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2009-07-16 13:18:55

Insurgent groups like the Taliban can only be effectively engaged with timely and accurate military intelligence, and even good intelligence may only succeed in containing the insurgency, not defeating it, according to a new study in the current issue of Operations Research, a flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®). "Why Defeating Insurgencies is Hard: The Effect of Intelligence in Counterinsurgency Operations...

2009-07-01 08:00:00

COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most Pakistanis now see the Pakistani Taliban as well as al Qaeda as a critical threat to the country -- a major shift from 18 months ago -- and support the government and army in their fight in the Swat Valley against the Pakistani Taliban. An overwhelming majority think that Taliban groups who seek to overthrow the Afghan government should not be allowed to have bases in Pakistan. However, this does not bring with it a shift in attitudes...

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2009-06-29 14:55:20

A rare case of censorship appears to have paid off. The New York Times reported on Monday that it had collaborated with online encyclopedia Wikipedia to keep news of its kidnapped reporter in Afghanistan from going public for more than seven months. Times reporter David Rohde was taken captive by the Taliban in November 2008. The Times believed that publicity over his kidnapping would worsen negotiations to ensure Mr. Rohde's safe return. Rohde and his translator, Tahir Ludin, were able to...

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2009-06-29 10:21:58

Archaeologists warn that the Cheshma-e-Shafa gorge in the northern Afghan province of Balkh, where traces of human occupation date back to the sixth century BC, is in danger of being lost due to the construction of a tar road, despite laws that heritage sites must be protected. The scenic gorge in the northern province of Balkh is just one of several important ancient sites that will be destroyed if the post-Taliban push for development continues, they say. The French Archaeological...

2009-06-04 06:25:00

CAPE CORAL, Fla., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Apostate Theory" (published by AuthorHouse), the new book from Mr. Pat, takes a look at how the election of a U.S. President with Muslim heritage has given Islamic extremism the recruitment tool to expand its ranks. The activity of radical Islam has been in the American crosshairs since the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 and yet, little progress has been made in abating the threat of terrorism. Most recently, Pakistan has become the central focus...

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2009-06-01 15:25:00

U.S. military officials said on Monday that a Facebook page, a YouTube site and feeds on Twitter are being launched in Afghanistan as part of a new communications effort to reach readers who get their information on the Internet rather than in newspapers, The Associated Press reported. Officials said the effort is a way to counter Taliban propaganda and represents a "sea change" in how the military can communicate its message to foreign and American audiences. Col. Greg Julian, the top U.S....

2009-05-14 15:58:27

A U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan has become a media sensation after he was photographed fighting Taliban forces while stripped down to his skivvies. Army Spc. Zachary Boyd, 19, who hails from Fort Worth, Texas, said he was in his sleeping quarters at Firebase Restrepo in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar province when the Taliban attacked, forcing him to take up a defensive position while clad only in his helmet, protective vest, a T-shirt and his pink I Love NY boxer shorts,...

2009-04-23 17:45:00

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In celebration of International Earth Day, the Director General of Afghanistan's National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) declared Band-e-Amir as Afghanistan's first national park. This official designation affords legal protection to the lakes and surrounding landscape, and will ensure sustainable environmental management for this area of great natural beauty. Since 2006, the United States Agency for International Development...

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2009-04-22 10:25:00

USAID funding of Wildlife Conservation Society research helped drive park's creation The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) applauded Afghanistan's National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA), which announced today the establishment of the country's first internationally recognized national park. USAID provided key funding that led to the park's creation, including support of WCS to conduct preliminary wildlife surveys,...

2009-04-15 17:19:00

ST. LOUIS, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- He was assassinated by Al-Qaeda operatives 48 hours before the attacks of 9/11, but few Americans even know his name. Ahmad Shah Massoud's life as a hero to the people of Afghanistan, a progressive advocate of women's rights and an ally to the U.S. and the West are chronicled in the latest Webster University Press book, Massoud: An Intimate Portrait of the Legendary Afghan Leader, by Webster University alumnae Marcela Grad (B.A. Spanish, 1993)....


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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