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Published: 04/14/11

Clinton Warns NATO on Speedy Afghan Withdrawal

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Clinton Warns NATO on Speedy Afghan Withdrawal

BERLIN - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned NATO allies on Thursday against bringing forces home from Afghanistan too soon, even as the United States prepares to begin drawing down its forces in July. Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has told NATO members that withdrawing alliance forces from Afghanistan too soon could undermine gains made in the war. Clinton said the Taliban will be watching what the alliance does in the coming months and that speedy reductions will hurt the fragile security progress made thus far. The Uni...

Published: 02/23/11

Obama Sharpens Critique of Libya Amid Wider Unrest

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Obama Sharpens Critique of Libya Amid Wider Unrest

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Wednesday sharpened its condemnation of a bloody crackdown on Libyan opposition demonstrators as it broadened its outreach to government officials, dissidents, rights activists and youth in other Arab nations across a Middle East that is seething with unrest. Amid the tumult rocking the region, Obama condemned the violence in Libya in the sharpest terms Washington has yet used and directed his administration to prepare a full range of options, including possible sanctions that could freeze the assets and ban travel to the U.S. by Libyan officials. He ...

Published: 02/18/11

Clinton Blasts Leadership of Afghanistan, Pakistan

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Clinton Blasts Leadership of Afghanistan, Pakistan

NEW YORK -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today blasted the leadership in both Afghanistan and Pakistan for the poor economic growth, corruption, energy shortages and political instability that are plaguing their people. "Last month in Doha -- actually, now two months ago, in December -- just before the protests began in Tunisia and Egypt, I warned that the region's foundations were sinking into the sand," Clinton told an audience at the Asia Society during a lengthy review of U.S. policy on the two countries. "In Afghanistan and Pakistan, conflict is blasting the foundations apa...

Published: 01/28/11

Secretary of State Clinton: End the Violence and Lift the Information Blackout in Egypt

By  Sarah Wildman - Politics Daily
Secretary of State Clinton: End the Violence and Lift the Information Blackout in Egypt

As night fell on the Egyptian cities of Cairo and Alexandria, President Hosni Mubarak, the leader of the Nile River country for nearly 30 years, imposed a curfew on thousands of protesters clogging the streets. It doesn't appear to have been obeyed. Then again, the protesters, most of whom are calling for an end to the Mubarak regime, could say they hadn't heard the news: All Internet access as well as all cell phone networks have been blocked in Egypt. Observers are calling the move one of the most massive information blackouts in the history of social networking. In the meantime, rumors ab...

Published: 01/28/11

Russian President Medvedev Signs New START Ratification

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Russian President Medvedev Signs New START Ratification

MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed the ratification of a nuclear arms cut pact with the United States. The treaty, known as New START, is a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to "reset" ties with Moscow. The treaty limits each country to 1,550 strategic warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200, and also re-establishes a system for monitoring that ended in December 2009 with the expiration of a previous arms deal. In a statement to his security council on Friday, Medvedev said the pact will take effect when the ratification documents are exchanged by R...

Published: 01/20/11

US Goes After Pakistani Who Recruits Child Suicide Bombers

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US Goes After Pakistani Who Recruits Child Suicide Bombers

Reports of Qari Hussain's death were apparently premature. The senior lieutenant of the Pakistani Taliban reportedly had been killed in October but was formally designated as a foreign terrorist today by the Obama administration. The administration moved to block all financing for Hussain and accused him of training and organizing the Pakistani Taliban's suicide bombers and recruiting children for such attacks. AFP / Getty Images Qari Hussain, senior lieutenant of the Pakistani Taliban, is shown in an announcement in a Pakistani newspaper. The Obama administration formally design...

Published: 01/11/11

Clinton in Yemen to Press Counterterror Efforts

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Clinton in Yemen to Press Counterterror Efforts

SANAA, Yemen -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton flew into Yemen on Tuesday on an unannounced visit to shore up and repair damaged ties with a fragile and problematic ally that is fast becoming the main focus of American counterterrorism efforts. Under tight security, Clinton landed in the capital of Sanaa, where she was pressing Yemeni leaders to do more to crack down on extremism that has bled into the West with attacks such as those thought inspired by U.S.-Yemeni radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. He is believed to be hiding in Yemen and is subject to a U.S. kill-or-capture ord...

Published: 12/9/10

Poll Shows Most Israelis Want Peace but Doubt It's Possible

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Poll Shows Most Israelis Want Peace but Doubt It's Possible

(Dec. 9) -- Most Israelis are apparently willing to make the tough territorial sacrifices required for a lasting peace with the Palestinians, even if their government seems far from doing so. And most Americans would like to see that happen with a neutral United States playing the mediator. But there's a considerable amount of pessimism that a comprehensive and lasting peace will be arranged any time soon. Those are the findings of three polls taken among Jewish Israelis, Israeli Arabs and Americans, and released today by the Brookings Institution. The results come just two days after the Ob...

Published: 12/6/10

Saudis Are World's Biggest Terrorist Financiers, Says Leaked Cable

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Saudis Are World's Biggest Terrorist Financiers, Says Leaked Cable

(Dec. 6) -- Saudi Arabia is the world's largest fundraising source for radical Islamist groups operating in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip, according to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. "More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT [Lashkar-e-Taiba] and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources," noted a secret December 2009 paper, signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant sou...

Published: 12/3/10

British UFO Hacker Fights Extradition to US

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British UFO Hacker Fights Extradition to US

(Dec. 3) -- When Gary McKinnon decided to try to find secret UFO files, he did what any curious computer expert would do: He hacked into nearly 100 military and NASA computers until he was finally caught. Eight years later, the Scottish systems administrator awaits his legal fate. As controversy swirls around WikiLeaks, the website that this week released secret diplomatic cables without authorization, one of the documents in question contains information about McKinnon, whose lengthy extradition case still has the U.K. buzzing, The Guardian newspaper reports. McKinnon, 44, who suffers from ...

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