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US 'pressured' Sweden on Afghanistan

TT/The Local/pvs · 21 Dec 2010, 10:53

Published: 21 Dec 2010 10:53 GMT+01:00

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The documents were sent from the US embassy in Stockholm, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

The information was dated July 2009 and details that September was considered to be the best month to exercise pressure as the Swedish foreign and defence ministries would then be busy with bills to be submitted to parliament.

The documents detail the opinion that once the parliamentary bills were submitted it would be more difficult to influence the Swedish force in Afghanistan.

A further plan was for the Swedish defence minister Sten Tolgfors to be flattered and thanked for Sweden's growing commitment in Afghanistan during a meeting in Washington on July 20th 2009.

Furthermore the documents show that a senior official at the Sweden defence ministry has forwarded advice on how the United States could influence Sweden's power-brokers to deploy more resources to Afghanistan.

The official told DN that he discussed the matter at the US embassy in Stockholm.

In the months following the attempts to influence Sweden's Afghanistan commitment, the country has dramatically increased its expenditure.

The Swedish share of the cost for the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) will amount to more than 1.5 billion kronor ($220 million) in 2010, an increase of almost 50 percent on 2009.

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Sweden first deployed troops in Afghanistan in the beginning of 2002 and now has around 500 troops based near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

In December the parliament passed a government bill to extend the military mission in the war-torn country until the end of 2011, allowing for the deployment of up to 855 people.

The bill required a compromise between the governing minority centre-right Alliance and the opposition Social Democrats and Greens, and came barely a week after a suicide bomber cited Sweden's troop presence in Afghanistan in a message sent shortly before he blew himself up near a crowded pedestrian street in central Stockholm.

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08:20 December 21, 2010 by sfk
It is really embarrassing to see that none of the Swedish clearly says that Sweden is in the war on the land of Afghan people in order to be sure that the USA will have free natural resource....... Poor us, we are working for the being a sub-contractor of USA army and killing innocent people on their land. So when those people revenge, they call it terrorism but while USA and Sweden is there they call it we will deliver democracy... How pity!!!!!!
08:32 December 21, 2010 by RobinHood

Please would you tell us what natural resources in Afghanistan the Americans are exploiting? Unless I have missed something, Afghanistan seems to export nothing other than heroin, carpets, trouble and terrorism, but none of those are "natural".
08:54 December 21, 2010 by sfk

here your answer:

The natural resources available in Afghanistan include: natural gas, petroleum, coal, copper, chromite, talc, barites, sulfur, lead, zinc, iron ore, salt, precious and semiprecious stones.

read also on minerals...


09:16 December 21, 2010 by RobinHood
That is what is there, my question was what natural resources are the Americans exploiting?
09:17 December 21, 2010 by Mats Nilsson

You just know what media shows you. Every country in this planet has some resources, discovered or not.

There is no democracy, world is in control of corporations and their board members. Even CEO's are puppets, politicians are another form of puppets that talk in a more fancy way. The rest is bullshit.
09:26 December 21, 2010 by izbz

Agreed with you totally, Why should Sweden be US lapping dog. If Sweden's budget get screwed, I don't think US would give two hoods about that. Now we Swedes are living in fear of some madmen who might even attempt another attack. Sweden should concentrate more in weeding these extremists in our own country instead. Not even worth putting these people in jail. An extremist will always be an extremist no matter how long you put them away. Run these ar#¤ holes out of Sweden and stop being involve with Middle East problems. Nobdy will appreciate with Sweden is doing even if it meant good by being involve.
10:13 December 21, 2010 by Elias06

I agree with you, sweden should be more concerned about security inside the country. But supporting the Us in afghanistan is a logical choice for sweden. the US are taking advantage of everything they can exploit everywhere (Irak,afghanistan...) if the country is not economicly intresting they would never be there, you think they care about the security of people ask Soudan if someone from the US called them they dont have oil gas...and its too bad for them they cant enjoy the american freedom.

If sweden is supporting the US, its because there will be veery intresting contracts to conclude there when the time of re-building the country will come, its logical normal and there is no harm in that, business is business.

In the same time as Swede muslim i hope that security in sweden will be strengthened even if we should pay the price of that, cuz as everyone im concerned about extremists,about mafias enjoying a total freedom, criminals never found after commiting crimes, rape cases ....
11:02 December 21, 2010 by amirhosein

very well-said.


the most important 'natural' resource the America is exploiting in that region is the STABILITY of that highly strategic region.

Peace in the middle-east and losing the strategic [unlawful] control of middle-east means the US won't be a superpower any longer. And following that, if they don't behave nicely, they may easily be sent to economic crisis, due to the oil price.


11:04 December 21, 2010 by bolababu
if there where no resources in Afghanistan, America would have left that country a long time ago. We know that America and the rest of the world stood by when one million people were massacred in Rwanda, they had nothing to offer capitalists, thats why. Swedish oil contracts obtained in iraq confirms everything we need to know about Sweden being America's stooge.
11:29 December 21, 2010 by johnny1939
It is a crying shame that the US has such influence over Sweden. Yes the US probably saved us from being invaded from the old Sovjet. However, that is quite a long time ago and things have changed. How long do we have to be grateful? The behavior of the Americans these days is apalling to say the least and they are dragging us with them. Look out Reinfeldt!!!!
11:58 December 21, 2010 by storymann
amirhosein you call the Taliban stability ? They generated and supported terrorism,the USA has the right to protect it's citizens and if a Gov. that is not stabil cannot stop the export of terrorism against innocent people,than they can and will put their boots on your soil...like it or not .and the usa gets very little oil from the middle east.

. Canada

2. Mexico

3. Saudi Arabia

4. Venezuela

5. Nigeria

6. Angola

7. Iraq

8. Algeria

9. United Kingdom

10. Brazil

amounts of imports based on NUMBER of barrels ,
15:26 December 21, 2010 by Nemesis
Comment: Sweden has always taken part in mineral extraction.

Look at when the Swedes forced the Sami to mine silver at gunpoint. Kiruna is built on Sami grazing land.

The swedes will be seeking access to suitable mineral resources and slave labour, as will everyone else fighting there.

As for those people claiming to be suprised by mineral wealth. Why do you think all those empires invaded it, amusement, entertainment, no particular reason. They only invaded to increase wealth from Alexander the Great the USA.
15:31 December 21, 2010 by Swedesmith
If the US and it's allies would have focused the same amount of money and energy into finding ways to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel, we would all be much better off...and so would our children.
15:33 December 21, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
Our Swedish young men are kind and do not believe in violence...Why you want to corrupt such a beautiful Swedish culture who has religion without religon??

Why do you want our young men to die?? if your youth and drug addicts on streets agree to kill and be killed in those countries of your benefit..Our youth do not..

I wonder how long you will tyrannize people and your oppression when will it stop??

People is more important that money this you don't know.
15:45 December 21, 2010 by Kaethar
@johnny1939: "It is a crying shame that the US has such influence over Sweden."

How does the US have influence in Sweden exactly? These reports come from embassy cables. OF COURSE Americans will try to convince for more involvement in ISAF since they're head of ISAF. I mean, it would be news if they didn't. What we do not know however is if US pressure was at all effective. You'd have to look at leaked SWEDISH embassy cables to decide that. As it is now I see nothing different - Sweden is dedicated to helping the people in northern Afghanistan (in a non-combative setting) just as she has been in 2002.

Sensationalist title, nothing else. :/
16:09 December 21, 2010 by BERTRAM
Please guys do you remember The Lion of Panjshir...
17:31 December 21, 2010 by jimmy1988
Of course they pressure Sweden it´s been like that a long time ago.

Afghan is nothing is just problems. Sweden was allways USA pumpkin.
20:03 December 21, 2010 by americanska
oh yea, the US made Sweden go to war by charming them. If the US really needs/wants to influence someone, they don't do it through diplomatic cables.
20:25 December 21, 2010 by glamshek
Indeed, the Qur'an is a decisive statement, (13) And it is not amusement. (14)Indeed, they are planning a plan, (15) But I am planning a plan.(16) So allow time for the disbelievers. Leave them awhile.(17) (Sura Al-Tariq), The Holy Quran.

So Let us see who is right and who is wrong in the time to come
20:32 December 21, 2010 by americanska
glamshek...you are one crazy and scary person. hope you don't plan on strapping a bomb to yourself...you seem like thet type.
20:40 December 21, 2010 by glamshek
Crazy and Scary....I just wanted to see the power of these verses, I really got the answer within minutes. Actually whenever I read these verses they carry a profound impact and that makes it true 101% true that Quran is the current miracle of Prophet Muhammad[pbuh] and these times belong to Quran and Muhammad[pbuh].

Don't worry my friend, I am not bombing anyone, I am a peaceful practicing Muslim, just fear God.
20:56 December 21, 2010 by BERTRAM
Islam kills innocents
21:11 December 21, 2010 by glamshek
Then is one to whom the evil of his deed has been made attractive so he considers it good [like one rightly guided]? For indeed, Allah sends astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. So do not let yourself perish over them in regret. Indeed, Allah is Knowing of what they do. (8) Sura Fatir.

Just a bit correction to be made ragarding your comment, that Islam kills... My friend was Hitler also Islam ?, Bush ?, Saddam ? Reza Shah Pehlvi ? ...Indeed it is the wrong understanding of politics and lack of belief in God that kills, not Islam
21:17 December 21, 2010 by BERTRAM
@glamshek i believe in love and not in your fake religion sending innocents to death and killing innocents in the name of a fake prophet.
21:22 December 21, 2010 by glamshek
Is the love prompting you to abuse the Prophet[pbuh] ? Its easy to criticise, but hard to do single good thing in whole day. Refer to the above verse (8), Sura Fatir
21:37 December 21, 2010 by BERTRAM
why not answer on the real question,,,,

Islam is not love

it's only war

killing varje dag
21:40 December 21, 2010 by glamshek
If Islam kills then who is Bush, Saddam , Reza Shah, Hitler ? Did they also kill for religion ? Seems you are not following it.
21:56 December 21, 2010 by BERTRAM
i speak about Islam now,not about history

you religion kills now

we will never surrender to cowards killing innoncents

be aware
00:00 December 22, 2010 by Njal

"Then is one to whom the evil of his deed has been made attractive so he considers it good [like one rightly guided]? For indeed, Allah sends astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. So do not let yourself perish over them in regret. Indeed, Allah is Knowing of what they do. (8) Sura Fatir."

-That is the sort of idiotic eastern fatalism that the West has no use for, it's followers believe everything is in the 'lap' of Allah, therefore everything will be ok, and that a man is not responsible for his actions, 'Allah wills it".

How many times must a situation repeat itself before it is learned?
02:44 December 22, 2010 by BERTRAM
you are diggin your own grave
05:51 December 22, 2010 by jbat
New world order arising!!! after now slowly destroying their own country...
11:34 December 22, 2010 by voidplay
@storymann It is not about where the USA imports its oil from, oil is a commodity whose price depends on supply and demand. So loosening its price in one part makes it cheaper elsewhere.

Afgan may or may not have rich exploitable mineral resources, and the USA itself may not want mineral resources from that far but it can feed the appetite of a country like China and make minerals cheaper around the world.

Afgan is in a strategic location, both India and China need natural gas and oil through piplines from the middle east and central asia.

Afgan now is bombed out and the rebuilding will help "simulate" the global economy.

A country like Sweden has built roads and bridges everywhere even where people don't live. How do you think it can sustain its economic growth without contracts from outside.

And finally military presence there can make things favorable for USA and friends.

Somalia is a real problem, remember the terrorists, the pirates and they neither have a dictator like Sadam with WMD (what ever that means), all they need is a peace keeping force, some economic impetus and functional democracy. But who in the world cares about them.....
11:48 December 22, 2010 by my5cents
It's all covered and exposed here;

Three parts - take the time to be informed.

youtube. com/watch?v=eck72jto_-0&feature=related

youtube. com/watch?v=uPBe7we3T5E&feature=related

youtube. com/watch?v=gsiO71nEkUE&feature=related&has_verified=1
12:15 December 22, 2010 by glamshek
And not equal are the living and the dead. Indeed, Allah causes to hear whom He wills, but you cannot make hear those in the graves. (22) Sura Fatir

According to latest studiesin USA, 160 times. If you repeat a word 160 times, your brain would have made a neural network to memorise it.
12:27 December 22, 2010 by 4thtankie
the taliban used this place as a breeding ground, every free nation needs to do their bit, these idiots who say "killing innocent children" are the ones who are sat in their warm homes etc and have not witnessed for themselves what happened to the innocent women and children under the taliban. what are we supposed to do? "nothing" and whe terrorism comes knocking at your door what would you do then "nothing" get a grip you soft fools.
16:08 December 22, 2010 by Kevtravels
US has pressured many a countries on Afghanistan. Hasn't exactly worked though. The US really just needs more symbolic gestures as the Pentagon heads know that not even the Germans/French can send more than a few thousand troops to Afghanistan, so it's out of the question for Sweden to even send more than it has. What Afghanistan definitely needs is more civilian aid and training for its troops.
18:34 December 22, 2010 by Chickybee
No matter how one tries to look at the Middle East - Muslims who are supposed to be refugees who are now forcing Jews from Malmo to leave when they have been a long established community in this country, and it has to be said have never blown themselves up.

If one looks at all of the Middle East there are no democracies and there is a theocratic war going on for supremacy in the Middle East between Shia Iran and Wahibist Saudi Arabia.

Saudi allows no other religion but Islam -- that speaks volumes in itself.
19:09 December 22, 2010 by mojofat
When the US intervenes, there's a conspiracy (Afghanistan...which, btw, wasn't for "natural resources" but was, in fact, to breakup the taliban/al qaieda alliance that had planned the 9/11 attacks...yes, yes, yes...I know...another CIA conspiracy...yawn). When the US doesn't intervene and stands by for the UN to do its job, it's criticized for not doing enough (Rwanda). The critics do not really have intelligent points to make, just whatever the US does it must be bad. To have such a one-sided viewpoint dilutes the valid points you might be able to make (e.g., Iraq).

Sweden has a little under 500 troops in Afghanistan, as part of the EAPC ISAF (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Security_Assistance_Force)...which doesn't even put them in the top 10 of nations with troops there. Maybe the US "pressured" Sweden to contribute more, doesn't seem unlikely...but judging by the facts, it would not appear that Sweden is anyone's "lap dog" or a "pumpkin".
23:19 December 22, 2010 by rocky92

Just for your information, Taliban was a result of US intervenes. The Islamic extremists were armed grew up by USA (during Soviet's invasion on Afghanistan).


It is not USA, as a whole nation, who are trying to take the resource. It is only some rich elites. Americans people are doing similar job as Swedes, paying tax and let the small group of elites get richer, they are more unfortunate because they are paying more than Swedes. If you look at war in Iraq, USA did not get richer, but Cheney and his friends did.

I am not sure Sweden is cleaner. It seems for me those politicians and there friends probably have a share somehow, than the rests just pay them and wait for suicide bombs as a return.
10:34 December 23, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
@ Kaethar: You hit the nail on the head! Exactly my thinking.

19:09 December 28, 2010 by buckrogersday
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