Category: Central Asia

NGOs linked to ISI, says FBI

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An FBI probe has raised suspicions that two European NGOs could be secretly financed and controlled by Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence.

ISI chief on secret China visit as US ties take a blow: Report

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ISLAMABAD(Times of India): ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pashahas embarked on a secret visit to China that is being seen as part of Pakistan’s efforts to reduce its dependence on the US in the wake of strained military and intelligence ties. 

GRU Responsible For Bomb Incident At US Embassy In Tbilisi

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Jamestown.org: The US intelligence community has concluded that a Russian military intelligence officer, based in Abkhazia, commissioned the bomb blast outside the US embassy in Tbilisi and other bomb explosions during 2010 in Georgia. The Obama administration has accepted this…

Moscow’s Plan to Increase Control over the North Caucasus Imperils its Effort to Modernize the Region

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Jamestown.org: The International Economic Forum took place in St. Petersburg, Russia, over June 16-18. Delegations from the North Caucasian republics attended the event and a special session “North Caucasus: Unlocking the Potential” took place on June 18. From the statements…

India Weighs Developing ICBM With 6,200-Mile Reach

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India is considering whether to abandon a self-imposed limit on the range of its nuclear-capable missiles in order to develop an ICBM that can strike targets at distances of more than 6,200 miles, the Pioneer newspaper reported on Sunday (see GSN, June…

German Initiatives Favor Russia On Transnistria Talks

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Jamestown.org: In the context of Russo-German special relations, the German government proposes to restart international negotiations on the Transnistria conflict from a modified basis, one largely favorable to Russian interests. On this issue, Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs implements a…

Two killed in Georgia rally crackdown

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TBILISI — Two people were killed and dozens injured Thursday when Georgian riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a five-day rally against President Mikheil Saakashvili’s pro-Western rule. Police fired rubber bullets and water cannon to…

U.S. Guantanamo documents name Pakistan ISI as al Qaeda associate

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(Reuters) – The U.S. military classified Pakistan’s top spy agency as a terrorist support entity in 2007 and used association with it as a justification to detain prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, according to leaked documents published on Sunday that are…

Georgia Annuls Military Transit Treaty with Russia

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Civil Georgia, Tbilisi Georgian Parliament unanimously endorsed on April 19 government’s proposal to annul a five-year agreement with Russia setting out procedures for transit of Russian military personnel and cargo to Armenia via Georgia.

China Seeks Uranium Ore in Kazakhstan

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Eurasian Daily Monitor: Future prospects for cooperation between China and Kazakhstan were high on the agenda during President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visit to Beijing on February 21. This overshadowed all other complicated and long-drawn out issues like the water sharing on Ili…