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WAR: About that War

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Washington Post

The incoming Obama administration plans to explore a more regional strategy to the war in Afghanistan -- including possible talks with Iran -- and looks favorably on the nascent dialog between the Afghan government and "reconcilable" elemen

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InformationClearingHouse.info

Since 2004, the Pentagon has used broad, secret authority to carry out about 12 attacks against al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, The New York Times reported on its Web site on Sunday.

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NY Times

“Basically,” he said, “we’re the bullet sponge.” That analogy is a measure of the profound and enduring difficulties in the war in Afghanistan, which this year became more deadly for Americans than the Iraq conflict. Obama has pledged to refocus the

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Edwin Sumcad

Now that the 2008 presidential election is over, our task is not just to meet and overcome the challenge that confronts us but more than this is to mold a national character for the country.

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NY Times

Tensions between American forces and the Afghan government over civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes spiked again after a missile from a US aircraft killed 40 civilians and wounded 28 others at a wedding party in the southern province of Kan

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US News & World Report

Col. Ahmed Hamid Sharqi was many things—businessman, smuggler, policeman for Saddam Hussein. The US marines stationed here consider him one of their greatest assets in keeping the streets of the capital of Anbar province safe.

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Rawstory.com

Saakashvili will ask Georgia's parliament to approve the nomination of Gega Mgaloblishvili, the former Soviet republic's ambassador to Turkey, to replace Gurgenidze, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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IPS News

PORTLAND, Oregon, Oct 20 (IPS) - Veterans from the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, along with Iraqis, Afghanis,... converged in this west coast city over the weekend to share stories of atrocities being committed daily in Iraq

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Washington Post

It was not immediately clear whether the US would accept the changes to the draft agreement. It provides legal authority for US troops to remain in Iraq after a UN mandate expires Dec. 31. If there is no accord US forces must leave.

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