Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Binocular Snapshot for 10/06/2010

LastDayWatchers look into your view finder and you will see the failure continue to mount up

"NATO is here and they say they are fighting terrorism, and this is the 10th year and there is no result yet"

Karzai said in an emotional speech last week. "Our sons cannot go to school because of bombs and suicide attacks."

Looking back at the first years of the war, the effort was underfunded from the start. When the Bush administration's attention shifted to Iraq in 2003, the Taliban began to regroup. After several years of relative calm and safety, the situation in Afghanistan began to deteriorate around 2006. The Taliban have steadily gained strength since then. And bin Laden remains alive.

Obama ramped up the war this year, sending tens of thousands more troops. Casualties are running at their highest levels since 2001, when the Taliban were overthrown without a single American combat death. The U.S. death toll in July was 66, setting a monthly record; to date, about 2,000 NATO troops have died in the conflict, including more than 1,220 American service men and women"

Kandahar blasts kill nine people

"President Hamid Karzai condemned the "enemies of Afghanistan" on Wednesday after roadside bombs killed nine people, including five children, as insurgents fight intensified NATO-led operations in the south.

In the roadside bombings Tuesday night in Kandahar city, the Interior Ministry said nine people were killed and 30 injured, including many police officers. The blasts targeted a police vehicle and ripped through an intersection — a day after four officers died in coordinated bombings that were also aimed at police."

And the extensions will continue extend & expand

Gunmen Attack More NATO Trucks in Pakistan

"Dozens of tanker trucks carrying fuel to Afghanistan for NATO troops were torched near Quetta in western Pakistan on Wednesday, the third major attack on supplies since Pakistan closed a border crossing to Afghanistan a week ago and the first at the only checkpoint that remained open"

20 oil tankers hauling fuel for NATO set ablaze; 1 dead

"The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for another attack on oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO, a spokesman for the militant group told CNN by phone Wednesday.
Azam Tariq, the central spokesman for Pakistani Taliban, said a special squad designated to strike NATO supply efforts made the attack near Quetta, Pakistan, Quetta police said 20 oil tankers parked near that city were set ablaze Wednesday, and one person died in the attack"

Yemen attacks kill French national, injure British embassy official

"Four people were wounded Wednesday when militants launched a rocket at a convoy carrying British embassy staff in Sanaa, Yemen.

Within minutes of the incident, an Austrian oil firm had also come under attack in the Yemeni capital. Oil company OMV confirmed that a French contractor died and a British employee was seriously injured when a security guard opened fire inside the firm's compound this morning"

"Yemeni authorities said that on April 26, Tim Torlot, the British ambassador to Yemen, narrowly escaped an attack on his convoy"

A suicide bomber set off his explosive belt in front of a security guard's car in Mr. Torlot's convoy in San'a. The ambassador was unharmed.

In Wednesday's attack, two militants dressed as street cleaners fired rocket-propelled grenades from launchers concealed in trash bags, witnesses said. After the attack, the assailants fled the scene, leaving their weapons behind.

One woman and her child were injured, witnesses said. The woman was first hit by shrapnel and then by a swerving car. One witness said the woman's husband told bystanders that the child wasn't seriously injured.

The road at the site of the attack was singed and blood-stained. The force of the impact shattered glass in nearby houses. Security forces confiscated cameras from reporters at the scene."

US warns of terror groups’ western recruits

"The senior intelligence official in the US has warned of an increased risk of terror groups recruiting westerners, using high technology and stepping up attacks.

Speaking after a week in which the US, the UK and Japan issued travel alerts on Europe following reports of possible Mumbai-style attacks, James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, also made clear Barack Obama’s anger over leaks about the plot.

The increasing role of westerners, including Americans in al-Qaeda-associated groups, increases their knowledge of western culture and security practices and of course enhances their access,” Mr Clapper said. “That obviously raises the potential spectre of attacks.”

He noted that attempts in the US had reached record levels over the past year, mentioning a Christmas day attempt to blow up a passenger flight over Detroit; a May 1 effort to explode a car bomb in Times Square and a plot to attack the New York subway as well as two “lone actor attacks” in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Fort Hood, Texas."

As the horns congeal

Syria, Turkey boast of bilateral power

"Security agreements between Turkey and Syria creates an unbreakable strategic partnership in the region, a Syrian leader said.

Damascus welcomed Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for bilateral strategic talks.

Both countries approached the brink of war in 1998 over disagreements regarding the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party. In 2002 the countries repaired relations by signing an accord that permitted bilateral military ties and in 2009 both sides formed a bilateral council in an effort to re-establish relations."

And the economy will continue to get worse & worse (See: Hell & The Economy & May 15th Prophecy Another Year In Review, What Is Now?)

Dollar falls to 15-year low against yen

"The dollar continued to grind lower on Wednesday, hitting a fresh 15-year low against the yen as the prospect of more quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve kept the US currency under pressure.

Central banks across Asia were suspected of intervening to stem gains in their currencies, with authorities in South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines all seen in the market."

Prospects for US economy either 'fairly bad' or 'very bad', warns Goldman Sachs

"Gloomy predictions for the US economy hardened today when Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs said the economy was likely to be "fairly bad" or "very bad" over the next six to nine months.

Jan Hatzius, chief US economist at the bank, described two scenarios in a letter to investors: "a fairly bad one in which the economy grows at a 1.5% to 2% rate through the middle of next year and the unemployment rate rises moderately to 10%, and a very bad one in which the economy returns to an outright recession."

Hatzius's view gives more weight to calls from regional Federal Reserve chiefs in New York, Boston and Chicago last week for the Fed to introduce new stimulus measures at its next meeting on 2 November.

Today, a private sector payroll report indicated that the US has begun shedding jobs after several months of growth. The figures come days ahead of the monthly department of labour report that is expected to show US unemployment rose to 9.7% in September.

Signs that the economic recovery is flat or dipping has pushed the dollar to record lows against the yen while gold continues to climb. Last week, controversial star hedge fund manager John Paulson predicted that gold would rise a further $1,100 to $2,400 an ounce – and could go as high as $4,000."

Geithner Takes Aim at China Currency

"China's undervalued currency is triggering an international currency war that risks undermining the global economic recovery, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Wednesday.

"When large economies with undervalued exchange rates act to keep the currency from appreciating, that encourages other countries to do the same, and this sets off a dangerous dynamic," Mr. Geithner said."

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Late Addiction

The road to Tehran runs through Ankara

"Iran's new campaign to revive the Tehran Declaration extends from New York to Tehran. On Sept. 28, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast reiterated Iran's position: "We have repeatedly said that we are ready for talks with Vienna Group based on [the] Tehran Declaration and we are continuing consultation to specify details of the negotiation as well as its place and time."