Stories tagged: Afghanistan
TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010
Wealth lies deep beneath Afghans’ feet
KABUL, Afghanistan – It could take years and possibly even a peace settlement for Afghanistan to reap profits from nearly $1 trillion in mineral resources that U.S. geologists say lie …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010
Bagram may hold terror suspects
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is pursuing plans to hand control of its largest prison in Afghanistan to that country’s government, but wants Kabul to let the American military hold …
TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010
10 foreign soldiers die in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan – Ten foreign soldiers, including seven Americans, were killed in separate attacks on the deadliest day of the year for Western forces in Afghanistan. A U.S. civilian contractor …
MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010
Top Afghan security officials resign
KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s top law enforcement official and its intelligence chief stepped down Sunday, taking the blame for last week’s attack by Taliban insurgents on a national peace assembly …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010
Karzai seeks support for Taliban peace talks
KABUL, Afghanistan – Thousands of police have fanned out across Kabul as the Afghan capital prepares for today’s opening of a national assembly that President Hamid Karzai hopes will give …
THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010
U.S. open to Afghan reconciliation
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama signaled Wednesday that, despite his earlier hesitation, he may embrace a plan by his Afghan counterpart to reconcile with certain Taliban leaders in hopes of …
THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010
Afghanistan report downbeat
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon issued a downbeat assessment Wednesday of the situation in Afghanistan, saying only one in four Afghans in strategically important areas currently back President Hamid Karzai’s government …
MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010
Eighty Afghan schoolgirls fall ill
KABUL, Afghanistan – Dozens of Afghan schoolgirls have fallen ill in recent days after reporting a strange odor in their classrooms in northern Afghanistan, prompting an investigation into whether they …
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010, 5:03 A.M.
Washington flags lower for slain soldier
Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed agencies to lower flags at state buildings to half staff today in memory of a Washington soldier killed Sunday by an improvised bomb in Afghanistan.
TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010
Trudy Rubin: Kid gloves needed for Karzai
KABUL, Afghanistan – When Afghan President Hamid Karzai was meeting with provincial governors recently, he looked at his dinner and remarked, “Maybe the foreigners put some poison in my food.” …
TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010
Western troops shoot at Afghan bus
KABUL, Afghanistan – Western troops in Afghanistan fired on a passenger bus outside the southern city of Kandahar on Monday, killing four civilians aboard and injuring 18 others, Afghan and …
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010
Idaho soldier on Taliban video
WASHINGTON – The Taliban released a video Wednesday of a man identified as an American soldier captured in Afghanistan last June, showing him pleading for his freedom and to be …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010, 4:17 P.M.
Taliban releases video of captured Idaho soldier
The Taliban have released a video of a man identified as an American soldier from Idaho captured in Afghanistan last June, showing him pleading for his release and return home.
TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010
Karzai lashes out over pressure to reform
KABUL – President Hamid Karzai’s latest anti-Western outburst has triggered unease and dismay among Afghan lawmakers and some in the diplomatic community in Afghanistan. On Saturday, the Afghan leader told …
MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010, 7:02 A.M.
Flags at half-staff after unit loses 35th soldier
Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered flags at state buildings flown at half-staff today in memory of the Yakima soldier killed last Monday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010
Amy Goodman: Obama’s war defies wisdom
President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country is now in its ninth year, …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010
Fairchild noncommissioned officer earns Bronze Star
If U.S. forces are to depart from Afghanistan, they are going to have to leave behind a better police force than they found there in 2001. To that end, Air …
TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010, 5:30 P.M.
Fairchild NCO to be honored with Bronze Star
If U.S. forces are to depart Afghanistan, they are going to have to leave behind better police than they found there in 2001.
MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010
U.S. prods Karzai in visit
KABUL, Afghanistan – President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday as he sought to steel American forces for a tough summer fight and deliver a political …
SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010, 9:54 A.M.
President makes surprise stop in Afghanistan
KABUL (AP) — President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday for a firsthand look at the 8-year-old war he inherited and dramatically escalated.
FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010
Seabees deploy on Afghan mission
Navy Seabees from the Inland Northwest began deployment Thursday for a yearlong mission to help build infrastructure in Afghanistan.
THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010, 8:06 A.M.
Spokane-based Navy Seabees deploy to Afghanistan
Navy Seabees from the Inland Northwest began deployment this morning for a yearlong mission to help build infrastructure in Afghanistan.
THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010
House rejects measure to end war, bring troops home now
WASHINGTON – Congressional opponents of the war in Afghanistan forced a debate Wednesday on the floor of the House of Representatives on a resolution to bring U.S. forces home and …
TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2010
Top brass predict longer Taliban fight
WASHINGTON – The nation’s top defense leaders said Monday that U.S.-led forces were making steady progress in their efforts in a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan but faced stiffer resistance …
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2010
Taliban mount tough resistance
MARJAH, Afghanistan – Outnumbered and outgunned, Taliban fighters are mounting a tougher fight than expected in Marjah, Afghan officials said Sunday, as U.S.-led forces converged on a pocket of militants …
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2010
NATO airstrike kills 21 Afghans
KABUL, Afghanistan – A NATO airstrike in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 21 civilians, the Afghan Interior Ministry said today. NATO forces confirmed in a statement that its planes …
FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2010
Afghan Taliban chiefs arrested
KABUL – Pakistani authorities, aided by U.S. intelligence, have apprehended more Afghan Taliban chiefs following the capture of the movement’s No. 2 figure – arrests that together represent the biggest …
THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2010
Afghan city is critical test
WASHINGTON – The current offensive in Marjah is a critical stepping stone for what is likely the most important fight of the Afghan surge in the coming months: securing Kandahar, …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010, 1:47 P.M.
Crocker at City Forum: U.S. commitment must continue
The United States needs to commit to involvement and assistance in Afghanistan for years to come, former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker told the Spokane City Forum today.
TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010
Top Taliban leader reported captured
WASHINGTON – The Taliban’s top military commander has been captured in Pakistan in a joint operation by Pakistani and U.S. intelligence forces, the New York Times reported. Mullah Abdul Ghani …