Russia teams up with U.S.
Afghanistan's Islamists provide common enemy
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The Pakistan floods are bringing the United States and Russia together to contain the increasing threat from the Taliban as the refugees who are fleeing the flood's ravages are being welcomed by the renegades in Afghanistan, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
The floods now appear to have changed the dynamics of the way the U.S. will be conducting the war in Afghanistan, given the prospect that refugees will be streaming back into Afghanistan where the Taliban will be all too eager to assist them in an effort to gain further support.
As the Taliban begins to move into northern Afghanistan, the U.S. wants to develop a security plan with Russia that will protect that area as well as the rest of Central Asia
While the Russians have had trepidations over the presence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Afghanistan, this is the lesser of two evils when it comes to the threat of Islamist militants spilling into Muslim portions of the former Soviet Union of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Northern Afghanistan borders on these Islamic countries which once comprised the Soviet Union.
Talks between the U.S. and Russia are centering on helicopter support to haul supplies to NATO troops in areas occupied by the Taliban. This proposed U.S. plan is emerging since the Pakistani military is becoming more involved in rescuing some of the 20 million Pakistanis affected by the flood.
Already, the Taliban has enhanced its influence in Pakistan's remote flood-affected areas of Khyber Paktoonkhwa province, southern Punjab, Sindh province and parts of Baluchistan, a region also known to be an al-Qaida stronghold.
- Russia/Afghanistan: Thinking about returning
- Israel/Russia: Nyet (No) to the request
- United States/Turkey/Israel: Opting out of annual military exercises
- United States/Turkey: Concern over Ankara's eastern tilt
- Turkey/United States: Diplomatic dispute over U.S. personnel
- United States/Vietnam/China: Concern over nuclear deal
- China/Ethiopia: Beijing's turn at colonizing Africa
- United States/Iran: 'American town meeting' in Beirut
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Sept. 6, 2010