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Pakistan denies border fire provoked NATO raid

Pakistan on Monday denied provoking NATO air strikes that left 24Pakistani soldiers dead, raising tensions over the lethal cross-border attack that has plunged US-Pakistani relations to a new low. NATO and the United States have sought to limit the fallout from Saturday’s attack, which has seen Pakistan close a vital lifeline to the 140,000…

Pakistan blocks NATO supply routes after deadly raid

YAKKAGHUND, Pakistan (Reuters) – NATO helicopters and fighter jets attacked two military outposts in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing as many as 28 troops and plunging U.S.-Pakistan relations deeper into crisis. Pakistan retaliated by shutting down NATO supply routes into Afghanistan, used for sending in nearly half of the alliance’s…

Pakistan says NATO strike killed 26 soldiers

Pakistan accused NATO on Saturday of killing 26 soldiers in a lethal air strike, protesting in the strongest terms to the US and sealing its border to NATO supplies bound for Afghanistan. It was the deadliest NATO strike reported by Pakistan during the 10-year war in Afghanistan and looked set…

Libya bombing campaign enters 100th day

NATO operations in Libya entered a 100th day on Monday with airstrikes having eased the siege of key rebel cities but with Moamer Kadhafi still in power and fears of an open war lingering. Three months after French jets flew their first missions over eastern Libya, NATO is still pounding…

Libyan rebels move closer to key western city amid fighting

DAFNIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces exchanged heavy artillery fire near the western city of Zlitan on Friday as the rebels tried to push deeper into government-held territory east of the capital. A Reuters team in Dafniya, the outskirts of the rebels’ western bastion of Misrata, described rebels firing artillery…

NATO launches air strikes against Misrata, Ajdabiya

BENGHAZI, Libya – NATO launched air strikes against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s troops in the stricken port city of Misrata on Sunday after regime forces killed at least 11 people there over the weekend, rebels said. And in Brussels, an alliance official confirmed to AFP that NATO warplanes had destroyed…

African leaders fly in to seek end to Libya conflict

TRIPOLI – A high-ranking African Union delegation was on its way to Libya on Sunday to present a blueprint for a ceasefire. On the ground, NATO destroyed key ammunition stockpiles and armoured vehicles in air strikes across the country, while heavy fighting continued around the key crossroads town of Ajdabiya.…

Biden confirms new US timetable for Afghan withdrawal

President Barack Obama pledged Friday that US forces would stand by Afghanistan even after NATO-led troops hand control of the fight against Taliban insurgents to Afghan forces in 2014. Echoing the president’s commitments, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Vice President Joe Biden described 2014 as the “drop-dead date” for turning over…

Gorbachev: Victory in Afghanistan impossible

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who withdrew troops from Afghanistan in 1989 after a 10-year war, says the United States has no option but to withdraw its own forces. “Victory is impossible in Afghanistan,” Gorbachev told BBC‘s Moscow correspondent. “Obama is right to pull the troops out. No matter how…

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