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Pakistan forcing Taliban militants to keep fighting, Karzai says in leaked cable

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told a US envoy this year that the Pakistani government is forcing Taliban fighters to keep fighting coalition forces, according to a State Department cable released by WikiLeaks. If true, the allegation would add evidence to claims Pakistan is intentionally prolonging the war effort to ensure…

Afghan “peace talks” impostor paid by MI6: report

A man posing as a Taliban leader who had talks with Afghanistan’s president was paid and promoted by British intelligence, a newspaper said on Friday. British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) agents paid Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour from May this year, believing they had achieved an “historic breakthrough” in forging contacts…

Rep. Kucinich slams fake Afghan elections, fake withdrawal, fake Taliban

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) again called for the United States to end its involvement in Afghanistan after it was revealed that NATO officials were duped into holding negotiations with a man posing as a senior member of the Taliban. “The war in Afghanistan is taking place in a netherworld where…

Think tank: 92% of Afghans never heard of 9/11

Fewer than one in 10 Afghans are aware of the 9/11 attacks and their precipitation of the war in Afghanistan, says a study from an international think tank. A report (PDF) from the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) shows that 92 percent of those surveyed had never heard…

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…

Troops death toll in Afghanistan hits 600

The number of foreign troops to die this year in Afghanistan has reached 600, by far the highest annual toll in nine years of war despite tentative reconciliation efforts with the Taliban. The milestone was reached after a NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announcement that a soldier had been…

US offers Pakistan $2 billion in military aid

The United States has made a new bid to improve its uneasy war partnership with Pakistan by offering a two-billion-dollar arms package but warned it will not tolerate human rights abuses. The five-year assistance plan satisfies a key request of Pakistan’s influential military, which assists the US military in Afghanistan…

Afghan 2010 troop death toll approaches 600

KABUL — The toll of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan this year crept closer to 600 Sunday with the death of a NATO soldier in a Taliban-style attack in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said. The soldier, whose nationality was not given, died “following an improvised explosive device attack,” NATO’s International…

CIA running all-Afghan paramilitary force to hunt militants

US official: CIA runs Afghan counterterrorism team to hunt Taliban and al-Qaida targets A U.S. official in Washington confirmed reports that the CIA is running an all-Afghan paramilitary group in Afghanistan that has been hunting al-Qaida, Taliban, and other militant targets for the agency. A security professional in Kabul familiar…

Taliban kidnap 19 officials on eve of Afghan vote

HERAT, Afghanistan (AFP) – The Taliban kidnapped 19 people associated with Afghanistan’s parliamentary election, including a candidate, eight ballot officials and 10 campaign workers, officials said on Friday. The candidate was snatched in the eastern province of Laghman and the other 18 men in Bagdhis, in the northwest, provincial chiefs…

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