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July 16th, 2010

FACTBOX-A look at the costs of Afghan war to U.S. taxpayers

U.S. President Barack Obama's request for more money to pay for the war in Afghanistan is working its way through Congress slowly as lawmakers concentrate on other priorities and deal with scarce budget resources. Obama has asked for $33 billion more to help fund 30,000 extra U.S. soldiers being sent ... continue reading

July 16th, 2010

Afghan 'killer' of UK troops tells BBC he acted alone

A man who says he is the renegade Afghan soldier who killed three British troops in Helmand province in Afghanistan has contacted the BBC. The man said he had been angry at the conduct of British troops and that he had acted alone. He said he had joined the Taliban ... continue reading

July 16th, 2010

NATO not winning Afghan hearts and minds: poll

(Reuters) - NATO is failing to win hearts and minds in Afghanistan, according to a poll released on Friday showing most people in Taliban heartlands view foreign troops negatively and believe the Taliban should join the government. However, 55 percent of Afghans surveyed by the International Council on Security and ... continue reading

July 15th, 2010

Afghan hunt for rogue soldier after British killings

KABUL — A renegade Afghan soldier is on the run after killing three British soldiers on a base in the troubled south of the country, adding to concerns about NATO-led efforts to help build up the Afghan army.Afghan's army chief vowed a full investigation into Tuesday's shooting but Britain, the ... continue reading

July 15th, 2010

Lawmakers showing rising frustration with Afghan war

WASHINGTON Democratic and Republican senators voiced deep concern Wednesday over the direction of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, questioning whether the Obama administration can begin withdrawing U.S. troops next summer and worrying that it lacks a plan for forging a political settlement. "We need a better definition of exactly what ... continue reading

July 14th, 2010

3 US troops die in attack on Kandahar police HQ

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A car bomb and gunfight at the entrance of a police headquarters killed three U.S. troops and five civilians in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said Wednesday.An Afghan police officer also died in the attack on the compound of the elite Afghan National Civil Order ... continue reading

July 13th, 2010

Most bombs in Afghan war 'made from banned fertiliser'

KABUL — The overwhelming majority of the bombs used to devastating effect by the Taliban in Afghanistan are made from a fertiliser that has been banned by the Kabul government, the defence ministry said Monday.Ammonium nitrate is the basic ingredient of 80 percent of the crude bombs that are killing ... continue reading

July 13th, 2010

Top anti-war Democrat: Afghanistan war could ‘destroy’ Obama’s presidency

WASHINGTON – An outspoken anti-war Democrat said ongoing US military efforts in Afghanistan could deeply imperil the presidency of Barack Obama and the fortunes of the Democratic Party.“I think that this war, if it goes on and if it escalates, has the potential to destroy this presidency and to destroy ... 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 12th, 2010

Cops Show Marines How to Take on the Taliban

LOS ANGELES — A tough-talking, muscular Los Angeles police sergeant steadily rattled off tips to a young Marine riding shotgun as they raced in a patrol car to a drug bust: Be aware of your surroundings. Watch people's body language. Build rapport.Marine Lt. Andrew Abbott, 23, took it all in ... continue reading

July 10th, 2010

Bomb in Kandahar city kills at least 1

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A motorcycle bomb exploded in the commercial center of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Saturday, killing at least one person, police said.Cars were ablaze and windows shattered at a popular shopping center in the aftermath of the blast.One bystander was killed when the bomb, concealed ... continue reading

July 9th, 2010

Twin suicide bombs kill 62 in Pakistan tribal area

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A pair of suicide bombings killed 62 people Friday outside a government office in a region along the Afghan border where the Pakistani army and U.S. missiles have had some success in decreasing the number of such attacks.The assault, which wounded at least 111 people, was one ... 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

July 6th, 2010

VIDEO: Bergdahl family remains hopeful

The family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier known to be held captive in Afghanistan, remains hopeful about his release a year after his disappearance.The family, who now lives in Hailey, Idaho, but has roots in the Santa Ynez Valley, issued a statement on the one-year anniversary of ... continue reading

July 6th, 2010

Police kill 64 people in Afghan drug bust

Afghan counter-narcotics police and international security forces killed 64 people and arrested 10 others during a three-day operation in Helmand province, the interior ministry said. Authorities also discovered and burned 16,641 kilograms (36,687 pounds) of narcotics during the operation, which ended Sunday, the interior ministry said. The ministry described the ... continue reading

July 3rd, 2010

The challenge of Kandahar

Reporting from Kandahar, Afghanistan — Rahmatullah, a slender Afghan engineer who lives in Kandahar city, tried to be polite when young Shawn Adams of Digby, Nova Scotia, offered to help in his efforts to build a local school. Sgt. Adams, 23, was leading a Canadian foot patrol when he encountered ... continue reading

July 2nd, 2010

Petraeus arrives in Afghanistan as Taliban attack kills five

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan – Three foreigners were among five killed when Taliban militants stormed a US aid organisation in Afghanistan Friday, as General David Petraeus arrived in Kabul as the new war commander.Another 20 people were wounded in the pre-dawn attack on the compound of aid contractor Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) ... continue reading

July 2nd, 2010

Steele tries to clarify Afghanistan remarks

Worth noting in the controversy around Michael S. Steele’s comments about the war in Afghanistan is that he was addressing a Republican fundraiser in Connecticut. The state, home to many workers who commute to New York, lost 65 residents on Sept. 11, 2001.Maryland’s former lieutenant governor on Friday is explaining ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

July 1st, 2010

Out of Afghanistan Caucus Calls for NO VOTE on War Funding

With a vote scheduled tonight on the $33 billion supplemental for the Afghan war, members of the Out of Afghanistan Caucus held a press conference today, July 1 to express their opposition to the war funding. The Caucus, chaired by Congressman John Conyers, is an informal group of 21 members ... continue reading

June 30th, 2010

Record Western military deaths in Afghanistan in June

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan — As the Afghan war's bloodiest month for Western forces drew to a close Wednesday, the widening scope and relentless tempo of battlefield casualties pointed to a formidable challenge for U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the incoming commander. At least 103 coalition troops were killed ... continue reading

June 30th, 2010

Gen. Petraeus confirmed as new U.S. Afghan commander

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously voted on Wednesday to confirm David Petraeus as commander of the troubled Afghan war, pinning U.S. hopes on the four-star general who helped turn around the conflict in Iraq.Petraeus, seen by some analysts as President Barack Obama's last, best hope to salvage the Afghan ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

June 30th, 2010

Sad Clouds Hang Over St. Thomas Law Graduation

By Roger Cuthbertson and Coleen Rowley UPDATED 6/29/2010 Clouds hung over the St. Thomas School of Law graduation on May 8, 2010, in more ways than one.  The University of St. Thomas Law School held its graduation ceremony at Orchestra Hall, a few blocks from their campus.  So most of ... continue reading

June 29th, 2010

NATO: Kidnapped US Soldier a 'Top Priority’

The search for an American serviceman who was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan one year ago remains a "top priority" for US-led NATO forces, the military said Tuesday. After Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, 24, went missing in southeastern Paktika province, the Taliban has issued three videos of him ... continue reading

June 29th, 2010

Petraeus: expect more violence in Afghanistan

As General Petraeus sat before the Senate Committee on Capitol Hill it appeared this confirmation hearing would be little more than a nod through.With the loss of the trusted and popular General Stanley McChrystal as leader of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, the US government is in desperate need ... continue reading

June 29th, 2010

U.S. warned to prepare for longer war in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Gen. David Petraeus on Tuesday cautioned Americans to prepare for several more years of war in Afghanistan and cast the Obama administration's July 2011 timeline to begin withdrawing troops as a highly flexible deadline.Appearing before the U.S. Senate's armed services committee, Petraeus told lawmakers the pace of the ... continue reading

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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 21st
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Mar 19th
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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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