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U.S. Sending Training Agents to Afghanistan to Stem Infiltration of Local Forces

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New York Times, 11 June 2011 The US has started sending 80 counterintelligence experts (why call them training agents?) to Afghanistan to review profiles and tighten recruitment procedures for the Afghan security forces. According to the article at least 57 people have been killed since March 2009, in at least 19 attacks carried out by […]

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Obama’s Secret Afghan Exit Formula

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The Daily Beast (blog), 11 June 2011 Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, knows what he calls Obama’s and Petraeus’ hush-hush plan about the announced US tropp ‘drawdown’ in Afghanistan which will not be publicly revealed. And he knows where Gates, Clinton, Panetta et al stand on this.

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Karzai’s civilian casualties ultimatum

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The AfPakChannel, 2 June 2011 Erica Gaston, a human rights lawyer for the Open Society Foundations,specializing in civilian casualty issues, writes that ‘Karzai’s fundamental demands – a halt to unilateral strikes, particularly inthe form of night raids and airstrikes – are largely non-negotiable issues for the U.S. […] With little wiggle room on this fundamental […]

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AAN In The Media – June 2011

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NATO air strike kills fighter linked to Afghan hotel attack Reuters, 30 June 2011 In this background article about what the Interconti attacks says about the ‘transition’ process, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying that it reflects ‘one of the concerns […] that the Afghan security forces are growing in quantity, not in quality’. […]

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Kill or Capture 2: Another Takhar Night Raid Fans Ethnic Discontent

Kate Clark

The repercussions of a night raid by US Special Forces and Afghan police, which left two men, a woman and a girl dead in Takhar a week ago (whether they were civilians or insurgents, depends on whose version of events you believe) are still being played out. The provincial council has gone on strike in […]

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How One Op-ed Explains American Ignorance About Afghanistan

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UN Disptach, 22 May 2011 The author, Ahmad Shuja, takes issue with an op-ed written by a former US NSC member – but it can be addressed to many more people working in and on Afghanistan but who have failed to look beyond ‘the wire’ sufficiently to understand that the conflict between modernism and conservatism […]

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Direct US-Taleban talks and the Bonn 2 conference (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that the US have ‘speeded up’ direct talks with the Taleban. According to this report, such talks have been ‘initiated several months ago’ and that ‘at least three meetings in Qatar and Germany, one as recently as “eight or nine days ago,” with a Taliban official considered close to […]

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U.S. speeds up direct talks with Taliban

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Washington Post, 17 May 2011 According to this report, the US government is holding ‘direct talks with the Taliban, initiated several months ago, that U.S. officials say they hope will enable President Obama to report progress toward a settlement of the Afghanistan war when he announces troop withdrawals in July’. The article refers to an […]

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AAN In The Media – May 2011

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Afghan president seeks to limit NATO airstrikes AP, 31 May 2011 AAN’s Kate Clark – misidentified as a freelance reporter here – is quoted as saying that President Karzai was clearly ‘completely furious’ at the civilian deaths caused by a recent NATO airstrike in Helmand. ‘It’s just the latest in a series of operations where […]

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AAN In The Media – April 2011

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Afghan military pilot kills 9 Americans in Kabul Los Angeles Times, 28 April 2011 AAN’s Martine van Bijlert comments that such attacks are part of a Taliban strategy to undermine the Afghan population’s faith in NATO troops and their own security forces as the U.S. prepares to begin drawing down its forces this summer: “The […]

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The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders

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Rolling Stone, 31 March 2011 Large amount of mind-boggling detail on how two boys in their twenties became the main ammunition supplier for the US government support to the ANA in Afghanistan, breaking and circumventing laws, while providing Bush’s DoD and the State Department with what it needed.

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JIEDDO: The Manhattan Project that bombed

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Public Integrity / McClatchy, 27 March 2011 A long list of failed projects and wasted money: JINs, JOLLERS, Rhinos, Devil Pups, BlowTorches, Hotshots, Trailblazers, ground-penetrating radars, aerostat balloons, million-dollar fake Iraqi villages and Furlong’s ‘Information Operation Capstone’. Leadership still insists JIEDDO is ‘not a slush fund’.

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