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Vote reflects diminishing Congressional support for Afghan war

WASHINGTON – Facing growing budget pressure and an increasingly skeptical public, Congress’s appetite to continue funding the war in Afghanistan appears to be diminishing. The House on Thursday voted 321-93 against withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2011 — although a similar measure was rejected last…

US apologizes for attack on Pakistani soldiers

US apologizes for helicopter strike near Afghan border that killed 2 Pakistani soldiers The U.S. apologized Wednesday for a recent helicopter attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers at an outpost near the Afghan border, saying American pilots mistook the soldiers for insurgents they were pursuing. The apology, which came after…

Report: Taliban, Afghan govt in talks to end war

Washington Post reports that officials of Taliban and Afghan govt in talks aimed at ending war Secret talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan have begun between representatives of the Taliban and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, The Washington Post reported on its website Tuesday night (link).…

Lieberman: Rules of engagement protecting civilians ‘hurt morale’

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) called on President Barack Obama and the top general in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, to “loosen” the rules of engagement put in place to lessen civilian casualties. Fox News reported: Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday urged Gen. David Petraeus to change the rules of engagement “as…

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