April 2nd, 2010
08:15 PM ET

Intel suggests Iran may smuggle arms to Afghanistan

New U.S. military intelligence suggests Iran plans to smuggle new shipments of weapons into Afghanistan in the coming weeks as part of an increased effort to interfere with coalition operations, a senior U.S. Defense Department official said Friday.

The information came from an "Iranian source" whose tips on past shipments have been verified by the United States, the official said.

Read the full story from CNN's Barbara Starr


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April 2nd, 2010
06:23 PM ET

Around the Web: Karzai tries to explain caustic comments

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday about remarks he had made blaming election fraud in his country on the international community, according to CNN’s Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Karzai called Clinton after meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry.

Karzai and Clinton talked for 25 minutes, according to State Department officials.

The United States was seeking clarification about comments Karzai made Thursday blaming the international community for widespread fraud in last year's election, which kept him in office.

Two State Department officials - who are not authorized to speak on the record but who had knowledge of the phone call - said the tone was "very constructive" and that the United States found it "useful" for Karzai to reach out to Clinton.

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April 2nd, 2010
05:11 PM ET

Massive effort to move military out of Iraq, into Afghanistan

 WASHINGTON – As the U.S. military starts a drawdown of troops in Iraq, it finds itself in the midst of the largest logistical movement of weapons, vehicles and other equipment since the build-up to World War II, according to the general in charge of the operation.

Millions of pieces of equipment, from large mine resistant troop carriers and Humvees to the smallest of pieces like cots and combat radios, are being thoroughly scrutinized as they come out of Iraq and mostly sent to the war effort thousands of miles away in Afghanistan to help in the troop build up there, according to the commander of the operation, Lt. Gen. William Webster.

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April 2nd, 2010
08:19 AM ET

Taliban bombs trigger Lahore backlash

Lahore, Pakistan — This bustling northern city is Pakistan's cultural heart and until last year it had been relatively immune to the terror that has traumatized so many Pakistanis.

But as a military campaign to "clear out" the Taliban rages in tribal regions, urban centers like Lahore have become vulnerable to suicide bombings. FULL POST

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April 2nd, 2010
08:02 AM ET

Karzai blames foreigners for election fraud

[Update: 3:06 p.m. ET] White House calls Karzai comments 'troubling'

Kabul, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai, just days after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, castigated the international community for meddling in national elections, saying foreigners - not his supporters - are responsible for widespread fraud.

"No doubt, there was huge fraud, there was vast fraud," Karzai said Thursday in a speech before the Independent Election Commission. "The fraud is not by the Afghans. This fraud has been done by the foreigners." FULL POST

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April 2nd, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Companion on the hunt for IEDs

She's the only female dog handler in all of Afghanistan. She's constantly on patrols with Marines, looking for deadly IEDs with her dog in the searing heat of Helmand.