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Afghan President Hamid Karzai to US Special Ops: Get Out

Afghan President Hamid Karzai to US Special Ops: Get Out

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered all U.S. Special Forces out of two key provinces within two weeks, accusing Afghan units under their jurisdiction of being responsible for the torture, abuse, and …

Pakistanis Wants Afghans to Return Taliban Commander

Pakistanis Wants Afghans to Return Taliban Commander

George Doyle/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — Pakistan wants Afghanistan to hand over a senior Taliban commander its forces apprehended earlier in this week.The capture of Maulvi Faqir Mohammad along with some bodyguards in southeastern Afghanistan is consider…

US Flew More Drone Missions in Afghanistan in 2012 than Ever Before

US Flew More Drone Missions in Afghanistan in 2012 than Ever Before

JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As the U.S. military began pulling back on the ground in Afghanistan in 2012, it greatly upped the number of drone strikes.The United Nations reported on Tuesday that more than 500 weapons were fired from unmann…

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Down for First Time in Six Years

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Down for First Time in Six Years

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The number of civilians who died in Afghanistan has dropped for the first time in six years, according to the latest findings from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).The U.N. repor…

Senate Panel Grills Candidate to Head Central Command

Senate Panel Grills Candidate to Head Central Command

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The general assigned to head the U.S. Central Command in the Middle East was grilled on Thursday about Afghanistan and Iraq by members on the Senate Armed Services Committee.As it happened Army Gen. Lloy…

Obama to Announce 34,000 Troops Coming Home from Afghanistan

Obama to Announce 34,000 Troops Coming Home from Afghanistan

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will announce at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address that 34,000 troops — more than half of those currently serving in the combat region — will be back from Afghanistan a year from Tu…

US Begins Shipping Supplies Out of Afghanistan

US Begins Shipping Supplies Out of Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(KABUL, Afghanistan) — In a sign of what is to come, the Pentagon has started shipping heavy equipment out of Afghanistan in anticipation of its major military withdrawal scheduled for…

Gen. Allen Hands Off Command of Afghanistan to Gen. Dunford

Gen. Allen Hands Off Command of Afghanistan to Gen. Dunford

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford is officially the new commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan.Dunford takes over for Marine Gen. John Allen, who stepped down Sunday during a ceremony in Kabul.&n…

Afghanistan and Pakistan Nearing Peace Accord

Afghanistan and Pakistan Nearing Peace Accord

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images | Chris Hondros/Getty Images(LONDON) — After a meeting in London hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, agreed on Monday to a pea…

American Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Drop Dramatically

American Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Drop Dramatically

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(WASHINGTON) — As Afghan forces take the lead in fighting the Taliban, the U.S. military has just experienced its lowest death toll over a three-month span since late 2008 and early 20…

Is Afghanistan Buying Iranian Oil with US Funds?

Is Afghanistan Buying Iranian Oil with US Funds?

Comstock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Afghanistan may be spending U.S. money to purchase fuel from Iran, according to a story in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.If that’s the case, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) say…

Prince Harry’s War Games Trigger Backlash

Prince Harry’s War Games Trigger Backlash

JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince Harry is the subject of new security concerns as a possible high-value target for the Taliban after he suggested that he has killed insurgents in Afghanistan.”Take a life to save a life.  That&rsqu…

Suicide Attack in Afghanistan’s Capital Ends After Eight Hours

Suicide Attack in Afghanistan’s Capital Ends After Eight Hours

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — An attack on the headquarters of the Kabul traffic police department in Afghanistan that left three cops dead and four others injured has ended after an eight-hour battle between Taliban suicide bombers and…

Psychiatric Evaluation Ordered for Soldier in Afghan Civilian Murder Spree

Psychiatric Evaluation Ordered for Soldier in Afghan Civilian Murder Spree

US Army(SEATTLE) — The likelihood that an Army staff sergeant will go on trial for murdering Afghan civilians this year is in doubt now that Robert Bales has been ordered to undergo an official sanity review.Bales, who is being held at Joint Base Lewi…

Sen. Mitch McConnell Now Enthused About Afghan Security Forces

Sen. Mitch McConnell Now Enthused About Afghan Security Forces

DoD photo by Pfc. Jorge A. Ortiz, U.S. Marine Corps(WASHINGTON) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that what he’s seen of Afghan national forces, he now likes.The Kentucky Republican told reporters in Italy on Monday that after his latest f…

Military Suicides in 2012 Top Military Deaths in Afghanistan

Military Suicides in 2012 Top Military Deaths in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The number of suicides among active-duty service members, across all four military branches, reached a record high of 349 in 2012, compared with 301 in 2011.The 2012 suicide total was higher than the number of U.S….

Afghanistan War Hero to Receive Medal of Honor

Afghanistan War Hero to Receive Medal of Honor

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A former Army staff sergeant who helped repel one of the deadliest attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan will receive the Medal of Honor.   Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, 31, becomes …

Karzai in Washington to Discuss US Military Future in Afghanistan

Karzai in Washington to Discuss US Military Future in Afghanistan

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan arrived at the Pentagon Thursday for the first in a series of discussions with senior American leaders about the future of the U.S. military role in Afghanistan after American …

US Mulls Leaving No Residual Force Behind in Afghanistan

US Mulls Leaving No Residual Force Behind in Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(WASHINGTON) — No U.S. troops left in Afghanistan after 2014?  It’s a possibility.A scenario similar to what occurred in Iraq is a consideration as the White House mulls its plan …

Obama, Karzai to Meet Friday on Afghan Transition

Obama, Karzai to Meet Friday on Afghan Transition

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will meet at the White House Friday to discuss the future of the U.S.-Afghan relationship as the Obama administration readies to draw down its remaining forces…

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