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June 22nd, 2010

British diplomat quits Afghanistan post

Britain's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who has criticized elements of the U.S. war strategy, has resigned and the new government of Prime Minister David Cameron is reviewing whether to fill the job, British officials said Monday.Sherard Cowper-Coles, the British counterpart of Obama administration special representative Richard C. Holbrooke, ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Civilian press aide resigns amid flap over McChrystal's 'Rolling Stone' profile

KABUL -- Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's civilian press aide resigned Tuesday over an upcoming magazine story that portrayed the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and some of his aides as derisive toward Obama administration officials. Duncan Boothby, who has been on McChrystal's staff for roughly a year, was the first ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

White House summons McChrystal

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan was summoned to the White House to explain remarks critical of the Obama administration, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, as speculation grew that he could be ousted.The unusual move came a day after General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Furious President Obama summons Gen. Stanley McChrystal to D.C.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates publicly rebuked Gen. Stanley McChrystal Tuesday, saying in a statement that the top commander in Afghanistan had "made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment" in the biting remarks he and his aides made in a Rolling Stone article about President Barack Obama and others in ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Top general in Afghan war apologizes for profile

WASHINGTON — The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan apologized Tuesday for an interview in which he said he felt betrayed by the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.An article out this week in Rolling Stone magazine depicts Gen. Stanley McChrystal as a ... continue reading

June 17th, 2010

Afghanistan gears up to award contracts for vast iron ore deposits in peaceful province

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan is gearing up to award contracts to mine one the world's largest iron ore deposits buried in a peaceful province of the nation that has at least $3 trillion in untapped minerals, the country's top mining official said Thursday.Geologists have known for decades about Afghanistan's vast ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

Gates confident of gains in Afghanistan this year

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he was confident enough battlefield and development gains would be made to allow the Afghans to take over security in parts of the country this winter, before next year's planned drawdown is supposed to start.U.S. concerns are growing about allies dropping out of ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

Afghan president 'has lost faith in US ability to defeat Taliban'

President Hamid Karzai has lost faith in the US strategy in Afghanistan and is increasingly looking to Pakistan to end the insurgency, according to those close to Afghanistan's former head of intelligence services.Amrullah Saleh, who resigned last weekend, believes the president lost confidence some time ago in the ability of ... continue reading

June 8th, 2010

Two more U.S. troops die in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two more American troops were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the military said, extending a spike of bloodshed into a second day and pushing the NATO losses in the country to 23 in just over a week.The latest deaths came as insurgents step up bombings and ... continue reading

June 7th, 2010

Nato loses 10 troops in deadly Afghanistan day

Ten Nato soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in the deadliest day in months for the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf). In the worst of several attacks, five US soldiers died in an improvised bomb blast in east Afghanistan, the US said. Five other Nato troops were killed in a ... continue reading

May 22nd, 2010

12 Afghans killed south of Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least a dozen people were killed Saturday south of the Afghan capital of Kabul after U.S. troops spotted two insurgents trying to plant bombs, an Afghan official said.The two were shot dead in Paktia province, district chief Gulab Shah said. Troops saw comrades drag the two ... continue reading

May 21st, 2010

US investigates Afghanistan civilian deaths

The US military has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that American soldiers were involved in the unlawful deaths of Afghan civilians.A statement released by the US Army in Afghanistan says that a small number of US soldiers were responsible. It said that "as many as three Afghan civilians" were ... continue reading

May 19th, 2010

Taliban launch attack on US airfield at Bagram in Afghanistan

Insurgents launched a pre-dawn assault today against the giant US-run Bagram airfield in Afghanistan, the second Taliban strike at Nato forces in and around Kabul in as many days.At least 10 insurgents had been killed so far in the "ongoing attack", which started at about 3am with rockets, small arms ... continue reading

May 18th, 2010

U.S. Military Deaths Hit 1,000 In Afghanistan

The U.S. has reached the grim milestone of 1,000 or more dead service members killed by hostile action in Afghanistan.The deaths of five U.S. service members Tuesday from a suicide bomb attack in Kabul brought the toll from hostile fire the four digit mark, according to reports. An excerpt from ... continue reading

May 18th, 2010

Nato turns to militias in Afghanistan battle

Elite American and Nato military units in Afghanistan have discreetly turned for help from the "private armies" of warlords and tribal leaders as a controversial tactic in the war against the Taliban, it can be revealed.Working alongside both US intelligence and special force agencies, irregular Afghan militia groups are increasingly ... continue reading

May 18th, 2010

Kabul suicide car bombing targets Nato troops

A suicide car bomb that targeted a Nato convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least 19 people, including six foreign soldiers. The US military said that five of those were American. More than 50 people - mostly Afghan civilians - were hurt. The Taliban has claimed responsibility ... continue reading

May 17th, 2010

Afghan prosecutor issues arrest warrant for US army officer over police killing

• Kabul prosecutor seeks 'outlaw militia' for killings• Hamid Karzai's brother denies link to accused groupAn Afghan prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for an American special forces commander over allegations that a police chief was murdered by a US-trained militia.Brigadier General Ghulam Ranjbar, the chief military prosecutor in Kabul, ... continue reading

May 14th, 2010

Afghan protests over Nato raid in Nangarhar province

Hundreds of villagers in the Afghan province of Nangarhar are protesting over a Nato raid on Thursday, which they claim killed several civilians.There is no independent confirmation of the death toll but local estimates vary from six to 11 dead. Nato officials confirmed an operation targeted a Taliban hideout, but ... continue reading

April 16th, 2010

NATO strikes killing more Afghan civilians

KABUL — Deaths of Afghan civilians by NATO troops have more than doubled this year, NATO statistics show, jeopardizing a U.S. campaign to win over the local population by protecting them against insurgent attacks.NATO troops accidentally killed 72 civilians in the first three months of 2010, up from 29 in ... continue reading

April 12th, 2010

Rioters vent fury at US after Nato troops kill Afghan civilians on bus

Nato's hopes for winning over the Afghan population in the south of the country ahead of a massive new military campaign took a major blow yesterday when Nato soldiers opened fire on a civilian bus in Kandahar City and killed four passengers.Eighteen passengers were also injured in the shooting, which ... continue reading

April 9th, 2010

Inquiry puts spotlight on U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan In nearly nine years of warfare in Afghanistan, U.S. Special Forces have done their fighting in the shadows, governed by rules largely of their own making. Now, these elite and secretive troops, their actions long shielded from public scrutiny, are the focus of a high-profile investigation ... continue reading

April 5th, 2010

U.S. admits killing Afghan women in botched February raid

ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. and NATO officials in Kabul have admitted that international forces killed three Afghan women, two of whom were pregnant, in a botched February raid, reversing earlier NATO claims that the women had already been bound and killed before international troops arrived on the scene. But the ... continue reading

April 5th, 2010

U.S. forces admit to killing 3 Afghan women in raid

After initially denying involvement or any cover-up in the deaths of three Afghan women during a badly bungled U.S. Special Operations assault in February, the U.S.-led military command in Kabul admitted late Sunday that its forces had, in fact, killed the women during the nighttime raid. The admission immediately raised ... continue reading

March 29th, 2010

President Obama Gets Back on the War Wagon

Fresh off his historic and defiant passage of health care reform and barnstorming across the country soliciting popular support to combat Republican and Tea Party opposition, President Obama got back on the war wagon. After a surprise 13-hour flight, Mr. Obama made his first presidential visit to Afghanistan. While the ... continue reading

March 1st, 2010

Afghanistan bans coverage of Taliban attacks

KABUL – Afghanistan on Monday announced a ban on news coverage showing Taliban attacks, saying such images embolden the Islamist militants, who have launched strikes around the country as NATO forces seize their southern strongholds.The announcement came on a day when the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) fighting the ... continue reading

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