Stories tagged: Afghanistan
Wed., Feb. 1, 2012, 1:05 p.m.
Panetta: US combat in Afghanistan to end in 2013
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — U.S. and other international forces in Afghanistan aim to end their combat role next year and switch to training and advising Afghan forces through …
Sun., Jan. 8, 2012
Support mission takes unit to Texas, then Afghanistan
Some local guardsmen are going to war. About 50 civilian-airmen from the Washington Air National Guard’s 141st Civil Engineer Squadron, of Fairchild Air Force Base, will soon deploy to Afghanistan …
Thu., Jan. 5, 2012, 3:49 p.m.
Soldiers pay respects to canine veteran of war
Soldiers of the 92nd Security Forces Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base paid their respects today to one of their own.
Tue., Dec. 6, 2011, 9:16 a.m.
Rare attacks on Afghan Shiites kill 60
A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers who packed a Kabul mosque today to mark a holy day, killing at least 56 people, and a second bombing in …
Fri., Oct. 7, 2011, 9:50 a.m.
Analysis: First-person view of Afghan collapse
When I look back, the warning signs of chaos to come were there right from the start.
Tue., Sept. 20, 2011, 4:27 p.m.
Troops’ amputations up sharply in Afghan war
WASHINGTON (AP) — The counterinsurgency tactic that is sending U.S. soldiers out on foot patrols among the Afghan people, rather than riding in armored vehicles, has contributed to a dramatic …
Tue., Sept. 13, 2011, 8:21 a.m.
Clinton: Kabul attackers will be dealt with
The Obama administration declared today it wouldn’t allow the brazen assault on the U.S. Embassy and other buildings in Kabul to deter the American mission in Afghanistan, warning the attackers …
Sat., Aug. 6, 2011, 7:26 a.m.
Afghan president: 31 Americans killed in crash
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A military helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan, killing 31 U.S. special operation troops and seven Afghan commandos, the country’s president said Saturday. An American official said …
Mon., July 18, 2011
Insurgent attack kills Colville soldier, 28
A soldier from Colville died following an attack in Afghanistan by insurgents firing rocket-propelled grenades, the U.S Department of Defense announced Sunday. Army Staff Sgt. Wyatt A. Goldsmith, 28, died …
Tue., June 21, 2011, 9:04 a.m.
Afghanistan troop cut this year likely near 10,000
A senior U.S. defense official says the troop withdrawal to be announced Wednesday by President Barack Obama is likely to total two brigades this year, or roughly 5,000 troops this …
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.