The Osprey was extremely expensive to develop and had multiple crashes during testing. The Marines flying it today in Afghanistan now sing its praises, but its high cost is now an issue as the Pentagon looks for cuts.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just returned to the U.S. after a weeklong trip through Central Asia. Most of her stops were associated with two issues: the war in Afghanistan, and frayed relations with Pakistan. Clinton described her talks with U.S. and Pakistani military leaders as very comprehensive.
The Afghan president's comments come only days after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited both countries and said Islamabad must do more to crack down on militants using its territory as a staging ground for attacks on Afghanistan. Afghanistan's army is being trained and funded by primarily U.S. assistance.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Pakistan to urge the country's leadership to eliminate safe havens for terrorists, says that U.S. officials met with the Haqqani network this summer. She did not say who the participants were, or what was discussed.
Three months ago, the southern Afghan city of Kandahar looked to be dangerously unstable after the murders of Kandahar kingpin Ahmed Wali Karzai and the city's mayor. Despite fears of a struggle to fill the leadership vacuum, some Kandaharis say life is better without those power brokers.
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