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Hundreds Missing After Ferry Capsizes, Sinks off South Korea Top news: Nearly 300 people, most of them high school students, are missing after a ferry en route to the resort island of Jeju sank off the southwestern coast of South Korea. At least three...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Elias Groll | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Afghanistan Deputy minister kidnapped Afghanistan's deputy minister of public works, Ahmad Shah Wahid, was kidnapped Tuesday morning in Kabul on his way to work (BBC, RFE/RL). Four armed men in a vehicle opened fire on the minister's car, injuring the...
From: Foreign Policy | By: schneidere | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Tom note: This originally appeared in War Council, a fine blog out of West Point. I am running it here with the permission of the author, who is in Afghanistan, and of the blogkeeper. By Lt. Scott Ginther, U.S. Army Best Defense guest columnist After...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Thomas E. Ricks | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Afghanistan NATO airstrike reportedly kills civilians Afghan officials said that a NATO airstrike on Tuesday killed one woman and two children and wounded one man in eastern Afghanistan (NYT, Pajhwok). Officials said that a coalition aircraft fired a...
From: Foreign Policy | By: schneidere | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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On April 5, 2014, Afghans made history. More than 7 million Afghans waited in long lines for hours, in rainy weather, to vote at over 6,200 polling centers across the country. They did so with a hardened determination to secure a future for Afghanistan...
From: Foreign Policy | By: schneidere | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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By John T. Kuehn, Ph.D. Best Defense guest columnist In a 2005 meeting with the faculty at the Command and General Staff College (CSGC), a senior Army mental health professional acknowledged how woefully unprepared the Army mental health personnel and...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Thomas E. Ricks | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Ukraine Requests Peacekeepers as Crackdown in East Begins Top News: Ukraine's interim president, Oleksander Turchinov, announced that the government had initiated a crackdown on pro-Russian separatists fomenting unrest in the country's east, but government...
From: Foreign Policy | By: J. Dana Stuster | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Nearly 300 people are feared missing after a huge ferry capsized and sank off South Korea's southwestern coast. Carrying a group of high school students on a field trip from a high school outside Seoul, the ship was en route to Jeju, a Korean resort...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Elias Groll | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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After several hours of observing the remote shack in the rural reaches of Bihar, India, we finally saw the guards leave and knew we had precious little time to investigate. My colleague and I approached carefully. The padlock on the front door was...
From: Foreign Policy | By: schneidere | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A couple of things struck me from this audio from the bridge of the minutes leading up to the USS Porter's collision with a Japanese tanker back in 2012. First, it sounds like no one is in charge. Second, when the skipper asks someone a question, it...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Thomas E. Ricks | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Not the Navy Department, nor the Air Force, say these authors. Rather, they contend: The argument that the military must retain the ability to "fight and win the Nation's wars" when shaping operations are resourced as lesser included capabilities is...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Thomas E. Ricks | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Over the past three days, officials in Kiev have fumed as pro-Russian activists seized government buildings in several eastern Ukrainian cities. They vowed to strike back, issued ultimatums for the activists to depart the buildings, and then let those...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Elias Groll | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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In refusing to grant a visa to Iran's ambassador-designate to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, President Barack Obama risks complicating his still-delicate diplomatic dialogue with the Iranian regime. He may also raise the ire of other states, including...
From: Foreign Policy | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The recent near-collapse of Secretary of State John Kerry's Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts unleashed the characteristic wave of criticism that predictably follows in the wake of such setbacks. Yet indulging in finger-pointing, wishing that the parties...
From: Foreign Policy | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Could be there's a fat job open for you at ODNI: Deputy National Intelligence Officer, Russia & Eurasia. I promise you it won't be boring. Some travel required. Oddly enough, the linked announcement says the contact address is on Baccarat Drive in...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Thomas E. Ricks | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Lotsa action in the world of drones. Or maybe I am just noticing them more because I am working with Peter Bergen and Bailey Cahall, who know so much about all this stuff that they could ride drones to work if they wanted to. First, Google yesterday...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Thomas E. Ricks | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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If Russia decides to invade eastern Ukraine, extending its grip on its neighbor's territory from the Crimean peninsula to its eastern and southern provinces, how would it do so? Since Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, the prospect of a full-fledged...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Elias Groll | Monday, April 14, 2014
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CIA Director John Brennan made a surprise visit to Kiev amid threats of further sanctions against Russia
From: Foreign Policy | By: JOHN HUDSON, SHANE HARRIS | Monday, April 14, 2014
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Carlotta Gall, The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2014). The Greek...
From: Foreign Policy | By: schneidere | Monday, April 14, 2014
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They busted an Air Force captain, a student at the Naval Postgraduate School, after he asked them why they were in his yard. They later put a warrant out on him, which may mess up his military career. It seems to me he is owed a formal apology. This...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Thomas E. Ricks | Monday, April 14, 2014
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By Col. Butch Bracknell, USMC (Ret.) Best Defense guest columnist The Washington Post's obituary following the passing of General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., the 30th commandant of the Marine Corps, could have benefited from some balance, perspective, and a...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Thomas E. Ricks | Monday, April 14, 2014
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I was intrigued by this comment, by "USAF Pilot-RET," which ran the other day in response to my post saying that if CIA officials want to practice civil disobedience, they should man up and take the consequences of civil disobedience: During the end...
From: Foreign Policy | By: Thomas E. Ricks | Monday, April 14, 2014
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With national elections in India taking place this month, the health of the U.S.-India relationship is under the spotlight, and the early prognosis is relatively grim. The sudden resignation of the U.S. Ambassador to India and a rocky start to relations...
From: Foreign Policy | By: schneidere | Monday, April 14, 2014
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Deadline for Militants Passes in Eastern Ukraine Ukraine: At least one Ukrainian officer was killed in fighting with pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, as commandos engaged in firefights with gunmen who had set up roadblocks near Slovyansk,...
From: Foreign Policy | By: stackpolet | Monday, April 14, 2014
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India  Maoist rebels kill 14 in election violence Indian Maoist rebels killed 14 people in two separate attacks in the central state of Chattisgarh on Saturday in an attempt at disrupting India's five-week national election (AP, Guardian, BBC). A land...
From: Foreign Policy | By: schneidere | Monday, April 14, 2014
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