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Taliban commander killed, U.S. says

KABUL – Forces with the U.S.-backed coalition killed a regional Taliban commander and eight others in an airstrike in western Afghanistan, the U.S. said today. The Sunday night attack destroyed …


Bomb squads attack secured areas in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan – In a series of audacious strikes on the eve of the new U.S. special envoy’s scheduled arrival in Afghanistan, Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers on Wednesday staged …


U.S.-donated weapons lost

WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of assault rifles and other firearms in Afghanistan are at risk of being stolen because U.S. officials have lost track of them, according to a …


U.S. report is somber about Afghanistan war

MUNICH, Germany – President Barack Obama’s national security team gave a dire assessment Sunday of the war in Afghanistan, with one official calling it a challenge “much tougher than Iraq” …


U.S. troops in Afghanistan may double by late summer

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday “we are lost” unless the United States can find a way not to kill so many civilians in the pursuit of militants …


In brief: Karzai says raid killed 16 civilians

President Hamid Karzai condemned a U.S. operation he said killed 16 Afghan civilians, while hundreds of villagers denounced the American military during an angry demonstration Sunday. Karzai said the killing …


U.S. gets OK for new routes to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Army Gen. David Petraeus said Tuesday that the United States had reached agreements to open “additional logistical routes into Afghanistan” through its Central Asian neighbors to the north, …


Outside view: Steps toward progress

It has been seven years since Afghan forces supported by the United States toppled the Taliban and denied al-Qaida the terrorist haven, training ground and launch pad that Afghanistan had …


World in brief: President softens anti-U.S. rhetoric

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a milder-than-usual tone toward the United States in remarks Thursday, saying he did not want to “judge ahead of time” the policies of President-elect Barack …


Truck bomb kills Afghan students

KABUL, Afghanistan – A single-file line of schoolchildren walked past a military checkpoint Sunday as a bomb-loaded truck veered toward them and exploded, killing 14 young Afghans in a heartbreaking …


Fight for Afghanistan

Few things symbolize progress in the fight against poverty better than the face of an educated girl. And I was fortunate enough to see hundreds of them during a trip …