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Petraeus denies imposing military view on CIA analysts

New CIA director David Petraeus, who served as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, has denied reports he wants the spy agency to give greater weight to the US military’s more upbeat view of the war. “No one on the CIA leadership team has directed that our analysts pay more…

Pakistanis rally against drone strikes, block NATO supply route

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – The main supply route for NATO troops in Afghanistan was temporarily closed on Sunday after thousands of people blocked a key highway in Pakistan to protest against U.S. drone strikes, officials said. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, however, said the two-day blockade…

NATO air strike killed two Afghan children in east: officials

KABUL (Reuters) – An air strike by NATO-led forces killed two children as they were watering fields in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province late on Monday, an Afghan official and lawmaker said. The deaths occurred weeks after tensions between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers were inflamed by the…

NATO chief Petraeus to leave post by end of year: report

LONDON – US war commander General David Petraeus will leave his post as chief of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan before the end of the year, the Times newspaper reported Wednesday. US President Barack Obama plans to replace Petraeus, who was only appointed eight months ago, as part of…

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…

Gunmen torch NATO supply trucks in Pakistan: police

KARACHI, Pakistan (AFP) – Gunmen in southern Pakistan on Friday torched more than two dozen trucks and tankers carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, police said. Attacks on trucks carrying goods for US and NATO-led forces are routine. But Friday’s incident came a day after Pakistan blocked the convoys…

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