Caucasus - Central Asia

Aid Groups Warn of Afghan Security Vacuum

 Aid Groups Warn of Afghan Security Vacuum

By SPIEGEL Staff

30 July 2013

The looming end of NATO operations in Afghanistan is creating a security vacuum that puts the entire purpose of the international mission at risk. Aid groups may have to scale down their operations, and Berlin is alarmed at US threats of total withdrawal.

International forces will provide advice to Afghan military until 2020

 International forces will provide advice to Afghan military until 2020

Senior military sources say Nato will continue to play major role as Afghan forces are unprepared for 2014 withdrawal

Nicholas Watt at Camp Bastion
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 29 June 2013 

British troops in Helmand

British troops in Helmand. Nato combat forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
International forces will provide logistical advice to the Afghan military up until 2020 after concluding that Afghanistan's national security forces will be unprepared for full operations when Nato combat troops withdraw from the country at the end of 2014.

Turkish Intel Chief Exposes CIA Operations via Islamic Group in Central Asia

Turkish Intel Chief Exposes CIA Operations via Islamic Group in Central Asia

By Media Watch
– June 29, 2013

Thursday, 6. January 2011. “In the 1990s Gulen’s Madrasas sheltered 130 CIA agents” in Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan”

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Yesterday Washington Post’s Jeff Stein published a very interesting but incomplete story regarding a recently published memoir by former Turkish Intelligence Chief Osman Nuri Gundes. Here is the title of his post: Islamic group is CIA front, ex-Turkish Intel chief says.

The West's Capitulation in Afghanistan

 The West's Capitulation in Afghanistan

An analysis by Christoph Sydow

21 June 2013

After 12 years of war and thousands of deaths on both sides, the US and the Taliban are finally ready to talk peace. While the West hopes to smooth its withdrawal, human rights organizations forecast the return of dark times for women and minorities.

Karzai suspends security talks and accuses US of 'inconsistent statements'

Karzai suspends security talks and accuses US of 'inconsistent statements'

President accuses Washington of 'inconsistent statements and actions' with regard to peace talks with Taliban

* Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul * guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 19 June 2013

Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, has suspended talks on a long-term security deal to keep US troops in his country after Nato leaves in 2014, accusing Washington of duplicity in its efforts to start peace talks with the Taliban.

US to join direct peace talks in Qatar with Taliban over Afghanistan's future

 US to join direct peace talks in Qatar with Taliban over Afghanistan's future

'Peace and reconciliation' milestone comes after US drops request for formal rejection of al-Qaida as precondition to talks

* Dan Roberts in Washington and Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul * guardian.co.uk,

Tuesday 18 June 2013 20.03 BST *

The US is to open direct talks with Taliban leaders within days, it was revealed on Tuesday, after Washington agreed to drop a series of preconditions that have previously held back negotiations over the future of Afghanistan.

In a major milestone in the 12-year-old war, political representatives of the Taliban will shortly meet Afghan and US officials in Doha, the capital of Qatar, to discuss an agenda for what US officials called "peace and reconciliation" before further talks take place with Afghan government representatives soon after.

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