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Meurtre de 16 Afghans : un soldat américain avoue pour échapper à la peine de mort. Un soldat américain accusé d'avoir tué 16 villageois afghans l'an dernier va plaider coupable afin d'échapper à la peine de mort en vertu d'un accord passé avec les procureurs militaires, ont indiqué ses avocats, cités mercredi par des médias américains.

Meurtre de 16 Afghans : un soldat américain avoue pour échapper à la peine de mort

Le sergent Robert Bales est accusé de 16 meurtres, six tentatives de meurtre et sept agressions en mars 2012 dans le sud de l'Afghanistan. Dix-sept des 22 victimes étaient des femmes ou des enfants et presque toutes ont reçu une balle dans la tête. Selon son avocat John Browne, cité par le New York Times et d'autres médias, les procureurs militaires ont accepté que le sergent Bales plaide coupable devant le juge la semaine prochaine. "Il est prêt à assumer ses actes", a souligné Emma Scanlan, son autre avocat. Les mots sans concession de l'ambassadeur de France à Kaboul. En quittant l'Afghanistan, Bernard Bajolet l'ambassadeur de France sortant, a remisé la langue de bois au placard et a critiqué le calendrier de la transition politique et militaire en Afghanistan.

Les mots sans concession de l'ambassadeur de France à Kaboul

"Je n'arrive toujours pas à comprendre comment la communauté internationale et le gouvernement afghan sont parvenus à cette situation où tout doit se passer en 2014 : les élections, un nouveau président, les transitions économique et militaire, et tout cela alors que les négociations pour le processus de paix n'ont pas encore vraiment commencé", a déclaré M. Vintage Afghanistan Photos Show Life And Travel In The 1960s. Before Afghanistan became synonymous with the war and the Taliban, it looked quite a bit different.

Vintage Afghanistan Photos Show Life And Travel In The 1960s

Judging from these vintage photos, it could be quite lovely, with stately gardens, art and architecture, and even a couple UNESCO World Heritage sites on the map. These photos, shot mostly in Kabul in 1967-68 (more than a decade before the Soviet invasion) by Dr. Bill Podlich, can be seen on a website maintained by Clayton Esterson. They document the time Podlich spent there as a teacher at the city's Higher Teachers College, according to the Denver Post. The scenes mostly depict daily life in the Afghan capital from holiday celebrations, to military displays, to kids heading off to school, though some document the Podlich family's travels around the region. Check out a few of the snapshots below. Hervé ASQUIN (Military_Zone) sur Twitter. Opiates killed 8 Americans in Afghanistan, Army records show. Eight soldiers died of overdoses involving heroin, morphine or other opiates in 2010-1156 soldiers, including the eight, were investigated for using, possessing or selling the drugsMore soldiers in the Army overall are testing positive for heroin useThe Taliban are believed to be stockpiling opium to finance their activities, U.N. reported (CNN) -- Eight American soldiers died of overdoses involving heroin, morphine or other opiates during deployments in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011, according to U.S.

Opiates killed 8 Americans in Afghanistan, Army records show

Army investigative reports. Pakistan PM to Meet Qataris on Taliban Office. Afghanistan: The Trials of Woman Paratrooper Khatool Mohammadzai. Upper Gereshk: The Helmand plan meets tough reality. 2 October 2011Last updated at 00:31 By John Cantlie Gereshk Valley, Helmand "This place makes you old fast," one marine told me After 10 years in Afghanistan, foreign troops can claim successes in the notorious province of Helmand - but a vicious guerrilla war still rages in the Upper Gereshk valley, which US marines are in the process of handing back to British forces.

Upper Gereshk: The Helmand plan meets tough reality

It has only just turned 07:00 and it's already pushing 35C (95F). The three litres of warm water you drank at dawn have already soaked into your flak vest. The patrol advances slowly, inching through poppy fields like their lives depended on it. Saffron could displace opium poppies as Afghans’ cash crop of choice. Farmers’ fields outside the western Afghanistan city of Herat are about to blossom into a purple form of gold.

Saffron could displace opium poppies as Afghans’ cash crop of choice

Once rife with poppy, the lucrative spring crop used to produce heroin, these plots are now seeded with saffron flowers. They yield the burnt orange granules that trade as the most expensive spice in the world. At its highest quality, saffron sells for between $2,000 and $4,000 per kilogram in global markets, enticing farmers to switch their allegiance from opium, which sells as little as a tenth as much. Kabul Hipster (KabulHipster) sur Twitter. Taliban and Nato-led forces engage in war of words on Twitter. As the 20-hour assault by Taliban insurgents on Kabul's diplomatic and military enclave drew to a close on Wednesday, insurgents and coalition forces decided to prolong the battle the modern way: on Twitter.

Taliban and Nato-led forces engage in war of words on Twitter

If the continued insurgency in Afghanistan represents a failure of dialogue, the spat between the Taliban and the press office of the international security assistance force (Isaf) on Wednesday proved that they are ready to exchange words directly, even if their comments offered little hope of peace being forged anytime soon. Alcidé Pingouin (M_Pingouin) sur Twitter. Troops retake Afghan building after deadly, hours-long raid by insurgents, officials say. KHOST, Afghanistan — Not long after dawn broke Sunday in this southeastern city, four men dressed as Afghan police drove up to a downtown checkpoint. In the back seat of their white Toyota Corolla were 300 pounds of homemade explosives, wired to a trigger on the driver’s side.

Two of the passengers wore suicide vests. Ten hours later, after an intense day of close-quarters gun battles inside government offices and a suicide blast, three Afghan police officers and two Afghan soldiers were dead, two U.S. soldiers were wounded, and three of the four attackers had been killed. The fighting was the latest attempt by insurgents to target government forces in the heart of major Afghan cities.

Despite the losses, U.S. soldiers who took part in the fighting praised Afghan police for responding quickly, trapping the insurgents inside a government building and preventing more casualties. U.S. urged allies to boost cell phone service to target terrorists: WikiLeaks. MSgt.

U.S. urged allies to boost cell phone service to target terrorists: WikiLeaks

Reed, USAF/AP Predator drones were used to eliminate terrorists after using cell phone service as spy tool. WASHINGTON - The controversial WikiLeaks document dump offers a rare glimpse into the tactics U.S. officials use to prevent terror attacks here. Diplomatic cables the group illegally obtained reveal U.S. officials quietly pushed for expanding cell phone service along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. They also show U.S. counterterror operatives were trying to gather information on all foreign students studying in Yemen. U.S. embassies in these hotspots of radical Islam reported mixed success, the pilfered cables show, at squeezing the reluctant allies to do more to crush Al Qaeda and its followers. "We have learned since 9/11 that Pakistan responds, periodically, to U.S. pressure on counterterrorism," Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson wrote in a cable to Washington. Abdulmutallab, a wealthy Nigerian, was radicalized while studying in Yemen.

La plupart des Américains s'opposent à la guerre en Afghanistan (sondage) Afghan Quest. Taliban Bombs Hit New High; 1500 In November Alone. The bad news first: Insurgents in Afghanistan have constructed more homemade bombs in the past six months than at any time during the nine-year war.

Taliban Bombs Hit New High; 1500 In November Alone

But those bombs are killing and injuring fewer U.S. and allied forces. Most attempts at blowing up U.S. troops just fail. According to new figures provided to Danger Room by the Pentagon’s task force known as JIEDDO (Joint IED Defeat Organization) that works to defeat improvised explosive devices, the Taliban and its allies built 1,507 homemade bombs in November 2010, an all-time high. That’s nearly 100 more than the 1,415 they made the previous month — the reigning IED record in Afghanistan. July, August and September all had monthly bomb totals of between 1,374 and 1,391; all of which were higher than June’s 1,314.

But JIEDDO considers those figures to conceal a greater success. Les Américains envoient des chars lourds en Afghanistan. Karzai condemns Russian raid - Central & South Asia. Afghanistan : l'Otan déclenche son opération «Frappe du dragon» Afghanistan : quand l’argent américain profite aux talibans. C’est le constat amer fait par la commission de la Défense au Sénat américain.

Afghanistan : quand l’argent américain profite aux talibans

Une enquête a en effet révélé que des fonds américains destinés au paiement des agences privées de sécurité se retrouvaient entre les mains des insurgés. U.S. Is Facilitating Afghan-Taliban Contacts, Say Officials. New Taliban Code of Conduct … Not Matching Reality on the Ground. KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 4) – Despite Mullah Omar's latest attempts to shape perceptions by releasing a revised code of conduct, insurgent violence continues to harm innocent civilians.

Released late July, this newest directive from Mullah Omar calls for insurgent fighters to avoid harming civilians. However, in just the few days since its release, insurgents have killed 43 Afghan civilians and wounded 65. Many of these casualties, including five children killed in Kandahar Monday morning, were victims of suicide bombs. Others, including four killed and three wounded in Zabul province July 28, are victims of IEDs, an indiscriminate killer commonly used by insurgents. During this same timeframe, Taliban insurgents threatened villagers in Farah Province for reporting locations of improvised explosive devices to security forces. Pourparlers entre le gouvernement afghan et l’insurrection. Si le nombre des pertes humaines enregistrées par la Force internationale d’assistance à la sécurité (ISAF), sous commandement de l’Otan, n’a jamais été aussi élevé après 9 ans d’opérations en Afghanistan – élevés en 2010, après 9 ans d’opérations (564 selon, il n’en reste pas moins que la coalition internationale obtient des succès face à l’insurrection, laquelle a pris, il est vrai, de l’ampleur au cours de ces dernières années.

Cela étant, cette hausse des pertes étaient attendue pour au moins deux raisons. Comment couvrir les crimes des soldats américains? Les faits remontent à quelques mois. En mai dernier, la presse américaine a commencé à rapporter que des soldats déployés en Afghanistan auraient délibérément assassiné des civils. Mais l’affaire fait encore étonnamment peu de bruit, vue sa gravité. Afghans find tons of explosive devices transferred from Iran. By the CNN Wire Staff October 6, 2010 -- Updated 1619 GMT (0019 HKT) The Iranian flag flies over the the country's border with Afghanistan. Germans, Britons linked to Europe plot killed in recent US Predator strike. Eight Germans and two Britons were killed in the same airstrike that killed an Islamic Jihad Group commander who trained Europeans to carry out attacks in England, France, and Germany.

The eight Germans and two Britons, who were involved in the recently exposed plot to conduct Mumbai-like attacks in Europe, are said to have been killed in one of the two Sept. 8 airstrikes in the Datta Khel area in North Waziristan, a known safe haven and command and control center for al Qaeda and allied terror groups. The 10 Europeans are thought to have been killed in the same strike that killed Qureshi, a commander in the Islamic Jihad Group (IJG), a splinter faction of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).

"No-Go" Tribal Areas Became Basis for Afghan Insurgency Documents Show. 9/11 retrospectives. With the anniversary approaching once again, James Fallows has collected some excellent essays on the legacy of the event. I'll add two more that I have come across recently. 9/11 and the 9-Year War. By George Friedman It has now been nine years since al Qaeda attacked the United States. It has been nine years in which the primary focus of the United States has been on the Islamic world. In addition to a massive investment in homeland security, the United States has engaged in two multi-year, multi-divisional wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, inserted forces in other countries in smaller operations and conducted a global covert campaign against al Qaeda and other radical jihadist groups.

Zakaria: Why America Overreacted to 9/11. Obama: One war down, one to go. It's interesting to read President Obama's remarks about the end of combat operations in Iraq in light of Peter Beinart's speech to the Lowy Institute last week . Beinart argued that the central mission of Obama's presidency is economic — to make America 'solvent' again. To do that, he has to get his country out of two expensive wars while trying to avoid looking wimpish to his Republican opponents. Afghan war through the eyes of the Taliban. By James White Updated: 14:13 GMT, 30 August 2010 A documentary made by a Norwegian journalist embedded with Taliban fighters has provided a rare glimpse of the other side of the Afghanistan conflict.

The raw footage - captured by Paul Refsdal - shows the Afghan militants attacking U.S. convoys on a road below their mountainous hide-out and celebrating hits with a high-five. The men also show their softer side to the Norwegian journalist by singing, reciting verses from the Koran and even brushing their long hair as he quietly records their day-to-day activities. But the venture is far from risk-free as Refsdal reveals during his narration of the 20-minute film entitled Behind Enemy Lines. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has criticised the U.S. for revealing it will start pulling out of the country in July 2011. Facing Afghan mistrust, al-Qaeda fighters take limited role in insurgency. On Aug. 14, a U.S. airstrike in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed a Taliban commander known as Abu Baqir. International Institute for Strategic Studies 15 Oct 2009 - Discussion Meeting - 'Reconciliation with the Taliban: The View from Kabul'

Afghanistan Conflict Monitor. Who's Winning the War in Afghanistan? Getting Out Early versus Staying In Too Long: Which is Worse. Afghanistan — and the winner is ... 2014. Untitled. Opposition groups are puppets of Iran, Pakistan and India, Afghan officials tell US in private meeting. Operation Enduring Freedom. Afghanistan - Mozilla Firefox. L’Afghanistan selon monsieur Pingouin - Mozilla Firefox.

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Le blog de Kaboul. Washington n'exclut pas un accord avec les talibans. Afghanistan, des alliés réticents. The Taliban Biography: The Structure and Leadership of the Talib. L'armée anglaise et la stratégie du sac d'o. Obama Sets Faster Troop Deployment to Afghanistan. 800 légionnaires français engagés dans une "démonstration de for. Livre: l'armée soviétique en Afghanistan et ses. Les "Farces armées" afghanes, selon le magazine. Armed Farces. Obama démet le général McChrystal. Mc Chrystal tire à vue sur Biden. Les Français, aussi, en prenne. Le vrai visage de McChrystal lors de sa visite à. Mon opinion : replions-nous, mais en bon ordre ! Afghanistan. Un général français "l'ouvre", le débat s'ouvre... David Petraeus prend les commandes en Afghanistan dans un climat. Afghanistan, une "guerre compliquée" à l'issue incertaine - brux.

Editorial - The State of the War in Afghanistan.

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Kabul War Diary - Afghanistan war logs.