Suicide bomber strikes as Hagel visits Kabul; 9 civilians dead – Los Angeles Times


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Suicide bomber strikes as Hagel visits Kabul; 9 civilians dead
Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan –A loud explosion struck outside Afghanistan's Defense Ministry in Kabul on Saturday, reportedly killing nine civilians in an attack less than a mile from where U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was staying in the capital. Gunshots were
Explosion in Kabul during Hagel visitCBS News
Suicide bomber hits Afghan defence ministry in KabulBBC News
Suicide blast in Afghan capital during Hagel visitReuters
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Afghanistan government accuses US special forces of civilian death and torture – The Guardian


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Afghanistan government accuses US special forces of civilian death and torture
The Guardian
The Afghan government has ordered US special forces to leave one of Afghanistan's most restive provinces, Maidan Wardak, after receiving reports from local officials claiming that the elite units had been involved in the torture and disappearance of Afghan
Karzai orders US units out of key provincePioneer Press
Karzai Orders U.S. Special Forces To Leave Afghan ProvinceNeon Tommy
Afghan leader orders US special forces outNEWS.com.au
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NATO in Talks on Scale of Afghan Role After 2014 Deadline – New York Times


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NATO in Talks on Scale of Afghan Role After 2014 Deadline
New York Times
BRUSSELS – NATO defense ministers meeting here Friday said they made progress toward planning a military assistance mission in Afghanistan after the alliance's combat role expires at the end of 2014, with some partner nations already offering to
Germany: US to leave 8000-12000 troops in AfghanistanUSA TODAY
US defense chief: Range of options discussed on AfghanistanJerusalem Post
German defense minister :Panetta indicates US will leave 8000-12000 troops I n Washington Post
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At War Blog: General Allen’s Tenure in Afghanistan

Gen. John R. Allen has had more than his share of crises, including a video of Marines urinating on Taliban corpses; the burning of Korans by American soldiers; civilian deaths in allied airstrikes; the massacre of 16 civilians, in which an American soldier has been charged; and a spate of insider attacks by Afghan forces on NATO troops.

Attacks on Afghan Government Employees Increase – Voice of America


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Attacks on Afghan Government Employees Increase
Voice of America
The United Nations says insurgent attacks on Afghan government employees increased by 700 percent last year, even as attacks on civilians decreased for the first time in six years. In its annual report, issued Tuesday, the U.N. mission in Afghanistan says
UN report: 2754 Afghan civilians killed in 2012Press TV
UN finds decrease in Afghan civilian deathsAljazeera.com

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Afghan refugees in Iran: Go back home

IN A wealthy neighbourhood in Tehran, Iran’s capital, a 12-year-old boy in a tatty red shell-suit patrols neat cul-de-sacs in search of bins. Like thousands of illegal Afghan refugees in Iran, he rummages daily from dusk till dawn for plastic to sell. “If Iran didn’t exist, neither would I,” says Zalmai, dropping a big sack. “I don’t want to go back.” He left his parents in Herat, in west Afghanistan, three years ago and has never been to school. He makes 150,000 rials a day ($4.20) from selling plastic.Thirty years of war in Afghanistan have left Iran with perhaps the largest urban refugee population in the world. More than 1m Afghans are registered as refugees in the Islamic Republic, which is also home to another 1.5m-plus illegal Afghan migrants. But a mixture of Iran’s worsening economic malaise and its government’s policies has prompted an exodus of Afghans back home or westward to Turkey and Greece. Some 200,000 of them are reckoned to have gone back in the past seven months; 5.7m—15% of Afghanistan’s population—have returned in the past ten years, most of them during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that began in 2005.Afghan migration to Iran is as old as the Islamic Republic. During the Soviet invasion of 1979, hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled to Iran, though it was itself in the throes of revolution. For a decade they were ignored by the government,…