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 Egypt's lobby by proxy wields outsize influence in DC


Washington's soft line on Cairo's military coup is shaped by pro-Israel and defense lobbies, not democracy News recently broke that the Obama administration would be cutting military aid to Egypt in response to the country's military coup and its crackdown against nonviolent protesters. These c...

 Ten Explosive U.S. Government Secrets about Israel‏


Absent greater transparency, Americans should assume the worst    "IRmep" - - In 1968 Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms wrote urgently to Attorney General Ramsey Clark and President Lyndon B. Johnson that some highly enriched uranium fueling Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor was st...

 "While on face book you never face a book"‏


What is in a name? You may call a rose by any name because in “Face book “you never face a book rather it has taken away the book from your face. Face book is a phenomenon, a trend and a requirement in today's cyber world. What kind of requirement? It is absolutely not that a requirement tha...

 America in Pakistan: Postcard from Hell‏


 Is America at war within itself? Its history offers alarming and dreadful signals to the whole of the mankind. In slightly over two centuries of its existence, America has fought more than two hundred wars. None seem to have had large scale global repercussions and disastrous consequences as is...

 US and Pakistan Locked in a ‘Drone Marriage’


Obama didn’t even mention “drones” when talking to the media after his meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. So is it all Islamabad’s fault? Not really. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hit his meeting with US President Barack Obama in the White House with an overwhelming p...

 IEC Announces Preliminary List of 2014 Presidential Candidates


After a three-day delay, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the initial list of Presidential candidates for the spring elections. Out of 26 candidates, the IEC disqualified 16 from running and approved 10. Nearly all of the most prominent names that registered for the elections ...

 Obama reassures Pakistan on Afghanistan, not drones


Washington: US President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to consider Pakistan's concerns in post-war Afghanistan, but stayed mum on a call by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to end drone strikes. Obama welcomed Sharif to the White House after releasing $1.6 billion in aid -- mostly for the milita...

 NATO optimistic about U.S. security agreement with Afghanistan


BRUSSELS: NATO troops in Afghanistan are bracing for a bloody winter ahead of the country’s presidential election, a senior U.S. military official said Tuesday, warning of an anticipated spike in high-profile attacks and political assassinations during a season that typically brings a lull in fi...

 NATO's Rasmussen Pledges Afghan Support


BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary- General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says that the alliance will keep on supporting Afghanistan after the withdrawal of most foreign forces next year. Speaking to journalists after a meeting of NATO defense ministers on October 23, Rasmussen said that NATO and allies will c...

 NATO to scale back training for Afghan air force


NATO intends to refine its ambitious plan to train a fully functional Afghan air force and focus only on the most critical military capabilities needed after the combat mission ends by December 2014, according to the head of the Afghan air training command for the Western alliance. The plan ...

 As Afghanistan war ends, NATO shifts focus to preparation for future ops


STUTTGART, Germany: As NATO shifts away from a war-fighting footing with the end of combat operations in Afghanistan approaching; the alliance must find new, more affordable ways to maintain combat readiness, according to NATO’s commander of land forces. “In order to prevent that [post-war] d...

 Afghan businessman accused of channeling aid money to insurgency


KABUL: U.S. inspectors are on the trail of a successful Afghan businessman they believe has channeled millions of dollars in aid to the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, one of the deadliest insurgent groups in Afghanistan, but still have donor-funded reconstruction contracts around the country. ...

 Holding the course in Afghanistan


Afghanistan has come a long way since the United States and its allies arrived in the country 12 years ago. Daunting challenges remain, but it is a far cry from the failed state and terrorist hideout it was in 2001. Doom-and-gloom press prognostications of an inevitable post-2014 return to Talib...

 Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan


Questions haunt the families of Extortion 17, the 2011 helicopter mission in Afghanistan that suffered the most U.S. military deaths in a single day in the war on terrorism. Every day, Charlie Strange, the father of one of the 30 Americans who died Aug. 6, 2011, in the flash of a rocket-pro...

 Public Must Not Be Silent On Taliban's Crimes: Senators


Nearly a week after Logar Governor Arsala Jamal was killed during an Eid prayer by an explosive device planted inside a Pul-e-Alam mosque's copy of the Qur'an, a number of Senators called on the public to speak out against what they considered to be the Taliban's crimes against Islam. "Most ...

 MI6 demands more spies in Afghanistan to fight terrorism


Security service calling for reinforcements from other agencies amid fears country will become 'intelligence vacuum' when British troops withdraw MI6 is calling for reinforcements in Afghanistan amid fears that the country will become an “intelligence vacuum” where terrorists will pose an i...

 Obama Stresses Inclusivity in Post-2014 Afghanistan


On Saturday night, U.S. President Barak Obama spoke at a White House press conference and emphasized the importance of Afghanistan having a government that serves the needs of all ethnicities and women once coalition troops withdraw at the end of 2014. The press conference was held upon the v...

 First Chinese speech contest wraps up in Afghanistan


KABUL: "My Chinese dream" speech contest in Chinese language wrapped up Sunday in the Afghan capital of Kabul, marking the first such event in the war-torn nation. Jointly organized by the Chinese Embassy and local Confucius Institute, the Chinese speech contest attracted over 40 Afghan Chine...

 U.S. To Use Romania Base For Afghan Withdrawal


The United States has secured an agreement with NATO ally Romania to use a Black Sea air base as a transit point for American troops and military equipment leaving Afghanistan. Under the deal, the United States will shift its flight operations to Romania's Mihail Kogalniceanu air base from th...

 Ex-rebel capital wary of looming Afghan election


KANDAHAR: The biggest single test of the success of international military intervention in Afghanistan could be the length of queues at polling stations in Kandahar city on April 5 next year – and local officials are gloomy. Candidates’ papers are now being checked after 27 names registered f...


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