Pentagon source: strike killed 30 Afghan civilians

The probe found that the strikes against a "suspected Taliban compound" in the western province of Herat killed about 30 civilians - not the five to seven the U.S. originally acknowledged, according to a Pentagon official.

http://tinyurl.com/447om8



A strategy destined to fail?

A major new intelligence estimate by US defence establishment casts doubt on military strategy in Afghanistan.

http://tinyurl.com/4hnnjf



Afghanistan military situation will worsen next year, Mullen says

Last week, Gen. David McKiernan, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, also said the situation would likely worsen. McKiernan has asked for three more combat brigades.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/719487.html



French army chief agrees Afghanistan 'cannot be won'

France's military chief, General Jean-Louis Georgelin, has echoed suggestions by a senior British military officer that the war in Afghanistan cannot be won.

http://tinyurl.com/4ts7t4



US should talk with its enemies: Petraeus

General David Petraeus said Wednesday that attempts are being made to open talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan and that the United States should be prepared to engage with its enemies.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081008/pl_afp/usafghanistanmilitarypetraeus



Fighting talk is self-defeating

As the generals say there is no military solution, Obama and McCain should cut the rhetoric and get real about Afghanistan.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/oct/09/afghanistan.johnmccain



Afghanistan: The mystery of the missing opium

It's a mystery that has got British law enforcement officials and others across the planet scratching their heads. Put bluntly, enough heroin to supply the world's demand for years has simply disappeared.

http://tinyurl.com/4w24gb


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