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Taliban’s influence rising in Afghanistan, Study says

TalibanAccording to the findings of a study released Tuesday, the influence of the Taliban in Afghanistan is growing among its traditional Pashtun population while the radical Islamist grouping increasingly appeals to non-Pashtuns too. Mounting anger over the conduct of foreign troops had contributed to the convergence of the groups that had previously supported the international engagement in the country, according to the study published by the independent Afghan Analysis Network.Full Story : Sindhtoday.com…..

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US House clears $106 bln war funding, Senate next

dollar-stack cashThe $106-billion war funding bill, approved 226 to 202, posed the toughest test yet of President Obama’s ability to rally his party’s left wing, which views his foreign and military policies as too hawkish. Most of the money, $80 billion, will go to the Pentagon for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill also includes $400 million for helping train Pakistani military personnel in counterinsurgency tactics. More than $2 billion was included in the bill for eight additional Boeing C-17 cargo planes, despite efforts by the Obama administration to end production. Full Story : LATimes.com….

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Flu Fears Lands Afghanistan’s Only Pig In Quarantine

PigRegrettably, the global swine flu panic has not spared Afghanistan‚Äôs only known pig. A resident of Kabul Zoo, the little porker has been locked up in a room since Sunday because visitors have voiced concerns about a possible swine flu infection risk. This unfortunate turn of events could be the freshest example of misinformation and overreaction to the specter of a pandemic. Full Story : Treehugger.com….

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Obama welcomes Australia’s decision to increase troops to Afghanistan

australiaU.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Australia’s decision to increase troops to Afghanistan, saying Canberra’s contribution is “critical” to prevent the central Asian country from becoming terrorists’ safe heaven, the White House said on Wednesday. President Obama called Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Tuesday evening (U.S. Eastern Time) and thanked him for the decision to “increase military, civilian and financial commitment to Afghanistan,” said the White House in a statement. Full Story : Xinhua.net…..

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Obama seeks additional $83.4 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan

us-troopsPresident Barack Obama wants Congress to act quickly on his $83.4 billion request for U.S. military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, an appeal that’s disappointing the most liberal, anti-war wing of his party. Obama also requested $350 million in new Pentagon funding for counter narcotics and other security activities along the U.S.-Mexico border, with another $400 million in counterinsurgency aid to Pakistan. Full Story : Chicagotribune…….

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Iran to send envoy to U.S.-backed Afghanistan summit

Iran will send an envoy to a U.S.-backed international conference on Afghanistan, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported Thursday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will represent the United States at the United Nations meeting Tuesday in The Hague, the State Department said earlier. Full Story : CNN.com…

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Al-Qaeda founder launches fierce attack on Osama bin Laden

sayyid imam-al-sha One of al-Qaeda’s founding leaders, Dr Fadl, has begun an ideological revolt against Osama bin Laden, blaming him for “every drop” of blood spilt in Afghanistan and Iraq. Al-Qaeda is an international Sunni Islamic extremist movement founded sometime between August 1988 and late 1989/early 1990.

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The new supergun weapon against the Taliban can kill from over a mile away

rifle_thelongIt is the British-made L115A3 Long Range Rifle which, in recent weeks, has killed scores of enemy fighters in Afghanistan. In a new initiative on the front line, the Army is using sniper platoons to target the Taliban and ‘The Long’, as the snipers call it, can take out insurgents from a mile away. Unveiled earlier this year the L115A3 rifle, part of the Sniper System Improvement Programme (SSIP), is a larger calibre weapon which provides state-of-the-art telescopic day and night all-weather sights, increasing a sniper’s effective range considerably. Full Story : Dailymail…..

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@ a glance : German Troops In Afghanistan Threatened By Islamist Video

German authorities are investigating an Internet video of masked men vowing in several languages to attack Germany for supporting the US-led military campaign in Afghanistan. Full Story : Huffingtonpost…..

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@ a glance : Pakistan closes Afghan supply route

Pakistan has suspended supplies to US and Nato forces in neighbouring Afghanistan as security forces launch a major offensive against suspected pro-Taliban fighters. Full Story : Aljazeera.net….

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US to double forces in Afghan

AfghanistanUS Joint Chiefs of Staff announced Saturday that the number of US forces in Afghanistan will be doubled soon. There are presently approximately 31,000 US troops in the country. Overall, there are more than 60,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is the official name used by the U.S. Government to the war in Afghanistan. 629 US soldiers have been killed in the operation since the war begun.

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The war in Afghan cannot be won : British Commander

us uk forces in afghanIn an interview with the Sunday Times,Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith, UK’s most senior commander in Afghan said it was unrealistic to think there would be a decisive military victory. He added that there was likely to be ‘low but steady’ levels of rural insurgency once international troops eventually leave Afghanistan. Since the start of operations in 2001, 120 UK military personnel have been killed in Afghanistan. The War in Afghanistan, was began on October 7, 2001 as the U.S. military operation Operation Enduring Freedom, was launched by the United States with the United Kingdom in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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US offensive Killed 76 Civilians in Afghan

Afghanistan WarAfghan interior ministry claimed that 76 civilians were killed in a US-led operation in western Afghanistan. The ministry said most of the victims were children. U.S.-led coalition forces said that 30 militants had been killed in an air strike in Shindand district. Air support was called after a patrol of Afghan and coalition soldiers were ambushed by insurgents.

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