by Umer Sultan
Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian country and an ally of the United States, is facing law and order situation in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh and Jalal-Abad.
Uzbek woman Matluba at the border along with other refugees. Source: AP
The mob of ethnic Kyrgyzs, armed with guns and metallic rods stormed the city of Osh and Jalal-Abad, setting up the houses of the Uzbeks on fire, and looting and killing Uzbeks. Neither police nor the army has been able to control the situation. The Kyrgyz government requested military assistance from Russia, which is denied because of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Thousands of Uzbeks have fled to the border of Uzbekistan for safety are in presently in Continue reading
By Umer Sultan
Police officers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, were attacked by protesters on Wednesday. NY Times
Kyrgyzstan- a Central Asian country and an ally of the United States faced a public uprising yesterday on April 7th, 2010. People gathered and stormed Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. They were welcomed by the riot control forces and with live bullets from the snipers stationed at the presidential office. Today the opposition was able to take control of the media and the parliament and thus establishing an interim government. By the end of this second Tulip Revolution, the Interior Minister was beaten to death, the President went into hiding while more than 60 people died and over 400 were wounded.
By Umer Sultan
The National Public Radio (NPR news) ran a program on the Talk of the Nation about the Results of the Simulated Israeli Strike on Iran by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy (SCMEP), studied by Kenneth Pollack.
The official details of the simulation can be read here. The NPR program can be listen/ read here.
In brief there were 3 players of the simulation–America, Israel & Iran. The SCMEP had the players reflecting the currect policies of the US and Israeli governments. The simulation time was 8 days, in which Israel attacked the Nuclear facility of Iran without asking or notifying the United States in advance. After the attacks, the US was told by the Israel that this favor has been done by Israel and that US should help Israel in regards to this. The United States was first angry and then tried to keep Israel aside from the scene and tried to control the situation from getting any worse.
Iran, on the other hand, responded by attacking Israel, while Israel started getting hit my rockets from Lebanon and Gaza. Israel had to send a major land military offensive in order to invade Lebanon and Gaza to stop the rockets. By the end of the simulation (8th day) Iran was mining the Straight of Hormuz, Israel was in the middle of the major land offensive, Saudi Arabia got hit by Iran as well (they didn’t believe that Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with this), Syria was supporting Iran but didn’t know what to do of this sudden nuclear exchange…
Pakistan left out:
Map of Chechnya- Source: Worldatlas.com
The New York Times covered a story yesterday on March 30th, 2010, on the research done by the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism on the Chechan suicide attacks, especially by the Chechan women.
Its a very important and informative read. It is also important because of the 2 recent bombings in the Subway in Russia, that Russia is calling it to be the works of “Islamic” Extremists. Even though presently, it is not known who is behind the Russian submay bombings but the article tells us the reasons of the suicide attacks by Chechans in Russia.
Chechnya’s leading rebel commanders, Doku Umarov, issued video statements warning of attacks in Russia proper. “The Russians think the war is distant,” he said. “Blood will not only spill in our towns and villages but also it will spill in their towns … our military operations will encompass the entirety of Russia.” He also made clear that his campaign was not about restoring any Islamic caliphate, but about Chechen independence:
“This is the land of our brothers and it is our sacred duty to liberate these lands.”
Read the full article in order to understand further.