South Asia

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) calls for the freezing of U.S. Aid to Pakistan until bin Laden Doctor Shakil Afridi is released

September 11, 2012

“In a letter to Senator Harry Reid yesterday, Paul demanded no foreign government as blatantly defiant of American priorities as Pakistan should benefit from billions upon billions of American taxpayer dollars.”

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Taliban: 18 Afghan Police have deflected to join the insurgency

September 11, 2012

“However, many Afghans say the Taliban often threaten family members and relatives of those serving in the Afghan army or police, putting them under pressure to quit.”

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Control of the Parwan Detention Facility, the American-built Prison at Bagram Air Base, transferred to Afghanis

September 10, 2012

“But about 600 newly captured prisoners remain under American control, according to Afghan officials, and there is lasting disagreement over how quickly they should be screened and turned over to Afghan custody.”

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Afghan Taliban using fake Facebook accounts to get information from and about enemy Soldiers

September 10, 2012

“The review warns troops to beware of “fake profiles – media personnel and enemies create fake profiles to gather information. For example, the Taliban have used pictures of attractive women as the front of their Facebook profiles and have befriended soldiers.”"

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Afghan President Karzai’s Intelligence Chief Nominee accused of torture and drug trafficking

September 6, 2012

“Asadullah Khalid is the country’s minister of tribal and border affairs and has a gruesome reputation that was well-known to Karzai. His nomination to head of the National Directorate of Security shocked diplomats, even those used to Karzai’s abusive government.”

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Pakistani Police arrest a Muslim Cleric accused of fabricating evidence against an 11-year old Christian Girl

September 2, 2012

“The cleric, Khalid Chishti, was arrested late Saturday for allegedly planting pages of a Quran in a shopping bag containing burned papers and ash that had been carried by the Christian girl.”

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NATO puts the training of Afghan Police and Special Operations Forces on hold for at least a month

September 2, 2012

“The move comes as NATO officials struggle to stem the tide of attacks on NATO forces by their Afghan colleagues.”

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Car Bomb explodes in a busy market in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing at least 11 people

September 1, 2012

“At least 16 people were injured in the explosion near a mosque in Mattani, a southern suburb of the city.”

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U.S. Drone Strike kills at least 4 militants near the Afghan Border in northwest Pakistan

September 1, 2012

“Officials say the drones fired at least four missiles Saturday, hitting a house in the Degan area of North Waziristan, a known stronghold of al-Qaida and the Taliban.”

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Pakistani Court postpones Bail for an 11-year old Down Syndrome Girl facing blasphemy charges

September 1, 2012

“Pakistani authorities have come under pressure to guarantee her safety in a country where those accused of blasphemy have been killed by the public in the past.”

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Obama Administration leaning towards designating the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a Terrorist Organization

September 1, 2012

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and top military officials are said to favor placing sanctions on the network, which operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to half a dozen current and former administration officials.”

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Iranian Economy Minister Shamseddin Hosseini: India will maintain energy ties with Iran

September 1, 2012

“Iran held economic talks with some Arab members of the Non- Aligned Movement during a summit last week in Tehran, the capital.”

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Twin Suicide Bomb Attacks targeting a NATO Base in Afghanistan kill 14 people and injure 69

September 1, 2012

“The NATO base was targeted last year on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks when a suicide bomber drove into it, killing four civilians and wounding 77 U.S. troops.”

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Taliban Militants ambush a Pakistani Army Post near the Afghan Border, killing 8 soldiers

September 1, 2012

“The assault followed the start of a new army operation to rout militants from the area, the official said. During the operation over the last two days, soldiers killed 18 militants and destroyed seven of their hideouts.”

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India’s GDP increases 5.5% in the First Quarter, 0.2% higher than expected

August 31, 2012

“Economic growth in Asia’s third-largest economy slipped to 6.5 percent in 2011/12 fiscal year ending in March from an annual rate of 8.4 percent in the two previous fiscal years”

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