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Five Things David Petraus Wants You to Believe

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Current Intelligence, 22 November 2010 Alex Strick van Linschoten explains: “Petraeus wants to present an empirically valid case for continuing along the current course — the so-called “default position” turbo-charged with all the money and weapons the heart could ever want. Petraeus wants to use all these “masses of data” to make you believe five […]

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Inspector general’s report questions U.S. salary supplements for Afghan government workers

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Washington Post, 8 November 2010 SIGAR reports: since 2005 Washington has supplied $6.6 million in salary supplements to employees in Karzai’s office. US agencies in Afghanistan

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AAN In The Media – November 2010

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Afghan officials free top Taliban fighters Reuters, 30 November 2010 Afghan security forces and hig-ranking officials, including President Karzai, are freeing captured senior Taliban for payment or political motives, states this article. Reuters gives the case of GHulam Haidar, a leading insurgent commander from Kandahar. AAN’s Kate Clark adds that some Taleban are freed legally […]

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A Washington Diary: Partition Lite and a lot of hope

Thomas Ruttig

Less than two weeks to go to the US mid-term elections with the expected rout of Obama’s democrats, the war in Afghanistan is no issue at all in the campaign. The decision, says everyone here, is taken anyway: The US will pull out most of its troops, re-label the rest as trainers and advisers, keep […]

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A Karzai-Taleban coalition won’t survive a few days

Francesc Vendrell

Former UN and EU Special Envoy to Afghanistan and the chairman of AAN’s advisory board Francesc Vendrell talked to the Voice of America about the much-reported contacts between the Afghan government and some elements of the Taliban on possible peace negotiations. Here some relatively expansive quotes from the 19 October article. Francesc Vendrell who is […]

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Digging in for the Long Haul in Afghanistan

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CBS News, 22 October 2010 Nick Turse discusses the extensive plans for new American military bases and existing base expansions, that will take the US far beyond the July 2011 drawn-down date. Which poses the obvious question: How Permanent Are America’s Afghan Bases?

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Talking to the Taleban: Who’s under pressure now?

Anand Gopal

The last US plan – to have a more broad-based reconciliation process only after its military would regain the upper hand on the battlefield – has not worked. The surge has not shifted the momentum. Not the Taleban but in reality the US are under pressure, and fundamental questions open about how and where a […]

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Tracking a Meme. Reality vs. spin in the war in Afghanistan

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Columbia Journalism Review, 21 October 2010 Joshua Foust on military operations and media spin: “the military is, literally, the only group inside or outside of Afghanistan that sees hope and progress in the war”, and “This disconnect between military spin and ground reality is not only dangerous, it is insulting: Americans can handle the truth […]

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Brahimi’s Back?!

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Foreign Policy (blog), 20 October 2010 As the US, Afghanistan and Taleban discuss commencing talks that might eventually strike a peace deal, former UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is ‘back on the scene’, writes Colum Lynch. He quotes ‘one UN-based official’ that Brahimi had been approached by the Americans and asked whether he might consider a […]

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A back somersault in the US strategy: Lower aims, higher risks

Thomas Ruttig

Confronted with a too short timeline (the 2011-14 withdrawal plan), US strategy in Afghanistan is shifting again. In practice this means that political and military targets are ‘adjusted’ further downwards. Progress will be measured by purely quantitative criteria only. As one element of it, the population-centric COIN approach is being been sacrificed in favour of […]

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Linda Norgrove: US forces hunting down kidnap group

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Telegraph, 13 October 2010 US forces are tracking down the leadership of the Wahhabi group thought to be responsible for her abduction, Jamaat-ud-Dawa al-Quran wal’Sunnah that had formally joined the Taleban in January this year; with details about the group.

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A Woman’s touch: Engagement teams make inroads with Afghanistan’s female community

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Stars and Stripes, 9 October 2010 A story about US Army Female Engagement Teams in Zabul – with sentences like: ‘Women account for nearly half of all Afghans’ (a male officer says). ‘Engagement teams are an enabler of counter insurgency and comprehensive understanding of the operational environment’ (the same officer). ‘Few women in southern Afghanistan […]

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