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Clash between rivals threatens Afghan runoff

KABUL, Afghanistan – In a day of military tragedy and political drama, 11 American troops and three U.S. civilians died Monday in two helicopter crashes in rural Afghanistan, while President …


Obama says he won’t rush war decision

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – President Barack Obama mourned 14 Americans killed Monday in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan and told a military audience he will not be hurried as he evaluates whether …


Karzai agrees to runoff election

KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s decision to yield to U.S. pressure and accept an election runoff has opened the way for the Obama administration to settle on a strategy …


Afghan votes tossed

WASHINGTON – Obama administration officials said they expect President Hamid Karzai to announce today that he will accept a runoff in Afghanistan’s disputed election, following the invalidation of more than …


Pakistan cuts deal with anti-U.S. tribes

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Pakistan’s army, in the midst of a major new offensive against Taliban militants, has struck deals to keep two powerful, anti-U.S. tribal chiefs from joining …


U.S. strategy seeks to convert Taliban fighters

WASHINGTON – “Not every Taliban is an extremist ally,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said last week. One of the primary tasks of President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy review, …


Democrats want stability in Afghanistan before surge

WASHINGTON – Before President Barack Obama commits additional troops to Afghanistan, the U.S. needs assurances that Afghan leaders preside over a stable government that is seen as legitimate in the …


Karzai may face runoff election

WASHINGTON – An investigation of allegedly fraudulent ballots in Afghanistan’s troubled election has reduced President Hamid Karzai’s portion of the vote to about 47 percent, an outcome that will trigger …


U.N. official defends flawed Afghan vote

KABUL, Afghanistan – Days before the outcome of Afghanistan’s contentious presidential vote was expected to be announced, the head of the United Nations mission acknowledged Sunday that widespread electoral fraud …


Reports: Soldier killed in Afghanistan grew up in North Idaho

One of eight soldiers killed Saturday when enemy forces overran their outpost in Afghanistan spent part of his youth in the Bonners Ferry area, according to news reports.


Obama to focus on al-Qaida

WASHINGTON – Nearing the end of a lengthy war review, President Barack Obama and his top advisers are moving toward a strategy in Afghanistan that defines al-Qaida as a greater …


Obama rules out big Afghan drawdown

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Tuesday ruled out shrinking the Afghanistan war to a counterterrorism campaign. Yet he did not signal whether he is prepared to send any more …


Rifts deepen on war strategy

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that President Barack Obama’s advisers should keep their guidance private, in effect admonishing the top U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan for …


U.S. general chided over surge call

WASHINGTON – A top U.S. commander’s public plea for more troops in Afghanistan prompted a mild rebuke Sunday from the White House national security adviser, as the administration heads into …


Flags lowered for Bellevue soldier

Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered that flags at state agencies be flown at half-staff on Thursday in memory of a Bellevue soldier killed in Afghanistan.


Obama, advisers discuss Afghan war

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama summoned his war council to the White House Situation Room on Wednesday for an intense, three-hour discussion that exposed emerging fault lines over Afghanistan – …


NATO leader supports buildup in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Stepping into an intensifying debate, the new head of NATO said Monday that more allied troops are needed in Afghanistan to help train the country’s security forces. NATO …


Obama puts war strategy under review

WASHINGTON – In the wake of a grim assessment from his top military commander in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama has begun a wholesale re-evaluation of war strategy, a process that …


General grim on war’s odds

WASHINGTON – Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said in a confidential report that without additional forces, the war against insurgents there will end in …


Decision on troops to take time

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Wednesday there will be no quick decision on whether to send more U.S. troops into the widening war in Afghanistan, saying “my determination is …


More U.S. forces foreseen

WASHINGTON – Facing increasingly skeptical congressional Democrats, the nation’s top uniformed officer said Tuesday that the Obama administration’s strategy to counter the insurgency in Afghanistan probably means that more troops …


Dozens of Taliban killed in battle

KABUL – About 50 Taliban militants died in a battle in western Afghanistan after an insurgent ambush killed three U.S. troops, an Afghan official said Sunday. The fighting took place …


Afghan policy under scrutiny

WASHINGTON – Congress will examine next week the future of American military involvement in Afghanistan, a future that many key lawmakers hope won’t include sending more U.S. troops than President …


Pelosi questions troop surge

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she sees little support in Congress or elsewhere in the country for sending more troops to Afghanistan, signaling trouble for President …


U.N. orders recount in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.N. watchdog group cited “clear and convincing evidence of fraud” as it ordered a partial recount Tuesday of Afghanistan’s deeply troubled presidential election, dealing another blow …


U.S. accused of storming hospital

KABUL, Afghanistan – The U.S. military faced more criticism in Afghanistan on Monday as a charity accused American soldiers of storming through a provincial hospital, breaking down doors and tying …


Afghan officials toss out votes

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan election officials on Sunday announced their first mass disqualification of votes because of possible fraud in the bitterly contested presidential race, even as President Hamid Karzai …


Gates open to more troops

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated Thursday that he is open to increasing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, voicing a shift in his position as the administration …


Afghan intelligence official killed

KABUL – A Taliban suicide bomber attacked officials leaving a mosque east of the capital Wednesday, killing the country’s deputy intelligence chief and 22 other people in a major blow …


Afghanistan plan adds combat troops

WASHINGTON – U.S. officials plan to add as many as 14,000 combat troops to the American force in Afghanistan by sending home support staff and under-utilized soldiers and replacing them …