July 27th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

From the Afghan media: Documents show gap in war's media coverage

Take a look at some of the top stories and editorials in Afghan media related to the WikiLeaks documents coverage, especially the alleged role of Pakistan's ISI. Excerpts are compiled from a U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report.

Erada Daily (state media editorial): The release of thousands of U.S. classified documents related to the Afghan war shows Pakistan’s interference in Afghanistan’s affairs and its support for the Taliban. The documents also show the huge gap between the portrayal of the conflict in Afghan and in international medias. FULL POST

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Filed under: Pakistan • Voices • WikiLeaks
U.S. officials downplay leaks
July 27th, 2010
11:21 AM ET

U.S. officials downplay leaks

American officials from the president on down tried Tuesday to downplay the leak of tens of thousands of documents about the war in Afghanistan, a disclosure experts are calling the biggest leak since the Pentagon Papers about Vietnam. FULL POST

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Filed under: Karzai • Obama • Pentagon • WikiLeaks
July 27th, 2010
07:50 AM ET

Body of missing American sailor found

[Update 4:43 p.m. ET] The U.S. Department of Defense identified the two sailors. Coalition troops found the body of Petty Officer, 2nd Class Justin McNeley, 30, of Wheatridge, Colorado, while Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, 25, of Renton, Washington, is still missing. 

[Original post 7:50 a.m. ET] The remains of an American sailor who went missing last week have been found in eastern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Tuesday. FULL POST

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Filed under: Taliban • Troops
July 27th, 2010
07:46 AM ET

Strikes in eastern Afghanistan target Haqqani network militant

Afghan and international forces targeting a militant commander launched several "precision strikes" in eastern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

The Monday strikes targeted a bunker complex in a remote area of Paktiya province, where intelligence sources believed the commander was hiding. It is not yet known whether the commander died. FULL POST


Filed under: Haqqani • NATO
July 27th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

Opinion: Afghanistan needs more than conferences

Editor’s Note: Abbas Daiyar began his blog, Kabul Perspective, last year to look at issues in Kabul and around the world. He has worked with newspapers in Pakistan and reported for news agencies in the past and is now a member of the editorial board of the independent Daily Outlook Afghanistan newspaper in Kabul. The opinions expressed in this guest blog are solely those of Abbas Daiyar.

The one-day Kabul Conference concluded last week with reiteration of promises made by the international community. There was nothing very new - except the fact that insurgents could not succeed in firing any rockets that day in Kabul, contrary to previous such events. Though the conference was given much coverage in the international media, Kabulis didn’t have any expectations about the meeting. Heavy security prevented any untoward incident and foiled some plans by those arrested a day before the conference. FULL POST

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