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Misrepresenting Pat Tillman

Filed under: Critical Voices | FrontPage | War | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 04/26/2007 @ 1:50:39 AM

The official deception around the death of Pat Tillman has deeply offended he editors of the Denver Post, including its cartoonist Mike Keefe: “The wartime heroism of Army Ranger Pat … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: The Stain of Torture

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan | Torture — by Bob Zuber 04/25/2007 @ 11:39:47 AM

In an unusually direct editorial for this newspaper, the Edmonton Journal believes that the Canadian government should plan to leave Afghanistan unless that government can guarantee the fundamental rights of … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: Bin Laden’s Show

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan | Terrorism — by Bob Zuber 04/25/2007 @ 11:04:41 AM

Al Jazeera is reporting that Bin Laden may have been the driving force behind an assassination attempt on Dick Cheney earlier this spring: “Dadullah said: “Thank God, he is alive, … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: Hit and Miss

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 04/23/2007 @ 4:40:13 AM

The BBC’s Mark Dummett reports that a lack of competence, rather than a failure of nerve, is mostly responsible for the realatively light casualties in Afghanistan so far this spring: … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: New Hostage Drama

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 04/21/2007 @ 2:32:56 AM

Al Jazeera provides this update on new waves of Taliban-organized violence in the south of Afghanistan: “Violence has been increasing after the traditional winter lull. Last year saw the worst … [Keep reading >>]

Carrier Task Forces Ebb

Filed under: FrontPage | Iran | Afghanistan — by Will Kirkland 04/18/2007 @ 8:39:07 PM

John C. Stennis Completes Operations with French Carrier Charles de Gaulle

The Stennis is staying in the North Arabian sea. No word on where the de Gaulle is going. … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: Seeking Omar

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 04/3/2007 @ 2:35:48 AM

As reported by Al Jazeera, there are new tensions between Afghaistan and Pakistan over the whereabouts of Mullah Omar: “Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Islamabad, said; “For people in … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: Strategic Placements

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 04/2/2007 @ 4:49:18 AM

Writing for Reuters, Saeed Ali Achakzai reports on Taliban claims to have suicide bombers and other forces already in place for an anticipated spring offensive: “Following last year’s violence, the … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: Media Confrontation

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 03/5/2007 @ 3:15:31 AM

The BBC highlights a conflict between the military and local ’stringers’ over footage showing civilian deaths from a US-led military operation: “Mr Gul said troops took his camera, deleted … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: More Civilian Deaths

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 03/4/2007 @ 5:33:35 PM

Al Jazeera is reporting on the aftermath of what has been called ‘indiscriminate shooting’ by US forces that resulted in as many as 16 civilian deaths: “Thousands of Afghans protested … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: No Honorable Escape

Filed under: Critical Voices | FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 02/28/2007 @ 3:47:05 AM

Writing in the Baltimore Sun, David Wood and Siobhan Gorman describe how the Cheney assassination attempt has experts rethinking our prospects in Afghanistan: “I think Afghanistan is over for … [Keep reading >>]

Bombing Afghanistan

Filed under: FrontPage | War | Afghanistan — by Will Kirkland 02/27/2007 @ 8:48:04 PM

“The USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) began conducting missions over Afghanistan Feb. 23.

Operating in the North Arabian Sea, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) launched an F/A-18C … [Keep reading >>]

Attack on Cheney

Filed under: FrontPage | Bush Administration | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 02/27/2007 @ 1:05:48 PM

Al Jazeera is providing more details about today’s car bombing attack at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan: “Al Jazeera’s correspondent at Bagram air base, Wali Allah Shahin, said witnesses … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: Cheney Escapes

Filed under: FrontPage | Bush Administration | Afghanistan | Terrorism — by Bob Zuber 02/27/2007 @ 3:30:27 AM

The BBC is reporting on the assassination attempt against Cheney in Afghanistan earlier today: “Officials said the explosion occurred between the outside security gate and an inner gate guarded by … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: Taliban Control

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 02/22/2007 @ 4:34:13 PM

Despite NATO assurances to the contrary, Al Jazeera’s James Bays is reporting that large sections of southwest Afghanistan are firmly under Taliban control: “The group operates not only in rural … [Keep reading >>]

Italian Government Falls

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan | Italy — by Will Kirkland 02/21/2007 @ 10:13:54 PM

Let’s see if I have this straight:

9 months ago Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s richest man and head of Italy’s center-right coalition of parties, was sent packing by new elections in which … [Keep reading >>]

Iraq: Russian Parallels

Filed under: Iraq | Critical Voices | FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 02/19/2007 @ 4:36:47 AM

Writing in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Matthew Schofield draws eerie comparisons between US options in Iraq and Soviet outcomes in Afghanistan: ” Retired Gen. Victor Yermakov headed the Soviet 40th … [Keep reading >>]

Carrier Bombers Back to Afghanistan

Filed under: Iraq | FrontPage | War | Afghanistan — by Will Kirkland 02/7/2007 @ 10:47:59 PM

The USS Eisenhower (CVN- 69) has moved east from its position off the Somali coast to get its aircraft closer to Afghanistan where they have “returned to providing close air … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: A Bad Year

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 01/30/2007 @ 6:06:04 AM

Human Rights Watch has released a new report on Afghanistan, and its not pretty: “More than 1,000 civilians were killed in 2006 as a result of attacks by the Taliban … [Keep reading >>]

Afghanistan: Fly-Over Violence

Filed under: FrontPage | Afghanistan — by Bob Zuber 01/20/2007 @ 3:41:57 AM

Al Jazeera explores reports that a US warplane was involved in an imprecise attack by Pakistan forces in South Waziristan: “Villagers say at least eight woodcutters died during the raid … [Keep reading >>]

You have to keep digging, keep asking questions, because otherwise you’ll be seduced or brainwashed into the idea that it’s somehow a great privilege, an honor, to report the lies they’ve been feeding you.

David Halberstam
(1934 - 2007)