Washington Intensifies Push Into Central Asia by Rick Rozoff

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January 29, 2011

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A recent editorial on the website of Voice of America reflected on last year being one in which the United States solidified relations with the five former Soviet republics in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

One or more of the five nations border Afghanistan, Russia, China and Iran and several more than one of the latter. Kazakhstan, for example, adjoins China and Russia.

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NATO Trains Afghan Army To Guard Asian Pipeline by Rick Rozoff

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December 19, 2010

On December 11 the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan and the energy minister of India met in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat to bring to fruition fifteen years of planning by interests in the United States to bring natural gas from the Caspian Sea to the energy-needy nations of South and East Asia.

Presidents Hamid Karzai, Asif Ali Zardari and Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov along with Indian Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora signed agreements – an Inter-Government Agreement and the Gas Pipeline Transmission Agreement – to construct a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan to India. The initials of the first three countries involved lend themselves to the project’s acronym: TAP, now known as TAPI.

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China-Turkmenistan Score: Another Wave of US-Mujahideen Contracts? by Sibel Edmonds

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originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
15 October, 2010

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Here is one of the latest on China-Turkmenistan Pipeline deals:

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has announced the discovery of yet another gas field on the right bank of the Amu Darya River in Turkmenistan, holding in excess of 100 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas.

Separately, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow inaugurated a new compressor station at the Bagtiyarlyk fields, estimated by Chinese engineers to hold 1.6 trillion cubic meters of natural gas.

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The Three-Decade US-Mujahideen Partnership Still Going Strong by Sibel Edmonds

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originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
13 October, 2010

In the last few weeks I’ve been reading and talking about the latest developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus. I am planning to post a few updates on the status of the score board in this region (pipeline rivalries, military base ‘erection’ scores- and what-not). Meanwhile, as I am dealing with all this I keep ending up with riddle-like situations. And instead of trying to solve or get out of these riddles, I’m going to give up and instead share one of them with you, my blogosphere friends.

Our enemies’ enemies are our friends. Many of our nation’s enemies are the enemies of our enemies, so that makes them what? Friends? Enemies? It depends? Both? And what would all this make our ‘real’ foreign policy makers? Enemies? Friends? Both? What?

Seriously! Think about it.

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Central Asia: U.S. Military Buildup On Chinese, Iranian And Russian Borders by Rick Rozoff

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Aug. 11, 2010

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On August 4 the chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Italian Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, concluded an official visit to Australia during which he met with the nation’s acting Chief of Defence and officials from the Department of Defence. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, despite its name, has strayed far from its point of origin 61 years ago, extending its grasp from North America and Western Europe to Asia and the South Pacific.

Di Paola’s deliberations with his Australian counterparts centered on “the need for NATO to work together with strategic partners like Australia, given that Euro-Atlantic security is more and more interconnected to Euro-Asian and Asian-Pacific regions.”

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Iran’s Natural Gas Riches: US Knife to the Heart of World Future Energy by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Global Research, March 18, 2010

The scheduled start of drilling this month by China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) in Iran’s South Pars gas field could be both a harbinger and explanation of much wider geopolitical developments.

First of all, the $5 billion project – signed last year after years of foot dragging by western energy giants Total and Shell under the shadow of US-led sanctions – reveals the main arterial system for future world energy supply and demand.

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In a sense the U.S.-NATO war on Iran has already begun by Bruce Gagnon

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March 16, 2010

I’ve had lots of responses to my post the other day about the Marines being used to clear out southwest Afghanistan. One friend here in Maine sent me the above map that was in a Canadian newspaper in 2008. This map lays out a similar pipeline route from Turkmenistan that would deliver natural gas through Afghanistan, Pakistan, and then into India.

The June, 2008 Globe and Mail story was entitled “Pipeline opens new front in Afghan war.”

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US-trained Iranian dissidents seek asylum in Turkey + Convoy attacks trigger race to open new Afghan supply lines

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9 December 2008

Updated: 12/15/08 added another link

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US-trained Iranian dissidents seek asylum in Turkey

by Sehriban Oghan, Hürriyet, 28 November 2008

Editor’s note: This is an edited and abridged version of the original news report in Turkish. The Camp Ashraf, which is mentioned in the report, is currently used as a headquarters by the The People’s Mujahedin of Iran.

In a report by the ‘Foreigners Section of General Directorate for Security’ submitted to the ‘Refugees and Undocumented Immigrants Sub-committee’ of the Parliament of Turkey, it has been alleged that Iranian dissidents are being sent to Turkey after receiving training by the US Forces in Camp Ashraf [north of Baghdad], just as in the aftermath of the first Gulf Operation [i.e. the 1991 War Against Iraq].

It is believed that the illegal entry into Turkey through Iraq of the dissidents based in Iran and Iraq with the guidance of the American military authorities and their re-exit after being legalized in Turkey, is being organized by the US Authorities. In fact statements taken from 50 or so Iranians who have claimed political asylum after being captured in this country also validate this.

The possibility that the Iranians whose numbers reach 3000-4000, coming to this country either individually or in mass to request political asylum during the period of withdrawal of the US and Coalition forces from Iraq is also under review.

It has been observed that injunctions are obtained through the European Court of Human Rights, mainly by the UN Refugee High Commission and other international NGO’s and associations, to obstruct the deportation of these foreigners who do not fit the criteria to seek political asylum and who are members of various (illegal) organizations.

It has also been noticed that after claiming political asylum in Turkey, some of the political dissidents who flee their countries which are either neighbours of Turkey or which have trade or ethnic links with Turkey, are resuming their activities, taking part in espionage operations and being used by foreign intelligence agencies whilst under the tutelage of this country. This situation is not only threatening the public law and order but also putting Turkey in a precarious position vis-a-vis its neighbours.

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Convoy attacks trigger race to open new Afghan supply lines

1) Convoy attacks trigger race to open new Afghan supply lines
2) Nato and Russia agree on transit for Afghanistan (from the archive)

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/09/afghanistan-nato-supply-routes

excerpt from Convoy attacks trigger race to open new Afghan supply lines

by Richard Norton-Taylor, Julian Borger and Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian, 9 December 2008

Nato countries are scrambling for alternative routes as far afield as Belarus and Ukraine to supply their forces in Afghanistan, which are increasingly vulnerable to a resurgent Taliban, the Guardian has learned.

Four serious attacks on US and Nato supplies in Pakistan during the past month, including two in the past three days, have added to the sense of urgency to conclude pacts with former Soviet republics bordering Afghanistan to the north.

Nato is negotiating with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to allow supplies for Nato forces, including fuel, to cross borders into Afghanistan from the north. The deal, which officials said was close to being agreed, follows an agreement with Moscow this year allowing Nato supplies to be transported by rail or road through Russia.

The deal could allow more fuel for Nato forces to be transported from refineries in Baku, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan. Most of the 75m gallons of fuel estimated to be used by Nato forces annually in Afghanistan comes from refineries in Pakistan.

Germany and Spain, whose troops are based in more peaceful northern Afghanistan, have negotiated separate bilateral air transport agreements with Russia.

Nato officials said yesterday that the organisation is negotiating with Ukraine and Belarus for a land route which, though long, would avoid Pakistan and the pirates of the Gulf of Aden.

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excerpt from Nato and Russia agree on transit for Afghanistan

by Thomas Escritt, Financial Times, 4 April 2008

Nato and Russia have reached an agreement on Friday to allow the transport of equipment by land across Russian territory to supply the Western alliance’s peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan.

The supplies that will be permitted by the deal would range from food to non-lethal military equipment, according to a Nato official.

This falls short of the alliance’s hope that Russia would permit the transport of troops and munitions across its territory, but it is a move towards the Russian cooperation that Nato leaders sought in advance of the summit.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5333435.ece

Nato hard at work making deals to beat the Khyber Pass convoy trap

by Jeremy Hard, Times, 13 December 2008

After 9/11, Why Afghanistan?

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Investment Banker Karl Schwartz lays it out

1. The Caspian Sea Basin (Kazakstan, Turkmenistan etc.) holds between 11 and 12 TRILLION dollars in oil and gas resources

2. There are only three ways to get it out:

– East to China

– West through Iran, Russia, and Turkey to Europe

– South through Afghanistan and Pakistan

3. The Taliban who controlled Afghanistan before 9/11 made pipeline deals with non-US companies and refused to change them to give control of the region’s resources to the US

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