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Another 1,400 troops headed for Afghanistan

Another 1,400 troops headed for Afghanistan

The United States plans to send 1,400 additional Marines to Afghanistan to boost its combat forces ahead of the spring fighting season, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The United States, which led a 2001 invasion of Afghanistan that toppled the Taliban, has about 100,000 troops in the country, and President Barack Obama is […]

American commander admits failures in Afghan war

American commander admits failures in Afghan war

American troops are focusing on fighting Taliban militants and defending vulnerable towns on Afghan soil, as it has become practically impossible to stop insurgents from slipping across Afghanistan’s vast border with Pakistan, a senior U.S. military commander said. “To secure the border in the traditional sense” would “take an inordinate amount of resources,” Army Col. […]

Female suicide bomber kills 43 at Pakistan food aid center

Female suicide bomber kills 43 at Pakistan food aid center

A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives-laden vest killing at least 43 people at an aid distribution center in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, while army helicopter gunships and artillery killed a similar number of Islamic militants in neighboring tribal regions near the Afghan border, officials said. The bombing appeared to be the first suicide attack […]

Aghan war is a bloody, hopeless mess

Aghan war is a bloody, hopeless mess

A White House review of President Barack Obama‘s Afghanistan war strategy reported on Thursday that allied forces are making headway against the Taliban and al Qaeda but that serious challenges remain. “In Afghanistan, the momentum achieved by the Taliban in recent years has been arrested in much of the country and reversed in some key […]

Arrests in Afghan attacks that killed six American soldiers

Arrests in Afghan attacks that killed six American soldiers

Several suspects have been arrested after a suicide attack killed six American troops when an explosives-packed minibus blew up at the entrance of a joint NATO-Afghan base in southern Afghanistan, officials said Monday. The blast on Sunday was the deadliest attack on coalition troops this month. NATO spokesman Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz said Monday that […]

Obama claims end to U.S. combat role in Afghanistan by 2014

Obama claims end to U.S. combat role in Afghanistan by 2014

President Barack Obama on Saturday said for the first time he wants U.S. troops out of major combat in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the date he and other NATO leaders set for moving Afghans into the lead role in fighting the Taliban. Allies had different interpretations of that target’s meaning. Capping a two-day […]

U.S. use of mercenaries endanders lives in Afghanistan

U.S. use of mercenaries endanders lives in Afghanistan

U.S. reliance on private security in Afghanistan that is poorly monitored and often results in the hiring of Afghan warlords is profiting the Taliban and could endanger coalition troops, according to a Senate report. Military officials warn, however, that ending the practice of hiring local guards could worsen the security situation. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman […]

It’s go-for-broke time in Afghanistan

It’s go-for-broke time in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year Thursday with key players hedging their bets, uncertain whether the Obama administration is prepared to stay for the long haul, move quickly to exit an increasingly unpopular conflict, or something in between. Fearing that his Western allies may in the end abandon him, Afghan President Hamid Karzai […]

American military deaths in Afghan war top 1,000

American military deaths in Afghan war top 1,000

The American military death toll in Afghanistan surpassed 1,000 at a time when President Barack Obama’s strategy to turn back the Taliban is facing its greatest test — an ambitious campaign to win over a disgruntled population in the insurgents’ southern heartland. More casualties are expected when the campaign kicks into high gear this summer. […]

White House claims Taliban link to Times Square bomb attempt

White House claims Taliban link to Times Square bomb attempt

Saying they obtained new evidence, senior White House officials said Sunday that the Pakistani Taliban were behind the failed Times Square bombing. The attempt marks the first time the group has been able to launch an attack on U.S. soil. And while U.S. officials have downplayed the threat — citing the bomb’s lack of sophistication […]