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World News Round-Up: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan
December 15, 2008, 8:07 pm
Filed under: colonialism, empire, fascism, imperialism, India, International news, news, Pakistan, war, war crimes

Arundhati Roy: Mumbai was not our 9/11 – Guardian, UK 12/12/08

The Mumbai attacks have been dubbed ‘India’s 9/11’, and there are calls for a 9/11-style response, including an attack on Pakistan. Instead, the country must fight terrorism with justice, or face civil war

After Mumbai, India unveils anti-terror measures (Reuters)  – Yahoo 12/11/08

More spies and police, modern gadgets and a national investigation agency are among a slew of measures India is taking to prevent militant attacks like the one on Mumbai last month, the home minister said on Thursday.

Pakistan won’t hand suspects to India (AFP)  – Yahoo 12/9/08

Pakistan said Tuesday it would not hand over any suspects in the Mumbai bombings to India and warned that while it wanted peace with its neighbour, it was ready for war if New Delhi decided to attack.

The U.S. will work “with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks,” Obama’s transition team said in a statement – Bloomberg 11/27/08

India unveils $4bn stimulus plan – BBC 12/7/08

Pakistan can stop drone raids: air force chief (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/25/08

Pakistan’s air force is fully capable of stopping missile strikes by pilotless U.S. drones but it is up to the government to decide whether to do that, the air force chief said on Tuesday.

Robert Fisk: ‘Nobody supports the Taliban, but people hate the government’ – Independent, UK 11/27/08

The collapse of Afghanistan is closer than the world believes. Kandahar is in Taliban hands – all but a square mile at the centre of the city – and the first Taliban checkpoints are scarcely 15 miles from Kabul.

German General: Afghan Police Training a ‘Miserable Failure’ – AntiWar 12/3/08 

Taleban tax: allied supply convoys pay their enemies for safe passage – Times, UK 12/12/08

The West is indirectly funding the insurgency in Afghanistan thanks to a system of payoffs to Taleban commanders who charge protection money to allow convoys of military supplies to reach Nato bases in the south of the country.

Marines plan Afghanistan surge – Raw Story 11/24/08

Marine Corps leaders are devising a plan to send thousands of additional combat troops to Afghanistan to wage aggressive warfare against the Taliban that they expect could take years.

U.S. “surge” could prop up allies in Afghan south (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/25/08

Pentagon plans Afghanistan troop surge – Financial Times, UK 11/21/08

Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, announces plans to send surge troops into Afghanistan prior to the polls next autumn to improve security and facilitate voter registration

Barack Obama plans 20,000 troop surge to boost Afghan effort  – Telegraph, UK 11/27/08

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