A.M. Links: 2,000 U.S. Military Personnel Dead in Afghanistan, Yemen President Endorses Drone Strikes, Coordinated Bomb Blasts in Iraq
News from Afghanistan to Yemen
The Associated Press' count puts the2,000th U.S. serviceman killed in Afghanistan as one who died in a blue-green firefight over the weekend. A new manual for Afghan security forces tells them not to retaliate for perceived cultural offenses like blowing your nose or patting your colleagues. A Taliban suicide attack this weekend killed fourteen, including at least three NATO service members and four Afghan police officers.
- Yemen's new president, who took power after the last president was forced to step down because of Arab Spring protests, enthusiastically endorsed the use of drones in his country.
- The United States has taken the People's Mujahadeen of Iran off the terrorist list. The militant left-wing group was responsible for the assassination of Iran's second president.
- Omar Khadr, a Canadian who's been held at Guantanamo since he was 15, was released this weekend, nearly 10 years later. He was the last Westerner at the camp.
- Coordinated bomb blasts in Iraq killed at least 32,capping off a bloody month in the country.
- Arthur Sulzberger Sr., who was the publisher and chairman of the New York Times for 34 years, died this weekend at 86.