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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 …


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 …