Mullen: 'US is losing the war in Afghanistan'

Afghan government says NATO raid killed six civilians

NATO officials on Tuesday disputed a report by the Afghan government that a NATO raid in eastern Afghanistan earlier in the day had killed six civilians,

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General: Attack may have killed Afghan civilians

The No. 2 commanding general in Afghanistan acknowledged Wednesday that a NATO-led attack the day before in eastern Afghanistan possibly resulted in civilian deaths.

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Mullen: 'US is losing the war in Afghanistan'

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen painted a disturbing picture on Tuesday, bluntly telling US troops at Ft. Campbell, Ky. - including some bound for Afghanistan - that "we are not winning, which means we are losing and as we are losing, the message traffic out there to insurgency recruits keeps getting better and better and more keep coming."

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Gates claims victory near in Afghanistan

Despite record-high violence and an increasing number of casualties, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the war in Afghanistan is moving in the right direction and towards success.

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Afghanistan 'unable to pay for troops for 15 years'

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has warned that it will take 15 years before the country is able to pay for the cost of its own security forces.

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Afghans protest civilian killings by US forces

Hundreds of Afghans have taken to the streets of the capital Kabul to protest a recent NATO airstrike which killed a number of civilians in the war-ravaged country.

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Afghan demonstrators call for trial of "war criminals"

The protesters also called on the government to identify and sack all those officials involved in human right violation and war crimes over the past three decades.

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Canadian General Now Acknowledges Risk to Afghan Detainees

Canada's top soldier, said Wednesday that the country's military had been aware that prisoners it handed over to Afghan authorities risked being abused.

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Marines captain from 45 Commando admits Afghan assault

A Royal Marines officer has pleaded guilty to assaulting an Afghan national while serving in the country, according to a court martial spokesman.

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Negotiate to end war

The Free Liberal
by Fred E. Foldvary

12/09/09

The U.S. government should negotiate a ceasefire and end to the war in Afghanistan. If such negotiations have occurred, they have not been publicized. It would take political courage to openly talk to the Taliban, but militarily there is little to lose by just talking. International negotiations got a bad reputation when the United Kingdom capitulated to the demands of Nazi Germany just prior to World War II. But negotiation does not imply surrender, nor does it condone what the enemy is doing. Negotiation means finding a compromise that provides each side with its minimum desires...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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