Posts Tagged ‘ Afghanistan ’

An unlikely exit from Afghanistan

January 4, 2011
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Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway  

"We don’t label our war aims quite so frankly these days, but, in effect, that was America’s goal a decade ago: to inflict retribution on Al Qaeda and its enablers, the Taliban, in the wake of 9/11. The goals have shifted many times since, but we now seem to have settled on our war aims: Not to create a '21st century Afghanistan,' said Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, nor a country 'free of corruption,' but simply to reduce the Taliban so that Afghan forces can deal with them, hopefully by 2014." (01/04/11)

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Obama should read WikiLeaks on Afghanistan

January 4, 2011
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Information Clearinghouse
by Ray McGovern  

"Perhaps President Barack Obama should give himself a waiver on the ban prohibiting U.S. government employees from downloading classified cables released by WikiLeaks, so he can better understand the futility of his Afghan War strategy." (01/04/11)

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The mysterious evolution of Kandahar — and its insurgency

January 3, 2011
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The New Republic
by Ann Marlowe  

"'The Taliban have already taken over in Kandahar! Come out onto the streets and see. There is no government there!' Or so Rangina Hamidi, the American-educated daughter of Kandahar’s mayor, Ghulum Hamidi, warned me in Kabul last month. Her remarks echoed a recent survey of 1,000 men in Kandahar and Helmand provinces. It found that 51 percent would prefer justice to be administered by the Taliban and 59 percent think the Taliban would do a better job of running the economy than the current Afghan government." (12/31/11)

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Afghanistan: 14 killed in bomb blast

December 30, 2010
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RTT News    

"Fourteen people, including women and children, were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan on Thursday. The civilians were traveling in a minibus through a crowded area of the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province when the bomb triggered by Taliban militants went off, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement." (12/30/10)

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Afghanistan: Soldier killed in suicide attack

December 29, 2010
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Connecticut Post    

"The governor of Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province says an Afghan army soldier has been killed in a suicide bombing. A statement released Wednesday from the governor's office said that two other soldiers and five civilians were also wounded in the attack, which occurred on Tuesday in the province's Barmal district." (12/29/10)

 

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Afghanistan: Occupation troop killed

December 28, 2010
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Press TV [Iranian State Media]    

"A British soldier has been killed in Helmand province of Afghanistan, as the deadliest year of the war for foreign troops winds down. The soldier, who was from the 23 Pioneer Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, was killed near Lashkar Gah on Tuesday by an improvised explosive device (IED), the Associated Press reported." (12/28/10)

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Afghanistan: Occupation troop, three policemen killed in blasts

December 27, 2010
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RTT News    

"A NATO soldier was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan, while three Afghan police officers died when a suicide car-bomber struck outside a bank in Kandahar on Monday, officials said. A statement by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the death of the service man, but withheld his nationality pending intimation to the deceased's family." (12/27/10)

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Afghanistan: Occupation force helicopter kills two in attack

December 23, 2010
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Miami Herald    

"A NATO helicopter opened fire on a convoy of cars heading to an event hosted by the head of a local council Thursday, killing a police officer and the brother of a lawmaker, provincial officials in northern Afghanistan said. ... the helicopter strafed one car in the convoy, killing a policeman and Mohammad Aminuddin, the brother of former parliament member Sarajuddin Mozafari. Police chief Khalil Andarabi said two policemen and a civilian were also wounded in the strike." (12/23/10)

 

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US medicines for Afghan soldiers disappear

December 22, 2010
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Fremont Tribune    

"U.S.-donated medicines and pharmaceutical supplies meant to keep the new Afghan army and police healthy have been disappearing before reaching Afghan military hospitals and clinics, and the government said it is removing the army's top medical officer from his post as part of an investigation into alleged corruption. Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak told The Associated Press that Surgeon General Ahmad Zia Yaftali was being removed from his post as part of the inquiry." (12/22/10)

 

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Afghanistan: Two occupation troops, five civilians killed

December 21, 2010
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Bloomberg    

"NATO said Tuesday it was investigating the deaths of five civilians who were killed when coalition forces returned fire against insurgents shooting from a compound in the Sangin district of Helmand. Two NATO service members were also killed by bombs in southern Afghanistan, the coalition announced." (12/21/10)

 

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A radical solution for the war in Afghanistan

December 21, 2010
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland  

"[T]he normally publicity-shy International Committee of the Red Cross held a rare press conference, at the time of the U.S. military’s rosy assessment, seemingly to also debunk it. The Red Cross said that by all its rigorous measures, the security situation in Afghanistan had deteriorated to its worst state since the overthrow of the Taliban in late 2001. Increasing U.S. drone strikes and stepped-up cross-border ground raids in Pakistan, however, will only further roil a country with nuclear weapons that was much more stable before the original U.S. invasion of Afghanistan." (12/22/10)

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NATO denies US plans Pakistan escalation

December 21, 2010
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Los Angeles Times    

"The NATO force in Afghanistan denied Tuesday that the American military intends to carry out ground raids inside Pakistan in pursuit of insurgent leaders hiding there. ... The New York Times reported in Tuesday's editions that senior U.S. military officials believe they will soon be authorized to send American special operations forces into Pakistan's tribal areas with the aim of capturing figures from the Taliban and a virulent offshoot organization, the Haqqani network." (12/22/10)

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Please, Mr. President, some truth about Afghanistan

December 21, 2010
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Information Clearinghouse
by Eric Margolis  

"The government and media have colluded to paint the picture of a noble, heroic, flag-waving American enterprise in Afghanistan that is, alas, very far from reality. As the cynic Ambrose Bierce pointedly observed of patriots -- 'the dupe of statesmen; the tool of conquerors.'" (12/20/10)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27110.htm  

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The Pak-Af problem

December 21, 2010
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Slate
by Christopher Hitchens  

"The critical political question is now this one: Are we committed to Afghanistan or to the Karzai government? There are many, many Afghans who will fight the Taliban and al-Qaida whether we continue to do so or not: the Hazara and the Tajiks and a good number of the nation's women and city-dwellers. Not to feel some sort of duty and solidarity here would be morally deaf. But in what sense are these allies represented by a regime that cannot any longer even claim to have won an election?" (12/20/10)

http://www.slate.com/id/2278615/  

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Afghanistan: NATO, government troops kill at least 15

December 20, 2010
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RTT News    

"At least 15 Taliban fighters have been killed in a joint operation involving Nato-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and local government troops in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, a local official was quoted as saying in the media on Monday. Four Uzbhek nationals were among those killed in the encounter. According to reports, the joint operation had been launched in response to Sunday's terror strike on a military recruitment center at Kunduz city which left at least 9 people dead." (12/20/10)

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Afghanistan: 14 killed in attacks targeting National Army

December 19, 2010
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CNN    

"A total of 14 Afghan soldiers and national police officers were killed in separate attacks targeting the Afghan National Army on Sunday, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks on its official website, saying the two attacks were coordinated." (12/19/10)

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/12/19/afghanistan.violence/  

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How the Afghan counterinsurgency threatens Pakistan

December 18, 2010
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The Nation
by Anatol Lieven  

"By now, almost all the likely outcomes of US strategy in Afghanistan are bad ones. They range from unending civil war, with government forces barely managing to hold their own against the Taliban, to de facto partition of the country. There is a chance that the Taliban would accept a settlement involving a timetable for the complete withdrawal of US forces and a neutral central government of respected Muslim figures, together with de facto Taliban control of the Pashtun heartland in the south and Western economic aid." (12/16/10)

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