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NATO leaders are meeting in Chicago in a summit dominated by the withdrawal from Afghanistan

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NATO leaders are meeting in Chicago in a summit dominated by the withdrawal from Afghanistan. They want to forge a common stance as they prepare to hand over security to Afghan forces by the end of 2014. Some members have pledged aid to help Afghan forces tackle the Taliban insurgency on their own. President Barack Obama warned of “hard days ahead”, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai s...

Robert Bales, the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar, was trying to leave active service in response to financial problems

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Robert Bales, the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar, including nine children, was trying to leave active service in response to financial problems, it emerged yesterday. Bypassed for a promotion and struggling to pay for his house, Robert Bales, 38, was eyeing a way out of his job at a Washington state military base months before he was deployed to Afghanistan. While Robe...

President Hamid Karzai has called on NATO forces to leave Afghan villages after a US soldier killed 16 civilians

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...ave Afghan villages after a US soldier killed 16 civilians. According to officials, the priority for Afghan government was to avoid civilian casualties at any cost. President Hamid Karzai told the visiting US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Afghan troops should take the lead for nationwide security in 2013. President Hamid Karzai has called on NATO forces to leave Afghan villages after a US s...

Senior US officials have revealed the identity of the suspect soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

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...women and children were shot and killed at close range. The US has stressed it remained committed to Afghan reconciliation. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also reacted angrily to the killings. He told the US it must pull back its troops from village areas and allow Afghan security forces to take the lead in an effort to reduce civilian deaths. On Friday he said the US was not fully co-operating...

NATO troops in Afghanistan have been placed on high alert after 16 innocent civilians have been killed by a rogue US soldier

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Boston Marathon bombs were made from 6-liter pressure cookers crammed with shards of metal, nails and ball bearings and stashed in black backpacks

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Boston Marathon bombs were made from 6-liter pressure cookers crammed with shards of metal, nails and ball bearings and stashed in black backpacks, police sources revealed today. The two bombs killed three people and injured at least 176 at the world’s oldest marathon race on Monday. The bombs have “frequently” been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a 2010 Homeland Secu...

The US has signed a deal to use a Romanian air base as a transit point for American forces leaving Afghanistan

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...the US lease there expires in July 2014. Washington plans to withdraw most of its 52,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The US wants to keep a smaller force in the country after the deadline, but is still negotiating key details with the government in Kabul. The US has signed a deal to use a Romanian air base as a transit point for American forces leaving Afghanistan The deal about t...

Robert Bales, the US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans and injuring six others, could face the death penalty if found guilty of murder

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Robert Bales, the US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans and injuring six others, could face the death penalty if found guilty of murder, the US Army says. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 38, will face a court martial on murder and assault charges for a March attack on two villages in southern Afghanistan. No date has been set for the trial, which will take place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washing...

Barack Obama has warned Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the US may pull all of its troops out of his country by the year's end

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...o leaving some troops behind for counter-insurgent operations and training. The US has had troops in Afghanistan since 2001 when it toppled the Taliban. Its forces went into the country following the 9/11 attacks on the US. With Afghan and Western allies, they quickly overthrew the Taliban authorities, but have faced insurgent attacks since then. Correspondents say the disagreement over the bilate...

Pakistan Taliban commander Latif Mehsud has been captured by US forces in a military operation,

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...Pakistan Taliban commander Latif Mehsud has been captured by US forces in a military operation, An Afghan provincial official earlier told Associated Press news agency that Latif Mehsud was arrested as he was driving on a highway in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province. The arrest took place about a week ago, the official said. Latif Mehsud was reportedly returning from a meeting to discus...

President Hamid Karzai has issued a stinging rebuke to the US and the Taliban, saying they are both guilty of sowing fears for post-2014 Afghanistan

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...stinging rebuke to the US and the Taliban, saying they are both guilty of sowing fears for post-2014 Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai said Taliban suicide attacks on Saturday were aimed at intimidation that would prolong the presence of international troops in Afghanistan. The troops are scheduled to end combat missions in 2014. Hamid Karzai has cancelled a scheduled press conference with visiting US Def...

Taliban militants have attacked Spozhmai Hotel outside Kabul in the Lake Qargha area, triggering a deadly gun battle with Afghan security forces and a hostage crisis

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...rom the attackers. An unknown number remain inside. The US-led coalition is providing support to the Afghan security forces, who are trying to flush out the insurgents from the hotel. Reuters news agency quotes the Taliban as saying they attacked the hotel because wealthy Afghans and foreigners used it for “wild parties”. Violence has recently increased across the country, with at leas...

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...nt. That battalion has been deployed to a wide range of combat a peacekeeping situations, from Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay to fighting wildfires in Idaho. The unit deployed to Afghanistan in early 2011 and returned in September or October, CNN reported. A US Marines spokesman, Lt. Col. Joseph Plenzler, told the AFP news agency that “we cannot release the name of the unit at this tim...

Afghan President Hamid Karzai accuses the US of not fully co-operating with a probe into the Kandahar massacre of 16 civilians by an American soldier

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai accuses the US of not fully co-operating with a probe into the Kandahar massacre of 16 civilians by an American soldier. The US soldier accused of the Kandahar massacre is on his way to the US from Kuwait, where he was being held, and is expected to face a military tribunal there. Afghan MP’s had demanded the soldier be tried in public in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai ea...

Afghanistan has blocked the entry of all newspapers from Pakistan, saying they serve Taliban militants

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Afghanistan has blocked the entry of all newspapers from Pakistan, saying they serve Taliban militants. In its order, the interior ministry said the newspapers “are a propaganda resource of the Taliban spokesmen” and has ordered police forces in east Afghanistan to confiscate all copies. The latest move comes amid increasing tension between the two countries. Afghanistan has blocked...

A suicide bomber has killed at least 20 people in the Afghan city of Khost

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A suicide bomber has killed at least 20 people, three of them NATO soldiers, in the eastern Afghan city of Khost, according to NATO and local officials. NATO did not confirm the nationalities of the soldiers, but correspondents say US troops operate in the area. The Taliban claimed the attack, which also killed 10 civilians, six police and an Afghan interpreter for NATO. Witnesses said the attack...

More than 7 million people out of an estimated eligible 12 million voted in Afghanistan's election for a new president

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More than 7 million people out of an estimated eligible 12 million voted in Afghanistan’s election for a new president, the country’s electoral commission says. It is Afghanistan’s first transfer of power via the ballot box. There are reports of ballot paper shortages and sporadic violence from across the country. Eight candidates are seeking to succeed President Hamid Karzai, b...

At least 10 Afghans have been killed and more than 20 injured in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul

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At least 10 Afghans have been killed and more than 20 injured in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul. The bomb went off near a compound where tribal elders are expected to gather next week to discuss a security pact with the US. No group has said it carried out the attack. The security pact governs the status of US military personnel staying in Afghanistan beyond the withdrawal of most international f...

A NATO air strike in Afghanistan's eastern province of Laghman has killed at least eight women

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A NATO air strike in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman has killed at least eight women, local officials say. NATO has conceded that between five and eight civilians died as it targeted insurgents, and offered condolences. Afghan President Hamid Karzai “strongly condemned” the deaths and has sent officials to the area to investigate. Earlier on Sunday, four US soldiers wi...

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in Afghanistan in a surprise visit after a NATO soldier shot dead 16 civilians

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US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in Afghanistan in a surprise visit after a NATO soldier shot dead 16 civilians. According to the officials, Leon Panetta’s trip to Afghanistan was planned before 16 Afghan civilians were shot dead by an American soldier on Sunday. Leon Panetta is due to have talks with President Hamid Karzai, provincial leaders and senior officials. Correspondents say...

At least 54 people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a packed mosque in Afghanistan as people celebrated a major Shi'ite festival in Kabul

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...er where they fell. At least 54 people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a packed mosque in Afghanistan as people celebrated a major Shi'ite festival in Kabul It was the single deadliest attack in Kabul for more than three years. Religiously motivated attacks on Shi’ites are rare in Afghanistan, although they are common in neighbouring Pakistan. No group has claimed responsibili...

Taliban who shot down a Navy SEALs helicopter in Afghanistan were killed.

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NATO helicopter crashed in Wardak, Eastern Afghanistan.   [googlead tip="patrat_mic" aliniat="dreapta"]The Taliban insurgents who shot down a 38 elite troops Navy SEALs helicopter in Afghanistan were killed.   U.S. General, John Allen said Wednesday that NATO international troops found out where militants were hiding and launched an air strike on the place. Allen, who is chief commander of a...

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Two NATO soldiers have been shot dead in southern Afghanistan. NATO said the attack was carried out by “two individuals, one believed to be an Afghan National Army service member and the other in civilian clothing”. Hours earlier the head of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen John Allen, said the recent violence over the burning of the Koran by US soldiers was a “setback” tha...

Afghan elders Loya Jirga has backed a security pact with the US allowing thousands of American troops to remain after combat operations end in 2014

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Afghan elders Loya Jirga has backed a security pact with the US allowing thousands of American troops to remain after combat operations end in 2014. However, the assembly also called on President Hamid Karzai to sign the deal this year. Hamid Karzai had told the opening session of the assembly that the deal would be signed after elections in 2014. The US has said it is neither “practical no...

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has strongly criticized President Barack Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan in his new book

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...f Defense Robert Gates has strongly criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan in his new book Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War. In the book, Robert Gates says that the president was skeptical that his administration’s Afghan strategy would succeed. “I never doubted [his] support for the troops, only his support for their mission,” Robert Gate...