Iranian commander says collapse of US empire is near

The deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Brig.-Gen. Hossein Salami said that the US’s status in the world has deteriorated and that its collapse is near.

“Today nowhere in the Muslim world” does anyone pull out “a red carpet for American officials and that’s why [US President Barack] Obama secretly” showed up at Bagram military base in Afghanistan without first letting President Hamid Karzai know, said Salami according to a report by Iran’s Fars news agency. Continue reading

Karzai wants US guarantee to strike Pak militarily in case country’s security threatened

Islamabad, July 7 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants a mutual security pact with the United States that would compel the super power to protect Afghanistan against Pakistan.

Under the pact, the U.S., if possible, even take direct military action against Taliban havens on Pakistani soil, the New York Times quoted Afghan sources as saying. Continue reading

China’s Strategy in Afghanistan

Beijing is keen to increase its involvement in the country following the planned U.S. withdrawal in 2014. But security problems may interfere.

For a relatively small drilling operation, China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) project in Afghanistan’s Sar-e-Pul province has a large footprint. Several layers of fences and containers serving as blast walls surround the extraction site, which includes dormitories, an office complex and various security structures. Throughout the day, trucks ferry in equipment and more containers. On the outside, the faces are all Afghan, but CNPC’s logo and bright red Chinese slogans are impossible to miss. Continue reading

Karzai orders NATO out after massacre

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told NATO its troops should withdraw from villages and return to their bases as the Taliban suspend nascent talks with the United States.

The President’s demand follows the unprecedented massacre of 16 civilians by a US soldier and coincides with a visit to the country by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.

A spokesman for the President said he told Mr Panetta Afghanistan is ready to take over all security responsibilities now and would prefer the NATO withdrawal to be completed in 2013 rather than 2014.

Full article: Karzai orders NATO out after massacre (Australia Network News)