Victory in War on Terror: Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan to combat terrorism

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Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan to combat terrorism

by Farhad Pouladi
Sat Jun 25, 10:37 am ET

TEHRAN — Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan agreed on Saturday to jointly fight militancy as they attended a counter-terrorism summit overshadowed by an Afghan hospital bombing that killed at least 20 people.

The statement by the three neighbouring presidents followed an announcement by US President Barack Obama that Washington will withdraw 33,000 of its 99,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer.

"All sides stressed their commitment to efforts aimed at eliminating extremism, militancy, terrorism, as well as rejecting foreign interference, which is in blatant opposition to the spirit of Islam, the peaceful cultural traditions of the region and its peoples' interests," the statement said.

They agreed to continue meeting at ministerial level ahead of the next summit in Islamabad before the end of 2011, added the statement carried by Iran's official IRNA news agency.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Iranian and Pakistani counterparts Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Asif Ali Zardari also held three-way talks on Friday ahead of Saturday's six-nation gathering.
Speaking at the opening session of the two-day summit, Karzai said that despite his government's efforts, regional militancy was rising.

"Unfortunately, despite all the achievements in the fields of education, infrastructure and reconstruction, not only has Afghanistan not yet achieved peace and security, but terrorism is expanding and threatening more than ever Afghanistan and the region," Karzai said.

A brazen suicide attack on Saturday on a hospital some 75 kilometres (45 miles) south of the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 20.

"Terrorists violate both human and divine values by inflicting death and destruction on fellow human beings. They have no religion," Pakistan's president said.

He said terrorism has cost 35,000 lives in Pakistan, 5,000 of them law enforcement personnel, and caused material damage totalling $67 billion.

In his speech, Ahmadinejad again accused Iran's arch-foe the United States of using the September 11, 2001 attacks as a "pretext" to send troops to the region.

"In light of the way it was approached and exploited, September 11 is very much like the Holocaust," he charged.

"The American government used the attacks as a pretext to occupy two countries, and kill, injure and displace people in the region.

"If the black box of the Holocaust and September 11 is opened, many of the realities will come to light. But unfortunately despite worldwide demand, the American government has not allowed it."
Ahmadinejad has repeatedly courted controversy by questioning the accepted version of both the September 11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, and the Holocaust during which six million Jews were killed.

In a message read to the counter-terrorism conference, also attended by the leaders of Iraq, Sudan and Tajikistan, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke out against what called Western abuse of the terrorist threat.

"The diabolical calculation of the dominating powers is to exploit terrorism as a tool to gain their illegitimate aims and they have used it in their plans," Khamenei said.
Khamenei later received Karzai, Talabani and Zardari.

"The Americans seek permanent bases in Afghanistan. This is a dangerous issue because as long as American troops are present in Afghanistan, real security will not prevail," IRNA cited Khamenei telling Karzai.

"US intervention is the root of Iraq's problems... Americans are banking on differences between Iraqi factions to extend their presence there, and Iraqi groups should be aware of this," he told Talabani, Iranian media reported.

"America tries to sow discord in Pakistan so it can harvest its illegitimate aims, but the Pakistani people, aware of Washington's evil intentions, should resist American domination," Khamenei told Zardari.

On the summit's sidelines, Talabani said Camp Ashraf, home to an outlawed armed Iranian opposition group, would be closed before the end of 2011.

He said a a tripartite committee had been created by Iraq, Iran and the International Red Cross to oversee the closure, IRNA reported.

The People's Mujahedeen established Ashraf in the 1980s, when now-executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime was at war with Tehran, as a base from which to attack Iran.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go find a hot nurse to bend over and kiss...:icon_cool


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We won't hear the end of this from the Obama camp. Sounds like middle east shitbags are smartening up and playin' the political game.

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Kinda related...

Google Ideas think tank gathering former extremists to battle radicalization

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By Allen McDuffee, Published: June 24

Technology giant Google, having conquered the Internet and the world around it, is taking on a new challenge: violent extremism.

The company, through its eight-month-old think tank, Google Ideas, is paying for 80 former Muslim extremists, neo-Nazis, U.S. gang members and other former radicals to gather in Dublin this weekend to explore how technology can play a role in de-radicalization efforts around the globe.



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The “formers,” as they have been dubbed by Google, will be surrounded by 120 thinkers, activists, philanthropists and business leaders. The goal is to dissect the question of what draws some people, especially young people, to extremist movements and why some of them leave.

“We are trying to reframe issues like radicalization and see how we can apply technology to it,” said Jared Cohen, the 29-year-old former State Department official who agreed to head Google Ideas with the understanding he would host such a conference. “Technology is part of every challenge in the world and a part of every solution.”

In forming Google Ideas, company officials said, they were eager to move beyond the traditional think tank model of conducting studies and publishing books, saying their “think/do tank” would make action a central part of its mission.

But in its first venture, the decision to enter the space between thinking and doing is also drawing some criticism as Google steps enthusiastically into what many view as an in*trac*table, enduring problem — and one that has traditionally been left to governments.

Google Ideas may be setting its sights too high, said Christopher Boucek of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and getting terrorists to give up violence may be a more attainable goal than getting them to change their sympathies.

“You’ll never make a hard-core jihadi into a Jeffersonian democrat — it’s just not going to happen,” he said. He also noted that while there may be common threads to why individuals join extremists groups, the remedies to that problem are more likely to be “culturally, and even country, specific.”

Harvard University professor Joseph S. Nye Jr., who specializes in theories and application of power, agreed that the endeavor “could be problematic — especially if it is perceived to be in conflict with the foreign policy of the United States.” He added that the ambition could “complicate things further since profit is ostensibly involved.”

Officials at Google express little concern that their efforts are overly ambitious or will tread in others’ territory.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said the company decided to get in the think tank business with the goal of tackling “some of the most intractable problems facing mankind by combining a new generation of leaders with technology. . . . We’re not looking for silver bullets but new approaches.”

Up to now, efforts to reform extremists have largely been government-run and focused on distinct groups. Many of the programs have operated in Muslim countries, and their sponsors have struggled with whether it was enough to get radicals to disengage from extremist movements or whether they must reject extremism and embrace mainstream values.



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That article switched sides midway through. It started with everyone banding together to fight terrorism, and became everyone banding together because they all hate the US.


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It's cute to see them pretending to care. I'll be impressed if they stop funding and harboring them.


I'll give em a state, a state of unconsciousness
Just another rhetorical non-story. We get them constantly from here/about here, but they're harder to spot.

We won't hear the end of this from the Obama camp.
Yeah, my ears are about to fall off...


LDAR, bitch.
The "War on Terror" is as stupid, unwinnable, and ultimately embarrassing as the the "War on Drugs".


I'll give em a state, a state of unconsciousness
The "War on Terror" is as stupid, unwinnable, and ultimately embarrassing as the the "War on Drugs".
Would it be more palatable if they renamed it something less politically correct?

Or are you actually comparing muslim "blow myself up for allah" assholes to farmers mules and lab builders.