The Telegraph: FBI hunts the 9/11 gang that got away
"The FBI has launched a manhunt for a previously unknown team of men suspected to be part of the 9/11 attacks, the Daily Telegraph can disclose."
The Telegraph: 9/11 gang with pilot uniforms fled to London
"Even before three men of Middle Eastern appearance had told cleaners to stay out of their room, staff at a Los Angeles airport hotel had become increasingly suspicious of what they were up to."
The Telegraph: Libyan 'frogman' sent to train in Rome couldn't swim
"In Libya, where corruption and nepotism are often stitched into the fabric of society, it is often not a case of what you know, but who you know."
The Telegraph: WikiLeaks files reveal 'cold, callous and brutal' behaviour of ministers
"A mother who lost her daughter in the Lockerbie attack has condemned the “cold, callous and brutal” behaviour of British ministers after WikiLeaks documents revealed how they secretly advised Libya on securing the successful early release of the bomber."
The Telegraph: Libya insists ball in U.S. court on scud B alternative
"In a February 9 meeting with the Ambassador, the head of Libya's Scud B destruction program, General Ahmed Azwai, insisted that the USG was mostly responsible for Libya's delayed fulfillment of Scud B destruction commitments. Azwai blamed the USG for hampering Libyan efforts to find a Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)-compliant alternative weapons system to replace its Scud B stock and refused to discuss a destruction timeline until Libya acquires a replacement system. The Libyans passionately believe that the U.S. committed to assisting in the search for an alternative weapons system, and they want the U.S. to fulfill that commitment."
The Telegraph: Tenth U.S.-Japan commission meeting on November 8, 2007 Tokyo
"Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, John C. Rood, led the U.S. delegation to the tenth U.S.-Japan Commission on Arms Control, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Verification on November 8 in Tokyo. The Commission meeting made clear that Japan shares a common view on important areas in nonproliferation and will continue to be a strong ally. The meeting covered a wide range of issues, including North Korea and Iran; the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and proliferation finance; disarmament and non-proliferation issues; U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation; the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GI); and the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP)."
The Telegraph: Readout North Atlantic Council Meeting January 28, 2009
"Senior Civilian Representative Gentilini said the Afghans were eager for NATO to respond to its proposal for a military technical agreement, sent to NATO in early January. The SCR and several Perm Reps stressed that a MTA with the Afghans could help address the issue of civilian casualties, but many cautioned that the legal difficulties involved in negotiating such an agreement called for the Alliance to proceed with caution."
The Telegraph: Narayanan urges better bilateral understanding on terrorism to senators Feingold and Casey
"National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan told Senators Russ Feingold and Bob Casey May 30 that the U.S.-India relationship amounts to much more than just trade links and defense deals, but rather benefits from a mutual empathy. Asked about terrorism, Narayanan related that training camps on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border have attracted more "white faces.""
Aftenposten: Afghanistan: Capital Flight and Its Impact on Future Stability
"Afghanistan´s is a cash-based economy, relying on historic trade linkages with neighboring and regional partners. Given Afghanistan´s strategic location, ongoing conflict, and deep involvement in illicit trade (e.g., narcotics), as well as some neighboring country currency exchange policies, vast amounts of cash come and go from the country on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Before the August 20 election, $600 million in banking system withdrawals were reported; however, in recent months, some $200 million has flowed back into the country. In terms of total money leaving the country, analysts are uncertain whether it is generated within Afghanistan or is moving through Afghanistan from other countries such as Pakistan (Pakistan´s strict currency controls makes smuggling through Kabul International Airport (KIA) an attractive option). Experts also do not know the ratio of licit and illicit monies leaving the country. Given Afghanistan´s general political uncertainty, lack of credible and safe investment opportunities, and unsettled election, it appears that individuals moved more money than normal out of the Afghan banking sector and country as a hedge before the elections. While some of the money appears to be returning, Mission -- with support from Washington agencies and other posts in the region -- will work to closely monitor the cash movements, both as a sign of public confidence in GIRoA and for possible illicit financial activities."
Aftenposten: Shahrani Refutes Corruption Charges
"As he awaited President Karzai´s announcement of the cabinet, and his expected move from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to Mines after the new year, Wahidullah Shahrani categorically denied the corruption rumors against him. Reports are circulating in Kabul that Shahrani was involved in a corrupt oil import deal. Shahrani told Ambassador Wayne in a December 15 meeting that the rumors originated with Marshall Fahim Khan´s brother, who lost a bid on a lucrative oil contract when Shahrani was Deputy Finance Minister and had oversight responsibility for numerous procurement tenders. Shahrani claimed the Japanese Embassy and its development assistance arm, JICA, had conducted a transparent bidding process for the contract, and said that he could provide documentation to support his innocence. He believes the corruption rumors were designed to undermine his renomination as Minister of Commerce or elsewhere, and instead pave the way to nominate into office someone who could use it as a vehicle for patronage. (NB: The new Commerce Minister announced on December 19, Ghulam Muhammad Yaylaqi, was Central Bank Chairman in the 1990s and Chamber of Commerce President until 2008. He was allegedly accused of corruption involving counterfeit money in 2001. He was supported by Islamic Unity Party Chair Mohammed Mohaqqeq.)"
Aftenposten: Afghanistan Banking Sector Vulnerabilities: Exposure to Dubai´s Collapsing Property Market and the Role of Lottery Accounts
"The Treasury Attache Office in Afghanistan has met with multiple bank officials, financial sector experts, and a [TEXT REMOVED BY AFTENPOSTEN] reporter in recent weeks to discuss growing rumors that Kabul Bank and Azizi Bank are highly exposed to the Dubai property market. Together, Kabul Bank and Azizi Bank make up a large share of the deposit holdings in Afghanistan. A failure of either bank would have a significant negative impact on the development of the country´s economy, in turn severely undermining the U.S. Mission´s goals in Afghanistan. The Treasury Attache´s Office also discussed the use of lottery deposit accounts with officials from both Azizi Bank and Kabul Bank."