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2013-01-18: Headlines

  • allvoices: Attack leader in Algeria is a veteran jihadist who fought in Afghanistan 2013-01-18
    Keywords: . In 1991 Belmokhtar fought alongside fellow jihadists in Afghanistan although the Soviets had left in 1989 after being defeated. There was still conflict between warlords, Islamic radicals and the Soviet-backed regime which managed to survive without Soviet troops until 1992. | Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told Russia Today that many of the terrorists in Mali were well-trained by the US and know how special forces operate.
  • New York Times: Mali Need Not Be France's Afghanistan 2013-01-18
    Several thousand jihadists threaten to destabilize Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Algeria. Beyond the human rights abuses, their attacks will discourage foreign investment, paralyze local economies and produce vast numbers of refugees. Skeptics play down...
  • Chicago Tribune: US will leave Afghanistan to warlords and Taliban 2013-01-18
    Afghan women walk along a snow-covered street on the outskirts of Kabul this month. (OMAR SOBHANI, Reuters Photo / January 10, 2013) | "We wanted a clear message from Obama that the U.S. will continue to support democracy in Afghanistan," Fawzia Koofi, a lawmaker and human-rights activist, said this month. "It's the only alternative to Talibanization."
  • Huffington Post UK: Mali: France's Afghanistan? 2013-01-18
    Myriam Francois-Cerrah: Is France's military intervention in Mali a neo-colonial enterprise, dressed up in the conveniently ‎nebulous language of the 'war on terror'?
  • The Dominion Post: US soldier charged with massacre 'had PTSD' 2013-01-18
    A US soldier charged with slaying 16 civilians, most of them women and children, near his Army post in Afghanistan was diagnosed before his deployment as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury, his lawyer said.
  • Fox 43 TV: Hampton soldier killed in Afghanistan 2013-01-18
    A 25-year-old soldier from Hampton died in Afghanistan Wednesday.
  • The Seattle Times: IED kills Lewis-McChord soldier in Afghanistan 2013-01-18
    JBLM-based Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, died in Afghanistan Wednesday. (Department of Defense photo) | A 25-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier died Wednesday of wounds he sustained from a improvised explosive device in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, according to the Department of Defense. | Chambers entered the Army in May 2009 and was first deployed to Afghanistan in June 2010.
  • The Voice of Russia: UNSC should address growing drug production in Afghanistan – official 2013-01-18
    Growing drug production in Afghanistan should be brought to the attention of the UN Security Council, said the Head of the Russian Drug Control Service, Victor Ivanov, in a statement.
  • ITV News: Barrow soldier killed in Afghanistan would 'make time for everybody' 2013-01-18
    Tributes have been paid to a soldier from Barrow-in-Furness who died in hospital after being wounded in Afghanistan. The family of Kingsman David Robert Shaw described him as someone who would "make time for a hug for everybody". | The 23 year old, from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was shot when his checkpoint came under attack from insurgents in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province on Monday.
  • The Olympian: IED kills JBLM soldier in Afghanistan 2013-01-18
    A Joint Base Lewis-McChord 4th Stryker Brigade soldier died Wednesday when he encountered an improvised explosive device while on a dismounted patrol in Afghanistan, the Army said Thursday. | Sgt. David J. Chambers of Hampton, Va., died in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province at 25. | He joined the Army in May 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan from June 2010 to May 2011, and again in November 2012.
  • U-T San Diego: Cal Guard soldiers heading to Afghanistan 2013-01-18
    A National Guard brigade headquartered in San Diego is mobilizing for what is anticipated to be the last major deployment to Afghanistan for California€™s citizen soldiers. | About 600 assigned to the 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are slated to leave this summer for a nine-month tour to Uruzgan and Kandahar provinces, where they will work in advisory teams with Afghan police and other national security forces.
  • W*USA 9: Sgt. David J. Chambers of Hampton, Va., killed in Afghanistan 2013-01-18
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - A Virginia soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, according to the Dept. of Defense. | Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, of Hampton, Va., died Jan. 16, in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered after he he encountered an enemy improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol.

2013-01-17: Headlines

  • Afghanistan's Forgotten Refugees 2013-01-17
    In 2008, Seyed Hasan, a father of 6, fled his home in the Wardak province of eastern Afghanistan. Hasan and his family were targeted by the Taliban for resisting their demands. It had been seven years since the United States had intervened to oust the group...
  • People's Daily Online: Bulgaria begins troops withdrawal from Afghanistan 2013-01-17
    F_161: SOFIA,Jan.16(Xinhua)--TheBulgariangovernmentonWednesdaysaidithaddecidedtowithdrawsom...
  • Cape Breton Post: The world is wondering if Mali is the next Afghanistan 2013-01-17
    Keywords: “Those days are over,” said French President Francois Hollande last month, when asked if French forces would intervene in the war between Islamist insurgents, who seized the northern half of Mali, and the government in Bamako. But the days in question...
  • Labour: UK troops could be in Afghanistan for years 2013-01-17
    His intervention comes ahead of a debate in Westminster today on Britain's role in supporting the development of a stable Afghan state once combat operations have ceased. | The Prime Minister has said that no troops will be left in the country in a "combat role" after 2014.
  • Times Star: Cumbrian soldier dies after being shot in Afghanistan 2013-01-17
    A soldier from Cumbria who was shot in the neck in Afghanistan has died from his wounds. | Kingsman Dave Shaw, from Flass Meadows, Barrow, was serving in 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment near Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province when he sustained the injury on Monday. | Kgn Shaw, aged 23, underwent two emergency operations in Afghanistan before being flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham later on Monday morning.
  • Haverhill Echo: From Afghanistan to Haverhill, with thanks 2013-01-17
    British soldiers stationed in Afghanistan have written in person to students at a Haverhill school to thank them for sending them Christmas gifts. | The troops from the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and Search Task Force sent the letters to the students at Samuel Ward Academy in gratitude to the dozens of boxes that were sent to them in time for Christmas.
  • Washington Post: Afghanistan's improving ways 2013-01-17
    NEW DELHI. For Americans weary of nearly a dozen years of war, Afghanistan often seems like a country where nothing ever changes and the same story of ethnic and tribal struggle repeats itself in an endless loop. Loading... Comments Weigh...
  • Fort Stewart Soldier Not Alone in Afghanistan 2013-01-17
    By Staff Sgt. Christopher Blakeslee 1st HBCT PAO. FORWARD OPERATING BASE APACHE, Afghanistan -- Deployed soldiers endure long days, short nights of sleep and months of separation from friends and loved ones. But for one soldier stationed here...
  • Young Afghanistan musicians to tour America 2013-01-17
    Keywords: ,Not so long ago Fakira roamed the streets of the Afghan capital, hawking magazines for 13 cents apiece to support her poverty-stricken family. Next month, the 15-year-old cellist will appear in America€™s most prestigious concert halls, performing alongside other former street children and orphans of Afghanistan€™s decades of violence.
  • Arizona Daily Star: Fort Huachuca's boss taking intelligence post in Afghanistan 2013-01-17
    Lee Enterprises: Army Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter will relinquish his command of Fort Huachuca and its military intelligence school next week. | The ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24 on Brown Parade Field. It is open to the public. | It was announced in October that Potter would be leaving Fort Huachuca for a new assignment in Afghanistan.
  • Troy Messenger: Is this the right decision in Afghanistan? 2013-01-17
    President Barack Obama is accelerating one of his biggest and riskiest foreign pledges: a withdrawal from Afghanistan that will hand the fighting to Afghan troops by spring instead of summer with nearly all U.S. forces gone by the end of this year. | It€™s a stepped-up pace with success hinging on Afghan troops shouldering fighting even as Taliban forces are poised to take control of the southern and eastern parts of the country.
  • KSAT San Antonio: U.S. Sen. Cruz goes to Afghanistan, Israel 2013-01-17
    Sen. Cruz with troops in Afghanistan. | He's just settled into his new office in Washington, D.C., but newly-elected U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has already made his first trip to the Middle East. | The Republican went to Afghanistan where he met with military and political leaders to discuss the conditions there ahead of the U.S. troop withdrawal. | The lawmakers were back in Afghanistan Tuesday night.
  • The Courier-Journal: Senator Mitch McConnell hopeful on keeping U.S. presence in Afghanistan 2013-01-17
    WASHINGTON In near-constant conflict with the Obama administration and Democrats over fiscal issues, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell nevertheless sees an opportunity for agreement on keeping a residual U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
  • The Fort Hood Sentinel: President to award Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan to 4ID veteran 2013-01-17
    Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor Feb. 11 for his actions in Afghanistan. The Medal of Honor is the nations highest medal for valor. Courtesy graphic. View Larger Image Romesha. WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama...
  • Al-Bawaba: A history unearthed: the forgotten Jews of Afghanistan 2013-01-17
    A set of 1,000-year-old manuscripts found in the mountainous north of Afghanistan have shed light on the cultural, economic and religious life of a Jewish society living there in the 11th century.

2013-01-15: Headlines

  • Mother Jones: Afghan Officials Want Us Out of Afghanistan. So Let's Get Out. 2013-01-15
    The dispute underscored just how difficult negotiations over a long-term security partnership could be during the next year. The disagreement, like others before it, centers on the fundamental question of what will keep Afghans safe: U.S. officials say the local police program thwarts insurgents, but Karzai insists that it invites attacks.
  • Press TV: blast in S Afghanistan kills 4 civilians 2013-01-15
    Afghan security forces and officials stand near a destroyed car in Alishing district of Laghman province on August 12, 2012. Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:49AM. Share Email Print. At least four Afghan civilians, including two women, have lost their lives in a roadside...
  • Stars and Stripes: Afghan defense minister hopes US stays after 2014 2013-01-15
    Sandra JontZ: Afghanistan's defense minister says he is optimistic the United States will not abandon his country after foreign combat troops leave at the end of 2014. | Bismullah Khan Mohammadi says he doesn't believe America will repeat the mistake it made after the 1989 Soviet pullout from Afghanistan and forget his country. A civil war that broke out after the Soviet exit led to the rise of the Taliban. | If the immunity issue is not resolved, the U.
  • People's Daily Online: Australian troops' transition in Afghanistan ahead of schedule: Defence Minister 2013-01-15
    F_404: CANBERRA,Jan.15(Xinhua)--Australiantroopswillbewithdrawnsoonerthanexpected,andthetran...
  • Washington Post: Afghan defense minister hopes US will not abandon Afghanistan after 2014 2013-01-15
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's defense minister expressed optimism on Tuesday that the United States will not abandon his country after foreign combat troops leave at the end of 2014. Bismullah Khan Mohammadi said he does not believe America...
  • Zawya (registration) (press release): Italian consultancy to help achieving a better future for Afghanistan 2013-01-15
    ASSAIF has been tasked with the designing and implementation of sustainable products that meet the pent-up demand for financing and savings in a social environment that represents three quarters of the Afghan population and where requests for Shariah-compliance and objection to interest payment are widespread and often absolute.
  • Senate Republican leader wants 10000 troops in Afghanistan 2013-01-15
    Helix Consulting LLC: Night: -17C°Day: -2C° | Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he thinks that 10,000 U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when President Barack Obama wants to withdraw most combat troops, Reuters reported. | McConnell has just finished a visit to Afghanistan with a small group of his fellow Republican senators, his seventh trip there in the past decade.
  • The Michigan Daily: Viewpoint: What's next for Afghanistan 2013-01-15
    Last Friday, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met to discuss troop withdrawal and the possibility of leaving behind residual forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014, but the future of Afghanistan remains unsteady: The country is facing the imminent thread of Taliban€™s resurgence. Despite a decade of American intervention, Mullah Omar, Taliban€™s spiritual leader, is still alive and leading from his hideouts in Pakistan.
  • Global Times: 3 insurgents killed, 10 arrested in separate operations in Afghanistan 2013-01-15
    Three Taliban insurgents were killed and 10 others detained in separate operations in Afghanistan on Tuesday, in the latest raids as part of campaign against Taliban in the country, the NATO-led coalition forces said. "During an operation in Baraki Barak...
  • Northwest Arkansas News: McConnell wants 10000 in Afghanistan 2013-01-15
    The United States should keep a residual force of about 10,000 in Afghanistan after combat forces leave at the end of 2014, the Senate Republican leader said Monday after a series of meetings with military leaders in the country.
  • Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era: McConnell completes trip to Afghanistan, Israel 2013-01-15
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  • Press TV: US military suicides exceed battle deaths in Afghanistan in 2012 2013-01-15
    The suicide rate in the US military rose again last year, with 349 personnel taking their own lives in 2012. The figure was published by the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, the Associated Press reported on Monday. US Department of Defence (DOD)
  • Calgary Herald: Pain endures for mother of soldier killed in Afghanistan training accident 2013-01-15
    CALGARY €” Not a day has passed in nearly three years that Janet Baker hasn€™t visited her son€™s gravesite, a court martial heard Monday. | Baker, the mother of a soldier killed in a deadly training exercise, broke down during her emotional testimony at the Mewata Armoury. | She spoke softly and often shed tears when describing the unrelenting pain felt in the wake of the explosion that took her son€™s life in Afghanistan.
  • East Idaho News: Military Suicides in 2012 Top Military Deaths in Afghanistan 2013-01-15
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  • Evansville Courier Press: EDITORIAL: An end in Afghanistan? 2013-01-15
    If reports are true that the Obama administration is considering reducing U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan to 3,000 at the end of 2014, the U.S. presence there would be effectively over.
  • Ft. Leonard Wood Engineers Head for Afghanistan Today 2013-01-15
    WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- Dozens of local soldiers are getting ready to say goodbye to their families. The 232nd Engineer Company, 94th Battalion is headed to Afghanistan. 150 service members are headed overseas. A deployment ceremony will be held today...
  • Boston Globe: Share via e-mail 2013-01-15
    Sergeant First Class Pete Mayes, a spokesman for the base, identified the soldier Monday as Specialist Antonio Javier Syrakos. | Mayes did not disclose the precise location or time of ­Syrakos's death, except to say that it occurred off the base. He released no additional details about the case and said it ­remains under investigation. | Mayes also referred questions to police in Clarksville, Tenn.
  • The Ledger: Military Suicides Exceed Combat Deaths in Afghanistan in 2012 2013-01-15
    WASHINGTON | For U.S. troops, less combat is not translating to less stress. Members of the military committed suicide at a record pace in 2012 — almost one per day — and some experts think the trend will grow worse this year.
  • The Leader Newspaper Online: FUNERAL FOR SERGEANT KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN 2013-01-15
    A funeral for sergeant David Fernández Ureña was held on Sunday morning in the parade ground of the "San Genís" barracks in Monzalbarba (Zaragoza), base of the Bridge-Builders and Engineering Specialists Regiment Nº 12. The sergeant...

2013-01-14: Headlines

  • RAWA News: Afghanistan: The challenge of “good” vs “bad” militias 2013-01-14
    As two Afghan farmers tell it, they are part of the "good" militia in their northern province: unofficial armed men who protect schools, families, and farms, and have chased Taliban insurgents away. | They are not part of the "bad" militia, they say, that since 2010 has especially traumatized parts of Kunduz Province by forcibly extracting "taxes" from villagers, and engaging in killings and rape –
  • Focus News: New contingent of Macedonian peacekeepers leaves for Afghanistan: MIA 2013-01-14
    Skopje. A send-off ceremony of the contingent of the ARM's 1st Mechanised Infantry Brigade to ISAF peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan will be held Monday in "Jane Sandanski" military barracks in Stip, Macedonian MIA news agency informs. Defence...
  • Empowered News: Hamid Karzai Says Afghanistan Has Turned The Corner 2013-01-14
    As the end of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai€™s visit in the U.S. approached he addressed the issue of immunity for U.S. troops in the only interview he granted during his stay. | Hamid Karzai said that the Afghan people will most likely agree to the idea of immunity for any U.S. troops that remain in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal.
  • Ham: Whittington nurse takes to the skies in Afghanistan 2013-01-14
    After working as a nurse consultant at the Whittington Hospital, Lorraine Lawton took the plunge and joined the RAF as a reservist. She gives Rachael Getzels a glimpse of what it is like to risk life and limb to help those most in need in combat zones.
  • Bellingham Herald: Karzai: US troop immunity up to Afghan elders 2013-01-14
    Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai gestures for applause to stop before he began his speech at Georgetown University in Washington, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. | Karzai spoke on Monday on his return from Washington, where he met with President Barack Obama about the future of the countries' alliance.
  • The Idaho Statesman: Idaho biologists protect troops, planes in Afghanistan 2013-01-14
    A common kingfisher got caught up in a mist net at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan but later escaped. | A week after Boisean George Graves arrived at Bagram Air Force Base, two mortars exploded about 100 yards from his office. | This temporary job assignment would be unlike any other in the wildlife biologist's 27 years with USDA Wildlife Services.
  • Tucson Citizen: WATCH: Sen. McCain Moves To Saddle Obama With Iraq, Afghanistan Outcomes 2013-01-14
    Arizona Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today made a stronger case than ever that President Barack Obama will receive all responsibility for any future problems in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Or, Pakistan or anywhere else, for that matter. McCain was the first...
  • Soldiers Of 143rd Welcomed Home From Deployment To Afghanistan 2013-01-14
    Hundreds gathered at the Dena'ina Center in downtown Anchorage to welcome home Alaska Army National Guard soldiers with B Company, 1-143rd Infantry Airborne Regiment, home from deployment in Afghanistan. | More than 120 soldiers were honored for the work they have done overseas as well as the sacrifice of giving up a year at home to serve their country.
  • The Nation: Immunity for US troops in Afghanistan to be decided by year-end 2013-01-14
    A decision on immunity for U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan after the 2014 planned withdrawal will be made by the end of the year, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Monday.The issue of immunity is under discussion (and)
  • The Daily Voice: Soldiers Honored In Peekskill For Service In Afghanistan 2013-01-14
    More than 110 New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 69th Infantry commemorated their service in Afghanistan...
  • Las Vegas Sun: Obama: US war in Afghanistan winding down 2013-01-14
    With the war in Afghanistan winding down after 11 years, President Barack Obama says the time is right for U.S. forces to let Afghans do their own fighting. | In his radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama says U.S. forces will shift to a support role as Afghan soldiers take the lead in defending their country. | In the Republican address, freshman Sen.
  • Should U.S.Scale Back Presence in Afghanistan [POLL] 2013-01-14
    The American presence in Afghanistan will shrink and take on a supporting role for Afghan forces, President Barack Obama announced at a Friday press conference. The transition, which comes months after 33,000 troops who were added as part of a boost...
  • Press TV: 'UK no more committed to Afghanistan' 2013-01-14
    A senior British defense official has revealed that the political will to continue the campaign in Afghanistan has “clearly departed stage left”. Captain Andy Aspden, who is the head of public relations at the Ministry of Defense's (MoD) headquarters in London...
  • The Interpreter: Policy experimentation in Afghanistan 2013-01-14
    Sam Roggeveen: Wise, maybe, but only after the fact. As Kaplan explains, it was Joe Biden who was against this course all along, and Biden's policy is now US policy (related: Biden may be the most influential vice president ever).
  • 3rd ID Soldier Killed in Afghanistan 2013-01-14
    A 3rd Infantry Division soldier was killed Thursday in Afghanistan, according to a Fort Stewart press release. Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, died from injuries suffered when his unit was attacked during a patrol in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. Wittman...