Robert Young Pelton: Foreign Policy Gets It Wrong on Afghanistan — PBI: Funded Disinformation?

There is a need to establish a truthful narrative, background and facts. Below is antithetical to all that. Fraud and Folly in Afghanistan The  runoff round of the Afghan presidential election on June 14 was massively rigged, and the ensuing election audit was “unsatisfactory,” a result of Afghan government-orchestrated fraud on a scale exceeding two …

Robert Young Pelton: Finding Bergdahl — A Tale of Deceit

Finding Bergdahl Inside the Search for the Last Prisoner of America’s Longest War VICE, 21 July 2014 PART 1 EXTRACTS: The next intercepts from the elated kidnappers, using their CDMA or RUIM phone while still inside the vehicle, provided the first real piece of evidence on how Bergdahl was grabbed: “We were attacking the post. He …

Robert Young Pelton: Analysis of the Afghan Run-Off — Ghani Won, Abdullah’s Claims Without Merit

In the controversy and protesting stirred up by Abdullah, what is missing is a calm review of today’s political landscape in Afghanistan. Javid Ahmad a Program Coordinator for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Ahmad Hemmat, a D.C.-based researcher and advisor to the chairman of International Energy Partnerships makes some …

Robert Young Pelton: ON AFGHANISTAN – Why Abdullah and Fraud Will Destroy the Country and Destabilize the Region

Phi Beta Iota: RYP wrote this in part to react to Abdullah’s cavalier rejection of the Iraq scenario playing out  today, for Afghanistan. His over-all point is that both candidates — Abdullah and Ghani — have pluses and minuses  that voters and donors must consider BUT that there is only one clean candidate capable of …

Robert Young Pelton: Hamid Gul Endorses Abdullah — Does This Make Ghani’s Victory Certain? UPDATE Adds Poll Showing 49 to 41

Given how Afghans feel about Pakistan, this endorsement will probably have the opposite effect and reinforce Ghani’s bid. UPDATE: Just in from Telegraph on 11 June: Economist may lead Afghanistan after forming alliance with warlord in presidential elections ORIGINAL POST: Afghan Election: Endorsement From Pakistan’s Ex-Spy Chief Causes Stir Fred Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, …

Robert Young Pelton: VICE Saving South Sudan & Hunt for Kony

The VICE documentary “Saving South Sudan” Part One is now online (Parts Two and Three will go up between now and Wednesday) VICE Magazine “Saving South Sudan”  (The entire 50,000 word article is available free online. The first time VICE has dedicated an entire magazine to one article) Article on the VICE Project At the …

Robert Young Pelton: General Dostom is INNOCENT of the Dasht-i-Leili Massacre [PBI: What’s It Worth To Set Record Straight in Time for Run-Off?]

ROBERT STEELE: General Dostom is accused of the being directly responsible for the Dasht-i-Leili massacre aka container massacre that has been hugely overblown — as well as civilian collateral damage over time — and this remains a sore point with many Pashtuns and of course those that also consider themselves Taliban. What is your understanding? ROBERT …

Robert Young Pelton: Crowd-Funding the Hunt for Jospeh Kony (Full Text – Foreign Policy October 2013)

ROBERT STEELE: I’ve known RYP for over a decade, perhaps more. I first learned of him when CIA was handing out his book, World’s Most Dangerous Places, as the best available primer for case officers going into darkness without bodyguards or armor (which is what real case officers do, don’t get me started on the …

Robert Young Pelton: Crowd-Funding and Crowd-Sourcing the Hunt for Joseph Kony — with Public Lessons Learned

As some of you know, I like to find people who don’t want to be found. Since the mid 90’s I have located and connected with over two dozen terrorist, criminal, jihadi and drug groups. The alphabet list of people I have tracked down and lived with include the taliban, FARC, LURD, al Qaeda, BRA, …

Robert Young Pelton: My Refs on Afghanistan

The last census taken in Afghanistan was in the 70’s. The UN and other humanitarian agencies have done surveys with gaps for “dangerous” areas. The finite answer is that no one knows how many Afghans there are let alone census quality demographic information. Here is a typical study with the usual disclaimers: http://measuredhs.com/pubs/pdf/FR248/FR248.pdf Taliban: Once again …

Robert Young Pelton: Suing Eric Prince — and Publishing “His” Ghost-Written Book Online Free If He Does Not Pay His Ghost-Writer(s)

“I will be suing Erik and the publisher and putting the entire pre-CIA vetted book online.” Blackwater Book Flap Former Navy SEAL Eric Prince faces ghost writer’s lawsuit Jeff Stein AND Magazine, 11 July 2013 The author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places is threatening to take Eric Prince, founder of the notorious Blackwater private …

Robert Young Pelton: Bin Laden “Kill” & Back Story

The story continues to develop.   This “house arrest” thing popped up when the US was beating on the Talibs to hand him over in Kandahar in 2001, then some faux intel from Brad Thor about Mullah Omar being under “house arrest” in Karachi and then now this. Sounds very familiar. Two fiction authors in the …

Robert Young Pelton: America in Afghanistan 1951 –

A tale of two countries… In Afghanistan, the rise and fall of ‘Little America’ By Rajiv Chandrasekaran Washington Post, 5 August 2011 Paul Jones arrived in a Chevy pickup, dust clouds billowing as he crossed the desert. He had set out soon after first light from his base in southern Afghanistan, an encampment that, thanks …