Friday, July 12, 2013

Afghanistan War News Updates -- July 12, 2013

Experts Fear Afghanistan 'Zero Option' May Have Repercussions -- Voice of America

Earlier this week, the White House said a decision on pulling out all U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 2014 is not imminent but it is an option "on the table." Many experts say U.S. policymakers are increasingly frustrated in their negotiations with Afghanistan's government on a continued military presence in Afghanistan after that date. The senior U.S. diplomat for Afghanistan told Congress this week he believes an agreement will be reached, and a number of experts say it is in the interests of both governments to avoid the so called "zero-option" plan.

Afghanistan suffered from a bloody civil war in the 1990s. While different Afghan factions fought for the control of the country, analysts say nearby countries like Pakistan, India and Iran thought it was in their national interest to support one particular group or another.

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More News On Afghanistan

NATO helicopter makes 'hard landing' in northern Afghanistan, no injuries -- FOX News/AP
Diplomat: We've promised to stay in Afghanistan after 2014 -- NBC
US Officials Downplay 'Zero Option' for US Troops in Afghanistan -- Voice of America
Dobbins: Total U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan unlikely -- CNN
US envoy says Obama still mulling troop options for Afghanistan, but country won’t stand alone -- Washington Post
US envoy confident on deal with Afghans on troops -- AP
Senators press administration about force commitment in Afghanistan -- Washington Post
Senators Press Obama to Decide on Afghanistan Troops After 2014 -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Afghan peace process: Pakistan advises patience amid Doha deadlock -- Express Tribune
How Taliban talks have become deadlocked in Doha -- BBC
Isolated Afghans contemplate mass exodus -- Washington Post
Rights Group: Afghanistan Violating Freedom in Crackdown on Newspaper -- Voice of America
More Waste Uncovered at US Base in Afghanistan -- Voice of America
Obama is right to consider the 'zero option' in Afghanistan -- Jon Soltz, Baltimore Sun
U.S. troops should not abandon Afghanistan -- Michael O’Hanlon, Washington Post
'Zero Option' the right one in Afghanistan -- Michael Kugelman, Special to CNN

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