October 27th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Afghan government to start phasing out contractors

The Afghan government will start planning  how it will phase out of private security contractors without endangering development projects, it said Wednesday.   The move is seen as a bow to international pressure to delay implementation of a ban on contractors that was scheduled to take effect by the end of the year.  The United States had previously expressed concern about the ban, saying that if implemented the move would leave critical aid personnel unprotected and unable to continue their work.  FULL STORY

October 27th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

France warned to get troops out of Afghanistan

A man purporting to be Osama Bin Laden warned France to get its troops out of Afghanistan in a tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network Wednesday.  France has 3,750 troops in Afghanistan, according to NATO's International Security Assistance Force.  FULL STORY

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