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As U.S. Surges in Iraq, Afghanistan Simmers

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As U.S. Surges in Iraq, Afghanistan Simmers

Afghan President Hamid Karzai brushed off a recent assassination attempt (al-Jazeera) by rather nonchalantly gesturing to those gathered before him to sit down so he could continue his speech, despite the nearby barrage of rockets. The incident underscored the violence, usually directed by Taliban or Taliban-connected warlords, that persists in today’s Afghanistan. The recent killing of a top-ranking Taliban leader did little to ease the bloodshed in Afghanistan’s unruly south. Still, glimmers of hope abound, like the standing-up of a decently equipped and trained national army. Police training is another story, as low salaries feeds low recruitment and rampant corruption. “Bribes are more important than bullets,” Michael Fumento writes in the Weekly Standard. But Fumento also argues that Afghanistan remains a “winnable war.”


By CFRUSA.


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U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs addresses peace in Africa

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U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs addresses peace in Africa

19 February 2007. For the U.S., the key to mitigating conflict in Africa is “transformational diplomacy,” said Jendayi Frazer, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, at the Feb. 16 Bridges to the Future event. Frazer, who spoke on “The Pursuit of Peace: Challenges in Africa,” quoted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, explaining that the overall diplomatic approach is “doing things with people, not for them.”


By University of Denver, USA.


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Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

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Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan. Carl Conetta examines the extent and causes of civilian bombing casualties in the Afghanistan war and explores why the civilian casualties were higher than in the Serbia/Kosovo campaign despite fewer bombs dropped. Includes appendices: Estimation of Civilian Bombing Casualties: Method and Sources and Resolving Discrepancies in Casualty Accounts. "Operation Enduring Freedom: Why a Higher Rate of Civilian Bombing Casualties?" is published by the Project on Defense Alternatives.

 

By Project on Defense Alternatives, US.

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