Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Afghanistan War News Updates -- September 30, 2009

U.S. Marines watch as artillery is fired in the distance at their forward operating base in Farah Province, southern Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

White House Starts Review Of Afghan Strategy -- Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON -- The White House began its review of the Afghan war strategy in earnest Tuesday, with senior administration officials meeting via videoconference with the top commander in Kabul, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, at the start of what could be weeks of debate over whether to send thousands of reinforcements.

White House officials said President Barack Obama will join in the discussions Wednesday, when he is expected to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, among other top officials.

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More News on Afghanistan

President Obama’s National Security Council Meeting on Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- ABC News
Obama to meet high-powered aides for Afghan review -- AFP
Crucial talks begin on US strategy in Afghanistan -- The Independent

NATO is in Afghanistan for the Long Haul, Says Anders Fogh Rasmussen -- Times Online
Obama, NATO Chief Agree on Afghanistan Strategy -- Voice of America
Obama Calls Afghanistan NATO’s Most Important Mission -- U.S. Department of Defense
Obama to NATO: Afghanistan is not just 'an American battle' -- USA Today
NATO leader agrees war strategy should be reviewed -- AP
White House Evasive on Length of Afghan Commitment -- CBS News
McCain: Time is running short for Afghan decision -- AP

Suicide bomber kills American in Afghanistan
-- Reuters
US service member killed in Afghan bomb blast -- AP
At least 22 Taliban killed in Afghanistan: ministry -- AFP
Roadside Bomb Kills 30 in Afghanistan -- New York Times
40 Taliban killed in western Afghanistan: Afghan army -- AFP
30 Afghan Civilians Killed as Packed Bus Hits Bomb Outside Kandahar -- Times Online

UN's Top Afghan Envoy Supports Call for More Troops -- Voice of America
Deputy UN envoy to Afghanistan 'not coming back' -- Yahoo News/AFP
UN official ousted after Afghan vote fraud dispute -- AP
West should redirect Afghanistan money to north, says UN aide -- The Guardian

Pay cut prompting many Afghan soldiers to quit in Kandahar -- Canadian Press
From McChrystal’s Mouth to Obama’s Ear -- New York Times
Canadian rips Afghan elders -- Toronto Star
On The Ground: Impressions of Afghanistan -- CBS News
U.S. pilots' role adapts to changing Afghan mission -- Reuters
What's next for Canada in Afghanistan? -- Globe And Mail

US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 773 -- AP

Commentaries And Analysis

What Obama won't say about the Afghan war today, at least publicly -- L.A. Times
Advice to Obama on Afghanistan: Listen to Your Commanders, the Time to Act Is Now -- FOX News
The war president’s options -- Dawn
How Not to Defeat al Qaeda -- Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan, Weekly Standard opinion.
Decision Time for Obama -- Michael Gerson, Washington Post opinion.

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