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‘Barefoot bandit’ lawyer to represent Afghanistan shooter

LOS ANGELES — A lawyer best known for defending the audacious “Barefoot Bandit” said Thursday he is set to defend the US soldier accused of killing 16 villagers in southern Afghanistan. Attorney John Henry Browne said he spoke with the soldier by phone, and hopes to meet him soon soon,…

U.S. gives $1 million to anti-drugs drive in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it has contributed $1 million to a United Nations program to help probe, arrest and prosecute drug traffickers working in Afghanistan and Central Asia. The United States gave the funds Wednesday in Vienna to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Regional…

Pentagon chief laments Koran burning, U.S. shooting

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday called the Koranburning and killing of 16 Afghans “deeply troubling” incidents that had challenged the war effort in Afghanistan. Visiting Afghanistan just days after a shooting spree by a US soldier, he insisted that NATO and Afghan forces were making progress and had to stay focused on…

Jack Cafferty: Military-industrial complex has this country by the throat

CNN commentator Jack Cafferty railed against the United States’ ongoing involvement in Afghanistan following the alleged murder of 16 Afghan civilians by a rogue U.S. soldier. “How much is enough?” he said Tuesday. “The United States has been in Afghanistan for more than ten years. And President Obama insists we…

U.S. soldier could get death for Afghan shootings

The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans could be executed if convicted, the Pentagon chief said, as President Barack Obama warned a war-weary public against a rushed exit from Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters aboard his plane en route to Kyrgyzstan that the shooting suspect would be…

Obama and Cameron to discuss end of ‘lead combat role’ in Afghanistan

By Nicholas Watt David Cameron and Barack Obama will on Wednesday agree to tentative plans for British and US troops to end their “lead combat role” in Afghanistan by the middle of next year. Their meeting comes amid growing anger in Afghanistan over the killing of 16 civilians on Sunday…

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…

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