• #Iran may send forces to free five border guards in #pakistan

    Iran said on Monday it would send forces into Pakistan to free five border guards said to have been kidnapped by militants if Islamabad did not take measures to secure their release. According to Iranian media reports, the guards were seized on February 6 in the Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan by militants who allegedly took them across the border to Pakistan. read more


  • By Royal Orders : Saudis Abandon Their Fighters

    Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal leaves the Foreign Ministry after meeting with Pakistan’s Adviser for National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on January 7, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Aamir QURESHI) Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal leaves the Foreign Ministry after meeting with Pakistan’s Adviser for National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on January 7, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Aamir QURESHI)

    The recent announcement by #Saudi_Arabia concerning its fighters in #syria is no mere detail to gloss over. It is a decidedly serious indicator of the extent of pressure exerted by the #united_states, including the threat to cancel the expected visit by President Barack Obama (...)

    #Mideast_&_North_Africa #Articles #Bandar_bin_Sultan #John_Kerry

    • Texte vraiment intéressant (et riche). Certes beaucoup de supputations et de « sources », mais jusqu’à présent, le Akhbar est plutôt apprécié pour travailler sérieusement ses dossiers diplomatiques.

    • Oui, article très important je crois. A noter aussi les intéressantes hypothèses liant la question du revirement saoudien au « processus de paix » :

      Here is where the information intersects: the terrorism file presented by the United States to their Saudi counterparts and the Palestinian-Israeli settlement dossier. Sources close to the Palestinian National Authority in Ramallah said that Kerry had asked the head of the PNA, Mahmoud Abbas, to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, in return for a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. This would be with the gradual abandonment of the principle of the right of return and reviving the implantation project on a large scale, where Arab countries, in addition to Australia and Canada, would absorb Palestinians.

      Palestinian sources add that President Abbas was reluctant about announcing his approval without a cover by influential Arab countries, chiefly Saudi Arabia. Kerry reassured Abbas that he would be personally undertaking this task.

  • Islamabad accuse Washington de saborder le processus de paix

    « Ces sept dernières semaines, nous avons, pas à pas, tenté de faire évoluer le processus qui pouvait déboucher sur la paix au Pakistan, et qu’avez-vous fait ? », s’est exclamé samedi soir, à l’adresse des États-Unis, le ministre pakistanais de l’Intérieur Chaudhry Nisar.

    « Vous l’avez sabordé la veille, 18 heures avant qu’une délégation officielle d’oulémas (des dignitaires religieux) ne s’envole pour Miranshah pour transmettre (une) invitation officielle » aux rebelles, a-t-il déclaré.

    « Le gouvernement du Pakistan ne considère pas cette frappe de drone comme une attaque contre un individu, mais comme une attaque contre le processus de paix », a lancé le ministre de l’Intérieur.

    Furieuses, les autorités pakistanaises ont convoqué d’urgence l’ambassadeur américain à Islamabad, Richard Olson.

  • #Pakistan : les #drones américains ont tué au moins 147 civils

    ... Islamabad détaille le nombre de victimes dans les frappes américaines entre le 1er janvier 2006 et le 24 octobre 2009. Durant ces trois ans, les drones américains aurait tué 746 personnes. Un mort sur cinq serait un civil. Le nombre de victimes collatérales s’élèverait ainsi à 147 personnes. Ce chiffre comprend 94 enfants. Le décompte des Pakistanais ne porte que sur trois des neuf années de frappes américaines. Il couvre principalement le mandat de George W. #Bush, seuls les neuf premiers mois d’#Obama à la Maison-Blanche sont inclus. Durant cette période, la #CIA a ordonné 75 frappes, auxquelles s’ajoutent cinq attaques réalisées par l’#Otan. L’#ONU estime qu’en neuf ans, au moins 400 civils ont été les victimes collatérales des frappes américaines. ...

  • Le procureur enquêtant sur le meurtre de Benazir Bhutto assassiné au Pakistan

    Le procureur dirigeant l’enquête sur le meurtre de l’ex-première ministre pakistanaise Benazir Bhutto en décembre 2007, pour lequel l’ancien président Pervez Musharraf est assigné à résidence, a été abattu vendredi à Islamabad, annonce la police. Le magistrat était aussi en charge du volet pakistanais de l’enquête sur les attentats de Bombay, en 2008, qui avaient fait 166 morts.

  • Musharraf arrested over Bhutto murder case

    General Pervez Musharraf has been formally arrested in relation to the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

    Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, said that Musharraf will remain at his Chak Shahzad farmhouse residence but will be produced at the anti-terrorist court in Rawalpindi on Friday.

    “The Musharraf case has many implications given the fact that the country is less than two weeks away from election,” he said.

    “It will be the responsibility of the new elected government to deal with this important issue.

    “He has admirers no doubt. Many of the powerful political parties were all on board with the former military ruler.”

    Since his return to Pakistan in a bid to contest the 2013 general election, Musharraf has been dealing with a number of legal cases against him, including the detention of judges and treason against the state.

    Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan, was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007 while Musharraf was president.

  • Quelques leçons de géographie, ça ne lui ferait pas du mal...

    Sarah Palin Calls for Invasion of Czech Republic

    Sarah Palin called for the invasion of the Czech Republic today in response to the recent terrorist attacks in Boston.

    In an interview with Fox News, the former governor of Alaska said that although federal investigators have yet to complete their work, the time for action is now.

    “We don’t know everything about these suspects yet,” Palin told Fox and Friends this morning, referring to Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who allegedly carried out the Boston Marathon attacks. "But we know they were Muslims from the Czech Republic.

    "I betcha I speak for a lot of Americans when I say I want to go over there right now and start teaching those folks a lesson. And let’s not stop at the Czech Republic, let’s go after all Arab countries.

    “The Arabians need to learn that they can’t keep comin’ over here and blowing stuff up. Let’s set off a couple of nukes in Islamabad, burn down Prague, then bomb the heck out of Tehran. We need to show them that we mean business.”
    Can’t See Russia...

    Although hosts Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson applauded Palin’s jingoism, they immediately attempted to rectify her multiple geographic errors.

    “Well Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan, which isn’t Arab,” Carlson corrected, “and Tehran is the capital of Iran, which is predominantly Persian. But I do see your point.”

    “Also Czech Republic isn’t really an Arab or even Muslim country, I don’t think,” Doocy added, “but otherwise what you’re saying makes a lot of sense. I think most Americans wish Obama would step up and lead on this one.”

    Palin, however, didn’t take kindly to being corrected and defended her analysis.

    “Steve, that’s probably one of the most ignorant things I’ve ever heard. How is Czech Republic not a Muslim country? You saw those brothers, they were Islamic and they were Chechen!”

    “Yes there were Muslim and they were ethnic Chechens,” Doocy started, “but they grew up mostly in Kyrgyzstan and the United States. And more importantly, Chechens don’t come from the Czech Republic, they come from Chechnya, which is part of Russia.”

    “What’s the difference?” Palin responded. “Isn’t Russia part of the Czech Republic?”

    “No, the Czech Republic is a separate country. It’s part of the European Union and a strong NATO ally,” Doocy noted. “But heck, why not? Let’s invade. What could go wrong?”

    “Yeah and while we’re at it,” Carlson added, “let’s call the Queen of England and see if the U.K. will join us.”

    In a statement released after the interview, Palin attacked Fox News and its “pro-Islamic” and “pro-geography” bias.

    “This is just another case of the politically correct liberal media refusing to tell the truth about radical Islam,” she said.

    #Sarah_Palin #geographie

  • Ce Dany Ayalon est vraiment un phénomène. Toujours une bonne blague raciste à raconter en fin de banquet…

    Israel is ready to send a letter like one Washington sent Islamabad over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in order to mend ties with Turkey, a senior Israeli diplomat has said.

    “I see some kind of improvement and opportunities,” Daniel Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, told daily Hürriyet about Turkish-Israeli relations, which have been frozen since the Mavi Marmara raid that resulted in the killing of nine civilians by Israeli commandos in 2010.

  • Asia Times Online :: Moscow beckons Pakistan’s Kiani

    Oct 3, 2012 / By M K Bhadrakumar

    The enemy’s enemy…
    Meanwhile, even as Lavrov heads for Islamabad, Kiani will have set out for Moscow. To be sure, Moscow’s priority will be to sit across the table with Kiani, as he is the fountainhead of authority in Pakistan on major foreign and security policy issues. Also, he is an unusual Pakistani general, having run into difficulties with the United States, while pushing for Pakistan’s “strategic autonomy” on the geopolitical chessboard.

    Indeed, the present moment is pregnant with possibilities. Russia and Pakistan in varying measure - for different reasons though - have come under US pressure. Both appreciate that the US has “lost” the war in Afghanistan, is pulling out of it and would have little choice but to negotiate with the Taliban; both sense a power vacuum could develop in Afghanistan but also feel uneasy that the US is yet keeping strategic ambiguity about its future military presence in the region.

    But Russia’s capacity to influence the ebb and flow of Afghan politics in its favor is virtually nil. The specter that is haunting Moscow (and Pakistan) is that the US might at some point decide to come to terms with a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. The mainstream opinion within the US strategic community is veering round to the view that the Taliban as such do not pose any threats to America’s national security interests and therefore Washington must differentiate the al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

  • Pakistan: In twist, Muslims accused of blasphemy - SFGate

    Pakistan’s blasphemy laws may be used to punish Muslims suspected of ransacking a Hindu temple, an intriguing twist for a country where harsh laws governing religious insults are primarily used against supposed offenses to Islam, not minority faiths.

    The blasphemy laws, sections of which carry the death penalty or life imprisonment, have drawn renewed international scrutiny this year after a young Christian girl in Islamabad was alleged to have desecrated the Muslim holy book, the Quran. A Muslim cleric now stands accused of fabricating evidence against the girl, who has been freed on bail and whose mental capacity has been questioned.


  • Retour sur Ground Zero
    par Pepe Escobar, Traduction [JFG-QuestionsCritiques]

    Lorsque j’avais interviewé le Lion du Panshir, Ahmed Shah Massoud, fin août 2001 - seulement deux semaines avant son assassinat, le 9 septembre, le feu vert pour le 11/9 - il était convaincu que les Etats-Unis n’envahiraient pas l’Afghanistan pour attraper « Geronimo ». ( voir Masoud : From warrior to statesman, Asia Times Online, September 12, 2001.)

    Ce que Massoud ne savait pas, alors, était ce qui s’était passé le 2 août à Islamabad, lorsque la négociatrice du Département d’Etat US, Christine Rocca, avait répété, sans équivoque, pour la dernière fois à l’ambassadeur Taliban auprès du Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaïf : « Soit vous acceptez notre offre d’un tapis d’or, soit nous vous enterrons sous un tapis de bombes ». L’offre concernait le « Pipelineistan » - un tapis d’or pour les Taliban en échange des droits de transit pour la construction par UNOCAL du pipeline TAP (Turkménistan/Afghanistan/Pakistan).

    Déjà, avant même l’offre finale de Rocca, l’administration de George W. Bush - à la réunion du G8 à Gênes, en Italie, en juillet - avait déjà secrètement informé les Européens, plus le Pakistan et l’Inde, que Washington commencerait à bombarder l’Afghanistan à partir d’octobre. C’était plusieurs semaines avant que le « Pearl Harbor », très cher aux néo-cons[ervateurs], ne soit envoyé par la Providence sous la forme du 11/9.

    Le trucage des combattants de la liberté

    Onze ans plus tard, les sténographes légendaires de l’Empire encouragent désormais avec enthousiasme ... al-Qaïda (qu’y a-t-il de nouveau ?). L’administration de Barack Obama - mettant en suspens la terminologie sur la « guerre contre la terreur » et orwellinisant ses méthodes - a travaillé côte à côte avec le Groupe des combattants libyens lié à al-Qaïda pour renverser Moummar Kadhafi en Libye ; et, côte à côte avec la Maison des Saoud, il soutient un chapelet de djihadistes salafistes de la variété al-qaïdesque pour renverser le régime de Bachar el-Assad en Syrie.[5]

  • Pakistan jails doctor over bin Laden hunt

    A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to 33 years in prison, Pakistani television channels and a local government official say.

    The official said on Wednesday that Shakil Afridi was charged with treason for running a fake vaccination campaign that helped the US intelligence agency track the al-Qaeda chief in a northwestern city, where he was killed in a US special-forces raid.

    • U.S. senators penalize Pakistan for jailing doctor who aided CIA

      U.S. senators scandalized by Pakistan’s jailing of a doctor for helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden voted on Thursday to cut aid to Islamabad by $33 million — one million for each year in the doctor’s sentence.

      “It’s arbitrary, but the hope is that Pakistan will realize we are serious,” said Senator Richard Durbin after the unanimous 30-0 vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

      “It’s outrageous that they (the Pakistanis) would say a man who helped us find Osama bin Laden is a traitor,” said Durbin, the Senate’s number two Democrat.

  • Une autre contributrice de Muslimah Media Watch s’agace des messages qui l’incitent à s’habiller « modestement »

    He references women’s fashion in the West as both objectifying and degrading, which, he claims, is easily remedied with the hijab and or modest clothing. These particular lyrics are examples of how the discourse on modesty particularly in relation to the hijab and how it relates to women’s virtuosity and goodness of character is consistently dictated by men. While it is true that designers create ill-fitting contraptions for women to wear often better suited for 6-foot frames and that advertisers pass off skimpiness as a woman’s strength and confidence, the real source of a woman’s strength and character should not be measured by the clothes she wears but by the manner in which she is able to maneuver through the challenges of life with His guidance and mercy. Clothes, whether a hijab or a body-defining suit, are not the whole story, and politicizing the issue of the hijab only takes away from a women’s right to make choices about her private person.

    Et elle raconte un incident qu’elle a elle-même vécu dans une banque à Islamabad :

    A recent, personal incident further highlights how the discussion of “what women should wear” is decided by men. At a local bank in Islamabad, I was confronted by an older gentleman who proceeded to praise me for my abaya- and hijab- wearing ways. He compared my state of dress with that of a teenager sitting across from me; someone he felt looked vulgar with her long top and skinny jeans and a head full of gorgeous curly hair. I sat through his diatribe, in part stunned and confused – where does he get off saying this to me? I wear abayas on occasion for reasons that are personal and entirely my own. To have someone (and a man no less) praise me for my supposedly, religiously correct choices is both insulting and condescending. Annoyed at the man’s intrusion and judgment, I quickly left the bank. Here I am, being judged for wearing a hijab; ironically, while my intention is to not draw attention to myself, my attire (black, billowy abaya, no makeup and flats) still triggers unnecessary interest. It only underscores the idea that women garner respect and identity based on the extent to which they hide their physical attributes. The woman as an individual is ignored and like in the video, those around her will judge her (negatively most likely) if she does not (for whatever reason) abide by such terms.


  • "Une attaque israélienne (contre l’Iran) entraînera une réaction rapide du Pakistan",une-attaque-israelienne-entrainera-une-reaction-rapide-du-pakistan.php

    Est-ce le compte à rebours avant le « Jour J » ? Après que le secrétaire américain à la défense, Léon Panetta, a estimé qu’Israël attaquera l’Iran au mois de juin, et que le premier ministre Benyamin Netanyahou a mis en garde contre les « bavardages sur l’Iran » des hommes politiques israéliens, un diplomate européen basé au Pakistan a déclaré que si Israël attaque, Islamabad n’aura d’autre choix que de soutenir toute mesure de représailles iranienne.

    On programme une nouvelle guerre et tout le monde en discute comme si ce n’était qu’une promenade. Et pourquoi va-t-on attaquer l’Iran ? Parce que l’Iran veut l’arme nucléaire. Soit, ça ne rassure pas, mais quelqu’un est-il ou a-t-il été inquiet par la possession de l’arme nucléaire dans les mains d’Israël ?

    Israël veut foutre le feu au monde pour forcer celui-ci à protéger ses intérêts. Pour Israël, le seul raisonnement qui compte, c’est « tu es pour ou contre Israël, mais c’est nous qui décidons du sort du monde ». Comment un si petit pays peut-il régir le monde ? Ça me dépasse.

    #Israël, #Iran

  • La revanche des drones | Pierre Alonso

    La semaine dernière, le chef du mouvement des talibans au Pakistan aurait été tué par un #drone américain qui survolait le pays, selon plusieurs sources sécuritaires d’Islamabad. L’évènement confirme la place prise par ces avions sans pilote armés, téléguidés à plusieurs milliers de kilomètres de distance, pour mener des campagnes d’assassinats à très haute altitude.

    #Analyse #Barbouzeries #Pouvoirs #afghanistan #al_qaïda #armement #Défense #états-unis #Obama #pakistan

  • Le #Pakistan après la mort d’Oussama Ben Laden | Jean-Luc Racine

    Après l’assaut américain visant Oussama Ben Laden, le Pakistan a obtenu que les Etats-Unis annoncent le retrait de leurs deux cents militaires officiellement présents sur son territoire. Cette mesure symbolise les relations tumultueuses entre Islamabad et Washington. / #Afghanistan, #Chine, (...) / Afghanistan, Chine, États-Unis (affaires extérieures), #Inde, Pakistan, #Guérilla, Services secrets, #Stratégie, #Terrorisme - 2011/06

    #États-Unis_(affaires_extérieures) #Services_secrets #2011/06

  • Le Figaro - International : L’Otan tue une vingtaine de soldats pakistanais

    C’est la pire bavure des Occidentaux au Pakistan depuis dix ans. Islamabad a accusé samedi matin l’Otan d’avoir tué 23 de ses soldats lors d’une attaque menée à l’aube dans une des zones tribales bordant l’Afghanistan. Selon le Pakistan, des hélicoptère de l’Otan ont bombardé avant l’aube un poste militaire à Baizai dans le district de Khyber, base-arrière des talibans. D’après des responsables locaux, le check-point attaqué avait été implanté par l’armée pakistanaise pour empêcher des talibans en provenance d’Afghanistan de franchir la frontière et perpétrer des attaques en territoire pakistanais.

    L’OTAN massacre 25 soldats de l’armée pakistanaise, au Pakistan. (J’ignore quel mandat permet à l’OTAN d’intervenir militairement au Pakistan, d’ailleurs.) Il y a des articles dans les médias français en ligne. Curieusement : l’information n’arrive ni sur la page d’accueil de Google News, ni sur la page « International » de Google News. M’enfin il leur faut quoi ?

  • Deaths in US drone attack in Pakistan - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

    At least four missiles fired by two suspected US remotely-controlled aircraft hit a house in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan on the Afghan border on Friday, Pakistani intelligence officials say.

    At least 20 people were killed in the drone strike, which targeted what one Pakistani official termed a “militant guesthouse” in Hasan Khel, near the region’s main town of Miranshah, Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder in Islamabad reported.

    Several people were also wounded in the attack, which took place at around 4:30 am (2030 GMT), an official said, adding that the toll could be higher.

    An official said that the dead included Frontier Corps soldiers and police officials.

    Reports indicate that at least seven women and children were also among the dead, Hyder said.

    La dépêche AFP, reproduite par exemple sur Romandie, vous simplifie carrément le problème, et vous ôte d’un pénible doute : les douaniers, les policiers, les femmes et les enfants signalés dans l’article d’Al Jazeera deviennent des « rebelles présumés ».

    Pakistan : 20 rebelles présumés tués par une attaque de drone américain

    PESHAWAR (Pakistan) - Vingt insurgés présumés ont été tués vendredi matin lors d’une frappe de drone américain dans le nord-ouest du Pakistan, où ces avions sans pilote de la CIA prennent régulièrement pour cible Al-Qaïda et les talibans, selon des sources militaires pakistanaises.

    Des drones américains ont tiré cinq missiles sur une maison du village de Spinwam, dans le district tribal du Waziristan du Nord, principal bastion des talibans pakistanais alliés au réseau d’Oussama Ben Laden, a assuré par téléphone à l’AFP un officier des services de renseignements.

    La maison visée accueillait des combattants rebelles. Le bilan de l’attaque est d’environ 20 morts, a ajouté ce responsable en poste à Peshawar, la grande ville du nord-ouest.

    #pakistan #circulez_y_a_rien_à_voir

  • US inmate in #Pakistan is CIA ’spy’ - Al Jazeera English

    US sources have revealed that Raymond Davis, a US citizen, held in Pakistan on murder charges after a shooting incident, worked as a CIA contractor.

    The confirmation, on Monday, of the man’s link with the CIA, which had been reported in recent days in Pakistani media, is likely to further strain Washington’s ties with Islamabad over the case.

  • Pakistan hit by deadly drone strike - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

    A US drone strike has killed at least seven people in a tribal region along Pakistan’s western border, Pakistani officials have said, the first such attack in a month.

    The attack is likely to further test diplomatic ties between Washington and Islamabad, following the shooting last month by a US official of two men he says were trying to rob him in Lahore.

    C’est un concours pour se faire aimer par tous les musulmans de la planète ?

    #Pakistan #drône #États-Unis

  • 2043 personnes, principalement des civils, ont été tuées au #Pakistan par des attaques de drones depuis cinq ans.

    Islamabad, Jan 2: As many as 2,043 people, mostly civilians, were killed in US drone attacks in northwestern parts of Pakistan during the last five years, a research has revealed.

    The yearly report of Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC) has termed the CIA drone strikes as an ’assassination campaign turning out to be revenge campaign’, and showed that 2010 was the deadliest year ever of causalities resulted in drone-hits in Pakistan.