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'True heroes' mourned after attack kills 30 US troops

'True heroes' mourned after attack kills 30 US troops

Insurgents shot down a helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden, U.S. officials said.


U.S. official: Iraq 'less safe' than year ago

The U.S. official in charge of overseeing reconstruction in Iraq says the country is more dangerous than it was a year ago, a blunt assessment that comes five months before American troops are scheduled to leave.


Former intelligence chief Dennis Blair: U.S. should suspend unilateral drone strikes in Pakistan

For months officials in Pakistan have been demanding an end to CIA drone strikes in the country, and the brokering of a new relationship that would make them equal partners in the pursuit of terrorist groups. Now they have an unlikely ally in their demands: the former director of U.S. intelligence agencies, Dennis C. Blair.


Source: U.S. contracts funded Taliban

A U.S. military task force has discovered that part of a $2.16 billion transportation contract was diverted through a murky network of subcontractors and into the hands of a group of Afghan power-brokers, criminals and Taliban insurgents, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.


Taliban say Mullah Omar death report false, phone hacked

Taliban say Mullah Omar death report false, phone hacked

Two Taliban spokesmen said their mobile phones, emails and a website had been hacked and messages issued on Wednesday falsely reporting the death of the movement's supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.


Panetta Says Defeat of Al Qaeda ‘Within Reach’

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who arrived in Kabul on Saturday, also said the American focus had narrowed to capturing or killing key leaders of the terrorist group in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.


Lawmakers call on Obama to re-sign Patriot Act, question previous autopen signature

A group of 21 Republican House members, including 10 freshmen, is calling on President Obama to re-sign a measure extending key provisions of the Patriot Act, three weeks after he directed that it be signed into law through the use of an autopen.

Obama was traveling overseas at the time.


Karzai says Taliban deal a must to end Afghan war

Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Pakistan's capital on a trip widely believed to be aimed at seeking Islamabad's help in ending a decade-old Taliban insurgency. According to a senior Pakistani security official, Karzai has told the U.S. that "seeking a military victory in Afghanistan will remain a futile venture without a stepped-up political dialogue with the Taliban."


Supreme Court tosses out lawsuit accusing John Ashcroft of misusing his power

By an 8-0 vote, the Supreme Court says former Attorney General John Ashcroft did not clearly violate the 4th Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. The case stemmed from the arrest of Abdullah al Kidd, who was held for two weeks, ostensibly so he could serve as a witness in a terrorism trial in Idaho.


Islamic militants extend control over south Yemen town; president accused of allowing them

Hundreds of Islamic militants solidified their control over a town in southern Yemen Sunday after seizing tanks in clashes with fleeing soldiers, military officials said. Opponents of the country’s embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, accused him of allowing the militants to freely seize Zinjibar in a bid to stoke Western fears that al-Qaida would take over the country if he responded to demands by demonstrators to step down.


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