CIA’s Push for Drone War Driven by Internal Needs

Analysis by Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Sep 5, 2011 (IPS) – When David Petraeus walks into the Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday, he will be taking over an organisation whose mission has changed in recent years from gathering and analysing intelligence to … Continue reading

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Tribunal Concealed Evidence Al-Qaeda Cell Killed Hariri

Analysis by Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Aug 31, 2011 (IPS) – In focusing entirely on the alleged links between four Hezbollah activists and the 2005 bombing that killed Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the indictment issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon … Continue reading

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Hariri Bombing Indictment Based on Flawed Premise

Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Aug 29, 2011 (IPS) – The indictment of four men linked to Hezbollah in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri made public by the Special Tribunal on Lebanon Aug. 17 is questionable not because … Continue reading

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Why Pakistani Military Demands a Veto on Drone Strikes

By Gareth Porter* ISLAMABAD, Aug 16, 2011 (IPS) – Pakistani civilian and military leaders are insisting on an effective veto over which targets U.S. drone strikes hit, according to well-informed Pakistani military sources here. The sources, who met with IPS … Continue reading

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Ex-PM Says Taliban Offer Talks For Pullout Date

By Gareth Porter* KABUL, Jul 28, 2011 (IPS) – The Taliban leadership is ready to negotiate peace with the United States right now if Washington indicates its willingness to provide a timetable for complete withdrawal, according to a former Afghan … Continue reading

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What Is Sadr’s Game on Future U.S. Troop Presence?

By Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Jul 14, 2011 (IPS) – The big question looming over U.S.-Iraqi negotiations on a U.S. military presence after 2011 is what game Shi’a leader Moqtada al-Sadr is playing on the issue. U.S. officials regard Sadr as … Continue reading

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Despite Troop Surge, Taliban Attacks and U.S. Casualties Soared

By Gareth Porter WASHINGTON, Jul 3, 2011 (IPS) – Data on attacks by armed opposition forces and U.S. combat casualties since the U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan was completed last summer provide clear evidence that the surge and the increase … Continue reading

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Obama Leaves Door Open to Long-Term U.S. Afghan Combat

Analysis by Gareth Porter*  WASHINGTON, Jun 23, 2011 (IPS) – President Barack Obama’s speech announcing that the 33,000 “surge” troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by “summer” 2012 indicates that he has given priority to the interests of the military … Continue reading

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Ninety Percent of Petraeus’s Captured “Taliban” Were Civilians

By Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Jun 12, 2011 (IPS) – During his intensive initial round of media interviews as commander in Afghanistan in August 2010, Gen. David Petraeus released figures to the news media that claimed spectacular success for raids by … Continue reading

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Slain Writer’s Book Says US-NATO War Served Al-Qaeda Strategy

By Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Jun 7, 2011 (IPS) – Al-Qaeda strategists have been assisting the Taliban fight against U.S.-NATO forces in Afghanistan because they believe that foreign occupation has been the biggest factor in generating Muslim support for uprisings against … Continue reading

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U.S. Uses Peace Talks to Divide Taliban from Pakistan

Analysis by Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, May 31, 2011 (IPS) – The leaked reports over the past two weeks of a series of meetings between U.S. officials and a Taliban figure close to leader Mullah Omar seemed to point to real … Continue reading

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Obama Troop Surge Decision Ignored Pak-Taliban Ties

Analysis by Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, May 22, 2011 (IPS) – The unilateral U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden created a spike in mutual recriminations between U.S. and Pakistani politicians, but their fundamental conflict of interest over Afghanistan was already … Continue reading

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After Bin Laden Hit, U.S. Aides Raise Dubious Hopes for Peace

Analysis by Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, May 8, 2011 (IPS) – Barack Obama and top administration officials have taken advantage of the killing of Osama bin Laden to establish a new narrative suggesting the event will pave the way for negotiations … Continue reading

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U.S. Refusal of 2001 Taliban Offer Gave bin Laden a Free Pass

By Gareth Porter WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 (IPS) – When George W. Bush rejected a Taliban offer to have Osama bin Laden tried by a moderate group of Islamic states in mid- October 2001, he gave up the only opportunity … Continue reading

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Why U.S. and NATO Fed Detainees to Afghan Torture System

By Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Apr 26, 2011 (IPS) – Starting in late 2005, U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan began turning detainees over to the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS), despite its well-known reputation for torture. Interviews with former … Continue reading

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The Obama-Gates Maneuver on Military Spending

By: Gareth Porter Thursday April 21, 2011 Last week Barack Obama announced that he wants to cut $400 billion in military spending and said he would work Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the Joint Chiefs on a “fundamental review” … Continue reading

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Pakistan Moves to Curb More Aggressive U.S. Drone Strikes, Spying

Analysis by Gareth Porter * WASHINGTON, Apr 13, 2011 (IPS) – The Pakistani military’s recent demands on the United States to curb drone strikes and reduce the number of U.S. spies operating in Pakistan, which have raised tensions between the … Continue reading

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Maliki’s Doubts Threaten Post-2011 Troop Presence Plan

By Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Apr 6, 2011 (IPS) – President Barack Obama has given his approval to a Pentagon plan to station U.S. combat troops in Iraq beyond 2011, provided that Iraqi Premier Nouri al-Maliki officially requests it, according to … Continue reading

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Long-term Afghan Presence Likely to Derail Peace Talks

By Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Mar 28, 2011 (IPS) – The announcement by U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defence Michele Flournoy in Congressional testimony Mar. 15 that the United States would continue to carry out “counter-terrorism operations” from “joint bases” in Afghanistan … Continue reading

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U.N. Reported Only a Fraction of Civilian Deaths from U.S. Raids

By Gareth Porter and Shah Noori* WASHINGTON/KABUL, Mar 17, 2011 (IPS) – The number of civilians killed in U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) raids last year was probably several times higher than the figure of 80 people cited in the … Continue reading

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