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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - David Rodriguez
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military commander for Africa says the Pentagon is planning to begin training 5,000 to 8,000 Libyan soldiers by midyear to help bolster the nation's security. The U.S. is also looking into providing additional airlift assistance to South Sudan, where violence has killed more than 1,000 people and driven 180,000 from their homes in the last month.
Uncle Sam may still want you. But maybe not.
Insurgent attacks are down in some heavily populated areas of Afghanistan where U.S.-led coalition troops have been concentrated, but violence continues in rural areas, an outgoing American commander said Monday.
The outgoing deputy commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Wednesday that the planned pullout of U.S. troops poses a minimal risk to gains against Taliban insurgents, as violence in the country has increased.
The second-ranking U.S. general in Afghanistan said Monday it was too early to tell if the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan will have an impact on the Afghan war effort.
After two days of visiting some of the most hotly contested areas of Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tuesday he sees reasons to believe the war strategy is working.
Afghanistan's president on Sunday rejected a U.S. apology for the mistaken killing of nine Afghan boys in a NATO air attack and said civilian casualties are no longer acceptable.
The Afghanistan war can be won without Pakistan's army moving against militants in North Waziristan, the No. 2 American general for the war effort said Tuesday. The comment by Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez publicly signaled that the United States is resigned to the idea that Islamabad will not take on that terrorist haven militarily.
Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez, top commander of NATO troops in the eastern region of Afghanistan that borders Pakistan, told Pentagon reporters in a video link that "they're cross-fertilizing their tactics, techniques and procedures and also again getting resourcing mainly from al Qaeda, who is the central player in the terrorism equation."
Gen. Rodriguez said the militant Islamic groups include Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi, a Pakistani armed movement associated with Islamist cleric Maulana Fazlullah; Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, another group linked to a Pakistani militant, and Lashkar-e-Taiba.