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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 …


Afghanistan contractor investigation finds rampant misconduct

WASHINGTON – Private security contractors who guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul have engaged in lewd behavior and hazed subordinates, demoralizing the undermanned force and posing a “significant threat” to …


Commander seeks new Afghan strategy

FORT WORTH, Texas – The United States and NATO need a new strategy to defeat the Taliban, the top commander in Afghanistan said Monday as he delivered a classified assessment …


Half-kept promises can be worse than lies

Back in April, the U.S. government snatched Raymond Azar out of Afghanistan. His waist, wrists and ankles were shackled, he was stripped naked and photographed, made to wear headphones, blindfolded, …


Southern Afghanistan city fears takeover by Taliban

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Southern Afghanistan’s largest city, Kandahar, is slipping back under Taliban control as overstretched U.S. troops focus on clearing insurgents from the countryside – a potentially alarming setback …


Karzai extends lead in Afghan vote count

KABUL – President Hamid Karzai has extended his lead over his top challenger in Afghanistan’s presidential election under the latest vote results released, but remains short of the 50 percent …


Afghan voter turnout slips amid threats

KABUL, Afghanistan – Millions of Afghans defied threats Thursday to cast ballots in the country’s second national elections since Taliban rule, but turnout appeared weaker this time because of continuing …


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 …