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On the eve of President Obama’s July deadline for beginning the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, top US military commanders have opposed any significant drawdown: here.
The $113 Billion Hole: Ten Things America Gave Up This Year to Pay for the War in Afghanistan: here.
Cost Of Afghan War Hangs Over Obama’s Decision On Troop Withdrawals: here.
Afghanistan occupation forces death toll hits 250 for 2011: here.
On Sunday, the departing US Ambassador, Karl Eikenberry, used a speech to students in the western Afghan city of Herat to rebuke President Hamid Karzai: “”When we hear ourselves being called occupiers and worse, our pride is offended and we begin to lose our inspiration to carry on”: here.
While the media focuses on Obama’s anticipated announcement of a limited withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the US administration is carrying out behind-the-scenes negotiations for permanent bases in the country: here.
Arianna Huffington: I’m in sun-and-creativity-soaked Cannes but can’t stop thinking about Kabul — specifically President Obama’s looming announcement of how many, or how few, troops he is going to bring home from Afghanistan as part of his long-promised start to a complete withdrawal by 2014 (that’s 13 years after the war began, for those keeping score at home). We know that it’s easier to start a war than to finish one — and we are seeing a case study of this in Afghanistan despite the fact that there’s a clear, widespread, and growing consensus on the value of us getting out. Indeed, even as we approach the mere announcement of the pullout, the pushback parade has begun — an aggressive campaign designed to ensure that the number of troops the president brings home is as small as possible: here.
War-weary US citizens were braced for disappointment today as President Barack Obama prepared to set out a “gradual” Afghanistan withdrawal which would see just 10,000 of the 100,000 US soldiers in the country removed within the next year: here.
The financial scandal that broke Afghanistan’s Kabul Bank: The Guardian: here.
Border police: 8 children killed by Pakistani missiles in past week
For the past four days, the Dangam, Shigal and Sarkani districts of Kunar province have suffered casualties and losses from similar cross-border missile attacks
By Khan Wali Salarzai
Eight children were killed in Kunar on 18 June 2011 when missiles from Pakistan were fired
PAN, Jun. 18, 2011: Four children in the eastern province of Kunar were killed by missiles fired from Pakistan, officials said on Saturday. One such incident three days earlier had killed four other children in the Shigal district, which also borders Pakistan, he said.
Four children in the eastern province of Kunar were killed by missiles fired from Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.
The incident took place on Friday night when missiles fired from Pakistan’s Mohmand Agency landed on residents’ houses in Shunkrai area of the Sarkani district, provincial governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
For the past four days, the Dangam, Shigal and Sarkani districts of Kunar province have suffered casualties and losses from similar cross-border missile attacks, he said.
One such incident three days earlier had killed four other children in the Shigal district, which also borders Pakistan, he said.
The eastern zone commander of the Afghan border police, Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel, said police had concluded that Pakistani soldiers had fired the missiles.
He further claimed that Pakistani border guards had on Friday attacked the Goshta district in Nangarhar, a province adjacent to Kunar, injuring a police officer.
After the attack, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopters attacked a Pakistani checkpoint, destroying it, he said.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Afghan and US diplomats to discuss the incidents.
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