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September 23rd, 2010

US official: CIA runs elite Afghan fighting force

WASHINGTON – The CIA has trained and bankrolled a well-paid force of elite Afghan paramilitaries for nearly eight years to hunt al-Qaida and the Taliban for the CIA, according to current and former U.S. officials.Modeled after U.S. special forces, the Counterterrorist Pursuit Team was set up in the months following ... continue reading

September 6th, 2010

VIDEO: Shoes, eggs hurled at ex-Brit PM Blair in Dublin

DUBLIN – Protesters hurled shoes and eggs Saturday at Tony Blair who held the first public signing of his memoir amid high security in Ireland's capital. Hundreds more people lined up to have their books autographed — evidence that the divisions left by Blair's decade as British leader have yet ... continue reading

August 31st, 2010

Obama: End of Iraq combat effort, 'no victory lap'

WASHINGTON – Closing a divisive chapter of American history, President Barack Obama marked the end of the nation's combat mission in Iraq on Tuesday without declaring victory, winding down the U.S. role in a war he considered a terrible mistake.Obama's defiant pledge to end the war helped catapult him into ... continue reading

August 30th, 2010

AP IMPACT: US wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq

KHAN BANI SAAD, Iraq – A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children's hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets.As ... continue reading

August 24th, 2010

NATO: 5 foreign troops killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Attacks by insurgents killed five foreign troops in Afghanistan on Monday, including two Americans, two French marines and a Hungarian soldier.The attacks came in the north, south and east of the war-torn country, the military alliance said.France's Defense Ministry said a lieutenant and corporal from the 21st Marine Infantry ... continue reading

August 23rd, 2010

Gunmen kill 5 Iraqi oil workers, steal payroll

BAGHDAD — Gunmen ambushed a car with five Iraqi oil refinery employees carrying the company payroll, killing them and fleeing with $300,000 in cash on Monday, Iraqi officials said.The brazen attack just outside Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, hit the employees right after they had picked up the payroll for ... continue reading

August 21st, 2010

VIDEO: Local Woman Leads Support For Military Whistleblower

SAN DIEGO, CA -- A San Diego woman is leading the nationwide effort in support of the soldier accused of being behind the WikiLeaks revelations.For some, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is the face of betrayal.But for Loraine Reitman, if Manning is in fact the man behind the leaked information, she ... continue reading

August 17th, 2010

Baghdad suicide bomb hits army recruits, kills 61

A suicide bomber sat for hours Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits before detonating nail-packed explosives strapped to his body, killing 61 people and casting new doubt on the ability of Iraqi forces as U.S. troops head home. Bodies of bloodied young men, some still clutching job applications in their ... continue reading

August 17th, 2010

AP Exclusive: Terrorist tapes found under CIA desk

WASHINGTON - The CIA has tapes of 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in a secret overseas prison. Discovered under a desk, the recordings could provide an unparalleled look at how foreign governments aided the U.S. in holding and questioning suspected terrorists. The two videotapes and one audiotape are believed ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

US troops shoot three during Bagram anti-war protest

United States troops shot three civilians including a 12-year-old boy at a demonstration near its main base at Bagram airfield at the weekend - the latest in a rising wave of protests against the occupation. Nato claimed the soldiers had been forced to shoot at locals after they surrounded contractors ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

UN chief: Never seen anything like Pakistan floods

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday he has never seen anything like the flood disaster in Pakistan after surveying the devastation and urged foreign donors to speed up assistance to the 20 million people affected.Ban's comments reflect the concern of the international community about the unfolding disaster ... continue reading

August 9th, 2010

US military judge seals sentence for Gitmo inmate

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – A U.S. military judge on Monday ordered that a plea agreement capping the maximum sentence of an Osama bin Laden aide be sealed, shrouding in secrecy the first Guantanamo conviction under President Barack Obama.The judge, Air Force Lt. Col. Nancy Paul, said the deal ... continue reading

August 6th, 2010

AP Exclusive: CIA flight carried secret from Gitmo

WASHINGTON – A white, unmarked Boeing 737 landed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before dawn on a CIA mission so secretive, many in the nation's war on terrorism were kept in the dark.Four of the nation's most highly valued terrorist prisoners were aboard.They arrived at Guantanamo on Sept. 24, 2003, years ... continue reading

July 27th, 2010

Audit: US can't account for $8.7B in Iraqi funds

BAGHDAD — The U.S. Defense Department is unable to properly account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraqi oil money tapped by the U.S. for rebuilding the war ravaged nation, according to an audit released Tuesday. The report by the U.S. Special Investigator for Iraq Reconstruction offers a ... continue reading

July 26th, 2010

Afghanistan war logs: Wikileaks founder rebuts White House criticism

The founder of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks today defended his decision to publish thousands of secret US military files about the war in Afghanistan, faced with criticism from the White House for placing troops in danger.Julian Assange said his organisation was currently working through a backlog of further secret material ... continue reading

July 26th, 2010

WikiLeaks: More US documents coming on Afghan war

LONDON – The release of some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents on the Afghanistan war is just the beginning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised Monday, adding that he still has thousands more Afghan files to post online.The White House, Britain and Pakistan have all condemned the online whistle-blowing group's release ... continue reading

July 9th, 2010

Released Gitmo detainees may be allowed to enter U.S. territory

According to a front page report in Thursday’s edition of the German daily Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has said that two Guantánamo detainees who are to be released in Germany in the coming weeks will not “in principle” be denied the possibility of traveling to ... continue reading

July 9th, 2010

Twin suicide bombs kill 62 in Pakistan tribal area

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A pair of suicide bombings killed 62 people Friday outside a government office in a region along the Afghan border where the Pakistani army and U.S. missiles have had some success in decreasing the number of such attacks.The assault, which wounded at least 111 people, was one ... continue reading

July 5th, 2010

Bomb Blasts Overshadow Biden Speech In Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden urged rival Iraqi politicians Sunday to end months of delays and select new leaders for their wobbly democracy, predicting a peaceful transition of power even as suicide bombers struck government centers in two major cities. The attacks in Mosul and Ramadi underscored persistent fears that insurgents ... continue reading

July 2nd, 2010

Steele tries to clarify Afghanistan remarks

Worth noting in the controversy around Michael S. Steele’s comments about the war in Afghanistan is that he was addressing a Republican fundraiser in Connecticut. The state, home to many workers who commute to New York, lost 65 residents on Sept. 11, 2001.Maryland’s former lieutenant governor on Friday is explaining ... continue reading

June 29th, 2010

Al-Qaida front group says it bombed Baghdad bank

An al-Qaida front group claimed responsibility Wednesday for bombing a state-run investment bank, gloating over its ease in penetrating security in an attack that killed at least 18 people.Sunday's attack on the Trade Bank of Iraq was meant to expose the weakness of the country's stalled government, according to a ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

In Afghanistan, a New General -- But An Old Strategy

In announcing that he was replacing General Stanley McChrystal with General David Petraeus as the top commander in Afghanistan, President Obama made clear that while there would be a different man at the top, the war strategy would remain exactly the same."This is a change in personnel but it is ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Obama says war general showed 'poor judgment'

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he wants to hear directly from Gen. Stanley McChrystal before deciding whether to fire the Afghanistan war commander over a disparaging magazine story that has enraged the White House and threatened to undermine the administration.Obama said McChrystal and his aides showed "poor judgment."In his ... continue reading

June 17th, 2010

Al-Qaida in Iraq adopting Taliban tactics

BAGHDAD – An al-Qaida in Iraq front group claimed responsibility Thursday for an unusual attack more typical of the Taliban in Afghanistan — a commando-style assault in which suicide bombers wearing military uniforms stormed the Central Bank during rush hour in Baghdad.The hours-long attack differed from the Iraqi terror network's ... continue reading

June 17th, 2010

Afghanistan gears up to award contracts for vast iron ore deposits in peaceful province

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan is gearing up to award contracts to mine one the world's largest iron ore deposits buried in a peaceful province of the nation that has at least $3 trillion in untapped minerals, the country's top mining official said Thursday.Geologists have known for decades about Afghanistan's vast ... continue reading

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Apr 4th
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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 21st
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Mar 19th
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Mar 14th
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Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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