Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Afghanistan War News Updates -- February 29, 2012

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Guillermo Floresmartines wades through a canal during a patrol around the villages of Sre Kala and Paygel in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2012. Floresmartines is an assistant squad leader assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. U.S. Marines and sailors conducted clearing and disrupting operations around the villages during Operation Highland Thunder. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez

Koran Burning In Afghanistan Prompts 3 Parallel Inquiries -- New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — Three major investigations were under way on Wednesday into the Koran burning at Bagram Air Base by the American military last week, the event that plunged Afghanistan into days of deadly protests claiming as many as 30 Afghan lives and coinciding with the shooting deaths of four American soldiers.

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More News On Afghanistan

Probe Of Afghan Quran Burning Nearing Completion -- NPR/AP
One soldier, one year: $850,000 and rising -- CNN
Afghan forces face threat from within, says official -- Reuters
Afghan suspect's village in shock over killing of US officers -- Alertnet
NATO Head: Troops Showed Restraint in Afghanistan --
NATO showing 'restraint' in Afghanistan: Rasmussen -- AFP
Afghanistan turmoil won't change US war plan -- FOX News/AP
U.S. rejects strategy shift after Afghan protests, shooting -- Reuters
Afghanistan unrest stirs worries, but doesn't shake commitment -- MSNBC
Camp Pendleton Marines deploy for a 'hard year' in Afghanistan -- L.A. times
Britain begins preparations for Afghanistan withdrawal -- The Telegraph
U.S. Secures New Afghan Exit Routes -- Wall Street Journal
U.S. General Says Pakistan Route Must Open To Complete Afghan Pullout -- Radio Free Europe
U.N. yanks staff from northern Afghanistan -- UPI
AFGHANISTAN: Bracing for mass evictions from Pakistan -- One World/Yahoo News
Racing for the exits -- Foreign Affairs
Clinton defends US mission in Afghanistan -- Stars and Stripes/AP

A serious misstep in Afghanistan
-- Alan Fisher, Al Jazeera
Despite the deepening crisis, the Afghan strategy is worth saving -- Washington post editorial
Pessimism grows after troops killed -- Jim Lobe, Asia Times
Afghanistan's Koran-burning protests: 'Time for us to leave'? -- The Week editorial
Why We Couldn't Change Afghanistan -- Michael Hart, The Atlantic
Commentary: Sad state of affairs in Afghanistan -- UPI

US Military Deaths in Afghanistan at 1,777 -- ABC News/AP

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