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French President Nicolas Sarkozy has inaugurated France's first military base in the Gulf region at a time of heightened political sensitivities in the volatile Middle East - and as France seeks to expand its presence in the region.
Based in the Emirates state of Abu Dhabi, the French base amounts to France's first new military base overseas in 50 years. It has been dubbed the Camp of Peace, and it is expected to host up to 500 troops on three separate sites.
Pakistan's military says its troops have recaptured a large swath of territory in and around the northwestern Swat Valley, destroying terrorist bases and killing hundreds of Taliban militants. A regional commander dismissed reports that many civilians are dying or that homes have been destroyed in the fighting.
Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan -- Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a ruling that barred opposition leader Nawaz Sharif from holding elected office, clearing the way for one of the nation's most popular politicians to reassert himself in its turbulent political scene.
Though Sharif gave no hints of his plans during a news conference at his home in Raiwind, he could lead a push for early parliamentary elections. And if he amasses enough political momentum, he could lobby for changes to the constitution that would allow him to seek a third term as prime minister.
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
I don't heard much Iran and Pakistan trash talking these days or
am I out of the loop in this New Great Game.
The initiative of 911 has worn down.
Reporting from Beirut -- Iran's most powerful political and spiritual leader warned voters Monday against supporting pro-Western candidates in next month's presidential election, comments widely seen as supporting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's approach to foreign policy over those of his challengers.
"Those who submit to the enemies and bring shame on the nation should not come to power by the people's vote," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during a speech in the western town of Bijar.
Tehran continues to complain about Kabul over its anti-drug trafficking efforts and reticence over the long-running dispute over access to the Hirmand River, which originates in mountains northwest of Kabul and flows some 1,000 kilometers before reaching Iran.
Iran wants to see the implementation of an agreement on the river that would divert some 25 cubic meters of water per second toward Iran. But Kabul has erected the Kamal Khan dam, which diverts Hirmand's water, adding to the problems of western provinces in Iran already facing severe water shortages.
SOUTH Korea will become a full member of a US-led initiative to curb trade in weapons of mass destruction, the foreign ministry said, one day after North Korea's second nuclear test.
The North has previously said that Seoul's participation in the Proliferation Security Initiative would be seen as a declaration of war.
U.S. appeals to China to help stabilize Pakistan
The Obama administration has appealed to China to provide training and even military equipment to help Pakistan counter a growing militant threat, U.S. officials said.
The proposal is part of a broad push by Washington to enlist key allies of Pakistan in the effort to stabilize the country. The U.S. is seeking to persuade Islamabad to step up its efforts against militants, while supporting the fragile civilian government and the nation's tottering economy.
Massive Police Desertions Reported in Swat Valley
75 Percent of Buner District Police Have Left
Since the Pakistani military began its offensive in the Swat Valley, police across the valley and surrounding area have been deserting from their respective departments at an alarming rate. Over 30 percent of the overall force of the Malakand division have quit or simply stopped showing up for work in the past several months.
In the Buner district, which was among the first targets of the offensive, the number was a shocking 77.5%, as the source claimed that “310 cops out of the total 400 policemen have reportedly deserted the force.” Across the Swat Valley itself, 820 out of 2,000 deserted. In Upper and Lower Dir, roughly 250 out of 2,100 have left. The Buner police encouraged their members to flee with their families at the start of the offensive, but to report in after they arrived in camps. They eagerly left, but few appear to be reporting in.
Many national police are declining to be assigned to the area, preferring to quit instead of being deployed in Swat. Assignments to the picturesque valley have become incredibly dangerous, with the Taliban factions occupying or burning many of the stations, and capturing police in some towns.
North Korea is dictatorship - and how many dictators there has been in last 100 yrs, which has not proven to be working for Illuminati banksters, after years has gone, and history been exposed --- Why North Korea would make a difference this time? - Timing for nuke test didnt serve but just one purpose - Attack to Iran!
Originally posted by DangerDeath
These Illuminati of lately really behave like some nomads