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Afghanistan’s Opium Poppy Cultivation Up, Production Down

Afghanistan’s Opium Poppy Cultivation Up, Production Down

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — There was mixed news Tuesday about Afghanistan’s primary cash crop, opium poppies.Ever since the U.S.-led invasion of the country 11 years ago, farmers have been pushed to grow more benign crops such as whe…

Reports Surface of More Bomb Explosions in Afghan Provinces

Reports Surface of More Bomb Explosions in Afghan Provinces

ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) – An improvised explosive device went off in eastern Afghanistan today, killing two International Security Assistance Force service members.Meanwhile, a roadside bomb exploded on a vehicle in the western province of F…

Pakistan Hands Over Taliban Prisoners to Afghanistan

Pakistan Hands Over Taliban Prisoners to Afghanistan

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — In a move described by a Pakistani military official as “a step aimed at achieving peace in Afghanistan,” Pakistani intelligence sources confirmed to ABC News that “Pakistan has releas…

British Soldier Killed by Afghan Soldier During Soccer Match

British Soldier Killed by Afghan Soldier During Soccer Match

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — In the latest so-called “green on blue” attack, a British soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan Sunday in what was supposed to be a friendly soccer game on Veteran’s Day.NATO says a group of British a…

Mother and Newborn Baby Among Dead in Afghanistan Roadside Attack

Mother and Newborn Baby Among Dead in Afghanistan Roadside Attack

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Six people, including a mother and her newborn baby, were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the BBC reports. The group was traveling home from the hospital through Khost province on the Pakista…

Two ISAF Troops Die in Afghanistan

Two ISAF Troops Die in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two service members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) died in Afghanistan on Friday, according to NATO.One soldier was killed following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan.  …

Prosecution Cites Revenge as Motive for Afghan Massacre

Prosecution Cites Revenge as Motive for Afghan Massacre

United States Army
(TACOMA, Wash.) — According to Army prosecutors, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales has admitted multiple times being behind a shooting rampage in Afghanistan this past March that killed 16 Afghan civilians.They say Bales has stated that h…

Wife of Sgt. Robert Bales, Accused of Afghanistan Massacre, Says ‘My Husband Did Not Do This’: ABC News Exclusive

Wife of Sgt. Robert Bales, Accused of Afghanistan Massacre, Says ‘My Husband Did Not Do This’: ABC News Exclusive

ABC News(NEW YORK) — On the eve of the most important court hearing U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will ever attend, the wife of the man accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers maintains her husband’s innocence. “My husband did not do this. Did not …

Afghanistan to Elect New President in 2014

Afghanistan to Elect New President in 2014

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghanistan has set a date to choose its next president.Just as U.S. forces pull out of the country, Afghanistan is set to elect a successor for President Hamid Karzai on April 5, 2014, reports The Wal…

Afghanistan to Elect New President in 2014

Afghanistan to Elect New President in 2014

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghanistan has set a date to choose its next president.Just as U.S. forces pull out of the country, Afghanistan is set to elect a successor for President Hamid Karzai on April 5, 2014, reports The Wal…

‘Insider Attacks’ Resume in Afghanistan

‘Insider Attacks’ Resume in Afghanistan

REZA SHIRMOHAMMADI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — After a lull of several weeks, “insider attacks” on coalition troops have apparently resumed in Afghanistan.The Pentagon reported Thursday that two U.S. troops were killed by someone dressed in…

Taliban Leader Urges More ‘Insider Attacks’ in Afghanistan

Taliban Leader Urges More ‘Insider Attacks’ in Afghanistan

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is urging his followers in Afghanistan to step up so-called “insider attacks” on U.S. and Afghan forces.Omar, who fled Afghanistan following the U.S.-led invasi…

Karzai Says Afghans Can Take Over for Coalition Earlier than 2014

Karzai Says Afghans Can Take Over for Coalition Earlier than 2014

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai claimed on Thursday that his police and military forces are prepared to take over security chores from the international coalition whenever it decides to withdraw from Afg…

Is Mitt Romney Shifting Tone on Afghanistan Plan?

Is Mitt Romney Shifting Tone on Afghanistan Plan?

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — Mitt Romney’s pointed criticism of President Obama’s planned 2014 “transition” of troops out of Afghanistan has been dulled over the past week, marking a rhetorically subtle but politically significant shift…

Prince Harry Reportedly ‘Risking His Life’ in Afghanistan

Prince Harry Reportedly ‘Risking His Life’ in Afghanistan

Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD via Getty Images(LONDON) — Britain’s Prince Harry is “in the thick of” fighting in Afghanistan and has had “multiple engagements” with the Taliban during his time in the war zone, according to a new…

Obama Nominates New Commander for Afghanistan

Obama Nominates New Commander for Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury(WASHINGTON) — Handling the war in Afghanistan is destined to become Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford’s responsibility early next year.The Obama administration on Wednesday nominated Dunford to repla…

Reports Warn of Afghanistan Collapse in 2014

Reports Warn of Afghanistan Collapse in 2014

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Red Cross and a think tank warned on Monday that steps need to be taken now to keep Afghanistan from sliding “toward state collapse” after the U.S. and its NATO allies withdraw their forces in 2014.According to a…

Reports Warn of Afghanistan Collapse in 2014

Reports Warn of Afghanistan Collapse in 2014

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Red Cross and a think tank warned on Monday that steps need to be taken now to keep Afghanistan from sliding “toward state collapse” after the U.S. and its NATO allies withdraw their forces in 2014.According to a…

Sunday Marked 11th Anniversary of War in Afghanistan

Sunday Marked 11th Anniversary of War in Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury(KABUL, Afghanistan) — With virtually no fanfare, Sunday marked the 11th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, that was launched to destroy al Qaeda training camp…

Michigan ‘Hero’s Welcome’ for Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, Who Lost Four Limbs

Michigan ‘Hero’s Welcome’ for Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, Who Lost Four Limbs

Hemera/Thinkstock(VASSAR, Mich.) — Two rival teams will face off Friday night at a Michigan homecoming football game, but this year fans from both sides will be sporting the same T-shirts with the motto, “Two Teams, One Hero.”The “hero” to whom they r…

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