Thursday, August 1, 2013

Afghanistan War News Updates -- August 1, 2013

U.S. Army Sgt. Brayn Son observes northern Afghanistan from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during skills training in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, July 2, 2013. Son is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Charles Morgan

Afghanistan, U.S. Near Agreement On Post-2014 Force -- USA Today

WASHINGTON – The United States and Afghanistan have resolved most issues and are nearing completion of an agreement that paves the way for an American military presence after 2014 that will include a limited U.S. counterterrorism force and military advisers.

"We're at the point now where we concluded the text," said a senior State Department official familiar with the negotiations. "We're in a period of endgame." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is not official.

Without the so-called bilateral security agreement, the United States would be unable to remain beyond 2014, jeopardizing Afghanistan's government and its armed forces.

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More News On Afghanistan

Report: Deal close on U.S. presence in Afghanistan after 2014 -- UPI
Afghanistan-USA close to finalize bilateral security agreement -- Khaama Press
U.S.-Afghanistan Agreement On Post-2014 Strategy 'In A Period Of Endgame' -- Huffington Post
Taliban step up operations in the north, ISAF buries head in sand -- Long War Journal
Airstrike leaves 4 Afghan police dead in Nangarhar province -- Khaama Press
Flight errors caused deadly chopper crash in Afghanistan: Defence inquiry -- ABC News (Australia)
In Afghanistan, Mixed Reasons for Drop in Attacks -- AP
Cultural awareness plus high walls, barbed wire lead to drop in insider attacks in Afghanistan -- Washington Post/AP
Afghanistan, US End Customs Dispute Over Withdrawal -- Defense News
Afghanistan-ISAF reach agreement to waive customs fines, penalties -- Khaama Press
Collateral deaths, greater explosives use raise Afghan casualties toll -- UPI
Afghan War Civilian Casualties Jump 23%, United Nations Reports -- Bloomberg Businessweek
UN: Afghan civilian casualties on the rise amid new fighting -- Christian Science Monitor
Report: Children, women casualties on rise in Afghanistan -- NBC
Kerry, in Pakistan Visit, Sees Longer U.S. Role in Afghanistan -- New York Times
US decreasing not withdrawing forces from Afghanistan: Kerry -- International News
On 2001 Massacre of Taliban POWs, White House says case closed, no U.S. involvement -- CNN
Karzai backers seek delay in Afghan vote -- Washington Post
In Afghanistan, Fathers Barter Daughters to Settle Drug Debts -- The Atlantic

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