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Latest Afghanistan Items
The relatively obscure Christian flag has become omnipresent in King, N.C., because of one place it can't appear: Flying above a war memorial in a public park.
The Afghan government's reconciliation effort with the Taliban is being hamstrung by a lack of participants who wield clout within the militant group and a "peace council" viewed by many Afghans as more eager to maintain the status quo.
When U.S.-led coalition forces poured into Marjah in February, they ended years of Taliban control here. But the Taliban never left - they simply went underground, blending in among civilians, taking advantage of the region's terrain of agricultural fields and irrigation trenches to stage daily ambushes of American patrols.
Warnings were ignored, security was lax and good judgment was lacking, leading to one of the worst tragedies in CIA history, when a double-agent suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan in December.
Stabilization and peace in Afghanistan can only be achieved through efforts that include a decisive fight against the production and trafficking of Afghan heroin.
Britain will lose thousands of troops, reduce its ability to fight complex missions such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and delay a program to upgrade its nuclear defenses, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Tuesday.
With U.S.-Pakistani strategic talks set to start in Washington on Wednesday, the Obama administration is growing increasingly frustrated with Islamabad's reluctance to shut down a terrorist group that provides safe haven for al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in Pakistan.
Many thanks to California Rep. Duncan D. Hunter for arguing that we should fully implement the new Taskforce ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, Neutralize) in Afghanistan, enabling troops to disrupt and defeat insurgent improved explosive device teams as they bury the bombs ("Hunter lauds tactic to snuff IEDs," Page 1, Sept. 16). As seen in Iraq, ODIN's next generation surveillance capabilities save troops' lives, reduce civilian casualties and deny insurgents their most effective weapon.
President Obama, who has clashed with the military top brass over war and gays, will soon have a chance to reshape the Joint Chiefs of Staff as he faces contentious decisions next year on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and on ending some weapons systems.