The U.S. military is investigating whether American taxpayer dollars from a more than two billion dollar contract are being used to pay off Afghan insurgents in return for not attacking contractors.
The issue at hand is whether contractors working for the U.S. government in Afghanistan are paying protection money to local security companies which in turn give the money to Afghan insurgents so they will not attack the contractors. FULL POST
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The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan apologized for remarks critical of the Obama administration in Rolling Stone magazine.
In the profile, scheduled for publication Friday, author Michael Hastings writes that the general's aides mocked top civilian officials, including Vice President Joe Biden.
McChrystal, in a Pentagon statement, said early Tuesday he was sorry.
"I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened. Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard. I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders and troops fighting this war and I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome."
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Top General apologizes - The U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has been summoned to Washington to explain remarks he made to Rolling Stone magazine. A profile of the General included outspoken criticism of the US ambassador in Kabul, Karl Eikenberry, as well as a derisive tone towards some in the White House opposed to his counter-insurgency strategy. McChrystal issued a statement Tuesday from Kabul saying: "I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened." But now senior Administration official tells CNN: "McChrystal has been directed to attend tomorrow's monthly meeting [in Washington] on Afghanistan and Pakistan in person rather than appear over SVTC (secure video teleconference) to explain to the Pentagon and the Commander in Chief his quotes in the piece about his colleagues."
[Updated 7:50 a.m.] Gen. Stanley McChrystal has fired a press aide because of a Rolling Stone article in which McChrystal was portrayed as critical of Obama administration officials, two defense officials tell CNN.
[Originally posted 7:41 a.m.] Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, has been recalled to Washington after making controversial remarks about colleagues in a Rolling Stone article, officials said.