South Asia

Cases of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis on the rise

March 19, 2012

“London has been dubbed the “tuberculosis capital of Europe”, and a startling recent study documenting new cases of so-called “totally drug resistant” TB in India suggests the modern-day tale of this disease could get a lot worse.”

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Neighbor: Staff Sergeant Robert Bales “upset” with some of President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy

March 19, 2012

“Bales, 38, was also irked by “little things” that happened after President Obama took office in 2008, like soldiers not being allowed to use some military-issued equipment for personal use, Holland said.”

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38 year-old Staff Sergeant Robert Bales from Ohio named as the Massacre Shooter in Afghanistan

March 16, 2012

“Officials confirmed the name of the suspect as he was heading back to the US to face charges, US media reported. He is being flown to Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas, from Kuwait.”

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Senior American Official: Alcohol, future deployment, and family tensions contributed to Staff Sergeant’s behavior

March 16, 2012

“As new details emerged about possible reasons behind the shootings, the American official said the military was preparing to move the sergeant to a prison in the United States as early as Friday.”

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Taliban cuts off peace talks with NATO

March 15, 2012

“The Afghan Taliban said it was suspending nascent peace talks with the United States seen as a strong chance to end the country’s decade-long conflict, blaming “shaky, erratic and vague” U.S. statements.”

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Afghanistan President Karzai wants NATO troops to withdraw in 2013 instead of 2014

March 15, 2012

“Karzai told visiting US defence chief Leon Panetta that “Afghanistan is ready to take overall security responsibility”, a statement from his office said.”

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Kabul demands local trial for U.S. Staff Sergeant whose rampage killed 16 Afghan civilians

March 13, 2012

“The Afghan parliament demanded on Monday that a US soldier accused of killing 16 civilians, including nine children, be put on trial in Afghanistan as a growing tide of local anger added to the pressure on the US-led war against the Taliban.”

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Insurgents open fire on Senior Afghan Investigators hours after the Taliban threatened to behead American troops

March 13, 2012

“The gunmen shot from long range at two of President Hamid Karzai’s brothers, Shah Wali Karzai and Abdul Qayum Karzai, and security officials at the site of the massacre in Kandahar’s Panjwai district.”

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President Obama: Killing Afghans as serious as killing Americans

March 13, 2012

“Earlier Tuesday thousands of people took to the streets in eastern Afghanistan to protest the killings, burning an effigy of Obama and calling for the killer to be tried in Afghanistan.”

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Soldier’s Massacre makes President Obama “more determined to leave Afghanistan”

March 12, 2012

“President Barack Obama said on Monday the massacre of 16 villagers by a U.S. soldier increases his determination to get American troops out of Afghanistan.”

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Report: Traumatic Brain Injury in 2010 may have led to Staff Sergeant’s rampage in Afghanistan

March 12, 2012

“”We’re going to look into all of that,” General John Allen, who commands U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, declining to comment further on the mental state of the soldier suspected in Sunday’s attack.”

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Rogue U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan leaves base and open fires in at least two civilian homes in Afghanistan, killing 16

March 11, 2012

“He left his military base in the early hours of the morning and opened fire in at least two homes; women and children were among the dead.”

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British Defense Secretary Hammond calls the bombing that killed six British soldiers in Afghanistan a “cowardly attack”

March 8, 2012

“He also said it would not shake the UK’s resolve to complete its mission. That may be true, but this tragic incident will once again raise the questions about why British troops are still fighting and dying in Helmand, and how much longer they will be there.”

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WikiLeaks: The body of Osama bin Laden was not buried at sea as publicly reported; Instead, the body was sent to the U.S. on a CIA plane

March 6, 2012

“Stratfor’s vice-president for intelligence believes the body was “bound for Dover, [Delaware] on [a] CIA plane” and then “onward to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda [Maryland].” The official version is that the body of Al-Qaeda’s top man was buried at an undisclosed location at sea in a proper Muslim ceremony.”

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Taliban to Afghans: Kill all foreigners in retaliation against the Koran burning at a U.S. air base

February 23, 2012

“The Taliban urged Afghans Thursday to target foreign military bases and kill Westerners in retaliation for burnings of copies of the Quran at NATO’s main base in the country as a third day of violent protests began.”

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