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Friday, September 04, 2009

Taliban's bombs came from US, not Iran, Fasi Zaka - Shock Jock, More Embarassment for the US

WASHINGTON - In support of the official United States assertion that Iran is arming its sworn enemy, the Taliban, the head of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Dennis Blair, has cited a statement by a Taliban commander last year attributing military success against North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces to Iranian military assistance. Taliban's bombs came from US, not IranBy Gareth Porter
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On his radio show, the Oxford-educated Fasi Zaka insults listeners, questions sacred truths and dispenses mass therapy. His irreverence has earned him criticism and a few death threats. The chain-smoking Zaka shows his more serious side and strong liberal leanings in regular op-ed columns. In short order, over pizza in his bare-bones Islamabad apartment, largely devoid of pictures or much in the way of personal effects, he criticizes Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari as uneducated and small-minded, the Obama administration strategy for the region as naive and a feeding trough for corrupt local officials, and Pakistani society as unwilling to face tough problems. Pakistani shock jock wins over young crowd [thanks FK]

Photos of embassy guards holding sex parties in Kabul have caused a stir in Washington. Some of the men involved claim they were forced to participate by their supervisors at the ArmorGroup security firm. The scandal could yet again call into question the role of private contractors in US military missions. There are 12 photographs in all and what they depict amounts to the worst kind of déja-vu. Images that once again document how a civilized society can go off the rails in times of war, just like it did at Abu Ghraib. Photographs that make one think that this cannot still be possible. Not in Afghanistan, not in Iraq. Guards at US Embassy Organized Humiliating Sex Games - By Britta Sandberg [thanks FK]


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