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Jun 17, 2010 26 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, FoxNews.com has learned. The Afghan officers and enlisted men have security badges that give them access to ...

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Jun 14, 2010 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Jun 13, 2010 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Let the strip mining commence! We found a way out of recession! Telegraph: WASHINGTON — The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. The previously ...

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Jun 13, 2010 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Telegraph: Pakistan's intelligence services are supporting the Taliban with training, cash and sanctuary on a larger scale than previously thought as they battle Nato forces in Afghanistan, according to a survey of insurgent commanders. The study also claims that President Asif Ali Zardari made a secret visit to Taliban prisoners in a Pakistani prison to arrange ...

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May 17, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Militants shot and killed a prominent Muslim cleric who had called for peace in insurgency-wracked Afghanistan along with two members of his family, officials said Monday, the latest in a string of killings targeting figures perceived as pro-government. Cleric Rahman Gul, his brother and a relative were gunned down in an ambush ...

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May 14, 2010 10 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Big Journalism: Washington, DC – The two presidents – Karzai and Obama – were on stage together in the East Room of the White House for forty minutes on May 12. They each talked about how they had differed in the past and how committed they are to going forward together. Both leaders expressed great hope ...

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May 12, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) – Al-Qaida operatives who have been detained for years in Iran have been making their way quietly in and out of the country, raising the prospect that Iran is loosening its grip on the terror group so it can replenish its ranks, former and current U.S. intelligence officials say. This movement could indicate that ...

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May 12, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Hill: Obama says 'perceived tensions' are 'overstated' as Karzai visits President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday their relationship has never been stronger, and reports of tension between them are "overstated." Obama, meeting with Karzai at the White House, said he is confident his strategy in Afghanistan "will succeed," even as he warned of ...

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May 12, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) - The war in Afghanistan will get worse before it gets better, President Barack Obama said Wednesday, but he declared his plan to begin withdrawing U.S. forces next year remains on track. "What I've tried to emphasize is the fact that there is going to be some hard fighting over the next several months," ...

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May 11, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Agencie France Presse: Congress will press Afghan President Hamid Karzai to rein in corruption, believing it is holding his country back, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday. Karzai is spending a week in Washington for talks to repair a rift with the Obama administration, which infuriated the Afghan leader with its public criticisms of his alleged ...

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May 9, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Times Online: President Karzai arrives in Washington today for crucial talks to mend relations with the US as the Taleban threaten a new assault in Afghanistan. The four-day visit by Mr Karzai comes at a critical moment in his strained relationship with the Obama Administration and in the eight-year Afghan war. With a US-led military operation aimed at ...

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May 1, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

HUTAL, Afghanistan (AP) — In the U.S. Army, Casey Thoreen is just a 30-year-old captain. Around here, he's known as the "King of Maiwand" district — testimony to the fact that without the young captain and a fat international wallet, local government here as in much of the insurgency-ravaged south could not function at all. Setting ...

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Apr 30, 2010 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Apr 28, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Apr 25, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Apr 23, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - The message, very often, is sent with bloodshed. A suicide bombing last week on a fortified Kandahar guesthouse shared by Western contracting companies killed four Afghans and injured several Americans. An Afghan engineer was shot dead in March as he helped inspect a school not far from the Pakistan border. An ...

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Apr 23, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — NATO's top official said Friday the 28-nation alliance is on track with its new strategy for winding down the war in Afghanistan next year, despite security setbacks and a continuing shortage of foreign trainers for the fledgling Afghan police and army. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen offered a mostly upbeat assessment ...

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Apr 18, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban are moving fighters into Kandahar, planting bombs and plotting attacks as NATO and Afghan forces prepare for a summer showdown with insurgents, according to a Taliban commander with close ties to senior insurgent leaders. NATO and Afghan forces are stepping up operations to push Taliban fighters out of the city, ...

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Apr 18, 2010 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Mullah Mohammed Omar, the supreme leader of the Taliban The supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has indicated that he and his followers may be willing to hold peace talks with western politicians. In an interview with The Sunday Times, two of the movement’s senior Islamic scholars have relayed a message from the Quetta shura, ...

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Apr 14, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Times Online: American troops have withdrawn from a notorious valley in eastern Afghanistan that has seen some of the worst fighting of the war, with commanders citing a shift in strategy. A low-key press release yesterday announced the “realignment” of US forces out of the Korengal Valley, where 42 American soldiers have been killed and hundreds wounded ...

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Apr 14, 2010 22 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

By Brad Thor in Big Government: I have just received word that the New York Times is preparing to go public with a list of names of Americans covertly working in Afghanistan providing force protection for our troops, as well as the rest of our Coalition Forces. If the Times actually sees this through, the ...

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Apr 12, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) - After days of discord, U.S. officials on Sunday went one step farther in their new gentler tact with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, expressing sympathy for the pressure he faces and promoting him as commander in chief of the warring nation. U.S.-Afghan relations grew tense last week when Karzai, seeking to bolster his own ...

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