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Afghanistan News-links 4-5 April, 2009

Afghanistan Newslinks 5 April, 2009

Stabilizing Afghanistan
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
By Rick Rogers (Contact) Union-Tribune Staff Writer US Marines fired mortars on Taliban positions Friday in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. …

For US forces in Afghanistan, shifting mission isn’t simple task – Miami,FL,USA
By PHILIP SMUCKER LOYA GORIGAH, Afghanistan — Army Chinook helicopters whipped up a fury on a desolate peak in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan as …

Holbrooke, Mullen visit Afghanistan
KABUL (AFP) — The top US military commander and special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan arrived in Kabul Sunday for high-level talks, a US official said, …

Moderate Taliban leader warns Barack Obama’s plan will make … – United Kingdom
Nato’s planned troop surge to Afghanistan will lead to an escalation in fighting and jeopardise secretive peace moves, a senior Taliban moderate has warned. …

Evansville Marine loses lower legs in Afghanistan
Chicago Tribune – United States
The mother of a US Marine from Wisconsin says her son has been seriously injured in Afghanistan. Stacey Schumacher of Evansville tells The Janesville …

Karzai: Afghanistan to review criticized sharia law
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — Amid mounting pressure from the West, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his government will review a recently approved version …

Europeans Offer Few New Troops for Afghanistan
New York Times – United States
“We want to do everything we can to encourage and promote rule of law, human rights, the education of women and girls in Afghanistan, economic development, …

Aid Groups Warn US Troop Surge Could Increase Afghan Casualties
Voice of America – USA
By VOA News Aid agencies are warning that a planned US troop surge in Afghanistan could lead to more civilian causalities. In a report titled“Caught in the …

Obama Says 5000 More NATO Troops Will Be Sent to Afghanistan
Bloomberg – USA
Obama came to the two-day summit on the Rhine River bearing the new strategic plan for Afghanistan he outlined on March 27. The plan calls for more US …

Defending women’s rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Reuters – USA
Barely had President Barack Obama outlined a new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan meant to narrow the focus to eliminating the threat from al Qaeda and …

The Raw Story | Holbrooke, Mullen visit Afghanistan
The visit is their first since President Barack Obama last month unveiled a new strategy for Afghanistan, drawn up after a two-month assessment of flagging efforts to subdue an extremist insurgency and stabilise the turbulent country. …

Your Daily Afghanistan “Unambiguously Ambidextrous
By Raphael Alexander
Although the main news is still focused on the NATO mission in Afghanistan, the volatile situation in Pakistan is definitely becoming more and more important to report about. Causing many journalists to refer to the battle against the …

Herbinator: Out of Afghanistan, Now
By Herbinator
Out of Afghanistan, Now. Calgary, 2009, April, 04. Peace demonstration. Get out of Afghanistan, now! .Recommend to those in the know. Posted by Herbinator at 11:42 PM. Labels: green, peace/war …

The Online News Page “ Afghanistan to review move toward sharia law
By Editor
Afghanistan to review move toward sharia law. Amid mounting pressure from the West, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his government will review a recently approved version of a law that critics say legalizes marital rape and the U.S. …

Norway to provide financial support for Afghanistan | Home …
STOCKHOLM, (Xinhua) — Norway will increase its support to Afghanistan by a total of 30 million US dollars, according to reports reaching here from Oslo yesterday.

Afghanistan Newslinks 4 April, 2009

President: 5000 NATO troops going to Afghanistan
The Associated Press
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — President Barack Obama says NATO has a taken big step forward by promising to send 5000 more troops and trainers to Afghanistan. …

NATO Leaders Agree on Secretary-General, Afghanistan
Voice of America – USA
… countries have named Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as the new Alliance secretary-general and agreed on a common policy toward Afghanistan. …

Europe to contribute 5000 extra troops to Afghanistan – UK
Barack Obama today won agreement for substantial Nato troop reinforcements in Afghanistan, when at least seven European nations, including Britain,…

NATO Soldier Killed in Southern Afghanistan
Voice of America – USA
By VOA News NATO said one of its soldiers has been killed in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan. The alliance did not release details of Saturday’s…

Obama touts policy changes, seeks Afghanistan help
The Associated Press
In return, he’s hoping for European popular support in the anti-terror fight in Afghanistan. Obama seems likely to win fresh commitments at Saturday’s 60th …

Obama may agree to less allied help in Afghanistan
The Associated Press
The European allies may pony up a marginal increase in forces keyed to preparations for Afghanistan’s national elections in August, but the Obama…

Off base on terror: Judge’s decision throws open US courthouse …
New York Daily News – New York,NY,USA
A federal judge has taken the fateful step of ruling that three of the 600 prisoners at Bagram air base in Afghanistan have rights under the US Constitution …

Afghanistan’s U-turn on women’s rights
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
There have always been conflicting laws, customs and practices in Afghanistan regarding the treatment of women. But after the Taliban regime was routed by …

Uzbekistan allows supplies for Afghanistan
United Press International – USA
Ukraine said Thursday it would allow shipments for Afghanistan. The ground route through Pakistan has become more difficult because of the Taliban …

Britain’s place in Afghanistan: an analysis – United Kingdom
At the Nato headquarters in Brussels there used to be some grimacing at the British obsession with their corner of Afghanistan to the exclusion of all else. …

Global Voices Online “ Netherlands: Dutch minister tweets about …
By Percy Balemans
During the recent Afghanistan summit in The Hague, Dutch speakers could read updates and direct responses to questions about the summit on Twitter. The updates were posted by Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch Mininster of Foreign Affairs, …

France, Germany Endorse Obama’s Afghanistan Plans, But Won’t …
By The Huffington Post News Editors
France, Germany Endorse Obama’s Afghanistan Plans, But Won’t Commit More Troops – The Huffington Post.

Airman killed in Southern Afghanistan
By ()
An Airman assigned to the 755th Air Expeditionary Group in Kandahar was killed by an improvised explosive device in Southern Afghanistan April 4. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

Children from Afghanistan found in Rome manhole | Sindh Today
By Sindh Today
Rome, April 4 (DPA) Italian police inspecting a manhole at a railway station in Rome have discovered 24 children from Afghanistan living in makeshift shelter of cardboard and blankets. Officials believe the children, whose ages range …

Hillary Clinton: Afghanistan action now: The Swamp
By Mark Silva
White House National Security Advisor Jim Jones, joining Clinton on the call, stressed that the Obama administration has military, diplomatic and development components in its Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy. …

Recent scenes from Afghanistan – The Big Picture –
The Big Picture – News Stories in Photographs from the Boston Globe.

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