Saturday, April 30, 2011

Afghanistan War News Updates -- April 30, 2011

PANJWA'I PATROL - U.S. Special Operations service members and Afghan National Army commandos patrol a village during a clearing operation in the Panjwa'i district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel P. Shook

Afghanistan: Taliban Announce Spring Offensive -- BBC

The Taliban have announced the start of a spring offensive across Afghanistan.

In a statement, the group said the fighting would start on Sunday, targeting foreign troops as well as Afghan security forces and officials.

It warned civilians to stay away from public gatherings, military bases, government buildings and convoys.

Meanwhile initial findings from a Nato inquiry into a deadly attack at Kabul airport on Wednesday suggest the gunman was not connected to the Taliban.

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More News On Afghanistan

Taliban announce beginning of spring offensive -- Yahoo News/AP
Taliban warns of spring offensive -- L.A Times
Taliban declares 'spring offensive' -- Al Jazeera
Taliban announce spring offensive in Afghanistan -- Vancouver Sun/AFP
Afghan Taliban declare start to spring offensive -- Reuters
NATO dismisses Taliban offensive as propaganda -- AP

Taliban 'great escape' tunnel had spotlights -- AFP
The Taliban jailbreak story has far too many holes -- Belfast Telegraph
Afghan warden, officials held in Taliban escape -- SFGate
Arrests made in Afghan jailbreak -- CNN

Afghanistan War Report Cites Progress by Troops
-- New York Times
Report Touts Progress in Afghanistan War --
Pentagon report sees 'fragile' gains in Afghanistan -- L.A. Times
Pentagon reports ‘tangible progress’ in Afghanistan -- Washington Post
Report says Afghan war showing progress -- Washington Times
Taliban Routed from Key Afghan Strongholds, Says Pentagon -- Voice of America
Pentagon's rosy report of Afghanistan war raises questions -- Christian Science Monitor
Afghan War Progress At Risk From Corruption, Training Lags -- Bloomberg

Kabul AF Deaths Worst Since Khobar Towers --
NATO says 8 U.S. troops were armed when Afghan pilot killed them -- L.A. Times
Remembering the victims of Kabul airport shooting -- Stars And Stripes

Will the Afghan army ever stand up and fight? -- Michael F. Walker, Washington Post
Obama’s Russian lessons: How the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan -- Artemy Kalinovsky, Washington Post

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