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Mar 17, 2012

Afghan massacre suspect identified, arrives at Kansas base

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army identified the soldier implicated in the massacre of 16 villagers in Afghanistan this week as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, and said he arrived on Friday at a Kansas base where he will be held in a solitary cell.

Bales, a four-tour veteran, is suspected of walking off his base in southern Afghanistan on Sunday and gunning down the 16 civilians, including nine children and three women, in a massacre that sent American-Afghan relations into a tailspin.

Mar 16, 2012

Afghan massacre suspect identified, due at Kansas base

TACOMA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The soldier implicated in the massacre of 16 villagers in Afghanistan this week – an incident that sent American-Afghan relations into a tailspin – is U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a U.S. official said on Friday.

The official declined to provide additional details about Bales, who is suspected of walking off his base in southern Afghanistan on Sunday and gunning down 16 villagers.

Mar 16, 2012

Few options for Afghan, U.S. leaders after Kandahar massacre

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai exploded in anger when he learned last week that an American soldier had massacred 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children.

When Karzai discovered that an aide had kept the news from him until after he had addressed the nation on television, the anger turned to rage.

Mar 16, 2012

Insight: Few options for Afghan, U.S. leaders after Kandahar massacre

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai exploded in anger when he learned last week that an American soldier had massacred 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children.

When Karzai discovered that an aide had kept the news from him until after he had addressed the nation on television, the anger turned to rage.

Mar 14, 2012

Civilian killings weaken Afghan war support for 40 percent of Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Forty percent of Americans said the shooting spree by a U.S. soldier stationed in Afghanistan which resulted in the deaths of 16 villagers had weakened their support for the war, a poll showed on Wednesday.

Sixty-one percent of Americans surveyed in the March 12-13 online poll by Reuters/Ipsos said the remaining U.S. troops should be brought home immediately, down slightly from the 66 percent who expressed that opinion in a similar poll from early March. Seventeen percent disagreed.

Mar 11, 2012

Shooting raises questions about U.S. course in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. soldier’s shooting of more than a dozen Afghan civilians deepened questions on Sunday about what the United States can accomplish in Afghanistan before it withdraws, as Washington rushed to contain the damage from the startling rogue attack.

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to Afghan President Hamid Karzai by telephone and offered condolences for the attack, in which a U.S. soldier left his base in southern Afghanistan and began a middle-of-the-night shooting spree that local officials said killed 16 civilians, including nine children and three women.

Mar 10, 2012

Exclusive – Afghan officials visit Guantanamo in U.S. peace bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Afghan government delegation visited the U.S. Guantanamo Bay military prison this week to secure approval from five Taliban detainees who may soon be moved to Qatar, a sign that the Obama administration is inching closer to establishing peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

The delegation, which visited the top-security detention centre in Cuba on Monday, included Ibrahim Spinzada, a senior foreign policy aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, sources familiar with the subject said.

Mar 10, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Afghan officials visit Guantanamo in U.S. peace bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Afghan government delegation visited the U.S. Guantanamo Bay military prison this week to secure approval from five Taliban detainees who may soon be moved to Qatar, a sign that the Obama administration is inching closer to establishing peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

The delegation, which visited the top-security detention center in Cuba on Monday, included Ibrahim Spinzada, a senior foreign policy aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, sources familiar with the subject said.

Mar 10, 2012

Exclusive: Afghan officials visit Guantanamo in peace bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Afghan government delegation visited the Guantanamo Bay military prison this week to secure approval from five Taliban detainees who may soon be moved to Qatar, a sign that the Obama administration is inching closer to establishing peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

The delegation, which visited the top-security detention center in Cuba on Monday, included Ibrahim Spinzada, a senior foreign policy aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, sources familiar with the subject said.

Mar 7, 2012

Obama returns fire at Republicans over gas prices

, March 7 (Reuters) – President
Barack Obama, under Republican attack for high gas prices that
could harm his re-election bid, urged Americans on Wednesday to
have faith in alternative fuels and accused rivals of not
telling the truth about the rising cost of energy.

For the second time in less than a week, Obama railed
against Republican calls for a return to $2 a gallon gasoline
and what he dismissed as “phony” quick fixes to the nation’s
energy challenge.

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