A New Phase in the Great Game: U.S., Soviets, India, Pakistan vied to shape a new Afghanistan in late 1980s

1 February 2019 — National Security Archive

U.S. Ambassadors Dean and Raphel warned Washington unconditional support to Pakistan and fundamentalist factions of mujahedin was destabilizing the region

Reagan administration supported India’s active role in connection with Soviet withdrawal, but changed position when Delhi tried to keep extreme fundamentalists from coming to power

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program was major Indian concern in connection with U.S. aid to Islamabad; New Delhi and Washington consulted closely on arms control, cables show
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Imran Khan: “American drone strikes in Pakistan must stop. It’s butchery, and the true horror of it is hidden from the West”

4 October 2018 — Drone Warfare

Since 2004, the US government has attacked thousands of targets in tribal areas along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan. It used unmanned aerial vehicles operated by the US Air Force under the operational control of the CIA’s Special Activities Division. Attacks increased substantially under Bush’s successor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama.

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CIA barred from using vaccinations as cover after dozens of doctors killed

20 May 2014 — RT

The promise was made in a letter to the deans of 12 public health schools – who have criticized the Obama administration for using a vaccination effort as a cover for reconnaissance – and was written by the president’s top counterterrorism and homeland security advisor, Lisa Monaco.

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“The Shell Game” and the Osama bin Laden Documents By Lauren Harper

8 July, 2013 — Unredacted 

A before and after shot of the Abbottabad Compound, site of the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden. Adm. McRaven seems to be trying to erase the US records of the raid the same way Pakistan tried to erase the compound itself.

What could possibly compel the government to go out of its way to hide the official record on the most important raid in history? It’s hard to fathom, but a recent Associated Press article by Richard Larner shows that the Pentagon is doing just that by sending all its records on the Osama bin Laden raid to the CIA, effectively sealing them into the “FOIA black hole” of government secrecy, and it has Archive Director Tom Blanton wondering if we have a “shell game in place of open government.”

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John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old By Medea Benjamin

9 January, 2013Dissident Voice

In October 2011, 16-year-old Tariq Aziz attended a gathering in Islamabad where he was taught how to use a video camera so he could document the drones that were constantly circling over his Pakistani village, terrorizing and killing his family and neighbors. Two days later, when Aziz was driving with his 12-year-old cousin to a village near his home in Waziristan to pick up his aunt, his car was struck by a Hellfire missile. With the push of a button by a pilot at a US base thousands of miles away, both boys were instantly vaporized—only a few chunks of flesh remained.

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Russia could deliver death blow to Nato in Afghanistan, say analysts

1 December, 2011 — The News (Pakistan)

ISLAMABAD: With the Russian threat to cut land routes for supply to NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Afghan battleground may turn into a cold death trap for NATO, defence analysts believe. They say that Pakistan should utilise the opportunity for a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan by pulling it out of the American war.

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Haqqanis don’t divide US and Pakistan By M K Bhadrakumar

3 October 2011 — Indian Punchline

…Equally intriguing was Clinton’s admission that US is as much responsible for the Haqqani network’s existence today as Pakistan could be. She sensitises the American opinion by even produced a YouTube to underscore the legitimacy of the Pakistani allegation that the US did encourage it to hobnob with the Haqqanis, who were once America’s blue-eyed boys. She clarified, inter alia, that she is not condoning still the “serious, grievous, strategic error” by Pakistan in supporting the Haqqanis, who are like a “wild animal in the backyard.” Interestingly, Clinton doesn’t spell out what precisely the US now expects Pakistan to do vis-a-vis Haqqanis — except to say Islamabad should “prevent any attacks against us [US troops] emanating from Pakistan.” Read the rest here…