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Afghanistan: The horror | The Economist

TALIBAN propagandists currently have one of the easiest jobs going, remarked a Western official after news reached Kabul of a shooting spree in rural Kandahar, in which an American staff sergeant killed …

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Iran Raid Seen as Complex Task for Israeli Military – NYTimes.com

Should Israel decide to launch a strike on Iran, its pilots would have to fly more than 1,000 miles across unfriendly airspace, refuel in the air en route, fight off Iran’s …

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Comment: Deadly Embraces : The New Yorker

“Rabbani opened his arms to embrace him and suddenly I heard a boom.” That is the recollection of a witness to the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former president of Afghanistan and more recently head of the country’s High Peace Council, who was murdered inside his …

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Kill Team Soldier Gibbs Goes on Trial | Julian Brookes | Rolling Stone

Opening statements were heard over the weekend at Joint Base Lewis-McChord at the court martial trial of Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, the suspected ringleader of a self-described “Kill Team” of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, members of a Stryker …

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Killings Pose Legal and Moral Quandary – WSJ.com

Federal investigators needed a judge’s permission to wiretap Anwar al-Awlaki, an American who became a leader in Yemen’s al Qaeda affiliate. But to kill him in a drone strike Friday, the government could do so unilaterally.

The killing of U.S.-born Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen is seen as a boost in the U.S. war on terror. But as WSJ’s Neil Hickey reports from Washington, it’s raised questions about what actions can be taken against U.S. citizens.

The case of Mr. Awlaki and his extrajudicial killing poses a legal and moral quandary for …

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Microdrones, Some as Small as Bugs, Are Poised to Alter War – NYTimes.com

Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air: shrinking unmanned drones, the kind that fire …

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Mladic wary then defiant in dramatic Hague debut | Reuters

Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic faced the U.N. war crimes tribunal on Friday as a defiant general who never lost a battle, denying the charges against him as “obnoxious” and “monstrous.”

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Afghans say NATO airstrike killed civilians – latimes.com

A new dispute over civilian deaths erupted Sunday when Afghan officials claimed an errant NATO airstrike had killed 14 people, women and children …

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Serbian War Crimes Suspect, Ratko Mladic, Is Caught – NYTimes.com

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general held responsible for the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys at…

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Western leaders hail ‘historic’ arrest – Europe – Al Jazeera English

Western and regional leaders have welcomed the arrest of Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of genocide during the…

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Serbian War Crimes Suspect, Ratko Mladic, Is Caught – NYTimes.com

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general accused of war crimes including masterminding the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys at…

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The Kill Team Photos: | Rolling Stone Politics | Photos

During the first five months of last year, a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan went on a shooting spree, killing at least four unarmed civilians and mutilating several of the corpses. The “kill team” – members of the 5th Stryker Brigade stationed near….

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