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...Afghanistan - Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring...president Afghans have known since the Taliban were ousted in the wake of the Sept...likely to be an intensified campaign by the Taliban to regain power.A security agreement...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/kim-gamel/2014-04-05
What are we fighting for?

...the internal war continued, and does through today. The Taliban is as strong as ever. We read, almost daily, about bombings...Al Qaeda. Yet, we are pulling out and the bad guys, the Taliban and Al Qaeda, continue to operate in that country. What did...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/letters/2014-04-07/what-are-we-fighting-for
Letters

...psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, who had said he was angry about being deployed to Afghanistan and wanted to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. troops.Lopez, an Army truck driver, did a short stint in Iraq in 2011 and told medical personnel he...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/danica-coto/2014-04-05
What will happen to Afghan women when the Taliban returns?

...happen to Afghan women? Will a resurgent Taliban return them to wearing burqas, withdraw...with the Afghan government and fears the Taliban could again leave women at a disadvantage...doesn't trust any agreement involving the Taliban: "I don't believe they would consider...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2013-11-02/what-will-happen-to-afghan-women-
Opinion
How to make a politically incorrect movie without trying

...four-man team of Navy SEALs hunting down a Taliban commander is stumbled upon by a couple...writer in Salon complains that the targeted Taliban commander "is presented as a terrible guy," and we don't learn enough about the Taliban fighters attacking the SEALs, or as he...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2014-01-22/how-to-make-a-politically-incorre
Opinion
Lone Survivor

Now Playing Synopsis: Based on a true story, director Peter Berg's Lone Survivor stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch as four Navy SEALs whose sensitive mission into the Afghan mountains is unexpectedly compromised, leading to a fierce skirmish with a small army of Taliban soldiers. The year is 2005. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, the War in Afghanistan is well under way when military intelligence learns that a senior Taliban member is hiding out in a remote village deep in the Hindu Kush mountains of the Kunar Province. Convinced that his capture or killing could turn the tide of the difficult war in favor of the United States, the Navy SEALs hatch Operation Red Wings. The goal is simple -- send a select team of soldiers to stake out the village from the surrounding mountains, and move on their target when the time is right. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Michael Murphy (Kitsch), Marcus Luttrell (Wahlberg), Matt Axelson (Foster), and Danny Dietz (Hirsch) reach their checkpoint, and quickly realize that another nearby hill will provide a better vantage spot. Shortly after arriving at that new location and getting a positive ID on their target, however, the soldiers are caught off guard by three wandering shepherds, including a young boy. Ultimately, a heated vote over what to do with the captured shepherds leads Lt. Murphy to decide that the best course of action is to abide by the rules of engagement, meaning that the soldiers will abort the mission, release the captives, and retreat to their extraction point. Shortly after the shepherds are set free, however, the four SEALs find themselves surrounded by dozens of Taliban soldiers, and engaged in a fierce gunfight that -- with the aid of some truly brave villagers -- only one of them will make it out of. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

...ready to take over the battle against the Taliban and al-Qaida linked militants without...be not yet fully prepared to fight the Taliban without further foreign training and international...Pashtun from southern Kandahar, where a Taliban insurgency flourishes, disagreed. He...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2013-11-19-1
News
Movie review: 'Lone Survivor' paints an honest, even portrait

...take down one of the key leaders of the Taliban at a remote mountain village in Afghanistan...least not in terms of Americans versus Taliban. This isn't a Paul Greengrass film where we follow the little Taliban boy home and see what life is like in...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/arts-entertainment/2014-01-15/movie-review-lone-surv
Arts & Entertainment
Obama's insincere war

...status of forces agreement - has been a resurgence of al-Qaida in Iraq. If we pull out from Afghanistan right away, the Taliban will surely enjoy a similar windfall.Obama has a remarkable ability to create critical distance between himself and almost...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2014-01-12/obamas-insincere-war
Opinion

...battle-scarred region of Pakistan for exposing the Taliban's atrocities and advocating for girls...religious extremists. On Tuesday, the Taliban nearly killed her to quiet her message...Makai for the BBC about life under the Taliban, and began speaking out publicly in 2009...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/rebecca-santana/2012-10-09

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