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Afghanistan
 
Reagan legacy lingers in Afghanistan, Pakistan
The state of Afghanistan has actually been destroyed, and the blame for it lies, to an indeterminate extent, on Reagan's thoughtless but enthusiastic support of the Afghan jihad throughout the 1980s.
 
Central Asian oil, Enron, Afghan pipelines-Timeline
Project: Complete 911 Timeline
Compiled by Paul Thompson
 
Turkmenistan - Afghanistan - Pakistan Pipeline-Map
Map of Proposed Pipiline
 
A TIMELINE OF OIL AND VIOLENCE
Many Article links
 
US OUT OF AFGHANISTAN
There is another good practical reason the US is invading Central Asia: control of oil. Whether it's Unocal's pipeline project, or some other elaborate scheme cooked up by the Carlyle Group makes no matter--Afghanistan has the misfortune to lie between the last big oil reserve on the planet (Turkmenistan) and the sea.
 
The World Oil Market
Very In-Depth Info on Oil Market
 
Unocal and the Afghanistan pipeline
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Argentine oil company Bridas, led by its ambitious chairman, Carlos Bulgheroni, became the first company to exploit the oil fields of Turkmenistan and propose a pipeline through neighboring Afghanistan. A powerful US-backed consortium intent on building its own pipeline through the same Afghan corridor would oppose Bridas' project.
 
America, oil and Afghanistan
IT HAS finally happened. American imperialism has begun its unilateral war against Afghanistan. Ominously, it has formally notified the U.N. Security Council that the military operations would expand beyond Afghanistan. Other countries would be targeted. It is a greater tragedy that this ``war against terrorism'' will consume innocent lives in gruesome proportions. Is all this being done really to exterminate terrorism?
 
America's Pipe Dream
The invasion of Afghanistan is certainly a campaign against terrorism, but it may also be a late colonial adventure. British ministers have warned MPs that opposing the war is the moral equivalent of appeasing Hitler, but in some respects our moral choices are closer to those of 1956 than those of 1938. Afghanistan is as indispensable to the regional control and transport of oil in central Asia as Egypt was in the Middle East.
 
The Pipeline Debate
The Caspian Sea shelf is considered one of the largest sources of petroleum outside the Persian Gulf and Russia.
 
Bush League
Pakistan’s chief spy Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Ahmad "was in the U.S. when the attacks occurred." He arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 4, a full week before the attacks. He had meetings at the State Department after the attacks on the World Trade Center. But he also had "a regular visit of consultations" with his U.S. counterparts at the CIA and the Pentagon during the week prior to Sept. 11.
 
The Geopolitics of Oil in Central Asia
The essence of this new geopolitical game in Central Asia is twofold: first, control of production of the oil and gas, and second, control of the pipelines which will transfer the oil to the Western markets.
 
Shared Challenges, Shared Rewards, Shared Destiny:
A Chevron Perspective on Investing In Kazakhstan
Speech by
Richard H. Matzke
President of Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc.
 
U.S. Taliban Policy influenced by Oil
A new book by two French intelligence analysts claims that at the behest of U.S. oil companies, the Bush administration initially blocked FBI investigations into terrorism, while it bargained with the Taliban for the delivery of Osama bin Laden in exchange for political recognition and economic aid.
 
For Security Oppose The Bombing
In the words of the now vice president of the United States, Dick Cheney, "I cannot think of a time when we have had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian". That was in 1998, when Cheney was in the oil business not in government. In the mid 90ies there were efforts on the part of American energy corporations, most notably Unocal, to build oil and gas pipelines through Afghanistan to feed the South Asian market. These efforts were supposedly given up, either because of instability in Afghanistan (if we can believe Unocal) or because of a campaign against their negotiations with the Taliban regime (if we can believe Unocal's opponents). It was reported in the business press last year that their attempts were still alive.
 
TESTIMONY BY JOHN J. MARESCA VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS UNOCAL CORPORATION TO HOUSE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
The need for U.S. support for international and regional efforts to achieve balanced and lasting political settlements within Russia, other newly independent states and in Afghanistan.
 
New Book Details Bush/Big Oil Negotiations With Taliban BEFORE WTC
Bush-Cheney/Big Oil and Afghanistan's Taliban negotiated for MONTHS over running a Caspian Sea oil pipeline through Afghanistan. Talks began in February and continued right on until only one MONTH before New York City's World Trade Center towers were demolished.
 
Rocca Meets Taliban Representative in Islamabad
On August 2, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca met in Islamabad with a representative of Afghanistan's Taliban regime, which the United States does not recognize.
 
The Mysteries of 9/11
"On the morning of Sept. 11, Goss and [Bob Graham (D-Fla)] were having breakfast with a Pakistani general named Mahmud Ahmed [sic] ­ the soon-to-be sacked head of Pakistan's intelligence service. Ahmed ran a spy agency notoriously close to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban...the discussion that morning touched on Taliban links to terrorism, but Goss says his greatest worry was the dispute in Kashmir"
 
Summary Of A Symposium On The National Security Dimensions
Of The Emerging Crisis In The Caspian Basin
The Caspian Sea is believed to rank third in the world in terms of undiscovered hydrocarbon resources (including both oil and gas) and second in terms of undiscovered oil. Some estimates of the region's resource potential put the Caspian Sea in close competition with the Middle East. The Caspian region could eventually replace Norway as the fifth largest oil producer in the world.
 
Afghan pipeline given go-ahead
30 May, 2002-The leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to construct a $2bn pipeline to bring gas from Central Asia to the sub-continent.
 
THE COUNTER-TERRORIST
The legend of John P. O'Neill, who lost his life at the World Trade Center on September 11th, begins with a story by Richard A. Clarke, the national coördinator for counter-terrorism in the White House from the first Bush Administration until last year.
 
War on Terror
 
Lawmakers ask Ashcroft to explain why terror suspect freed
Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are demanding to know why the Bush administration chose to release to Syria a terror suspect when several prosecutors and FBI agents had collected evidence for a possible criminal case.
 
Terror suspect freed despite FBI evidence
Nabil al-Marabh was No. 27 on the FBI's list of terror suspects after Sept. 11. He trained in Afghanistan's militant camps, sent money to a roommate convicted in a foiled plot to bomb a hotel and boasted to an informant about plans to blow up a fuel truck inside a New York tunnel, FBI documents allege. The Bush administration set him free - to Syria - even though prosecutors had sought to bring criminal cases against him and judges openly expressed concerns about possible terrorist ties.
 
Terrorism up, not down in 2003: State Department

The State Department acknowledged today it was wrong in reporting terrorism declined worldwide last year, a finding that was used to boost one of President George W. Bush's top foreign policy claims — success in countering terror.
 
They Had A Plan
Long before 9/11, the White House debated taking the fight to al-Qaeda. By the time they decided, it was too late. The saga of a lost chance
 
 
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