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Afghanistan: Canadian commander fired over sex scandal

More trouble for the Kandahar “non-operation operation?” The Canadian general who was supposed to be leading the offensive got fired over Memorial Day weekend for (allegedly?) sleeping with a female staffer. Clearly, the strange news was announced on a day … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: 'A bleeding ulcer'

Here’s an update on the progress of the Marjah offensive, straight from the mouth of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. “This is a bleeding ulcer right now,” McChrystal told a group of Afghan officials, … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: 'Courageous restraint,' the new catch phrase

From the AP, via Military.com: FORWARD OPERATING BASE RAMROD, Afghanistan — NATO commanders are weighing a new way to reduce civilian casualties in Afghanistan: recognizing troops for “courageous restraint” if they avoid using force that could endanger innocent lives. The … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Time to drop the facade? It's kind of America's war

So Turkey, our NATO-ally, has suffered only one attack on their forces in Afghanistan in the past four years.  This is a little surprising, as violence in Afghanistan is at an all time high for NATO troops, with 400 attacks … Continue reading

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What Does McKiernan's Exit Mean?

Earlier today, SecDef Gates announced that General David McKiernan was stepping down as the U.S. commander in Afghanistan. His replacement is Lt. General Stanley McChrytsal. Gates is billing this as a way to get “fresh thinking” on the situation.   So what does this “brutal … Continue reading

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