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Jun 27, 2010 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Washington Post: Since 2001, a dozen commanders have cycled through the top jobs in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S. Central Command, which oversees both wars. Three of those commanders -- including the recently dismissed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal -- have been fired or resigned under pressure. History has judged many others harshly, and only two, Gen. David ...

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Jun 25, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: As President Barack Obama reaffirms his Afghanistan policy, he’s also emboldening critics in Congress who think he should use a shake-up in commanding generals to change the course of what they believe is an intractable war. “I think he has to reassess the strategy,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said Thursday. “I can’t believe for a ...

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Jun 25, 2010 Comments Off on US And British Troops Prepare For Key Summer Battle In Sangin Pat Dollard

The Telegraph: Royal Marines are being moved to Sangin in Afghanistan amid a battle for the town from Taliban snipers and insurgents trying to shoot down helicopters, the new US commander of British troops has said. Major General Richard Mills of the US Marine Corps, said the “significance of this summer is not lost on the insurgents” ...

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Jun 25, 2010 Comments Off on Afghan Embed: Anatomy Of An Insurgent Attack Pat Dollard

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Jun 25, 2010 10 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Update: Drudge took our headline. Cool! Telegraph: Gen David Petraeus, the new US commander in Afghanistan, is to review the controversial doctrine of "courageous restraint", according to Pentagon sources. He is to re-examine the rules which some soldiers believe have prevented them from defending themselves. "There will be no change in overall policy but all aspects of tactics and ...

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Jun 25, 2010 6 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Independent: The revolving door spectacle at the top of America's military brass may have been executed with swift efficiency by Barack Obama but the fallout may just be beginning as Republicans prepare again to challenge his plans to begin a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan next year. Fresh and possibly unfriendly scrutiny of President Obama's war strategy ...

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Jun 25, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

New York Times: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan is exploiting the troubled United States military effort in Afghanistan to drive home a political settlement with Afghanistan that would give Pakistan important influence there but is likely to undermine United States interests, Pakistani and American officials said. The dismissal of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal will almost certainly embolden the ...

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Jun 24, 2010 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: Gen. David Petraeus will be given the “flexibility” to submit recommendations on the Afghanistan strategy once he arrives there, but he is on board with the overall approach, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today. “The president has established the strategy, but from my perspective, Gen. Petraeus will have the flexibility to look at the campaign plan ...

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Jun 24, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Press TV is a 24-hour English language global news network owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). Its headquarters are located in Tehran, Iran, with worldwide bureaus in Beirut (Lebanon), Damascus (Syria), London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), and Washington, D.C. (USA). Press TV: Kabul circles say the dismissal of US commander was over leaking information ...

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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 on McChrystal Strategy To Survive 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 Comments Off on Gibbs On McChrystal Pat Dollard

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Jun 23, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

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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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