Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban. Britain. Obama BBC Interview.
[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to the war, the U.S. military's strategy, and the people impacted by our decisions. Read more about our campaign at www.sojo.net/afghanistan.]
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- A Slice of Afghanistan Secured by Afghans: "Zabul, in southeastern Afghanistan, has become important for another, better reason: as a small but overlooked corner of the Afghan war that offers a glimpse of what a stable future might look like as Afghans take over their own security and administration by 2014."
- Afghanistan says Taliban leader Omar has 'disappeared': "Afghanistan's main intelligence agency said Monday it is investigating reports that Taliban leader Mohammad Omar and some of his top commanders have left their hideout near the Afghan-Pakistan border and cannot be located."
- Britain to pull 400 troops out of Afghanistan this year: "David Cameron has announced that 400 British troops will withdraw from Afghanistan this year in the first stage of his plan to remove all UK combat troops by the end of 2014."
- US 'would repeat Bin Laden raid': Here is the full transcript of the BBC's interview with President Barack Obama. "What we can do I think is use the efforts that we've made militarily to broker a political settlement that ensures the Afghanistan constitution is abided by, that elections remain free and fair, that human rights including women's rights are respected."
- Bin Laden's Gone. Can My Son Come Home? Check out this series of op-eds in the New York Times in response to the death of Osama Bin Laden. "I love my son. I enjoy our periodic visits and our weekly telephone calls, but this visit felt different. 'If Bin Laden is dead,' I kept thinking, 'why can't John come home?'"
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Hannah Lythe is policy and outreach associate at Sojourners.