Brother of Afghan Leader on CIA Payroll

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NY TIMES– Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials. The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit … Read More

Afghan War Remains ‘Absolutely Essential,’ Obama Says

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CNN– President Obama rallied U.S. troops and pledged continued partnership with Afghanistan during a previously unannounced trip to the country Sunday. Speaking to about 2,000 U.S. and allied troops at the major U.S. base in Afghanistan, Obama said, “Those folks back home are relying on you.” “I know it’s not easy,” he said. “You’re far away from home. You miss … Read More

What ‘Progress’ in Iraq Really Means

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NATION– Someday, we will undoubtedly discover that, in the term “surge” – as in the President’s “surge” plan (or “new way forward”) announced to the nation in January – was the urge to avoid the language (and experience) of the Vietnam era. As there were to be no “body bags” (or cameras to film them as the dead came home), … Read More

US Admits Killing Afghan Women During Botched Raid

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NY TIMES– After initially denying involvement or any cover-up in the deaths of three Afghan women during a badly bungled American Special Operations assault in February, the American-led military command in Kabul admitted late on Sunday that its forces had, in fact, killed the women during the nighttime raid. The admission immediately raised questions about what really happened during the … Read More

US Military Prepares Transport of Bunker Buster Bombs for Iran Nuclear Strikes

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SCOTLAND HERALD– Hundreds of powerful US “bunker-buster” bombs are being shipped from California to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for a possible attack on Iran. The Sunday Herald can reveal that the US government signed a contract in January to transport 10 ammunition containers to the island. According to a cargo manifest from … Read More

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