Yearly Archives: 2006

Afghan poppy growers want protection from Cdn forces

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A large group of Afghan poppy farmers has handed Canadian soldiers an unusual offer, pledging not to grow the illicit flowers next year if they’re allowed to harvest their poppy crop this year with no interference from … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Leader Threatens to Expel US Troops

 The president of Kyrgyzstan threatened on Wednesday to expel American troops from the strategically located Central Asian nation unless the United States agrees to pay more for its military presence. About 1,000 troops are stationed at an air base set … Continue reading

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Report: Blair will not back Iran strike

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has reportedly told US President Bush that Britain will not offer any military support to any strike on Iran. The Scotsman reported Sunday that sources in the British Foreign Office told the paper that even … Continue reading

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U.S. botched war, defenders, foes say

Even as retired generals engage in debate on whether Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld should resign over the Iraq war, critics and defenders appear to agree on one point: The war is not going as well as they expected. In … Continue reading

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Walz continues to receive national media attention

DFL congressional candidate Tim Walz gained national media attention recently when Wall Street Journal reporter David Rogers referred to Walz as “the Republican nightmare” in a piece entitled “Minnesota May be Tip of Political Iceberg.” Walz, who has never run … Continue reading

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Afghan market sells US military flash drives

BAGRAM, Afghanistan — No more than 200 yards from the main gate of the sprawling U.S. base here, stolen computer drives containing classified military assessments of enemy targets, names of corrupt Afghan officials and descriptions of American defenses are on … Continue reading

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Opinion: Much Ado About Rummy

Calling for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation is becoming something of an alternative national pastime. Neoconservative icon Bill Kristol, founder of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) of which Rumsfeld was a key member, was advocating giving Dandy … Continue reading

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States shore up support for troops

This April, when Rhode Island residents file their tax returns, they’ll be able to check off a box to donate part of their tax refund to an assistance fund for the state’s National Guard and Reserve families. Earlier this month, … Continue reading

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Iran suicide bombers ‘ready to hit Britain’

IRAN has formed battalions of suicide bombers to strike at British and American targets if the nation’s nuclear sites are attacked. According to Iranian officials, 40,000 trained suicide bombers are ready for action. The main force, named the Special Unit … Continue reading

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Coming home — disillusioned

Three years ago, I was a Marine Corps captain on the Iraqi/Kuwaiti border, participating in the invasion of Iraq. Awestruck, I heard our howitzers thunder and watched artillery rockets rise into the night sky and streak toward Iraq — their … Continue reading

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