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This Week at War: 11.17.10

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U.S. Army Cpl. Justin L. Gessert pulls security in Afghanistan's Kunar province. US Army photo.

Here’s our weekly roundup of headlines from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Click on “Read More” below for the complete report.

KARZAI CRITICISM
Clinton Defends Afghan Operations After Karzai Criticism http://bit.ly/b44zjR
NATO Chief Plays Down Afghan Leader’s Criticism http://bit.ly/d5NjXg
Karzai calls for fewer US raids http://bit.ly/bOmBC4

US ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN
Robert Gates underscores joint effort to fight Taliban and al-Qaeda,
despite Afghan criticism of US role. http://bit.ly/b9SHcB
US envoy Richard Holbrooke says US has transition plan for
Afghanistan, not exit strategy http://bit.ly/bRUEZw

Marine Corps commandant says Afghanistan is top priority Read more:
http://bit.ly/dbc2L2
NPR: U.S. To Unveil Transition Plan For Afghanistan @audio http://n.pr/9ALHhs
wired.com/dangerroom/ U.S. to Leave Afghanistan in 2011, 2014, Never
http://bit.ly/9TfEiX
U.S., NATO to announce ‘transition’ strategy in Afghanistan war
http://wapo.st/bmpUVr
The U.S. and its allies have unleashed a massive air campaign in
Afghanistan http://bit.ly/ddbtIy
US panel: Look at smaller Afghan mission http://bit.ly/b0a9SO
AP: 2014 is the new date to watch in Afghanistan http://bit.ly/cPITuk
thenation: When Will Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan Ever End?
http://bit.ly/92oMU7
Kucinich to force Congress to vote on withdrawing from Afghanistan
after news Obama will extend war to 2014 http://bit.ly/9FrJBs
UK to stay in Afghanistan ‘as long as it takes’ http://bit.ly/9VZWau
U.S. official: December review to help set ‘pace’ of Afghan
transition
TIME: How Well Is the U.S. Really Doing in Kandahar? http://bit.ly/cltWXU

AFGHAN TALKS
Leading Afghan insurgent tells BBC it would agree to a ceasefire if US-
led coalition forces stayed in their main bases. http://bbc.in/8XmL4s
Informed Comment » Afghan Poll: We don’t Like Taliban but will Gladly
Talk with Them http://bit.ly/bvkEFP

AFGHANISTAN VIOLENCE
Taliban running out of bullets, bombs in Afghanistan http://bit.ly/deROhE
Taliban leader: Insurgents waging war of attrition http://wapo.st/9UCmmg
Reuters: Afghan poll candidate killed during holiday prayers http://bit.ly/bEvcZB
NYT: U.S. Tries to End Flow of Bomb Item to Afghanistan http://nyti.ms/9qknTT
Monday: Taliban attack kills 8 police officers in Afghanistan
http://bit.ly/cimgNd
More Afghans, International Troops Killed In Clashes http://bit.ly/a1kQA1
Would-be suicide bombers try to storm NATO base in Afghanistan
http://bit.ly/9WmNTa
Bomb kills eight in northern Afghanistan http://bit.ly/cH6BBk
Taliban launches major attacks. Raid on US airbase in Jalalabad
repulsed; bomb blast in Kunduz kills civilians, police http://bit.ly/azdgpz
Insurgents attack NATO base in eastern Afghanistan http://bit.ly/b6hygh
Taliban stealing U.S. Army uniforms http://politi.co/cio2Ev
Vehicle-bomb blast reported near NATO convoy in Afghanistan Friday
http://bit.ly/9PHJyJ

PENTAGON BUDGET
Gates: Pentagon Spending Is Not Driving The Deficit http://bit.ly/9vHp2O
Deficit Plan Scraps Pentagon Jets, Tanks, Trucks http://bit.ly/9ZidDG
Reform panel targets Pentagon procurement http://bit.ly/cq0UV1
The Pentagon Would Take $100 Billion Hit http://on.wsj.com/ctA42l

DADT
Carl Levin wants to see the “Don’t ask” repeal and the defense
authorization bill pass during the lame-duck session. http://bit.ly/azXUaf
WaPo: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ splitting gay rights groups http://wapo.st/d6Ednf
NYT: Little Harm Found if Gay Ban Is Lifted http://nyti.ms/drytmK
RT @mediaite: McCain On DADT: “I Will Listen to Our Military Leaders,
Not A Study That Is Leaked” (VIDEO) http://mediaite.com/a/zskmc NC
Pentagon probes leak of report’s verdict on gays in military
http://wapo.st/csjPVh
ACLU suing Pentagon over separation pay for gays http://wapo.st/aH2vkG
US court upholds gay soldier ban http://bit.ly/b7Nk9c
Pentagon Could Expedite Release of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Review
http://bit.ly/9RDJ56
Pentagon Memo Leaked On Veterans Day Supports Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask’
http://on.mtv.com/bijHP8

ABUSES

New UN expert on torture says US must conduct full investigation into
detainee abuse abroad and hold those accountable. http://bit.ly/9FxYHF
British troops face probe over Iraq abuse allegations http://bit.ly/bGgXEV
US Sgt. Accused of ‘Unspeakable Cruelty’ in Afghanistan http://aol.it/dB7R85
Soldier tells Lewis-McChord hearing: ‘I did not commit murder’

http://bit.ly/cfmYjI

CHRISTIANS TARGETED IN IRAQ
Informed Comment » 4 Christians Killed in Mosul, Iraq, as Exodus
Continues http://bit.ly/cCsytQ
Australia: Hundreds protest Iraq’s Christian killings http://bit.ly/acDob8
Gunmen break into Christian house in northern Iraqi city, kill 2 men
http://bit.ly/d8bNEJ
Thousands protest over increase in violence against Iraq Christians
http://bit.ly/9ERYAS
Thousands protest in Brussels following string of violent attacks
against Christians in Iraq http://bit.ly/bcxlfK
Fear of jihad driving Christians from Iraq http://usat.ly/dBo0Sl

IRAQ VIOLENCE
Monday: Car Bombs Kill 2 in North Iraq, 1 in Baghdad http://bit.ly/aRCVkJ
Iraq violence kills eight Sunday http://bit.ly/a1Gn4Q
Three civilians were killed in separate incidents and security forces
arrested 34 Wednesday in Mosul and Baquba. http://bit.ly/bgyOT0

US/NATO CASUALTIES
Two soldiers with Fort Collins ties are being remembered today after
they were killed fighting in Afghanistan. http://bit.ly/bDU3HZ
As of Tuesday, at least 1,260 members of the U.S. military had died in
Afghanistan.
As of Wednesday, at least 4,426 members of the U.S. military had died
in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003.
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three soldiers
who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. http://bit.ly/cKcWJ7
Fort Campbell medic killed in Afghanistan http://bit.ly/9Nxiiq about
21 hours ago via TweetDeck
Video: Wake held for Middletown Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
http://youtu.be/NIju3ATzmbQ
Solemn homecoming http://bit.ly/amJPxm
A southwest Ohio family says a 25-year-old Fairborn native has been
killed in Afghanistan http://bit.ly/c5uaHs
DoD Identifies Casualties: http://bit.ly/cczYTm http://bit.ly/bO5maQ
http://bit.ly/9DfzTE http://bit.ly/a5oPyv http://bit.ly/bJlVYT
Sunday: 7 NATO troops slain in Afghanistan, most lethal day for
Western troops in a month. http://lat.ms/9zssUB
US troops killed in Afghanistan and Africa http://wapo.st/9mfgHi
Sunday: NATO says 5 soldiers killed in Afghanistan http://reut.rs/cBFAmd
US Troops Killed In Afghanistan And Africa http://bit.ly/cnIQ8X
Ultimate sacrifice by modest son serving in Helmand province Read
more: http://bit.ly/aFRv8H
US troops killed in Iraq and Kuwait http://wapo.st/bHyAZX
DOD Identifies Marine Casualties: http://bit.ly/biAIjP http://bit.ly/bKBAPy
http://bit.ly/amIdeI
Born Soldier,” Fallen in Afghanistan, Mourned as Casket Arrives
Stateside http://bit.ly/aBPYp7
At Arlington, ‘we all share in the same loss’ http://lat.ms/cjqNJ8
#veteransday
DOD Identifies Army Casualties: http://bit.ly/a6u2p5 http://bit.ly/a0RiUK
http://bit.ly/9UIdLM
Prince Harry opens field of remembrance for Afghanistan dead http://bit.ly/bfqLyW

OTHER NATO FORCES
Germany to step up operations against Afghanistan insurgents (Roundup)
http://bit.ly/bFMtDd about
German Government Plans to Extend Afghanistan Troop Mandate http://bit.ly/bNlG5J
Canada may focus on rights of women in Afghanistan Read more:
http://bit.ly/cyopRj
NATO, Russia to boost co-operation in Afghan war at upcoming summit
http://bit.ly/ceSPRk
Prince William is ‘frustrated’ about Afghanistan http://bit.ly/d7uUNy
Major General Nick Carter gives devastating assessment of Afghanistan
war effort http://bit.ly/bWDJAV
Dutch government to investigate possibility of new Afghanistan mission
http://bit.ly/dvy19G


IRAQ GOV’T
Informed Comment » Allawi Predicts new Iraqi Government will Fall
Quickly http://bit.ly/b9AmwG
reuters: INTERVIEW-Iraq’s Talabani sees Sunni bloc joining govt
http://bit.ly/9gEkNT
Sunni-backed bloc agrees to role in Iraqi government http://wapo.st/9jqBqd
Iraqi parties confirm commitment to power-sharing deal http://bbc.in/cuu2VU
Sunni-backed bloc returns to Iraqi parliament http://wapo.st/9SnmXa
Obama hails new Iraqi government as ‘milestone,’ though challenges
remain http://usat.ly/aS4cbC
washingtonpost: Power-sharing agreement leaves some Iraqis bitter,
saying nothing will change http://wapo.st/aLp6n5
Iraq pact heralds new political era http://bit.ly/9NhESY
(Reuters) – Iraqi lawmakers agreed on the top three posts for a new
government eight months after an election. http://reut.rs/aCJV6Q

TROOPS HEALTH
cbsnews: Soldier Takes Huge Risk to Get PTSD Help http://bit.ly/9yvv6G
Sydney Morning Herald: Drug given to wounded soldiers in Iraq,
Afghanistan may be putting their lives in further danger http://bit.ly/bUMlF9
Documents: KBR knew of exposure at Iraq plant http://bit.ly/bdMAVq
At war: . One in five will develop a mental health disorder.
http://huff.to/aDDVC8

VETERANS
‘In Their Boots’ series lets veterans call the shots http://lat.ms/belgXo
Chiroux: “[Going to university after being in the service] carries a
whole lot of weight in the soldier’s imagination” http://bit.ly/apqgIC
AFP: Suicide rates soar among US veterans http://bit.ly/b4n623
British vets seeking help for mental health problems after serving in
Iraq and Afghanistan up 25% this year: http://bit.ly/bsl0h8

PAKISTAN VIOLENCE
U.S. missiles kill 20 in Pakistan border town http://on.msnbc.com/bNoS5m
US drone attack kills five in Pakistan http://bit.ly/co2RfR

DOGS OF WAR
Target, ‘war hero dog’ who saved 50 soldiers in Afghanistan,
mistakenly put to death in AZ shelter http://bit.ly/dDcEQU

CLIMATE
Report: Climate change threatens Mideast water supply; threatens
severe scarcity by 2015 if no action is taken http://bit.ly/9QdwGe
Climate change worsens plight of Iraqi farmers http://reut.rs/9H41Na

BUSH MEMOIR
Wash Post Middle East » Bush memoir makes selective use of Iraq data
http://wapo.st/boNM2o
theglobeandmail.com/ Bush’s legacy in 7 words: ‘Nobody was lying. We
were all wrong’ http://bit.ly/b6XiE3
‘Not telling the truth’: Former German Chancellor calls George Bush a
liar over memoir’s claim of Iraq war U-turn http://bit.ly/aJCmpp
More regrets in Bush memoir: http://bit.ly/96Bj5Z

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