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Pepe Escobar: Daesh, KLA, Creature Of The West.


Pepe Escobar: Daesh, Creature Of The West

Published: March 26, 2017
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Source: Op-Ed by Pepe Escobar

James Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Emerging Threats at NATO – now that’s a lovely title – recently gave a talk at a private club in London on the Islamic State/Daesh. Shea, as many will remember, made his name as NATO’s spokesman during the NATO war on Yugoslavia in 1999.

After his talk Shea engaged in a debate with a source I very much treasure. The source later gave me the lowdown.

According to Saudi intelligence, Daesh was invented by the US government – in Camp Bacca, near the Kuwait border, as many will remember — to essentially finish off the Shiite-majority Nouri al-Maliki government in Baghdad.

It didn’t happen this way, of course. Then, years later, in the summer of 2014, Daesh routed the Iraqi Army on its way to conquer Mosul. The Iraqi Army fled. Daesh operatives then annexed ultra-modern weapons that took US instructors from six to twelve months to train the Iraqis in and…surprise! Daesh incorporated the weapons in their arsenals in 24 hours.

In the end, Shea frankly admitted to the source that Gen David Petraeus, conductor of the much-lauded 2007 surge, had trained these Sunnis now part of Daesh in Anbar province in Iraq.

Saudi intelligence still maintains that these Iraqi Sunnis were not US-trained – as Shea confirmed – because the Shiites in power in Baghdad didn’t allow it. Not true. The fact is the Daesh core – most of them former commanders and soldiers in Saddam Hussein’s army — is indeed a US-trained militia.

True to form, at the end of the debate, Shea went on to blame Russia for absolutely everything that’s happening today – including Daesh terror. 

Mr. Sykes and Monsieur Picot, you’re dead

Now let’s go back to the proclamation of the Daesh Caliphate in June 29, 2014. That was choreographed as a symbolic abolition of the Sykes-Picot border that split the Middle East a century ago. At the same time, abandoning the option of a military push to take Baghdad, Daesh chose to regionalize and internationalize the fight, creating their own transnational state and denouncing regional states as “impostors”. All that coupled with the amp up of any chaos strategy capable of horrifying Western public opinion.

For large swathes of a Sunni Arab audience, this was powerful stuff. Daesh was proclaiming themselves, in a warped manner, as the sole real heir of the different Arab Springs; the only totally autonomous regional movement, depending exclusively on its own local base, made up of numerous Bedouin tribes.

But how did we get here?

Let’s go back once again – now to Iraq in the 1990s, during the Clinton era. The strategic logic at the time spelled out an instrumentalization of UN resolutions — with Washington de facto controlling Iraq’s oil, manipulating the price as a means of pressure over trade competitors much more dependent on Iraqi oil such as China, Japan and selected European nations.

9/11 turned this state of affairs upside down – leading to the 2003 neocon ideological stupidity and subsequent amateurism managing an occupation in total ignorance of history and the ultra-complex dynamics between the Iraqi state and society. Saddam Hussein was the de facto last avatar of a political arrangement invented by imperial Britain in 1920. With the invasion and occupation, the Iraq state collapsed. And the Cheney regime had no clue what to do with it.

There was no Sunni alternative. So Plan B, under major pressure by Shiites and Kurds, was to give voice to the majority. The problem is political parties ended up being religious and ethnic parties. The partition of power, Lebanese-style — Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds – turned out to be a dysfunctional nightmare.

Between 2005 and 2008, this American attempt to rebuild the Iraqi state yielded a horrendous confessional civil war between Sunnis and Shiites. The Sunnis lost. And that largely explains the subsequent success of Daesh in creating a “Sunniland”.

The US occupation-Arab Spring love affair

Now let’s turn to the Syrian version of the Arab Spring in February/March 2011. Initial protests against Assad’s iron rule were peaceful – multi-communitarian and multi-confessional. But soon anti-Alawite rancor started to radicalize a significant part of the Sunni majority.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Pepe_Escobar%3A_Daesh%2C_Creature_Of_The_West/57527/0/38/38/Y/M.html

 $10 Trillion Missing from Pentagon and No One — Not Even the DoD — Knows Where It Is

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Ein Kosovo: UCK – KLA Terrorist wurde verurteilt, wegen Kriegs Verbrechen: Xhemshit Krasniqi

August 11, 2016 1 Kommentar

Verbrechen ohne Ende, Entführung, Folterung, Tödung von Zivilisten, Frauen und Kindern: die Terroristen Organisation KLA – UCK, als US Verbündete im Spektakel der Mörder, Drogen Geschäfte und dem Terrorismus. Selten wurde Einer verurteilt wie nun: Xhemshit Krasniqi

 

siehe UN Berichte aus 2003 und wegen den NATO Verbrechen dauert das dann über 13 Jahre.UNMIK Forensic Report Organ Trafficking Kosovo und

09 Aug 16

Kosovo Ex-Guerrilla Jailed for Wartime Torture

EU rule-of-law mission judges sentenced former Kosovo Liberation Army fighter Xhemshit Krasniqi to eight years in jail for the abuse and torture of civilians in detention camps in Kosovo and Albania.

Marija Ristic
BIRN

Belgrade

Xhemshit Krasniqi. Photo: Facebook

The panel of international judges at the Basic Court in Mitrovica on Monday found Xhemshit Krasniqi, a former member of Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, guilty of war crimes against civilians and “unauthorised ownership, control and possession or use of weapons”.

According to the ruling, Krasniqi was responsible for the “arrest, illegal detention, violation of bodily integrity and health and torture of several witnesses and unknown civilians in the KLA camps in towns of Kukes and Cahan (Albania), as well as in town of Prizren (Kosovo) during 1999”.

The verdict said he committed his crimes in collaboration with other KLA members.

Krasniqi was sentenced to eight years in prison and told to pay a fine of 1,500 euros.

His detention on remand was extended until the verdict becomes final, as both parties have the right to appeal.

Krasniqi was arrested in October in his hometown of Prizren in southern Kosovo during a police operation staged by the EU-rule-of law mission, EULEX.

During the NATO bombing of the former Yugoslavia, from March to June 1999, the KLA, then fighting the Serbian police and military, had a base in the Albanian town of Kukes, from where they launched guerrilla operations across the border in Kosovo.

The KLA also maintained a network of prisons in their bases in Albania and Kosovo during and after the conflict of 1999.

These prisons held Kosovo Albanians suspected of collaboration, Serbs and Roma. Some detainees were tortured and it is also believed that some were killed.

The Serbian association of missing persons says some 500 Kosovo Serbs are still listed as missing.

A Council of Europe report from 2011 said KLA fighters used a former metal factory in Kukes and converted it into a multi-purpose facility, including at least two ‘cellblocks’ to house detainees…..

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-jails-former-kla-fighter-for-war-crimes-08-09-2016

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16 Jahre, wurden die Kosovo Todesschwadronen von kriminellen NATO Partner vertuscht

November 25, 2014 1 Kommentar

Alleged connections between top Kosovo politicians and assassin investigated

The final in Julian Borger’s series on Kosovo explores how senior figures in the governing party are being targeted in a major Eulex inquiry

EU’s biggest foreign mission in turmoil
EU accused over its Kosovo mission

Hashim Thaçi
The investigation into the shadowy spy group known as Shik could prove embarrassing for western intelligence agencies, whose support for PM Hashim Thaçi (pictured) dates back to the Kosovo war. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

The EU legal mission in Kosovo, under fire for allegedly shielding powerful local politicians, reopened an investigation on Friday into connections between a convicted hit-man and senior figures in the governing party.
The move comes at a time when the EU is to send a legal expert to scrutinise the operations of the EU Rule of Law mission in Kosovo, Eulex, which is in crisis following recent allegations by a British whistleblower that it has been covering up evidence of corruption.

The investigation has been launched five years after a confessed assassin, Nazim Bllaca, claimed on video to have taken part in numerous killings of political opponents as part of a hit squad working for the intelligence wing of the governing PDK party.

A new investigation into the shadowy spy group, known as Shik, could also prove embarrassing for western intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA and France’s DGSE, whose support for prime minister Hashim Thaçi, the PDK and Shik dates back to the 1998-9 Kosovo war. At the time, the Americans and French backed Thaçi as the most effective Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander fighting the Serbian military, which was conducting a brutal counter-insurgency and “ethnic-cleansing campaign”.

Some Kosovar and Eulex investigators believe these wartime intelligence ties have helped protect the PDK leadership and held back efforts since Kosovo’s 2008 independence to curb the country’s runaway corruption and organised crime.

In his November 2009 video confession, Bllaca said he worked for Azem Syla, a former defence minister and several other powerful party figures.

According to the Kosovan daily Koha Ditore – which first published the revelations of the British whistleblower, Maria Bamieh, and the news of the Syla investigation – Bllaca’s family were moved abroad for their protection on Wednesday. The Guardian independently confirmed the launch of the Syla investigation with a Eulex source in Kosovo.

Syla and Thaçi have repeatedly dismissed allegations they were involved in corruption or political killings. Syla told Koha Ditore: “The credibility of such accusations is often unfounded and tendentious.”

In 2012 Syla was expelled from Switzerland, in part for abuse of the social security system, drawing €350,000 in disability payments there while he was working as a politician in Kosovo.

A Eulex spokeswoman, Dragana Nikolić-Solomon, said she could not confirm or deny an investigation was under way. “As you will appreciate, investigations cannot be commented in public. One of the main principles in such proceedings is the principle of confidentiality.”

The launch of the new enquiry, which will be conducted by Kosovan and Eulex investigators, will raise questions of why it was not begun five years earlier.

In his 2009 video Bllaca said that he worked for the execution arm of Shik, charged with killing “collaborators”, LDK officials and potential witnesses against KLA commanders for war crimes.

He said that between 1999 and 2003 he took part in an estimated 17 crimes, including assassinations, attempted assassinations, threats and blackmail, claiming that he worked directly for Syla.

His explosive testimony threatened to devastate the PDK and confirm suspicions that Shik, supposed to have been disbanded, remained a potent force in the shadows of Kosovan public life.

According to Andrea Capussela, former head of the economics unit in the International Civilian Office, a multilateral supervisory body in Kosovo, Shik is “the elite’s main instrument for political crime and a major criminal enterprise in its own right, with estimated annual earnings of $200m (£125m).”

Bllaca’s confession was highly embarrassing for Eulex as it turned out he had attempted months earlier to give his testimony to a top European prosecutor from the mission, who did not make a record of it. Furthermore, it took four days from Bllaca’s public testimony for Eulex to arrest him and put him in protective custody.

Bamieh, the British whistleblower at the heart of the current Eulex crisis, told the Guardian that she was prevented by a more senior prosecutor from questioning Bllaca about his information on PDK leaders and their involvement in suspicious privatisation deals. Bamieh was told he was not a credible witness.

“Evidently … his statements were judged credible in the parts in which he incriminated himself and other killers like him, but not credible in the parts in which he accused members of the political elite, despite the fact that such statements exposed him to a high risk of retaliation and were therefore unlikely to be knowingly false,” Capussela said in an assessment of Eulex’s six years of operations.

The new spotlight on the campaign of assassinations by Shik, may also prove uncomfortable for western intelligence agencies which helped set up the organisation during the Kosovo war, in which Nato sided with the KLA to oust Serbian forces from the former Yugoslav province, paving the way for its declaration of independence in 2008.

Kadri Veseli, the Shik chief and a close aide to Thaci, told the US news website GlobalPost in 2011: “We had a lot of partners — 25 intelligence services … The US, they help us a lot.”

 

Veseli said foreign intelligence services helped Shik “in every way”, but denied that Shik had carried out systematic political killings.

As well as the CIA, Shik received particular support from France’s external intelligence service, the DGSE. France, alone among the western allies, had provided military training for the KLA. British wartime intercepts of Serbian military communications during the Kosovo war, even revealed that DGSE officers had been killed alongside KLA fighters in a Serbian ambush.

In the spring of 1999, according to investigators who have tracked Shik’s activities, a group of 20 Shik recruits were taken out on a boat from the Albanian port of Durres and transferred to a French warship. They had been dressed in dark blue shirts so they would blend in with the French soldiers. Shipped to France they were given specialist weapons training as part of what was supposed to be a course in close protection. But according to investigators, some of the French-trained Shik recruits later became members of the assassination squad.

The French connection with Shik was strengthened when French troops took over control of northern Kosovo after the 1999 Nato intervention, which included the Drenica region, home to Thaci’s family and his close circle. A former head of DGSE operations, Xavier Bout de Marnhac, ran Eulex from 2010 to 2012.

A Kosovan investigator estimated the hit squad was responsible for as many as 30 killings, and that the French connection had helped played a part in Eulex’s apparent reluctance to pursue investigations to the top reaches of Kosovan politics.

 

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/07/kosovo-hitman-inquiry-eulex-hashim-thaci

Washingtons Todesschwadronen

Von Bill Van Auken, 11. Juni 2015

Ein Artikel in der New York Times über das Seal Team 6 deckt auf, dass die US-Regierung sich immer mehr auf den Einsatz von Todesschwadronen verlässt.

Ex-NATO Chef: Lord Roberston: “the KLA were responsible for more deaths in Kosovo than the Yugoslav [Serb] authorities had been.”

 Kosovo: a template for disaster

The idea that Kosovo is a model for humanitarian intervention in Libya is based on a series of myths

As they weigh up whether to support the attack on Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, some western commentators are taking comfort from the 1999 Nato air war against Serbia, which is widely viewed as a successful humanitarian mission that protected Kosovans from Serbian aggression. Moreover it was done at low cost to the intervening powers, who suffered no combat casualties. And ultimately it led to the ousting of Serbia’s villainous leader, Slobodan Milosevic. The Libya intervention, it is hoped, will have a similarly positive outcome.

In reality, Kosovo presents little basis for optimism with regard to Libya. Its success is based on a series of myths.

The first is that in Kosovo, war constituted a morally simple conflict, between aggressive Serbs and victimised Kosovan Albanians; and that Nato, in backing the Albanians, was furthering the cause of human rights. In fact, none of the parties were particularly moral. The war crimes of Serbian forces are well known, but their Kosovan adversaries committed crimes too. In early 1999, Tony Blair believed that the Kosovo Liberation Army was “not much better than the Serbs”, according to Alastair Campbell’s memoirs. And the UK defence minister George Robertson stated that until shortly before the Nato bombing campaign, “the KLA were responsible for more deaths in Kosovo than the Yugoslav [Serb] authorities had been.”

A similar situation could occur in Libya: securing regime change will probably require a foreign occupation, which could last for years, in a country with three times the population of Kosovo and a much larger territory. The Nato powers may have no choice but to field troops, and to fund their occupation activities – on top of the UK and US commitment in Iraq and Afghanistan, and during a global economic crisis.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/21/kosovo-template-for-disaster-libya

Robertson Underlines NATO Commitment to Kosovo

27/06/2003

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      Roberston stressed that the people of Kosovo must oppose organised crime and extremism and promised that the alliance will remain committed to helping them. He said the international community was not prepared to give up Kosovo “to organised criminals and those who use brutality in the name of ethnic nationalism”.………..

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Kosova- Bildete der französische Geheimdienst Mörder und Banditen aus ?

von Ilir Berisha am 12.11.2014

Der französische Geheimdienst DGSE bildete nach Berichten der britischen Zeitung „The Guardian“, offensichtlich Mitglieder des Regierungsparteigeheimdiensts PDK- SHIK- aus. Dies berichtete unter Berufung auf die britische Zeitung, die kosovarische Zeitung „Zeri“ am vergangenen Samstag.Darunter ist zu verstehen, dass der Geheimdienst SHIK in der Handhabung von Waffen

und Verhörmethoden, zum Teil im Frankreich trainiert wurde. Der Chef des Geheimdienstes SHIK , Kadri Veseli bestätigte diesen Bericht. Selbstverständlich bestreitet er Morde gegenüber bestimmten Personen in Kosova. Die britische Zeitung hingegen schreibt, dass spezielle unter der Leitung von Azem Syla, rund 30 politisch motivierter Morde gegenüber Rivalen der Regierungspartei PDK in Kosova stattfanden. Unumstritten ist hingegen, dass der französische Geheimdienst seine Zusammenarbeit mit der SHIK seit dem Herbst 1998 betreibt. Im Frühjahr 1999 wurden Akteure des Parteigeheimdienstes SHIK, in Frankreich in der Handhabung von Waffen trainiert. Auch der US amerikanische CIA arbeitete nach eigenem bekunden mit der SHIK zusammen. Nun findet offiziell eine Untersuchung gegen den französischen Geheimdienst durch die Organe der EULEX in Kosova statt. Ein Mitarbeiter der französischen Mission im Kosova, hat die Zusammenarbeit mit der SHIK bereits eingestanden. Die noch Regierung unter Hashim Thaci , versucht sich gegenwärtig mit allen Mitteln -obwohl sie über keinerlei Mehrheit im Parlament mehr verfügt- an der Macht zu halten. Einer der engsten Mitarbeiter von Hashim Thaci ist der Leiter des Geheimdienstes SHIK, Kadri Veseli. Gegenwärtig versucht die SHIK mittels Erpressung andere Abgeordnete, doch noch zur Wahl einer PDK Regierung zu bewegen. Letzteres ist für diese Leute von eminenter Bedeutung. Die führenden Politiker der PDK hatten in den letzten Jahren Millionen Euro an Privatvermögen angehäuft………………kosovo – aktuell

http://balkanblog.org/2011/03/23/-/

 

Kosovo by the Institute for European Policy commissioned by the German Bundeswehr

11/18/2007 (Balkanalysis.com)

By David Binder

Forget about status negotiations for a moment. The near-term outlook for Kosovo is unalterably grim: an economy stuck in misery; a bursting population of young people with “criminality as the sole career choice;” an insupportably high birthrate; a society imbued with corruption and a state dominated by organized crime figures.

These are the conclusions of “Operationalizing of the Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans,” a 124-page investigation by the Institute for European Policy commissioned by the German Bundeswehr and issued last January. This month the text turned up on a weblog. It is labeled “solely for internal use.” Provided one can plow through the appallingly dense Amtsdeutsch – “German officialese” – that is already evident in the ponderous title, a reader is rewarded with sharp insights about Kosovo.

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http://balkanblog.org/2007/11/19/1647/

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