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 Cyclical nature of Afghan fighting may mask deeper trends, experts warn


FORWARD OPERATING BASE APACHE, Afghanistan : On a blustery, subfreezing night in a sandbagged guard tower, Army Spc. Anthony Ross, 24, of Carson, Calif., twisted and spun in a brief dance. Sometimes Ross does push-ups on guard duty to stay alert, sometimes he dances. His fellow boredom-fighter for...

 Afghanistan's Forests A Casualty Of Timber Smuggling


Despite Afghanistan's fierce winter, it's rare to find a house with insulation or a modern heating system. So Afghans rely on bukharis, stoves that look like an oil drum with a big rusty pipe growing out of the top that bends off into a hole in the wall. That fact keeps the hundreds of wood vendor...

 A partitioned Afghanistan is better than chaos


America’s war in Afghanistan, the longest and costliest in U.S. history, is finally drawing to an official close. How this shapes Afghanistan’s future will have a significant bearing on the security of countries far beyond the region. After all, Afghanistan is not Vietnam: The end of U.S.-led combat...

 U.N. blames rise in violence against Afghan women on culture


UNITED NATIONS: Violence linked to culture was the main reason for a 20 percent rise in deaths and injuries of females in Afghanistan last year, U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis said on Monday. Despite an overall fall in annual civilian casualties in Afghanistan for the first time in se...

 NATO chief says Karzai accusation "absolutely ridiculous"


BRUSSELS : The head of NATO said on Monday it was "absolutely ridiculous" for Afghan President Hamid Karzai to accuse the United States of colluding with the Taliban and said Kabul should recognize sacrifices made by other countries on Afghanistan's behalf. Karzai marred a debut visit to Afghanist...

 U.S. soldier accused of Afghan killings faces "sanity" review


SEATTLE: A U.S. soldier charged with killing 16 civilians, most of them women and children, near his Army post in Afghanistan is set to undergo a medical review on Sunday to determine his state of mind at the time of the killings and ability to stand trial. The review, known in the military as a "...

 In Afghanistan, Karzai is on a high-stakes quest for sovereignty


KABUL : In early 2009, as Afghanistan’s second presidential election loomed, President Hamid Karzai described his once-genial relationship with the United States as a “gentle wrestling match” that he hoped to win. Four years later, another Afghan election is nearing, and that match has become far ...

 Objections to U.S. Troops Intensify in Afghanistan


KABUL, Afghanistan: The continued presence of American Special Operations troops in Wardak Province, against the wishes of the Afghan government, brought demonstrators to the capital on Saturday and provoked a strongly worded denunciation from Muslim clerics. President Hamid Karzai had given the A...

 Deal likely to keep U.S. elite forces in key Afghan province: official


KABUL: Afghan and U.S. officials are working on a compromise deal to allow American Special Forces to stay in a strategically key province near the capital in return for full Afghan control of a controversial jail, a top Kabul official said. President Hamid Karzai's decision to expel Special Force...

 The REAL reason the U.S. failed in Afghanistan


Why did the U.S. fail in Afghanistan? (I know we are pretending to have succeeded, but that's just camouflage to disguise what is in fact an embarrassing if predictable defeat). The reasons for our failure are now being debated by people like Vali Nasr and Sarah Chayes, who have offered contrasting ...

 Hamid Karzai's risky rants


As Americans try to make sense of the latest salvo of rhetoric coming out of Kabul, Afghans are also perturbed by confusion engulfing their country's prospects at a time when both sides are expected to soberly focus on immediate challenges, maintaining Afghanistan's stability, and making sure that A...

 Obama: Climate change threatens shipping routes


President Obama said Tuesday that federal investments in waterway maintenance will be vital as drought fueled by climate change creates problems for barges bringing goods out of the Midwest. Obama, during a meeting of the President’s Export Council, noted recent problems moving goods when last year...

  Climate change possibly to bring more and new diseases


(Author’s Note: How does climate change affect our health?  This piece tries to answer that question.)THE scientific evidence continues to mount. The climate is changing, the effects are already being felt and human activities are a principal cause.“Without effective action, climate change is going ...

 Can China come clean?


Communist leaders looking at hazy path to better environment BEIJING – Facing public outrage over smog-choked cities and filthy rivers, China’s leaders are promising to clean up the country’s neglected environment – a pledge that sets up a clash with political pressures to keep economic growth stro...

 Climate change significant challenge facing Libya


If new government doesn’t address the issues related to climate change, Libya could see more turmoil; say Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell. When dictator Moammar Gadhafi was killed in October 2011, months after the first wave of uprisings swept Libya as part of the larger Arab Spring, internatio...

 Afghan Politicians Urge U.S. Patience


KABUL: Afghan opposition leaders urged Washington not to overreact to President Hamid Karzai's allegations of American collusion with the Taliban, saying there is broad support for a continued U.S. role in Afghanistan. Mr. Karzai caused a furor on Sunday, the day he met visiting U.S. Defense Secre...

 Dispute over high-risk prisoners threatens to disrupt U.S.-Afghan talks


A dispute over the fate of about three dozen militants held by U.S. forces in Afghanistan has disrupted negotiations over a long-term security agreement to leave U.S. troops in the country after 2014. The United States has refused to turn over the prisoners — deemed especially dangerous compared w...

 Is Obama to blame for the mess in Afghanistan?


A new book by an administration insider argues a “dithering” White House has led to key missteps in Afghanistan and a loss of American power in the world. BUZZARDS BAY, Mass: As the recent fracas in Afghanistan amply demonstrates, the picture is not at all rosy with regards to the United States’ lo...

 Afghanistan's biggest-ever truck bomb defused in Kabul: spy agency


KABUL: Security forces in the Afghan capital have defused a truck bomb packed with nearly eight tonnes of explosives, the biggest of its kind discovered in the country, the spy agency said on Friday amid heightened security. Intelligence forces discovered the explosives in eastern Kabul, wired and...

 Review: Muslims Most Civilized, Yet Not Enough‏


Review   Muslims Most Civilized, Yet Not Enough By Dr. Javed Jamil   Review by Syed Adil Pages 364 Mission Publications Price: Rs 500/-, US$ 50 This is now becoming increasingly clear that the so-called New World Order is an ugly product of the ugly designs of the forces of economics t...


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  • Goodbye, Afghanistan: A U.S. Brigade Prepares to Leave For Good

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