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Iraq & Afghanistan Update /Jan 27
Posted by The Agonist on January 28th, 2010

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From our partners at The Agonist

40 days that made illegal attack into legal war on Iraq

Lord Goldsmith, attorney general at the time of the Iraq war, acknowledged today that he changed his advice on the legality of the invasion twice in the five weeks leading up the start of the conflict.

In nearly six hours of testimony before the Chilcot inquiry, the most detailed and gruelling of the inquiry sessions so far, panel members interrogated Goldsmith on the motivation behind the switches in his position over six months in the runup to the war. While he rarely appeared flustered, he presented a picture of someone kept out of the loop of key decision-making, first struggling to get his voice heard and finally accepting what appeared to be politically inevitable.

** Islamic State of Iraq claims responsibility in bombings targeting Baghdad hotels
** Iraq signs oil contract with Chinese-led group
** Iraq captive Peter Moore says kidnappers subjected him to mock execution

A Reconciliation Plan in Afghanistan

The Afghan government is set to unveil an ambitious, far-reaching plan to persuade the Taliban’s foot soldiers to abandon their fight and to offer an opening for the movement’s leaders to return to politics in the country they once ruled.

The new program, which President Hamid Karzai will outline Thursday at a conference in London, seeks to avoid the problems that dogged earlier, more piecemeal approaches. This time it will be a comprehensive plan, operating at the district, provincial and national levels, according to his advisers, who describe it as “bottom-up and top-down.”

‘Inadequate partner’: what US really thinks of Karzai

Ambassador’s leaked cables to the White House reveal increasing exasperation with the President of Afghanistan

The new Afghan plan: buy off Taliban

** Australian Security Contractor Sentenced to Death in Afghanistan
** NATO finalizes Afghan transit deal with Kazakhstan
** UN chief names new envoy to Afghanistan
** Geopolitics: A Swiss Afghanistan and Russian NATO

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