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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:08 PM
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We're not fighting in Afghanistan or Pakistan - We're fighting in Pushtunistan,
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 06:26 PM by G_j
posted under the article's original title, but did not pique interest, reposting,

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/03/07/2510077.h...


US troops 'not protecting Afghan, Iraqi citizens'


A US military report says American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are not doing enough to protect civilians.

The unclassified report - based on interviews with military officers and intelligence experts - was downloaded and published on an anti-secrecy website which the US military subsequently shutdown.

The report says despite acknowledging the role civilians play in defeating insurgencies, too little attention is given to protecting them.

The study also says intelligence sharing between different forces in Afghanistan - including Australian troops - needs to be improved.

A former CIA official Garry Berntson says sharing is not the problem with intelligence in Afghanistan.

"The reality is we're not fighting in Afghanistan or Pakistan - we're fighting in Pushtunistan," he said.

"The United States Government must start training people in this language.

"We're seven years into this conflict and it's amazing that they've trained almost no-one."

- Reuters

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Pushtunistan
map:

http://www.1uptravel.com/worldmaps/afghanistan10.html

about:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashtunistan
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:22 PM
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1. Interesting quote
from the wiki site:

Khan Abdul Wali Khan, who founded his own faction of the National Awami Party, is remembered for having eloquently replied to a Pakistani critic of the Pashtunistan cause, who asked him if he considered himself a Pakistani Muslim first or a Pashtun, by stating that: "I have been a Pashtun for six thousand years, a Muslim for thirteen hundred years, and a Pakistani for twenty-five."
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 09:10 AM
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2. a lot of interesting history
Edited on Sun Mar-08-09 09:11 AM by G_j
that's for sure
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