Taliban “Sanctuary” in Pakistan and Iran, criticized worldwide

The Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) one of the most lethal weapons the U.S. forces face in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan is not only a headache for military but also needs closer attention from governments around the world while Pakistan is providing the necessary safe heavens according to U.S. military officials.

“We do believe that the enemy – the Taliban is facilitated by some sanctuary in Pakistan, and to some degree minor assistance from Iran,” said Lieutenant General Michael L. Oates, Director, Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) while addressing media on Monday.

in Afghanistan there are “homemade explosives, explosives that are made largely from fertilizer-based bombs – ammonium nitrate and potassium chlorate,” while in Iraq those were more sophisticated.

The general noted that, “there is no ammonium nitrate produced in Afghanistan. It all comes in across the border,” from Pakistan.

On the techniques used by “Haqqani, who operates in the east,” the general noted, “(Haqqani) prefers to use potassium chlorate, but he’ll use ammonium nitrate as well. And we do see a difference in targeting.”

“For instance, Haqqani will attack both Afghan security forces, civilians, and coalition forces equally. We believe his network seeks to control a criminal enterprise in eastern Afghanistan,” added the general.

via Taliban “Sanctuary” in Pakistan With Increasing IED Menace Says U.S. General | AHN.

But they are not the only ones critizicing Pakistan over this sanctuary. Both French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have also critizised Pakistani sanctuary for IED production. Sarkozy, on official visit to India, said:

It is unacceptable that India’s security can be threatened by groups of terrorists acting from neighbouring countries.

“It is unacceptable for Afghanistan and for our troops that the Taliban and al-Qaeda find safe haven in the border regions of Pakistan. We know the price that the Pakistani people are paying for terrorism. But it is unacceptable for the world that terrorist acts should be masterminded and carried out by terrorist groups in Pakistan,” he said.

The Pakistani authorities must “step up their efforts and show that they are resolute in combating these criminals,” he added, and pledged unlimited counter-terrorist co-operation with India.

I don’t see Pakistan complying with this at all. They would just protest about trying to be “Westernised” or some other stupid idea. But, you know, for the Taliban’s supporters it would be quite convincing. 🙄

PS: one of the Haqqanis raped poor, defenseless girls and made videos of that. Just to consider the kind of “moral” these guys have.

Pentagon: China’s is “the most active land-based ballistic- and cruise-missile programme in the world”

Chinese Missile Capability

… (China) has invested heavily in the strength and technical sophistication of its missiles. The Pentagon has described China’s programme as “the most active land-based ballistic- and cruise-missile programme in the world”. 

Missiles are good value. Compared with a fully equipped aircraft-carrier, which might cost $15 billion-20 billion, a missile costs about $1m. And missiles can be potent. The chart shows how, in terms of numbers, China has concentrated on short- and medium-range missiles. This puts Taiwan within easy range of a devastating cruise- and ballistic-missile attack. Military analysts fear that the Second Artillery could retarget the missiles, putting Japan at risk, as well as America’s Asian bases.

China also has a few intercontinental ballistic missiles, able to carry a nuclear payload. And American strategists are closely watching an experimental anti-ship ballistic missile with a manoeuvrable warhead, which could make it hard for American fleets to approach the Chinese shore. China recently hinted that it may be ready to cut the number of missiles targeting Taiwan. Whether this comes to anything will depend upon relations with the island—and they can be highly unpredictable.

via Chinese missile ranges: China’s missiles | The Economist.

Venezuela: Chávez’s relatives are millionaires in the US

Hugo Chávez, laughing after knowing how much he and his family have in bank accounts across the world

Hugo Chávez, laughing after knowing how much he and his family have in bank accounts across the world

Weapons, parties, concerts, jewelry, cars, travels, changes of look are part of the lifestyle of the family of the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, who is a staunch defender of socialism and a tough anti-capitalist.

DEA reports from 2008, indicate that you have identified five bank accounts in U.S. financial institutions amounting to nearly $ 140 million belonging to the brothers and mother of the president of Venezuela.

But you know? Then he will insist he is a suporter of the “socialism of the XXI century” and talk about the “Bolivarian revolution”. And people like Sean Penn will of course, support him.

Anyway, looking on the bright side. As he has blamedcriminal capitalism” for the recent heavy rains that have fallen in Venezuela, we can, safely, blame his family for them… and for global warming!! :mrgreen: