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Obama says US is losing war in Afghanistan and hints at Taleban talks

March 8, 2009

President Obama conceded today that the US was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the way for negotiations with moderate elements of the Taleban, much as America did with Sunni tribes in Iraq.

The new strategy, which comes as Mr Obama prepares to send an additional 17,000 US troops into Afghanistan, emerged after a frenetic 48 hours of American diplomacy in the region involving new overtures to Iran, Russia and the Muslim world.

The fresh approach to Tehran is causing significant concern in Israel and the Arab world over fears that Mr Obama is making too many concessions to Iran at a time when his own officials say it now has enough enriched uranium to make one nuclear weapon.

Mr Obama’s admission of the dire situation in Afghanistan followed an invitation to Iran by Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, to participate in a US-headed regional conference on Afghanistan later this month.

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Israel Urges Russia Not to Arm Iran (Further)

December 19, 2008

Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Security Bureau, on Friday urged Russia not to sell weapons to Iran that could be used to attack Israel.

By Yaakov Katz
The Jerusalem Post

The Interfax news agency quoted Gilad as saying Israel expects Russia to respect his country’s interests.

Gilad was visiting Moscow and was quoted in response to a question about possible deliveries of the Russian S-300 air defense missiles to Iran.

Some Russian media have claimed that a deal has already been struck to sell the missiles.

A Russian defense official, who was quoted this week as saying that arms sales to Iran created regional stability, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that he had not been referring to the sale of the S-300 system.

The S-300 is one of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft-missile systems in the world today and has a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time. It has a range of about 200 kilometers and can hit targets at altitudes of 90,000 feet.

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