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Dec 22, 2011

U.S., Pakistan share blame in border deaths – U.S. probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. probe on Thursday found both American and Pakistani forces were to blame for a border incident that killed 24 Pakistani troops last month, inflaming already strained ties and deepening doubts about whether Pakistan will help or hinder the U.S. fight in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military blamed Pakistani soldiers for firing at NATO forces as they prepared for a mission in a remote area near Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan close to midnight on November 25.

Dec 22, 2011

U.S. probe sees shared blame in Pakistan air strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. probe on Thursday found that both American and Pakistani forces were to blame for an incident that killed 24 Pakistani troops in a remote area along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border last month, inflaming already strained bilateral ties.

The U.S. military blamed Pakistani soldiers for firing at NATO forces across the border in Afghanistan, triggering the incident, which took place overnight between November 25-26.

Dec 21, 2011

Pakistan memo crisis adds pressure to U.S. ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A political crisis in Pakistan may threaten not only the future of President Asif Ali Zardari but also keep pressure on an already tense relationship with the United States as it seeks to stabilize neighboring Afghanistan.

A scandal over a murky memo that warned the Pentagon of a possible military coup in Pakistan has highlighted historic tensions between the weak civilian government in Islamabad and the powerful military, whose help Washington needs to battle militants fueling violence in Afghanistan.

Dec 20, 2011

Key senator warns against Taliban talks, transfer

By Missy Ryan

(Reuters) – A key Republican U.S. senator warned against negotiating with the Taliban on Monday, illustrating the political risk the Obama administration is taking by considering a prisoner transfer as part of a bid to end the Afghan war.

U.S. officials told Reuters a transfer of Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military prison into Afghan government custody could be one confidence-building measure critical to making progress on a peace deal between the Taliban and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Dec 19, 2011

Secret U.S., Taliban talks reach turning point

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After 10 months of secret dialogue with Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents, senior U.S. officials say the talks have reached a critical juncture and they will soon know whether a breakthrough is possible, leading to peace talks whose ultimate goal is to end the Afghan war.

As part of the accelerating, high-stakes diplomacy, Reuters has learned, the United States is considering the transfer of an unspecified number of Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military prison into Afghan government custody.

Dec 19, 2011

Exclusive: Secret U.S., Taliban talks reach turning point

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After 10 months of secret dialogue with Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents, senior U.S. officials say the talks have reached a critical juncture and they will soon know whether a breakthrough is possible, leading to peace talks whose ultimate goal is to end the Afghan war.

As part of the accelerating, high-stakes diplomacy, Reuters has learned, the United States is considering the transfer of an unspecified number of Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military prison into Afghan government custody.

Dec 17, 2011

Panetta says Libya faces long, difficult transition

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Libya Saturday it faced a “long and difficult” road in moving on from 42 years of one-man rule and uniting the fractious rebel groups that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi.

Panetta became the first U.S. defense secretary to visit Libya when he arrived in the capital Tripoli to meet an interim leadership struggling to assert control two months after Gaddafi was captured and killed.

Dec 17, 2011

Panetta in Libya after UN lifts bank sanctions

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Libya on Saturday where a weak interim government is struggling to assert control two months after the capture and killing of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The visit follows a decision by the U.N. Security Council on Friday to lift sanctions on Libya’s central bank and a subsidiary, clearing the way for tens of billions of dollars they hold overseas to be unfrozen to ease an acute cash crisis.

Dec 15, 2011

U.S. military marks end of its war in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military officially ended its war in Iraq on Thursday, packing up a military flag at a ceremony with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta nearly nine years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

The last 4,000 American troops will withdraw by the end of the year, leaving Iraq still tackling a weakened but stubborn insurgency, sectarian tensions and political uncertainty.

Dec 15, 2011

Panetta in Iraq to close U.S. war

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military officially ended its war in Iraq on Thursday, packing up a military flag at a ceremony with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta nearly nine years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

The last 4,000 American troops will withdraw by the end of the year, leaving Iraq still tackling a weakened but stubborn insurgency, sectarian tensions and political uncertainty.

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