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Defense secretary Robert Gates issued some strong comments yesterday on the failure of the NATO coalition to win the war in Afghanistan saying some countries are willing to risk casualties while others are not. Thus, putting the mission in jeopardy. That’s interesting since it’s a war the US started, abandoned, and now only has a renewed interest in because the clean up crew is starting to get a little tired of dying in vain. (more…)

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Al-Qaeda operative Abu Laith al-Libi has been killed in the fighting in Afghanistan. Abu Laith al-Libi is a libyan who joined the mujahidin fighters in the 1980s to fight against the soviets. He was known to have been good with bomb making and guerrilla warfare. Abu Laith al-Libi was believed to have been the operative involved with the base explosion during Dick Cheney’s last visit to Afghanistan. He has also taken responsibility for destructions and killings of western troops. To Wit:

On the situation in Afghanistan, Abu Laith Al-Libi said members of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have launched “a new phase in the war against the Americans, founded on a guerrilla war and a war of assassinations.

“Thank God, we have been able to destroy the bases, the munitions depots,” he said, adding that he had also “seen with my own eyes between 150 and 200 American soldiers killed” in the battle which took place several weeks ago in the Shah Kut region in Afghanistan.

Further:
Al Qaeda Operative Reportedly Killed
Bin Laden, Omar Alive and Well: Report
Abu Laith Al-Libi, Top Al Qaeda and Libyan Islamic Fighting Group Figure, Killed in Waziristan Airstrike

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In a departure from the American way of handling detainees (aka torture), the Canadian military, currently helping us with the ongoing war in Afghanistan, has stopped transferring prisoners over to Afghani authorities where evidence suggests that they are torturing the prisoners. (more…)

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News of the goings on inside Pakistan has all but disappeared from the western media lately with the naval gazing over the presidential primaries dominating nearly every second of the news cycle. The elections in Pakistan have been set for February 18, Bilawal Bhutto the soon-to-be leader of the Pakistan People’s Party addressed the media commenting on both his mothers assassination, and his leadership ability. Afghanistan remains part of this fight, and apparently Joe Lieberman is pretending he’s still relevant by visiting. The full run down is on the flipside. (more…)

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It’s no wonder that President Bush is such a staunch supporter of Musharraf and Karzai, they’re just like him. Rather than going after the Taliban, and other extremist groups that pose threats to their own national security, they only pay lip service to the idea out of one side of their mouth and pander to extremists with the other. See how on the flip. (more…)

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In what started as a trickle, has rapidly advanced to a rising tide, stories of torture and mass disappearances are flooding the news. The stories read like political fictions but are all too real. Countries involvement in torture is nothing new, in fact America’s involvement in torture is nothing new. But, what is new is the extent to which we show up in the regular cast of characters since start of the Bush administration. In stories from Pakistan to Thailand to Morocco, our agents are there, and the jig is up. The CIA tapes are just another tip in a very big, deep iceburg, where it seems everyone is guilty and our so-called enemies are coming out more and more innocent all the time. Full round up on the flipside. (more…)

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