Friday, August 31, 2012

Afghanistan War News Updates -- August 31, 2012

U.S. paratroopers fire at insurgent forces during a firefight on the outskirts of Spedar village in southern Afghanistan's Ghazni province, June 15, 2012. This was the first of several firefights U.S. and Afghan soldiers encountered during their daylong partnered patrol. The soldiers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

Afghan Minister Accused Of Abuses To Become New Intelligence Chief -- McClatchy News

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan Cabinet minister dogged by torture allegations is slated to become the new chief of Afghanistan’s notorious intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security.

The appointment of Asadullah Khalid, the minister of border and tribal affairs, will be announced within days by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said a man who knows Khalid. A former senior government official who’s close to Karzai told McClatchy that “Khalid’s appointment has been confirmed.”

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update, Aug. 31 -- ISAF
Afghan intelligence thwarts terror plots in Kabul, Logar, and Parwan -- Long War Journal
Two Afghan children beheaded in separate incidents -- Reuters
2 Children Beheaded in Afghanistan -- Voice of America
General Allen's Pakistan visit postponed -- Yahoo News/ANI

U.S. facing growing ‘green-on-blue’ challenge -- CNN
Insider attacks on the increase -- The Australian
Green-on-blue blues: Afghan soldiers increasingly turn on their NATO colleagues -- The Economist

Australian death toll rises in Afghanistan -- UPI
A nation mourns for 'fine' men lost -- The Australian
Afghanistan chopper crash took two of our very best -- Herald Sun
Australia renews commitment to Afghanistan -- The Telegraph

COIN's Failure in Afghanistan
-- Oleg Svet, National Interest
Cultural sensitivity key to U.S. role in Afghanistan -- Javid Ahmad, Special CNN

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