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Afghanistan may never be 'viable state' warn MPs

Published October 25, 2012 by BBC News
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The UK might have to recognise that creating a viable state in Afghanistan is not achievable, an influential group of MPs has said.

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Contracting the Commanders: Transition and the Political Economy of Afghanistan’s Private Security Industry

Author(s): 
Matthieu Aikins
Date Published: 
October 23, 2012

Over the past decade the United States and the international community have funded an unprecedented private security industry in Afghanistan. As a result, this industry has become entangled with the Afghan political economy, as international spending has been implicated in funding informal armed groups and commanders. Considerable uncertainty remains as Afghanistan approaches the 2014 deadline for assuming national security responsibilities.

Afghan Army’s Turnover Threatens U.S. Strategy

Published October 16, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — The first thing Col. Akbar Stanikzai does when he interviews recruits for the Afghan National Army is take their cellphones.

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Afghanistan's government 'could collapse' after 2014 - report

Published October 9, 2012 by BBC News
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A new report on Afghanistan warns that the departure of Nato forces in 2014 could be followed by the government's collapse and even civil war, unless steps are taken now.

Afghan president says 2014 election will be on time

Published October 4, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that presidential elections would be held on time in 2014 and he would step aside as mandated, denying speculation that the exit of foreign troops and security problems would delay the poll.

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Suicide Bomber on Foot Attacks Joint Patrol in Eastern Afghanistan, Killing 19

Published October 2, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber who walked into the crowded center of Khost in eastern Afghanistan on Monday morning as foreign and Afghan soldiers conducted a joint foot patrol killed three international service members and 16 Afghan police officers and civilians, witnesses and hospital officials said.

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U.S. Abandoning Hopes for Taliban Peace Deal

Published October 2, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — With the surge of American troops over and the Taliban still a potent threat, American generals and civilian officials acknowledge that they have all but written off what was once one of the cornerstones of their strategy to end the war here: battering the Taliban into a peace deal.

Afghanistan: Why don't we leave now?

Published September 20, 2012 by Christian Science Monitor
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Why can’t we just leave Afghanistan now? It’s the unspoken question that top Pentagon officials are endeavoring to answer in their assurances that America must stay its course in the war-torn country.

US in Afghanistan: opinion divided over suspension of joint operations

Published September 20, 2012 by The Guardian
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The US military caught London and other Nato allies by surprise when it rushed into halting on-the-ground operations with Afghan security forces, after four Americans and two British soldiers were killed by local policemen at the weekend.

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