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The Privately Run “CIA”

WASHINGTON — Duane R. Clarridge parted company with the Central Intelligence Agency more than two decades ago, but from poolside at his home near San Diego, he still runs a network of spies.

The Shadow War

Over the past two years, he has fielded operatives

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Taliban in Secret talks with Karzai government

Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun secret, high-level talks over a negotiated end to the war, according to Afghan and Arab sources.

The talks follow inconclusive meetings, hosted by Saudi Arabia, that ended more than a year ago. While emphasizing the preliminary nature of the

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Blackwater (Xe) Wins Huge Contract

Never mind the dead civilians. Forget about the stolen guns. Get over the murder arrests, the fraud allegations, and the accusations of guards pumping themselves up with steroids and cocaine. Through a “joint venture,” the notorious private-security firm Blackwater has won a piece of a five-year State

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Soldiers Implicated in Heroin Trafficking

Military police are investigating claims that British soldiers may have been involved in heroin trafficking in Afghanistan.

Officials said they were aware of “unsubstantiated” claims that troops were buying the illegal drug from dealers and using military aircraft to ship it out the country.

An inquiry has been launched focusing on British and Canadian service

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U.S. Soldiers Encouraged to Kill Indiscriminately

Soldiers in Chowkay Valley, Afghanistan

Three former U.S. soldiers involved in the infamous “Collateral Murder” helicopter gunship attack on Baghdad civilians in July 2007, say that attack was nothing out of the ordinary. The massacre—that killed more than a dozen Iraqis, two of them employed by Reuters—ignited a wave of international revulsion against

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Opium, Drug Money and Afghanistan

In this video Peter Dale Scott Claims Many banks survived the recent financial crisis by having access to illegal drug money

Heraldo sticks his nose into what is going on over in Afghanistan, here, troops have taken over a small region that grows opium and they all seem itching to destroy the crop,

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U.S. Pays Afghan Media to Make Nice

Buried among the 92,000 classified documents released Sunday by WikiLeaks is some intriguing evidence that the U.S. military in Afghanistan has adopted a PR strategy that got it into trouble in Iraq: paying local media outlets to run friendly stories.

Several reports from Army psychological operations units and provincial reconstruction teams (also known as PRTs,

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WikiLeaks Discloses Thousands Of U.S. Afghanistan War Documents

A whistle-blower website has published what it says are more than 90,000 United States military and diplomatic reports about Afghanistan filed between 2004 and January of this year.

Corporal gets flack during battle in war in Afghanistan

The first-hand accounts are the military’s own raw data on the war, including numbers killed,

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U.S. Removes Pain Weapon from Afghanistan

A ‘pain ray’ that blasts the enemy with unbearable heat waves has been pulled out of Afghanistan by the US military.

The Active Denial System (ADS), which cost about £42 million to develop, was on the brink of being deployed to disperse members of the Taliban as they attacked US forces.

The weapon,

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Private War Contractor Deaths Unreported

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A recent report by the US Congress has found that private security contractors in Afghanistan are dying at 4.5 times the rate that US soldiers are in the nation. The report also found that the contractors’ deaths go virtually unreported internationally.

While most

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Afghanistan: One Readers Perspective

A reader sent me a link to the following article, I found it to be an interesting take on the situation in Afghanistan….. the situation there is complex, layered and multifaceted and I think this author picks out some of the finer points that could be examined

By William Markiewicz

Even Obama has changed his

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Mineral Riches Discovered in Afghanistan

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical

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Afghanistan War Breaks Record

If you want to call it a war that’s your right, as is my right to call it an “occupation”, not much of a war really, just a big expensive occupation.

Afghanistan has become the longest conflict in American history – surpassing even the Vietnam war.

The war entered its 104th month yesterday, with 30,000

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Intel analyst Busted for Wikileaks Video

Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks, Wired.com has learned.

SPC Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, was stationed at Forward Operating Base Hammer, 40 miles east of Baghdad, where he was arrested

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U.S. Assault Team Kills Wrong People

It was dark when Mohammed Taleb Abdul Ajan woke to the sound of dogs barking. Then he heard boots crunching on gravel and men’s voices outside his bedroom. “Their guns killed without a sound,” he said. By dawn three of Taleb’s sons, two of his brothers, three nephews, a shepherd boy staying with them and

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Seven CIA Operatives Killed in Afghanistan

Barack Obama was accused of double standards yesterday in his treatment of the CIA.

The President paid tribute to secret agents after seven of them were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

In a statement, he said the CIA had been ‘tested as never before’ and that agents had ‘served on the front lines

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Russia Blames U.S. Forces in Afghanistan for Heroin Rise

The head of Russia’s anti-narcotics federal agency says that British troops in Helmand Province are not doing enough to stem production of the world’s deadliest drug.

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“Sixty percent of all opiates in the world are produced in the area that the British forces are responsible for,” said Viktor Ivanov.

“There were 25

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Beast of Kandahar UAV Unmasked

For the first time US Air Force has confirmed that its arsenal contains an advanced stealth aircraft called ‘Beast of Kandahar‘. The images of the unmanned drone appeared on the Internet sometime ago. Before Tuesday, the Air Force kept it covered in secrecy. It has been developed by eminent aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin and

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How the U.S. Pays the Enemy

How the U.S. Funds the Taliban:

The U.S. government is funding the very forces its troops are fighting — funds that add up to a huge amount of money for the Taliban.

On October 29, 2001, while the Taliban’s rule over Afghanistan was under assault, the regime’s ambassador in Islamabad gave a chaotic press conference

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Lost Army Dog Found 14mos Later in Afghanistan

A sniffer dog that went missing in action after a battle in Afghanistan has been found safe and well after more than a year in the desert.

Sabi the black Labrador was with a joint Australian-Afghan army patrol when it was ambushed by Taliban militants in September 2008.

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