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By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff appeared on the PBS interview show last night. He said the
Dempsey put the recent incidents in perspective. “We also have to be aware of the fact that we’ve had possibly 800,000 to 900,000 young men and women rotate through
….NATO leaders agreed at the 2010 Lisbon summit to maintain security in Afghanistan and train Afghan forces to transition to the lead in their own security by 2014. Afghan government officials also agreed to these goals and objectives, Dempsey said.
…. Pakistan is another wild card in the hand in
The Pakistani legislature is discussing what the new relationship with the
Still, the Pakistani military lacks the capability needed to end terror groups using the country as a safe haven. The Pakistanis may have the will to do something, but not the means. “I believe they will do the best they can, but it may not be enough for us,” he said.
Dempsey used the Haqqani network as an example. He said the network has been in place for 20 years and is “intertwined” into the society of western
All this makes it difficult for his Pakistani counterpart, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, to deliver. Still the general said he believes Kayani will do everything he can against these terror groups.
Pakistan continues to have a bleak economic picture, a growing population and a policy that still regards India as the nation’s existential threat, the chairman said…..
SOLDIER ACCUSED IN KILLING IDENTIFIED:
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation into an incident that has roiled relations with
American officials had said previously that the suspect was a 38-year-old staff sergeant and that he had spent 11 years in the army.
But they had refused to release his name, saying it is military policy to identify a suspect only after he has been charged with an offence.
Bales has not yet been charged. He was being flown Friday from
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The incident has reverberated through the already complicated relations between the
In an emotional meeting with relatives of the shooting victims, Karzai said the villagers’ accounts of the massacre were widely different from the scenario depicted by
Karzai pointed to one of the villagers from Panjwai district of Kandahar province and said:
"In his family, in four rooms people were killed — children and women were killed — and then they were all brought together in one room and then set on fire. That, one man cannot do."
….. The United Nations has reported that last year was the deadliest on record for civilians in the Afghan war, with 3,021 killed as insurgents ratcheted up violence with suicide attacks and roadside bombs.
The UN attributed 77 per cent of the deaths to insurgent attacks and 14 per cent to actions by international and Afghan troops. Nine per cent of cases were classified as having an unknown cause.
On Thursday, Karzai demanded that international forces pull out of rural areas because the fight was not in the villages.
With plans for both its options for orderly disengagement from
Now is the time to turn to the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, the OIC, to work in tandem with the United Nations to accelerate a settlement process. The OIC is uniquely positioned to take the lead role in convening all the Afghan parties—the elected government, the insurgency, the