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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 …


U.S. admits errors in Afghan airstrikes

WASHINGTON – Military investigators have concluded that some airstrikes that killed civilians during a battle in western Afghanistan last month were mistakes but are trying to determine whether the service …


U.S. fears higher toll in Afghanistan

KABUL – U.S. deaths in Afghanistan have risen to 65 so far this year, up from 36 over the first five months of 2008 – though U.S. and coalition troops …


Tributes observed overseas

BAGHDAD – American troops on Memorial Day honored their fallen on two battlefields, one war winding down and another ramping up. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military remembered the …


Faces of the fallen

The Inland Northwest has a strong military tradition. For generations it has sent its sons and daughters into harm’s way when the nation is at war, knowing that not all …


Taliban halt peace talks amid continued aggression

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A Pakistani military offensive against insurgent hideouts prompted suspension of controversial peace talks with the Taliban Monday, and the country’s president sought additional foreign aid to assure …


Taliban grab territory near Pakistan’s capital

ISLAMABAD – Taliban militants have extended their grip in northwestern Pakistan, pushing out from a valley where the government has agreed to impose Islamic law and patrolling villages as close …


Afghan women pelted at marriage law protest

KABUL – Dozens of young women braved crowds of bearded men screaming “dogs!” on Wednesday to protest an Afghan law that lets husbands demand sex from their wives. Some of …


Obama: Buildup doesn’t portend another Vietnam

WASHINGTON – Invoking what he described as a lesson of Vietnam, President Barack Obama said Sunday that his commitment to step up military operations in Afghanistan was not open-ended and …


Trudy Rubin: Help Afghanistan help itself

The world may be collapsing, but some individuals won’t let that stop them from working for change in its most troubled corners. This is a good time to spotlight two …


Top Taliban officer was former detainee

WASHINGTON – The Taliban’s new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the latest example of a freed detainee who took …


Al-Qaida resurfacing, military official says

WASHINGTON – Al-Qaida has expanded its presence in Afghanistan, taking advantage of the sinking security situation to resurface in the country it was forced to flee seven years ago, the …


Karzai loses bid for early election

The Afghan election commission rejected President Hamid Karzai’s request to move the presidential elections to the spring, saying the country won’t be safe enough or have enough money by then …


U.S. offensive targets Taliban stronghold

JALREZ VALLEY, Afghanistan – Hundreds of U.S. troops pushed into a key Taliban stronghold Wednesday in a major operation to stop the insurgents from infiltrating the Afghan capital from the …


Trudy Rubin: Afghanistan strategy merits a look

When President Barack Obama announced last week that he was sending an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, I thought of David Kilcullen. Kilcullen is a former Australian military officer who …


Kyrgyzstan issues eviction notice to key U.S. base

Kyrgyzstan ordered U.S. forces on Friday to depart within six months from an air base key to military operations in Afghanistan, complicating plans to send more troops to battle rising …


Obama to deploy 17,000 to ‘stabilize’ Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has ordered the first combat deployments of his presidency, saying Tuesday that he had authorized an additional 17,000 U.S. troops “to stabilize a deteriorating situation” …