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Jun 20, 2012

U.S. recommends administrative punishment for Afghan Koran burning

KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. soldiers involved in burning copies of the Koran in Afghanistan may face only administrative discipline, a U.S. official said, a move that could deepen frustration among Afghans seeking more serious punishment for a series of public American missteps there this year.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that an investigation into the February incident on a NATO military base near Kabul concluded with recommendations for administrative action for the military personnel involved.

Jun 4, 2012

As Afghan exit looms, U.S. debate rages over Haqqani militants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five days after Afghan militants showered the U.S. embassy in Kabul last September with rockets and bullets in a bold, nearly 20-hour assault, top U.S. officials pointedly pressed the Pakistani government to take action against the Haqqani network, the Taliban-allied militant group.

A handful of American officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Marc Grossman, President Barack Obama’s envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, laid out during the meeting in New York what they knew about the attack, which they traced back to the town of Miranshah, where the network has a base in northwest Pakistan.

Jun 4, 2012

Insight: As Afghan exit looms, U.S. debate rages over Haqqani militants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five days after Afghan militants showered the U.S. embassy in Kabul last September with rockets and bullets in a bold, nearly 20-hour assault, top U.S. officials pointedly pressed the Pakistani government to take action against the Haqqani network, the Taliban-allied militant group.

A handful of American officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Marc Grossman, President Barack Obama’s envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, laid out during the meeting in New York what they knew about the attack, which they traced back to the town of Miranshah, where the network has a base in northwest Pakistan.

May 31, 2012

U.S. military trickles back into Western Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has sent a handful of military officials back into northwestern Pakistan in a sign the two nations may be able to achieve some low-level military cooperation despite a string of confrontations that have left Washington’s relations with Islamabad in crisis.

Two U.S. officers have been sent in the last few weeks to the city of Peshawar, close to the border with Afghanistan, a U.S. official said, restoring after a months-long absence a U.S. military presence in an unstable region home to militants fueling violence across the border.

May 31, 2012

(OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 1-U.S. military trickles back into Western Pakistan

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – The United States has sent a
handful of military officials back into northwestern Pakistan in
a sign the two nations may be able to achieve some low-level
military cooperation despite a string of confrontations that
have left Washington’s relations with Islamabad in crisis.

Two U.S. officers have been sent in the last few weeks to
the city of Peshawar, close to the border with Afghanistan, a
U.S. official said, restoring after a months-long absence a U.S.
military presence in an unstable region home to militants
fueling violence across the border.

May 31, 2012

Corrected: U.S. military trickles back into Western Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has sent a handful of military officials back into northwestern Pakistan in a sign the two nations may be able to achieve some low-level military cooperation despite a string of confrontations that have left Washington’s relations with Islamabad in crisis.

Two U.S. officers have been sent in the last few weeks to the city of Peshawar, close to the border with Afghanistan, a U.S. official said, restoring after a months-long absence a U.S. military presence to an unstable region home to militants fueling violence across the border.

May 31, 2012

(OFFICIAL)-U.S. military trickles back into Western Pakistan

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – The United States has sent a
handful of military officials back into northwestern Pakistan in
a sign the two nations may be able to achieve some low-level
military cooperation despite a string of confrontations that
have left Washington’s relations with Islamabad in crisis.

Two U.S. officers have been sent in the last few weeks to
the city of Peshawar, close to the border with Afghanistan, a
U.S. official said, restoring after a months-long absence a U.S.
military presence to an unstable region home to militants
fueling violence across the border.

May 30, 2012

U.S. military trainers trickle back into Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has sent a handful of military trainers back into Pakistan in a sign the two nations may be able to achieve some low-level cooperation against militants despite a string of confrontations that have left Washington’s relations with Islamabad in crisis.

Fewer than 10 U.S. special operations soldiers have been sent to a training site near the border city of Peshawar, where they will instruct trainers from Pakistan’s Frontier Corps in counter-insurgency warfare, a U.S. official said.

May 22, 2012

U.S. ambassador in Kabul to leave because of health

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker confirmed on Tuesday that he plans to step down this summer because of ill health and sources said he was held in high regard and was not pushed out.

“Today, Ambassador Ryan Crocker confirmed to the Afghan Government, U.S. Mission Afghanistan, and the ISAF community that he intends to depart his post for health reasons in mid-summer,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, referring to the International Security Assistance Force.

May 22, 2012

NATO endorses strategy to end Afghan war but risks remain

CHICAGO (Reuters) – NATO set an “irreversible” course out of Afghanistan on Monday but President Barack Obama admitted the Western alliance’s plan to end the deeply unpopular war in 2014 was fraught with peril.

A landmark NATO summit in Chicago endorsed an exit strategy that calls for handing control of Afghanistan to its own security forces by the middle of next year but left questions unanswered about how to prevent a slide into chaos and a Taliban resurgence after allied troops are gone.

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