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Ecology Week in Review | 18-Feb-2012
Ecology Global Network
By Casey Petz, February 18, 2012 This week, we mourned the tragic loss of two talented and dedicated ocean filmmakers, Mike deGruy and Andrew Wight, whose sense of adventure and passion for the world beneath the waves educated, entertained, ...
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AFGHANISTAN News, Feb 18, 2012


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Afghanistan hopeful of Pakistan's help in peace drive
Reuters
By Michael Georgy | ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Afghanistan is optimistic that regional power Pakistan will help the Kabul government advance a reconciliation process with the Taliban, the Afghan president's spokesman said Saturday. Pakistan, seen as crucial ...
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Afghan leader meets Taliban-linked cleric in Pakistan, on trip to seek help ...
Washington Post
The US and Afghanistan increasingly see negotiating with the Taliban as the only way to end the more than ten years of warfare in Afghanistan and allow American troops to leave the country without it falling further into chaos.
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Afghan Leader Meets Taliban-Linked Cleric
ABC News
The Afghan president met Saturday with a Pakistani cleric linked to Taliban insurgents, a meeting that marked the first public contact between an Afghan official and members of the Afghan Taliban's support network in Pakistan in Afghanistan's bid to ...
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Afghanistan tells troops to move families from Pakistan
Times of India
KABUL: Afghanistan's defence ministry has begun ordering soldiers who have families in Pakistan to move them to Afghanistan in a bid to rid the army of Taliban infiltrators, officials said today. The new policy was crafted in response to a recent spate ...
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Cleric: Karzai sought help to mediate Afghan Taliban talks
CNN
He said the Taliban have two key demands -- the exit of all foreign troops fromAfghanistan and the release of Afghan Taliban prisoners from detention centers in Guantanamo Bay and Bagram Air Base. "Thousands of people have been killed in Afghanistan.
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Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran vow to stand 'united'
Pakistan Daily Times
By Tanveer Ahmed ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan on Friday pledged to strengthen cooperation to eradicate extremism, terrorism and militancy from the region. President Asif Ali Zardari, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Iranian leader Mahmoud ...
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Pakistan: Afghanistan Taliban request silly
AZ Central.com
18, 2012 12:22 AM AP ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan told Afghanistan on Friday that it was "preposterous" to think Islamabad could deliver the Taliban's leader to the negotiating table and warned the neighboring nation against "ridiculous" expectations ...
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Taliban-linked cleric says he met Afghanistan's president in Pakistan
Al-Arabiya
(Reuters) By Al Arabiya with agencies A Pakistani cleric with ties toAfghanistan's Taliban says he has met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who asked for his help in getting the insurgents to the negotiating table. Maulana Samiul Haq said he told ...
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Afghanistan, Pakistan hold 'hard' peace talks
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By Chris Allbritton, Reuters February 18, 2012 Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, left, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gathered in Islamabad on Friday. After two days of high-level talks,...
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Sami tells Karzai to launch dialogues with Taliban
International News Network
ISLAMABAD: Ameer of JUI(S) Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has advised Afghan President Hamid Karzai to initiate dialogue process with Taliban and Jihadi leaders to resolve the problem in Afghanistan. After the meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, ...
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Keeping regional rivalries in check
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By Farhan Bokhari, Special to Gulf News Afghanistan's President Karzai (left), Pakistan's President Zardari and Iranian President Ahmadinejad join hands after a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad on Friday.
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Don't be 'ridiculous', FM Hina tells Karzai
PakTribune.com
By Afshain Afzal By Farzana Shah ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Friday it would be "preposterous" forAfghanistan to expect Islamabad to deliver the Taliban's leader to the negotiating table, as talks between the two countries on ...
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Meeting in Pakistan Reveals Tensions Over Afghan Talks
New York Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Tensions between Pakistan andAfghanistan over potential Taliban peace talks spilled into the open on Friday, with Pakistan's foreign minister saying it was “preposterous” for Afghanistan to demand that her country deliver the ...
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New York Times
Kabul gives soldiers with ties to Pakistan an ultimatum
PakTribune.com
LAHORE: In an effort to rid their army of Taliban infiltrators, Afghan officials have begun ordering soldiers with families in Pakistan to either move their relatives toAfghanistan or leave the military, the Washington Post reports.
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Pledge to promote regional peace, stability, economy
Pakistan Observer
Islamabad—Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan have expressed the resolve to work collectively for peace and stability in the region and enhance mutual cooperation in different sectors particuarly economy and trade. This resolve was expressed at the ...
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Pakistan Observer
Afghanistan's toxic cocktail of drugs, graft, mafia
Bangkok Post
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged Afghanistanto make fighting drug trafficking a priority, as opium harvests soared last year by 61 percent and ministries are at loggerheads over how best to contain the crisis.
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Bangkok Post
This time, Afghanistan focus
TheNewsTribune.com
The last full Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade to fight in Afghanistan left home on a confused footing nearly three years ago after a late Pentagon decision to scuttle the brigade's planned Iraq deployment.
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Afghanistan, Pakistan poles apart following trilateral summit over Karzai's ...
Newstrack India
Zardari brushed aside allegations that Pakistan's security establishment was supporting the Taliban in attacks against coalition forces stationed inAfghanistan. "I deny this notion that any of our armed forces are directly or indirectly involved," ...
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Fisher: Afghan training force likely to shrink
Montreal Gazette
KABUL, Afghanistan — Cuts or changes to Ottawa's politically sensitive contribution to NATO's training mission in Afghanistan are probable after the alliance concludes a review next month of the number of advisers it needs and where it needs them.
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Afghan, Iranian leaders in Pakistan for summit
The Bostwana Gazette
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The leaders of Afghanistan and Iran meet for a regional summit in Pakistan on Friday at a key juncture in peace efforts with the Taliban and amid rising tensions between Tehran and Israel. Talks are focusing on strengthening regional ...
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Pakistan says 'preposterous' to expect Islamabad can deliver Taliban leader ...
Washington Post
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan told Afghanistan on Friday it was “preposterous” to think Islamabad could deliver the Taliban's leader to the negotiating table and warned the neighboring nation against “ridiculous” expectations about peace talks.
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NATO looking into reports of chopper crash in Afghanistan
CNN International
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A local official reported a NATO helicopter crashed Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, though there was no immediate confirmation from coalition forces. A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force, Capt.
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Tension in Pakistan over peace talks with Taliban
San Francisco Chronicle
Tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan over mooted Taliban peace talks spilled into the open Friday, when Pakistan's foreign minister described as "preposterous" Afghan demands that her country deliver the insurgent leadership to the negotiating ...
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Afghanistan's toxic cocktail of drugs, graft and mafia
Al-Arabiya
Afghanistan grows about 90 percent of the world's opium, says the UN drugs and crime office UNODC. (Reuters) By AFP It's below freezing, but the Afghan lies rigid in the snow of Kabul. He doesn't move. His arms and legs are bare.
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Al-Arabiya
Canadian troops left in Afghanistan committed to new role
Canada.com
By Matthew Fisher, Postmedia News February 18, 2012 HERAT, Afghanistan - Unbeknownst to many Canadians who think their government's war against the Taliban and al-Qaida ended when its combat forces left Kandahar, Afghanistanlast summer, Canada still ...
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Afghanistan War News Updates -- February 18, 2012
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Afghanistan War News Updates -- February 18, 2012. U.S. Marines patrol through the streets of Shah Karez city during Operation Alekhine's Gun in the Musa Qaleh district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb 10, 2012. The Marines ...
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Arkansas soldier killed in Afghanistan
By The Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK — The military said a soldier from Russellville has been killed inAfghanistan. The Department of Defense announced Saturday that 30-year-old Sgt. Jerry D. Reed II died Feb. 16 in Paktika province. The department did not ...
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World News - Latest killer of Afghan children: Hunger
MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- Childhood has never been easy in Afghanistan. The conflict, drought and poverty are having profound effects on a generation, leaving many families struggling to feed their children. About 15 million Afghan ...
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NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan News
By Staff
NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan. Kabul, Feb 18 (IANS) A NATO helicopter may have crashed in eastern Afghanistan Saturday, Xinhua reported. “A military helicopter crashed in eastern Laghman province Saturday but at this moment ...
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FRONTIERPOST.COM | Latest news, Breaking news, Pakistan ...
By imran
VIENNA (NNI): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Afghangovernment to prioritize efforts to eradicate illicit drugs in the war-torn country, warning “time is not on our side.”"Drug trafficking and transnational organized ...
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Today in Afghanistan: War News for Saturday, February 18, 2012
By whisker
Today in Afghanistan. Successor to Today in Iraq. The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in ...
Today in Afghanistan
Pessimism Among US Spies on Afghan War -- News from Antiwar.com
By Jason Ditz
Whenever the US military leadership talks about the decade-long occupation ofAfghanistan, it sounds as though all is going swimmingly. Sure, there's the occasional colonel who starts speaking out of turn about how bad things are, but mostly ...
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Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan Vow Cooperation on Terrorism | Pakistan ...
By VOA
Speaking at the joint news conference, the Afghan president was cautiously optimistic about the talks. “I can also perhaps in a certain way talk about a good conversation, a good dialogue with our brothers in Pakistan … What we need now is...
Pakistan News
Prince Harry in Afghanistan: news blackout ... - Telegraph.co.uk
The Ministry of Defence's decision to announce Prince Harry's expected deployment to Afghanistan marks a major departure from the news blackout imposed ...
www.telegraph.co.uk/.../Prince-Harry-in-Afghanistan-news-bl...
War In Afghanistan News 9 February 2012 - War On Terror News
War in Afghanistan News reports provided by ISAF Joint Command. An Afghan and coalition security force captured two Taliban leaders during an operation in ...
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Afghanistan News - The Frontier Post
KABUL (INP): Officials in Afghanistan are scratching their heads in bewilderment after discovering that an unidentified man may have collected a treasure trove ...
www.thefrontierpost.com/category/afghanistan-news/
Daily Kos: On the Pursuit of Peace in Afghanistan - News from PRI
I may find it personally difficult to comment about the news - "considering" - but in it being an item of regular public news, I think it may be well worth sharing the ...
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Quarterly statement on Afghanistan - News from Parliament - UK ...
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague, made a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday 9 February on the quarterly...
www.parliament.uk/business/news/.../statement-on-afghanistan...
Afghanistan News February 9 2012
US Defends Progress in Afghanistan VOA News February 8, 2012 Luis Ramirez Pentagon - One of the top U.S. commanders in Afghanistan is defending the ...
www.afghanistannewscenter.com/news/2012/.../feb92012.html
Afghanistan tells troops to move families from Pakistan
KABUL: Afghanistan's defence ministry has begun ordering soldiers who have families in Pakistan to move them to Afghanistan in a bid to rid the army of ...
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US intelligence officials offer grim words on Afghanistan - News ...
Senior U.S. intelligence officials offered a bleak view of the war in Afghanistan in testimony to Congress on Thursday, an assessment they acknowledged was ...
www.stripes.com/.../us-intelligence-officials-offer-grim-words-...
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran vow to stand 'united'
By Tanveer Ahmed ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan on Friday pledged to strengthen cooperation to eradicate extremism, terrorism and militancy from ...
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page...18-2-2012...1
NATO Air Strike Kills Eight Children in Afghanistan -- News from ...
At least eight Afghan children were killed today in Kapisa Province as the result of a NATO air strike against the Nejrab District. The attack was condemned by ...
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