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U.S. Open To Afghan Peace Deal Including Haqqani
http://news.yahoo.com-October 11, 2011
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday signaled the United States remains open to exploring a peace deal including the Haqqani network, the militant group that U.S. officials blame for a campaign of high-profile violence that could jeopardize Washington's plans for withdrawing smoothly from Afghanistan.
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State Department readies Iraq operation, its biggest since Marshall Plan
www.washingtonpost.com-October 08, 2011
The State Department is racing against an end-of-year deadline to take over Iraq operations from the U.S. military, throwing up buildings and marshalling contractors in its biggest overseas operation since the effort to rebuild Europe after World War II.
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For U.S., A Tricky Path In Dealing With Afghan Insurgents
www.nytimes.com-October 06, 2011
President Obama’s national security adviser met secretly in the Persian Gulf last weekend with Pakistan’s top military officer to deliver a tough message: rein in the Haqqani network, a deadly insurgent group in Afghanistan that the United States says has close ties to Pakistan’s main spy agency.
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Report: U.S. Officials Met with Haqqani Network
www.nationaljournal.com-October 05, 2011
As the Haqqani network was stepping up attacks in and around Kabul, U.S. officials met secretly with the militant group tied to al-Qaida and Pakistan, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Plan Would Keep Small Force In Iraq Past Deadline
www.nytimes.com-September 07, 2011
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is supporting a plan that would keep 3,000 to 4,000 American troops in Iraq after a deadline for their withdrawal at year’s end, but only to continue training security forces there, a senior military official said on Tuesday.
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U.S. May Leave 3,000 Troops In Iraq
www.latimes.com-September 07, 2011
The Obama administration is considering leaving about 3,000 American troops in Iraq after this year, rejecting more ambitious Pentagon options that would have deployed 10,000 or more military personnel, two U.S. officials said Tuesday.
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Differing Data Shape Views Of Surge
htttp://online.wsj.com-September 06, 2011
Has the U.S. military surge in Afghanistan been a success? As America begins to scale back its presence in the country, that question is generating diverging answers from U.S. military commanders and United Nations officials in Afghanistan.
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Marines Battle To Educate Afghan Children
www.sandiegotribune.com-September 06, 2011
The end-of-summer, back-to-school ritual familiar to generations of American students is becoming a way of life for swelling numbers of children in the most war-torn corners of Afghanistan, thanks in large part to the U.S. military.
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Afghanistan Win or Lose: Transition and the Resource Crisis
www.csis.org-September 06, 2011
The US confronts a wide range of challenges if it is to leave a stable Afghanistan and Pakistan, to win the Afghan conflict in any meaningful sense:
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U.S. Seizes 'Moment' To Flip Taliban
www.usatoday.com-September 01, 2011
The top coalition commander in Afghanistan told USA TODAY on Wednesday that he has ordered a "surge" in efforts to get Taliban fighters to renounce violence and return to village life based on recent intelligence suggesting they feel abandoned by their leaders.
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Libyan Nation Building After Qaddafi
www.foreignaffairs.com-August 23, 2011
With the fall of the Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi in sight, the United States and its allies face the familiar challenges of post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. As in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the United States and its allies have prevailed militarily and Western governments must now assume some role in helping establish a new order. Given the mixed results of the ventures in those regions, it is worth examining how Libya compares to them in terms of size, wealth, homogeneity, geography, and political maturity.
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Lessons of the Libya Intervention
www.brookings.edu-August 22, 2011
It's odd, but not necessarily surprising, that critics of the Libya intervention were calling it any number of things: mistake, quagmire, dangerous, an Iraq repeat, and so on. It is odd because the ultimate outcome -- the rebels winning and Qaddafi falling -- never seemed much in doubt. It was a matter of when, not if. For both better and worse, Libya confirms the reality that the role of external actors (in this case, the United States and Europe) can still be decisive in the Arab struggle for freedom.
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'They Come From ISI' - Afghan Colonel On Insurgent Threat
www.longwarjournal.org-August 21, 2011
To maintain the fight against the insurgency as US forces begin to depart Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force is banking on a strategy of accelerating the development of indigenous security forces. Many functions hitherto executed by US troops have been passed to the Afghan army and police, and most American operations in the country now take place in partnership with Afghan forces.
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In Afghanistan’s Garmser district, praise for a U.S. official’s tireless work
www.washingtonpost.com-August 14, 2011
Since September 2009, this district along the Helmand River has seen five different Marine battalion commanders, two governors and two police chiefs. The only constant was a compact American whom everyone here calls Carter Sahib.
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White House Struggles To Fill Key Watchdog Position To Oversee Afghanistan Reconstruction
www.huffingtonpost.com-August 10, 2011
As the Obama administration begins to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the war effort undergoes significant transition, the office in charge of ferreting out waste, fraud and abuse in reconstruction projects remains without a permanent head.
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