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  1. Gates Harshly Critiques Obama in New Memoir

    Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticizes the Obama administration in a memoir scheduled for release later this month. Gates reserves particularly strong words for Obama’s Afghanistan exit strategy, accusing the president of advocating the plan despite believing that it would fail. He also says Obama dislikes Afghan President Hamid Karzai. These revelations come in the midst of urgent U.S. efforts to secure Afghan agreement to a lasting security agreement between the two counties. Karzai and his government are already somewhat hostile towards the deal, and the Gates revelations are unlikely to help matters.

    Sources: The Guardian, NPR, Reuters

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