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October 5, 2010
Update: U.S. Army Pfc. Ryane Clark of New London has been killed in Afghanistan
Updated 2:15 p.m.
October 5, 2010 - 2:15pm
July 29, 2010
Commentary: Telling us all the obvious
The news in that massive data dump provided by the dauntingly mysterious Wikileaks (who? what?) to one American and two European publications is that there is no news at all. We already knew that the war in Afghanistan was not going well. We already knew -- or, in the words of The...
July 29, 2010 - 12:00am
June 4, 2010
Afghan conference calls for talks with militants
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan national peace conference today urged the government to take formal steps toward negotiating with insurgents, boosting President Hamid Karzai's plans to open talks with the Taliban. The conference said militants who joined the peace process should...
June 4, 2010 - 11:45am
May 26, 2010
World Opinion: On an Arab perspective on Afghanistan:
An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the world: From The Associated Press On an Arab perspective on Afghanistan: Yet another suicide attack in Kabul has left at least 19 dead. The attack comes on the eve of a critical new military operation in Kandahar aiming to strike...
May 26, 2010 - 12:00am
April 12, 2010
Commentary: Karzai's temper tantrum
WASHINGTON -- Paging Dr. Khalilzad. That is, Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and now a wandering consultant on all things Afghan and Middle Eastern. Might we impose on him one more time? Khalilzad is not a real physician, but to the extent that he has apparent...
April 12, 2010 - 12:00am
December 11, 2009
Letter: Are we patriots in name only?
Lee Paulson keeps being criticized for his letter Nov. 27 recommending gun collectors be allowed to keep their guns and join our troops fighting the terrorists in Afghanistan. I was once a gun collector and I didn't feel insulted by his letter. I saw it as a humorous suggestion that...
December 11, 2009 - 12:00am
December 3, 2009
Editorial: Afghan plan is the right move for troops
President Obama spoke to the nation Tuesday concerning the future of America's effort in Afghanistan. In short, Obama ordered 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan and announced the start of a withdrawal in July 2011. The debate over this new Afghanistan strategy began Wednesday....
December 3, 2009 - 12:00am
November 23, 2009
Commentary: Obama's Afghan third way
WASHINGTON -- When there is no good solution to a problem, a president has three options. One is to avoid the problem. The second is to pick the least bad of the available options. The third is to mix and match among the proposed solutions and minimize the long-term damage any decision...
November 23, 2009 - 12:00am
November 19, 2009
Afghan president sworn in to second 5-year term
KABUL (AP) -- Afghanistan will control its own security within five years and prosecute corrupt officials, President Hamid Karzai pledged today in an inauguration speech made under intense pressure to shed the cronyism and graft that marked his government's first term. As Karzai...
November 19, 2009 - 8:23am
November 6, 2009
Minnesota Opinion: On the energy shift:
The demise Monday of the Big Stone II power plant could pose future power problems in the Upper Midwest. The $1.8 billion, 550-megawatt plant was to use the latest technology as a clean coal power generating plant, fit to firm up the Upper Midwest's baseline energy for many years...
November 6, 2009 - 12:00am
Minnesota Opinion: On pilot concentration: See!? Told ya we weren't sleeping!
That's the potential reaction of the one Northwest Airlines pilot who spoke to the media in the wake of the "airport overshoot" heard around the world recently in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Everyone, it seemed, assumed that the two pilots were sound asleep, and that's why they flew 150...
November 6, 2009 - 12:00am
October 15, 2009
Editorial: It is time to send the troops needed
The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is coming to a major crossroads. The time for a decision from the Obama administration on Afghanistan is fast approaching. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has presented to the administration a range of options,...
October 15, 2009 - 12:00am
October 14, 2009
World Opinion: On the anniversary of the war in Afghanistan
An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States . By The Associated Press On the anniversary of the war in Afghanistan: This week marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and although the situation there is more pressing...
October 14, 2009 - 12:00am
August 25, 2009
Fallen soldier with ties to Litch. 'a happy-go-lucky kid'
LITCHFIELD -- Jonathan Yanney was a good student and baseball player who was well-liked by his teachers and classmates. "He was a happy-go-lucky kid that everybody liked," said Don Forrest, superintendent of schools in Norwood, Mo., where Yanney attended school for three years. "He...
August 25, 2009 - 12:00am
August 23, 2009
Litchfield soldier killed by bomb in Afghanistan
A soldier from Litchfield has died in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced today. Pfc. Jonathan C. Yanney, 20, died Aug. 18 in Arghandab of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit. Also killed was Spc. Troy O. Tom, 21, of Shiprock,...
August 23, 2009 - 10:04pm