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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin

The Afghan War’s Nine Lives

Eight youths, tending their flock of sheep in the snowy fields of Afghanistan, were exterminated last week by a NATO airstrike.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Brooks B. Patton Jr.

Europe Decides Not to Play America’s Game

Stephen Hadley, a former official in ex-Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, said in Munich that Europe must spend more if it wants to be a global player. The Europeans regard the George W. Bush administration record, and now the Obama administration’s, and see the disastrous results of “global playing.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Pakistan Denies Taliban Ties in Afghanistan

Claims made by NATO that Pakistan is in cahoots with the Afghan Taliban are tantamount to “old wine in an even older bottle,” according to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. However, this particular batch of wine represents thousands of mandatory conversations (read: interrogations) versus Khar’s official denial.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: NATO Kills 24 Pakistani Troops

On Saturday, NATO forces clashed with Pakistani troops near the Afghanistan border, and 24 Pakistani soldiers were reported killed in the airstrike. Those are the facts that both sides agree on, but as Salon’s Glenn Greenwald notes in this “Democracy Now!” interview that aired Monday ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



NATO

How Libya Plays Into NATO’s Identity Crisis

The enthusiasm that has been inspired in NATO circles by the organization’s success in overturning the Gadhafi regime in Libya provides a demonstration of how badly NATO still feels the need for a justification of its continued existence.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



cnn.com

NATO Declares Libya Mission Officially Over

On Monday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen paid a visit to Libya to announce the end of the military campaign that began seven months ago and culminated in the death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi on Oct. 20.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / ABr (CC-BY)

Indian Summer for Arab Spring?

Thursday’s death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi represents different things to different people—long-awaited liberation, further evidence of American meddling on the world stage, or a powerful sign that the upheaval collectively known as the Arab Spring isn’t over yet. (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / DefenseImagery.mil

Questions About Gadhafi’s Death Delay His Burial

Just as in the case of Osama bin Laden’s death last May, some major concerns have cropped up in the international community about the circumstances that led to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s end on Thursday. Specifically, whether the killing of Gadhafi might have been carried out in ... (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Magharebia (CC-BY)

NATO Will Keep Up Libya Airstrikes, Panetta Says

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that NATO will continue launching airstrikes in Libya as long as the clashes continue between rebel fighters and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, despite pressure from NATO allies to stop the bombing.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Victory in Tripoli: They Did It

If the U.S. had gone seriously into the war, and behaved characteristically, Libya’s revolution would not have succeeded this week.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / UNC - CFC - USFK (CC-BY)

NATO Troops Kill Taliban Fighter Suspected in Copter Crash

NATO forces announced Wednesday that they had killed the Taliban member they believe was responsible for shooting down the Chinook helicopter carrying U.S. Navy SEALs and Afghan commandos Aug. 6.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / isafmedia

A Top Aide to Karzai Is Killed

Less than one week after Hamid Karzai’s half brother was shot to death, Jan Mohammad Khan, a senior adviser to the Afghan president, was killed by gunmen at his home. The Taliban claimed responsibility. (more)

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / U.S. Marine Corps Official Page

‘Leave the Shooters Until Last,’ Gates Urges

Ahead of policy deliberations in Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates argued for a modest approach to the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan that will begin next month. He favors the removal of support forces in a strategy that would leave as much “combat power” in place as possible until the war’s end.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE



Associated Press

War Against War: A Meditation on Bradley Manning’s Mind

Why is Manning’s mind the only relevant site of weakness, disability and pathology in the big media stories so far? Why not the sorry condition of our corporate state passing as a democratic republic?

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Libyan state television via APTN

Gadhafi Not About to Leave Libya

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently joined the chorus of outsiders urging Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to give up, but that suggestion isn’t hitting home with Gadhafi, according to yet another head of state, Jacob Zuma. The South African president returned from a visit to Tripoli with the news that Gadhafi isn’t planning to go anywhere anytime soon.

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Martijn Munneke

European Leaders Threaten Sanctions Against Syria

British, French and Italian leaders say they will apply economic pressure against Syria if President Bashar al-Assad doesn’t end the violence against demonstrators.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / U.S. Navy

NATO Loses Confidence in Libyan Rebels

Having accepted that the rebels can’t defeat Moammar Gadhafi themselves, NATO is aggressively expanding its list of targets in Libya.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



Creative Commons / Rob Brown

Airstrikes Alone Aren’t Enough in Eastern Libya

The fight in Libya is moving closer to the ground as NATO commanders admitted Tuesday that airstrikes alone cannot hold back Moammar Gadhafi’s powerful attacks on rebel-held Misrata. (more)

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

Gadhafi Forces Fire Into Residential Areas

Reports are in that Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are firing into residential neighborhoods with cluster bombs and ground-to-ground rockets, weapons criticized for their indiscriminate trajectories, as loyalists vow to crush the anti-Gadhafi rebellion in the city of Misurata.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / DefenseImagery.mil

Western Leaders Say Gadhafi’s Got to Go

Although he’s probably gotten the hint right now, three heads of state—from the U.S., Britain and France—have signed a joint letter expressing their shared wish that tenacious Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi relinquish his power, stat.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / NATO

NATO Apologizes to Libyan Rebels

Airstrikes Thursday in NATO’s campaign against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces killed at least four Libyan rebels in a “friendly fire” accident, the second in a week. After a bit of foot-dragging by the British deputy commander of the air campaign, NATO apologized to the rebels.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Greg L. Davis

NATO Boosts Bombing Amid Rebel Complaints

After a lull in the bombing—and some very public criticism by the rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi—NATO is once again ramping up its airstrikes on Libya, to the tune of 137 flights Monday, 186 on Tuesday and 198 planned for Wednesday.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



DOD / Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

With Libya, Sec. Gates Puts His Foot Down

There’s a lot of talk coming out of Washington, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates assured Congress on Thursday that the Pentagon’s mission in Libya is “much more limited” than regime change and said American troops would not be sent to the country, even in a training capacity, “as long as I’m in this job.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE


White House Faces Congress About Libya

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others from the Obama administration finally dropped in on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to tell members of Congress what the deal is with the U.S.’ involvement in the Libyan uprising. Some on the receiving end ...

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / DefenseImagery.mil

Gadhafi Down One Foreign Minister

Wednesday was a day of mixed results for embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. On the one hand, despite pesky President Obama’s ominous words from the day before, troops loyal to Gadhafi made some gains against rebel forces.

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


Taliban 2.0? Obama Considers Arming Rebels

Asked about the possibility that the U.S. would deliver weapons to Libyan rebels, President Obama said, “It’s fair to say that if we wanted to get weapons into Libya we probably could. We’re looking at all our options at this point.” Obama also said that until Moammar Gadhafi’s inner circle indicates that the dictator is ready to step down ... (more)

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


Filling in the Blanks

In his speech Monday night to a public thoroughly, and understandably, befuddled about U.S. policy in Libya, President Obama began to fill in some important blanks.

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: ‘Days Are Numbered’ for Gadhafi’s Government

President Obama continued with his Convince America About Libya Tour on Tuesday, granting interviews to CBS, ABC and NBC to discuss U.S. intervention in the North African nation while pointing out that “each country in this region is different.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE



CIA World Factbook

Smells Like Regime Change (Update)

Coalition jets appear to have given the Libyan rebels a big assist by bombing the birthplace of Moammar Gadhafi, a city called Sirte that is about halfway between Benghazi and Tripoli. Not to tell NATO its business, but how exactly does clearing a path for the rebels advancing toward Libya’s capital fit the U.N. mandate to protect civilians?

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’:  Libya; Nuclear Future; Bachmann In?

Mary Matalin steps in as a guest panelist on this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” in which Libya and Japan are dominant conversation points, of course, as well as Rep. Michele Bachmann, who may or may not have her eye on the White House prize.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Mark R. Alvarez

NATO Takes Over Part of Libya Campaign

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says his organization is still debating how much of the military assault on Moammar Gadhafi’s regime to take on, but in the meantime member states have agreed to assume command of the no-fly zone.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Plans for Transfer of Control in 7 Regions

Come July, foreign forces will begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, coinciding with President Hamid Karzai’s plan to begin returning seven regions of his country back to local control.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

U.S. Happy to Hand Off Libya, but to Whom?

The U.S. appears to be losing a game of hot potato with respect to military action in Libya. President Obama says he will hand over control of the mission to NATO “within days,” but the BBC reports, “Turkey and Germany have been reluctant for NATO to assume control, and France is not keen.” (more)

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jerome Delay

Critics Question U.S. Role in Libya as Air Attacks Continue

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wasn’t thrilled with the U.N. Security Council’s go-ahead to let U.S. and European forces fire on Moammar Gadhafi’s troops in Libya, and he said so Monday. He wasn’t alone in his criticism of what began as ...

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE



Wagner Machado Carlos Lemes

Foreign Leaders Work on Terms of Libyan No-Fly Zone

The U.K., France, various Arab states and NATO representatives are all working on plans to prevent besieged Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from launching airstrikes against his people. Gadhafi’s forces continue to clash with rebels, who now control much of the country.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Rowley on Afghanistan; Greenwald on Manning

Thursday’s edition of “Democracy Now!” featured two prominent journalists (well, three, including host Amy Goodman), Rick Rowley and Glenn Greenwald, commenting on two timely and pressing news stories. By way of a preview, here’s a quote from Rowley ...

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


Pentagon
Flickr.com / mindfrieze

Pentagon Aiming to Slash Military Spending

The Obama administration is working on cutting back defense spending to levels the U.S. hasn’t seen since before Sept. 11, 2001, but the proposed changes have more to do with economic reasons than any big strategic change from within military ranks.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

White House Sees Progress in Afghanistan

A White House review of the mess in Afghanistan will reportedly declare that some modest progress has been made toward the administration’s goals (vague and illogical though they may be), despite widespread skepticism and the most allied casualties since the start of the war in 2001.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Chief Warrant Officer 3 Philippe E. Chasse

Pentagon Calls 2014 Afghanistan Withdrawal ‘Aspirational’

Hamid Karzai and NATO would like Afghan forces to take over the country’s security by 2014, a goal Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell calls “aspirational,” as in “There may very well be the need for forces to remain in-country ... ” (more jibber-jabber after the jump)

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


NATO Summit Unlikely to Answer the Most Important Questions

To adapt to secular use a phrase from medieval mysticism, “the cloud of unknowing” deepens as the war-waging countries of North America and Western Europe approach their NATO “summit.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Company We Keep

Enter President Karzai. Like Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam, he has held power as a result of corrupt elections, featuring the not-so-invisible hands of his American backers. Once again, we have bet the mortgage on one leader, no matter how inept and corrupt he might be.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


Gorbachev
AP / Dmitry Lovetsky

Gorbachev to NATO: You Can’t Win in Afghanistan

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev knows a thing or two about warfare in Afghanistan, having ordered Soviet troops out of the country two decades ago, and Wednesday he passed on a little advice to the NATO troops and allied forces fighting there now ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Admits to Taking Cash From Iran

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s administration had been secretly accepting millions of dollars in cash from the Iranian government. Sketchy! And on Monday, Karzai owned up to his part in the clandestine funding program ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Riccardo De Luca

Iran Joins in for Future Talk About Afghanistan

An Iranian representative is now included in a league of international envoys from the EU, NATO, the U.S. and elsewhere—aka the International Contact Group on Afghanistan—that is engaging in an ongoing conversation about Afghanistan’s future.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster, pool

U.S. Exploring Talks with Taliban in Afghanistan

Nothing is certain on this front yet, but the U.S. is reportedly considering opening up some channels of communication to the Taliban in Afghanistan, and between the Taliban and the Afghan government, in the interest of long-term peace goals.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


Gorbachev’s ‘New Policy Forum’ Hints at the Future

No one attending the New Policy Forum in Sofia was very interested in Washington’s present military and geostrategic preoccupations.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammad Sajjad

Reopen Sesame

After back-and-forth bickering between NATO and Pakistan—and a stream of militant attacks on supply tankers stopped at the border—Pakistan has said it will reopen a key border crossing for NATO supplies entering Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 9, 2010 READ MORE



Gen. James L. Jones, National Security Chief No More

The Obama administration has seen another key player out the door. This time, it’s national security adviser James Jones, whom Obama thanked for his “sacrifices” in his announcement in the White House’s Rose Garden on Friday. Who’s next?

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE


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