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Could NATO Stay In Afghanistan For Another 10 To 15 Years?

Posted April 30, 2010 | 15:54:29 (EST)

NATO to stay in Afghanistan for another 10 to 15 years? The UK's former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mark Sedwill, said that NATO could expect to stay in Afghanistan for another "another three or four years" for combat purposes, and it could expect to stay in the country for another to...

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Afghan Lawmaker: U.S. Soldiers Raided My Home, Killed My Relative

Posted April 29, 2010 | 13:24:01 (EST)

Deadly raid on Afghan MP's house leads to protests. According to an Afghan lawmaker, dozens of U.S. troops raided her home around midnight and killed one of her relatives, Reuters reports. "I will raise my voice... This man had five children. The Americans have created five more enemies,"...

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Pakistan Militants Find New Haven

Posted April 22, 2010 | 14:50:51 (EST)

Pakistani Taliban regroup in North Waziristan. The Pakistani military ostensibly routed out Taliban militants from its tribal areas during a large-scale offensive in South Waziristan (launched last October), but as the Associated Press reports, the militants have reemerged and "roam through markets, frequent restaurants and...

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NATO Troops Open Fire On Vehicle, Kill 4 Unarmed Afghans

Posted April 20, 2010 | 11:41:13 (EST)

NATO troops kill four unarmed Afghans. NATO troops shot at a vehicle, killing four unarmed Afghan civilians in Khost province, reports Reuters. The civilians were killed as they accelerated in the direction of a NATO convoy and ignored warnings to slow down. While NATO's official statement...

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U.S. Contractors Failed To Train Afghans To Adjust Gun Sights

Posted April 16, 2010 | 14:32:30 (EST)

$6 billion later, Afghan policemen don't know how to shoot properly. After doling out more than $6 billion to train Afghan policemen, we may now know why the Afghan National Police isn't too well trained: somebody forgot to tell them how to adjust the sights on their AK-47s before shooting....

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U.S. Ramps Up Effort To Hunt Down Afghan Taliban Leaders

Posted April 15, 2010 | 11:57:11 (EST)

U.S. special forces in Afghanistan double. The U.S. military has doubled the presence of Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, bringing the number of Special Forces to more than those present in Iraq during the surge of 2007. The move is part of a new focus to target the leadership...

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AT WAR: U.S. Special Ops Playing 'Largely Unseen' Role In Pakistan

Posted April 13, 2010 | 12:05:05 (EST)

U.S. military increases presence in Pakistan. As U.S. troops struggle to secure Afghanistan, U.S. Special Forces have apparently beefed up their presence in Pakistan in a 'largely unseen' counterinsurgency role, Reuters reports. The elite troops are officially said to be only helping with training the Pakistani...

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AT WAR: Obama, NATO Say Karzai Remains A 'Partner'

Posted April 9, 2010 | 11:47:22 (EST)

White House and NATO mend relations with Karzai, call him "partner." After remarks earlier this week by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that he would join the Taliban, and his mounting criticism of the international community, it appears that relations are now on the mend. While some in the media deemed...

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AT WAR: White House Plays Down Karzai Feud

Posted April 8, 2010 | 12:47:57 (EST)

White House plays down Karzai rift. The White House tried to play down the public rift growing between the Obama administration and Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday, as the State Department spokesman, Philip J. Crowley, came to Karzai's defense. Crowley affirmed that Karzai "is a figure that...

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