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2-Feb-12 World View: Leaked Nato Report Says Pakistan 'Directly Assisting' the Taliban

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com.

  • The ‘conquistador’ Prince William heads for Falkland Islands mission
  • Deadly riot at Egypt soccer game kills 74
  • Surge of Afghan troop attacks on U.S., Nato forces raises alarms
  • Leaked Nato report says Pakistan is ‘directly assisting’ the Taliban
  • Panetta announces that Nato will end Afghanistan combat in 2013
  • Germany to China: Bail us out for your own good

The ‘conquistador’ Prince William heads for Falkland Islands mission


Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge

Royal Air Force helicopter pilot Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is on his way to the Falkland Islands (known as the Malvinas islands in Argentina) for a six-week military mission. This comes at a time of increasing tensions between Britain and Argentina ahead of the 30th anniversary of Britain’s victory over Argentina in the 1982 Falklands war. According to Argentina’s foreign ministry, Argentines are saddened that Prince William “will arrive on our soil in the uniform of a conquistador, and not with the wisdom of a statesman who works for peace and dialogue between nations.” Telegraph

Deadly riot at Egypt soccer game kills 74

In one of the country’s worst disasters since last January’s Egyptian Revolution, 74 people were killed in deadly clashes following a football (soccer) match between two of Egypt’s football teams that have been known to provoke violence in the past. At least 1,000 people were also injured. Video of the event shows the clear presence of large numbers of riot police at the stadium, but they refused to intervene when the violence broke out, and they drifted away as the violence worsened. The Muslim Brotherhood blames the violence on supporters of deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak, and lauched a scathing attack on the interior ministry.

“The security vacuum continues, the police officers are punishing us for revolting. This is another episode of the kind of violence which happened in Maspero, Mohamed Mahmoud and in front of the cabinet during the past few months.

In all those incidents, the authorities failed to hold anyone accountable.”

The Maspero violence refers to violence last October by the army attacking Coptic Christian protesters, resulting in 25 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The Mohamed Mahmoud violence refers to a clash last November between riot police and unarmed protesters on a street near Tahrir Square in Cairo. Al-Ahram and Al-Jazeera

Surge of Afghan troop attacks on U.S., Nato forces raises alarms


Afghan security forces dance as authority is transferred to them from Nato forces (AP)
Afghan security forces dance as authority is transferred to them from Nato forces (AP)

On Wednesday, an Afghan soldier shot and killed a Nato soldier in southern Afghanistan. The U.S. Defense Department says of the more than 40 attacks by Afghan security personnel on American troops since 2007, 75 percent have taken place in just the past two years. The growing number of attacks by Afghan troops on U.S. and Nato forces is raising questions about Afghanistan’s ability to take responsibility for its security. VOA

Leaked Nato report says Pakistan is ‘directly assisting’ the Taliban

According to a leaked secret Nato report obtained by the BBC, the Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency The report says that, in the opinion of the U.S. military, the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control of Afghanistan after NATO forces withdraw. According to the BBC analyst, the insurgents are well-funded and far from surrender, guaranteeing Pakistani influence if Afghanistan’s government collapses. The report was based on material from 27,000 interrogations of more than 4,000 captured Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives. Both Nato and Pakistan are downplaying the report. BBC and Daily Times (Pakistan)

Panetta announces that Nato will end Afghanistan combat in 2013

In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said that Nato will end its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2013, and shift to a role of providing support and training to Afghan security forces. Some reports indicate that was supposed to be announced by the administration in May, but either Panetta let it slip, or a decision was made to speed it up. Washington Post

Germany to China: Bail us out for your own good


Angela Merkel knocks on the imperial gate, seeking a handout for her problem child, the euro as an ailing little old man, unshaven, bandaged and weak (Global Times, Beijing)
Angela Merkel knocks on the imperial gate, seeking a handout for her problem child, the euro as an ailing little old man, unshaven, bandaged and weak (Global Times, Beijing)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making her fifth trip to China to encourage China’s investment in Europe. “Chinese investments are expressly welcome. They will be sought, used and appreciated” — both in Germany and in the rest of the euro zone, said a German spokesman. So far, Beijing has been very cautious about such investments, and has refused to invest in Europe’s bailout fund. At the same time, Merkel’s trip may be overshadowed by the recent unrest in Tibet, and the violet reaction of China’s security forces. Der Spiegel

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