Taliban talks in Qatar

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CIA,MI6,MIT, DGSE, Mossad and any other alphabet intelligence agency are transporting foreign fighters to regional borders of Syria.

“Afghans affiliated to the al-Qaeda constitute over 65% of the Jihadi Salafi groups in (the Syrian province of) Deir Ezzor and they have come to Syria from Iraq,” the military source told FNA on the condition of anonymity.

Reports had also earlier revealed that Turkey’s national air carrier, Turkish Air, has been transiting Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants from North Waziristan in Pakistan to the Turkish borders with Syria.

“The Turkish intelligence agency sent 93 Al-Qaeda terrorists and Talibans from Waziristan to Hatay province near the border with Syria on a Turkish Air Airbus flight No. 709 on September 10, 2012 and via the Karachi-Istanbul flight route,” the source told FNA in September, adding that the flight had a short stop in Istanbul.

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I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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7 Responses to Taliban talks in Qatar

  1. kruitvat says:

    Taliban talks were focus of India-US dialogue

    New Delhi,Diplomacy, Thu, 27 Jun 2013

    New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The proposed talks in Qatar between the United States and the Taliban were the focus of discussions here between US Special Representative for Af-Pak James Dobbins and Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and Special Envoy S.K. Lambah, during which the 2014 Afghan presidential elections were also taken up.
    Dobbins met Mathai and Lambah separately on Wednesday.
    The discussions “focused on the current state of play in US-Afghan relations and attempts to work towards reconciliation. The officials also discussed the importance of continued Indo-US consultations on Afghanistan, and preparations for India-Afghanistan-US trilateral,” said official sources.
    Dobbins said at a press conference here Thursday that the Indian side had “lots of questions on the opening of the Taliban office” in Qatar. “They questioned me closely on what the prospects were for peace, on what the exact stand was… but I did not sense they were opposed to it or the talks was something one should stay away from.”
    Dobbins, who arrived in India Wednesday from Islamabad, said he had come here “because India has an important stake and influence in Afghanistan… and we understand India’s view and we hope India understands our views, and we collaborate as closely as possible on this”. Dobbins described Lambah as an “old friend” with whom he had collaborated closely on Afghanistan 10 years ago too.
    While the talks with the Indian officials Wednesday focused on Afghanistan, Pakistan too came up for discussions, he said.
    Dobbins said the US is not sure if the talks with the Taliban will take off at all. “Nobody knows how it will progress, or we can say with certainty that the process will start… For us we are going into it with open eyes,” he added.
    He said that while Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s concerns over the Taliban office in Qatar had been addressed and he has agreed to participate in the talks, they are “still waiting to hear from the Taliban” on when to hold the talks.
    India had voiced concern over the US holding talks with the Taliban and said it should be an “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process”.
    US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was here on an official visit earlier this week, had said that the talks would be “Afghan-led” and that India’s concerns will not be overlooked.
    Dobbins also reiterated what Kerry had said that there is no prospect of improvement of relations with the Taliban unless the issue of terrorism is directly addressed. The US has set pre-conditions for beginning talks — that the insurgent group should distance itself from international terrorism, especially the Al Qaeda, and accept the Afghan constitution.
    Dobbins said the Afghan armed forces were taking the “lead in combat operations, relying on their own resources and performing well”. To a question on the Taliban continuing with its bombing attacks, he said he did not think that holding talks would lead to an immediate cessation of violence. “The Taliban will continue to put pressure.”
    “I don’t think that beginning negotiations will end the war, but I do hope the negotiations will encourage them to end the war,” he said.
    Dobbins, who held talks with new Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, said he “sensed that improving relations with India is high on Sharif’s list of priorities”.
    He also said that “any improvement in India-Pakistan relations will automatically improve the Afghan situation”.

    http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2013/06/27/337–Taliban-talks-were-focus-of-India-US-dialogue-.html

  2. kruitvat says:

    Taliban guerrillas welcome Qatar office but fight on
    By Mamoon Durrani (AFP)

    By Mamoon Durrani (AFP) – 6 days ago

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Taliban guerrillas on Friday hailed the rebels’ new office in Qatar as evidence of their success on the battlefield but vowed to fight on until all US forces leave Afghanistan.
    The opening of the office in Qatar was seen as a first step towards a peace deal as the US-led NATO combat mission ends next year, but a furious Kabul accused the rebels of posing as a government-in-exile.
    Talk of a meeting between US and Taliban officials has been put on hold, and the US has stressed the office must not be treated as an embassy for the hardliners who were ousted from power in 2001.
    “We welcome the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar, and we are happy about it,” Mullah Ehsanullah, a local Taliban fighter in the Zherai district of the southern province of Kandahar, told AFP by telephone.
    “With the establishment of this office, we want to hold talks with the international community like an independent and sovereign state.
    “We are reaching our goals in defeating the US, now we want to free our country from occupation. We want to build our country on our own.”
    When the office opened on Tuesday, it used the title of the rebels’ 1996-2001 government, the “Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan”, and flew the white Taliban flag — a provocative symbol of oppression to many Afghans.
    Afghanistan’s envoy to the United Nations, Zahir Tanin, on Thursday described the opening as “theatrical”, which he said contravened an agreement on how the occasion would be managed.
    Mursaleen, a Taliban fighter in the Ghaziabad district of eastern Kunar province, told AFP: “We have fought hard for our country to save it from the occupiers. When our demands are met, we will sit down at the negotiating table.”
    Another Taliban fighter in Kandahar in the south, who declined to be named, said that they had fought against the Soviets in the 1980s and against the US since 2001 for an “autonomous Afghanistan under an Islamic government”.
    “We never backed this system we have today in Afghanistan,” he added. “They are doing everything just to be in power.
    “We are happy about the opening of the office, but the Taliban leaders in Qatar must not make any deals to bring themselves into government, that’s not acceptable to us,” he warned.
    A well-informed member of the Afghan Taliban in Pakistan told AFP that peace moves would not impact the fighters’ deadly campaign of roadside bombs, suicide attacks and ambushes.
    “There is not likely to be any immediate change on the ground, with fighting ongoing despite the starting of talks,” he said, adding that any Qatar deal would be hard to implement as the insurgents were decentralised.
    “Taliban representatives in Doha are not very powerful and influential within the insurgency,” he said.
    “So they might not be powerful enough to impose the outcome of negotiations on the main shura (council) which has the power.”
    In Pakistan’s tribal district of North Waziristan — the country’s most notorious bastion of militants — a regular visitor told AFP that insurgents believe peace talks are possible only if all US troops leave Afghanistan and all Taliban prisoners are freed.
    “It (the peace process) is new but I’m not very hopeful,” he said. “The Taliban know that the Afghan government may allow the US to keep nine military bases in the future, which means the US will not withdraw.
    “In the mind of many jihadis, as long as the US is in Afghanistan one way or the other, they will fight them.”
    The Taliban on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a rocket attack that killed four Americans at Bagram, the largest US-led military base in Afghanistan.

    Taliban Fighters Attack Presidential Palace

    June 25, 2013

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/06/25/eight-taliban-fighters-attack-afghan-presidential-palace

  3. kruitvat says:

    Taliban fighters reject Afghanistan talks

    Taliban fighters on the frontline in Afghanistan say they have sacrificed too much to join peace negotiations and will continue their campaign of violence until American forces have left the country.

    20 Jun 2013

    Analysts believe many of the older generation of commanders have been targeted by drones and special forces during the past 12 years of war, giving way to younger recruits with little memory of the Taliban government and still less interest in compromise.
    The comments – collected from fighters in the southern and eastern areas of the country – underline the challenges faced by negotiators in Doha, where American and Qatari officials are trying to salvage a new round of talks.
    And they underline the potential for splits within the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.
    Mohammed Hashim, a Taliban fighter in Chinarto district of Uruzgan, said Mr Karzai’s government was riddled with corruption and its word could not be trusted.
    “When a person is ready to get killed or kill the enemy, then he does not care of talks,” he said by telephone.

    “We are here in frontlines to fight against the crusaders.
    “If anyone representing us goes and talks with our enemy in luxury and air-conditioned places, we won’t accept their decisions”
    Tensions have arisen before between recruits risking their lives during the latest fighting season and senior commanders staying in smart hotels in Doha.
    “Our leaders are enjoying air-conditioned rooms, driving luxury cars and living in good houses while we live a troubled life fighting in Afghanistan,” a fighter told the Daily Beast in April as resentment and splits in the movement grew.
    One of the key questions is whether the Taliban’s main interlocutor, Tayeb Agha, still has the backing of Mullah Omar, the movement’s leader, and whether the rank-and-file are united or split behind their leadership.
    Graeme Smith, an analyst in Kabul with the International Crisis Group, said an attack in May on the International Committee of the Red Cross in Jalalabad, which was later disowned by the Taliban, suggested a fragmenting insurgency with freelance operations being carried out.
    “You’ll hear from fighters they don’t have much interest in what’s going on in Qatar,” he said.
    “The negotiators may be the best available at the moment but they haven’t yet shown any evidence that they control events on the ground.”
    His words were echoed by Mullah Ihsanullah Akhund, leader of a Taliban platoon in Helmand province, where British troops are based, who welcomed news that the movement had opened an office in Doha and raised its flag.
    He said he was fighting to bring a pure Islamic government to the country but did not want to see control of the country shared – one of the possible outcomes of talks.
    He said: “I was delighted to hear that the Taliban has raised the flag of Islamic emirate, but who knows what happens next?
    “Maybe our leaders will agree on a compromise and forget about their goals.
    “We want a pure Islamic government – whether that comes through fight or talks – but we will never join the current government which is established by the West, where the Islamic laws are violated.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10132215/Taliban-fighters-reject-Afghanistan-talks.html

  4. kruitvat says:

    Syria: ‘Nobody can replace the Syrians regarding what they will decide whether it is good or bad’

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    Medelci: Necessity of resolving crisis by Syrians themselves through dialogue

    Jun 27, 2013

    (SANA) – Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci reiterated the necessity for solving the crisis in Syria by the Syrians themselves, asserting that nobody can replace the Syrians regarding what they will decide whether it is good or bad.

    “Dialogue is the only outlet for the crisis in Syria,” Medelci told Russian Kommersant newspaper on Thursday.

    He said that his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow dealt with the issues connected with the preparations for holding the upcoming international conference on Syria.

    Medelci didn’t rule out not holding the conference, considering that this will be the worst development of the events as all the crisis always end with dialogue.

    Lavrov and Medelci stressed, in a press conference on Tuesday, that Russia and Algeria agree on the necessity of the peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

    Lavrov pointed out that “solving the crisis in the region can be achieved through dialogue, halting violence, stopping the infiltration of terrorists and gunmen and smuggling weapons across the borders.”

    H/ Zain / Ghossoun

    http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/27/489595.htm

  5. kruitvat says:

    Oct 27, 2011 – Qatari forces helped topple Qaddafi:
    http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/qatari-forces-helped-topple-qaddafi

    Hundreds of Qatari soldiers joined rebel forces as they battled Muammar Qaddafi’s troops, a military official said yesterday, shedding fresh light on the extent of the country’s military involvement in Libya.

    Doha has been at the forefront in supporting the eight-month Libyan uprising, which ended when Qaddafi was captured and killed last week. Along with the UAE, the nation lent the support of its air force to Nato-led operations to protect civilians and was the first Arab country to recognise the rebel council as representing the Libyan people.
    But Major General Hamad bin Ali Attiya’s comments yesterday at a meeting in Doha of military allies of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) mark the first time that Qatar has acknowledged it had troops on the ground in Libya.
    “We were among them and the numbers of Qataris on the ground were hundreds in every region,” the Qatari chief of staff told Agence France-Presse.
    The Qataris had been “running the training and communication operations”, he said. “Qatar had supervised the rebels’ plans because they are civilians and did not have enough military experience. We acted as the link between the rebels and Nato forces,” Maj Gen Al Attiya said.
    His comments follow claims that Qatar’s military involvement in Libya had gone far beyond the use of its air force in the Nato campaign.
    Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Qatar had flown 18 weapons shipments into Libya over the spring and summer with the blessing of Western intelligence services. The majority of these went to militias run by Islamist leaders such as Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the commander of the Tripoli Military Council, rather than through the NTC, the newspaper reported.
    This has raised concerns among Libyan officials and Western observers that Qatar’s involvement in Libya was having a destabilising effect.
    “To any country, I repeat, please do not give any funds or weapons to any Libyan faction without the approval of the NTC,” Ali Tarhouni, Libya’s oil and finance minister and the deputy chief of the NTC’s executive committee, told a news conference this month when asked about the Qatari shipments. While Qatar has not said whether it provided the arms, Qatari Staff Colonel Hamad Abdullah Al Marri told the Journal last week that a team of 60 Qataris helped establish rebel command centres in Benghazi, Zintan and Tripoli.
    Yesterday in Doha, Libya’s new leaders acknowledged Doha’s military support. Qatar had been “a major partner in all the battles we fought” Libya’s interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil told the meeting. He added that the Qataris had “planned” the battles, which paved the way for NTC fighters to gradually take over Qaddafi-held towns and cities. Mr Abdel Jalil, meanwhile, urged Nato to continue its Libya campaign until the end of the year, saying Qaddafi loyalists still posed a threat to the country. “We hope [Nato] will continue its campaign until at least the end of this year to serve us and neighbouring countries,” Mr Abdel Jalil, told the Conference of Friends Committee.
    Diplomats in Brussels said Nato had decided to delay a formal decision to end Libya air operations until Friday after the NTC’s request for an extension and a Russian demand for UN consultations.
    In New York, Libya’s deputy envoy to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, said the NTC may formally ask the Security Council to extend the mandate because a national army has yet to be activated. Nato states have been keen to see a quick conclusion to the campaign that has involved more than 26,000 air sorties and round-the-clock naval patrols at a time when defence budgets are under severe strain due to the global economic crisis.
    The alliance has said it does not intend to keep forces in the Libyan region after concluding its mission and has repeatedly stated that its UN mandate is to protect civilians, not to pursue individuals – although Qaddafi himself was captured after his convoy was hit in a Nato air raid.
    Gen Attiya, the Qatari chief of staff, said that after the departure of Nato troops, a new international coalition led by Qatar would oversee “military training, collecting weapons, and integrating the rebels in newly established military institutions.” The coalition, named as the “Friends Committee in Support of Libya” and which held its first meeting in Doha yesterday, is made up of 13 countries including the United States, Britain and France, said Maj Gen Attiya.

    With reporting from Agence France-Presse and Reuters

  6. kruitvat says:

    Mossad recruiting Algerians to fight in Syria

    June 20, 2013

    Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, has involved in recruiting Algerian young men to fight against Syrian government.
    These young men are recruited to be part of foreign backed militant groups in Syria to get involved in operations aimed at killing civilians and increasing insecurity in the country, Algerian daily al-Fajr reported.
    The report said that the extremist (Salafi) groups in Algeria are in direct contact with their followers in Tunisia and also receive several financial and military aid from Qatari regime.
    In relevant remarks earlier this week, a senior Austrian officer disclosed the logistic, military and medical assistance of Israel to the terrorist groups fighting in Syria.
    “Israel crosses the border with Syria very often and interferes in Syria’s border villages at an unimaginable rate and these interferences include assistance and aid (to the rebel and terrorist groups) in various logistic, military and medical grounds,” the Austrian officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said in an interview with the Palestinian weekly al-Manar on Monday.
    He also said that Israel and the terrorist groups have joint operation rooms in the bordering areas between Syria and the occupied Palestinian territories to coordinate their activities and facilitate assistance to the terrorist groups.
    The officer who had been deployed in the Golan Heights within the framework of multi-national forces in recent months said that Israel also hosts and treats the wounded members of the militant groups in field hospitals and clinical centers near the bordering areas, specially Zaif hospital in Safad city.
    Also security sources in Qatari government disclosed earlier on Sunday that the Zionist regime has sent its Coordinator on Syrian Affairs Afif Shavit to a meeting with Qatari officials in London late in May to discuss supply of more arms to the militant groups fighting the Syrian government.
    “The 4-hour meeting was held in a house in Braum House in London belonging to Khalid a-Abeed, a Qatari citizen residing in Britain, on May 20,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of his information and for fear of his life, added.
    “During the meeting, It was decided that Israel prepare and supply the weapons needed by the terrorists in Syria and enter negotiations with European arms manufacturing companies on arms purchases and money transfer methods, and the Qatari side cover the funds and needed budget for purchases,” added the source.

    http://en.alalam.ir/news/1486252

  7. kruitvat says:

    Qatar’s business with Britain

    Qatari investment fund pays £400m for Park Lane hotel

    InterContinental is latest London asset for emirate investing oil and gas cash in European real estate

    28 March 2013

    The gas and oil wealth of Qatar has been used to snap up another UK asset after the emirate bought the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel in a £400m deal.

    Constellation Hotels, part of the Qatar Holding investment vehicle that has invested in Sainsbury’s and Barclays, has paid £301.5m for InterContinental Hotel Group’s 57-year lease on the 447-bedroom property close to Hyde Park, the company announced on Thursday.

    In a separate £100m deal it also acquired the freehold from the Crown Estate, the property company that controls the assets of the Queen. The Qataris beat six other bidders to the deal, thought to include other sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East and Asia. The level of competition meant the £301.5m price tag gave IHG a 62% premium to the hotel’s book value.

    One IHG source said: “We are pretty pleased.” The move comes after it emerged last year that the Qataris had backed indebted Irish property investor Patrick McKillen, who was seeking £70m to buy a controlling stake in Maybourne Hotel Group – which includes Claridges – from billionaire brothers David and Frederick Barclay.

    The increasingly bitter saga between McKillen and the twins ended up with the two sides fighting for control of the hotels in London’s high court.

    The latest announcement comes after a run of deals that are thought to have resulted in Qatar investing £3bn in European real estate in the 12 months to mid-August 2012, the equivalent to six weeks’ revenue from the country’s liquefied natural gas exports, according to Reuters.

    It is also Qatar’s latest asset in London, after investments in the Shard skyscraper, Harrods department store and the athlete’s village in the Olympic Park.

    However, despite these high profile moves, the Qatari companies remain opaque. A spokesman for Qatar Holding declined to comment on the deal, as he had been given no details by the sovereign wealth fund.

    Those who have worked with Qatar Holding say it is the personal investment vehicle of the emir – Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani – and it prefers to buy overseas assets in order to diversify its vast natural resource wealth into investments that guarantee future prosperity.

    The chairman of Qatar Holding is Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor al-Thani, Qatar’s prime minister, cousin of the emir and known to City bankers as HBJ.

    He first made headlines in the UK a decade ago following a £500m arms deal between Qatar and BAE Systems after which £7m was transferred into two Jersey trusts of which he was a beneficiary. The funds were frozen by the Jersey Financial Services Commission, which then began a court case and investigation.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/mar/28/quataris-buy-park-lane-hotel
    http://brusselbruxellesbrussels.skynetblogs.be/archive/2013/06/26/business-london-qatar.html

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