Thursday 9th December, 2010
Gates speaks to Marines - Says Afghanistan strategy is working
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates today said U.S. Marines have reversed Taliban gains in one of the toughest battlefields in southern Afghanistan.
Demining team abducted in Afghanistan
Eighteen members of a demining team were abducted Thursday in eastern Afghanistan's Khost province, reports Xinhua.
'Angry' Karzai puts Afghan corruption investigations in 'deep-freeze': Officials
Western-funded attempts to flush out high-level corruption in Afghanistan have been stalled after President Hamid Karzai objected to the arrest of a close aide, officials have said.
Civilian victims' kin protest against CIA drone attacks in N.WaziristanAfghanistan News.Net
Two-dozen tribesmen hailing from the North Waziristan tribal region are staging a silent protest in Pakistan's capital against US drone attacks along the Afghan border.
Karzai told Brown that Pak "actually a more violent country than Afghanistan": LeaksAfghanistan News.Net
Given an increase in al Qaeda training activity in Pakistan, it is a more violent country than Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in an August 2008 meeting, a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed.
US strategy working in Afghanistan: Robert GatesAfghanistan News.Net
United States Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that he is "convinced" that the US strategy in Afghanistan is working.
Baloch CM denies presence of US troops or Taliban leadership in QuettaAfghanistan News.Net
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani has dismissed foreign media reports about the presence of US troops and the Taliban leadership in Quetta, calling them false and baseless.
Cameron snubbed by Gilani over visit request to Pak at end of Afghanistan tripAfghanistan News.Net
British Prime Minister David Cameron's attempts to mend fragile relations with Pakistan have been dashed after being snubbed by Pakistan's prime minister.
'Pakistan wanted India to stop Balochistan interference'Afghanistan News.Net
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told a key US lawmaker that India would have to decrease its footprint in Afghanistan and stop alleged interfering in Balochistan in order to gain his country's trust, according to the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.
Fired Afghan spy chief slams Taliban talksThe Seattle Times
Peace talks with the Taliban will lead to disaster unless the insurgent group is disarmed first, Afghanistan's former intelligence chief said Thursday.
Afghan Women, Aid Delivery Not Helped by Allied Gains, UN SaysBusiness Week
Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. and allied military gains in Afghanistan have failed to yield corresponding progress in delivery of humanitarian aid or protection of women from violence and discrimination,...
Taliban Bombs Hit New High; 1,500 in November AloneWired News
The bad news first: Insurgents in Afghanistan have constructed more homemade bombs in the past six months than at any time during the nine-year war. But those bombs are killing and injuring fewer U.S....
2 More Local Soldiers Killed In AfghanistanWBZ
From Julie Eich BOSTON (CBS) – It was a somber day for military families across the region Thursday. Two local families just received word they lost loved ones in Afghanistan, on the same day a ...
Afghan women still suffer horrendous abuse, says United Nations reportThe Guardian
Bibi Aisha, the Afghan girl whose nose and ears were cut off by her husband, was a "lucky victim" because she survived her attack and got help, a top
It's a hit: Afghan police nab bombers _ but on TVGadsden Times
It's the night shift at a Kabul checkpoint, and police officer Mohammed Saleem will soon be searching suspicious vehicles for hidden bombs, checking ID papers - and watching his favorite TV show.
Ex-KBR contractor gets 41 months for $200K Afghan bribe schemeNew York Post
A money-hungry former military contractor was sentenced to 41 months in the slammer this morning for scamming $200,000 in bribes while working in Afghanistan.Daniel Freeman -- who earned $168,000 a ye...
U.S. Is Gearing Up For Even Heavier Civilian Presence In AfghanistanNPR
U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry. The U.S. may be planning for a large scale military withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2014, but there's every indication a significant diplomatic corps...
Teams Seek Rapport With Afghan WomenDefense Link
By Jian DeLeonEmerging Media, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2010 Â� Following the counterinsurgency tenet of supporting civilians, the Army and Marines have deployed women-focused t...
A year later, Afghanistan documents MIA: LaytonCTV
Remember when the fight to release documents on Afghanistan detainees raged daily in the Commons and pushed the Tories to temporarily close down Parliament? Exactly a year later, the debate is barely...
Kayani escapes Taliban rocket attack in South WaziristanTimes of India
South Waziristan tribal agency shortly after his visit to the troubled region. Kayani was accompanied by air force Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman on a joint visit to the restive tribal region on Tues...
In Afghanistan, father-in-law held for mutilation of teenagerTimes of India
The father-in-law of a young Afghan woman who said her nose and ears were sliced off to punish her for running away from her violent husband has been arrested, officials said.
Saudi 'critical' finance base for Qaida, Taliban: WikiLeaksTimes of India
Lashkar-e-e-Taiba , according to a US diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks Sunday. "Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide," said ...
Afghan detainee panel a 'charade': NDPCBC News
NDP Leader Jack Layton is calling on the Liberals and Bloc Québécois to pull out of a special panel with the Conservative government that examines documents related to the Afghan detainee transfers.
Afghan army making 'great leaps forward', British commanders sayThe Guardian
Military figures express confidence that Afghan troops will be able to take over responsibility for security throughout the country by end of 2014
Monterey County Soldier Killed In AfghanistanCBS 5
From carloscbs5 SEASIDE (BCN) – A U.S. Army staff sergeant from Monterey County died in Afghanistan over the weekend, the governor’s office said Wednesday. Vincent W. Ashlock, 45, of Seaside,...
Doubts over Afghan pull-out planDaily Nation
What is and what may goes on in the no-man’s land border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Never in modern times has the territory been conquered by any outside force – be it the British, o...
Afghan army 'on track' to take overIndependent.ie
The Afghan army is making "great leaps forward" and is "on track" to take over security in the country by 2014, British commanders have said.There are now 146,000 trained Afghan warriors and some have...
US blacklists Afghan security firm tied to KarzaiGadsden Times
The U.S. military is cutting ties with an Afghan security firm run by relatives of President Hamid Karzai that has been accused of bribing both government officials and Taliban commanders, according t...
UN report: Afghanistan must stop practices that harm womenEarth Times
United Nations said Thursday. The report published by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said traditional practices like child marriages, forced marriages, "honor killings" a...
Gates: Afghan strategy on right trackTimmins Daily Press
KABUL -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he was convinced the war in Afghanistan was on the right track as he toured the country to assess Washington's strategy for reversing the...
NATO service member killed in southern AfghanistanGadsden Times
Insurgents killed a NATO service member Thursday in southern Afghanistan, where coalition and Afghan troops are battling to gain control of traditional Taliban strongholds.
PhotoBlog: Females on the front line in AfghanistanMSNBC
Hospital Corpsman Shannon Crowley, 22, US Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team) 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II patrols in the bazaar as an Afghan man rides by watching Nov...
Afghan women, girls suffer: U.N.Reuters
By Michelle Nichols KABUL (Reuters) - Millions of Afghan women and girls suffer from traditional practices such as child marriage and "honor" killings, and authorities fail to enforce laws protecting...
U.S. "Grateful" for Karzai's WikiLeaks HandlingCBS News
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Afghan President Hamid Karzai conduct a joint press conference at the presidential palace, Dec. 8, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan.