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U.S., NATO Connive To Remain In Central Asia

Uznews.net
August 24, 2012

Uzbekistan USA’s strategic partner again

The USA has decided with its partners to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. Uzbekistan will become a key country, which will host a special military centre.

This was discussed at recent talks between US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake and Uzbek President Islam Karimov in Tashkent on 15 August.

It was the bank accounts of President Karimov’s family that influenced his willingness to agree to cooperate with the USA, a reliable source has said.

The Americans threatened that they might create problems with funds of the president’s elder daughter, Gulnara Karimova, that are deposited in Western bank accounts.

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will also provide air and land routes for the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

Retreat ways

The use of Central Asia to withdraw NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014 was first discussed in March, during a visit by US Secretary of Defence Leon Penetta to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Then, the Kyrgyz defence minister was offered military equipment and weapons by the USA free of charge. Consequently, the same topic was discussed by Pentagon officials in Dushanbe and Tashkent.

Now NATO troops are using about 7,000 M-ATV wheeled armoured personnel carriers, 8,000 MRAP armoured vehicles with mine protection, over 10,000 HMMWV off-road vehicles and auxiliary equipment.

In addition, the Pentagon is ready to hand over medical equipment, communication facilities, fire extinguishing equipment

Kyrgyz Defence Ministry officials then agreed to accept military vehicles and communication facilities.

The Kyrgyz Defence Ministry explained that it would be very expensive to use other equipment, namely small arms taken out of battle fields.

American diplomats continued talks with Tashkent and Dushanbe.

Impossible to manage independently

US military top brass believe that hotbeds of instability may emerge on the Afghan-Tajik and Afghan-Uzbek borders after 2014.

In their opinion, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will not be able to overcome supposed terrorist threats.

CSTO rapid reaction forces will not be able to rebuff Afghan fighters either, the US military believe.

In the opinion of US diplomats, NATO forces can be used to ensure stability in Central Asia.

It is suggested that most of equipment should be given free of charge, and some for storage to Uzbekistan.

At the same time, the matter concerns the possibility of setting up a special military centre to maintain equipment and ensure stability in the region. It will be based in Uzbekistan.

Possibly, later this centre may become another foreign military base in Central Asia.

Leaving bases behind

Americans are not concealing their desire to keep their Manas base in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek. President Almazbek Atambayev last year said that the military base in Bishkek’s Manas airport would be closed in 2014.

But the Kyrgyz government explained that, most likely, the base would remain but under a different name.

The USA will mainly use the territory of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to withdraw forces from Afghanistan.

The diligence of American diplomats in Central Asia has noticeably increased because of the approaching deadline for the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.

After his visit to Tashkent, Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake said that in October he would visit Kyrgyzstan for a second round of talks.

A meeting with Kyrgyz authorities will touch upon the topic of the future presence of NATO troops in Central Asia.

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  1. Hoarsewhisperer
    August 26, 2012 at 4:20 am

    This story reminded me of a GlobalResearch story reproduced on Voltairenet.

    The Pentagon’s reality show
    http://www.voltairenet.org/The-Pentagon-s-reality-show

    It begs several questions.
    1. If this was part of a fiendishly clever idea, why would its authors tell everyone about it before it has stood the test of time and implementation?
    2. How clever is it to move troops and hardware from bases and bunkers in Afghanistan (where a perimeter of 15 miles is enough to thwart most local counter-attacks), to bases and bunkers in Uzbekistan (where a 3000 mile perimeter would be insufficient to thwart an a counter-attack from Russia)?
    3. Why is the US military the only military apparatus on Earth which telegraphs its plans?
    4. Who are they trying to convince?

  2. Kathleen
    August 28, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Thanks for the link HW. Here is an excerpt from it:

    “But what makes the reality show unique is the exceptional master of ceremonies: General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe in 1997-2000. It is he who plans the competitors’ missions, guides them and judges them. He doesn’t lack experience: it was he who planned and directed the war against Yugoslavia.”

    How very offensive. The US is so desensitized, (or far removed?) from the violence of wars of aggression, they think it is entertainment?

    Another one of former General Wes Clarks’ projects, along with cashing in with mining rights in Kosovo, Mongolia, http://www.mad-mongolia.com/news/mongolia-news/envidity-launches-usd-1-billion-coal-gasification-project-in-mongolia-6373/
    and he is an “unpaid honorary advisor” in Romania
    http://www.romania-insider.com/retired-us-general-wesley-clark-becomes-an-adviser-to-romanias-pm-victor-ponta/60392/ ,
    all connected with his “experience planning and directing war.” What kind of resume is based on the spoils of war? ( Here is the former general talking about the “energy security” in reality, a subject that can’t be avoided … http://envidityinc.com/ )

    In “reality”, war is not entertaining in the least. Real people die under aerial bombardments. Real families are displaced to far away lands where they have no choice but to start life over, with only the material things their hosts give them, (some do it all alone) and usually have to abandon the life’s work they had for whatever work they can find. There are thousands such refugees just in the Chicago area and more across the US from Clark’s handwork in the former Yugoslavia. Those that do not leave cope with a ruined economy and the effects of depleted uranium that is expected to remain for thousands of years. In Serbia, young adults are getting brand new types of cancers.

    Why don’t they have some real “reality” and film this “Stars Earn Stripes” in Syria, where they will be subjected to snipers, endure interrupted food supplies (Christians in Rableh, Syria RIGHT NOW food supply blockaded by rebels for two weeks – the same people the USA wants to support!), their children in the path of the lunatic weapon wielding extremists, whole blocks of buildings in rubble, with some entombed there.

    Will they feel like stars then? America: have you lost track of your very souls?

    • richardrozoff
      August 28, 2012 at 2:58 am

      Thanks for compiling this comprehensive and compelling dossier on Mr. Clark’s post-Pentagon/NATO “career” and for the impassioned cri du coeur.

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