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Report: France to Host Afghan Govt, Taliban Talks

France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a radio interview Sunday that Afghan government officials and Taliban group representatives are meeting for the first time this week in Paris, Reuters reports. High-ranking members of the Afghan High Peace Council and the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance are also expected in the meeting, …

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NATO Head: Alliance On Track to Meet 2014 Afghan Withdrawal Deadline

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday the alliance is on track to meet its 2014 deadline for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, American Forces Press Service reports. Claudette Roulo writes Rasmussen also said nearly 90 percent of training activities in the country are conducted by Afghan security forces. Rasmussen …

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Profile: Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution

Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, homeland security and American foreign policy. He is also a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and a member …

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Profile: Michael Flynn, DIA Director

Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, having succeeded Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess in July to become the agency’s 18th director and assume leadership of 16,000 professionals. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta nominated Flynn to lead the DIA in April after serving as assistant director of …

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NATO Extends Secretary General Rasmussen’s Term for One Year

NATO allies approved a one year term extension for NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen last Wednesday, reports Reuters. NATO secretary-generals serve a four-year term with a potential one year extension. The agreement will prolong Rasmussen’s term until July 2014, just months before the planned troop pull-out from Afghanistan. Rasmussen …

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Afghanistan Granted Major Non-NATO Ally Status

Afghanistan is now a U.S. non-NATO ally, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Saturday. According to the National Journal, Afghanistan joins an elite group of Asian and Middle Eastern allies that include Israel, Japan and Pakistan. Clinton announced the move with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in …

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Bill Would Bar Pentagon From Using Private Security At Afghan Posts

House lawmakers will begin to consider the 2013 defense authorization bill this week, including a provision in regard to federal contracting in Afghanistan, the Washington Business Journal reports. According to writer Jill Aitoro, the measure would prohibit the Pentagon from contracting private companies for security guard services at Afghanistan-based military …

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Report: Gen. John Allen To Head European Command

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen is expected to leave his current post as top commander in Afghanistan and take over as head of U.S. European Command early next year, the Washington Post reports. According to the Post, Navy Adm. James Stavridis, current head of European Command, has been asked to …

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