Monday, October 12, 2015

Porkins Great Game: Episode #10 - Rebellion in Tajikistan

On this edition of Porkins Great Game, Pearse Redmond and I take a look at the rebellion of Tajikistan's former Deputy Defense Minister Abduhalim Nazarzoda and explain how this is being exploited by the Tajik authorities to crush the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT). After giving a few updates on the situation in Afghanistan, we talk about the whole Kunduz debacle, ranging from the Taliban takeover to the U.S. airstrike on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Last but not least, we focus on the biggest story at the moment: Russia's intervention in Syria. Pearse and I discuss Ramzan Kadyrov's idea to go to Syria, Moscow's reasons for intervening and Qatar's threat to create a "Syrian Taliban". We close out this month's episode with the latest heroics of everyone's favorite "moderate Syrian rebels" from 'Division 30'. 

You can find more information on this episode on Pearse Redmond's website where you can also download the MP3 file:

Show Notes:
Tajikistan clashes leave 17 dead in violence blamed on top official
Death Of A Fugitive: Abduhalim Nazarzoda, Tajik General Blamed For Recent Violence
The New Great Game Round-Up #108 – Tajikistan Exploits General’s Rebellion to Crush IRPT Once and For All
The New Great Game Round-Up #109 – Tajikistan’s Attempt to Prove IRPT-Nazarzoda Plot Backfires
Authorities accuse IRP activists’ defense lawyer of a large-scale fraud
Shuttered Tajik Islamic Party Branded As Terrorist Group

Tajik-Afghan border:
Putin and Rakhmon concerned over situation in Afghanistan
Russian attack helicopters to be moved to military base in Tajikistan

The New Great Game Round-Up #108 – Dostum Urged to Fight ISIS After Short-Lived Success in Faryab

The New Great Game Round-Up #109 – Taliban Seize Kunduz as U.S. Mulls Drawdown Options
The New Great Game Round-Up #110 – U.S. Bombs Hospital to Help Afghans Retake Kunduz
Russia Is Using Old, Dumb Bombs, Making Syria Air War Even More Brutal
Kunduz Hospital Bombing Exposes U.S. Airstrike Hypocrisy
The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification
US commander says Afghans requested US airstrike in Kunduz
U.S. Airstrikes, Afghan Casualties
Disputing U.S. General, Afghans Say Taliban Control Kunduz

Kadyrov wants to go to Syria:
The New Great Game Round-Up #108 – Kadyrov Takes Unique Approach in Dealing with ISIS Recruitment
Kadyrov says 74,000 Chechens ‘ready to go to Ukraine’
Ramzan Kadyrov offers Putin his own *personal* volunteer Chechen special force
The New Great Game Round-Up #110 – If ISIS Won’t Come to Kadyrov, Kadyrov Will Come to ISIS
Kremlin Says Russian ‘Volunteer’ Forces Will Fight in Syria
Kadyrov and Dostum inspect Chechen forces: “We’re waiting for orders to go to Syria”
Afghanistan’s Dostum Turns To Old Ally Russia For Help
IS gunmen killed in Chechnya prepared large-scale terrorist attacks — Chechen leader

Russian intervention in Syria:
2015 Idlib offensive
U.S.-Turkey deal aims to create de facto ‘safe zone’ in northwest Syria
Al Qaeda in Syria withdraws from planned “ISIS-free” zone on Turkey border
Conquering Aleppo?
How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow
Moscow scuppers US coalition plans for no-fly zone in Syria
U.S. Admits: We Can’t Protect Syrian Allies From Russia’s Bombs
Russian warplanes in Syria destroy U.S.-trained rebels’ weapons depots: commander
Russia Fires Cruise Missiles in Syria as Assad Begins a Ground Attack

Pentagon’s ‘Division 30’:
Did a U.S.-Trained Syrian Rebel Commander Defect to al Qaeda?
Pentagon denies allegations US-trained New Syrian Forces defected
Centcom Concedes to The Daily Beast on Syria Rebel
Pentagon Suspends Syrian Rebel Training Program Amid Criticism

Huun Huur Tu – “Mezhegey”
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – “Allah Hoo”