Archiv: warlords / Kriegsfürsten

23.03.2020 - 15:48 [ ]

Mike Pompeo lands in Afghanistan to salvage Taliban treaty

Pompeo will meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival, ex-Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who also proclaimed himself president after results of the September vote were published with a months-long delay.

The Kabul-Taliban prisoner swap, which is one of the steps outlined in the Doha agreement will allegedly be at the top of the agenda,

08.09.2019 - 19:26 [ ]

Pompeo defends Trump’s invitation of Taliban to Camp David, citing ‚obligation to do everything we can‘

During a separate interview on NBC, Pompeo noted Camp David’s history in peace negotiations, “sometimes with some pretty bad actors.”

“The president ultimately made the decision that … if we could get commitments and then put in place a verification regime that would give us confidence that we could observe that those commitments were being honored, that … it was a useful effort to try and get all of those parties in one place so that we could have serious conversations.”

08.09.2019 - 19:20 [ New York Times ]

Arms Sent by U.S. May Be Falling Into Taliban Hands

(19. Mai 2009)

Of 30 rifle magazines recently taken from insurgents’ corpses, at least 17 contained cartridges, or rounds, identical to ammunition the United States had provided to Afghan government forces, according to an examination of ammunition markings by The New York Times and interviews with American officers and arms dealers.

08.09.2019 - 19:11 [ Radio Utopie ]

EU-Vize in Afghanistan „beriet“ als MI6-Agent „Taliban“-Terroristen

(26. Dezember 2007)

Der EU-Missionschef und MI6-Agent Semple „arbeitet“ seit den 80ern in Afghanistan (2). Beide, Semple und Patterson, sind die typischen Strippenzieher der zweiten Reihe. Sie haben die Kontakte, erledigen die Drecksarbeit und quatschen die Pressenutten dicht, während die Schlipsträger den Redner auf den Konferenzen und den Garderobenständer geben.
Der EU-Terrorhelfer Semple hielt auch gegenüber dem „Time-Magazin“ und „CNN“ seitenlange Vorträge über angebliche ethnische Konflikte in Afghanistan zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten. Sein Lieblingsfeind: der Iran. Dabei versuchte Semple die alte Platte von den verschiedenen ethnischen Gruppen aufzulegen, die sich alle bekriegen und wo der Westen dann helfend einmarschieren muss.

08.09.2019 - 18:57 [ ]

Revealed: British plan to build training camp for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

(4. Februar 2008)

Afghan government staff also claimed the „EU peace-builders“ had handed over mobile phones, laptops and airtime credit to insurgents. They said the memory stick revealed plans to train the Taliban to use secure satellite phones, so they could communicate directly with UK officials.

Mr Patterson, a Briton, was the third-ranking UN diplomat when he was held. Mr Semple, an Irishman, was the acting head of the EU mission. Officially, the British embassy remains tight-lipped, fuelling speculation that the plan may have been part of a wider clandestine operation.

08.09.2019 - 18:40 [ ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Warlord Inc. – freies Geleit gegen Geld

(23. Juni 2010)

Die USA verteilen in Afghanistan Milliarden Dollar an Firmen, damit schwerbewaffnete Söldner für Sicherheit sorgen. Die Dienstleister verdienen prächtig – und bestechen mit dem Steuergeld zwielichtige Kriegsfürsten und möglicherweise auch Taliban.

08.09.2019 - 18:33 [ Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Washington Post ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

June 22, 2010
To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt
Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

08.09.2019 - 18:26 [ Bloomberg ]

Nixed U.S.-Taliban Talks A Relief for Afghanistan Government

U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to abruptly cancel talks with the Taliban may have set back the Afghan peace process, but it came as a relief to the government in Kabul.

President Ashraf Ghani’s administration, which has been excluded from the negotiations, has distrusted the process from the beginning.

08.09.2019 - 18:20 [ CNN ]

Trump says he canceled secret Camp David meeting with Taliban leaders

„Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday,“ Trump tweeted Saturday night.
Trump claimed that before traveling to the US on Saturday evening, „Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to……an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people.“
„I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations,“ Trump added.

18.08.2019 - 12:57 [ ]

Killing of leader’s brother will not derail peace talks: Taliban

Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada was not in the mosque near Quetta when a bomb went off but his younger brother, Hafiz Ahmadullah, was leading Friday prayers and was among four people killed, several Taliban officials have said. There was no claim of responsibility for the blast that came after both Taliban and US officials have reported progress in talks on an agreement centered on a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban security guarantee.

18.08.2019 - 12:52 [ CNN ]

Deadly blast rips through wedding in Afghanistan, killing 63 people

The Afghan Taliban denied any responsibility for the attack, with spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid saying they condemn the suicide attack on civilians.

The venue is in western Kabul, an area home to many of Afghanistan’s Shiite Hazara minority. It is also near the Darul Aman palace, where President Ashraf Ghani is expected to celebrate Afghan Independence Day on Monday.

18.08.2019 - 12:48 [ ]

Afghanistan wedding hall blast: more than 60 killed, 180 injured

Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, said on Sunday the Taliban could not escape blame for the “barbaric” suicide bomb attack.

“The Taliban cannot absolve themselves of blame for they provide platform for terrorists,” Ghani said in a post on Twitter.

12.07.2019 - 11:41 [ ]

Tripolis will nach Fund französischer Waffen Erklärung

Der Außenminister der international anerkannten Einheitsregierung in Tripolis, Mohammed Tahar Siala, rief seinen französischen Amtskollegen Jean-Yves Le Drian „dringend“ auf zu erklären, wann und wie die Waffen in den Besitz von Haftars Truppen gelangt seien.

04.07.2019 - 11:45 [ The Economist ‏/ Twitter ]

General Haftar has powerful friends. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE provide him with arms, fighter jets and money

08.06.2019 - 12:40 [ Al Marsad ]

The Case of the Illegal Ukranian Flights from Turkey to Libya – SPECIAL REPORT

As Jihadi fighters from Idlib in Syria pour into GNA forces, and Erdoğan sends further armored vehicles and weapons to Salah Badi’s militias to fight the LNA, regular secret flights by the Ukranian Air Alliance from Turkey to Misrata with unknown cargo are adding to accusations of illegal shipment of arms and fighters. In this Special Report Al Marsad looks at the evidence and provides details to help connect the dots.

20.11.2018 - 10:00 [ Reuters ]

Libya commander Haftar visits Russia ahead of conference

(7.11.2018) Russia’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu met Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian media reported, signalling Kremlin support ahead of a conference aimed at settling the north African country’s years of strife.

20.11.2018 - 09:57 [ ]

Military commander says Libya is at war, has to protect its borders

(13.11.2018) Head of the Libyan National Army field marshal Khalifa Haftar has said Libya is at war and has to protect its borders from illegal migrants, terrorists and extremists.

20.11.2018 - 09:55 [ Jamestown Foundation ]

Moscow Laying Groundwork for Deeper Military Involvement in Libya

(13.11.2018) Specifically, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Yevgeny Prigozhin—a friend of President Vladimir Putin’s and the overseer of several Russian “private” military companies (PMC), including the Wagner Group—received Libyan military strongman Khalif Haftar in Moscow.

13.09.2018 - 13:01 [ Neil Clark / ]

Libya in chaos seven years after NATO’s ‚liberation‘, but who cares?

Libya remains a lawless land, with rival militias fighting battles in the streets of Tripoli and over 1 million people in need of aid. But the West’s ‚liberal interventionists‘ aren’t interested in the catastrophe they created.

21.08.2018 - 19:04 [ ]

Afghanistan: Superlative des „failed state“?

(26.7.2018) Mitten im Kabuler Stadtteil Kote Sangi hissten Taliban-Kämpfer ihre Flagge und wurden von Sicherheitskräften mit Freude empfangen. Man umarmte sich, machte Selfies und trank gemeinsam Tee. In der Provinz Farah, die einige Tage zuvor noch von den Taliban belagert wurde, empfing der Gouverneur Aufständische in seinem Palast und lud sie zum Essen ein.

21.08.2018 - 18:51 [ ]

Don’t Let Erik Prince Anywhere Near The War In Afghanistan

NBC News reported on Friday that Prince, founder of notorious private security company Blackwater and brother of current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is once again pushing to effectively privatize the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan.

Prince’s plan to take over the Forever War isn’t new.

21.08.2018 - 18:48 [ Sean McFate / Politico ]

I Was a Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan Is Garbage.

(31.8.2017) Mercenaries are back, a dangerous trend occurring in the shadows. Their very lack of accountability is their main selling point; they offer plausible deniability and brute force to those too weak or squeamish to wage war. Customers are buying too, with mercenary proliferation in Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. Clients include countries, extractive industry and even terrorists. This trend may one day alter international relations: When anyone can rent a military, then super-rich and large corporations can become a new kind of superpower. Worse, mercenaries can start and elongate conflicts for profit, breeding endless war. A world with more mercenaries means a world with more war, which is why Prince’s proposal is so dangerous.

21.08.2018 - 18:43 [ Bruce Riedel / Brookings ]

The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ‘What We Won’

(27.7.2017) Since the 1980s, Shibirghan has been the stronghold of Abdul Rashid Dostum, an Uzbek Afghan warlord who has played a complex role in the wars that have wracked Afghanistan since 1978. In 1998, Dostum was my host during a visit to Shibirghan. I had met him before, in my Pentagon office, where he had related his life’s journey to me. A physically strong and imposing man, he has an Asian appearance, a hint of his Mongol roots. That day he was dressed to look like a modern political leader, in a suit and tie. The notorious warlord was hosting a meeting of the Northern Alliance, the coalition of Afghan parties that opposed the Taliban, in his hometown. In addition to Dostum, Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, Hazara Shia leader Karim Khalili, and Mohammad Abdullah, a deputy of the legendary Ahmad Shah Massoud, were in attendance. The U.S. party was led by Bill Richardson, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Karl “Rick” Inderfurth, assistant secretary of State. At the start of the meeting, all the Afghans and Americans held each other’s hands in a symbol of unity for the cameras.

21.08.2018 - 18:21 [ ]

Blackwater founder Erik Prince is pushing to privatize America’s costly war in Afghanistan — and going on cable TV to persuade Trump

Between 2001 and 2017, the US spent an estimated $714 billion on a war that many observers argue America is still far from winning, Task & Purpose reported last August. Prince intends to privatize the conflict to reduce US manpower in the country and ultimately reduce spending.

Prince’s plan would see troops replaced with private military contractors who work for a special envoy that reports directly to the president.

14.08.2018 - 00:03 [ Fox News ]

Taliban travel from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan for talks

(11.8.2018) Last week, Afghan security forces reportedly rescued scores of Afghan Uzbeks who had declared their allegiance to IS when they came under attack by Taliban fighters in northern Afghanistan not far from the border with Uzbekistan. The rescued Uzbek warriors declared they would join the peace process. Most of those rescued were Afghan Uzbeks loyal to Afghanistan’s Vice President Rashid Dostum who had gone over to IS after Dostum fell out with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and fled to Turkey in May last year.

Coincidentally their rescue from the Taliban came just days after Dostum returned to Afghanistan and reconciled with Ghani’s government.

13.08.2018 - 23:50 [ ]

China, Afghanistan relations expanding: Dostum

(7.8.2018) KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Lu Jing Sung have met and discussed bilateral and regional issues, a media report said on Tuesday.
Dostum dubbed China, the most important country in global affairs and world and regional economic development, BNA reported.

21.07.2018 - 09:31 [ ]

Ehemalige Bundeswehrsoldaten als Söldner in Krisengebieten

(27.Mai 2010) Ulrich Delius: Schätzungen gehen davon aus, dass bis zu 4.000 ehemalige Bundeswehrsoldaten zur Zeit für in- und ausländische Sicherheitsfirmen auch in Krisengebieten arbeiten. Sie sind sowohl beim Personen- und Objektschutz, als auch bei der Ausbildung von Soldaten und Paramilitärs eingesetzt. Insgesamt gibt es rund 2.000 Sicherheitsfirmen weltweit, die 1,5 Millionen Mitarbeiter beschäftigen.

05.06.2018 - 13:05 [ Junge Welt ]

Kriminelle an der Macht

Der Angriff der USA, Großbritanniens und Frankreichs auf Libyen im Jahr 2011 hatte schlimme Folgen. Islamistische Milizen und Warlords bekriegen einander. Ein staatliches Gewaltmonopol existiert nicht