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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