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‘Daily Show’: Best Leak Ever

It seemed like nobody in a position of power in Washington thought that the shocking details about the war in Afghanistan, our “allies” in Pakistan and other gems from this week’s WikiLeaks melange of madness were all that “new.”  (continued)

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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AP / Maya Alleruzzo

Thank God for the Whistle-Blowers

What WikiLeaks did was brilliant journalism, and the bleating critics from the president on down are revealing just how low a regard they have for the truth.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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wikileaks.org

U.S. Prepares for Fallout From Wikileaks Revelations

It’s not surprising that the Pentagon is conducting “a very robust investigation” to find the source of the latest Wikileaks heard ’round the world. And it’s also to be expected that the military and intelligence communities are shoring up ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Army / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

The Biggest Secret From the ‘Secret Archive’

The release of 92,000 pages of secret military documents by the website WikiLeaks points to the futility of the war in Afghanistan and the double-dealing of our so-called ally Pakistan.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 21, 2010 ENLARGE    


soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army

Still Waiting for Answers About Afghanistan

After last week’s two-day congressional hearing on the Afghanistan war, I have two questions: One, why did Gen. David Petraeus faint under questioning? Two, why are we still in Afghanistan?

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Allauddin Khan

Pakistan and the Taliban, Sitting in a Tree

A new report issued by the London School of Economics claims that Pakistan’s intelligence agency is not only funding and training Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan but also holds sway in the insurgency’s leadership council.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Has Karzai Lost Faith?

Rumors are swirling in Afghanistan that the country’s president, Hamid Karzai, has lost faith in the ability of the West to defeat the Taliban, and some are even accusing Karzai of trying to strike his own deal with the Taliban and archrival Pakistan.

Posted on Jun 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Mosque Attacks Kill 80 in Pakistan

Simultaneous attacks on two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, killed more than 80 people Friday morning as militants targeted a minority Islamic sect.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai and Clinton
AP / Carolyn Kaster

Team Obama Handles Karzai With Kid Gloves

Relations between the U.S. and Afghan administrations have been less than cozy in recent months, but President Obama’s crew, headed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, attempted to warm things up this week by giving visiting President Hamid Karzai the royal treatment in Washington.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



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U.S.: Pakistan Taliban Behind NYC Plot

The bumbling alleged Times Square bomber had backing from the Taliban in Pakistan, Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday, claiming the U.S. has evidence that the Taliban helped facilitate, and likely financed, the attempt.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE


Hamid Karzai
DoD / Cherie Cullen

Report: Karzai Set Taliban Leader Free

A professional kidnapper and Taliban commander was released from an Afghan prison 10 years early and may have won a hush-hush pardon from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the BBC reports. Karzai’s people say the president “could not recall the matter.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
youtube.com

Karzai’s Rep Says Afghan President Never Threatened to Join Taliban

So, about that whole joining-the-Taliban quip that Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai supposedly made last weekend? Didn’t happen, according to Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar, who had apparently shifted into backpedaling mode on Wednesday.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Gibbs: Team Obama ‘Frustrated’ With Karzai’s Remarks

Relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan were further strained over the weekend after the White House caught wind of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s musings that he might join the Taliban as a reaction to pressure from the West to make some changes in his country.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Afghan newsstand
AP / Richard Vogel

The Taliban’s Glossy New Front in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

It’s sleek, it’s glossy, it’s in eloquent Arabic, Pashto and Dari, and it pours derision on American and NATO forces in Afghanistan; it is the brand new propaganda wing of the Taliban: not just Internet video of attacks on the Western armies in Helmand and Kandahar, but professionally produced magazines.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


5 Americans Indicted on Terrorism Charges in Pakistan

Five young Muslim American men who went missing from Virginia in November and were arrested the following month in Pakistan were indicted on terrorism charges Wednesday. The accused claim they were tortured in custody and deny that they were trying to align themselves with al-Qaida-affiliated groups, according to the BBC.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


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youtube.com

McChrystal Apologizes for Afghan Civilian Deaths

America’s top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, took to the Afghan airwaves Tuesday to apologize for the deaths of 27 civilians in an airstrike led by U.S. forces last week, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
AP / Ahmad Masood, pool

Afghan Immunity Law Stirs Up Anger

Eliciting a cry from international and domestic human rights organizations, the Afghanistan government has passed a controversial law giving immunity from prosecution to Taliban fighters—no matter their deeds—who lay down their weapons.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence

America’s Confused Approach to Afghanistan

U.N. officials and American military commanders suggest that diplomacy might be coming alive on the Afghan front, but neither the Pentagon nor the White House seems to have clearly identified what the United States wants in Afghanistan.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / UK in Afghanistan

‘Very Challenging Year’ for Afghanistan

According to NATO’s newly appointed chief civilian representative, 2010 in Afghanistan will see more violence and casualties, but will also mark a turning point in the fight against the Taliban.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


Talking With the Taliban

News coming out of Afghanistan claims that a United Nations envoy has held secret talks in Dubai with Taliban leaders to discuss peace terms. If confirmed, the meeting would be the first ever between the U.N. and senior Taliban members.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
AP / Ahmad Masood, pool

10 More Years?

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has some sobering news for supporters of the U.S.-led intervention in his country: Even after eight years of war, it could be another decade before the Afghan military is able to take over security duties from the coalition, and even longer to wean it from its dependence on foreign aid.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Sgt. David Alvarado

McChrystal Discusses Afghanistan Plan

America’s top brass in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, sat down for a talk with the Financial Times last week about his strategy in the South Asian nation, how long he thinks U.S. troops will remain there and the possibility of the Taliban’s participation in the Afghan government.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


Eide
Wikimedia Commons / Bjoertvedt

U.N. Envoy ‘Worried’ About Afghanistan

His term as the United Nations’ official envoy to Afghanistan is up in March, and in his last address to the world body Kai Eide didn’t sound especially optimistic about the state of the country. In fact, Eide said Wednesday, if certain “negative trends” he sees at work “are not reversed,” the situation in Afghanistan could “become unmanageable.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Farzana Wahidy

Remodeling Karzai’s Cabinet

Hamid Karzai is having issues in his second term as Afghanistan’s president. It seems that the Afghan parliament has nixed 17 of his 24 Cabinet nominees.

Posted on Jan 2, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai: Afghan Schoolchildren Killed in Military Operation

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office released a statement in which he said he “strongly condemns” a military operation involving “international forces”—one in a series that reportedly occurred over the weekend—in which at least eight Afghan schoolchildren were said to be among the civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


McChrystal: Defeating Bin Laden, Taliban Key to Afghanistan Victory

This may sound more like a press release from Captain Obvious than incisive strategic commentary from one of our nation’s top military leaders, but lest it be overlooked, Gen. Stanley McChrystal recommends that the U.S. capture Osama Bin Laden and push back on the Taliban as two crucial action items on America’s to-do list for Afghanistan.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


‘Mosaic’: The Real Reason Behind Obama’s Afghan Surge

Something just doesn’t add up about the stated logic of sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, says Jamal Dajani, who has a theory about the president’s real reason for escalating the war.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Charles Dharapak

Here We Go Again

After 30 years of failure, and thanks to the political opportunism of the current commander in chief, the Afghanistan war is still without end or logical purpose.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Makes It Official: 30,000 More U.S. Troops to Head to Afghanistan

He took his time to mull it over, and in a speech at West Point on Tuesday night President Barack Obama announced his decision about what course of action to take in Afghanistan, affirming reports that he plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to push back on the resurgent Taliban and to try to establish some semblance of stability in the war-scarred country.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama and Singh
White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Hints at ‘Comprehensive’ Afghanistan Plan

Those who hoped that President Barack Obama would consider withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan anytime soon are likely to be disappointed, judging by the hints Obama dropped about his plans for America’s military involvement in the volatile South Asian nation.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Matthew Moeller

Getting Out of Afghanistan With Grace

The best way to deal with an insurrection is not to go in the first place. The second-best way is to get out as quickly and gracefully as possible.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE



AP / David Guttenfelder

Afghanistan’s Sham Army

American military commanders measure progress by the swelling size of the Afghan army, although the force is said to be poorly trained, sympathetic to the Taliban and the scourge of local populations.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton in Lahore
Still: AP via youtube.com

Clinton: We’re ‘Not Getting Through’ to Pakistanis

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced the unenviable task of trying to change U.S.-Pakistani relations for the better during her three-day diplomacy spree in the South Asian nation. However, it was unclear as her visit drew to a close whether she’d made any headway, as she herself acknowledged on Friday.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 READ MORE


When the Tough Should Get Going

The former Marine officer Matthew Hoh, who resigned his Foreign Service post in Afghanistan because he feels the war is pointless and not worth dying for, deserves all the attention he’s gotten and more.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Kabul attack
bbc.co.uk

Taliban Target U.N. Workers in Deadly Kabul Attack

United Nations officials said Wednesday that at least five U.N. workers and three Afghans were killed and nine others wounded by three Taliban militants, who were themselves shot dead during the attack at a private residence in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


Karzai votes

Afghanistan: Fraud, Opium and Taliban

If an athlete is caught cheating in the Olympics or another sports competition, that person is disqualified, and it is seen as a disgrace. In the case of the recent election in Afghanistan, however, cheating has been rewarded and even praised by no less than the president of the United States, says Link TV’s Jamal Dajani in this week’s “Mosaic Intelligence Report.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Afghan election runoff

Afghanistan Prepares for Election Runoff

Ballots are being distributed to voting centers throughout Afghanistan for the runoff between incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his top challenger from Round 1, Abdullah Abdullah, slated to take place on Nov. 7.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


IIUI
www.iiu.edu.pk

Six Dead, 18 Hurt in Pakistan University Bombing

As Pakistan’s army continued battling militants in southern Waziristan on Tuesday, two suicide bombers set off explosions at Islamabad’s International Islamic University, killing themselves and four others and wounding 18, according to The Associated Press. Updated

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


Pakistani soldiers
AP / K.M.Chaudary

Pakistan Getting Speedy Military Aid Delivery From Pentagon

After recent militant attacks in Pakistan that killed about 150, the Pentagon is pushing forward with plans to send about $200 million in military aid—in the form of equipment and “services,” according to Reuters.

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why Do Conservatives Hate America?

Somebody explain this to me: The president of the United States wins the Nobel Peace Prize, and Rush Limbaugh joins with the Taliban in bitterly denouncing the award?

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


binladen
chinadaily.com

Report: Al-Qaida Hurting for Funds

Although the Taliban apparently enjoys good funding these days, thanks in part to drug money, the BBC reported Monday that al-Qaida is struggling by comparison, according to “terrorist financing official” (?) David Cohen.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


Swat blast
AP / Abdullah Khan

Over 40 Killed in Yet Another Pakistan Attack

The death toll after four days of militant attacks in Pakistan rose past 100 following another deadly blast, this time in the Shangla district of the Swat Valley, where a car bomb exploded near a market early Monday afternoon.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Clinton: Pakistan Authority Losing Juice

A Taliban attack Sunday morning on Pakistan’s army headquarters has pressed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to warn about the waning authority of the Pakistani state in the face of violence by “extremists.” Security forces were later able to defeat the attackers and free 40 hostages.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE


NATO soldier
AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

U.N. Calls for Reinforcements in Afghanistan

While the Obama administration continues to mull over its options regarding America’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council has voted to urge “member states to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources” to the ongoing conflict.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


soldiers
AP / Brennan Linsley

Afghan Taliban Say They Have No International Agenda

The U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan for eight years. To mark the anniversary, the Afghan Taliban asserted themselves via an Internet statement Wednesday, claiming they had—and have—no intention of attacking other countries, but they will continue to fight against Western colonizers as long as they occupy the country.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan landscape
Flickr / U.S. Army

A War of Absurdity

There is no indication that any of the contending forces in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, are interested in bringing al-Qaida back. On the contrary, all the available evidence indicates that the Arab fighters are unwelcome and that it is their isolation from their former patrons that has led to their demise. 

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


Islamabad bombing
AP / B.K. Bangash

At Least Six Dead in Bomb Blast at U.N. Office in Pakistan

The United Nations World Food Program office in Islamabad, Pakistan, was a suicide bomber’s target Monday, and unfortunately it was a successful strike. The bomber was able to enter the building in the guise of a guard and set off 16 pounds of explosives during a busy noontime at the office, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


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milwoman.com

‘Spiraling Increases’ in Afghan Police Deaths

International efforts to expand Afghanistan’s security forces are being undermined by “spiraling increases” in violent deaths among the nation’s police officers as the eighth anniversary of the U.S. war approaches.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Obams
AP / Charles Dharapak

Saving the Obama Revolution

The Obama revolution, and there was the hope of one, might still succeed. But only if Barack Obama follows the model of the incredibly successful Reagan revolution and heeds the political base that made his presidency possible.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


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