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NYT: Supplier Under Scrutiny on Arms for Afghans

Author: C. J. Chivers

The American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead the fight against the insurgency in Afghanistan. C. J. Chivers writes that much of this ammunition comes from the aging stockpiles of the old Communist bloc and has been deemed unreliable and obsolete.

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Perkovich: U.S.-India Draft Nuclear Agreement Ill-Considered, but Goal of Accommodation with India a Good One

George Perkovich interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

George Perkovich, an expert on India’s nuclear program, says the U.S. goal of trying to reach an accommodation with India over its nuclear energy program was a good one. But he says details in the draft accord, now being worked on in advance of President Bush’s arrival in India next week, were “very under-cooked and not well-considered.”

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America's Friendship with Asia

Author: Donald Rumsfeld

“The American people's friendship with the people of Asia is stronger than at any time in our nation's relatively young history. Over the past few decades, the nations of the Asia-Pacific region have become some of the world's fastest-growing centers for opportunity, prosperity and knowledge. The challenges in the Pacific region are considerable, but behind the challenges is an abundance of opportunity.”

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