Published March 18, 2010
Tags: Afghanistan, AfPak, Afpax, Committee To Protect Journalists, Eason Jordan, Michael D Furlong, Pakistan, PMCs, private security, PSCs, Robert Young Pelton
The headline in Sunday’s New York Times sent chills down my spine. Contractors Tied to Efforts to Track and Kill Militants. Sadly, the story that followed justified my reaction. In a nutshell, the New York Times reported that a US Defense Department official, Michael D. Furlong, established a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan to gather intelligence on suspected insurgents — intelligence which may have been used to track and kill them.
As the New York Times pointed out, it is ‘generally considered illegal’ for the military to hire private contractors as spies. If it were up to me, it would be expressly outlawed. Continue reading ‘PMJs: Private Military Journalists?’
Published February 4, 2010
Tags: AfPak, Beijing, Blackwater, China, energy security, Gwadar, Islamabad, NWFP, Pakistan, Pakistani Taliban, TTP, US Military
No More Denying the US Military Presence
The days of denying the presence of US military personnel in Pakistan came to an end after three US soldiers were killed in a bomb blast near a girls’ school in North West Frontier Province this week. The admission that US troops are in Pakistan training the country’s paramilitary Frontier Corps could not have come at a more delicate time. Not only could it further weaken Pakistan’s embattled central government; it could up the stakes considerably in the Great Game for supremacy in Central Asia. Continue reading ‘The Stakes Rise in Pakistan’