Afghanistan‘s intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh blamed militants from Pakistan for Sunday’s incident, saying it was unclear if Pakistan’s special agencies gave the “go ahead” for attack, which killed three people but left Karzai unscathed.
“The evidence once again shows that the soil of Pakistan has been used against us,” Saleh told CNN. “Clearly there (is) very, very strong evidence suggesting that Pakistan soil once again has been used to inflict pain upon our nation.”
Afghan security forces searching for militants tied to the attack raided several homes early Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of seven people — including a woman and child with ties to militants — according to Saleh.
Something must change on Musharraf’s lads if we want peace in the area. Do you remember Musharraf? George W. Bush’s best friend and ally in the war against terror!!!
At least one person has been killed and 11 were hurt in an attack on a military parade in Kabul attended by President Hamid Karzai and other dignitaries.
Security forces whisked Mr. Karzai away from the scene and hundreds fled as shots rang out. Two MPs were reported to be among the wounded.
The parade was a celebration to mark 16 years since the overthrow of the country’s Soviet-backed rule. A spokesman for the Taleban said the movement had carried out the attack.
It seems that it will never stop!
A top Taleban commander in Pakistan has ordered his followers to stop all attacks in the country.
Baitullah Mehsud is the man the Pakistani authorities say ordered the killing of Benazir Bhutto. Pamphlets containing his order appeared in tribal areas along the Afghan border. Mehsud said anyone found violating the order would be punished.
Pakistan’s new government has said it will deal with Islamic militancy through dialogue and development. On Monday night the authorities set free Maulana Sufi Mohammad, the founder of an outlawed Islamist group that has fought in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He was released under an agreement to renounce violence and help restore peace in the north-west valley of Swat. The release has been welcomed by Pakistani Taleban.
What’s next? Bin Laden apologizing for the 9-11!
Pakistan‘s ambassador to Afghanistan, who went missing in February, has appeared in a video saying he is being held by Taleban militants.
Armed men surrounded Tariq Azizuddin in the footage, shown on Dubai-based al-Arabiya television. He urged the Pakistani government to meet their demands. It is the first public statement by the envoy since he disappeared in the border area between the two countries, on his way to the Afghan capital Kabul.
In comments translated into Arabic by the channel, Mr. Azizuddin said he, along with his driver and his bodyguard, had been kidnapped by “mujahedeen from the Taleban”. He added that they were being held “in comfortable conditions” and “looked after”. “We have no problems, but I suffer health problems such as high blood pressure and heart pains,” he said.
Remember that Pakistan was the place they found sanctuary and often support including from the national security forces! That reminds the story with the scorpion and the turtle …it is their nature!
It looks like breaking news in many ways, Abu Obaida al-Masri, and the militant chief believed to be a senior planner of al-Qaeda‘s attacks in Afghanistan, has died, US intelligence sources say.
They said they believed Masri – linked to suicide bombers who killed 52 people in attacks on London’s transport system in 2005 – died of “natural causes”. “The sense is that he is dead,” a US official said.
The unnamed official described Masri, an Egyptian, as “a major operational figure” within al-Qaeda’s hierarchy.
In the world these people live ‘natural causes’ is definitely out of question so let’s see which …company will take responsibility!!!
The United States intends to send many more combat forces to Afghanistan next year, regardless of whether troop levels in Iraq are cut further this year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.
It is the first time the Bush administration has made such a commitment for 2009. Gates, speaking to reporters on his way to Muscat, Oman, from a NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, said President Bush made the pledge at the summit on Thursday.
Bush was not specific about the number of additional troops that would go to Afghanistan in 2009, Gates said. The United States now has about 31,000 troops there — the most since the war began in October 2001 — and has been pressing the allies to contribute more. Until now, the heavy commitment of U.S. forces in Iraq has been a constraint on the ability to increase U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan. But Gates said he did not believe that would be the case in 2009.
Well the new president will spend a whole term trying to fix the things George W. Bush did the last ten years and the man never stops screwing up till the very last moment!
The Afghan government says it has evidence that nuclear waste from Pakistan was dumped in Afghanistan during the reign of the Taliban.
Parliamentary affairs minister Faruq Wardag said the waste was buried in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand. The minister added he did not know how much waste was dumped or for how long the practice had gone on.
Pakistan said it would comment only after Kabul approaches it officially. Mr. Wardag said he did not know the exact nature of the evidence. He said the government was setting up a commission to investigate the matter.
A Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman said he could not comment until the Afghan government made an official statement about the allegations. The Taliban were in power in Afghanistan from 1996 until they were overthrown in 2001.
Why I am not surprised to read things like that?