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November 2nd, 2010

Plainfield man killed in Afghanistan

A Plainfield man was one of two soldiers who were killed Monday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced today.Pfc. Andrew N. Meari, 21, of Plainfield, and Spc. Jonathan M. Curtis, 24, of Belmont, Mass., died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, ... continue reading

November 2nd, 2010

Belmont soldier killed in Afghanistan, DOD reports

The remains of a Belmont soldier who was killed Monday in a bomb attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan were returned to American soil today, according to a release from the Department of Defense.Spc. Jonathan M. Curtis, 24, of Belmont, was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

October 21st, 2010

Journalists banned from major Afghan offensive

A statement from March Forward!Remember the massive military operation involving several thousand U.S. troops, heavy bombing and artillery that “made the sky light up,” carried out by U.S. forces in Afghanistan over the first two weeks of October? Probably not. Convenient logistical problems caused all the journalists trying to cover ... continue reading

October 1st, 2010

NATO convoys attacked in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Assailants launched two separate attacks on tankers carrying fuel for foreign troops in Afghanistan on Friday, showing the vulnerability of NATO supply lines a day after the Pakistani government itself shut one down.The events stand to complicate a difficult war in Afghanistan, especially if the Torkham border ... continue reading

September 23rd, 2010

US official: CIA runs elite Afghan fighting force

WASHINGTON – The CIA has trained and bankrolled a well-paid force of elite Afghan paramilitaries for nearly eight years to hunt al-Qaida and the Taliban for the CIA, according to current and former U.S. officials.Modeled after U.S. special forces, the Counterterrorist Pursuit Team was set up in the months following ... continue reading

September 8th, 2010

US soldiers 'killed Afghan civilians for sport and collected fingers as trophies'

Twelve American soldiers face trial over an secret "kill team" that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Seven other soldiers ... continue reading

September 3rd, 2010

Gates visits US forces in southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – As the last of 30,000 U.S. reinforcements arrive in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates  on Friday got a firsthand look at operations in the dangerous south where Afghan and international troops are ramping up security.Gates traveled to Kandahar province, a region where U.S., Afghan and NATO ... continue reading

August 30th, 2010

7 U.S. troops die in weekend violence in Afghanistan

KABUL - Seven U.S. troops have died in weekend attacks in Afghanistan's  embattled southern and eastern regions. And officials found the bodies Sunday of five kidnapped campaign workers for a candidate for parliament in the western province of Herat.Two servicemen died in bombings Sunday in southern Afghanistan, while on Saturday ... continue reading

August 24th, 2010

Fort Hood Soldier Dies In Attack In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Fort Hood Pfc. Alexis V. Maldonado, 20, of Wichita Falls, died Saturday. 21 at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan of wounds he received in an insurgent attack on his unit in Zhari province, Afghanistan, the military said Monday.The attack involved small arms fire, but other details weren’t provided.Maldonado was ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

Petraeus hedges on US exit date from Afghanistan

The new commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, Gen David Petraeus, says he will not be bound by a 2011 target date to start withdrawing US troops. Speaking on NBC television, Gen Petraeus said he reserved the right to tell President Obama whether the pull-out date was too early. He ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

U.S. soldiers surrounded by enemies as locals throw rocks, curse troops in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - It only takes a few minutes cramped inside a heavily-armored vehicle, rumbling through this decrepit city where the Taliban was born, to understand what President Obama's troop surge is up against here. "Did you see that?" a G.I. asked a buddy over the headsets inside a vehicle ... continue reading

August 9th, 2010

Prisoner in Afghanistan kills two US Marines

KABUL (AFP) – A prisoner killed two US Marines in southern Afghanistan after escaping a prayer room and grabbing a rifle, NATO said Monday.The alliance said the gunman was later shot dead and that the incident on Saturday was under investigation."The prisoner escaped a room where he was observing prayer ... continue reading

August 2nd, 2010

U.S.-led coalition finds 'success' elusive in Kandahar

ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — As the U.S.-led coalition launches its most critical military operation of the nine-year war in Afghanistan, doubts are growing about whether the United States and its allies can contain the surging Taliban-led insurgency and prevent the country from reverting to an al-Qaida sanctuary or erupting in civil ... continue reading

July 22nd, 2010

Afghanistan copter crash kills 2 U.S. service members

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan — Two U.S. service members were killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in Helmand province, the third fatal chopper crash in the south of Afghanistan in less than two months. The Taliban claimed to have shot down the aircraft. The NATO force said an investigation was ... continue reading

July 20th, 2010

US military build-up in Kandahar will bolster Taliban, warns security monitor

The US military build-up in Kandahar is likely to further strengthen the hold of the Taliban over the vital southern Afghanistan city, a highly respected security organisation said today in a bleak report warning of record Taliban violence and rising civilian deaths across the country.The report by the Afghanistan NGO ... continue reading

July 15th, 2010

Lawmakers showing rising frustration with Afghan war

WASHINGTON Democratic and Republican senators voiced deep concern Wednesday over the direction of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, questioning whether the Obama administration can begin withdrawing U.S. troops next summer and worrying that it lacks a plan for forging a political settlement. "We need a better definition of exactly what ... continue reading

July 14th, 2010

3 US troops die in attack on Kandahar police HQ

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A car bomb and gunfight at the entrance of a police headquarters killed three U.S. troops and five civilians in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said Wednesday.An Afghan police officer also died in the attack on the compound of the elite Afghan National Civil Order ... continue reading

July 12th, 2010

VIDEO: Afghans protest killing of civilians

Kabul:  Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets of Mazar-i-Sharif yesterday to protest against mounting civilian deaths, while five US and Nato troops died in separate insurgent attacks on a bloody day of fighting across the country.Protesters chanted slogans against foreign forces and Afghan President Hamid Karzai after US troops ... continue reading

July 12th, 2010

Pentagon PR Strategy: More Briefings, Fewer 'Win' and 'Lose' Phrases for Afghanistan

The Pentagon has outlined a new strategy to "communicate U.S. policy objectives" in Afghanistan and "manage expectations" of the American public about the progress of the nine-year-long war.In a three-page memorandum for the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Douglas Wilson, the new Assistant ... continue reading

July 10th, 2010

Bomb in Kandahar city kills at least 1

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A motorcycle bomb exploded in the commercial center of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Saturday, killing at least one person, police said.Cars were ablaze and windows shattered at a popular shopping center in the aftermath of the blast.One bystander was killed when the bomb, concealed ... continue reading

July 3rd, 2010

The challenge of Kandahar

Reporting from Kandahar, Afghanistan — Rahmatullah, a slender Afghan engineer who lives in Kandahar city, tried to be polite when young Shawn Adams of Digby, Nova Scotia, offered to help in his efforts to build a local school. Sgt. Adams, 23, was leading a Canadian foot patrol when he encountered ... continue reading

June 30th, 2010

Record Western military deaths in Afghanistan in June

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan — As the Afghan war's bloodiest month for Western forces drew to a close Wednesday, the widening scope and relentless tempo of battlefield casualties pointed to a formidable challenge for U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the incoming commander. At least 103 coalition troops were killed ... continue reading

June 29th, 2010

U.S. warned to prepare for longer war in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Gen. David Petraeus on Tuesday cautioned Americans to prepare for several more years of war in Afghanistan and cast the Obama administration's July 2011 timeline to begin withdrawing troops as a highly flexible deadline.Appearing before the U.S. Senate's armed services committee, Petraeus told lawmakers the pace of the ... continue reading

June 29th, 2010

U.N. vehicle shot in Afghan capital; driver killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan man working for the United Nations was shot and killed in his vehicle Tuesday near a busy traffic circle in Afghanistan's capital, the world body said.The man who died was driving a white pickup with the blue U.N. logo painted on the side. Another ... continue reading

June 25th, 2010

June deadliest month for troops in Afghan war

KABUL – The deaths of another four NATO troops in an accident in Afghanistan made June the deadliest single month for US-led foreign forces in nearly nine years of conflict, according to an AFP tally Thursday.The grim landmark followed the sacking of NATO's commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, which ... continue reading

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