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New York Times
By DEXTER FILKINS
Published: June 21, 2009
KABUL, Afghanistan

The new American commander in Afghanistan said he would sharply restrict the use of airstrikes here, in an effort to reduce the civilian deaths that he said were undermining the American-led mission. (more…)

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16 Jun 2009 19:56:56 GMT
Source: Reuters
(Updates with quotes from Pentagon press secretary, details) By David Morgan WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – The Pentagon is expected to release a report on civilian deaths from U.S. air strikes in western Afghanistan after debate within the Obama administration nearly squelched the disclosure, officials said on Tuesday. (more…)

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By THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT

Published: June 10, 2009

WASHINGTON — The new American commander in Afghanistan has been given carte blanche to handpick a dream team of subordinates, including many Special Operations veterans, as he moves to carry out an ambitious new strategy that envisions stepped-up attacks on Taliban fighters and narcotics networks. (more…)

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By Frieda Berrigan, Foreign Policy in Focus

Good news is in short supply. The economy remains bleak. The war in Iraq entered its seventh year last week, and violence reaches new pinnacles in Afghanistan. But there is one bright light amid all this gloom. Real progress is being made to ban cluster munitions. These are canisters of different sizes that release hundreds of bomblets on detonation, scattering deadly devices over an area as large as several football fields.

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By BBC MONITORING SOUTH ASIA

Text of editorial in Pashto entitled “Reviewing nature of war on terror” by state-owned Afghan newspaper Hewad on 30 July

The recent report published by Pentagon on situation in Afghanistan says armed insurgents may further increase their attacks. The report also says that despite the killing of many Taleban commanders in the operations launched by the coalition and NATO forces, they are still capable of carrying out serious attacks and causing security incidents in other areas. (more…)

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Pakistan Angry as Strike by U.S. Kills 11 Soldiers
By CARLOTTA GALL and ERIC SCHMITT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — American air and artillery strikes killed 11 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers during a clash with insurgents on the Afghan border on Tuesday night, a development that raised concerns about the already strained American relationship with Pakistan.

The strikes underscored the often faulty communications involving American, Pakistani and Afghan forces along the border, and the ability of Taliban fighters and other insurgents to use havens in Pakistan to carry out attacks into neighboring Afghanistan. (more…)

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