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Afghan President Hamid Karzai to US Special Ops: Get Out 24 Feb 2013 Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered all U.S. Special Forces out of two key provinces within two weeks, accusing Afghan units under their jurisdiction of being responsible for the torture, abuse, and disappearance of Afghan civilians. The deadline was announced today by Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi at a hastily convened press conference, and later repeated in a statement from the Presidential Palace. The decision came after Karzai met Sunday with his National Security Council. According to the statement, during the meeting "it became clear that armed individuals belonging to US Special Forces engaged in harassing, annoying, torturing, and even murdering innocent people."
Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai orders US torture troops to leave 24 Feb 2013 US special forces have been ordered to leave a region of Afghanistan over claims they used local soldiers to torture or kill innocent people. Elite troops have been given two weeks to get out of troubled eastern Wardak province by Afghan president Hamid Karzai. Those engaged in 'harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people' will be handed over to the government, said his spokesman.
US to leave troops in Afghanistan after 2014, says German official 22 Feb 2013 The US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, and his Nato counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but a dispute arose on Friday between the US and Germany over whether the force would be international or purely American. The conflicting accounts came as Nato defence ministers gathered in Brussels to discuss the endgame of the 11-year-old war. The German defence minister, Thomas de Maizière, told reporters Panetta had told him at the meeting that the US would leave 8,000-10,000 troops in the country at the end of 2014. But Panetta, speaking to reporters later, called De Maizière's comments inaccurate.
U.S. drone strikes up sharply in Afghanistan 23 Feb 2013 One morning recently, a teenager named Bacha Zarina was collecting firewood on her family's farm in eastern Afghanistan. About 30 yards away, as relatives recall, two Taliban commanders stood outside a house. A missile screamed down from the sky, killing the two men instantly. Two chunks of shrapnel flew at Bacha Zarina and lodged in her left side. Her family took her to the nearest hospital, a half-hour drive away, but she died en route, an accidental victim of the rapidly escalating U.S.-led campaign of drone strikes in Afghanistan. She was 14 or 15 years old.
Gibbs: I was told not to acknowledge existence of drone program 24 Feb 2103 Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama's former press secretary, says that he was once instructed by the White House not to acknowledge the administration's use of drones. "When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you're not even to acknowledge the drone program," Gibbs said on MSNBC's "Up With Chris Hayes" on Sunday. "You're not even to discuss that it exists." Or, to paraphrase an oft-quoted line from David Fincher's 1999 film "Fight Club": The first rule of the drone program is you do not talk about the drone program.
Bomber killed near Afghan capital's diplomatic zone: police 24 Feb 2013 Afghan security forces shot dead at least one would-be suicide bomber on Sunday in a high-security area of Kabul, home to government departments and diplomatic missions, police said. The shooting happened near a construction site that was stormed by Taliban gunmen in April last year. They began a nine-hour attack, firing rockets at western embassies and nearby hotels frequented by foreigners.
Polish prosecutors to drop charges in CIA jail inquiry: report 19 Feb 2013 Poland will drop charges against a former intelligence chief prompted by allegations that the CIA was allowed to run a secret prison in Poland for 'al Qaeda' suspects, a major Warsaw newspaper said on Tuesday. Human rights activists and lawyers for men who allege they were detained by the CIA in Poland say the Polish authorities are trying to stifle the investigation because it would become politically embarrassing if it led to trials. The daily Gazeta Wyborcza first reported early last year that prosecutors looking into allegations of a secret CIA jail, and how much Polish officials knew about it, had raised criminal charges against ex-intelligence chief Zbigniew Siemiatkowski... Several sources close to the inquiry contacted by Reuters last year confirmed prosecutors had drawn up charges against Siemiatkowski. On Tuesday, the same newspaper cited an unnamed source as saying the charges against Siemiatkowski would soon be withdrawn.
Iran's IRGC cyber-warriors take control of mock enemy's spy drone 24 Feb 2013 Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has successfully taken control of the mock enemy's reconnaissance drone on the first day of the Payambar-e Azam 8 (The Great Prophet 8) military drills, which are being held in the southeastern province of Kerman. The spokesman of the war games, Brigadier General Hamid Sarkheili, told reporters late on Saturday that the IRGC forces took control of the drone's guidance system and managed to bring it down. The IRGC Ground Force started the Payambar-e Azam 8 exercise, which includes practice maneuvers of various defense tactics, in southeastern Iran on Saturday.
US warns Pakistan not to sign pipeline deal with Iran 22 Feb 2013 The United States warned Pakistan against entering 'deals with Iran that may be sanctionable,' a reference to Pak-Iran gas deal. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said during a media briefing that Pakistan had better not sign agreement with Tehran. However, she said Washington wanted to help Pakistan overcome its energy crisis. [Right, more US tax dollars to infuse billions into the 'coalition of the bribed' -- the only way USociopaths can actually get allies -- to benefit US corpora-terrorists pretending to build foreign infrastructure and for Blackwater to pretend to defend same. Hopefully, Pakistan will sign the deal with Iran, regardless. --LRP]
Protests mark WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning's 1,000th day in jail 23 Feb 2013 Supporters of Bradley Manning, the US soldier who is accused of being behind the largest leak of state secrets in America's history, held a series of rallies across the US and the world on Saturday. The demonstrations in more than 70 locations were aimed at marking Manning's 1,000th day in jail and came as the young soldier prepares to appear again before a military court next week. Manning is being prosecuted by the US government for allegedly transmitting confidential material to the anti-secrecy campaigner Julian Assange's web organisation WikiLeaks. The US government considers such actions a threat to its national security.
Autopsy shows Palestinian prisoner died of torture in Israeli jail 25 Feb 2013 Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Affairs Eissa Qaraqe' said on Sunday that autopsy revealed that Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat died of torture. "Traces of severe torture appeared on Jaradat's body: neck, face and backbone," Qaraqe' told reporters in a news conference held in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Jaradat, 30, died in an Israeli prison on Saturday after he was detained in one of the almost-daily Israeli army raids in the West Bank since less than a week. Initial Israeli media reports cited sources suggesting that Jaradat died of a heart attack. Qaraeq' denied this claims, describing it an "untrue Israeli claim."
Second bird flu patient dies in Guizhou 25 Feb 2013 A 31 year old man died Friday after having contracted H5N1 bird flu earlier this month, according to authorities in Guizhou. The website of the province's health department said the man, who developed symptoms of the virus February 3, died of multiple organ failure. This is the second bird flu death in Guizhou in less than two weeks, coming after a 21 year old woman died February 13. Health officials have found no connection between the two cases, and the two are reported to have come into close contact with birds.
Scottish woman with serious 'flu-type illness' airlifted to Leicester hospital 24 Feb 2013 A Scottish woman is in intensive care at a specialist hospital in Leicester after contracting a suspected form of swine flu. Jennifer Scott, 27, was transferred by helicopter from Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary after she was diagnosed with a serious "flu-type illness". Her condition at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester was described as critical but stable. A spokesman for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: "We have had a confirmed case of a significant flu-type illness."
6.2-magnitude quake jolts central Japan 25 Feb 2013 An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted central Japan on Monday, said the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). The quake took place at 4:23 p.m. local time and the epicenter was initially determined at degree 36.9 north latitude, 139.4 degree east longitude, with a depth of 10 km. The temblor was marked upper 5 in JMA seismic intensity of 7 in the area near the epicenter in the northern Tochigi Prefecture.
6 underground tanks full of radioactive waste are leaking at Washington State's Hanford Nuclear Reservation 23 Feb 2013 Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks. The news has renewed discussion over delays for emptying the tanks, which were installed decades ago and are long past their intended 20-year life span. "None of these tanks would be acceptable for use today. They are all beyond their design life. None of them should be in service," said Tom Carpenter of Hanford Challenge, a Hanford watchdog group. "And yet, they're holding two-thirds of the nation's high-level nuclear waste." Just last week, state officials announced that one of Hanford's 177 tanks was leaking 150 to 300 gallons a year, posing a risk to groundwater and rivers.
US government mulls $16bn plea deal for BP over Deepwater - report 23 Feb 2013 The US government and Gulf Coast states are reportedly considering offering BP Plc a deal under which the company will pay $16bn to settle civil suits stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The deal would cover the company's potential penalties under the Clean Water Act and payments under the natural resources damage assessment, the Wall Street Journal said, citing sources familiar with the discussions. It was unclear if the deal had been formally offered to BP; both the company and the US Justice Department declined to comment.
Gene Rosen getting fed his lines by handler or coach - Sandy Hook by Scotty Walker 08 Feb 2013 (Video) Creepy Gene Rosen was prompted to say "TERRIFIED" at corner of firehouse by a woman. Was she at his house with the children? Note the two guys in red & black, they are seen when Rosen is circling around practicing his lines as seen from chopper footage. Notice the black tape over the police car at two seconds in. Since when do police have time to tape over identifying words on their car doors after being dispatched to a shooting? When did they tape over their doors?
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