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  • Threats cloud Afghan election

    KABUL – Afghans voted under the shadow of Taliban threats of violence today to choose their next president for a nation plagued by armed insurgency, drugs, corruption and a feeble …


  • Attacks hit Kabul on eve of election

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Insurgents struck the Afghan capital two days before national elections, firing rockets or mortars at the presidential palace and unleashing a suicide car bomber on a NATO …


  • Obama defends Afghanistan policy

    PHOENIX – President Barack Obama on Monday defended his administration’s new approach to the fierce fighting that rages in Afghanistan, calling it “not only a war worth fighting” but also …


  • Afghan warlord returns

    KABUL, Afghanistan – A notorious Afghan warlord accused of allowing the murder of hundreds, if not thousands, of prisoners and then destroying the evidence returned to Afghanistan Sunday night as …


  • Bombing targets election

    KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide car bombing outside the U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan’s capital Saturday was the most serious indication yet of the Taliban’s designs to disrupt Thursday’s presidential …


  • Karzai may face runoff, poll shows

    KABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai has a wide lead over his opponents in next week’s election, but may not be able to muster enough support to avoid a runoff, …


  • Report won’t ask for more troops in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – An upcoming assessment of Afghanistan by the top U.S. commander there will not include a request for additional U.S. troops, as has been widely expected, Defense Secretary Robert …


  • Boeing pays $25 million to settle U.S. probe

    Boeing Co. agreed Thursday to pay the U.S. government $25 million to settle claims the company did defective work on critical military refueling planes in Iraq and Afghanistan.


  • Afghans seek accountability from security contractors

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Mirza Mohammed Dost stood at the foot of his son’s grave, near a headstone that read: “Raheb Dost, martyred by Americans.” His son was no insurgent, Dost …


  • Marines launch assault in southern Afghanistan

    DAHANEH, Afghanistan – Helicopter-borne U.S. Marines backed by Harrier jets stormed into a strategic Taliban-held town in southern Afghanistan before dawn today, battling to gain control of the area ahead …


  • Taliban address soldier’s status

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – A militant commander who is holding a U.S. soldier abducted in Afghanistan said Sunday that Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s council is waiting for a response …


  • World in brief: Roadside bomb kills 12 Afghans

    KABUL – A remote-controlled bomb targeting a police convoy killed 12 people today in western Afghanistan, a day after three American soldiers died in a complex militant ambush in the …


  • Four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    KABUL – A roadside bomb killed four American troops in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, driving the July death toll for U.S. forces to the highest monthly level of the war. …


  • Captured soldier from Idaho

    HAILEY, Idaho – Friends and family of an Idaho soldier who was captured in Afghanistan prayed for his safe return Sunday, shaken by the image of the frightened young private …


  • Copter crash in Afghanistan kills sixteen

    KABUL – A Russian-owned civilian helicopter crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff at southern Afghanistan’s largest NATO base Sunday, killing 16 civilians in the latest in a string …


  • Bagram prison detainees protest

    WASHINGTON – The prisoners at the largest U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan have refused to leave their cells for at least the past two weeks to protest their indefinite imprisonment, …


  • Marines killed in Afghan blast

    KABUL – A bomb blast killed two U.S. Marines in Afghanistan’s dangerous south, where thousands of American troops have been deployed in a massive operation to oust Taliban fighters from …


  • Blast kills dozens in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan – A powerful truck bomb on Thursday killed at least 25 people, more than half of them children, in an eastern province near Kabul. Authorities speculated that the …


  • Afghanistan’s marriage law toned down

    KABUL — Afghanistan’s government has revised a law that stirred an international outcry because it essentially legalized marital rape, officials said Thursday. The new version no longer requires a woman …


  • U.S. continues strikes against Taliban, killing 44

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – For the second consecutive day, unmanned U.S. spy planes pounded suspected Taliban targets in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 44 people, …


  • Military kids seek more care

    WASHINGTON – Children of U.S. military troops sought outpatient mental health care 2 million times last year, double the number at the start of the Iraq war. There was also …


  • 7 U.S. troops die in Afghanistan

    NAWA, Afghanistan – Roadside bombings and a gun attack killed seven U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan on Monday, providing a grim reminder of the insurgency’s resilience even as Marines moved to …


  • Bomber kills two near Afghanistan NATO base

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A suicide car bomber struck early today outside the main NATO base in southern Afghanistan, killing two civilians and wounding 14 other people, as U.S. Marines pressed …


  • Marines to live among Afghans

    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Thousands of U.S. Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys today, mounting an operation that represents the first large-scale test …


  • Despite problems, Osprey will serve in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – In the fall, the first squadron of Marines finally will fly V-22 Ospreys into the mountains of Afghanistan, months behind schedule and despite shortcomings that make some in …


  • Back in Valley, Crocker reflects on diplomacy’s lessons

    In life, Ryan Crocker says, it is better to be lucky than good and more important to have perseverance than hope. Those lessons are among those he’s learned in a …


  • House OKs funding bill for Afghanistan, Iraq wars

    WASHINGTON – Sidestepping opposition from antiwar liberals, the House on Tuesday approved funding to escalate the war in Afghanistan and wind down U.S. involvement in Iraq. The $106 billion war-funding …


  • Former Iraq ambassador feels halfway to ‘normalcy’

    In life, Ryan Crocker says, it is better to be lucky than good, and more important to have perseverance than hope.


  • U.S. says violence spiking in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – The violence that has surged for two years in Afghanistan reached a new high last week, and more difficulty lies ahead, the commander of U.S. troops in the …


  • Afghan militants’ bomb use surges

    WASHINGTON – Insurgent use of roadside bombs in Afghanistan has surged 80 percent this year, a NATO official said Thursday. The increase since the same period last year includes bombs …

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