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Two Soldiers Missing in Afghanistan

Monday, July 26, 2010

Two U.S. navy sailors went missing on friday when they were driving in a Taliban-held area in Eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban claims they kidnapped both of them and killed one. They are offering to exchange the body of the dead sailor with one of the prisoners being held by the U.S. It was also reported that the United States braodcast an offer of $20,000 for information leading to the return of the soldiers. Anand Gopal, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, has more from Afghanistan.

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Gen. Petraeus Pushes to Designate Haqqani Network as Terrorists

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In one the first tests of his military command in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus is pushing the Obama administration to add top leaders of a feared Pakistani insurgent group to the State Department’s list of designated terrorists. The Haqqani network is an insurgent group notorious for suicide attacks, car bombings and kidnappings. But designating the group as a terrorist organization could complicate things for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has been working with the group to reach a political settlement with the network.

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Recasting the Taliban as Mobsters

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Gretchen Peters, the author of "Seeds of Terror: How Heroin is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda," believes that the Taliban can be likened to a gang like "The Sopranos." She talks about how to fight the Taliban and why we should look at the group more as organized crime than soldiers.

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Marines Take Lessons From LAPD To Fight Taliban

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Members of the United States Marine Corps have been shadowing officers from the Los Angeles Police Department in order to learn new methods of policing a city. They hope to take the tactics they learn to Afghanistan and apply them to fighting the Taliban, who are being seen more and more as a drug trafficking mob instead of an insurgency.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jere Van Dyk on His Time as a Taliban Prisoner

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Reporter Jere Van Dyk discussed his many years of experience reporting in Afghanistan, and told the story of being ambushed and kidnapped by the Taliban in the tribal areas of Pakistan, where no Westerner had ventured for years.

In Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban he tells the gripping story of his 45 days in a Taliban prison.

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The State of US and NATO Forces in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. David Petraeus on Wednesday defended President Obama's plan to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July of 2011. Gen. Petraeus faced tough questions from lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who worry that Afghanistan will view our drawdown as abandonment. "We are sounding an uncertain trumpet to our friends and to our enemies. They believe we are leaving as of July 2011," McCain said.

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Militants Fire at Peace Conference in Afghanistan

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Militants have fired rockets at a national peace conference in Kabul, sparking gun battles outside the venue, where President Karzai brought together delegates to build a consensus for possible reconciliation with the Taliban. According to officials, two militants were killed by Afghan security forces, but no delegates were injured in the attack. President Karzai is believed to have left the event after the attacks continued. 

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Insight Into The Taliban's Class War in Pakistan

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Afghan president, Hamid Karzai meets with President Obama in Washington this week. High up on the agenda will be talking about the Taliban, particularly in the Afghan-Pakistan border regions. However, we look deeper into Pakistan with the BBC’s Owen Bennett-Jones. He has just returned from the Punjab, Pakistan’s economic powerhouse, which is a region far away from the border with Afghanistan where the Taliban is gaining in popularity among the poor and disenfranchised.

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White House Says Shahzad Connected to Pakistani Taliban

Monday, May 10, 2010

Senior members of the Obama administration confirmed yesterday that Faisal Shahzad, the suspected Times Square bomber, was directly helped by the Taliban in Pakistan.

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Alleged Pakistani Taliban Involvement in Times Square Almost-Bombing

Friday, May 07, 2010

The Pakistani Taliban are sending conflicting messages regarding their involvement with Times Square terror suspect Faisal Shahzad. A Taliban spokesman on Thursday denied the group's involvement with Shahzad, but said the Pakistani Taliban will expand their focus to include western targets, including the U.S.

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A Disturbing Practice Re-emerges in Afghanistan

Monday, April 19, 2010

Hundreds of boys in war-torn Afghanistan are being sexually abused with the return of a centuries-old practice called "bacha bazi," which means "boy play." The illegal practice, banned while the Taliban were in power, trains boys as young as eleven to sing, dance, and dress as women. After seeing the boys perform, former warlords and powerful businessmen buy the boys, and frequently use them as sex slaves.

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Taliban Leader Secretly Freed From Kabul Jail

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

A senior Taliban commander has been secretely released early from jail in Kabul. Akbar Agha had been sentenced to sixteen years in jail in 2004 for kidnapping three United Nations workers. Friends of the Taliban commander told BBC reporter, Kate Clark, that he received a presidential pardon and was living in a government house. 

 

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Analyzing Ahmadinejad's Afghan Diplomacy

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Afghanistan today. His visit has strategists around the world scratching their heads as they try to discern his agenda.

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Guest of the Taliban: Inside an Insurgency

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A group of Afghan insurgents invited "Frontline" journalist Najibullah Quraishi to go deep into the Taliban territory of the Baghlan province, so that he could document their mission to kill American and German forces working in the region.

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Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Jeopardize Support for Allies

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A NATO airstrike mistakenly killed 27 Afghan civilians in Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan, Sunday. NATO apologized for the incident, but experts worry about the effects of this kind of event on the local populace. It was the third such incident by NATO in Afghanistan.

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Why the Marjah Offensive is a Different Kind of Battle

Monday, February 22, 2010

U.S. and NATO forces are approaching the campaign in Southern Afghanistan in a novel way — from the allies' struggle to win the hearts and minds of Afghan civilians in the region, to the dropping of leaflets urging the Taliban to leave the area. New York Times Pentagon correspondent Thom Shanker looks at how the strategy of this military campaign differs from others.

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WQXR News

Marines Helicoptered into Marja, Afghanistan

Friday, February 19, 2010

On the seventh day of fighting in Marja, two dozen Marines were dropped into an area Taliban marksmen reportedly operate in.

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In Afghan War, Why the US Must Understand Taliban

Friday, February 19, 2010

With the fighting this week in Marjah, Afghanistan, the military focus has narrowed towards pushing out the Taliban and implementing a functioning government in the region. But after more than eight years of war in Afghanistan, how well does the U.S. understand the Taliban?

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Assessing Strategy, One Week Into Marjah Offensive

Friday, February 19, 2010

It's been one week since NATO and Afghan forces began their offensive in Marjah, Afghanistan. In that time, much of the Taliban has fled the region and key leaders have been caught. But will controlling the city help defeat the Taliban in the long run? 

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WQXR News

Pakistan Bomb Blast Kills Dozens

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Around 30 people were killed in a bomb blast outside a mosque near the Afghan-Pakistan border today.

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