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McCain cracks jokes about hostages and waterboarding

Senator John McCain, the US Navy veteran who was tortured during his years in a Vietnam prison, joked Tuesday about the prospect of a colleague being held hostage in Afghanistan and another being waterboarded. McCain made the remarks just days after a hostage drama in Algeria left dozens of hostages…

GOP Rep: Our war in Afghanistan actually began in 2009

In the mind of House Intel Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), the United States’ war in Afghanistan didn’t really start in 2001, but began after President Barack Obama’s ordered surge in 2009. In an interview with The Atlantic published Monday evening, Rogers expressed his frustration over the U.S. timetable to…

Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan early

Australia said Tuesday it will bring its troops home fromAfghanistan a year earlier than planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant security gains over the past 18 months. Canberra, a key coalition ally of the United States, has repeatedly said it intends to remain in the war-wracked nation until 2014…

Trial opens for alleged New York bomb plotter

NEW YORK — The high-profile trial began Monday of a man accused of being part of a New York trio that was only “days” from bombing the city’s crowded subway to take revenge for the US war in Afghanistan. The trial in Brooklyn features quintessential New York immigrant Muslims who…

Coordinated suicide attacks rock Afghanistan

KABUL — Explosions and gunfire rocked the Afghan capital Kabul Sunday as suicide bombers struck across Afghanistan in coordinated attacks claimed by Taliban insurgents as the start of a spring offensive. The German and Japanese embassy compounds were reported hit as militants attacked the city’s diplomatic enclave and tried to…

Young Afghans march to demand justice for women

Emma Graham-Harrison, guardian.co.uk Young Afghans braved fears of violence to join a rare march on parliament to demand justice for the women who have been killed, beaten and abused this year – including one they said was beheaded by her own husband. No politicians came out to meet them, underlining…

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,…

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