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August 25th, 2010

CIA sees increased threat from al-Qaeda in Yemen

For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, CIA analysts see one of al-Qaeda's offshoots - rather than the core group now based in Pakistan - as the most urgent threat to U.S. security, officials said. The sober new assessment of al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen has helped prompt ... continue reading

August 23rd, 2010

Facing Afghan mistrust, al-Qaeda fighters take limited role in insurgency

On Aug. 14, a U.S. airstrike in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed a Taliban commander known as Abu Baqir. In a country where insurgents are killed daily, this attack was notable for one unusual detail: Abu Baqir, the military said afterward, was also a member of al-Qaeda. Although ... continue reading

July 12th, 2010

VIDEO: Afghans protest killing of civilians

Kabul:  Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets of Mazar-i-Sharif yesterday to protest against mounting civilian deaths, while five US and Nato troops died in separate insurgent attacks on a bloody day of fighting across the country.Protesters chanted slogans against foreign forces and Afghan President Hamid Karzai after US troops ... continue reading

July 8th, 2010

NATO airstrike accidentally kills 5 Afghan troops

KABUL, Afghanistan — A botched NATO airstrike killed five Afghan soldiers after they were mistaken for insurgents, highlighting continued weak coordination between international troops and the local security forces they are striving to build.An Afghan defense official Wednesday condemned the "friendly fire" deaths in the eastern province of Ghazni. They ... continue reading

June 1st, 2010

Activists send new boat to challenge Gaza blockade

JERUSALEM – Pro-Palestinian activists sent another boat to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and Egypt declared it was temporarily opening a crossing into the Palestinian territory after a raid on an aid flotilla that ended with Israeli soldiers killing nine activists.The raid provoked ferocious international condemnation ... continue reading

May 27th, 2010

Two wounded in Israeli air strike on Gaza: medics

GAZA CITY — Two Palestinians were wounded on Thursday in an Israeli air strike east of Gaza City, Palestinian medics and witnesses said.Muawiya Hassanein, the head of Gaza emergency services, said two wounded people were brought to hospital after the strike, which witnesses said came during an exchange of fire ... continue reading

May 16th, 2010

Civilian Casualties Raise Afghan Ire at U.S.

Nazir Ahmad says he heard gunfire coming from a guardhouse in the early hours of Friday, outside the large adobe compound he shares with nine other families. Thinking that thieves were trespassing, he and several men ran into the ink-black courtyard, where they were struck down by grenade explosions and ... continue reading

May 11th, 2010

Missile attacks kills 24 in Pakistan tribal area

PARACHINAR, Pakistan — Two separate volleys of American missiles slammed into a Taliban sanctuary in Pakistan close to the Afghan border Tuesday, killing at least 24 alleged insurgents in the latest such strikes since a failed car bombing in New York, officials said.The first strike in North Waziristan involved up ... continue reading

May 5th, 2010

Pakistan drone strategy originated with Bush, official says

Washington -- When the latest apparent U.S. drone strike was conducted this week against militants in Pakistan, the obvious question appeared to be: Did the United States get a "big fish" in the Taliban or al Qaeda organizations? But a U.S. counterterrorism official says that's now the wrong question to ... continue reading

Derrick Crowe

Derrick Crowe is a 5-year veteran of Capitol Hill who left D.C. over his objections to Democrats’ choice in the 2008 presidential campaign to urge escalation in Afghanistan.

April 23rd, 2010

Nothing to See Here, Folks: Covering Up a Massacre in Afghanistan

“I want to ask: What does apology mean? We apologize for our mistakes and repeat our mistakes again? What meaning does this have?” –Sayid Mohammed Mal, Vice Chancellor, Gardez UniversityPlease sign Rethink Afghanistan’s petition calling for an independent, U.N.-led investigation into what happened at Gardez and who tried to cover ... continue reading

April 9th, 2010

Inquiry puts spotlight on U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan In nearly nine years of warfare in Afghanistan, U.S. Special Forces have done their fighting in the shadows, governed by rules largely of their own making. Now, these elite and secretive troops, their actions long shielded from public scrutiny, are the focus of a high-profile investigation ... continue reading

April 7th, 2010

Airstrike kills 4 civilians in Afghan south

KABUL — A NATO airstrike on a residence in southern Afghanistan killed four civilians and four insurgents, an Afghan official and the military alliance said Tuesday.Afghan authorities and NATO said they had launched a joint investigation into the deaths, which could further strain relations between President Hamid Karzai and his ... continue reading

February 28th, 2010

NATO issues directive restricting night raids

KABUL — American troops knocked on the door, and before the Afghan family could find the key to let them in, the soldiers broke it down.There was no time to take women in the home to another place, said 77-year-old Mohammad Nabi. And that's what troubled the retired school teacher ... continue reading

February 24th, 2010

Afghans call for Nato to leave after airstrike kills 27 civilians

Relatives of 27 people killed when Nato aircraft bombed a civilian convoy in southern Afghanistan have demanded that foreign forces leave the country.Afghan officials said that at least four women and a child were among the dead. Twelve other civilians were wounded when three minibuses were attacked on Sunday in ... continue reading

February 23rd, 2010

Afghanistan war: As civilian deaths rise, NATO says, 'Sorry.'

Kabul, Afghanistan – Another botched airstrike, another apology.In a video distributed Tuesday in Dari and Pashto, the main languages spoken in Afghanistan, the top NATO commander here Gen. Stanley McChrystal said he was sorry to the nation for 27 civilian deaths, after US special forces killed a convoy of Afghan ... continue reading

February 22nd, 2010

U.S. Special Operations Ordered Deadly Afghan Strike

KABUL—U.S. Special Operations Forces ordered an airstrike that killed at least 27 civilians in southern Afghanistan and the soldiers may not have satisfied rules of engagement designed to avoid the killing of innocents, Afghan and coalition officials said Monday. The airstrike Sunday hit a group of minibuses in a remote ... continue reading

February 22nd, 2010

NATO airstrike kills at least 27 civilians

KABUL – A NATO airstrike killed at least 27 Afghan civilians, officials said Monday, in the third coalition strike this month to kill noncombatants and draw a sharp rebuke from Afghanistan's government about endangering civilians.In eastern Afghanistan, a suicide bomber killed 15 people on Monday, including a tribal leader who ... continue reading

January 8th, 2010

Pakistani officials: Suspected US missiles kill 4

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Suspected U.S. missiles killed four people in northwest Pakistan on Friday, the latest in a surge of such attacks since a suicide bomber staged a deadly assault on CIA employees just across the frontier in Afghanistan.The attack was the sixth in just over a week in North ... continue reading

January 6th, 2010

Officials: Suspected US drones kill 13 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD — Suspected U.S. drone missile strikes killed 13 people in Pakistan's volatile northwest Wednesday, the latest of five such attacks in the past week targeting an area believed to be a hideout for militants involved in a suicide attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan. The strikes highlight Washington's ... continue reading

January 3rd, 2010

Missile Strike Kills 2 in Pakistan

MIR ALI, Pakistan -- Intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone missile strike has killed at least two people in Pakistan's northwest tribal region.The officials say Sunday's strike targeted the house of a well-known tribesman near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan. At least two bodies have been ... continue reading

December 30th, 2009

Afghans protest civilian deaths in foreign raid

ASADABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against the killing of 10 civilians, mostly teenagers, in a raid by foreign forces, which heightened tensions between the Afghan government and NATO.President Hamid Karzai rapidly condemned the attack and ordered an investigation, but his ... continue reading

December 26th, 2009

Officials: Suspected U.S. strikes kill three in Pakistan

MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected U.S. missile strike killed three people Saturday in a northwest Pakistani tribal region where militants focused on fighting the West in Afghanistan are concentrated, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.The strike was apparently the latest in a lengthy campaign of such attacks by the ... continue reading

December 14th, 2009

Drone attacks may be expanded in Pakistan

Reporting from Washington - Senior U.S. officials are pushing to expand CIA drone strikes beyond Pakistan's tribal region and into a major city in an attempt to pressure the Pakistani government to pursue Taliban leaders based in Quetta.The proposal has opened a contentious new front in the clandestine war. The ... continue reading

December 11th, 2009

US: Soldiers Forced to Go AWOL for PTSD Care

MARFA, Texas, Dec 11 (IPS) - With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more soldiers are deciding to go absent without leave (AWOL) in order to find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Eric Jasinski enlisted in the military in 2005, and deployed ... continue reading

December 9th, 2009

Police: Attack on Pakistan intel office kills 12

MULTAN, Pakistan—A team of militants launched a gun, rocket and suicide attack on an intelligence office in central Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 12 people in a strike that showed the insurgents can hit deep in the heart of the country.The raid in Multan signaled the relentless determination of militants, despite ... continue reading

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