Friday, May 22, 2015

Porkins Great Game: Episode #7 - 'Gladio B' Extravaganza

On this edition of Porkins Great Game, Pearse Redmond and I focus on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent “revelation” that insurgents in the North Caucasus were supported by U.S. intelligence in Azerbaijan. Afterwards, we talk about China’s new terror hot spot Guangzhou and Turkey’s Uyghur adventures, which are now being exposed due to the power struggle between President Erdogan and the Gülen movement. Pearse and I also discuss the delivery of 150 tons of “diplomatic mail” to the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan before we end this episode with a look at the latest attempt to rehabilitate Washington’s favorite terror cult – the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The New Great Game Round-Up #96

The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced last Wednesday during a meeting of the NATO Foreign Ministers in Turkey that the U.S.-led military alliance will maintain a presence in Afghanistan after the end of its current mission "Resolute Support" in 2016. Stoltenberg's announcement came as no real surprise. Hardly anybody believed that NATO would leave the strategically located country in the foreseeable future, if ever. In light of the deteriorating security situation, the U.S. and its allies don't even have to spend much time looking for a pretext. Despite years of training by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, the Afghan security forces are not up to the task and as the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko recently pointed out, "Afghan self-sustainment of its security institutions is long way away." American troops and taxpayers can look forward to losing more men and money in Afghanistan. To make matters worse, the Taliban and other groups lost no time in targeting areas, where the coalition troops have already left:
Afghan Officials: IS Militants Helping Taliban In Kunduz

Officials in northern Afghanistan say Taliban fighters who launched an offensive against government security forces last month have been joined by foreign fighters from the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Kunduz Province Governor Mohammad Omer Safi told RFE/RL that the bodies of 18 foreign militants have been retrieved from areas where battles have been raging since April 24.

He said they included militants from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and Chechnya.
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