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  • Karzai may face runoff election

    WASHINGTON – An investigation of allegedly fraudulent ballots in Afghanistan’s troubled election has reduced President Hamid Karzai’s portion of the vote to about 47 percent, an outcome that will trigger …


  • U.N. official defends flawed Afghan vote

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Days before the outcome of Afghanistan’s contentious presidential vote was expected to be announced, the head of the United Nations mission acknowledged Sunday that widespread electoral fraud …


  • Reports: Soldier killed in Afghanistan grew up in North Idaho

    One of eight soldiers killed Saturday when enemy forces overran their outpost in Afghanistan spent part of his youth in the Bonners Ferry area, according to news reports.


  • Obama to focus on al-Qaida

    WASHINGTON – Nearing the end of a lengthy war review, President Barack Obama and his top advisers are moving toward a strategy in Afghanistan that defines al-Qaida as a greater …


  • Obama rules out big Afghan drawdown

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Tuesday ruled out shrinking the Afghanistan war to a counterterrorism campaign. Yet he did not signal whether he is prepared to send any more …


  • Rifts deepen on war strategy

    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that President Barack Obama’s advisers should keep their guidance private, in effect admonishing the top U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan for …


  • U.S. general chided over surge call

    WASHINGTON – A top U.S. commander’s public plea for more troops in Afghanistan prompted a mild rebuke Sunday from the White House national security adviser, as the administration heads into …


  • Flags lowered for Bellevue soldier

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered that flags at state agencies be flown at half-staff on Thursday in memory of a Bellevue soldier killed in Afghanistan.


  • Obama, advisers discuss Afghan war

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama summoned his war council to the White House Situation Room on Wednesday for an intense, three-hour discussion that exposed emerging fault lines over Afghanistan – …


  • NATO leader supports buildup in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – Stepping into an intensifying debate, the new head of NATO said Monday that more allied troops are needed in Afghanistan to help train the country’s security forces. NATO …


  • Obama puts war strategy under review

    WASHINGTON – In the wake of a grim assessment from his top military commander in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama has begun a wholesale re-evaluation of war strategy, a process that …


  • General grim on war’s odds

    WASHINGTON – Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said in a confidential report that without additional forces, the war against insurgents there will end in …


  • Decision on troops to take time

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Wednesday there will be no quick decision on whether to send more U.S. troops into the widening war in Afghanistan, saying “my determination is …


  • More U.S. forces foreseen

    WASHINGTON – Facing increasingly skeptical congressional Democrats, the nation’s top uniformed officer said Tuesday that the Obama administration’s strategy to counter the insurgency in Afghanistan probably means that more troops …


  • Dozens of Taliban killed in battle

    KABUL – About 50 Taliban militants died in a battle in western Afghanistan after an insurgent ambush killed three U.S. troops, an Afghan official said Sunday. The fighting took place …


  • Afghan policy under scrutiny

    WASHINGTON – Congress will examine next week the future of American military involvement in Afghanistan, a future that many key lawmakers hope won’t include sending more U.S. troops than President …


  • Pelosi questions troop surge

    WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she sees little support in Congress or elsewhere in the country for sending more troops to Afghanistan, signaling trouble for President …


  • U.N. orders recount in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.N. watchdog group cited “clear and convincing evidence of fraud” as it ordered a partial recount Tuesday of Afghanistan’s deeply troubled presidential election, dealing another blow …


  • U.S. accused of storming hospital

    KABUL, Afghanistan – The U.S. military faced more criticism in Afghanistan on Monday as a charity accused American soldiers of storming through a provincial hospital, breaking down doors and tying …


  • Afghan officials toss out votes

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan election officials on Sunday announced their first mass disqualification of votes because of possible fraud in the bitterly contested presidential race, even as President Hamid Karzai …


  • Gates open to more troops

    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated Thursday that he is open to increasing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, voicing a shift in his position as the administration …


  • Afghan intelligence official killed

    KABUL – A Taliban suicide bomber attacked officials leaving a mosque east of the capital Wednesday, killing the country’s deputy intelligence chief and 22 other people in a major blow …


  • Afghanistan plan adds combat troops

    WASHINGTON – U.S. officials plan to add as many as 14,000 combat troops to the American force in Afghanistan by sending home support staff and under-utilized soldiers and replacing them …


  • Afghanistan contractor investigation finds rampant misconduct

    WASHINGTON – Private security contractors who guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul have engaged in lewd behavior and hazed subordinates, demoralizing the undermanned force and posing a “significant threat” to …


  • Commander seeks new Afghan strategy

    FORT WORTH, Texas – The United States and NATO need a new strategy to defeat the Taliban, the top commander in Afghanistan said Monday as he delivered a classified assessment …


  • Half-kept promises can be worse than lies

    Back in April, the U.S. government snatched Raymond Azar out of Afghanistan. His waist, wrists and ankles were shackled, he was stripped naked and photographed, made to wear headphones, blindfolded, …


  • Southern Afghanistan city fears takeover by Taliban

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Southern Afghanistan’s largest city, Kandahar, is slipping back under Taliban control as overstretched U.S. troops focus on clearing insurgents from the countryside – a potentially alarming setback …


  • Karzai extends lead in Afghan vote count

    KABUL – President Hamid Karzai has extended his lead over his top challenger in Afghanistan’s presidential election under the latest vote results released, but remains short of the 50 percent …


  • Afghan voter turnout slips amid threats

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Millions of Afghans defied threats Thursday to cast ballots in the country’s second national elections since Taliban rule, but turnout appeared weaker this time because of continuing …


  • Threats cloud Afghan election

    KABUL – Afghans voted under the shadow of Taliban threats of violence today to choose their next president for a nation plagued by armed insurgency, drugs, corruption and a feeble …

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