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Monday, June 16, 2008

"What Lt. Gen Natynczyk may not know," Canadian Daily Digest, September 4, 2007.

Wanderer has pulled together a number Syed Saleem Shahzad's articles from Asia Times online. World Report has often quoted him for reasons that may be similar to those that inclined Wanderer to assemble this list. Also some additional linkes that are useful. At the top, I have added links to's top headlines for today (June 16, 2008.) In the wake of the Sarposa Prison break, NATO and American commanders have tried to maintain the illusion that the war is being won. Nothing could be farther from the truth, unless it comes directly from Washington.

from Canadian Daily Digest: Sep 4, 2007 by Wanderer

The term "embedded" is applied to Canadian journalists going into the field with Canadian Forces. The perspective of Syed Saleem Shahzad, Asia Times Online's Pakistan Bureau Chief, is unique. A 'guest' of the Taliban, he from time to time is "embedded" in Taliban groups and is privy to the continuing ebb and flow of political currents on both sides of the Durand Line.

Lt. Gen Natynczyk having attended the US Army War College and subsequently being appointed Deputy Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood and in January 2004, being deployed with III Corps to Baghdad, Iraq, serving first as the Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans and subsequently as the Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps (Iraq), will be aware of the directions of the United States.

Is he as well aware of those with whom our Forces and theirs are at war? Not through the North American media, though he may be briefed by his staff.

The writings that follow trace Shahzad as he travels with his Taliban guide in and out of Kunar province which in his words serves "as the start of a natural route up to the northeastern province of Kapisa, from where, ultimately, the Taliban hope to enter into Kabul."

Joe Hueglin

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"In another development, the United National Front of Afghanistan, representing the strongest northern Afghan warlords and politicians, and the strongest force in the south, the Taliban and HIA, have admitted to opening channels of discussion. The
US-backed Karzai is the only stumbling block - at this stage he is not acceptable to the southern strongmen or the northern ones."

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