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Quid Pro Go

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At the Bonn conference earlier this week, Afghan president Hamid Karzai told Western donors that Afghanistan "will need your steadfast support for at least another decade" --perhaps even until 2030. I propose a deal: The West agrees to stay for the long haul, if Karzai promises to retire from politics before the 2014 election.

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Two Afghanistan bombings aimed at Shiites kill at least 59 people

Two Afghanistan bombings aimed at Shiites kill at least 59 people | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bomb blasts targeting Shiite Muslim gatherings Tuesday in two Afghan cities killed at least 59 people and injured 150, a rare outbreak of sectarian violence in a country racked by 10 years of war with Taliban insurgents.
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Afghanistan 'loya jirga' endorses lingering US presence, but in what form?

Afghanistan 'loya jirga' endorses lingering US presence, but in what form? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In the wake of the latest Afghanistan 'loya jirga,' the challenge will be finding a way to make a strategic bilateral partnership mutually agreeable to both Afghans and the US.
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Loya jirga: Afghans question Karzai's motives in calling the meeting

Loya jirga: Afghans question Karzai's motives in calling the meeting | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Afghan President Karzai has summoned more than 2,000 leaders to a loya jirga to consult on relations with the US and the Taliban.
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Pakistan accused of double game

Pakistan accused of double game | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The US believes that Pakistan has pretended to be an ally while secretly backing its enemy the Taliban in the war in Afghanistan.
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Pakistan's Alternate Universe - By John R. Schmidt

Pakistan's Alternate Universe - By John R. Schmidt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to Islamabad this week for what U.S. officials are billing as a last-ditch effort to patch up ties with Pakistan and urge the country's ruling generals to crack down on the Haqqani network, an Afghan insurgent group based in Pakistan's tribal areas that Washington is increasingly putting on par with al Qaeda and the Taliban as a threat to the United States.

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Why political activism isn't working in Afghanistan

Why political activism isn't working in Afghanistan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Despite the billions of dollars of international money spent to develop a democratic culture in Afghanistan, few understand what one politician is trying to accomplish by her hunger strike.
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Pakistan truckers back NATO supply route blockade

CHAMAN, Pakistan (AP) — Sleeping in a freezing cab, running out of money and worried about militant attacks, Ghulab is one of thousands of truck drivers stranded as a result of Pakistan's blockade of the Afghan border to NATO and U.S. war supplies.

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India, US pledge to stay for long-haul in Afghanistan

India, US pledge to stay for long-haul in Afghanistan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The goal is to leave behind an Afghan government strong enough to escape the fate of its Soviet-era predecessor, which collapsed in 1992 in a civil war.
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Exclusive: Taliban, Pakistan said to have started peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the U.S.-backed government, a senior Taliban commander and mediators told...
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Plan Afghanistan

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Why the Colombia model -- even if it means drug war and armed rebellion -- is the best chance for U.S. success in Central Asia.

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Patience won in Libya. How about in Afghanistan?

An Obama doctrine of 'strategic patience' helped to bring down Qaddafi. But Obama's impatience to exit Afghanistan only allows Pakistan and the Taliban to wait out the US.
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In Libya, echoes of when the CIA's Afghan funding went wrong

In Libya, echoes of when the CIA's Afghan funding went wrong | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

With the knowledge of Western intelligence agencies, Qatar had been flying arms shipments directly to Belhaj and other Islamic-led militias, bypassing the Benghazi-based National Transition Council, also echoing the Afghan practice that neutered mujahedin efforts to coalesce into a ruling body.

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How Libya Could Become Another Iraq, Afghanistan, Or Somalia

How Libya Could Become Another Iraq, Afghanistan, Or Somalia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The New Republic covers politics, culture, and the arts with a focus on the White House, foreign policy, Congress, Capitol Hill, Wikileaks, the lame duck session, literature, and more.
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