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Mar 1, 2011

U.S. moves warships closer to Libya, freezes assets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States moved warships and aircraft closer to Libya on Monday and froze $30 billion in assets, ramping up pressure on what a top U.S. envoy called a “delusional” Muammar Gaddafi to relinquish power.

In the hardest-hitting U.S. denunciation yet of Libya’s leader, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Gaddafi is “disconnected from reality,” is “slaughtering his own people” and is unfit to lead.

Feb 28, 2011

U.S. repositions military forces around Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States began repositioning naval and air force units around Libya on Monday, stepping up pressure on embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi after calling on him to step down immediately.

The naval units could be used for humanitarian and rescue missions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Geneva, where she told the U.N. Human Rights Council that Gaddafi was using “mercenaries and thugs” to suppress a popular uprising.

Feb 20, 2011

Pause in U.S. Pakistan strikes seen linked to U.S. prisoner

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States has halted drone attacks on militants along Pakistan’s western border in a development analysts believe is linked to U.S. attempts to secure the release of a jailed U.S. consular employee.

After months of frequent strikes from unmanned U.S. aircraft on militant hideouts in tribal areas on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, where bloodshed has hit record levels, reports of covert strikes have gone quiet for over three weeks.

Feb 15, 2011

New U.S. envoy wades into Afghanistan, Pakistan tangle

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s new Afghanistan and Pakistan envoy will face a daunting task as he seeks to advance U.S. policy in a region where the United States is battling a bloody insurgency in one country and struggling to hold together a battered alliance in another.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce later this week her choice of retired diplomat Marc Grossman as replacement for Richard Holbrooke, the larger-than-life envoy who died after an aorta tear last year.

Feb 15, 2011

Analysis – New envoy wades into Afghanistan, Pakistan tangle

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s new Afghanistan and Pakistan envoy will face a daunting task as he seeks to advance U.S. policy in a region where the United States is battling a bloody insurgency in one country and struggling to hold together a battered alliance in another.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce later this week her choice of retired diplomat Marc Grossman as replacement for Richard Holbrooke, the larger-than-life envoy who died after an aorta tear last year.

Feb 15, 2011

Analysis: New U.S. envoy wades into Afghanistan, Pakistan tangle

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s new Afghanistan and Pakistan envoy will face a daunting task as he seeks to advance U.S. policy in a region where the United States is battling a bloody insurgency in one country and struggling to hold together a battered alliance in another.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce later this week her choice of retired diplomat Marc Grossman as replacement for Richard Holbrooke, the larger-than-life envoy who died after an aorta tear last year.

Feb 13, 2011

U.S. says cutting aid threatens Afghanistan fight

KABUL (Reuters) – Congressional plans to slash U.S. foreign assistance, including multibillion-dollar aid to Afghanistan, risk undermining the Obama administration’s bid to leave behind a stable nation when it withdraws its troops.

Rajiv Shah, a doctor and administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said pledges from some leading lawmakers to cut funding for his agency, a prime target in Republican belt-tightening plans, would undermine the U.S. fight in Afghanistan and ultimately jeopardize U.S. security.

Feb 11, 2011

U.S.-Afghan-Pakistan meeting in doubt amid prisoner row

KABUL (Reuters) – A meeting scheduled this month between Pakistani, Afghan and U.S. officials in Washington is in doubt as a rift grows between Islamabad and Washington over an American man locked in a Pakistani jail, accused of murder.

The Obama administration is insisting diplomatic immunity should cover Raymond Davis, the U.S. consular employee who shot dead two Pakistani men last month in what he said was an attempted robbery on a street in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Feb 11, 2011

Hungry Afghanistan faces prospect of drought in 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Afghanistan could face a serious drought in 2011 that would make millions of poor go hungry and fuel instability as foreign troops seek to reverse surging violence in the battle against the Taliban.

Low rainfall early in the wet season will likely threaten Afghanistan’s irrigated harvest, U.S. forecasts show, which with a surge in global grain prices could be devastating for a nation already ranked as having the world’s worst food security.

Feb 8, 2011

U.S. official’s fate may threaten US, Pakistan aid, ties – diplomat

KABUL (Reuters) – Pakistan is working feverishly to defray tensions over the fate of a U.S. official who killed two men in Pakistan in a case that threatens billions of dollars in U.S. aid and could further damage an already strained alliance, a Pakistani diplomatic source said.

The diplomatic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Pakistani officials in Washington are talking to officials from across the U.S. government in a bid to avoid a serious rupture, but said that American government had put at least some bilateral engagements on hold over the issue.

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