Friday, February 27, 2009

Afghanistan War News Updates -- February 27-28, 2009

U.S. troops patrol in Tupak, Afghanistan. Washington officials have talked of lowering expectations in the war. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Afghanistan's Defense Minister Warns Against U.S. Pullback -- L.A. Times

Abdul Rahim Wardak says the Obama administration's recent comments of lowered goals have Kabul worried that Afghanistan's civilian government could fall to the Taliban.

Reporting from Washington -- Afghanistan's defense minister warned Thursday that the Obama administration's proposed changes in U.S. war strategy risk undermining Kabul's civilian government because they appear to scale back U.S. goals in the country.

Abdul Rahim Wardak said he was troubled by recent comments from senior U.S. officials that they were "lowering expectations" in Afghanistan in order to set more "obtainable goals," saying such language recalls memories of the U.S. desertion of Afghanistan after the Soviet Union pulled out in 1989.

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More News On Afghanistan

Newsmaker: Obama Outlines Goals for Afghanistan, Iraq -- News Hour
Afghan government wants war-strategy changes: Report --
Experts Discuss US Options in Afghanistan, Pakistan -- Voice Of America
More than 10,000 Taliban insurgents operating in Afghanistan: official -- China View
NATO troop killed in southern Afghanistan -- AP
FACTBOX: Security developments in Afghanistan -- Reuters
Life as a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan -- Barrie Examiner
Security, Development Intertwine in Afghanistan War -- AFPS
Coalition Brings Afghan Corps Up to Standard With Weapons, Training -- AFPS
Protests over Afghan 'mosque raid' -- Al Jazeera
Afghanistan: losing hearts and minds -- The Telegraph
Helmand Governor: Taleban Reconciliation 'Possible' -- BBC News
McCain Says More U.S. Troops Needed to Prevail in Afghanistan -- Bloomberg
Afghanistan still largest opium poppy producer: US -- AFP
Afghan Christians Worship in Secret -- Christian Science Monitor

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