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Jun 24, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

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Jun 23, 2010 16 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

NY Times: KABUL, Afghanistan — In late 2008, shortly after he had helped pull Iraq back from the brink of catastrophe, Gen. David H. Petraeus prepared to turn to that other American war. “I’ve always said that Afghanistan would be the tougher fight,” General Petraeus said at the time. Now the burden falls to him, at perhaps the ...

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Jun 23, 2010 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Jun 23, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Washington Post: President Obama dismissed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal on Wednesday after concluding that his military chief in Afghanistan had badly damaged the chain of command and could no longer work effectively with the civilian leadership at a crucial moment in the war. White House officials said Obama's decision, made over a tense 40 hours, pitted his ...

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Jun 23, 2010 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials said Wednesday that firing Gen. Stanley McChrystal would disrupt progress in the war and could jeopardize a pivotal security operation under way in Taliban strongholds in the south. At the end of a one-hour video conference Tuesday night with President Barack Obama, Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his confidence in ...

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Jun 23, 2010 Comments Off Erik Wong

Politico: President Barack Obama may end up firing Gen. Stanley McChrystal — but he’s stuck with the strategy McChrystal helped put in place and is trying to execute. The Afghan commander, who offered to resign Tuesday after his aides trashed, among others, the “wimps” in the White House, shaped what may end up being Obama’s most important ...

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Jun 23, 2010 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) - Afghanistan war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal privately discussed his blistering interview with President Barack Obama Wednesday, but his fate remained unknown as a formal White House war session got under way as planned. McChrystal was seen leaving the West Wing and climbing into a van after his nearly half-hour showdown with the president. ...

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Jun 23, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

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Jun 23, 2010 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Wall Street Journal: The future of the top U.S. commander and strategist of the Afghan war was cast into doubt after he had to apologize and was called to Washington to explain comments by him and his aides disparaging President Barack Obama, his national security team, and U.S. allies. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, 55, faced a barrage ...

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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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