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Afghanistan Newslinks 28-29 April, 2009

29 April, 2009

NATO resumes formal contacts with Russia
The Associated Press
The agenda was dominated by continuing differences over Georgia and cooperation in the Afghanistan war. “We should not shy away from a number of issues on …
www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM
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US military says 42 insurgents killed in Afghanistan
AFP
KABUL (AFP) — US-led troops battled militants in Afghanistan on Wednesday and announced they killed 42 suspected insurgents, while a Taliban suicide bomber …
www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/A
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Britain to send 700 extra troops to Afghanistan
The Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he’ll temporarily send 700 extra troops to Afghanistan to boost security for August elections. …
www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM
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Op-Ed Contributor Falling Short on Afghanistan
New York Times – United States
By PADDY ASHDOWN and JOSEPH INGRAM A just-released report from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance has produced some shocking findings with disturbing …
www.nytimes.com/2009/04/30/opinion/30iht-edashdown.html?hpw

US: 32 militants killed in southern Afghanistan
The Associated Press
KABUL (AP) — The US military says Afghan and international forces have killed 32 militants in two clashes in southern Afghanistan. …
www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hv
WEqwq3CrRvaQCmt21MfoYhjZJQD97S3CGG0

Australia Boosts Military Presence in Afghanistan
Voice of America – USA
By Phil Mercer Australia will send an extra 450 troops to Afghanistan to address what the government in Canberra describes as a worsening security situation …
www.voanews.com/english/2009-04-29-voa9.cfm

German FM, regional envoy in Afghanistan
AFP
He and Germany’s special representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Bernd Muetzelburg, were expected to meet President Hamid Karzai later in the day,…
www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/
ALeqM5gCHo2oqvJ-ArWuSWo7hMmL2sdo6Q

Official: Kyrgyzstan not in talks over US base
The Associated Press
… minister says the Central Asian nation is not in talks with Washington to extend the US lease of an air base that supports operations in Afghanistan. …
www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALe
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Taliban to launch new spring offensive throughout Afghanistan
Xinhua – China
KABUL, April 29 (Xinhua) — Taliban militants on Wednesday vowed to launch spring offensive against Afghan and the US-led forces stationed in Afghanistan, …
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/29/content_11281054.htm

Brown sets out anti-terror strategy
The Press Association
Gordon Brown will set out the UK’s strategy to tackle a “crucible of terrorism” in the lawless mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. …
www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/
ALeqM5i205LRIoCEoY5KwL1pkvPuIBHGhQ

Four soldiers injured hours after Steinmeier arrives in …
Four German soldiers were injured in a suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, just hours after Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier landed in Kabul for a surprise visit.
www.thelocal.de/national/20090429-18947.html

42 insurgents killed in Afghanistan: US military – GEO.tv
KABUL: US-led troops battled militants in Afghanistan on Wednesday and announced they killed 42 suspected insurgents, while a Taliban suicide bomber wounded four German soldiers.The clashes ca.
www.geo.tv/4-29-2009/40977.htm

10 insurgents killed in central Afghanistan battle | International …
German foreign minister in Kabul for two days of talks with Afghan president and other leaders.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/
JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1239710817013

Australia to send more troops to Afghanistan – KTNV ABC,Channel 13 …
Rudd acknowledges that the war was becoming less popular among Australians, but says Afghanistan must not be allowed to once again become a terrorist haven and training ground. The new troops will focus on training the Afghan National …
www.ktnv.com/global/story.asp?s=10269025

Video: The $83 Billion Question on Afghanistan
By info@bravenewfilms.org
Use Rethink Afghanistan and be creative when expressing your questions about the war, but also please be polite on the phone so we can ensure your voice is heard! Then, let us know you made the call. If your Senator is not on the …
bravenewfilms.org/blog/?p=70499

28 April, 2009

Terror Threat Forces Afghanistan to Cancel Holiday Ceremonies
Washington Post – United States
“There are two dark days in the recent history of Afghanistan: the day the communists came, and today.” Safia Saddiqui, a legislator from eastern …
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/
article/2009/04/28/AR2009042801365.html

SAS to increase in size to counter Taliban in Afghanistan
Telegraph.co.uk – United Kingdom
Special forces are to be increased in order to meet the growing demands of the conflict in Afghanistan, John Hutton, the Defence Secretary, has said.…
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/onthefrontline/5236453
/SAS-to-increase-in-size-to-counter-Taliban-in-Afghanistan.html

Afghanistan to Reverse “Marital Rape” Law
HULIQ – Hickory,NC,USA
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has backed down on the so-called“marital rape” law, which had such draconian elements as a ban on married women …
www.huliq.com/3257/80252/afghanistan-reverse-marital-rape-law

Jihad Watch: Afghanistan: Airborne chemical attack on girl school …
By Raymond
Dozens of girls collapsed and needed hospital attention after a suspected airborne chemical attack on a school in northern Afghanistan. Five teachers and 40 pupils were overcome by fumes during a school ceremony in the capital of …
www.jihadwatch.org/archives/025873.php

Zainab Salbi: A Call to Action: Defend Women’s Progress, Human …
By Zainab Salbi
Throughout Afghanistan’s history, negotiations over women’s status andrights in Afghan society have occurred largely in the context of politicalstruggles to take power or to hold on to power. We can see from PresidentKarzai’s recent …
www.huffingtonpost.com/zainab-salbi/a-
call-to-action-defend-w_b_192243.html

In speech at K-State, general compares and contrasts Iraq and …
MANHATTAN, Kan. | The lessons that suit a still-uneasy Iraq will need tailoring for Afghanistan, the general who now oversees both theaters said Monday.
www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/1165825.html

Afghanistan: Rocket attacks target foreign troops in east …
By webinfo@adnkronos.com
(AKI) – Two rockets targeted foreign troops based at a NATO camp outside the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday. Twenty Italian soldiers were based at the camp, which is under French…
www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.3256821980

CIA Torture Began In Afghanistan Eight Months before Justice …
By dandelionsalad
Last Thursday, however, lawyers for Rafiq Alhami, a Tunisian prisoner in Guantánamo, introduced another disturbing element to the narrative, which confirms without a shadow of a doubt that the CIA was torturing prisoners in Afghanistan …
dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2009/04/28/cia-torture-began-
in-afghanistan-eight-months-before-justice-department-appr
oval-by-andy-worthington/

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