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Karzai: US should reduce military operations

WASHINGTON — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported. The United States should end special operations forces raids that aggravate Afghans and could exacerbate the Taliban insurgency, Karzai said in an…

Council on Foreign Relations panel advises Obama to scale back Afghan occupation

Influential US experts on Friday painted a grim picture of the Afghanistan war, calling on President Barack Obama to consider scaling back the military mission without signs of progress. The task force of the Council on Foreign Relations largely backed the Obama administration’s plan of intensifying military operations against the…

Report: McChrystal probe of US Spec Ops killings excluded key eyewitnesses

By Gareth Porter and Ahmad Walid Fazly* WASHINGTON, Jul 6, 2010 (IPS) – The follow-up investigation of a botched Special Operations Forces (SOF) raid in Gardez Feb. 12 that killed two government officials and three women, ordered by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal Apr. 5, was ostensibly aimed at reconciling divergent…

Dissent at the CIA: Officers protest ‘harmful’ drone strikes

This story first appeared at Inter Press Service. WASHINGTON, Jun 3, 2010 (IPS) – Some CIA officers involved in the agency’s drone strikes programme in Pakistan and elsewhere are privately expressing their opposition to the programme within the agency, because it is helping al Qaeda and its allies recruit, according…

Petraeus gave secret order allowing US covert ops in N. Africa, across Middle East

The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East signed a secret order last fall that set the stage for increased clandestine and covert operations against militants and other threats across the region, defense officials said Tuesday. Gen. David Petraeus signed an order in September authorizing Special Operations forces to…

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