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  • Get Afghan Interpreters Out of the Taliban's Sights

    As the U.S. plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2014, no man or woman should be left behind. This includes the Afghan interpreters who have guided Western forces through hostile terrain for the last 12 years and now feel their lives are in jeopardy.

  • Why Obama Keeps Putting Up With Karzai’s Chutzpah

    “We want the Americans to respect our sovereignty and be an honest partner. And bring a lot of money.”

  • McChrystal Summoned Back to U.S. With Job on Line

    General Stanley McChrystal , commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has been summoned to Washington to explain disparaging remarks he made in a magazine interview.

  • U.S. Confirms Preliminary Afghan Taliban Talks, Karzai Criticizes Motives

    The U.S. has made “very preliminary” contacts with Afghan Taliban guerrillas, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, after Afghanistan’s president said he is looking to Pakistan to mediate peace talks.

  • Obama Advisers Ignored Afghan Corruption Before Surge: Review

    Late last year President Barack Obama announced his plan to send an additional 30,000 American troops to fight in Afghanistan. In “ Obama’s Wars ” (I don’t know why the second word is plural), Bob Woodward shows how he and his advisers arrived at that decision.

  • Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Apologizes for Magazine Article, AP Says

    General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, apologized today for an interview in which he said he felt “betrayed” by his diplomatic partner in Kabul, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Associated Press reported.

  • McChrystal Apologizes for Reported Remarks on Aides, Washington Post Says

    By Ernesto Londoño June 22 (Washington Post) -- KABUL -- The top U.S. general in Afghanistan apologized Tuesday for a magazine article that portrays him and his staff as flippant and dismissive of top Obama administration officials involved in Afghanistan policy. The profile in Rolling Stone magazine, titled the "Runaway General," is certain to increase tension between the White House and Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It also raises fresh questions about the judgment and leadership style of the commander Obama appointed last year in an effort to turn around a worsening conflict. McChrystal and some of his senior advisors are quoted criticizing top administration officials, at times in starkly derisive terms. An anonymous McChrystal aide is quoted calling national security adviser James Jones a "clown." Referring to Richard Holbrooke, Obama's senior envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, one McChrystal aide is quoted saying:

  • Obama, Karzai Discuss Keeping Pressure on Taliban Fighters in Afghanistan

    U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai today during an hour-long video teleconference, discussing the need to “work together to keep the pressure on the Taliban and to build Afghan capacity,” according to a White House statement.

  • U.S. Will Leave Afghanistan to Warlords and Taliban

    “We wanted a clear message from Obama that the U.S. will continue to support democracy in Afghanistan,” Fawzia Koofi, a lawmaker and human-rights activist, said this month. “It’s the only alternative to Talibanization.”

  • Graham `Stunned' at Karzai's Call for Scaled-Back U.S. Military Operations

    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham , a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was “stunned” at a report that Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants the U.S. to scale back operations in his country.


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