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junio 16, 2008

Hundreds of Taliban escape in attack on Kandahar prison: a background of the story

(post sólo en inglés: es muy largo y no me da tiempo a traducirlo. Quien no entienda inglés, puede traducirlo usando Altavista Babelfish).

Jihad Watch: Hundreds of Taliban escape in attack on Kandahar prison

Canadian soldiers joined other ISAF and Afghan national security forces in a sweeping door-to-door hunt for hundreds of escaped prisoners after the Taliban staged a daring mass breakout at Kandahar City’s Sarpoza Prison late Friday.

A suicide bomber drove up to the prison’s main entrance and detonated his vehicle at about 9:30 p.m. local time. After the massive explosion, which was heard across the city and destroyed the gate and a police checkpoint, reports say up to 30 motorcycles raced forward, carrying armed men firing rocket-propelled grenades, machine-guns and AK-47s. During the ensuing 20-minute battle in the city’s west side, hundreds of prisoners were able to flee. It was still unclear how many escaped from the prison, which houses almost 1,200 inmates, including about 400 Taliban.

A Taliban spokesman said the group is claiming responsibility. […]

One official told Reuters between 750 and 800 prisoners had managed to escape, adding some prisoners were killed in a gun battle between police and Taliban fighters inside the jail.

“I think scores of others are caught up inside,” he said, adding he suspected the gate was blown up by a suicide bomber driving a truck. Several Taliban fighters entered the prison and started freeing the inmates, he said.

I have been trying to link a magnificent post by Bill Roggio in his blog The Long War Journal about the so-called Pakistan taliban and why it’s impossible to see what is happening in Afganistan without considering the influence of Pakistan IN the Afghan situation. Even Afghan Taliban are nothing more than a copy of Pakistani Taliban, who were their ideological inspiration: Pakistan releases Taliban leader, signs peace deal with outlawed Taliban group – The Long War Journal:

Within weeks after the new central and provincial governments signaled it would revive negotiations with the Taliban in the Northwest Frontier Province and the lawless tribal areas, Pakistan has freed a senior Taliban leader jailed since 2002. After signing a six-point agreement with the Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi, the government released Sufi Mohammed, the leader of the radical Taliban group.

Sufi Mohammed is one of the most dangerous Taliban leaders in the Northwest Frontier Province. As the ideological leader of the outlawed Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi (the TNSM, or the Movement for the Implementation of Mohammad’s Sharia Law), he has close links with the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban as well as senior al Qaeda leaders.

The TNSM is known as the “Pakistani Taliban” and is the group behind the ideological inspiration for the Afghan Taliban. The TNSM sent over 10,000 fighters into Afghanistan to fight US forces during the opening stages of Operation Enduring Freedom in late 2001 and 2002. Sufi was jailed by the Pakistani government after the TNSM was banned.

After Sufi’s arrest, Faqir Mohammed assumed control of the TNSM in Sufi’s absence, and the Bajaur tribal agency became al Qaeda’s command and control hub for operations in northeastern Afghanistan. Faqir rolled the TNSM under the banner of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, which is led by South Waziristan Taliban command Baitullah Mehsud. Faqir is second in commander of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

They reached an agreement to “achieve” peace, or, at least, that’s what it looked like:

The Taliban have called for the release of Sufi along with Maulana Abdul Aziz, the radical leader of the Red Mosque, and “five Afghan Taliban and the three men arrested on charges of allegedly plotting Benazir Bhutto’s assassination — Aitzaz Shah, Hussnain and Rafaqat,” the Daily Times reported. The Taliban are demanding their release in exchange for Tariq Azizuddin, Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan.

And now, what is happening now? A new clash in the Pakistani-Afghan border was with the Taliban (June 12th). This clash was reported to have been caused by US, with an aerial strike which could have killed several Pakistani soldiers. But it appears the story is a little bit different as can be seen in this video filmed by an aerial drone:

The US military has released footage from a unmanned aerial vehicle detailing the controversial June 10 battle against Taliban forces right on the Afghan-Pakistani border. The US military maintains it fired at Taliban forces, while the Pakistani government continues to maintain US airstrikes targeted an outpost manned by the Frontier Corps and killed Pakistani paramilitary troops.

The US military said the clash began in Kunar province, less than 200 yards from the Pakistani border near the Garparai checkpoint. The fighting, which lasted for three hours, moved across the border as US warplanes pursued the Taliban as they retreated into Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal agency.

The video details a squad of Taliban fighters occupying a fighting position on a ridgeline right across the border from Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal agency. Coalition forces, likely a Special Forces team operating to interdict Taliban fighters crossing the border, were on a “reconnaissance mission” on the border when they took fire from the Taliban position.

(…) This year, the government signed peace deals in Swat, Bajaur, Malakand, and Mohmand. Negotiations are under way in Kohat and Mardan. The Taliban are not required to halt cross-border attacks, and Taliban leaders have stated they would continue to conduct strikes in Afghanistan. Also, in the case of the North Waziristan agreement, al Qaeda fighters are allowed to remain in the region “as long as they pledge to remain peaceful.”

The loyalty of the Pakistani security forces has also come into question. A recent study by the RAND Corporation said Pakistan security forces, particularly the paramilitary Frontier Corps, and its intelligence services are aiding the Taliban in conducting attacks inside Afghanistan.

The problem here is that the “Pakistani Frontier Corps” does not really defend the Frontier as there have been countless Taliban incursions into Aghan territory from Pakistan without the Pakistani soldiers doing really anything to prevent it:

While the governments involved sort out who fired at whom, it’s worth noting that U.S. troops fighting along the border have long contended that the Frontier Corps – an almost exclusively Pashtun tribal militia overseen by Islamabad – has been viewed as often aiding or abetting Islamic insurgents. Pakistan defends the force by saying they have suffered hundreds of casualties fighting extremists.

One U.S. veteran involved in the border fight recently told me about an ambush in which a Special Forces operator was killed. U.S. troops following a blood trail leading to a wounded attacker found he was a Frontier Guard officer carrying a map that identified multiple U.S. “hide sites” used to maintain covert surveillance of cross-border incursions.

When I visited Camp Tillman near Lwara, Afghanistan three years ago for the New York Daily News, U.S. commanders complained bitterly about a number of incidents in which Frontier Corps troops looked the other way when Al Qaeda-led insurgents ambushed U.S. troops and never warned their American counterparts of interlopers they could plainly see from their rocky outposts.

Last April, a Washington Post reporter visited the same area and was told by one soldier: “The Frontier Corps might as well be Taliban …. They are active facilitators of infiltration.”

We have also to consider the importance of the drug-trafficking in the area (specially heroin). Latest there has been several reports in which Pakistani Intelligence Services’s representatives said they were interested in funding Kahsmir jihadists (Kashmir is the frontier province which is disputed between India and Pakistan). last Jihadist ambush in the zone has caused the death to five Indian soldiers.

As Thanos linked, Afghan President Karzai has menaced with sending troops to the frontier to penetrate Pakistan and capture Taliban “fighters”, including Mullah Omar, who has been based in Pakistan since fleeing from Afghanistan in 2001. The problem with this statement is that Karzai has come to terms with Talibans in the past (or at least has tried to), and that Pakistan has nukes, a powerful point to any country before considering any attack. Baitullah Mehsud, one of the main Taliban leaders has already called to use them is case of “attack of Pakistani ennemies”.

But there is more:

An international smuggling ring that sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea also managed to acquire blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon, according to a draft report by a former top U.N. arms inspector that suggests the plans could have been shared secretly with any number of countries or rogue groups.

The drawings, discovered in 2006 on computers owned by Swiss businessmen, included essential details for building a compact nuclear device that could be fitted on a type of ballistic missile used by Iran and more than a dozen developing countries, the report states.

(…) The A.Q. Khan smuggling ring was previously known to have provided Libya with design information for a nuclear bomb. But the blueprints found in 2006 are far more troubling, Albright said in his report. While Libya was given plans for an older and relatively unsophisticated weapon that was bulky and difficult to deliver, the newly discovered blueprints offered instructions for building a compact device, the report said. The lethality of such a bomb would be little enhanced, but its smaller size might allow for delivery by ballistic missile.

(…) “These would have been ideal for two of Khan’s other major customers, Iran and North Korea,” wrote Albright, now president of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security. “They both faced struggles in building a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop their ballistic missiles, and these designs were for a warhead that would fit.”

(…) The Pakistani government did not rebut the findings in the report but said it had cooperated extensively with U.N. investigators.

Hmm, what about selling them to Al-Qaeda? Or the Taliban? Or Hizbullah, using Iran as an intermediary?

In the meantime, Pakistan has already protested to Afghan envoy. Pakistani Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi has made it absolutely clear that “his country would defend its territorial sovereignty“.

Meanwhile, former Pakistani PM, Sharif (now the leader of the smallest of the political parties in the governing coalition), is asking Musharraf to resign and to be held accountable for passed deeds. In a demonstration he asked for Musharraf to be hanged.

junio 2, 2008

6 killed in blast at Danish Embassy in Pakistan

6 killed in blast at Danish Embassy in Pakistan – Pakistan – msnbc.com: “A huge car bomb exploded outside the Danish Embassy in the Pakistani capital on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens more, officials and witnesses said.

Anjum Naveed / AP
A Pakistani security official stands amid the rubble of the adjacent building after a bomb explosion outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monda

 

It has happened the same day as this has been published: Taliban Leader Flaunts Power Inside Pakistan @ NYTimes.com.

the usually reclusive leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, held a news conference of his own, in the same region, to show just who was in charge. 

He rolled up in an expensive-looking Toyota pickup packed with heavily armed Taliban fighters, according to the Pakistani journalists invited to attend. Squatting on the floor of a government school, Mr. Mehsud, clasping a new Kalashnikov, announced he would press his fight against the American military across the border in Afghanistan.

“Islam does not recognize boundaries,” he told the journalists, in accounts published in Pakistani newspapers and reported by the BBC. “There can be no deal with the United States.”

What has to say Zapatero and new Spanish Minister of Defense, Chacón, about this? Does anyone consider how “special” is to see the Taliban leader holding a news conference in Pakistan, while announcing he is going to press his fight against the military forces in Afghanistan?
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Un atentado contra la embajada danesa en Islamabad ha matado a seis personas y a herido a docenas, mientras el líder talibán, Baitullah Mehsud, que normalmente se esconde dio ayer una rueda de prensa en la que declaró que “el Islam no reconoce fronteras. No puede haber ningún acuerdo con los EEUU“, mientras añadía que endurecería su lucha contra los militares americanos en Afganistán.
¿Qué tienen que decir a esto Zapatero y la Ministra Chacón? ¿A nadie le parece raro que el líder talibán dé una conferencia de prensa en Paquistán, mientras anuncia que va a endurecer su lucha en Afganistán?

marzo 1, 2008

El Príncipe Harry, amenazado por los talibán (+)

Drudge Report informó de que el Príncipe inglés Harry estaba luchando en Afganistán contra los talibanes. La filtración ha obligado a sacarle precipitadamente a pesar de que iba a volver a Inglaterra en unas semanas. Él ya había dicho que si su presencia en Afganistán era sabida, no iba a estar tampoco seguro en casa. Así que los talibanes han tomado nota de que la “Familia Real Inglesa ha tomado una decidida posición en contra de los musulmanes” y que esto redundará en más ataques a los soldados británicos en la zona. Y le han amenazado directamente, como ya hicieron con su abuela, la Reina Isabel. ¿Qué pensará el príncipe Carlos de Inglaterra?

[NOTE: All the links are in English, so I am not going to translate this post…].

(+) Al parecer, el Príncipe Guillermo va a ser enviado a luchar al frente a bordo de un buque de Su Majestad (una fragata o un destructor) durante al menos 30 días este año. h/t Hot Air. The Sun sabe a dónde le van a mandar pero no lo dice para protegerle a él y a sus compañeros. Lo que no entiendo es por qué lo anuncian…

Ahora bien The Sun permite la descarga de varias fotos del príncipe Harry como fondo de pantalla. El chico playboy va camino de convertirse en un héroe de la Gran Bretaña… 😀

Y me voy a Yo Rompo con Zapatero. Que os lo paseis bien… 😀

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febrero 27, 2008

Afganistán y Harvard y la discriminación de la mujer

¿Cómo pueden estar ambos sitios unidos en un solo post? Pues para que veamos que, si no hay una voluntad de defender realmente la igualdad hombre-mujer como personas que son, y sin concesiones frente a los que no lo defiendan o sean partidarios de lo contrario, no conseguimos nada…

Resulta que, según un informe sobre la situación de la mujer en Afganistán esta es peor que antes de la invasión, porque los aliados (Zp incluido) no han puesto como prioridad de su actuación en el país, la de la protección de los derechos de las mujeres. El presidente utópico, feminista radical y no sé cuántas estupideces más, resulta que se le ha olvidado una de las cosas fundamentales a la hora de tratar la cuestión de Afganistán. Y los kulturetas inteletuales ni están ni se les espera para denunciar la situación (y menos ahora al ladito de las elecciones…). Eso sí, para pedir que su protegido, el general Sanz fuera la cabeza militar de la OTAN, para eso sí hay tiempo (claro que luego EEUU apoyó a otro… y se acabó lo de decir que “las relaciones con EEUU son maravillosas”…).

Women’s lives worse than ever – Asia, World – Independent.co.uk h/t Hodja:

Grinding poverty and the escalating war is driving an increasing number of Afghan families to sell their daughters into forced marriages.Girls as young as six are being married into a life of slavery and rape, often by multiple members of their new relatives. Banned from seeing their own parents or siblings, they are also prohibited from going to school. With little recognition of the illegality of the situation or any effective recourse, many of the victims are driven to self-immolation – burning themselves to death – or severe self-harm.

Six years after the US and Britain “freed” Afghan women from the oppressive Taliban regime, a new report proves that life is just as bad for most, and worse in some cases. Projects started in the optimistic days of 2002 have begun to wane as the UK and its Nato allies fail to treat women’s rights as a priority, workers in the country insist.

The statistics in the report from Womankind, Afghan Women and Girls Seven Years On, make shocking reading. Violent attacks against females, usually domestic, are at epidemic proportions with 87 per cent of females complaining of such abuse – half of it sexual. More than 60 per cent of marriages are forced.

Despite a new law banning the practice, 57 per cent of brides are under the age of 16. The illiteracy rate among women is 88 per cent with just 5 per cent of girls attending secondary school.

Maternal mortality rates – one in nine women dies in childbirth – are the highest in the world alongside Sierra Leone. And 30 years of conflict have left more than one million widows with no enforceable rights, left to beg on the streets alongside an increasing number of orphans. Afghanistan is the only country in the world with a higher suicide rate among women than men.

La pobreza y la guerra, ambas creciendo, está llevando a un número creciente de familias afganas a vender a sus hijas en matrimonios forzosos.
Niñas de inclusive seis años son casadas, [comenzando] una vida de esclavitud y violación, a menudo por varios miembros de su nueva familia. Se les prohíbe ver a sus propios padres o hermanos e ir a la escuela. Considerando el poco reconocimiento de la ilegalidad de su situación o la inexistencia de cualquier recurso efectiva, muchas acaban por inmolarse (quemándose hasta la muerte) o dañándose de forma severa.
Seis años después de que EEUU e Inglaterra (y España con ZP continúa…) “liberaron” a las mujeres afganas del régimen opresivo talibán, un nuevo informe revela que la vida es tan para la mayoría y peor en algunos casos. Los proyectos que comenzaron en los optimistas días de 2002, han comenzado a desaparecer porque Gran Bretaña y sus aliados de la OTAN han fallado a la hora de tratar los derechos de la mujer como una prioridad, según insisten los trabajadores en el país.
Las estadísticas en el informe “Femeneidad: las mujeres y las niñas afganas siete años después”, da lugar a conclusiones sorprendentes. Ataques violentos contra las mujeres, normalmente domésticos, tienen proporciones epidémicas, habiéndose el 87% de las mujeres quejado de estos abusos – la mitad sexuales. Más del 60% de los matrimonios son forzosos
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A pesar de una nueva ley que lo prohíbe, el 57% de las novias son menores de 16 años. El nivel de analfabetismo en las mujeres es del 88%, sólo el 5% realiza la enseñanza secundaria
Los niveles de mortandad de las madres – uno de cada nueve muere en el parto- son los más altos en el mundo junto con Sierra Leona. Y los 30 años de conflicto han dejado más de un millón de viudas, sin ningún derecho, abandonadas a pedir junto con un creciente número de huérfanos. Afganistán es el único país del mundo con un porcentaje de suicidios superior en las mujeres que en los hombres.

Y aquí, discutiendo sobre el “género” en las publicaciones oficiales… Me cagüen…

Bien, pues parece que la prestigiosa Universidad de Harvard quiere iniciar su descenso hacia este tipo de situación:La

Harvard University has moved to make Muslim women more comfortable in the gym by instituting women-only access times six hours a week to accommodate religious customs that make it difficult for some students to work out in the presence of men.

La Universidad de Harvard va a hacer las horas de gimnasia más confortables para las mujeres musulmanas instituyendo seis horas de acceso sólo para mujeres para acomodarse a las costumbres religiosas que hacen difícil que algunas estudiantes se entrenen en la presencia de hombres.

Patético. Uuh, vienen los hombres… Las feministas se van a apuntar todas a estas clases… :mrgreen: Por cierto, ¿y las clases sólo para hombres? Porque tampoco les vendrá bien ver a féminas ejercitándose… Ya se sabe: sin velo, con ropa ajustada o corta… Uyy, muy malo para la salud del macho-man musulmán, que no puede dormir ni rezar con tranquilidad si ve a una mujer en vaqueros… Oohhh, qué pena y qué lástima… Pues, hale, clases también de sólo hombres para musulmanes que hay que cuidar su salud… 😆

Es que de puro idiota o te entra la carcajada o te echas a llorar. Y con la que viene es mejor lo primero, mientras podamos…

Anteriores posts:
La mejor foto del año según UNICEF. Un matrimonio (forzoso por supuesto) entre una niña de 11 y un señor de 40…
Esclavos sexuales en Afganistán. Y es que, claro, si la mujer es inferior (dónde va a parar), lo mejor es cogerse un adolescente a quién poner tetas postizas y mucho maquillaje y que compita con otros en similares condiciones a ver quién baila mejor… Y si hay que echar a la esposa, se la echa, claro.
Women, burqa and Islamic veil (II) – Las mujeres, el burqa y el velo islámico (II).
Women, burqa and Islamic veil (I) – Las mujeres, el burqa y el velo islámico (I).

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septiembre 26, 2007

Funeral for the Spanish soldiers killed in Afghanistan

As it also happened when the corpses of the Spanish soldiers killed in Lebanon arrived, the plane with the soliders killed in Afghanistan arrived during the night (at 2:37 a.m.) and Zapatero was not there to receive them. Instead, there were the Crown Prince Felipe and the Vice-Presidente, Ms. De la Vega.

The funerals were held this morning in the official site of the Parachute Brigade, the one the dead belong to, in the Madrid’s village of Paracuellos del Jarama. In the altar: “Honour to all those who gave their lives for Spain“.

h/t Hartos de Zporky.

Spain is sending more troops to Afghanistan:

Defense Minister Alonso said that Spain is in Afghanistan in order to resolve the “equation: security for re-construction” and admitted that the risk troops face is great. Afghani warlords, Taliban, and narco-trafficking all conspire to produce a country that is “unstable and insecure”.

The Spanish troops will help to form two Afghan army battalions at a base some 15 kilometers from Spain’s base at Heart at a cost of 200,000 euros monthly. Reforming the Afghan army, said Alonso, is a “key issue” for the international community. For his part, Gaspar Llamizares of the United Left bloc voted in the Congressional Defense committee against sending more troops to Afghanistan. Llamizares that this is a “gesture” towards the United States on the part of Spain’s ruling Socialist party in the midst of a “deterioration of the situation and an ever-growing commitment in combat missions”.

Uff, Gaspar Llamazares… that lover of Castro is protesting a “gesture” towards USA..

But don’t forget that this is (part of) the price Spain has to pay for Zapatero’s wish to place Gral Sanz Roldán as Chief of the Military Council of NATO. NOT because he has actually changed his consideration for US, for Spanish military -as it can clearly be seen- or any other more accurate reason.

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Como todos los links están en español, no voy a traducirlos. Pero sí voy a linkar este post de Daniel Rodríguez Herrera: Zapatero, contra las matemáticas. 😉

septiembre 24, 2007

Hallan restos de cable en el lugar del atentado que mató a dos soldados españoles

Si ayer veíamos que en Afganistán habían secuestrado a dos soldados italianos, hoy estos habían sido liberados (ambos están heridos, uno de ellos de manera seria). Pero también hoy nos hemos enterado de la muerte de dos soldados españoles en la misma zona. ¿La causa? Lo más probable es que fuera una bomba explosionada por control remoto:
Libertad Digital: Hallan restos de cable en el lugar del atentado que mató a dos soldados españoles

El Ministerio de Defensa informó en un principio de que el vehículo BMR en el que viajaban los dos soldados españoles muertos y los seis heridos en Afganistán había pisado una mina. Pero horas después el Departamento de José Antonio Alonso ha señalado, en un comunicado, que se han localizado restos de cable, en concreto 70 metros, en la zona del atentado, por lo que no descartan la hipótesis de una bomba explosionada por control remoto al paso de los militares españoles. Mientras, el presidente intentó convencer a los españoles de que se trata de una “misión de paz” y de que enviar nuevos soldados no es aumentar las tropas.

Los fallecidos son Germán Pérez Burgos y Stanley Mera Vera.

RIP.

Ayer escribía que EEUU había exigido a España el envío de más tropas SI quería colocar al general Sanz Roldán en la  OTAN. Pero a la vez, Zapatero, en vez de decir que a) en Afganistán se libra una guerra y b) el envío de nuevas tropas -que es necesario según ya escribí ayer- es porque quiere colocar al general, dice todo lo contrario…

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Another two Spanish soldiers have died in Afghanistan. Although at first, it was thought that the BMR vehicle had gone over a mine, which exploded then, the discovery of a cable (of about 70 meters) in the attack surroundings, has made the military consider the possibility of a bomb, activated by remote control.

At the same time, PM Zapatero has tried to convince everyone that the mission in Afghanistan is “a peace mission” and that sending new soldiers there is not rising the number of Spanish troops deployed in the Asian country.

Yesterday, I wrote that USA had asked Spain for a rise in the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan, IF Zapatero wanted General Sanz Roldán to be new President of the Military Comission of NATO. Looks like Zapatero also forgot that part in his speech.

septiembre 23, 2007

Afganistán: Bush vs Zapatero, dos italianos secuestrados, Irán y los búnkeres talibanes

Libertad Digital: Bush exige a Zapatero más presencia en Afganistán si quiere colocar al general Sanz en la OTAN

A dos meses de la votación en Bruselas, sede de la Alianza Atlántica, comienzan a realizarse movimientos encaminados a valorar si realmente el candidato español es el militar idóneo para estar al frente de un comité, al que le corresponde la misión de aprobar los documentos y planes de la OTAN.Según publica este domingo el diario ABC, EEUU, pieza clave en la elección (el comandante supremo para Europa es el general estadounidense John Craddock) no ve con buenos ojos este nombramiento, y no por la personalidad o la valía del general en cuestión, sino por las reticencias que despierta el papel de la España de Zapatero en el orden internacional, tras la sonada espantada en la Guerra de Irak.

Por eso, según afirma el diario de Vocento, los estadounidenses no descartan condicionar su apoyo a Félix Sanz Roldán a “un mayor compromiso” de España en la misión que lleva a cabo la OTAN en este país asiático. Esto se traduce, según fuentes de la Alianza, en más tropas y un papel más activo de las mismas sobre el terreno.

De momento, el Gobierno de Zapatero se ha negado a enviar más tropas. Máxime cuando la zona este donde se encuentran las tropas españolas es cada vez más comprometida y aumenta la inseguridad por la mayor presencia de talibanes, que han llegado procedentes del sur de Afganistán, tras la ofensiva americana que los ha desplazado hacia el norte.

Todo ello juega en contra de Félix Sanz Roldán, cuya candidatura se ha presentado en el peor momento de la misión en Afganistán, la principal que desarrolla la OTAN y que se ha convertido en el mayor desafío y en el que esta organización se juega su prestigio.

Era de esperar…

Al mismo tiempo, dos italianos han sido secuestrados en el oeste de Afganistán, junto con sus dos ayudantes afganos. Estaban realizando tareas de relación con los autoridades civiles afganas. La misión italiana en Herat, está intentando localizarles. El presidente Hamid Karzai ha dicho que en cuanto tengan alguna noticia la hará llegar a Italia.

Irán ha sido otra vez acusado de mandar armas a los talibanes y las tropas inglesas han encontrado algunos búnkers de los Talibán.

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Zapatero wants Spanish General Sanz Roldán to lead NATO, a very surprising wish considering that Spanish PM is not a very good friend of USA, leader of NATO, and the shameful withdrawal from Iraq.

So Bush has asked Zapatero for more support in Afghanistan in exchange of US support to Gral Sanz Roldán. Zapatero’s Government has announced Spain is not sending more troops to the Asian country, as the ones who are already there have a very compromised situation and the insecurity is rising because of the increasing presence of the Talibans there, who are arriving from the South, after US offensive.

A very illogical decision: as there are more Talibans, I am not sending more troops. 😡

From Yahoo:

Two Italian military personnel were believed to have been kidnapped in western Afghanistan, and police Sunday said they were searching for the pair and their two Afghan staff.

At a meeting at the United Nations, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told participants he had information about where the Italians were and would pass the information to Italian authorities, said U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.

In northeastern Afghanistan, meanwhile, NATO helicopters fired on a group of suspected insurgents in response to a rocket attack. Four Afghans died and 12 were wounded, the alliance said, and officials were investigating whether the dead and wounded were Afghan police or civilians targeted mistakenly.

The two missing Italians, with their Afghan driver and translator, drove through a police checkpoint in the Shindand district of Herat province on Saturday, and they have not had any contact with anyone since, said Gen. Ali Khan Hassanzada, chief of police criminal investigations in western Afghanistan.

An official from the Italian embassy in Kabul said the Italians last spoke with officials at their base on Saturday night during “routine contact.” The Italian military in Herat was trying to reach them again.

We believe they have been kidnapped together with two Afghans,” the Italian Defense Ministry said. “The personnel were carrying out liaison activities with local civilian authorities.”

Meanwhile, Iran is once again accused of giving weapons to the Taliban (and yet, Ahmi is going to speak to the American people…) and UK troops have uncovered some Taleban bunkers.

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