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Centcom cites Kuwait as ‘strong ally’ to U.S. in Afghanistan

Gen. Lloyd Austin.  /Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — Kuwait has played a major role in the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. The U.S. military’s Central Command reported that Kuwait served as a hub for logistics for the war in Afghanistan. Centcom said Kuwait was expanding its military cooperation with the United States. “A long-time partner and strong ally [...]

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Why some insiders think missing plane landed in Pakistan

MalaysianAirlinesFlight370 As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 drags on without a trace of wreckage at sea, the likelihood of foul play looms larger. One country keeps rising to the top of the list of suspects: Pakistan. Ten days after the flight vanished, LIGNET learned that engineers at Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, believed the [...]

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Afghan countdown: As April elections near, only Karzai opposes U.S. security agreement

UN special envoy for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš at the UN Security Council on March 17.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The clock is ticking and the calendar counting down for Afghanistan as the embattled South Asian country heads for presidential elections in April and the pullout of foreign security forces by the end of the year. A credible electoral process would go a long way in paving a peaceful [...]

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Report: U.S. intelligence overly reliant on civilian contractors

U.S. troops stand guard at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul on Feb. 10. Two U.S. civilian contractors were killed in the attack.

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has been hampered by the use of civilian contractors despite having become dependent upon them in the years following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a report said. The Government Accountability Office has determined that the intelligence community could not rely on civilian contractors for [...]

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What investigation? Families blast hearing on Navy SEAL Team Six crash as ‘whitewash’

U.S. Navy Seals.  /AP

Special to By Grace Vuoto A congressional hearing held last week on the 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 30 American service members, including 17 elite troops from Navy SEAL Team Six, was a farce, say family members of the fallen warriors. “This was a joke,” said Billy Vaughn, father of Navy SEAL [...]

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In debate, Afghan candidates split on backing U.S. security agreement

Afghan presidential candidates participate in a debate organized by Tolo television on Feb. 4.

Special to By Miles Yu, During a lively American-style presidential TV debate, major Afghan candidates for presidency staked out contrasting views on the nation’s future ties to the United States. The immediate issue facing the nation is whether the Afghan government should sign a security agreement with the United States after NATO troops’ [...]

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The reckless endangerment of U.S. warfighters has got to stop


Special to By Billy and Karen Vaughn Once again, U.S. forces have been subjected to the cruelest form of betrayal in war: an insider attack. Taliban insurgents posing as Afghan soldiers opened fire on Wednesday, Feb. 12, killing two Americans and injuring four more. [See also: By waiting until now to tell his story, [...]

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By waiting until now to tell his story, Gates let down his country and its troops


Special to by Billy and Karen Vaughn We are all familiar with the U.S. Marine Corps slogan “Looking for a Few Good Men.” America’s military has plenty of “good men.” Yet, what it lacks in spades are good leaders. Recently we met former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the set of Hannity. We [...]

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Karzai’s last stand: U.S. must talk to the Taliban or leave immediately

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. /Reuters

Special to By Miles Yu, The president of Afghanistan has once again refused to sign a security pact with the United States until Washington fulfills one condition: start peace talks with the Taliban to guarantee a post-NATO withdrawal peace for the country. Failing to do that, according to President Hamid Karzai’s unyielding stance, [...]

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Afghanistan frees terrorists, jailed by U.S., who had killed Americans

Afghan men hug each other after being released from prison on Jan. 3.  /AP/Ahmad Jamshid

Special to By Miles Yu, A committee appointed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai decided on Monday, Dec. 30, that 650 of 764 or 85 percent of the criminals in the Bagram prison should be deemed “innocent” and released immediately. The Karzai government has consistently accused the U.S. military authorities of mistreating the Afghan [...]

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