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Obama warns against rush for exits in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday warned against “a rush for the exits” in Afghanistan, as questions mount about US war strategy after a US soldier killed 16 civilians in a shooting rampage. “It’s important for us to make sure that we get out in responsible way, so that…

Afghan lawmakers demand U.S. soldier face public trial

The Afghan parliament demanded Monday that a US soldier who went on a shooting spree and killed 16 villagers in their homes should be put on public trial in Afghanistan. “We seriously demand and expect that the government of the United States punish the culprits and try them in a public trial before…

60% of Americans say Afghan war not worth cost

Sixty percent of Americans believe the war in Afghanistan is not worth its costs, and nearly the same number advocate an early US pullout from the country, a new poll showed. The survey by ABC News and The Washington Post indicated that the number of skeptics was nearly double the…

U.S. soldier kills 16 Afghan civilians

Anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan could continue to grow after a U.S. solider killed 16 civilians and wounded others in their Kandahar province homes Sunday morning. The soldier left his military base earlier in the morning and fired on two homes, according to the BBC. Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced that…

Deal due on handing US prisons to Afghans

A breakthrough deal on the transfer of the controversial US-run Bagram prison and other detention facilities in Afghanistan to Afghan authorities will be signed Friday, officials said. The handover of the prison — sometimes called Afghanistan’s Guantanamo Bay — has been a key sticking point in talks between the United…

State Dept. says Afghanistan made progress in fighting drugs

The Afghan government has made progress in the last year in fighting drugs trafficking and cultivation, although the “gains remain fragile,” a US State Department report said Thursday. “The overall counternarcotics effort this year was positive” in Afghanistan, which grows about 90 percent of the world’s opium, according to the…

U.S. vows no change in Afghan war strategy

WASHINGTON — The US military has no plans to alter its troop drawdown timetable in Afghanistan despite a week of deadly unrest over the burning of the Koran at an American base, the Pentagon said Monday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and top US military officer General Martin Dempsey both “believe…

NATO withdraws staff from Afghan ministries after shooting

NATO on Saturday pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries after two US military advisors were shot dead in the interior ministry, as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying it was in revenge for the burning of Korans at…

Afghan journalist beheaded: official

KHOST, Afghanistan — An Afghan radio reporter was beheaded in the insurgency-plagued southeastern province of Paktika after being lured to a meeting by unidentified men, an official said Wednesday. The body of Samid Khan Bahadarzai, 25, who worked for a local radio station in the town of Urgun, was found…

Five killed in Afghan protests over Koran burning

At least five Afghans were shot dead and dozens wounded Wednesday in clashes between police and demonstrators protesting over the burning of the Koran at a US-run military base, officials said. In the capital Kabul and in provinces to the east, north and south of the capital, furious Afghans took to the streets screaming “Death to America”,…

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