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 U.S. Gen. John Allen to retire, end pursuit of NATO commander job


Washington: Gen. John Allen, the former leader of coalition forces in Afghanistan who was nominated to become supreme allied commander of NATO, is retiring instead of continuing to pursue the post, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday. Allen informed Obama that he will leave the service rather...

 General Struck a Delicate Balance On Troop Levels for the Afghan War


WASHINGTON: From the start of his tour as the top U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization commander in Afghanistan in July 2011, Gen. John Allen sought to strike a delicate balance that had eluded his predecessors—fighting for troop levels he thought he would need without crossing a White House ...

 Taliban targeting Afghan women and government workers, UN report finds


Civilian casualty numbers fall for first time in six years but insurgents and NATO still inflicting 'unacceptable' toll on populace  Kabul: The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan has decreased for the first time in six years, said the UN, but targeted killings by insurgents – particularly...

 5 factors for peace in Afghanistan


Given that Afghanistan has been in a state of war for nearly 35 years, only a broad-based reconciliation can resolve the fighting. Peace talks are a vital part of that process. Here are five factors necessary to achieving a sustainable peace in Afghanistan. 1. All Afghans must be represented All...

 Top US general in Afghanistan says coalition can still be effective despite airstrike ban


KABUL, Afghanistan: The top American commander in Afghanistan said on Sunday that he believes the U.S.-led NATO coalition can operate effectively despite the Afghan president’s decision to ban Afghan security forces from requesting airstrikes in residential areas. President Hamid Karzai on Saturda...

 In Kabul’s ‘Car Guantánamo,’ Autos Languish and Trust Dies


KABUL, Afghanistan: On the northern edge of Kabul, down a road riddled with mammoth potholes, is a secure site that bears all the marks of a prison: high stone walls topped with concertina wire, police officers barking into walkie-talkies, forsaken visitors pacing the compound’s edge, waiting for a ...

 After The Afghan Pullout, The Dangers For Central Asia


In his State of the Union speech on February 12, U.S. President Barack Obama declared that by the end of 2014 "our war in Afghanistan will be over." This step, long expected, will decrease security in neighboring Central Asia. Flows northward from Afghanistan of terrorists and narcotics will put at ...

 To cut Afghan red tape, bribery is the norm


KABUL: In a country where Western accusations of corruption have been lobbed at high-ranking officials and public institutions, the malfeasance that drives Afghans against their own government happens every day on a much smaller scale. Forget special investigations and glossy reports on misspent f...

 Little Hope Amid Push for Afghans on Peace


KABUL, Afghanistan: Suddenly, the effort to strike a deal with the Taliban is very publicly back on the front burner. Frozen for months last year as another fighting season raged in Afghanistan, and as election-year politics consumed American attention, diplomats and political leaders from eight c...

 Afghanistan's future: 5 burning questions


In his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed that the country's war in Afghanistan would be over by the end of 2014. He also laid out more specifics. Of the approximately 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan now, more than half -- 34,000 -- will come home in the next year, Obama sa...

 Bronte heritage put before green energy in key wind turbine ruling


The literary significance of the “Bronte” moorlands has been used for the first time to curb the onslaught of wind farms, in a key victory for campaigners.The brooding West Yorkshire countryside that inspired classics such as Wuthering Heights has been protected from plans for more turbines because ...

 Obama Faces Risks in Pipeline Decision


President Obama faces a knotty decision in whether to approve the much-delayed Keystone oil pipeline: a choice between alienating environmental advocates who overwhelmingly supported his candidacy or causing a deep and perhaps lasting rift with Canada.Canada, the United States’ most important tradin...

 Hydrogen-powered cars: The future, finally


“IT IS the fuel of the future—and always will be,” skeptics joke. And in recent years it was hard not to chuckle: fuel cells and other promising hydrogen technologies looked like they would remain little more than science-fair projects.But a series of alliances suggests that things are looking up fo...

 Kentucky town under attack from 'The Birds'


Millions of birds have descended on a small Kentucky city this winter, fouling the landscape, scaring pets and raising the risk for disease in a real-life version of Alfred Hitchcock's horror film, The Birds.The blackbirds and European starlings blacken the sky of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, before roos...

 FBI Celebrates Duping Another Mentally Ill Man Into Fake Terror Plot‏


Following a series of similar widely ridiculed so-called “sting” operations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced last week that it had foiled yet another “terror plot” that, like virtually every supposed “terrorist” case in recent years, was created and managed from start to finish by the ...

 Afghans skeptical of Obama troop withdrawal


US President Barack Obama plans to withdraw some 34,000 American troops from Afghanistan this year – a little more than half the current number. The Karzai government has welcomed the move as long overdue. The office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a statement saying it had long been hopin...

 U.S. Faces Fire as It Pulls Out of Afghanistan


STRONG POINT HAJI RAHMUDDIN II, Afghanistan: When the last American soldiers to occupy this squat, lonely outpost in southern Afghanistan pulled out this week, they left the same way earlier units had arrived: ready for a fight. They were leaving this violent patch of land outside Kandahar, the So...

 US drawdown in Afghanistan a 'worry' for Pakistan, ambassador says


One of the concerns for Pakistan is 'how responsible' the US exit from Afghanistan will be, said Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's ambassador to the US, at a Feb. 5 breakfast meeting. Pakistani ambassador Sherry Rehman has served as her nation's top envoy to the United States since November 2011. She was ...

 As Afghan army gets cash to buy its own supplies, some worry about corruption


KABUL, Afghanistan: The Afghan army is one of the least corrupt parts of a society where more than two-thirds of the citizens think it’s fine for bureaucrats to take bribes. Now that reputation is getting its biggest test: access to more money. Billions of dollars more. For most of the war, equipm...

 Brown bears starved in northern wilderness of Shiretoko


Last August, because of intense summer heat, pink salmon did not swim upstream in rivers in far northern Japan as they usually do.The fish arrived a month later when temperatures had cooled somewhat.This was bad news for brown bears that inhabit Shiretoko, a World Natural Heritage site in eastern Ho...


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