Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave a strong endorsement Tuesday to embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal, describing him as the “best commander” of the war and expressing hope that he keeps his job despite a magazine profile replete with derogatory comments about President Barack Obama and members of the U.S. national strategy team.
The state teachers union said one more school district settled a contract ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline. That leaves an estimated 28 districts that missed the deadline. A statement sent Saturday by the Education Minnesota union said teachers in Bemidji approved a contract Friday evening.
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, January 17, 2010
n an interview aired this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," Gen. Stanley McChrystal said he believes the troop surge has "changed the way we operate in Afghanistan" and is blunting the Taliban's momentum. But McChrystal added: "It's not a completed mission yet."
DETROIT LAKES — A 30-year-old woman from St. Louis Park died Sunday when the snowmobile she was riding hit a tree about 10 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes. The Becker County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday morning.
The general in charge of the war in Afghanistan is telling Congress that President Barack Obama's new war strategy is achievable and that combat force levels can be reduced starting in the summer of 2011.
Some two dozen countries will send an estimated 7,000 more troops to Afghanistan next year, the chief of NATO said Friday as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told her allied counterparts that an infusion of forces is crucial to turning the tide in the long war.
President Barack Obama will announce his plan to bolster the war in Afghanistan in a speech Tuesday night from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, his spokesman said, a surge that military officials say could top 30,000 troops.
Europe may send 5,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan, Britain’s prime minister said Friday — affirming support for the NATO mission as the Obama administration nears a decision on increasing American troop levels.
UPDATED 12:09 P.M. President Barack Obama rejected the Afghanistan war options before him and asked for revisions, his defense secretary said today, after the U.S. ambassador in Kabul argued that a significant U.S. troop increase would only prop up a weak, corruption-tainted government.
The top military commander in Afghanistan is asking for up to 80,000 more American troops even as he warns that rampant government corruption there may prevent victory against the Taliban and al-Qaida, according to U.S. officials briefed on his conclusions.
President Barack Obama may change course again as the war worsens in Afghanistan, steering away from the comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy he laid out this spring and toward a narrower focus on counterterror operations aimed at al-Qaida.
Anne Gearan and Lara Jakes
, September 22, 2009
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