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Afghan war whistleblower Daniel Davis: ‘I had to speak out – lives are at stake’

Soldier wrote detailed report claiming US generals ‘have so distorted the truth … the truth has become unrecognizable’ “I am – how do you say it? – persona non grata,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Davis, as he sat sipping a coffee and eating a chocolate sundae in a shopping mall, just…

Three NATO troops killed in one day in Afghanistan

Three international troops were killed in separate insurgency incidents in Afghanistan in one day, the NATO-led coalition force said. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said one service member was killed by an improvised explosive device in the south of the country, one by a similar blast in the east and one by an…

U.S., Afghans nearing deal on night raids

WASHINGTON — The United States and Afghanistan are close to clinching an agreement that will give Kabul more authority over night-time raids, resolving an issue that threatened to derail negotiations on a long-term US military presence, US officials said Tuesday. “An agreement is days away,” a US official, who spoke…

U.S. generals to hold first Pakistan talks for months

Visiting US generals will Wednesday hold the first talks in months with Pakistan’s army chief in a further sign that the troubled alliance between the two countries is getting back on track. The visit by General James Mattis, the head of US Central Command, and General John Allen, the US commander of NATOtroops in Afghanistan,…

U.S. acted to conceal evidence of intelligence failure before 9/11: UK

Operation Foxden, delayed by turf war between the FBI and the CIA, given green light three days before the al-Qaida attacks. The US government shut down a series of court cases arising from a multimillion pound business dispute in order to conceal evidence of a damning intelligence failure shortly before…

Ahmadinejad tirade on Afghanistan prompts U.S. walkout

A US delegation walked out of a conference in Tajikistan Monday during a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lambasting US policy on Afghanistan as the source of all the nation’s troubles. Ahmadinejad launched his new tirade against Washington at the meeting in the Tajik capital Dushanbe attended by leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbours as well…

Gunman in Afghan army uniform kills two NATO troops

A man in Afghan army uniform shot dead two NATO soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Monday, raising to 13 the number of foreign troops to die in a series of such killings this year. Almost one in seven of the 90 foreign soldiers to have died in Afghanistan this year has been killed in…

Think-tank foresees another Afghan civil war as West leaves

KABUL — The West wants to pull out of Afghanistan “with or without a settlement” and attempts to negotiate with the Taliban are unlikely to lead to lasting peace, a report by a respected think-tank said Monday. In a hard-hitting document the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) condemned “desperate and…

Ahmadinejad urges unity against ‘aggression’

DUSHANBE — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on regional powers Sunday to unite against “aggression” as he gathered with his counterparts from Afghanistan and Pakistan for security talks. Ahmadinejad said celebrations for the Iranian New Year holiday Nowruz showed that life only improved after a “hard winter” when friends joined…

Afghan relatives demand local trial for US shooter

Relatives of Afghans killed in a shooting massacre demanded Friday a public trial in Afghanistan for a US soldier expected to be formally charged with 17 counts of murder. US officials have said that Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 38, will also be accused of six counts of assault and attempted…

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