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  • Navy offers help to Seabee families

    Families of some 50 Afghanistan-bound Navy Seabees will be offered a variety of assistance at a daylong event Feb. 21 in Spokane. Speakers and service provider booths will have information …


  • Afghan leaders, rebel talk

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of Afghanistan’s most brutal Islamist warlords, is holding tentative peace talks with the government of Afghanistan that could cause a split in the Taliban-led …


  • Afghanistan avalanche claims 166

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Helicopters ferried rescuers to and bodies away from the site of massive avalanches that blocked an important mountain pass north of Kabul as the death toll soared …


  • Death of Taliban leader confirmed

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Pakistani Taliban confirmed Tuesday that their leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, died from injuries suffered in a U.S. drone missile strike last month, an attack that forces the …


  • U.S. readies offensive as Taliban grip tightens

    NEAR MARJAH, Afghanistan – U.S. and Afghan forces pushed Tuesday to the edge of the southern Afghan town of Marjah, poised to seize the major Taliban supply and drug-smuggling stronghold …


  • Afghans evacuate ahead of offensive

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Minivans piled high with mattresses and clothing lined up at checkpoints Sunday as hundreds of civilians fled a Taliban-controlled area ahead of a planned NATO offensive in …


  • Trudy Rubin: Afghan strategy needs focus

    U.S. officials attended the London Conference on Afghanistan last week to rally international support behind that country. But I feel obliged to ask an unpleasant question: Does the Obama team …


  • World in brief: US soldier dies in Afghan fighting

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Four NATO service members – including one American – were killed in action Monday, the deadliest day for the international force in more than two weeks. The …


  • U.S. will put limits on raids

    KABUL, Afghanistan – NATO forces in Afghanistan are preparing to limit night raids on private homes, even if it means losing some tactical advantage, to curb rising public anger. NATO …


  • Militants hit Afghan capital

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban militants wearing explosive vests launched a brazen daylight assault Monday on the center of Kabul, with suicide bombings and gunbattles near the presidential palace and other …


  • Afghan lawmakers adjourn

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s parliament adjourned Sunday for its winter recess without waiting for President Hamid Karzai to offer new Cabinet nominees to replace those rejected in two rounds of …


  • $33 billion war request likely

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, on top of a record request for $708 …


  • Six NATO soldiers killed

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Six NATO service members, including three Americans, were killed in Afghanistan on Monday – the deadliest day for the international force in more than two months, underscoring …


  • Editorial: Finally, military lifts stigma of stress illness

    The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created nearly 1 million veterans and about 20 percent of them are being treated or have been treated for mental health conditions. But …


  • British reporter, U.S. Marine die in Afghan blast

    LONDON – An explosion outside a village in southern Afghanistan killed a U.S. Marine and a veteran war correspondent who became the first British journalist killed in the conflict, officials …


  • Trudy Rubin: New realities limit U.S. options

    Over the holidays, I worked on a disturbing project. It reminded me that American power abroad is shrinking, even as threats to our security grow. It involved my Iraqi driver, …


  • CIA base bomber was double agent

    WASHINGTON – The suicide bomber who killed eight people inside a CIA base in Afghanistan was a Jordan-born terrorist double agent who was invited to the base because he claimed …


  • Bomber strikes CIA base

    WASHINGTON – A suicide bomber infiltrated a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least eight Americans in what is believed to be the deadliest single attack on …


  • State Department: 8 Americans die in Afghan attack

    A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at a military base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing eight American civilians, U.S. officials said.


  • Afghan opens fire, kills U.S. soldier

    KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan soldier opened fire on foreign troops Tuesday at a military base in western Afghanistan, killing an American soldier and wounding two Italian troops, a senior …


  • U.S. strike blamed for Afghan deaths

    KABUL – An Afghan provincial governor said Monday that an apparent U.S. airstrike killed 10 Afghan civilians, and an immediate investigation was ordered by President Hamid Karzai, who has harshly …


  • Obama talks of Afghanistan strategy

    WASHINGTON – In strikingly personal comments about his order to escalate the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said Sunday his decision to send 30,000 new combat troops was the …


  • Gates visits Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan today with plans to assure officials and American troops there that the United States is committed to winning the war …


  • Outside Voices: Obama plan bold, realistic

    Kansas City Star, Dec. 2: Saying that fighting extremism in Afghanistan is vital to American national security, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the rapid deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. …


  • Gates denies ‘exit strategy’ for Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates denied Sunday that President Barack Obama had set an “exit strategy” for Afghanistan, and he forecast that only a “handful” of U.S. troops …


  • War recalls past conflict

    An editorial cartoon in the early 1980s, as the Soviet Union army struggled against the mujahedeen in Afghanistan, featured two shivering soldiers in furry hats in front of a Soviet …


  • Gates says U.S. has no deadlines on drawdown

    WASHINGTON – The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, scheduled to begin in July 2011, will “probably” take two or three years, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday, although he …


  • Karzai praises Obama’s timeline for withdrawal

    KABUL – President Hamid Karzai put a brave face Thursday on President Barack Obama’s decision to start pulling out troops in mid-2011, telling the Associated Press that it will push …


  • Afghan proposal fuels debate

    WASHINGTON – The timetable for rapidly expanding and then shrinking U.S. force levels in Afghanistan, a central feature of President Barack Obama’s new war strategy, came under glaring worldwide scrutiny …


  • Editorial: War funding merits same scrutiny as health costs

    What if costs were removed from the health care debate? Everybody is covered and nobody pays more. Insurers and providers get more customers without giving anything in return. That $800 …

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