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Apr 24, 2012

U.S. eyes options to restart Afghan peace talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration, seeking to revive stalled Afghan peace talks, may alter plans to transfer Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison after its initial proposal fell foul of political opponents at home and the insurgents themselves.

As foreign forces prepare to exit Afghanistan, the White House had hoped to lay the groundwork for peace talks by sending five Taliban prisoners, some seen as among the most threatening detainees at Guantanamo, to Qatar to rejoin other Taliban members opening a political office there.

Apr 24, 2012

Exclusive: U.S. eyes options to restart Afghan peace talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration, seeking to revive stalled Afghan peace talks, may alter plans to transfer Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison after its initial proposal fell foul of political opponents at home and the insurgents themselves.

As foreign forces prepare to exit Afghanistan, the White House had hoped to lay the groundwork for peace talks by sending five Taliban prisoners, some seen as among the most threatening detainees at Guantanamo, to Qatar to rejoin other Taliban members opening a political office there.

Apr 20, 2012

China assisting N.Korean missile program – U.S. Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China has provided some assistance to North Korea’s missile programme, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, a week after the hermit state’s failed rocket launch triggered international condemnation.

Under United Nations Security Council resolutions from 2006 and 2009, states, including China, are banned from helping North Korea with its ballistic missile programme, its nuclear activities as well as supplying heavy weapons.

Apr 20, 2012

China assisting North Korean missile program – Leon Panetta

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China has provided some assistance to North Korea’s missile program, U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, a week after the hermit state’s failed rocket launch triggered international condemnation.

Under United Nations Security Council resolutions from 2006 and 2009, states, including China, are banned from helping North Korea with its ballistic missile programme, its nuclear activities as well as supplying heavy weapons.

Apr 20, 2012

China assisting North Korean missile program: Panetta

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China has provided some assistance to North Korea’s missile program, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, a week after the hermit state’s failed rocket launch triggered international condemnation.

Under United Nations Security Council resolutions from 2006 and 2009, states, including China, are banned from helping North Korea with its ballistic missile program, its nuclear activities as well as supplying heavy weapons.

Apr 18, 2012

Britain offers Afghan financing, others plan to

BRUSSELS, April 18 (Reuters) – Britain was the only country
to publicly pledge an actual amount of cash to pay for
Afghanistan security after foreign combat troops withdraw in
2014, at a NATO meeting on Wednesday where differences over
funding the country’s future persisted.

The United States hopes to be able to announce annual
contributions worth 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) from other
NATO allies and partners when it hosts a summit of alliance
members next month. But not all ministers at Wednesday’s
preparatory meeting were ready to commit.

Apr 18, 2012

U.S. troops pose with maimed Afghan insurgent bodies

KABUL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – American troops are seen posing with the maimed bodies of suspected Afghan insurgents in photos published on Wednesday by a newspaper in an incident that threatened to further fray U.S. relations with Afghanistan’s government and prompted the Pentagon chief to issue an apology.

U.S. officials quickly condemned the behavior seen in the pictures published by the Los Angeles Times. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also said he regretted the decision of the newspaper to publish some of the photos, which he said might trigger retaliatory violence against foreign soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

Apr 16, 2012

Bold Taliban attacks unlikely to alter U.S. Afghan plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Almost as soon as Afghan insurgents began their assault on Western targets in Kabul on Sunday, U.S. officials went to great lengths to stress that the bold offensive would do nothing to shake U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

Yet alongside the reasons they stressed – the attacks’ limited casualties, and the improving ability of Afghan forces to confront insurgents on their own – stands a fundamental reality: the Obama administration sees no palatable alternative to its current gradual course out of a war that has dragged on at great human and financial cost for over a decade.

Apr 15, 2012

Analysis: Bold Taliban attacks unlikely to alter U.S. Afghan plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Almost as soon as Afghan insurgents began their assault on Western targets in Kabul on Sunday, U.S. officials went to great lengths to stress that the bold offensive would do nothing to shake U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

Yet alongside the reasons they stressed – the attacks’ limited casualties, and the improving ability of Afghan forces to confront insurgents on their own – stands a fundamental reality: the Obama administration sees no palatable alternative to its current gradual course out of a war that has dragged on at great human and financial cost for over a decade.

Apr 1, 2012

Erdogan: meet Syrian people’s needs “here and now”

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the “legitimate demands of the Syrian people must be met, right here, right now” as Western and Arab countries met in Istanbul on Sunday to try to agree on how to support armed rebels fighting to unseat President Bashar al-Assad.

Erdogan was addressing a meeting of mostly foreign ministers from around 70 countries including the United States and leading European Union and Gulf powers who call themselves the “Friends of Syria”.

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