Tag: War

German FM praises Pakistan’s effort in ‘war on terror’

ISLAMABAD - Hailing Pakistan's role in the process of reconciliation and integration for peace in Afghanistan, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Saturday that the solution to the crisis in Afghanistan is political and not military. "We support the process of integration and reconciliation for peace in Afghanistan. It is our common interest to have stability there," German Foreign Minister said while answering questions of reporters in a joint press conference with

Ouattara says no risk of civil war

PARIS - Military intervention in Ivory Coast does not mean the country will descend into civil war, presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara said on Wednesday.
In his first television interview since the crisis unfolded, Ouattara told France 24 he preferred a peaceful solution to the crisis, but dismissed negotiating with incument Laurent Gbagbo saying he had to "leave power." "I think he will be responsible for the situation that he will face. Military intervention does not mean

Israel prepared for ‘large scale war’ in Middle East: cable

OSLO - Israel's army chief told a US Congress delegation in late 2009 he was preparing for a large war in the Middle East, probably against Hamas or Hezbollah, leaked US diplomatic cables showed on Sunday.
"I am preparing the Israeli army for a large scale war, since it is easier to scale down to a smaller operation than to do the opposite," Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi was quoted as saying in a cable from the US embassy in Tel Aviv.
The document, dated November 15,

Economy in deep peril, while Lilliputians at war

ISLAMABAD - At a time when the national economy is heading towards a breakdown, political parties are engrossed in petty politicking instead of sitting together to contain the looming crisis.
The fiscal deficit is estimated to increase to a record 7.5 percent of the GDP, or Rs 1.2 trillion, by the end of the current fiscal year, compared to the budgetary estimate of 4 percent of GDP or Rs 685 billion.
The International Monetary Fund has given the country another nine months

Is Pakistan losing ground in Taliban war?

TIME - For Pakistan's military commanders, it was a brutal warning that the gains they had made against militants over the past two years risk erosion. On Christmas Day, Pakistan's first female suicide bomber killed 47 refugees near a World Food Program (WFP) distribution point in Bajaur, the northernmost of Pakistan's seven tribal areas along the Afghan border. The WFP operations were forced to shut down. On Wednesday, Bajaur was hit again, as militants carried out their 100th

War from Qaeda’s perspective

Progressive Policy Institute - In the new issue of Vanity Fair, journalist Peter Bergen argues that we are, in fact, winning our war against Al Qaeda. "[I]t is not the West that faces an existential threat, but al-Qaeda," he writes. "Above all, we need to keep al-Qaeda in perspective, remembering that its assets are few, and shrinking."
Now, Bergen is one of the few Western journalists to meet Osama Bin Laden, and among the world's foremost experts on Al Qaeda. He also opposed

Hamas abiding by Israel truce but ready for war

GAZA CITY - The Hamas is observing a truce with Israel but is also ready for a resumption of hostilities, a spokesman for the group's armed wing warned on Saturday.
"There is a truce in effect in the field. It is real if Israel stops its aggression and ends it's siege. But if there is any Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip we will respond strongly," said a masked spokesman for Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades who identified himself as Abu Obeideh.
Speaking at a press conference

Foreign troop deaths in Afghan war top 700 in 2010

KABUL - International troop deaths in Afghanistan topped 700 in 2010, an independent website said Tuesday, with US military chiefs reportedly pushing to expand special operations ground raids into Pakistan.
The number of coalition forces killed fighting the Taliban this year - already the deadliest in the nine-year war - now stands at 702, around a third higher than last year, according to an AFP tally based on iCasualties.org. US troops account for 70 percent of the deaths and

Merkel says Germany at war in Afghanistan

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday for the first time that German troops were fighting a war in Afghanistan, as she addressed them on a surprise visit to the country, reporters with her said.
Her office said that she had arrived in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan to meet German troops serving there ahead of the Christmas celebrations.
She then went on to Mazar-i-Sharif for talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the US commander of international

US war review claims gains against Taliban, Al Qaeda

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama's Afghan troop surge has made progress in curbing the Taliban and severely weakening Al Qaeda, but US gains are not yet durable and sustainable, a new policy review said on Thursday.
The long-awaited assessment says that some aspects of the high-stakes strategy are working well, after a year of record bloodshed, but many of the advances in the nine-year war remain fragile and reversible.
The report, which Obama is set to unveil today

Afghan violence kills 18 as Obama reviews war

KABUL: A roadside bomb killed 14 civilians in western Afghanistan on Thursday and four Afghan soldiers died in a US air strike overnight, hours before a US strategy review reported progress in the Afghan war.
Violence is at its worst in Afghanistan since US-backed Afghan forces ousted the Taliban in 2001 after the September 11 Al Qaeda attacks on the United States, with record civilian and military casualties.
US President Barack Obama's review said "notable operational

Obama war cabinet mulls Afghan review

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama finalised his Afghan strategy review with his war cabinet on Tuesday in a meeting shrouded by the death of veteran diplomat and US envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke.
Obama lauded the hard-charging Holbrooke as a "giant" of US diplomacy after he died from a ruptured aorta late on Monday, and his war plan must now go ahead without input from the man masterminding a civilian "surge" in Afghanistan. Tuesday's somber meeting, in

WikiLeaks supporters step up cyber war

LONDON: Hackers stepped up their cyber war in support of WikiLeaks on Thursday as the embattled whistleblowers released memos showing that the United States views China as a "pernicious" competitor in Africa.
The Swedish government's website was forced offline after a group calling itself "Anonymous" vowed to intensify its "war of data" against Mastercard, Visa and other groups which have blocked funding to WikiLeaks.
Organisers of the group said thousands of volunteers had

Hackers target bank, credit card websites in WikiLeaks war

ZURICH: An anonymous group of hackers said Wednesday they had launched online attacks to shut down the websites of credit card Mastercard and a Swiss bank that cut off business ties with WikiLeaks.
The self-styled 'hacktivist' group dubbed Anon_Operation said in one tweet that "www.mastercard.com/ is down" and the site of the credit card giant could not be accessed from Geneva. On their homepage the group, which claims it is fighting for "freedom on the internet" and against

No batting coach as war of egos heats up

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board is waiting for a reply from former captain Javed Miandad regarding his acceptance of the job as batting consultant, as the war of words between Miandad and coach Waqar Younis heats up.
Pakistan team's head coach Waqar Younis, who is in Sydney, made it loud and clear that he would remain in charge and Miandad's role would be restricted to batting consultant. However, Miandad on Friday warned Waqar to be careful while choosing his words.
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North Korea stages artillery drill, warns of war

SEOUL: North Korea staged an artillery drill on Friday within earshot of a South Korean island shelled earlier this week, and warned that an upcoming US-South Korean naval exercise heightens the risk of war.
Seoul named a former military chief as its new defence minister to try to restore confidence in the armed forces, after their allegedly feeble response to Tuesday's deadly bombardment of Yeonpyeong island. China, the North's sole major ally, warned on Friday against military

Pakistan warns of a civil war in post-NATO Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it welcomed NATO'S plan for a phased withdrawal from Afghanistan but it would not like the neighboring country to plunge once again into a civil war.
"We will welcome the withdrawal of coalition forces from Afghanistan as and when it happens. But obviously, we would not like Afghanistan to be left on its own," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said while addressing his weekly press briefing.
He said, "We would like the process of