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Apr 26, 2010 Comments Off 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Times Online: American troops have withdrawn from a notorious valley in eastern Afghanistan that has seen some of the worst fighting of the war, with commanders citing a shift in strategy.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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Apr 11, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Hillary Clinton have come to the defense of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, despite a damaging rift over his controversial remarks. President Barack Obama's cabinet officers weighed in Sunday on behalf of Karzai after days of tensions between Washington and Kabul triggered by the Afghan president's claims that foreign powers had orchestrated fraud in last year's elections. ...

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Apr 11, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Times Online: The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has cast doubt over Nato’s planned summer offensive against the Taliban in the southern province of Kandahar, as more than 10,000 American troops pour in for the fight. Karzai threatened to delay or even cancel the operation — one of the biggest of the nine-year war — after being ...

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Apr 10, 2010 9 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Clearly, Obama's delay in sending troops, and not sending as many as McChrystal wanted, in order to "punish", "scare" or "leverage" Mr. Karzai, was, as well, part of this "big mistake"... New York Times: U.S. Now Trying Softer Approach Toward Karzai WASHINGTON — After more than a year of watching America’s ability to influence President Hamid Karzai ...

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Apr 9, 2010 13 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Times Online: A top US special forces commander visited a family in rural Afghanistan yesterday to plead for forgiveness after finally admitting that his troops killed five innocent people in a botched raid, which, Afghan officials said, the soldiers then tried to cover up. Vice-Admiral William H. McRaven went to Paktia in eastern Afghanistan to the home ...

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Apr 8, 2010 10 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Apr 7, 2010 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: Timing is everything. And for the out-in-the-open feud between President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the timing is very, very bad. Questions are being raised about the way the Obama administration is handling its public clash with Karzai, given that 30,000 U.S. troops are surging into the country on the president's orders, that ...

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Apr 6, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Peter Galbraith Times Online: Afghan president Hamid Karzai's "mental stability" is in doubt and he may even be taking illegal drugs, America's former top diplomat at the United Nations mission to Afghanistan has claimed. In an interview with a US cable television network Peter Galbraith, the former UN deputy head of mission in Afghanistan described Mr Karzai as ...

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Apr 6, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Jake Tapper's Poltical Punch: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today continued his criticism of the comments by Afghan President Hamid Karzai -- and when pressed, Gibbs refused to say if Karzai was an ally of the U.S. Speaking to Afghan lawmakers over the weekend, Karzai suggested he might have to join the Taliban himself if the ...

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Apr 5, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Independent: A "pervasive and resilient culture of pessimism" about the Afghan war back home in Britain is severely undermining troops on the front line, a senior army officer serving in Helmand has warned. The negativity, reinforced by a maudlin “post-Diana reaction to fatalities”, with public focus on the numbers of British dead, is hindering an “objective ...

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Apr 3, 2010 13 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Wall Street Journal: KABUL, Afghanistan—President Hamid Karzai lashed out at his Western backers for the second time in three days on Saturday, accusing the U.S. of interfering in Afghan affairs and saying the Taliban insurgency would become a legitimate resistance movement if the meddling doesn't stop. Mr. Karzai, whose government is propped up by billions of dollars ...

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Mar 29, 2010 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) - NATO forces in June will make a long-planned assault on the Taliban's spiritual home in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, a senior military official said Monday. The goal is to rid the city of Taliban forces before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins in August, according to the official. U.S. officials have ...

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Mar 29, 2010 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) - The number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan has roughly doubled in the first three months of 2010 compared to the same period last year as Washington has added tens of thousands of additional soldiers to reverse the Taliban's momentum. Those deaths have been accompanied by a dramatic spike in the number of ...

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Mar 28, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

The Telegraph: The proposal, which would have to be approved by a new British government, is facing stiff resistance. Whitehall officials fear that a pull-out from Helmand, where nearly 250 British troops have been killed since 2006, would be portrayed as an admission of defeat. Under the plans, British forces would hand over their remaining bases in ...

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Mar 28, 2010 13 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Reuters: Air Force One landed in darkness at Bagram airfield north of the Afghan capital, and Obama was whisked by helicopter to Karzai's palace in Kabul, where he was greeted by the Afghan president and a band playing the U.S. national anthem. "I want to send a strong message that the partnership between the United States and ...

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Mar 26, 2010 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Tour of duty... Times Online: The U2

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Mar 19, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Times Online; Soldiers who saved lives under fire and the officers who commanded British forces last year, during their bloodiest summer in Afghanistan, were among 160 men and women who were today recognised for their courage. One of the most impressive acts was by Serjeant Jaime Moncho. He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for saving the ...

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