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Mar 8, 2012

U.S. probes allegations Afghan Air Force involved in drug running

KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are looking into allegations that some Afghan Air Force (AAF) officials have been using aircraft to transport narcotics and illegal weapons across the country, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

“At this point allegations are being examined,” said Lt. Col. Tim Stauffer, spokesman for the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, which is setting up and financing Afghan security forces, including the Air Force.

Mar 6, 2012

Afghan govt says likely to reach U.S. prison deal

KABUL (Reuters) – An agreement on the transfer of U.S.-managed detention centres to Afghan authorities is likely soon, the Afghan presidential spokesman said on Tuesday, improving the prospects of a strategic partnership deal allowing for long-term U.S. involvement in the country.

“Both sides are studying a memorandum of understanding now. I am optimistic we will reach an agreement in the next three days,” the spokesman, Aimal Faizi, told Reuters. U.S. embassy officials were not immediately available for comment.

Mar 6, 2012

Afghan government says likely to reach U.S. prison deal

KABUL (Reuters) – An agreement on the transfer of U.S.-managed detention centres to Afghan authorities is likely soon, the Afghan presidential spokesman said Tuesday, improving the prospects of a strategic partnership deal allowing for long-term U.S. involvement in the country.

“Both sides are studying a memorandum of understanding now. I am optimistic we will reach an agreement in the next three days,” the spokesman, Aimal Faizi, told Reuters. U.S. embassy officials were not immediately available for comment.

Mar 4, 2012
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For some Afghans, suicide bombs are best answer to U.S. troops’ Koran burnings

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(Afghan protesters gesture towards police in Kabul February 24, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

Matihullah, 24, had always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Then news spread that Western soldiers had burned many copies of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base in Afghanistan. He gave up his studies and embarked on a new mission in life — to become a suicide bomber.

Mar 4, 2012

Suicide bombs best answer to Koran burnings for some

KABUL (Reuters) – Matihullah, 24, had always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Then news spread that Western soldiers had burned many copies of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base in Afghanistan.

He gave up his studies and embarked on a new mission in life — to become a suicide bomber.

Mar 4, 2012

For some Afghans, suicide bombs best answer to Koran burnings

KABUL (Reuters) – Matihullah, 24, had always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Then news spread that Western soldiers had burned many copies of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base in Afghanistan.

He gave up his studies and embarked on a new mission in life — to become a suicide bomber.

Mar 4, 2012

Afghan army chief warns against another NATO blunder

KABUL (Reuters) – The burning of Korans at a NATO base in Afghanistan advanced the Taliban’s cause and any repeat of similar “negligence” by Western forces would be disastrous, the Afghan army chief of staff has warned.

The destruction of the holy books, which the United States described as unintentional, triggered widespread protests and fatal attacks on U.S. troops by Afghan security forces and heavily strained ties between Kabul and Washington.

Mar 2, 2012

Anti-U.S. emotions run high at Afghan dogfighting ring

KABUL (Reuters) – Protests over the burning of Korans at a NATO base may have faded but some Afghans are still venting their rage over the incident — at a bloody Kabul dogfighting ring.

If emotions here are any indication, desecration of copies of the Muslim holy book did lasting damage to the image of the United States, which is struggling to pacify the country before NATO combat troops leave at the end of 2014.

Mar 1, 2012

Two NATO soldiers “killed by Afghan soldier, civilian”

KABUL (Reuters) – Two NATO soldiers were shot dead on Thursday by two Afghans, including a man believed to be a soldier, NATO said, an attack that is likely to raise further questions about the future of the country’s struggling security forces.

The killings in south Afghanistan came after two senior U.S. officers were gunned down in the heart of Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry on Saturday by what Afghan security officials say was a police intelligence official.

Feb 29, 2012

Afghan forces face threat from within, says official

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan must act quickly to tackle infiltration of its security forces or another fatal attack on Western forces could undermine ties with NATO, a senior Afghan defense ministry official said on Wednesday, in a rare admission of the threat within.

On Saturday, a U.S. lieutenant colonel and a major were shot at close range while working in an office in the heart of the Interior Ministry, one of the most closely-guarded buildings in Afghanistan.