War in Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23761/all en As Obama, Karzai meet, Afghan peace efforts show flickers of life http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/obama-karzai-meet-afghan-peace-efforts-show-flickers-life <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Crucial meeting set for Friday</p> <p>* Hopes resurrected for negotiated end to decades of war</p> <p>* Peace matters most delicate item on a long agenda</p> <p>By Warren Strobel and Mehreen Zahra-Malik</p> <p>WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD, Jan 8 (Reuters) - President Barack<br /> Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will discuss matters of<br /> war, including future U.S. troop levels and Afghanistan's army,<br /> when they meet on Friday, but matters of peace may be the most<br /> delicate item on their long agenda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/obama-karzai-meet-afghan-peace-efforts-show-flickers-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan Peace Jirga Afghanistan Asia Business Diplomatic Relations Entertainment Environment Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai Health Pashtun people Person Career Person Communication Politics Politics of Afghanistan Quotation Taliban Technology War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:39:56 +0000 5731465 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-UPDATE 1-Retired U.S. general cautions against overuse of 'hated' drones http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/interview-update-1-retired-us-general-cautions-against-overuse- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* McChrystal says unmanned aircraft help liberate U.S.<br /> special forces</p> <p>* But drones fuel global perception of American arrogance,<br /> he says</p> <p>* Afghan debate fueled White House, Pentagon mistrust - book</p> <p> (Updates throughout with McChrystal interview)</p> <p>By David Alexander</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/interview-update-1-retired-us-general-cautions-against-overuse-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Barack Obama Business David D. 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McChrystal Stanley McChrystal Taliban United States War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:55:10 +0000 5731508 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistanis trucking NATO supplies to Afghanistan go on strike http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/pakistanis-trucking-nato-supplies-afghanistan-go-strike <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Imtiaz Shah</p> <p>KARACHI, Pakistan, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Pakistani transporters who carry NATO supplies to land-locked Afghanistan have gone on strike, disrupting the flow of goods to Western forces in a protest against a new customs regime aimed at cutting theft.</p> <p>A spokesman for Afghanistan's NATO-led force declined to comment on how the strike might affect supplies. When Pakistan previously blocked supplies it cost $100 million extra a month to send supplies on longer, alternate routes, U.S. officials said at the time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/pakistanis-trucking-nato-supplies-afghanistan-go-strike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia North Atlantic Treaty Organization Politics War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:15:31 +0000 5732097 at http://www.globalpost.com Seven Afghan civilians killed in mosque blast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/seven-afghan-civilians-killed-mosque-blast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KABUL, Jan 13 (Reuters) - At least seven civilians were killed in a blast inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan overnight shortly after a joint foreign forces-Afghan operation in the area killed four Taliban fighters, local officials said on Sunday.</p> <p>The explosion occurred in the Sayed Abad district of Wardak province at about 2 a.m. local time (2130 GMT Saturday), said provincial governor spokesman Sahihullah Shahid.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/seven-afghan-civilians-killed-mosque-blast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Social Issues Taliban War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 09:45:20 +0000 5733738 at http://www.globalpost.com Top U.S. Senate Republican wants 10,000 troops in Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/top-us-senate-republican-wants-10000-troops-afghanistan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he thinks that 10,000 U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when President Barack Obama wants to withdraw most combat troops.</p> <p>McConnell has just finished a visit to Afghanistan with a small group of his fellow Republican senators, his seventh trip there in the past decade.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/top-us-senate-republican-wants-10000-troops-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Army Afghanistan Mitch McConnell Politics War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:45:26 +0000 5734307 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters World News Highlights at 2045 GMT, Jan 16 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/reuters-world-news-highlights-at-2045-gmt-jan-16 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOP STORIES</p> <p>-----------</p> <p>ALGIERS - Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 foreigners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/reuters-world-news-highlights-at-2045-gmt-jan-16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Human Interest Islam Islamic terrorism Social Issues War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:30:19 +0000 5735333 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. military to arraign soldier accused of Afghan massacre http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/us-military-arraign-soldier-accused-afghan-massacre <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Soldier faces 16 counts of premeditated murder</p> <p>* Shootings damaged U.S.-Afghan relations</p> <p>* Army prosecutors seeking death penalty</p> <p>By Laura L. Myers</p> <p>SEATTLE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan is due to be arraigned on Thursday on charges of premeditated murder, for which military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/us-military-arraign-soldier-accused-afghan-massacre" target="_blank">read more</a></p> War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:15:21 +0000 5735515 at http://www.globalpost.com Top planners' input not asked for on Afghan "zero option"-source http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/top-planners-input-not-asked-afghan-zero-option-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Talk of total U.S. withdrawal after 2014 alarmed Afghans</p> <p>* "Zero option" seen by some as negotiating tactic</p> <p>* No top commanders were asked for advice - NATO source</p> <p>By Adrian Croft</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Top military planners on the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan were not asked to give their views on the possibility of all U.S. troops being pulled out of the country after 2014, a senior NATO officer said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/top-planners-input-not-asked-afghan-zero-option-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Entertainment Environment Health Politics War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:00:38 +0000 5735634 at http://www.globalpost.com Don't shrink Afghan forces, two key Senate Democrats warn Obama http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/dont-shrink-afghan-forces-two-key-senate-democrats-warn-obama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Two Senate Democrats urged the White House on Friday to reconsider plans to shrink Afghan national security forces by a third after 2015, saying a robust Afghan fighting force will be needed to fight al Qaeda and its allies.</p> <p>The appeal comes as President Barack Obama weighs how large of an American force to leave behind in Afghanistan after NATO declares the costly, unpopular war over at the end of 2014 and most foreign forces return home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/dont-shrink-afghan-forces-two-key-senate-democrats-warn-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Security Forces Asia Business Entertainment Environment Health Politics War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:15:47 +0000 5736451 at http://www.globalpost.com U.N. report finds torture of Afghan detainees, secret sites http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/un-report-finds-torture-afghan-detainees-secret-sites <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Dylan Welch</p> <p>KABUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Almost a third of all detainees recently transferred to Afghan control have been tortured and Afghanistan's spy agency is operating secret facilities to avoid international scrutiny, a United Nations report released on Sunday said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/un-report-finds-torture-afghan-detainees-secret-sites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Politics of Afghanistan War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:46:11 +0000 5736963 at http://www.globalpost.com Prince Harry claims to have killed Afghan insurgents during tour http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/britains-prince-harry-says-killed-afghan-insurgents-during-tour Britain's Prince Harry says he killed Afghan insurgents during sorties against the Taliban while on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan where he was a gunner in Apache attack helicopters.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/britains-prince-harry-says-killed-afghan-insurgents-during-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan Asia Disaster Harry War in Afghanistan United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:00:00 +0000 5737436 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-U.S. to lift ban on women in front-line combat jobs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-us-lift-ban-women-front-line-combat-jobs-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Decision to be announced on Thursday</p> <p>* Would be implemented by 2016, adds to Panetta's legacy</p> <p>* Military ended ban on gays, lesbians in 2011 (Adds context on women in combat elsewhere in the world)</p> <p>By David Alexander and Phil Stewart</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. military will formally end its ban on women serving in front-line combat roles, officials said on Wednesday, in a move that could open thousands of fighting jobs to female service members for the first time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-us-lift-ban-women-front-line-combat-jobs-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contemporary history Human rights abuses Military history Politics of the United States Security Social Issues United States War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:00:24 +0000 5738557 at http://www.globalpost.com United Nations to investigate drone killings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/united-nations-investigate-drone-killings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Brenda Goh</p> <p>LONDON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The United Nations launched an inquiry on Thursday into the use of unmanned drones in counter-terrorism operations, after criticism of the number of innocent civilians killed by the aircraft.</p> <p>The inquiry, announced in London, will investigate 25 drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/united-nations-investigate-drone-killings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Central Intelligence Agency Entertainment War in Afghanistan War on Terror Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:45:29 +0000 5738908 at http://www.globalpost.com Third bomb attack in 24 hours kills eight Afghan police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/third-bomb-attack-24-hours-kills-eight-afghan-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KABUL, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed eight policemen in Afghanistan's volatile southern province of Kandahar, police said on Sunday, the third deadly attack by insurgents against police in 24 hours.</p> <p>Twenty police have been killed across Afghanistan since midday on Saturday, a level of violence that underlines concern over how the 350,000-strong Afghan security forces will manage once most NATO-led troops withdraw by the end of next year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/third-bomb-attack-24-hours-kills-eight-afghan-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kandahar Provinces of Afghanistan War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 07:45:03 +0000 5740038 at http://www.globalpost.com US suspends Kam Air ban as Afghanistan probes opium claim http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/us-suspends-kam-air-ban-afghanistan-probes-opium-claim <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States has suspended its blacklisting of Kam Air after the Afghan government promised an investigation into claims of opium trafficking by the airline, NATO's coalition force in Afghanistan ISAF announced Monday.</p> <p>A statement from ISAF said: "The Afghan government has agreed to conduct a full investigation of Kam Air and, if warranted, to take further action." </p> <p>In return, the US "will support the Afghan government's investigation by providing evidence and documents as required," it said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/us-suspends-kam-air-ban-afghanistan-probes-opium-claim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia International Security Assistance Force Politics War War in Afghanistan AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:15:38 +0000 5745860 at http://www.globalpost.com