a third country like India using Afghanistan to export terror, then Pakistan should. It may sound farfetched considering that the elected Pakistani government has just conferred the highest civilian award to a fourth American citizen in less than a year. But it can be done. Here’s how.

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A Brave Act By The Turk Prime Minister

February 3, 2009

Mr. Erdogan’s statement in the presence of Israeli President Shimon Peres, telling him that Israel murdered innocent people in Gaza, is an act of bravery. Pakistani politicians will do well to learn from this Turk politician how to stand up for what is right.

The American and the Israeli media wasted no time in blackmailing Turkey.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, broadcast from Washington as part of CIA funding, released a story warning Turkey its ‘international standing’ has been damaged.

The Israeli media warned Turkey it might lose its chance of becoming an EU member. The rest of the world silently admired what the Turkish prime minister did and how he spoke his conscience when the Israeli President sat next to him on the stage in Davos.

This is a lesson for Pakistani politicians because we have an old tradition of a sheepish foreign policy where a third-tier Washington bureaucrat, Richard Boucher, gets to broker a deal to decide who comes to power in Islamabad. It is amazing we don’t have a single Pakistani politician who can measure up to Turkey’s Mr. Erdogan. This says a lot about the quality of Pakistani politics.

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Elements of an Inside Job in Mumbai Attacks

December 22, 2008

Jeremy R. Hammond  | Foreign Policy Journal
December 21, 2008

Indian police last week arrested Hassan Ali Khan, who was wanted for investigations into money laundering and other illicit activities, and who is also said to have ties to Dawood Ibrahim, the underworld kingpin who evidence indicates was the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last month. Continue Reading

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Al Qaeda — the Database

December 19, 2008

Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that “Al Qaeda” is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Courtesy of World Affairs, a journal based in New Delhi, WMR can bring you an important excerpt from an Apr.-Jun. 2004 article by Pierre-Henry Bunel, a former agent for French military intelligence. Wayne Madsen Report

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