Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Afghanistan War News Updates -- July 3, 2013

The head of the Afghan army tells BBC Hardtalk fighting in Afghanistan could be stopped "in weeks". BBC

Pakistan Could End Afghan War In Weeks: Afghan Army Chief -- FOX News/AFP

Pakistan could end the Afghan war "in weeks" if it were serious about peace, and is complicit in US drone strikes despite its denunciations of the anti-militant campaign, Afghanistan's army chief says.

In a BBC interview broadcast Wednesday, General Sher Mohammad Karimi laid bare the mistrust between Kabul and Islamabad as US-led troops wind down more than a decade of war against Taliban and other insurgents.

By closing down madrassa schools that serve as incubators of Islamist extremism, Pakistan had "unleashed" the Taliban on Afghanistan today, the chief of staff of the Afghan National Army said.

"Yes, it will be done in weeks," Karimi said when asked if Pakistan could end the Taliban's fight against the Kabul government if it wanted.

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More News On Afghanistan

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,110 -- AP
Afghan army chief: 'Pakistan controls Taliban' -- BBC
Afghan Army Chief Says Pakistan Could End War Soon -- Radio Free Europe
Pakistan rejects Afghan accusations over Taliban war -- Global Post/AFP
Taliban deny power-sharing concept with Afghan government -- Khaama Press
Afghanistan, Pakistan at loggerheads over peace efforts -- Global Post/AFP
Afghanistan: Peace talks will not weaken UK resolve says Cameron -- BBC
Loading cargo out of Afghanistan takes special effort to prevent crashes -- Stars and Stripes
Russian-made chopper faces ironic future in Afghanistan -- Stars and Stripes
Afghan officials improperly fining U.S. contractors, harming war effort -- Washington Examiner
Afghanistan Slaps U.S. With $1 Billion Tax Bill -- Fiscal Times
Donors Are Likely to Ask Karzai to Rethink Rights Panel Choices -- New York Times
Here's One Example of What Free Media Can Do in Afghanistan -- J.J. Gould, The Atlantic
War in Afghanistan: Are the Taliban's Peace Overtures For Real? -- ben Harrell, Policymic
When Can The US 'Decently' Pull Out Of Afghanistan? -- Gwynne Dyer, The Star
Nato commander Philip Breedlove on post-Afghan future -- Jonathan Marcus, BBC

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