Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Afghanistan War News Updates -- May 31, 2011

Afghan President Warns NATO Against Airstrikes -- Voice of America

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has warned NATO that launching airstrikes on houses while targeting militants will not be allowed, as he continued to press U.S. and NATO forces about civilian casualties.

President Karzai said Tuesday the Afghan people can no longer tolerate the attacks, and that the U.S.-led coalition risks being seen as an "occupying force" if the bombings continue.

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More News On Afghanistan

Afghan leader warns NATO not to become "occupying force" -- Reuters
Hamid Karzai warns Nato not to act as occupier in Afghanistan -- The Telegraph
Karzai orders NATO to stop airstrikes in Afghanistan -- Washington Post
Karzai: Afghans 'Can No Longer Tolerate' NATO Strikes That Hit Civilians -- NPR
Karzai Warns NATO Against Air Attacks on Afghan Homes -- New York Times
Karzai demands that NATO cease airstrikes on houses -- L.A. Times
Karzai says no more airstrikes on homes -- UPI
Afghan president warns NATO against airstrikes that kill civilians -- CNN
Afghan leader Karzai issues 'last warning' to Nato -- BBC

NATO: Hits on Afghan houses to continue -- Yahoo News/AP

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update
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Factbox: Security developments in Afghanistan -- Reuters
U.S. soldiers brace for big fight in Afghanistan -- CBS news
Taliban insurgents hit NATO base, downtown Herat in coordinated attacks -- L.A. Times
Taliban Attack in Herat, Far From Their Usual Areas -- New York Times
Insurgents attack Afghan NATO base, downtown Herat blast kills at least 4 -- Washington Post
Afghan Soldier Fatally Shoots Australian Mentor -- New York Times/AP

Obama team turns focus to Afghanistan withdrawal -- USA Today
Cost of war in Afghanistan will be major factor in troop-reduction talks -- Washington Post
Violence Clouds U.S. Pullout Plans in Afghanistan -- Wall Street Journal
Retreat from Afghanistan must be on the West's terms -- Herald Sun

UK General Warns Against Afghanistan Pullout -- New York Times/AP
Afghanistan no longer source of terrorism: Canada PM -- Yahoo News/AFP
Canada’s Harper Makes Afghanistan Stop to Mark End of Military Mission -- Bloomberg
Afghan Central Bank Defends Itself After Critical Report -- New York Times
Specialist’s sacrifice spurs soldiers to reach out to Afghan villagers -- Stars and Stripes
Opinion: Deadly attacks in Afghanistan mark pivotal point -- Deutsche Welle

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