Saturday, October 24, 2009

Afghanistan War News Updates -- October 24, 2009

U.S. Army soldiers returned fire earlier this week during an ambush in eastern Afghanistan.
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Troop-Boost Plan Gains Backing -- Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is moving toward a hybrid strategy in Afghanistan that would combine elements of both the troop-heavy approach sought by its top military commander and a narrower option backed by Vice President Joe Biden, a decision that could pave the way for thousands of new U.S. forces.

The emerging strategy would largely rebuff proposals to maintain current troop levels and rely on unmanned drone attacks and elite special-operations troops to hunt individual militants, an idea championed by Mr. Biden. It is opposed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Kabul, and other military officials.

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More News On Afghanistan

NATO demurs on more troops until U.S. Afghan strategy ready -- McClatchy News
NATO members support U.S. troop hike in Afghanistan -- L.A. Times
Nato backs McChrystal in snub to Biden plan -- The Independent
NATO Ministers Endorse McChrystal Approach in Afghanistan -- Voice of America
NATO Ministers Endorse Wider Afghan Effort -- New York Times
NATO backs new Afghan strategy but no new troop offers -- AFP

Taliban call for Afghans to boycott runoff poll -- Yahoo News/AP
Taliban threaten Afghan run-off vote, urge boycott -- Reuters
Run-off Election Won’t Resolve Afghanistan’s Dilemma -- Voice of America

Danish soldier killed during patrol in southern Afghanistan -- Canadian Press
Nato faces same problems in Afghanistan as Russia did in 1985 -- Times Online
Afghans Oppose US Hit List of Drug Traffickers -- Washington Post
Al-Qaida and the Taliban: Knowing your enemy -- Edmonton Sun
Biden Dismisses Cheney’s Criticisms Over Afghanistan -- New York Times
Lies, damn lies and counterinsurgency benchmarks -- Washington Post
Pakistan and Mideast Worry Over Effect of U.S. Decision -- Wall Street Journal

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