Tag: War in Afghanistan

CIA Runs Archipelago of Torture Around the World

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Gopal, who served as an Afghanistan correspondent for multiple US newspapers, explained that United States Army commanders in Afghanistan are “very well aware” of the torture practiced by Afghan security forces and warlords. According to international human right organizations, the United States co-opted up to

Botched CIA operation is a reminder: Still no transparency around drones

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At his press briefing today, White House press secretary Josh Earnest faced tough questioning from reporters about legal questions surrounding the CIA drone strike that inadvertently killed two hostages, including one American. The exchange neatly captured a galling truth about

Ex-general, CIA chief Petraeus gets probation, $100,000 fine in leak case

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) – Former U.S. military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a$100,000 fine but was spared prison time on Thursday after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information.

Pakistan poses strategic, tactical challenges to policy makers: CIA

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WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) identified Pakistan as one of the countries that poses strategic and tactical challenges to policy makers. “Developments in a host of countries across the globe are raising strategic and tactical challenges for policymakers and our

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty in affair-related case

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to a single charge relating to mishandling classified information in a case arising from the ex-U.S. Army General’s extramarital affair with a female Army Reserve officer, the

Could relationship between CIA, military be at risk?

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During a time of budget cuts and political division, one military member cautioned the army and Central Intelligence Agency not to lose the progress they have made since 9/11. David Oakley, a former CIA officer and current military officer has

US airstrikes against ISIS reportedly suffer from intelligence gaps

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U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are proceeding despite intelligence gaps that inhibit the Pentagon’s ability to determine their effectiveness, according to a published report. The Associated Press, citing current and former U.S. officials, reported Wednesday

Did Obama Waste the Bin Laden Intelligence Trove?

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In the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, Steve Hayes has an important piece looking at what happened to the reams of intelligence acquired in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The intelligence included “10 hard drives, nearly

Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope

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The essential theme of the book is that the U.S. must dismantle its empire or face a future of poverty and strife within a divided nation. As these essays were written over a period of five years, there is some

CIA drone strike program in Pakistan winding down

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Just after midnight last Christmas, Pakistani officials say, two Hellfire missiles from a U.S. drone slammed into a house in Miramshah, Pakistan, killing four militants. It was an otherwise unremarkable episode in the sixth year of a relentless unmanned aerial

White House blows cover of CIA chief in Afghanistan

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The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops. The

CIA’s plan to retrench in Afghanistan worries U.S. military

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The CIA is planning to close its satellite bases in Afghanistan and pull all its personnel back to Kabul by early summer, an unexpectedly abrupt withdrawal that the U.S. military fears will deprive it of vital intelligence while thousands of

CIA Falls Back in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan—The CIA is dismantling its frontline Afghan counterterrorist forces in south and east Afghanistan leaving a security vacuum that U.S. commanders fear the Taliban and al-Qaeda will fill—and leaving the Pakistan border open to a possible deluge of fighters

Millions in CIA “ghost money” paid to Afghan president’s office

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(Reuters) – Tens of millions of U.S. dollars in cash were delivered by the CIA in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags to the office of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade, according to the New York

Tel Aviv sent alert as Mossad officials killed in Jalalabad by Afghan Taliban

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Israeli officials at a police station in Jalalabad, Afghanistan scrambled to control their secret station after a surprise raid by the Afghan Taliban on March 26, 2013. Sources close to Terminal X report that the station, which was located inside

US military to take over control of most terror drone strikes from CIA

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s administration is looking at easing the secrecy around the drone war against al Qaeda by shifting control for some air strikes from the CIA to the US military, officials say. But the move would likely not

Deadly car bomb strikes Afghan intelligence agency

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KABUL, Afghanistan –  Suicide bombers targeted Afghanistan's intelligence agency and other security forces in four coordinated attacks in the heart of Kabul and outlying areas on Sunday in a bloody reminder of the insurgency's reach nearly 12 years into the

Afghan intelligence chief wounded in assassination attempt, officials say

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s intelligence chief was wounded Thursday in an assassination attempt in the capital, Kabul, Afghan officials said. A senior government official said Asadullah Khalid suffered injuries on the lower part of his body when a bomb exploded

Pakistani intelligence officials confirm US drone killed son of notorious Afghan militant

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed Thursday that a U.S. drone strike last week near the Afghan border killed the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network, a major blow to one of the most feared groups

Afghanistan: Karzai dismisses intelligence chief

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office says he has dismissed the country’s top intelligence official, a move that comes just as he prepares to name new defense and interior ministers. The changes in three top jobs in