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Turkmenistan Confronts Threat from South

The US and NATO war in Afghanistan has come to a formal end. As expected, it resulted in further aggravation of the situation on the southern borders of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The 745 km long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border has become the hottest spot. The Taliban attacks have intensified since the spring of 2014 to become even more threatening than before. In January 2015, Ashgabat started mobilization to last till the end of March. The threat is serious enough to make Turkmenistan build additional fortifications at the frontier with Afghan Jowzjan Province to include a 6 meter deep ditch and barbed wire fencing with 2 meter high concrete pillars in between...

Alexei BALIEV | 01.03.2015


 

Islamic State Opens Third Front in Afghanistan

...The US does not rush to recognize the fact of Islamic State’s presence in Afghanistan, but Kabul does not deny the information that the group’s militants coming from Syria and Iraq are operating in the country... The Islamic State would like to open a third front in Afghanistan (after Iraq and Syria)... In the south the Islamic State is trying to split the Taliban to make the group’s militants join its ranks... The leaders of Pakistani Taliban have already pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and are ready to contribute into the creation of Islamic Caliphate...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 03.02.2015


 

Afghanistan Faces Uncertain Future (I)

Afghanistan has witnessed two major events in the most recent weeks. One is the assumption of office by Ashraf Ghani as the next president of the country, succeeding Hamid Karzai. The second has been the signing of the two «back-to-back» security pacts between Afghanistan on the one hand and the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] on the other.  Both developments are of historical importance in their own ways. Ghani’s presidency signifies a rare peaceful transition of power in the ebb and flow of Afghan history.  As for the second, Afghanistan has been invaded and occupied before in its tumultuous history dating back to Alexander the Great – the last famous occupation followed the British invasion in the 19 th century – but never before has that country had to agree to foreign military presence on its soil in such an open-ended fashion...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 09.10.2014


 

US – Afghan Pact Remains Elusive

The sudden appearance of the US Senator John McCain in the Hindu Kush Mountains last weekend reminds the regional powers that there is more to Afghanistan's presidential election than meets the eye... McCain himself is not new to the frontline. He is a frequent visitor to Syria's neighboring countries to shore up the sagging regime change agenda against President Bashar Al-Assad. His missions to Ukraine aimed to ensure that the gains of the regime change in February did not get dissipated. His Afghan mission may seem on surface to be somewhat atypical... But in reality he was undertaking a typical McCain mission in Afghanistan – namely, to remove the road block that delays the signing of the US-Afghan security pact leading to the establishment of US military bases and advancing the ‘pivot’ to Asia...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 09.07.2014


 

US Torpedoes Karzai’s Contacts with Taliban

...Washington doesn’t want any substantive «Afghan-led», «Afghan-controlled» peace talks except under its auspices. Most important, it does not want any serious dealings with the Taliban to take place before Karzai retired and a proxy has been put in power in Kabul who would duly put his signature on the dotted line on the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement, formalizing the establishment of the US-NATO military bases in Afghanistan...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 09.02.2014


 

Will the U.S. Find Its Way Out of the Dead End in Afghanistan?

...The tasks of ensuring security in the Northern Caucasus and in Russia's allies in Central Asia have made it a priority for Moscow to work toward counteracting the threats of extremism and international terrorism. Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the U.S. and NATO on Afghanistan remains perhaps the only area in relations between Moscow and the West where there have been no significant disagreements. This does not mean, however, that the West can continue to try the Kremlin's patience with its inability to find a way out of the military and political dead end which has resulted from the ineffective actions of the Western coalition for keeping peace in Afghanistan...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 04.02.2014


 

On the Drugs of «Peacemakers»

For the third year in a row, NATO-occupied Afghanistan has grown a record number of opium poppies... Large opium plantations have even re-appeared in northern Afghan provinces like Balkh and Faryab, which were publicly declared to have lost their status as opium producers. These Afghan provinces neighbour two CIS countries – Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan... For a number of years now, America has also been using drugs to continue its cold war against post-Soviet states through the destruction of their human potential. On the eve of the withdrawal of NATO occupation forces from Afghanistan, they are encouraging drug production by every means possible, and helping the war move into its hot phase by using the drug mafia’s armed groups that are concentrated in the southern underbelly of the former USSR, that they have provided with arms, and that are hiding behind Islamist slogans...

Nikolai MALISHEVSKI | 24.01.2014


 

Afghanistan in the Strategic Plans of Iran

...The inevitability of an escalation of the situation in the country after the Americans leave frightens everyone, but it seems that Tehran considers it to be the lesser of two evils. For the Iranians it is more important not to allow the continued long-term American occupation of Afghanistan up to the year 2024, as provided for in the draft agreement which so far Karzai does not want to sign...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 12.12.2013


 

The Subtext of the Stalled Afghan-US Treaty: Will the US Trade Karzai for the Taliban?

2013 is almost over and the US has still not managed to get NATO-garrisoned Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai to sign the Pentagon’s bilateral security agreement. The agreement is vital strategic importance for the US and NATO in respect to having a position amidst the main players in Eurasia. The United States has set December 2014 as its so-called military withdrawal date from NATO-manned Central Asian country. Despite the claims of the US, the Pentagon wants to keep a figure of 20,000 or more military personnel in Afghanistan, retain at least nine bases, and to use Afghan airspace and territory for Pentagon operations in Central Asia and beyond...

Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA | 07.12.2013


 

US to Stay in Afghanistan after 2014

On November 24 Afghan elders at a grand assembly in Kabul called for a security deal with the US to be signed this year... The document outlines a broad, long term relationship with Afghanistan that commits the United States to sustaining the Afghan security forces for years to come, and likely deploying thousands of American troops in the country to carry out that training and the limited counter-terrorism role... The draft also allows unfettered overflight rights of US military aircraft... Speaking at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) held late September in Sochi Russian President Putin said the planned 2014 ISAF withdrawal from Afghanistan could pose a major threat to its neighbors...

Andrei AKULOV | 26.11.2013




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The leading Republican war hawk in the U.S. Senate, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain of Arizona, in a single week, misused his position to entertain arcane testimony from three decrepit agents of U.S. power politics... It is clear that what McCain, Kissinger, Scowcroft, and Brzezinski want maintained is an ever-expanding federalized European Union, which is now slowly absorbing as its newest Westphalian nation-state underlings, Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova...

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