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Obama Mulls Over “Zero Option” in Afghanistan

President Obama is still considering the “zero option” in Afghanistan — no U.S. troops there after 2014.

Obama with Afghan President Karzai

While the two countries have talked about keeping a residual U.S. force in Afghanistan after combat operations end in 2014, The New York Times reports Tuesday that Obama is

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Claim: U.S. Special Forces Conducting Torture in Afghanistan

Afghan officials say they’ve got video of a man overseeing the torture of Afghan civilians. Exactly who ordered the man to torture is a matter of fierce dispute — and also helps explain this year’s erosion of trust between Washington and Kabul.

Allegedly, there’s a videotape in Afghan government hands showing a man named

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CIA Bribing Karzai with Bags of Cash…Literally

KABUL, Afghanistan — For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.

All told, tens of millions

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Opium Production Rises to Record High in Afghanistan

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Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has been increasing for a third year in a row and is heading for a record high, the UN said in a report released Monday.

The boom in poppy cultivation is at its most pronounced in the Taliban’s heartland in the south, the report showed, especially in regions where

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33 Years Later: Soviet Soldier Found in Afghanistan

Bakhretdin Khakimov

MOSCOW – (Alexey Eremenko, RIA Novosti) – There is a traditional healer living in the Shindand District in Afghanistan, known as Sheikh Abdulla, an elderly-looking, impoverished widower with a wispy beard leading a semi-nomadic life with a local clan.

Bakhretdin Khakimov, the Soviet soldier who disappeared in Afghanistan for 33 years.

His real name

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U.S. Special Operators Accused of Torture, Ordered Expelled by Korzi

The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks over allegations of disappearances and torture.

The measures were being taken due to the actions of Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai.

The strategically significant, central province of Wardak

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Prince Harry Exalted for Killing First Taliban Commander

PRINCE Harry has killed his first Taliban commander, The Sun can reveal.

The 28-year-old gunship co-pilot was called on to unleash a missile strike to eliminate a senior terror leader.

Harry has proved a massive hit with comrades in Helmand, Afghanistan, who have nicknamed him Big H.

A defense insider said: “Big H is a

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British Lord: Drop a Neutron Bomb On the Afghan-Pakistan Border

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A former Labor defense minister has suggested threatening to drop a neutron bomb on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in order to crack down on terrorism by creating a impassible barrier between the two countries.

Speaking in the House of Lords on Thursday, Lord Gilbert said Britain could use the radiation warheads “to create cordons sanitaire

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Your Tax Dollars: U.S. Mercenaries Drunk, Shooting IV Drugs in Afghanistan

Cellphone video recorded earlier this year at an operations center of a U.S. defense contractor in Kabul, Afghanistan appears to show key personnel staggeringly drunk or high on narcotics, in what former employees say was a pattern of outrageous behavior that put American lives at risk and went undetected by U.S. military officials who are

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17 People Have Heads Chopped off in Afghanistan

Fifteen men and two women were found beheaded in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Monday, punishment meted out by Taliban insurgents for a mixed-sex party with music and dancing, officials have said.

The bodies were found in a house near the Musa Qala district, an estimated 75km north of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, said

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Afghan Girls Poisoned for Getting Education

Some 160 schoolgirls are suspected to have been poisoned in the north-eastern Afghan province of Takhar. This comes less than a week after another similar case was blamed on the Taliban, that have repeatedly spoken out against female education.

There are suspicions that the classrooms had been sprayed with a toxic material before the girls

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Military Bans Photography of Afghanistan Operations

It sounds like the punchline of a bad joke, but after years of dealing with photographs of troops torturing prisoners, desecrating corpses and generally behaving badly, commanders in southwestern Afghanistan have announced that they are going to solve the problem by banning photography.

The command, which covers some 36,000 troops including 15,800 US Marines,

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Some U.S. Troops Using Heroin in Afghanistan

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Investigative reports have shown that 8 U.S. soldiers have died from a heroin overdose or by mixing prescription and other opiate drugs during 2010/2011.

The United States Army Criminal Investigation Command has released a report on 56 U.S. soldiers who were investigated on suspicion of using, possessing or distributing heroin

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Is NATO Losing Control in Afghanistan

US-NATO LOOSING CONTROL IN AFGHANISTAN? Insurgents attack heart of US-led occupation

Small groups of insurgents fighting the US-led occupation of Afghanistan carried out a coordinated series of attacks on Sunday against prominent NATO and Afghan government facilities in the capital Kabul and three other provinces. Among the buildings hit with small arms and rocket propelled

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U.S. Pays Afghans $50,000 for Each Shooting Death

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official and a community elder said Sunday.

The families of the dead received the money Saturday at the governor’s office, said Kandahar provincial council member Agha

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Pakistan Warns: Instant Retaliation to any Border Aggression

The head of Pakistan’s military has ordered his country’s forces to respond instantly to any future aggression along the border with Afghanistan without waiting for instructions from high command.

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Pakistani military sources confirmed to VOA Friday that General Ashfaq Kayani has told his soldiers to fully retaliate “irrespective of the cost

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Pakistan Unites Over Threat of US Military Action

ISLAMABAD — U.S. accusations that Pakistan is supporting Afghan insurgents have triggered a nationalist backlash and whipped up media fears of an American invasion, drowning out any discussion over the army’s long use of jihadi groups as deadly proxies in the region.

In the process, Adm. Mike Mullen’s allegations that Pakistan’s spy agency is effectively

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HUGE U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Watch this rare video of the largest US Embassy on earth, ever:

 

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Protest Over U.S. Quran Burning Results in Over 100 Dead

Over 100 people have died in violence in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar, sparked by protests against a US pastor’s burning of the holy Quran, officials said Sunday.

Fighting was going on outside a government building and the city’s fifth district was littered with

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China Funneling Weapons to Afghanistan

The Chinese are believed to be working with Afghan Taliban groups who are now in combat with NATO forces, prompting concerns that China might become the conduit for shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, improved communications and additional small arms to the fundamentalist Muslim fighters.

QW-1M / SA-18 Grouse Anti-Aircraft Weapon

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