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Reuters

By JONATHAN BURCH

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s August 20 presidential election will be a test of a U.S. strategy that has seen 30,000 extra troops arrive this year, the most violent since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.

The new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, is expected to deliver a strategy assessment shortly after the election. (more…)

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Associated Press

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN

KABUL — Fewer civilians were killed by airstrikes in Afghanistan last month even as U.S. and NATO forces pushed deep into Taliban territory, driving clashes and Western casualties sharply higher.

Western and Afghan officials say the drop appears to be an early indication of success for restrictions on air power imposed in July by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the new commander of coalition forces, in an attempt to limit civilian casualties. The U.S. and NATO saw Afghan anger over the deaths as a major impediment to a new counterinsurgency strategy that makes winning over the population a higher priority than killing insurgents.

Six civilians died in airstrikes last month compared to 89 in July 2008, according to an Associated Press count of reports on civilian deaths by witnesses and Afghan officials. None of the reports was the subject of significant dispute by the U.S. and NATO. (more…)

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Reuters

By PETER GRAFF

KABUL, Aug 8 (Reuters) – NATO-led forces are investigating whether they mistakenly killed two civilians in southern Afghanistan, the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force said on Saturday.

Afghan and NATO-led troops fired mortars at an insurgent they believed was observing their operations near an Afghan army base in Uruzgan province on Friday, but one of the mortar rounds fell short, the force said in a statement.

The statement said villagers had reported two civilians killed. ISAF had notified local officials and launched a joint investigation. (more…)

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By Julian E. Barnes
July 26, 2009 Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan — The U.S. and its allies must change their mission to focus on protecting the Afghan people — even if it means temporarily allowing the Taliban to operate relatively freely in sparsely populated areas, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said in an interview Saturday. (more…)

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By ROBERT H. REID and KATHY GANNON (AP) – 1 hour ago

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai said Monday he wants new rules governing the conduct of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan and would be willing to talk with Taliban leaders who publicly renounce violence and endorse peace. (more…)

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By David Miliband

Published: July 26 2009 19:03 | Last updated: July 26 2009 19:03

In recent weeks the debate about Afghanistan has centered on the UK military’s tactics and resources. The bravery and commitment of our forces has been remarkable, and the toll of death and injury from recent operations heavy. But the result is 80,000 to 100,000 Afghans secure from Taliban threats and violence, and able to vote in the Afghan elections on August 20. (more…)

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