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Pakistan MPs seek to link reopening Nato supply lines with the end of the drone war by the US. Libya debacle continues with call for UN intervention by tribal leader , Afghanistan coverup alleged by lawyer for Bales - this years lone wolf gunman....

Pakistan MPs Seek to Link NATO Supplies to Ending US Drone Strikes

Drones Kill Four in North Waziristan

by Jason Ditz, March 30, 2012
When President Obama told Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani he was “not ready” to stop attacking targets inside Pakistan, he apparently wasn’t kidding. Today, a US drone attacked a site in Miramshah, North Waziristan, killing four and wounding three others.
The attack hit overnight, with local security officials estimating the time at 3:00 AM. It struck a house and burned it to the ground. The house was in the commercial district of the town, and the identities of the suspects are unknown.
The attacks are one of many things fueling massive anti-US sentiment in Pakistan, and members of parliament are pressing for a resolution to explicitly link the end of US drone strikes to any move allowing NATO to move supplies through the country again.
NATO supplies were halted in November after US warplanes attacked a pair of Pakistani military bases. The US has repeatedly said since then that its expects Pakistan to reopen the supply route “soon,” but the strikes continue to fuel anger, which is making such a reopening politically impossible.

Tabu Chief Calls for ‘International Intervention’ as South Libya Fighting Continues

Govt Claims Ceasefire But Locals Say Clashes Continue

by Jason Ditz, March 30, 2012
The chief of Libya’s Tabu Tribe, who earlier this week warned of the prospect of a war of secession in southern Libya, is today calling for an international intervention to halt the “ethnic cleansing” of his tribe by other factions.
“We demand that the United Nations and European Union intervene to stop the ethnic cleansing of the Tabu,” said Chief Mansour. He says ethnic Arabs in southern Libya have been targeting Tabu dominated settlements.
Most of the fighting recently has centered around the major city of Sabha, where peace talks turned into a weeklong fight when a Tabu tribesman killed a Sabha militia member in a dispute over a car on the way to the talks, starting the fighting all over again.
Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) has sent thousands of troops to Sabha to try to calm the fighting, and while they claimed to have brokered a ceasefire today,residents say that the fighting hasn’t stopped.

US Blocking Investigation of Afghan Massacre, Bales’s Lawyer Says

The inconsistency of the official story and the Pentagon's apparent attempt to hide evidence smacks of a government cover-up

by John Glaser, March 30, 2012
The lawyer defending the U.S. soldier accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians said on Friday U.S. authorities are blocking his ability to investigate the incident.
“We are facing an almost complete information blackout from the government which is having a devastating effect on our ability to investigate the charges preferred against our client,” said John Henry Browne, who is defending the accused Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has been charged with murdering eight adults and nine children in cold blood. But the official story – that he left his base to kill only once and that he acted alone – has been challenged by eyewitnesses and other Afghan villagers.
The U.S. military has claimed that there is no access to the crime scene for security reasons, but recent excursions by journalists seeking to view the evidence and interview the eyewitnesses and victims’ surviving family members belie those excuses.
Brown claims American authorities are trying to prevent him from investigating by denying access and letting the witnesses scatter without a way to contact them again. ”When we tried to interview the injured civilians being treated at Kandahar Hospital we were denied access and told to coordinate with the prosecution team,” said Browne.
“The next day the prosecution team interviewed the civilian injured. We found out shortly after the prosecution interviews of the injured civilians that the civilians were all released from the hospital and there was no contact information for them,” the statement said.

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