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NightWatch 20100209

NightWatch

For the Night of 9 February 2010

China's Xinhua news agency stated that Chinese President Hu Jintao invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to visit the neighboring communist ally, Yonhap reported Feb. 9. The invitation was made in a letter from Hu delivered to Kim by Wang Jiarui, head of the international department of the Communist Party of China, Xinhua said. North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator Kim Kye Gwan and deputy negotiator Ri Gun arrived in China, AP reported Feb. 9. Both shared a flight from Pyongyang to Beijing with senior Chinese Communist Party official Wang Jiarui.

The Korean Peninsula nuclear situation has eased recently, providing an opportunity for resuming six-party talks and denuclearizing the peninsula, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said here Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu made the remarks following questions on whether a Chinese official's visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and a UN envoy's trip to China meant the resumption of the talks.

Ma confirmed that a special envoy of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Beijing.

"Lynn Pascoe, under-secretary-general of the UN for political affairs had exchanges with China's Foreign Minster Yang Jiechi on the Korean Peninsula situation and other issues of mutual concern earlier Tuesday." Kim Jong Il, top leader of the DPRK, reiterated on Monday the country's stance of realizing denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula during a meeting with Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

Pakistani government officials and the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) confirmed the death of Taliban chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, Dawn News reported Feb. 9. Noor Jamal was appointed the new TTP chief. Mehsud was reported killed in a U.S. drone strike in South Waziristan in early January but confirmation of his death was pendingAccording to the Peshawar Bureau Chief of Dawn News, Maulvi Noor Jamal, also known as Maulana Tufan, was named acting chief of the Taliban by a shura held in Orakzai agency.

The militant commander alleged that the US soldier, whom his fighters kidnapped from Afghanistan's Paktika province near the border with Pakistan's troubled South Waziristan in June 2009, had admitted his involvement in several raids in Afghanistan. "Since he has confessed to all charges against him, our Islamic court had announced death sentence for him," the Taliban leader claimed

They sent a special detecting vehicle to Afghanistan in order to protect their soldiers. During operations, these vehicles lead the convoy of vehicles in order to detect and defuse the bombs planted on the route.

After assessing the enemy's new technology, the mine makers and explosives experts of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan modified the types and construction of their bombs. They have now adopted such a technology which the enemy detection equipment cannot detect.

A bomb making expert of the Islamic Emirate told the Al-Emarah website: "The mojahedin have now made a special remote-controlled bomb called Omar which is more powerful then the other mines. The main characteristic of this bomb is that it is more difficult to detect. The mojahedin have tested this new remote-controlled bomb and the results have been positive. We have used this bomb in various parts of the country against the enemy mine-detector vehicles and the results were successful."

He said their technique was very simple and cost little and that they can make a powerful bomb. An average mine costs only 85 dollars which is not that much, but in turn it inflicts millions of dollars worth of damage on the enemy in addition to the loss of life.

End of NightWatch for 9 February.

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