Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

‘Obama’s Wars’ disclosures on Afghanistan Exit Strategy

In Afghanistan, Military, NATO, Obama, USA on September 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

Obama’s Wars is a new book by Bob Woodward, one of the reporters whose revelations in TheWashington Post about the Watergate scandal brought down President Richard Nixon in 1974………

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Security Alert Ahead of Afghan Vote

In Afghanistan, Military, NATO, Politics, Taliban, USA on September 17, 2010 at 10:51 am

Afghan Police has set up extra checkpoints across the country on Friday to scan for suicide bombers and insurgents a day ahead of parliamentary polling that will test the government’s ability to hold a legitimate election after last year’s disastrous presidential vote……….

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“Stingray” to destroy IEDs

In Afghanistan, Army, Defense, Military, USA on September 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

A US bomb disposal expert uses the Stingray

A device that shoots a blade of water capable of penetrating steel is to be used in Afghanistan to help soldiers disable improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.………

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Robert Blackwill recommends partition of Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Army, Military, NATO, USA on September 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

Robert Blackwill, who was Condolezza Rice’s deputy as National Security Adviser in 2003 to 2004, will use a speech at the International Institute of Strategic Studies think tank in London on Monday to call on President Barack Obama to make drastratic changes in the war’s objectives. He told The Daily Telegraph that the surge of forces launched last year to stabiliseAfghanistan was “high likely” to fail and that the death toll in the conflict was too high a price to pay……….

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American Opposition to Iraq, Afghanistan wars all time high

In Afghanistan, Military, Obama, USA on August 18, 2010 at 5:33 am

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, Obama’s plan to remove combat troops from Iraq by the end of the month has won overwhelming support from Americans……

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Afghanistan requires Enduring Commitment

In Afghanistan, Military, USA on August 16, 2010 at 5:46 am

Gen  David Petraeus said in an interview on the NBC program “Meet the Press” that success in Afghanistan will require a long and steady US commitment……

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WikiLeaks to release final 15,000 Secret Afghan War Files

In Afghanistan, Military, NATO, USA on August 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

WikiLeaks  Julian Assange has said that his organisation is preparing to release the rest of the secret Afghan war documents it has on file.

The Pentagon, who seems to have fair idea about the contents of these documents, has warned that this disclosure will be more damaging…….

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Significance of July 2011

In Afghanistan, Army, Military, NATO, USA on August 13, 2010 at 5:30 am

July 2011 is the date President Barack Obama has set to begin reducing the number of US troops in Afghanistan, however its exact meaning continues to be a difficult question which is yet to be answered clearly…..

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Existing ROE to continue in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Army, NATO, USA, World on August 5, 2010 at 5:56 am

General David Petraeus has reaffirmed the Rules Of Engagement (ROE) ordered by his predecessor, Stanley McChrystal.

The General has updated the existing ROE.He writes that,

“We must continue – indeed, redouble – our efforts to reduce the loss of innocent civilian life to an absolute minimum. Every Afghan civilian death diminishes our cause. Subordinate commanders are not authorized to further restrict this guidance without my approval…..

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General Petraeus on Strategy in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Defense on July 5, 2010 at 8:46 am

General Petraues

Gen Petraeus, the new top commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, has formally assumed command of  NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan on 4 July 2010. He has taken over the command consequent to removal of Gen McChrystal by President Obama.

The new commander of ISAF spelt out under mentioned key aspects of strategy in his speech.

  • Help Afghan leaders in developing their security forces and governing capacity such that they can take over the task of securing Afghanistan and fulfilling the needs of people.
  • Pursue the insurgents relentlessly so that Al Qaeda and terrorists are not allowed to re-establish sanctuary / bases in Afghanistan from where they can launch strikes on Afghan people and other peace loving countries of the world.
  • Begin withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 subject to  ” conditions on the ground”.

Let us all hope that Gen Petraeus will be able to repeat Iraqi success for return of peace in Afghanistan and safe homeward journey of troops in accordance with President Obama’s plan.