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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 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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