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November 27th, 2009

Germany's Doubts About Afghanistan Grow After Revelations About Air Strike

It was a great scoop. "Did Minister Jung conceal the truth?" Germany's mass-circulation tabloid Bild demanded to know Thursday in a story focused on the country's employment minister Franz Josef Jung and what details he knew and when, in his former job as defense minister, about the controversial air strike, ... continue reading

November 25th, 2009

US skeptics fear Afghan mission turning into a quagmire

WASHINGTON — Skeptics reject President Barack Obama's expected decision to ramp up the Afghanistan war as a misguided bid to fix a muddled mission, arguing it will draw America deeper into a quagmire.Ahead of Obama's momentous address to the nation on Tuesday, even fellow Democrats in Congress are voicing growing ... continue reading

November 25th, 2009

Obama to announce Afghanistan troop strategy Tuesday

Washington (CNN) -- President Obama will announce the U.S. troop strategy for Afghanistan in a speech at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday. The Pentagon was making detailed plans to send about 34,000 more U.S. ... continue reading

November 24th, 2009

Recruiting Afghan Soldiers a Struggle

This could be America's best exit strategy: building a strong Afghan National Army that would be the key to bringing security and stability to the country. "I know to have a country, you need an army," an Afghan recruit said. "I'm here to make Afghanistan." Making Afghanistan will require a ... continue reading

November 22nd, 2009

Afghans say 20 died in NATO airstrike

KABUL -- Afghan officials said Saturday that a NATO airstrike had inadvertently killed several Afghan soldiers and policemen a day earlier in northwestern Afghanistan.The airstrike took place amid fighting in Badghis province as Afghan and U.S. troops were looking for two American paratroopers who disappeared in the area Wednesday.The U.S. ... continue reading

November 22nd, 2009

US pours millions into anti-Taliban militias in Afghanistan

• Special forces funding fighters in Afghanistan• Fears strategy could further destabilise countryUS special forces are supporting anti-Taliban militias in at least 14 areas of Afghanistan as part of a secretive programme that experts warn could fuel long-term instability in the country.The Community Defence Initiative (CDI) is enthusiastically backed by ... continue reading

November 22nd, 2009

As deaths in Afghanistan rise, so does the growth of opium

Attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan are at record levels and threaten to derail efforts to rebuild the war-torn country, while an unholy alliance of Taliban drug dealers and corrupt government officials has made a mockery of coalition forces' attempts to stem the export of heroin. The findings, from new ... continue reading

November 20th, 2009

Suspected US drone strike kills 8 in Pakistan

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A suspected US missile attack targeting Al-Qaeda-linked militants killed eight people in Pakistan's mountains on the Afghan border as CIA chief Leon Panetta held talks in Islamabad on Friday.The attack, the presumed work of CIA drones, was the second in two days in North Waziristan, part of ... continue reading

November 19th, 2009

U.S. headed for Vietnam War-like disaster in Afghanistan, two experts warn

TORONTO — The United States is being dragged into a bloody Vietnam War-like morass because of a misguided obsession with establishing a national government in Kabul and its military failure to protect rural Afghans, a new analysis concludes.Prof. Tom Johnson says the only chance of success the Americans might have ... continue reading

November 18th, 2009

Suspected U.S. drone kills 4 in Pakistan-officials

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles into a northwestern Pakistani militant stronghold on Wednesday killing four people, Pakistani security officials said. The United States has carried out more than 40 attacks with its pilotless, missile-firing aircraft in northwest Pakistan this year as ... continue reading

November 16th, 2009

12 Afghans killed in attack on meeting with French

TAGAB VALLEY, Afghanistan — Rockets slammed into a market northeast of Kabul on Monday, killing 12 civilians but missing their presumed target: a meeting between France's top general in Afghanistan and dozens of tribal elders and senior local officials.The attack also wounded 38 people, 20 of them critically. The market ... continue reading

November 16th, 2009

Head of the French army in Afghanistan narrowly escapes death in rocket attack

The head of the French army in Afghanistan narrowly escaped a Taleban rocket attack this morning which left four people dead and injured more than 40. Brigadier General Marcel Druart was meeting tribal elders in Kapisa, just 30 miles outside Kabul, when a volley of rockets smashed into a crowded ... continue reading

November 15th, 2009

Taliban guerrillas bring 'Iraq tactics' to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD — Suicide attacks, car bombings, shootings in the capital and fighting in the mountains -- Taliban guerrillas are dragging Pakistan into a war deadlier than in Afghanistan and mimicking the carnage of Iraq.Militant attacks killed at least 320 people in nuclear-armed Pakistan last month alone, including 170 civilians slaughtered ... continue reading

November 15th, 2009

Biometric tests to identify rebels in Afghanistan

THE inhabitants of combat zones in southern Afghanistan may face biometric tests in a new initiative to prevent the Taliban from infiltrating villages. After studying counter-insurgency methods employed from the Boer war to the conflict in Iraq, British commanders are drawing up plans for “gated communities” from which the enemy ... continue reading

November 15th, 2009

Blood's in the water over news media leaks

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's internal debate over Afghan policy has escalated into a battle of news media leaks that's straining relations between officials who are seeking a major troop increase and those who want a more limited approach and a greater focus on domestic priorities.The feud also has poisoned ... continue reading

November 14th, 2009

UK 'backs Taliban reintegration'

A reconciliation between the Afghan government and some Taliban leaders in the next two years has been proposed by UK officials in a memo seen by the BBC.Reconciliation calls are not new but this would include the so-called Quetta Shura leadership, believed to direct much of the Taliban's activity. Proposed ... continue reading

November 13th, 2009

Suicide bombing near US base in Afghanistan: officials

KABUL — A suicide bomber struck near a US military base in Kabul on Friday, wounding foreign soldiers and Afghan civilians less than a week before the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai, officials said.Kabul has been hit by a rising number of suicide bombings claimed by the Taliban, whose insurgency ... continue reading

November 13th, 2009

Moran: 'He needs to get out of this war before he owns this war'

President Barack Obama "needs to get out of this war before he owns this war," one Democratic lawmaker said of the country's current mission in Afghanistan.The White House's commitment to continuing its military operations there is merely "hardening opposition to the U.S.," depleting much needed military and financial resources and ... continue reading

November 12th, 2009

Deaths Shine Light on DEA's Hidden War in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- War and drugs are inextricably linked in Afghanistan. On Oct. 19, a drug bazaar raid in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province uncovered not just drugs but materials for improvised explosive devices -- the weapon of choice for the resurgent Taliban. That raid, details of which have not been previously reported ... continue reading

November 11th, 2009

Official: Obama won't take any current war options

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government, a senior administration official said Wednesday.Obama is still close ... continue reading

November 11th, 2009

Most Americans oppose Afghanistan troop boost: poll

WASHINGTON — Most Americans oppose sending more troops to Afghanistan, as President Barack Obama nears a decision on whether to ramp up US engagement in the eight-year war, a poll suggested on Wednesday. The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey said 56 percent of respondents were against deploying more boots on the ... continue reading

November 4th, 2009

Meet Afghanistan's model police force: inexperience, drugs and double agents

The Afghan national police has achieved a reputation for being badly trained, riddled with drug addicts and, many fear, infiltrated by secret Taliban agents.Despite the importance of the Afghan police – increasingly seen by counterinsurgency experts and desperate western politicians as vital to gradually bringing conflict in Afghanistan to a ... continue reading

October 30th, 2009

Clinton faces Pakistani anger at Predator attacks

ISLAMABAD — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton came face-to-face Friday with Pakistani anger over U.S. aerial drone attacks in tribal areas along the Afghan border, a strategy that U.S. officials say has succeeded in killing key terrorist leaders.In a series of public appearances on the final day of ... continue reading

October 30th, 2009

Michael Moore Discusses Afghanistan on Larry King Live, October 29, 2009

KING: Let's touch another base here Michael, while we have you. Let's talk about Afghanistan. You were very critical in "Fahrenheit 911" over Bush and Iraq. Are you equally critical over Obama and Afghanistan? MOORE: I think it's critical he's in the process of making his decision. I think it's ... continue reading

October 28th, 2009

Car bomb in crowded Pakistan market kills 100

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Suspected militants exploded a car bomb in a market crowded with women and children Wednesday, killing 100 people and turning shops selling wedding dresses, toys and jewelry into a mass of burning debris and bodies. The attack in the northwestern city of Peshawar was Pakistan's deadliest since ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Mar 17th
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Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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