A new wild card in Afghanistan war: Russia – CSMonitor.com

An Afghan soldier inspects the site of a Taliban suicide attack in Kabul in September. Russia has reportedly reached out to the Taliban to stem the spread of ISIS in Afghanistan.

Russia is worried that terrorists could be fleeing from Syria to Afghanistan and is moving to counter. It has many of the same goals as the US in Afghanistan, but different motivations.

Next month, Donald Trump will inherit the nation’s longest war – the war in Afghanistan. More than 8,000 United States troops remain there, 15 years on, primarily to support Afghan forces in their battle against the Taliban, while the Islamic State, or ISIS, has also gained a foothold.

For a president-elect who abhors nation-building – and castigated President Obama for prematurely pulling out of Iraq – Afghanistan presents few good options.

Peace talks with the Taliban, hosted by Pakistan, have gone nowhere. Afghan troops are more effective, but still reliant on US air power. The Taliban’s territorial control is at its greatest extent since it lost power in 2001.

One wild card is Russia. This week Russia hosted talks on Afghanistan’s security with Pakistani and Chinese envoys, the third such meeting and a sign, say analysts, of rising Russian concern over instability and Islamic extremism on the borders of its sphere of influence.

Could Moscow be a useful partner in Afghanistan? Or will it only add to the regional rivalries that perpetuate the conflict?

On one hand, Afghanistan is not Syria. There, Russia supports a regime that the US opposes. In Afghanistan, both powers want to see the Kabul government deny sanctuary to ISIS and Al Qaeda. That could present a common agenda.

“The Russians have been content to see the US tied down in Afghanistan and watch from afar. Now ISIS is making inroads in Afghanistan … I think Russia is starting to get worried,” says Lisa Curtis, an expert on South Asia at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

But Russia, which still bears the memory of the disastrous 1979 Soviet invasion, has a narrower agenda than the US has had in Afghanistan.

“Russia’s interests are not so much in Afghanistan itself but in preventing any instability spilling over into Central Asia,” says Paul Stronksi, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Russia’s pursuit of that agenda has made its role hard to pin down. For instance, Russia has warned that ISIS fighters from Syria are flowing into Afghanistan, giving them a rear base to attack Russia. In response, it is deepening its ties to the Taliban, seeking to root out ISIS from its Afghan sanctuaries, say analysts.

That could be useful for brokering political talks with Kabul – a US goal. But any material support for the Taliban would undermine US efforts to build Afghan forces capable of defeating all militants. Russia has denied helping the Taliban and said its goal is to promote peace talks.

“What we see from Moscow is a short-term tactical approach that could backfire on them,” says Ms. Curtis, a former US diplomat and adviser to the State Department.

Russia’s diplomacy has also raised hackles in Kabul. The Afghan government complained this week that it had been excluded from the Moscow talks. In a joint statement, China, Pakistan, and Russia said they would invite Afghanistan to the next meeting.

They also said that China and Russia would work with the United Nations to promote peace talks by removing Afghans from sanctions lists, a reference to Taliban leaders who are barred from international travel.

As a candidate, Mr. Trump gave few clues about his views on Afghanistan, a war that had largely fallen from public view. Given his claims that Mr. Obama “founded” ISIS because he yanked US troops from Iraq, US military deployment in Afghanistan is unlikely to end anytime soon, say analysts.

Trump might want to step up the pace of counterterrorism missions, in addition to the training and support for Afghan troops, says Curtis. “It’s safe to assume we’ll remain engaged in Afghanistan.”

One difference between Iraq and Afghanistan, says Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center for American Progress, is that political leaders in Afghanistan want US troops there, unlike former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Mr. Korb says he expects Trump to continue a policy of trying to nudge the warring parties toward negotiations while supporting Afghan military and civilian forces – roughly in line with Obama’s current policy.

“We’re in a situation where the costs are relatively low. We may not be winning but we’re not losing dramatically, and the hope is that we could get some sort of settlement,” he says.

By Simon Montlake

Source: A new wild card in Afghanistan war: Russia – CSMonitor.com

Disguised as refugees and able to cross borders without being identified: ISIS general who blew up a hostage with a rocket and decapitated another prisoner is ‘back in Europe with 400 soldiers’ after fleeing Syria | Daily Mail Online

ISIS general Lavdrim Muhaxheri, who was once pictured decapitating a prisoner, is back in Europe with up to 400 of his most trusted soldiers after fleeing the warzone in Syria, it has been claimed Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4073408/ISIS-general-blew-hostage-rocket-decapitated-prisoner-Europe-400-trusted-soldiers-fleeing-Syria.html#ixzz4UGCPYwOg Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

An ISIS general once pictured decapitating a prisoner is back in Europe with up to 400 of his most trusted soldiers after fleeing the war zone in Syria, it has been claimed.

Ex-NATO soldier Lavdrim Muhaxheri and his men are among thousands who have fled after ISIS suffered devastating losses in war-torn Syria, according to sources in the Italian intelligence services.

Many of the fighters are feared to have disguised themselves as refugees in order to cross borders to get into Europe without being identified, according to information leaked from the spying agency.

Muhaxheri, also known as Abu Abdullah al Kosova, is not only a Kosovo Albanian ISIS leader but also one of the most public figures because of his foreign roots and his efforts to recruit other foreign jihadi fighters.

He left for Syria in late 2012 and has appeared in several propaganda videos, calling Albanians to join jihad, and has uploaded photographs of himself appearing to decapitate a man, as well as a video where he kills a captive with a rocket.

On September 24, 2014, the US State Department designated Muhaxheri as a global terrorist.

Italian newspaper ‘L’Espresso’, quoting the intelligence services, said that between 300 and 400 members of the Islamic ‘caliphate’ had come to Kosovo with him.

His arrival coincided with plans for an attack on Israel’s national soccer team and other targets which he is believed to have masterminded after arriving back in the country.

Prosecutors say Muhaxheri and fellow ISIS fighter Ridvan Haqifi planned attacks on international and state institutions, ultimately with the intent to establish an Islamic state.

Ex-NATO soldier Lavdrim Muhaxheri and his men are among thousands who have fled after ISIS suffered devastating losses in war-torn Syria, according to Italian intelligence services Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4073408/ISIS-general-blew-hostage-rocket-decapitated-prisoner-Europe-400-trusted-soldiers-fleeing-Syria.html#ixzz4UGCat6R5 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

They say he planned to attack the Israeli football team during a match in Albania and Kosovo government institutions, as well as Serbian Orthodox Church sites, were also potential targets.

In total 19 people were arrested as a result of the plot being uncovered, with the trail to the mastermind reportedly leading back to Muhaxheri.

Quoting an unnamed security source the paper said: ‘Numerous jihadists are returning to Europe and the Balkans, aiming to hit the old continent at its heart. Some of them are being identified by security services, but many others manage to cross the borders without being identified.’

The Italian intelligence reports however have so far been rejected by Kosovo police, who despite admitting that he was probably behind the attacks, insisted that their information was that he was still in Syria.

It is not the first time he has managed to sneak back into the country. He managed to get back into Kosovo in 2013 and was photographed to prove that he was there, but then he returned to Syria again before he could be arrested.

Source: Disguised as refugees and able to cross borders without being identified: ISIS general who blew up a hostage with a rocket and decapitated another prisoner is ‘back in Europe with 400 soldiers’ after fleeing Syria | Daily Mail Online

Fate of ‘Jihadi John’ Is Unknown After Airstrike, Kerry and Cameron Say – The New York Times

LONDON — Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said on Friday that they did not yet know the outcome of an airstrike the American military launched on Thursday to kill Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State’s most notorious executioner.

The two officials spoke, in separate briefings in Tunis and London, the morning after the Pentagon confirmed that the airstrike, near the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, had targeted Mr. Emwazi, a 27-year-old British citizen who became known as Jihadi John.On Friday, a senior official with the United States military said it had used a Reaper drone armed with Hellfire missiles to attack a car in which Mr. Emwazi and another militant were thought to be traveling.

“We think we got him,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss operational details, adding that it could take a few days to get solid confirmation.

Calling the Islamic State an “evil terrorist death cult,” Mr. Cameron defended the decision to target Mr. Emwazi, who was born in Kuwait and is a naturalized British citizen, as “an act of self-defense” and “the right thing to do.

“We have been working, with the United States, literally around the clock to track him down,” Mr. Cameron said. “This was a combined effort, and the contribution of both our countries was essential. Emwazi is a barbaric murderer.”

Using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS, Mr. Cameron added, “He was ISIL’s lead executioner, and let us never forget that he killed many, many Muslims, too.”

At a news conference in Tunis, Mr. Kerry confirmed that the outcome of the airstrike was not yet known but said that it should serve as a warning.

“We are still assessing the results of this strike, but the terrorists associated with Daesh need to know this: Your days are numbered, and you will be defeated,” Mr. Kerry said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “There is no future, no path forward for Daesh, which does not lead ultimately to its elimination, to its destruction.”

Civil liberties advocates have criticized any official British attempt to kill Mr. Emwazi as possibly unlawful, in a debate that paralleled the criticism over the Obama administration’s decision to target and kill Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric and a United States citizen, in Yemen in 2011.


Mr. Emwazi, who was first known only as an unidentified, masked man with a British accent, first came to prominence in August 2014, when the Islamic State released a video in which the journalist James Foley was shown reading a statement criticizing President Obama and the American military operation against the Islamic State in Iraq. His captor then beheaded him off camera and then threatened to behead another journalist, Steven J. Sotloff, if his demands were not met.

Two weeks later, the Islamic State released a video showing the masked man beheading Mr. Sotloff.

The Washington Post revealed Mr. Emwazi’s identity in February, reporting that he grew up in a well-off family that moved to Britain when he was a child, and that he had studied computer science at the University of Westminster. The revelation touched off intense examination of the causes of radicalization among Muslim immigrants in Europe.

Mr. Emwazi was part of a group of network of friends, called the “North London Boys” by some intelligence analysts, who prayed at the same mosque and became captivated by an Egyptian-born cleric, Hani al-Sibai. Mr. Sibai is thought to have close links to the Tunisian branch of Ansar al-Shariah, a Salafist group that has been linked to a deadly attack in June on tourists in Tunisia.

The leader of this network was Bilal al-Berjawi, who was stripped of his British citizenship in 2011 after he went to Somalia to join the Islamist group known as the Shabab, and was killed by an American drone strike the next year. That same year, Mohamed Sakr, another friend, was also killed by a drone strike in Somalia.

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BREAKING: Putin Prepares To “Unleash Hell” Upon ISIS Forces After Airline Bombing Attack… – DCWhispers.com

Earlier today the Obama White House attempted to downplay any links to ISIS in relation to the recent Russian airline disaster that took place shortly after Metrojet Flight 9268 took off from Egypt last week on its way back to Russia, killing everyone on board.

For days British officials have quietly suggested foul play while U.S. officials were noticeably tight-lipped.

Now some within American intelligence are voicing very similar thoughts to their British counterparts, despite the Obama White House’s apparent desire that no official statement on the matter be made.

As for Russia’s Vladimir Putin, he is said to be at this very moment reviewing a myriad of counter-measure options – all of them intending to “unleash hell” in the form of powerful military-based retribution the likes of which ISIS militants have yet to have faced.


Putin is said to have already initiated warnings to various Middle East nations of his intent while ignoring the Obama White House, though some have suggested Russian intelligence officials have been in contact with Pentagon officials directly as a sign of professional courtesy.

Apparently it is Barack Obama himself Mr. Putin has no use and even less regard, for.  One D.C. Whispers source went so far as to suggest part of the Obama administration’s hesitation to make public statements regarding the Russian airline tragedy is based upon concerns there is a Muslim Brotherhood connection and that measures are being taken by administration officials to make certain no such connection, if in fact it exists, will become part of the investigation.The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical and highly influential Islamic group with strong ties to the Obama White House. DEVELOPING…

Source: BREAKING: Putin Prepares To “Unleash Hell” Upon ISIS Forces After Airline Bombing Attack… – DCWhispers.com

Refugees flooded Germany: tightening migration laws – chance to overcome the crisis! 



Sure, Immigration is nowadays “the problem”, so it seems to be normal reading about many conferences or discussion (both to a national and european level) held in order to find a solution!

The following article describe how this discussion is held in Germany, and what are the main concerns and possible solutions… But what about if we did not attack Libia four years ago, and if we did support Syria when the rebels started to fight?  and what about if Europe would have helped Italy in its effort to stop the illegal immigration?

There would be many other questions to raise, but I believe you all have got the point.  Up until today, the whole Europe, have been pretending to be safe and protected by such huge drama… Non of the EU nations has ever mentioned to intervene in the “Syrian problem”, and today, when it is to late, Eu is looking for a new solution, able to justify its past mistakes.

Today politicians, economists and other are trying to convince the EU citizens that Immigrants are a good thing, to the point that media are now stressing on the idea that immigrants are the only resource to finally provide us new power for our future grow and development.

I personally have many doubts about these assertions, at least considering that when you need qualified people in your factory or company, you do not open the main gate and let anybody comes in… No you normally ask for CVs, you made interviews and finally you select only the people that you recognise as the one you where looking for!

But this is only my humble opinion!

Danilo Amelotti



The main stream of refugees is moving from the south across the border with Austria, through the so-called Balkan route, and therefore the greatest burden falls on the shoulders of Bavaria. In the current critical situation in the region for the state government makes tough statements and appeals to the Chancellor to introduce restrictions on the admission of refugees.”Suddeutsche Zeitung”, citing its own sources in the European Commission hastened to announce that Berlin and the European Commission discuss the possibility of introducing “refugee solidarity tax.”

As noted in the publication, this tax would be levied by raising value added tax and taxes on production and import of oil and oil products, and then transferred directly to the budget of the European Union.

The collected funds are supposed to be used to contain the influx of illegal migrants into Europe, by improving the living conditions in countries of origin of refugees and strengthening the protection of external borders of the European Union.

According to the results of a sociological survey conducted by the Institute for Public Opinion Research “Emnid” ordered by “Bild am Sonntag”, almost half of Germans (48 percent) do not approve the policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel on refugees. At the same time 38 percent of the respondents support Chancellor’s immigration policy.

As evidenced by the results of the study, a vast majority of Germans believe that Germany will not be able to protect themselves from the influx of refugees. This view was expressed by 76 percent of the poll participants. Meanwhile 50 percent of respondents believe that Germany can cope with the migration crisis.In the face of growing discontent of the population with migration policy of the ruling coalition, Angela Merkel again came to the defense of its policy toward immigrants.

“We should warmly welcome the refugees, like all other people, and this, in my opinion, is the fundamental principle of humanity in our country,” – she said in an interview with “Bild” newspaper. According to the German Chancellor, due to the good economic situation in Germany, the government does not intend to impose a tax of solidarity with refugees, nor raise existing taxes.Despite criticism from the supporters of the Christian parties bloc, she is “deeply convinced” of her course, Merkel said. Falling popularity among voters are not “measuring” the correctness of her actions, she said.



At the same time Merkel indicated that the crisis associated with the influx of refugees can only be resolved in cooperation with European partners. “The whole of Europe must exert efforts to strengthen external borders and at the same time a fair distribution of the refugees between its members,” – she said. In addition, the problem needs to be addressed on a global level, fighting the causes of people fleeing from the crisis regions, further stressed the head of the German government, while pointing to the war in Syria.

But in spite of that Germany continues to welcome refugees, record, distribute on federal lands, provide accommodation, catering, provide medical assistance. However, given the rapid increase in the number of asylum-seekers, the German administrative structures and tens of thousands of volunteers are on the brink of their capacity. There is a lack of hostels and staff.

The figures speak for themselves. In September, it was an absolute record – there were more than 43 thousand asylum seekers registered in Germany. The total number of refugees who arrived in the country in September, is several times more – 164 thousand.

The bulk has no time to submit an application.Still, the problem of reception of refugees would be much less acute if the shelter was asked only by those who were really subjected to political repression at home and had their life threatened. But in the general flow arriving in Germany, are people from safe countries.

According to statistics, in September, the first place among the number of asylum seekers in Germany were Syrians, but in the second – the Albanians, on the fifth and sixth – Serbs and Macedonians, on the ninth – the Kosovars. At the same time immigrants from the Balkan countries have almost no chances to remain in Germany as their countries are recognized by the European Commission as safe.

Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer, where the authorities have to take the lion’s share and redistribute refugees arriving in Germany via the Balkan route through Austria, proposed to establish a transit zone at the border. The idea was supported by the conservative German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.In such areas, they point out, it would be possible to clearly identify economic refugees from safe countries that do not have grounds for asylum, screen out persons with false documents promptly – within a couple of days – to make a decision on their applications and then send home. It is suggested to use approximately the same practice that is used in German airports.At the air

Source: Refugees flooded Germany: tightening migration laws – chance to overcome the crisis / Russian peacekeeper




Ebbene si, come leggerete dall’articolo che segue questo mio breve commento, o come potrete vedere dal video, la Cina si sta creando una nuova terra dove mandare i milioni di cittadini in esubero… Tutti ormai abbiamo visto come i Cinesi abbiano conquistato silenziosamente i mercati e le piazze occidentali (sia Europee che Americane), e tutti (più o meno) alimentiamo il “brusio” della protesta.  Ma nessuno (o quasi) si sofferma a guardare fuori dagli schemi, e chiedersi “perché”? oppure “quindi”?

Cercherò velocemente di stuzzicare la vostra curiosità o attenzione, nella speranza che qualche voce in più (oltre alla mia ed a quella dal quale ho “preso in prestito l’articolo”) posano iniziare a riecheggiare nel web!

Vediamo quindi quali sono i punti salienti di questa migrazione e delle recenti azioni dei nostri governi Europei:

  • se avete letto il mio precedente articolo “IMMIGRAZIONE: L’EVOLUZIONE DELLE GUERRE DI TRINCEA” già saprete motivi e durata di questa migrazione di massa… detto  nuovamente in parole povere, la caduta di Syria e Libia hanno creato un corridoio naturale privo di controlli, che permette e/o spinge centinaia di migliaia (se non milioni) di persone a cercare una nuovo inizio nel vecchio continente.
  • Se il buco venutosi a creare con la situazione Siriana potrebbe essere visto da molti come causa di un problema interno Siriano (poi degenerato in conflitto), il buco che si è venuto a creare nella Libia e di sola responsabilità Europea: infatti fu la Francia (seguita a breve dalle altre nazioni europee e dagli USA) a decidere di bombardare la Libia per “liberarla dal dittatore Mu’ammar Gheddafi (vi consiglio di cliccare sul link ed andare a leggere il trafiletto sul perché “sembra” che L’uccisione di Gheddafi sarebbe nata per evitare la divulgazione delle notizie degli stretti rapporti che legavano l’ex leader libico a Nicolas Sarkozy).
  • Tra i migranti, come evidenziato dall’immagine seguente, si trovano molte etnie e nazionalità, ma con i proclami politici recenti, l’Europa ed i suoi “governanti” sembrano interessarsi solo ai Syriani, i quali legittimamente “scappano da una guerra”, mentre si disinteressano completamente di quelli provenienti da ogni altra nazione illustrata nell’immagine.  Eppure loro, come potrete leggere nell’articolo che segue, scappano da schiavitù e governi corrotti!


Alla luce di quanto sopra, e dell’articolo che segue, mi viene da chiedermi il perché di queste azioni e politiche scellerate.  Certamente io non sarò mai la persona che dice che non dobbiamo ospitare rifugiati di guerra, ma non sarò nemmeno mai la persona che ignora che all’esterno dell’immagine che ci vogliono trasmettere politici e media pilotati c’è ben di più.  Queste città fantasma costruite dai Cinesi, lo sfruttamento selvaggio che stanno operando in Africa, la questione dei migranti e dell’inarrestabile invasione che stiamo subendo, e tutti i proclami politici e mediatici di questi tempi recenti, non possono essere semplici fattori singoli, ma fanno tutti parte di un disegno più grande!

Lascio quindi a voi la facoltà di trovare risposta a questa somma di fattori, sicuro che nemmeno uno di voi finirà di leggere questo articolo pensando che sia “giusto un caso”.

Danilo Amelotti  (P.S. segue l’articolo sulle città fantasma)

I palazzinari cinesi si stanno dando molto da fare in Africa. Nova Cidade de Kalimba è una moderna città africana costruita da investitori cinesi in Angola e composta da circa 750 edifici di otto piani.Nei progetti degli investitori, la città doveva raccogliere circa 500 mila abitanti, ma un inquietante filmato mostra come la selvaggia urbanizzazione cinese rischia di creare la prima “città fantasma” dell’Africa. Il costo dell’operazione si aggira sui 2,5 miliardi di euro, ma si tratta solo di una frazione del fiume di denaro che la Cina sta investendo in Africa.Costruita alla periferia di Luanda, la capitale angolana, Nova Cidade de Kalimba, oltre ai 750 blocchi di appartamenti, conta una dozzina di scuole e più di 100 locali commerciali, ma non ci sono abitanti! Come mai? Pare che il prezzo di un appartamento si aggiri sui 90 mila euro, una cifra esorbitante rispetto al magro reddito medio della popolazione locale che ancora vive nelle baraccopoli. Città fantasma … Come riporta il Daily Mail, numerose “Chinatown” stanno nascendo in tutta l’Africa, dalla Nigeria alla Guinea equatoriale, nel Ciad, nel Sudan, ma anche in Zambia, Zimbawe e Mozambico. Insomma, la Cina considera il continente nero un investimento cruciale per il futuro, stringendo una vera e propria morsa sul continente dal sapore neo coloniale che in futuro potrebbe fare dell’Africa un continente satellite.


Russia ‘Setting up Airbase in Syria’ as Putin Escalates Moscow’s Role in Civil War

Russia 'Setting up Airbase in Syria' as Putin Escalates Moscow's Role in Civil War-danilo-amelotti.com
NEW YORK: Russia is building a military base in Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s heartland, according to American intelligence officials, in the clearest indication yet of deepening support from Moscow for the embattled regime.The anonymous officials say Russia has set up an air traffic control tower and transported prefabricated housing units for up to 1,000 personnel to an airfield serving the Syrian port city of Latakia.Russia has also requested the right to fly over neighbouring countries with military cargo aircraft throughout this month, according to the reports.The claims, which will raise fears that Russia is planning to expand its role in the country’s civil war, will ratchet up tensions between Moscow and Washington over the future of Syria and its brutal ruler.Russia has been a key supporter of Mr Assad during the past four years of civil war, using its UN Security Council veto to ease international pressure on his embattled regime.On Friday Barack Obama met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia to repeat the US’s insistence that any lasting settlement in Syria requires an end to the Assad regime.It leaves the US and Russia implacably opposed in their visions for Syria.

Source: Russia ‘Setting up Airbase in Syria’ as Putin Escalates Moscow’s Role in Civil War – The New Indian Express