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Obama to Announce Afghan Plans Wednesday

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce his plans for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. A senior administration official said Mr. Obama will outline both a plan to start bringing U.S. troops home beginning in July and future withdrawals aimed at giving Afghans control of their own security by 2014. The […]

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Joint Force Kills Rogue Afghan Soldier

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO says a rogue Afghan soldier suspected of killing an Australian soldier last month was tracked down and killed by coalition and Afghan forces Sunday. The alliance said in a statement Monday that the Afghan was killed in eastern Khost province after pulling a gun on troops attempting to capture him, and that a man […]

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Afghan Finance Minister Slams IMF on Bank Crisis

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Afghanistan’s finance minister is accusing the International Monetary Fund of “playing games” when it comes to resolving the crisis surrounding the country’s largest private lender – Kabul Bank. Tens of millions of dollars in aid from foreign donor nations has been withheld from Afghanistan, since the IMF decided not to renew its support program after […]

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Joint Force Kills Rogue Afghan Soldier

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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A rogue Afghan soldier suspected of killing an Australian soldier last month has been tracked down and killed by coalition and Afghan forces. NATO says the Afghan was killed Sunday in Khost province after pulling a gun on troops attempting to capture him. Officials say a man believed to be the soldier’s brother was detained […]

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US Envoy Warns Afghan Leaders Against Criticizing West

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. ambassador to Kabul, Karl Eikenberry, has warned Afghanistan’s leaders against criticizing Western efforts to stabilize their country. Eikenberry said that comments from some Afghan leaders calling the United States occupiers were “hurtful and inappropriate.” In a speech Sunday to students at Afghanistan’s Herat University, the outgoing U.S. ambassador said that such comments make […]

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Joint Force Kills Rogue Afghan Soldier

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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A rogue Afghan soldier suspected of killing an Australian soldier last month has been tracked down and killed by coalition and Afghan forces. NATO says the Afghan was killed Sunday in Khost province after pulling a gun on troops attempting to capture him. Officials say a man believed to be the soldier’s brother was detained […]

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Coalition Force Kills Afghan Soldier

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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NATO says an Afghan-led coalition force in the eastern region of the country has killed an Afghan soldier who recently shot dead an Australian service member. The security force killed the Afghan soldier Sunday in Khost province where it had gone to arrest him. NATO says the soldier resisted arrest and was killed in the […]

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Iranian Defense Minister Meets Afghan President in Kabul

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran’s defense minister met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Sunday, the last day of a landmark two-day visit to Afghanistan aimed at bolstering bilateral ties between the two countries. Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the presence of foreign forces in the country is the main cause of rising unrest in Afghanistan. On […]

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Afghan Suicide Attack Targets German Soldiers

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber has hit a German military convoy, killing three Afghan civilians and wounding 11 others. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack outside Kunduz city in northern Afghanistan. A NATO spokesman said there were no coalition casualties. Also Sunday, the office of the French president said a French […]

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Gates: Contacts Between US, Taliban Are ‘Very Preliminary’

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has acknowledged recent contacts between the United States and the Taliban but says any substantive progress in reconciliation between the Afghan government and the insurgents is probably months away. Gates spoke on U.S. television Sunday, in one of his last interviews before stepping down from his post June 30. […]

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