Sunday, November 14, 2010

Binocular Snapshot for 11/14/2010

LastDayWatchers as God Curse of the Bush/Obama Administration continues you will see The Failures continue to mount up

Iraq violence kills eight

"Violence in central and northern Iraq killed eight people, four of them troops, on Sunday, security officials said.

In the deadliest attack, a roadside bomb killed three soldiers in a town south of the ethnically mixed northern oil hub of Kirkuk, police Colonel Ahmed al-Barazanchi said.

"An IED (improvised explosive device) earlier today hit a dismounted army patrol in Rashad," he said. "Three soldiers were killed."

Also near Kirkuk in the town of Leylan, a drive-by shooting killed a civilian, Barazanchi said. It was unclear why the victim was targeted.

Kirkuk, 240 kilometres (150 miles) north of Baghdad, lies at the heart of an oil-producing province which is at the centre of a dispute between Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds.

In the city of Mosul further north, a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle at a joint police-army checkpoint killing a soldier and wounding four other people, including a soldier and a policeman, police said.

While violence has dropped across Iraq since its peak in 2006 and 2007, Mosul remains one of the country's most unstable cities.

Separate drive-by shootings in towns in the confessionally mixed central province of Diyala killed two civilians, police Major Firaz al-Dulaimi said.

In the capital Baghdad, a magnetic "sticky bomb" attached to a car killed one person and wounded four in Wathaq Square in the city centre, an interior ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity."

NATO says 5 soldiers killed in Afghanistan

"Five soldiers serving with the NATO-led force in Afghanistan were killed on Sunday, including three in a clash with insurgents in the east, the coalition said, one of the worst daily tolls in a month.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) gave no other details about the incident in Afghanistan's east, including the nationality of those killed. The majority of troops serving in the volatile east are American.

Earlier, ISAF said two of its soldiers had been killed in separate explosions in the south.

The five casualties were the worst suffered by ISAF since October 14, when eight people were killed in five separate incidents. Another six were killed the previous day.

Violence across Afghanistan is at its worst since the Taliban were overthrown by U.S.-backed Afghan forces nine years ago, with civilian and military casualties at record levels despite the presence of about 150,000 foreign troops.

At least 642 ISAF troops, about 440 of them American, have been killed in Afghanistan so far in 2010, by far the deadliest year of the war. Another three were killed on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the fall of the Taliban in Kabul."

You will also witness what the May 15th Prophecy  have shown you with 100% accuracy to the growth & expansion of the little horn (Iran) as oppose to the propaganda of "isolation"

In western Afghan city, Iran makes itself felt

"In Herat, the tie to Iran is hard to miss. Iranian money builds roads and industrial parks, store goods are likely to be from Iran, and Iranian cash buoys new mosques and opulent homes.

Almost every morning, crowds of visa-seekers flock to the sprawling Iranian diplomatic mission here, a prime center of gravity in this western Afghan city with deep Persian roots. Now, a new U.S. Consulate is poised to open as well, staking out a commanding hillside position in a landmark building that was once a luxury hotel.

Diplomats being diplomats, neither the U.S. nor the Iranian side acknowledges any rivalry, or any wish to keep tabs on the other's activities. But in Herat, an hour's drive from the Iranian border, Tehran's growing bid for influence is on clear display.

As talk turns to an eventual winding down of the nearly decadelong U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, Iran is at the forefront of neighbors' jockeying for power, with an eye to a new era.

That worries an administration already anxious about Iranian clout in Iraq, Washington's other war zone. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who led U.S. forces in Iraq before taking up the Afghan command, has accused the Tehran government of providing at least some assistance to the Taliban, even though Iran supported the Afghan militia that helped drive the Taliban from power in 2001.

The recent acknowledgement by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that his office receives as much as $2 million in annual payments from Tehran prompted the State Department to declare that it was "skeptical of Iran's motives" in Afghanistan. But U.S. officials believe the bulging sacks of cash handed over to a top Karzai aide are only the tip of the iceberg.

Many consider this close relationship a natural outgrowth of the deep-seated linguistic, cultural and family ties that span the desert frontier. The province, after all, was at different times in history under Persian rule, and like neighboring Iran, is predominantly Shiite Muslim.

But others see a pattern of Iranian sway that extends far beyond the border regions, permeating the heart of Afghanistan's power structure.

"Iran has influence in every sphere: economic, social, political and daily life," said Nazir Ahmad Haidar, the head of Herat's provincial council. "When someone gives so much money, people fall into their way of thinking. It's not just a matter of being neighborly."

Amid an ongoing brawl over the results of Afghanistan's parliamentary elections nearly two months ago, some candidates say that Iranian wishes are shaping the outcome of key races, as well as dictating the allocation of governorships and important ministry jobs.

In Afghan political circles, overt criticism of Iran is often swiftly silenced. Last month, the former governor of Nimruz province, Ghulam Dastgir Azaad, said he believed his public accusations that Iran smuggled weapons via his province had cost him his job. A week later, he disavowed the remarks.

Karzai, whose relations with the NATO alliance in general and the Obama administration in particular have notably deteriorated during the last two years, is not shy about using dealings with Iran to deliver an occasional sharp poke in the eye to the West.

In March, under American pressure over corruption in his government, the Afghan leader invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a visit that essentially coincided with one by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. At a joint news conference with the Iranian president, Karzai stood by placidly as Ahmadinejad delivered a blistering anti-American tirade.

Iran has a role to play in Afghanistan's tangled ethnic politics. Sizable national minorities such as the Tajiks and Uzbeks speak Dari, which is a variant of Iran's Farsi. But Iran has forged its closest ties with the Hazara ethnic group, who are Shiite Muslims, and its perceived favoritism toward them and other Shiites engenders some resentment."

"Last month OPEC members elected Iran to the oil body's presidency for next year, a first for the Islamic republic"

Iran said on Sunday that the world economy is in a position to absorb an oil price of 100 dollars a barrel even as it finds the current price range suitable for investments.

"Oil prices increasing to 100 dollars (per barrel) would not hurt the global economy," Mohammad Ali Khatibi, Iran's representative at the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), told the oil ministry news agency SHANA."

Now see how with 100% accuracy, as to what a "Pyrrhic Victory"; of Obama's so-called "biting" Iranian nuclear sanctions, which are filled with cavity's as another year of progress for Iran and no progress for the United States exposes

"The difficult path to restarting the talks, which have been on hold for more than a year, doesn't bode well, analysts and diplomats say"

The latest round of U.N. Security Council sanctions, which by all accounts have been more crippling than anticipated, was intended to force Tehran to begin negotiating seriously about its nuclear program. But Iranian officials, insisting that the program is for peaceful energy purposes, have given little indication they are interested in such a negotiation

Although the Obama administration has publicly stressed its interest in negotiations, some administration officials and advisers privately think the president would use military force to set back Iran's nuclear program if it appeared the country was on the verge of having weapons capability.

At the same time, some analysts think the tough talk increasingly reduces the chances of a successful negotiation. "The stick side has been emphasized so much that it is hard for Iran to hear anything positive," said Paul R. Pillar, national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005 who teaches at Georgetown University. He warned that military action would be "an enormous blunder with huge consequences for the United States."

The upcoming talks will also be complicated by a failed agreement concerning a medical research reactor in Tehran, the centerpiece of the talks in 2009.

Now, Iran has indicated that the only part of its nuclear program it is willing to discuss is the research reactor

which is not controversial, instead of the centrifuge facility at Natanz that is the source of international concern. Moreover, Iran has begun enriching some uranium to 19.75 percent, bringing it a step closer to weapons-grade, because that is the level needed for the medical isotope facility

the United States and the other countries at the table have agreed to demand substantially more enriched uranium from Iran this time. But analysts point out that 2,600 pounds would fulfill Iran's requirements at the research reactor for the next 20 years, making it unclear why Iran would have any incentive to give up more.

Ivanka Barzashka, a research associate at the Federation of American Scientists, said Iran will perceive the West as once again moving the goal posts. She said it was more important to quickly strike a deal that results in Iran giving up the 66 pounds of 19.75 percent uranium it had produced and enough low-enriched uranium, about 2,200 pounds, to produce the rest of the fuel needed by the reactor.

The "political selling point" of Iran giving up enough uranium so it did not have enough for a bomb has been rendered meaningless by Iran's continued production of enriched uranium in the past year, she said.

"The more important thing is to get this settled," said Ivan Oelrich, senior fellow at the federation. "We should just clear the decks to get the talks going."

You will also continue to see inside your LOUPE more propaganda around the nuclear issue that would have you believe that Iran is struggling thereby giving the west more time (remember back in 1996?, or 2000? what about 2003 when they supposedly stop their program?)

However the truth is pointed out in these articles the May 15th Prophecy highlights because God has cause me to highlight them for you, the articles themselves are nothing without being highlighted by the May 15th Prophecy

Focus therefore on & "watch" how Iran influence grows in Iraq & Afghanistan, see also how much the U.S. influence decreases to fulfill God Word.Selah 

Sunni lawmakers return to Iraq parliament, apologize for walkout

"Members of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc return for a final vote on an accord that lets Shiite Prime Minister Nouri Maliki maintain his hold on power, ending, for now, a debilitating eight-month deadlock.

Iraqi lawmakers buried the hatchet Saturday, with public displays of goodwill and apologies over "misunderstandings," as parliament approved a broad agreement that will usher in a new government after a debilitating eight-month deadlock.

Two days after they walked out of a raucous session that showed the deep rifts in the halls of power, members of the Sunni Arab-backed Iraqiya bloc returned to parliament for a final vote on the accord that saw Shiite Prime Minister Nouri Maliki maintain his hold on power.

Iraqiya members apologized for walking out Thursday after the Shiite and Kurdish blocs in the parliament refused to go along with a request for an immediate lifting of a political ban on four Iraqiya members because of their alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party."

"The intelligence community, said another official, "thinks Petraeus is full of it"

The military, citing intelligence indicating that many Taliban fighters are unhappy with their own leadership and growing weary of the fight, has warned that time is short to consolidate the progress they have made.

But U.S. intelligence agencies have compiled a divergent narrative of some of the facts on the ground. While agreeing that U.S. forces have killed large numbers of mid-level Taliban, they see no real change in insurgent capabilities, with commanders and fighters being quickly replaced.

"No one argues with Petraeus in front of the president," this official said.

"A lot depends on what part of the elephant you're touching," said one member of the White House group meeting almost daily to pore over incoming review reports. "Petraeus can point to some real progress in a number of the purely military areas. Other people will look and see in other areas . . . that things may be more difficult."

"In an interview with The Washington Post newspaper on Saturday, Karzai said that the long-term presence of foreign troops on Afghan soil could only worsen the security situation in the country and hit out at an increase in night-time raids by special forces"

The time has come to reduce the presence of, you know, boots in Afghanistan ... to reduce the intrusiveness into the daily Afghan life," he said.

Karzai said that US troops must cease the night raids, which violate Afghan homes and encourage more people to join the Taliban.

"The raids are a problem always. They were a problem then, they are a problem now. They have to go away," he said.

"The Afghan people don't like these raids, if there is any raid it has to be done by the Afghan government within the Afghan laws. This is a continuing disagreement between us."

Karzai, who said during his inaugural speech last year that he would like to have full Afghan security control by 2014, said that the US military "should and could" draw down its forces next year"

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Excerpts from Afghan President Hamid Karzai's interview with The Washington Post