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  • 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 …


  • Obama orders Afghanistan surge

    Announcing a major expansion of the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the swift deployment of 30,000 troops would be enough to break the Taliban before the …


  • Battle looms over bill for wars

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s decision to send more than 30,000 troops to Afghanistan ensures what was already inevitable: The cost of the wars in that country and Iraq are …


  • Washington, Idaho delegations back Obama’s strategy

    Vietnam War veteran Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point on Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president they …


  • Obama wins bipartisan support from local delegation

    Vietnam War veteran Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point on Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president they …


  • AP fact check: Obama’s Afghanistan speech

    President Barack Obama’s speech Tuesday night did not always match the reality on the ground in Afghanistan.


  • Obama announces 30,000 extra troops for Afghanistan

    Declaring “our security is at stake,” President Barack Obama ordered an additional 30,000 U.S. troops into the long war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, but balanced the buildup with a …


  • Obama planning Afghan buildup

    WASHINGTON – After months of debate, President Barack Obama will spell out a costly Afghanistan war expansion to a skeptical public tonight, coupling an infusion of as many as 35,000 …


  • Marines to be deployed to Taliban stronghold

    KABUL – Days after President Barack Obama outlines his new war strategy in a speech Tuesday, as many as 9,000 Marines will begin deploying to southern Afghanistan to renew an …


  • Soldiers in Afghanistan enjoy turkeys they raised

    As daylight faded and the winter cold set in, soldiers huddled inside a crude wooden hut to tuck into Thanksgiving turkeys the unit itself had fattened and to give thanks …


  • Obama’s big challenge lies in selling Afghan decision

    WASHINGTON – When he addresses the nation next week on his Afghanistan strategy, President Barack Obama will face the central challenge of explaining why he is escalating an 8-year-old war …


  • Afghan ministers investigated

    KABUL – Afghanistan’s attorney general said Monday that his office is investigating five current and former Cabinet ministers on allegations including embezzlement and fraud, a sign of growing momentum within …


  • Karzai sworn in for second term

    KABUL – The United States is developing a set of benchmarks to ensure that Afghan President Hamid Karzai keeps a promise delivered at his inauguration to fight corruption and inefficiency, …


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