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WikiLeaks exposure endangers Afghan lives: Times

The leak by the WikiLeaks website of 90,000 secret documents on the war in Afghanistan has put hundreds of Afghan lives at risk because the files identify informants working with NATO forces, the Times reported Wednesday. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said earlier this week that all the documents released through…

WikiLeaks founder relishes spotlight: I enjoy crushing bastards

The leak of 90,000 secret military files has emboldened critics of the war in Afghanistan, who raised fresh questions Tuesday about the viability of the increasingly unpopular US-led campaign. Meanwhile, the activist who still has another 15,000 documents that he plans to release — after editing out names if there…

Kucinich: 92,000 reasons to end the wars, pick one

US lawmakers opposed to the Afghan war, emboldened by a huge leak of military files on the conflict, pushed Tuesday for pulling US forces from Pakistan in a blunt challenge to President Barack Obama. The House of Representatives was expected to vote on both an emergency spending bill to pay…

Afghan soldier kills US trainers in shooting exercise

KABUL — An Afghan soldier opened fire at a training exercise in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing two US civilian trainers and a fellow Afghan soldier in the second similar shootout in just a week. The shooting raised further questions about the quality of the fledgling Afghan army as the…

Stars and Stripes Rumor Doctor: ‘Jihad monkey’ report is fake

Internet goes bananas over bizarre ‘Jihad monkey’ report It’s too bad “The Rumor Doctor” wasn’t practicing at Stars and Stripes during the lead-up to the US invasion of Iraq a few years back which was dependent on false WMD reports. But, thankfully, the independent news source for American troops, which…

Pakistan bomb attacks claim 102 lives

YAKAGHUND, Pakistan (AFP) – The death toll from a suicide bombing and car bomb blast that devastated a Pakistani tribal town has soared to 102 in one of the country’s deadliest attacks, officials said Saturday. The explosions targeted a busy market in Yakaghund town in Pakistan’s northwest tribal belt on…

Suicide attack kills 55 in Pakistan tribal belt

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – A suicide attacker and suspected car bomb caused carnage in a busy Pakistani market outside a government office on Friday, killing 55 people and burying victims under pulverised shops. The devastation struck Yakaghund town in the district of Mohmand, one of seven that make up Pakistan’s…

Report: Sources claim Gates backed keeping McChrystal

The divide between the Pentagon and the White House on Afghanistan might not have been bridged even after the president booted a “runaway general.” The latest from CNN: “Defense Secretary Robert Gates backed keeping Gen. Stanley McChrystal on the job because he was vital to the war effort in Afghanistan,…

Kucinich: ‘We may be funding our own killers in Afghanistan’

Click for New York Times story: US-backed ‘bribes’ in Afghanistan may be funding Taliban On June 7, the day Afghanistan became America’s longest-ever war, the New York Times reported on an ongoing investigation poised to prove that private security companies “are using American money to bribe the Taliban” to fuel…

Taliban suicide squad target Afghan ‘peace talks’

A Taliban suicide squad armed with rockets on Wednesday targeted an Afghan peace conference hosted by President Hamid Karzai that is seeking consensus on how to end nearly nine years of war. As Karzai addressed 1,600 delegates and Western diplomats at the “peace jirga,” rockets exploded and gunfire erupted near…

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