Thursday, December 6, 2012

Afghanistan War News Updates -- December 6, 2012

Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. testifies Nov. 15 before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington during a nomination hearing to be the next commander of the International Security Assistance Force and to be commander, U.S. Forces, Afghanistan. Thomas Brown / Staff

Low-Key General Thrust Into Spotlight As He Takes Over Afghanistan Command -- CNN

With little fanfare Monday, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford was confirmed by the Senate as the newest commander for the international forces in Afghanistan, charged with overseeing the final two years of the U.S.-led war and executing the White House plan to phase out troops and leave a small number behind after 2014.

Dunford, much like his confirmation, has made a career of flying under the radar, but he will be front and center as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, replacing Gen. John Allen. He is well-known in the tight-knit Marine Corps community as a thoughtful and calm leader and has 22 months of commanding in Iraq.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command operational update, Dec 6 -- ISAF
ISAF launches 2 raids targeting al Qaeda-linked commanders
-- Long War Journal
Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader -- US Department of Defense
Afghan and coalition forces kill Taliban leader who directed insurgent attacks -- Examiner
Exclusive: New Pakistan Taliban chief emerging, will focus on Afghan fight -- Reuters
Ex-Taliban in Afghanistan desperate for peace -- Global Post
Taliban gain access to modern weapons in Nuristan -- Khaama Press

Afghan spy chief Asadullah Khalid wounded in Kabul attack -- BBC
Taliban claim suicide attack on Afghan spy chief -- Reuters
Afghan intelligence chief wounded in attack -- L.A. Times
Afghan intelligence chief injured in suicide attack -- Washington Post
Afghan Spy Chief Injured in Assassination Attempt -- Wall Street Journal
Afghan Spy Chief Wounded in ‘Terrorist Attack’ -- Voice of America
Afghan spy chief in surgery after assassination bid -- AFP
Afghan spy chief wounded in grenade attack -- Al Jazeera

New commander faces challenge of winding down Afghanistan war -- Reuters
NATO's Rasmussen warns Afghanistan over corruption -- Stars and Stripes/Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Taliban Group attends Paris Conference on Afghanistan
-- Khaama Press
Fearing post-2014 environment, Afghans buy up weapons -- Stars and Stripes
Afghanistan Says U.S. Has Right to Seek Taliban Prisoner Swap -- Bloomberg Businessweek
YouTube Ban, Spurred by Anti-Islamic Video, Is Met With Shrugs -- New York Times
Afghanistan's displaced dread the coming winter -- L.A. Times

U.S. reducing plans for large civilian force in post-2014 Afghanistan -- Washington Post
Afghan: U.S. cuts postwar civilian force -- UPI

Afghanistan Insider Attacks: U.S. Investigation Sheds New Light On Problem -- Robert Burns, AP
Afghanistan: a long war, and still in search of a strategy -- Myra MacDonald, Reuters
After 10 years of Karzai's rule, has life improved in Afghanistan? -- Atia Abawi and F. Brinley Bruton, NBC News
India and Pakistan’s Afghan Endgames: What Lies Ahead?
-- Neil Padukone, World Affairs

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