Stories tagged: Afghanistan
Mon., June 13, 2011
Army vet battling private insurer for coverage she feels is due
A highly trained helicopter mechanic sits in her Chattaroy home and wonders what will come next: another debilitating brain seizure or the therapy she hopes will help her recover from …
Thu., June 9, 2011
Crocker defends Afghan investment
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s choice for U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan insisted on Wednesday that the United States must continue its multibillion-dollar investment to achieve a “good enough” government in …
Thu., Jan. 27, 2011
Notebook: Air Force pilot to speak about Afghan relief efforts
Lt. Col. Olaf Holm from Fairchild Air Force Base will speak about humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan at the Unity Church of Truth, 2900 S. Bernard St., Sunday at 4 p.m. …
Fri., Dec. 10, 2010, 4:05 p.m.
2 more soldiers face courts-martial in Afghan case
Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord say cases against two more soldiers charged with misconduct in Afghanistan will proceed to courts-martial.
Wed., Dec. 8, 2010, 10:49 a.m.
Video shows Idaho soldier held in Afghanistan
Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan, appears briefly in a newly released Taliban video standing next to a smiling insurgent commander who once threatened …
Fri., Dec. 3, 2010, 8:04 a.m.
Obama makes surprise trip to Afghanistan
President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into dangerous Afghanistan on today, one year after widening an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the 9-year-plus conflict.
Mon., Nov. 22, 2010, 3:24 p.m.
Army reviews 5th Stryker leadership in alleged killings
The Army has appointed a brigadier general to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the Washington-state based 5th Stryker Brigade, after some of its members were charged this year with rampant …
Tue., Nov. 16, 2010, 2:16 p.m.
Iowa soldier given Medal of Honor for heroism
The nation today saluted its first living Medal of Honor winner of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, an Iowa sergeant who retrieved a wounded comrade under gunfire as the Taliban …
Tue., Nov. 9, 2010, 4:04 p.m.
Soldier charged in Afghan killings doesn’t testify
Most of the soldiers charged along with an Army sergeant accused of masterminding a plan to kill Afghan civilians are declining to testify at a military hearing to determine whether …
Sun., Oct. 24, 2010
For fuel, cargo and transport, troops rely on crews at Manas
MANAS TRANSIT CENTER, Kyrgyzstan – The slight evening drizzle had turned to a steady twilight rain, but Airman 1st Class Dustin Harder continued digging into the KC-135 aerial refueling tanker’s …
Sun., Oct. 24, 2010
Kyrgyzstan’s uncertain future looms over fate of U.S. air base
MANAS TRANSIT CENTER, Kyrgyzstan – Taking advantage of an invitation to tour this small U.S. air base as a friend of a civilian Kyrgyz national who works here, tobacco producer …
Thu., Oct. 21, 2010
Fairchild airmen deliver aid, forge relationships at preschool
VASILIEVKA, Kyrgyzstan – The youngsters at Solnyshko preschool in this impoverished village near the border of Kazakhstan were excited to see the American men and women from the nearby air …
Tue., Oct. 19, 2010
Fairchild airmen refuel fighters high above Afghanistan
SOMEWHERE OVER AFGHANISTAN – Staff Sgt. Aaron McLaughlin eased the KC-135’s fuel boom toward the fully armed fighter jet pushing up beneath the tanker’s tail. Within moments the two aircraft …
Mon., Sept. 27, 2010, 2:46 p.m.
Hearing begins in alleged plot to murder Afghans
Despite the array of prescription drugs he was taking, an Army soldier’s videotaped statement describing how he and his colleagues randomly killed three Afghan civilians appeared to be a reliable …
Mon., Sept. 27, 2010, 12:52 p.m.
Gregoire orders flags lowered for Army pilot
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered flags at state buildings to be lowered to half staff Wednesday in memory of an Army helicopter pilot from Battle Ground who died in …
Wed., Sept. 22, 2010
NATO death toll hits milestone
Kabul, Afghanistan – Nine NATO soldiers were killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, military officials said, making 2010 the deadliest year for the U.S.-led international force in …
Mon., Sept. 20, 2010, 3 p.m.
Veterans eligible for ‘stop loss’ pay must apply by Oct. 21
The White House advised veterans whose service in Iraq and Afghanistan was involuntarily extended during the Bush administration that they are eligible for back pay under legislation signed by President …
Wed., Sept. 8, 2010, 5:48 p.m.
Army: Fort Lewis-based sergeant kept body parts
New documents released by the Army say a staff sergeant charged in a conspiracy to murder civilians kept Afghan body parts and threatened his subordinates.
Tue., Aug. 31, 2010, 5:03 p.m.
Obama ends Iraq combat effort: Time to turn page
Fiercely opposed to the war from the start, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly tonight: “It is …
Wed., Aug. 25, 2010, 9:40 a.m.
Army: Lewis-McChord soldiers plotted to kill Afghans
Seven more soldiers from a Stryker brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been charged in connection with a conspiracy to kill Afghan civilians.
Wed., Aug. 11, 2010
Military dog Lucky nears retirement having lived up to name
Lucky, a military working dog based at Fairchild Air Force Base, has served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. His keen nose and no-nonsense ferocity are assets in …
Sun., Aug. 8, 2010
Taliban slay 10 aid workers
KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban fighters gunned down a 10-member international medical team, including six Americans, in the wilds of northern Afghanistan, the aid group and local officials said Saturday, in …
Thu., Aug. 5, 2010
Petraeus affirms restrictions
WASHINGTON – Afghanistan commander Army Gen. David Petraeus has renewed orders to American troops to refrain from calling in artillery or air power when battling Taliban forces unless they’re certain …
Tue., Aug. 3, 2010
War rules aid troop safety, study finds
WASHINGTON – Efforts to reduce civilian casualties by restricting U.S. airstrikes and other uses of force in Afghanistan are also sparing American troops from attack, according to a new study …
Mon., Aug. 2, 2010
Gates says withdrawal will begin slowly
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested Sunday that only a small portion of the U.S. force in Afghanistan will begin to return home next year, when an Obama administration …
Thu., July 29, 2010
Leak fears could stifle information exchange
WASHINGTON – Dismayed by the massive war-documents leak, intelligence experts are raising alarms that post-Sept. 11 changes promoting information sharing have made it too easy to lose control of the …
Wed., July 28, 2010
Military amps up sailor search
WASHINGTON – The body of a sailor who was killed in a Taliban ambush arrived home in the United States Tuesday as the military continued a massive search for his …
Tue., July 27, 2010, 11:51 a.m.
Seattle sailor missing in Afghanistan; Taliban claims capture
A West Seattle sailor missing in Afghanistan is the target of a massive search, The Seattle Times reported on its website today.
Mon., July 26, 2010
Leaks give detailed accounts of war
WASHINGTON – Some 90,000 leaked U.S. military records posted online Sunday amount to a blow-by-blow account of six years of the Afghanistan war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings …
Wed., July 21, 2010
Afghanistan’s president agrees to withdrawal plan
KABUL – Joined by leaders from Iran to America, President Hamid Karzai embraced plans Tuesday for Afghan forces to begin taking control of their country by next summer. Amid smothering …