Monday, March 30, 2009

Afghanistan War News Updates -- March 30, 2009

IN KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that the new U.S. strategy was better than expected. Obama said there would be a focus on training Afghan forces.
Rafiq Maqbool / Associated Press

Afghanistan Will Not Be A Quagmire, Obama Assures -- L.A. Times

President Obama says the troop buildup and other efforts are not open-ended, emphasizing the need for diplomatic and development efforts in both Afghanistan and Pakistan to curb militancy.

Reporting from Washington -- Invoking what he described as a lesson of Vietnam, President Obama said Sunday that his commitment to step up military operations in Afghanistan was not open-ended, and that success would require vigorous diplomatic and development efforts there and in neighboring Pakistan.

Obama framed the escalation of military activity in Afghanistan and aid for Pakistan that he announced Friday as part of an effort to regain focus on defeating or neutralizing Al Qaeda, which was dislodged from enclaves in Afghanistan after the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001.

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More News On Afghanistan

No early exit from Afghanistan: NATO chief -- Yahoo News/Reuters
Obama Says He Is Sharpening Focus of War in Afghanistan -- Washington Post
Afghanistan Will Not Be a Quagmire, Obama Assures -- Los Angeles Times
'Flourishing' Democracy Remains Long-term Goal, Gates Says -- U.S. Department of Defense
New Afghan-Pakistan Strategy Refocuses Military Efforts, Obama Says -- U.S. Department of Defense
US won't hunt militants over Pakistan border: Obama - -AFP
Suicide bomber in police uniform kills 9 Afghans -- Yahoo News/AP
At Least 7 Afghan Security Personnel Killed in Attacks -- Voice of America
US Pushes Afghan Plan In The Hague This Week -- Wall Street Journal
Obama: America Expects Accountability From Pakistan -- Voice of America
Court Favors Karzai Term Until Election -- New York Times
Both Iran, US to attend Afghanistan peace meeting -- Yahoo News/AP
Obama's 'Stronger, Smarter' War -- Washington Times editorial
Hidden Danger in Afghanistan -- Washington Post opinion
The Real Afghan Issue Is Pakistan -- Wall Street Journal opinion
For Afghanistan, a Season of Promise and Peril -- Washington Post
The great Afghan bailout -- Asia Times
he Afghan Plan, "Mr. Obama's War" -- CBS News

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