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Libya rebels launch assault on gateway to Tripoli

Libyan rebels launch a promised assault on a key gateway to Tripoli early Wednesday, attacking government positions just 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital, an AFP correspondent reported. Buoyed by controversial French arms drops and intensified NATO-led air strikes on the regime’s frontline armour, the rebels launched an assault…

Afghan leader warns NATO not to become ‘occupying force’

KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai warned NATO-led forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday they were at risk of being seen as an occupying force rather than an ally after a spate of civilian casualties, and said he would take unspecified “action” if they continue. Raids on Afghan homes in pursuit…

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…

McChrystal to retire from military: US Army

US General Stanley McChrystal plans to retire from the military after he was sacked last week as the commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, an army spokesman said Monday. “He told the army today he’s going to retire,” Colonel Thomas Collins told AFP. McChrystal was forced to step down after…

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