Concerned a ban on security contractors in Afghanistan will curtail the efforts of development workers, the State Department is feverishly negotiating with the Afghan government about a set of conditions that will allow private security details to operate in the country, senior U.S. officials told CNN. FULL POST
The marked increase in airstrikes in Afghanistan does not mean the more restrictive airstrike policy put in place by ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been rolled back by the new commander, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff said Tuesday.
"The truth of the matter is we have 30,000 additional troops in Afghanistan. And additional operations suggest that there will be additional air operations as well." Gen. Norton Schwartz said at the National Press Club.
In September there were 700 incidents of NATO airstrikes, up 172 percent from the previous year and one of the highest single-month totals of the entire nine-year war, according to Air Force data cited by Wired Magazine's Danger Room blog. FULL POST