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Lindsey Graham: 2014 is real date for Afghanistan withdrawal

It’s looking less and less likely that a serious troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will happen in 2011. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday that 2014 was the more realistic date for a drawdown. “I think in summer of 2011 we can bring some troops home but we’re going to need…

Karzai: US should reduce military operations

WASHINGTON — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported. The United States should end special operations forces raids that aggravate Afghans and could exacerbate the Taliban insurgency, Karzai said in an…

Pentagon chiefs: Afghans can manage by 2014

Top US defense chiefs endorse Afghan goal of security handover by 2014 Afghanistan should be ready to handle its own security by the year 2014, the top U.S. defense chiefs said Monday. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said NATO should endorse the…

UN suppressed report on US, Soviet ‘atrocities’ in Afghanistan: report

GENEVA — The United Nations buried a report into rights violations in Afghanistan between 1978 and 2001 that accused Soviets, Islamists and US forces of “atrocities”, a Swiss newspaper said on Saturday. The revelations emerged a day after the UN published a hotly contested report into crimes committed by armed…

Soldiers thrashed comrade for reporting drug abuse, civilian deaths

A US soldier who blew the whistle on his comrades over possible drug use and the deaths of three civilians in southern Afghanistan suffered a severe beating in retaliation, officials said Tuesday. The soldier was beaten after telling authorities about illicit drugs and then, while recovering in hospital, recounted his…

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