Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Afghanistan War News Updates -- January 30, 2013

Gen. John R. Allen, right, says goodbye to U.S. and Afghan troops during his last visit to southern Afghanistan.

Departing U.S. General In Afghanistan Weighs Gains And Uncertainty -- Washington Post

KABUL — Gen. John R. Allen was leaving Helmand province for the last time, his jet flying high above the desert moonscape that saw a bloody American military campaign and then an unprecedented withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Allen arrived here 18 months ago, charged with two seemingly contradictory goals: to defuse an active insurgency and bring home 30,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines. Now, after the departure of a third of his force, it’s Allen’s turn to leave Afghanistan, where he says hard-fought security gains have often failed to bring about effective governance that would ensure long-term stability.

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More News On Afghanistan

AP Interview: Top US general confident in Afghans -- AP
ISAF Joint Command operational update, Jan 30 -- ISAF
Bomb blast in Afghan market kills 2 children, wounds 4 others -- Washington Post/AP
Combined Force Arrests Taliban IED Attack Leader
-- US Department of Defense
Afghan and NATO troops arrest Taliban leaders in Helmand -- Khaama Press
IMU commander captured in northern Afghanistan -- Long War Journal
Danish troops leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 -- Khaama press
Afghan army casualties reduced by 1.9 percent: Azimi -- Khaama Press
Karzai Says Peace Talks With Taliban Must be Through Afghan Government -- Voice of America
Afghanistan: It's worse in the winter -- Global Post
AFGHANISTAN: Frigid temperatures cause loss of children’s lives in refugee camp -- WNN
On the Job in Afghanistan, Female Soldiers Reflect
-- At War/New York Times
US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,045
-- AP

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