Monday, September 06, 2010

Peace, Order And Good Government.

Good Government, Not Guns, Will Win Afghanistan: “I want Canadians to realize that what we’re trying to deliver is not kinetic effect, not gunshots, not dead Taliban; what we’re trying to deliver is a population that is experiencing the satisfaction of political assembly and political voice and responsive government,” said Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance "We don’t prop up corrupt practices; we root them out. We don’t ever kill indiscriminately, and we are dealing with an insurgency that is using the most barbaric means of terror to try and stop this country from getting on its feet.”

Sayed Hamed Noori Is Dead: Noori, a news presenter in government RTA TV and member of Afghan Journalists Association, was killed by unknown gunmen on Sunday night in Kabul. Afghan security officials have yet to comment on the incident. Scores of journalists have been killed in Afghanistan in recent years.

Afghan Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Famim Is Alive: Speaking from Germany, Qasim Fahim told Tolonews on the phone that he is completely well and will be back to Kabul next week. "I am completely healthy. I request the Afghan people not to trust news published by irresponsible websites," said Mr Fahim.

Militants continue to return to Germany: They're coming from camps on the Afghan-Pakistan border, including a hard core with combat experience in Afghanistan, said Jeorg Ziercke, head of the BKA Federal Crime Office. But curbs on storing telecoms data were hurting efforts to track suspects, he said.

More than 400 Islamists are living in Germany, some of whom had trained in the camps, Ziercke told Tagespiegel newspaper. "Since the beginning of 2009 we have registered an increase in travel and attempted travel from members of violence-prone Islamist circles. In Germany we now classify 131 as potential instigators. These are people we assume could perpetrate politically motivated criminal acts of a considerable magnitude.We even have concrete proof 70 individuals completed paramilitary training in terror camps. Forty people have combat experience from battles in Afghanistan."

Taliban threats, shuttered polling centers and warnings of widespread fraud are clouding hopes for Afghanistan's September 18 parliamentary election, a key test of an already fragile democracy. With the poll less than two weeks away, the U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission said it has already received 1,503 complaints, ranging from public resources being given to preferred candidates to interference by government officials.

"Things are getting worse. Many (politicians) are just after making themselves rich and working for their own interests," said Azizullah, a 32-year-old Kabul civil servant. "I do not want to vote, because I have lost my trust in the government, parliament and election under the current situation," he said.


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