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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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Mar 18, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: CIA Director Leon Panetta said Wednesday an aggressive campaign has driven Usama bin Laden and other leaders deeper into hiding and left Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan's tribal regions in disarray. "Those operations are seriously disrupting Al Qaeda," Panetta told The Washington Post in an interview. "It's pretty clear from all the intelligence ...

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Mar 18, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Washington Examiner: Iran is assisting al Qaeda by facilitating links between senior terrorist leaders and affiliate groups, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East told Congress on Tuesday. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command, also said Iran's nuclear program is facing problems, and as a result, Tehran is not expected ...

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Mar 17, 2010 37 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Two members of the Austrian special forces join Nato’s Operation Cold Response, one of Europe’s biggest military exercises, in Narvik, Norway. Dropping from 10,000ft, they glide in order to land unnoticed. The dogs often carry cameras and are trained to attack anyone carrying a weapon. “Dogs don’t perceive height difference, so that doesn’t worry them. They’re more ...

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Mar 15, 2010 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Mar 13, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Times Online: The Afghan president has backed down and agreed to include two foreigners on the elections’ watchdog panel, after concerns were raised over corruption. Hamid Karzai has reversed a decree which allowed him to appoint all five members of the Electoral Complaints Commission. Afghanistan’s ECC was responsible for stripping a third of Karzai’s votes over allegations of ...

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Mar 13, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

AP News Alert: KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan president's half-brother says four suicide attackers kill at least 30 in Kandahar. Easrlier story: KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Four suicide bombers struck different parts of the dangerous southern city of Kandahar in attacks Saturday evening that collapsed buildings and caused casualties, officials said. The explosions occurred near a hotel, ...

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Mar 10, 2010 21 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Mar 8, 2010 24 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Mar 7, 2010 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) - Dozens of fighters died in armed clashes between the Taliban and another Islamist group in northeastern Afghanistan, and some militants defected to Afghan government forces Sunday as battles raged, officials said. Fighters for the Hezb-e-Islami militia, loyal to regional warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, battled the Taliban with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns in ...

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Mar 6, 2010 12 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The southern Afghanistan insurgency IS the insurgency... (Reuters) - Insurgency in the most violent part of Afghanistan is being led by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, set free by the Afghan government in a botched attempt at reconciliation with tribes, a NATO official said on Saturday. The man, known by the names Mullah Abdul Qayyum and Mullah ...

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Mar 6, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Times Online: The heavily-criticised Snatch Land Rover is to be replaced with 200 new patrol vehicles in Afghanistan to protect troops from booby-traps, it was revealed as Gordon Brown paid a surprise visit to the war-torn country. News of a £118 million investment in new vehicles and equipment for came after former commanders accused the Prime Minister ...

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Mar 1, 2010 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Washington Post: The suicide bomber behind the Dec. 30 attack on a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan claims in a posthumously released recording that he lured U.S. and Jordanian intelligence officers into a trap by sending them misleading information about terrorist targets as well as videotapes he made of senior al-Qaeda leaders. The bomber, a Jordanian ...

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Mar 1, 2010 19 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Washington Post: Time magazine called "The Hurt Locker" "a near-perfect war film," but Ryan Gallucci, an Iraq war veteran, had to turn the movie off three times, he says, "or else I would have thrown my remote through the television." Critics adore the film and it has been nominated for nine Oscars -- a feat matched ...

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Feb 22, 2010 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Agencie France Presse: The US-led offensive in southern Afghanistan is progressing at a slower pace than expected due to Taliban resistance and deadly roadside bombs, US defense chiefs said on Wednesday. The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates also expressed condolences over the deaths of Afghan civilians ...

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Feb 22, 2010 15 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) — A NATO airstrike killed at least 27 civilians in central Afghanistan, the Cabinet said Monday, the third time a mistaken coalition strike has killed noncombatants since the start of a major offensive aimed at winning over the population. The top NATO commander, U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, apologized to the Afghan president, NATO ...

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Feb 21, 2010 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) - Marines and Afghan units converged on a dangerous western quarter of the Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Sunday, with NATO forces facing "determined resistance" as their assault on the southern town entered its second week. Fighter jets, drones and attack helicopters hovered overhead, as Marine and Afghan companies moved on a 2-square-mile ...

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Feb 21, 2010 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

NY Times: MARJA, Afghanistan — As American Marines and Afghan soldiers have fought their way into this Taliban stronghold, the performance of the Afghan troops has tested a core premise of the American military effort here: in the not-too-distant future, the security of this country can be turned over to indigenous forces created at the cost ...

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