Afghanistan War News Updates — May 10, 2012

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Vincent Goitortua scans for potential threats while his fellow Marines speak to a group of local farmers about illicit poppy growth in the area during a security patrol in the Durzay region of the Garmsir district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 30, 2012. Goitortua is assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which was making the final patrol of a seven-month deployment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder


Afghanistan “Faces Tougher Times” In Next Security Handover — Yahoo News/Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan faces tougher security challenges in the next phase of a transition from foreign to Afghan forces as insurgents step up their attacks, Afghan officials said on Thursday.

President Hamid Karzai is expected to announce on Sunday the transfer of 230 districts and the centers of all provincial capitals to Afghan control in the third phase of a handover before most NATO troops pull out by the end of 2014.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command Morning operational update – May 10, 2012
Suicide attackers kill 5 in eastern Afghanistan — AP
10 Taliban rebels surrender in N. Afghanistan — Xinhuanet
Loss of aid, troops could hit fragile Afghanistan — Sydney Morning Herald
As US-Taliban talks stall, hope for political solution dims — Stars and Stripes/Washington Post
Special Report: Afghan surprise in Ghazni province — The Independent
Sipping, not guzzling, fuel on Afghanistan’s frontlines — Chicago Tribune/Reuters
Afghan Goal: Toning Down The Radical Preachers — NPR
Afghanistan Will Dominate NATO Summit in Chicago, Says Senior NATO Commander — Ottawa Citizen
U.S. – Afghan Agreement Signed — Voice of America
Iran threatens to expel Afghan refugees if Kabul ratifies US strategic partnership — The Telegraph
Soldier’s family reveals prisoner trade secretly discussed by U.S. and Taliban — The Lookout/Yahoo News
Poll: Support for war in Afghanistan hits new low — Chicago Tribune
AP-GfK Poll: Afghan war support drops to new low — AP
Afghan Refugee Children Perish in Harsh Winter — New York Times
The bootmaker of Kabul’s promising venture losing traction — Stars and Stripes
Never-Ending Story: On the Front Lines of Afghanistan’s Counterinsurgency — Michael Hirsh, The Atlantic
Realism and reality in Afghanistan — Arnaud de Borchgrave, The Washington Times


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