Pak Border Post Attack a Big Loss for U.S. War Policy

Pakistanis burn an American flag in protest of NATO border strike. AFP PHOTO/ S.S. MIRZA

Gareth Porter: The decision to attack by helicopter gunships, which killed 24 Pakistani troops and stoked a new level of anti-U.S. sentiment feeling in the country, has caught the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in a rare defense posture, because senior officials don’t know what happened and why.

Night Raids Killed over 1,500 Afghan Civilians

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Gareth Porter: U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011, analysis of official statistics on the raids released by the U.S.-NATO command reveals.

Out-of-Control Security Guards Hamper Afghanistan Efforts

A convoy containing military hardware heads west to a Coalition outpost in northern Helmand province on June 17, 2006, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

“Trigger-happy” private security guards in Afghanistan are killing civilians and undercutting counterinsurgency efforts, reports today’s Army Times.

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