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US may use CIA cloak to hide Afghan presence

In Afghanistan on April 4, 2012 at 6:32 am

Afghan men walk past by US soldiers in Ghazni province(AFP Photo / Aref Yaqubi)The Pentagon is reportedly deliberating over putting elite troops and Special Forces in Afghanistan under CIA control. The move would reduce official US presence with a view to meeting Obama’s promise of total withdrawal from the country by 2014.

Top US military sources told Agence France-Presse that the idea had been circulated by senior defense intelligence as a way to reduce US presence in Afghanistan before the 2014 deadline.

It is one of several initiatives currently under discussion in the Pentagon, according to AFP sources. The proposals have not yet been presented to US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Washington has denied the existence of such a proposal, with Pentagon spokesperson George Little calling the claims “simply wrong.”

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China raps US meddling

In Activism, China, Human Rights, Military, Society, World News on April 11, 2011 at 7:44 am


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China has called on the United States to stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries under the pretext of human rights issues.
China raps US Meddling
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei gestures for questions at a press briefing in China’s capital Beijing

China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei urged Washington to focus on its own human rights conditions, saying, “We advise the US side to reflect on its own human rights issues and not to position itself as a preacher of human rights,” the state-funded BBC reports.

“[The US should] stop using the issue of human rights reports to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs,” the Chinese politician added.

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Hong says China welcomes talks about rights on the basis of equality and mutual respect. However, he added that Beijing resolutely opposes meddling in other countries’ affairs.

The development comes following the annual release of US State Department’s report on human rights, which criticized China for rights abuses.

The American report, considered by many observers as more of a political document against countries not in good terms with the US, accused Beijing of stepping up restrictions on lawyers and journalists.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also claimed on Friday that Beijing’s record on human rights was worsening.

“We remain deeply concerned about reports that since February, dozens of people including public-interest lawyers, writers, artists, intellectuals and activists have been arbitrarily detained and arrested,” Clinton said.

The Asian country has also been accused by the US of tightening controls on civil liberties and imposing more restraints over the press and internet access.




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