German weapons in hands of Taliban militants: Report
Taliban militants with their weapons, including German G3 rifles. (File photo)
A German newspaper has revealed that the Taliban militant group has been using German weapons and explosives beside US-made ammunition.
Express newspaper, published in the city of Cologne, reported on Wednesday that some weaponries confiscated from Afghan militants are made in Germany.
The weapons included machine guns, pistols, and mortars, according to the daily.
Another report also said that more than 4,500 German-made Walther guns, which were sold to Afghan security forces, were disappeared.
In 2006, Germany’s Defense Ministry sent 10,000 guns to Afghanistan.
The report also said German weapons are easily available in black markets in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, at least one third of the 242,000 weapons shipped to Afghanistan by the United States from 2004 and 2008 have also disappeared.
According to the United Nations, 25 percent of Afghan security forces join militants without handing over their weapons to the army.
Earlier this week, at least 11 Afghan local police forces joined Taliban in southern Helmand province.
The police forces also took 11 AK-47 machine guns along with three motorcycles and two PK machine guns with them.
In July, about 20 afghan police officers also defected in the southern province of Uruzgan.
John Swinton, the doyen of the New York press corps, upon his retirement ,
made the following speech:
“There is no such thing, at this stage of the world’s history in America,
as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you
who dare write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand
that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest
opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid
similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be foolish as
to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another
job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my papers,
before twenty four hours, my occupation would be gone. The business of the
journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify,
fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his
daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting of
an independent press? We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and
we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property
of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
I do understand that you have to eat like all of us and therefore must keep
your mouth shut. You are Jewish and so am I. (Sephardic).
For the sake of truth, I will give you here another side to the Libyan
story. Just imagine a country where there is no electricity bill.
Electricity is free to all its citizens. There is no interest on loans,
banks were state owned and loans given at zero percent interest by law.
Having a home was considered a human right. All newlyweds received US$ 50
000 from the govt to buy their first apartment and to help them start a
family. Education and medical treatments were free. Before Qaddafi, 25 % of
the population were literate. Today this figure is 83 percent. Should
Libyans want to take up farming, they would receive land, a farmhouse,
equipments, seeds and livestock to kick start their operation, absolutely
free of charge. If citizens could not find the education or medical
facilities they needed, the govt would fund them to go abroad, free of
charge, and would get some US$2,300 per month for accommodation and car
allowance. Cars were government subsidized to the tune of 50%. Fuel prices
were $0.14 per litter. The country had no external debt and its reserves
amounted to some $170 billion, now frozen globally plus some 27 tons of
gold, which the new regime found safely in the National Bank. Any graduate
unable to find a job would get the average salary for the profession, as if
he/she was employed, until employment found. A portion of oil sales were
credited once a year to every citizen bank account. A mother who gave
birth, immediately got some $5000. Forty loaves of bread cost $0.15. 25% of
citizens have a university degree. An immense project bringing water from
aquifers in the south made it available all over the country, free of
That is what that “tyrant” Qaddafi gave to his people. There are some 150
tribes in Libya and a strong hand was necessary if the country was to
remain in one piece. Every citizen was in possession of a military weapon.
Qaddafi was not frightened of his own people. The so called rebels who took
over, so we are told, would not have lasted a few days without NATO air
power, British and French commandos and thousands of mercenaries. Those are
Now another Karzai has been installed in Tripoli, and the country can be
plundered at the victors’ whim and fancy. It takes $1 to extract a barrel
of Libyan oil and today’s price is over $100. TOTAL, the French company has
already grabbed some 30% of the Libyan state oil company. BP is starting
exploration. And of course massive contracts for the reconstruction of
Libya will be handed over to US and European companies. Of the sovereign
fund, only some 1.2 billion have been released out of the $170 billion.
With the state of the European economy, I doubt very much if Libya will see
the rest any time soon. Now Libyans are free as you say, but as Janice
Joplin used to say…freedom is just another word for nothing else to lose,
as Libyan queueing for funds at their bank’s door are finding out. Qaddafi
is gone and so are the perks. What will be left is a terrible civil war.
The price of democracy!
“It is the joyous jiggling dance Americans do –USA! USA!- when their
government slaughters someone illegally. It is primitive, but it is
positively Libyan”. Wrong. It is positively American! Just saw a movie on
the training of the US Army before going to Iraq. Soldiers running and
singing:”Kill the women! Kill the children! “Then we are shown the results
when civilians are gunned down in the streets by those braves. All on film.
When they come back home, realising what they have done, they just commit
suicide! These are ordinary Sunday soldiers with families.
We can hide the truth with prison sentences, but the truth eventually comes
through, and unfortunately for us we cannot plug the dyke any longer.
نیلسن منڈیلااور سید علی گیلانی ۔ اوریا مقبول جان
Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail
No doubt taking their cue from Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has said that Pakistan poses the biggest strategic threat to Israel, three of the Israel lobby’s loudest mouthpieces used a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing — convened to advance Senate approval of President Barack Obama’s decision to promote Vice Adm. William McRaven to become commander of the U.S. Special Forces Command — to mentally prepare Americans for what will most likely be dubbed another “war of Muslim liberation.”
CNN reports on the lobby’s latest efforts to induce the United States into a totally unnecessary war with Pakistan:
Washington (CNN) — U.S. senators didn’t miss a chance Tuesday to voice frustration with Pakistan over how it takes billions of dollars of American aid while providing safe havens to terrorists to build bombs and launch cross-border attacks on U.S.troops in Afghanistan.
“Well, something’s got to give, something’s got to change,” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said at a hearing. “Because it just can’t continue this way, for them to expect that we’re going to have a normal relationship with them — which we all hope for.”
And Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, also was critical of Pakistan; specifically, whether the top Taliban leader and al Qaeda ally Mullah Omar was hiding there.
“Is Mullah Omar in Pakistan?” Graham asked Vice Adm.William McRaven, who supervised the raid on the Osama bin Laden compound In Pakistan that ended with the death of al Qaeda leader.
“Sir, we believe he is,” McRaven replied.
The hearing was the next step toward Senate approval of President Barack Obama’s decision to promote McRaven to become commander of the U.S. Special Forces Command.
Graham nudged McRaven along. “Do we believe he is there is with the knowledge of the ISI (Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate) and the upper echelon of the (Pakistani) army?” asked Graham.
“Sir, I believe the Pakistanis know he is in Pakistan,” McRaven said.
“Let me ask you this — If they tried for about a week do you think they could then find him?” said Graham.
“I can’t answer that because i don’t know whether they could or not because I don’t know exactly where Mullah Omar is,” answered McRaven, who said he believed the United States. has asked Pakistan to find the Taliban leader.
“Well, I’m asking,” said Graham. “I think Sen. Levin and I will both ask together today.”
And the ranking Republican on the committee, Sen.John McCain, R-Arizona, praised McRaven and his un-named fellow special operators for their success against bin Laden. “The leader of al Qaida is dead, but a new one has taken his place,” McCain said. “Your mission will be to help ensure he meets the same end.”
McCain used the hearing to voice again his strong criticism of President Obama’s troop drawdown timetable for Afghanistan.
“I’m very concerned that the president’s decision poses an unnecessary risk to the progress we’ve made thus far, to our mission, and to our men and women in uniform,” McCain warned
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen — poised to take over from Army Gen. David Petraeus as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan — promised McCain and the other senators he would closely monitor the withdrawal plan and give candid advice where he saw fit.
“If confirmed, I will offer my candid assessment to the chain of command on the current state of the conflict, as well as provide options with respect to the president’s goals in accomplishing this strategy,” Allen said.
Last week Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said the president had chosen a more aggressive withdrawal timetable than they had expected.
McCain grilled Allen on support for the White House plan.
“Gen. Allen, do you know of any military leader that recommended in 2009 that the president make an announcement in 2011 of drawdown of troops?” McCain asked.
“I do not, senator,” Allen replied.
“Do you know of any military leader that recommended the drawdown plan that the president announced last week?” McCain asked.
“I do not, senator,” Allen answered.
And the general said planning already was underway on how to implement the president’s plan to withdraw 10,000 troops this year, starting next month, and an additional 23,000 by next summer.
The hearing shed new light on U.S. concerns that al Qaeda and the Taliban are assembling explosives in Pakistan and then planting them in Afghanistan to kill Americans.
McRaven said he was certain IEDs — improvised explosive devices such as roadside bombs — used against Americans and coalition troops are coming out of Pakistan and that information about where the bombs are being assembled has been provided to Pakistani authorities.
“Have they (the Pakistanis) responded effectively?” asked Graham.
“They have not, sir,” McRaven replied.
Instead of going to war with a nation of more than 180 million Muslims, over its supposed sheltering of a man who has most likely been dead for 10 years, wouldn’t America be a lot safer if it indicted Senators Levin, Graham and McCain for their treasonous warmongering on behalf of Israel?