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Helicopter in Aghanistan

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Taliban who shot down the Navy SEALs helicopter in Afghanistan were killed. [googlead tip="patrat_mare" aliniat="centrat"]   A helicopter for the International Security Assistance Force crashed in Afghanistan today, a press release from the Joint Command operational informs us: ISAF Joint Command – Afghanistan 2011-08-S-014 For Immediate Release KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 6, 2011) – An Inter...

NATO announces that it is restricting operations with Afghan troops following a string of deadly attacks on its personnel by rogue Afghan security forces

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NATO announces that it is restricting operations with Afghan troops following a string of deadly attacks on its personnel by rogue Afghan security forces. Only large operations will now be conducted jointly, with joint patrols evaluated on a case-by-case basis. ISAF said these were “prudent, but temporary, measures to reduce our profile and vulnerability”. NATO commanders have been fr...

NATO has handed over security for the whole of Afghanistan for the first time since the Taliban were ousted in 2001

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...my are up to the task but there are lingering doubts about some. International troops will remain in Afghanistan until the end of 2014, providing military back-up when needed. The ceremony came shortly after a suicide bomb attack in western Kabul killed three employees of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and wounded more than 20. The attacker was believed to be targeting the con...

President Hamid Karzai has announced that Afghan security forces are to be banned from calling for foreign air strikes in residential areas

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...r US President Barack Obama confirmed plans for the withdrawal of about half the 66,000 US troops in Afghanistan by early 2014. Last year a US drone attack in the same area killed Mullah Dadullah, a high-ranking Pakistani Taliban commander. Civilian casualties rose sharply in every year from 2008 to 2011, though they fell in the first half of 2012, according to figures from the UN mission in Afgha...

Sgt. Robert Bales had been formally charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, nine Afghan children and eight adults

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Families of the Afghan people who lost their lives in the Kandahar massacre have been paid compensation. The US military gave $46,000 for each person killed, and $10,000 for each person injured, Afghan officials and tribal elders say. US staff sergeant Robert Bales was charged on Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Meanwhile, eight Afghan police officers and an ISAF foreign soldier have...

President Barack Obama has pledged to "finish the job" and end the Afghan war

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President Barack Obama has pledged to “finish the job” and end the Afghan war, addressing the US public live from a military base in Afghanistan. Speaking a year after Osama Bin Laden’s death, Barack Obama thanked US troops and hailed plans to end combat operations. He arrived in Afghanistan on a publicly unannounced visit to sign an agreement on future Afghan-US ties with Presi...

US death toll in Afghanistan war reaches 2,000

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...icans and started shooting. “Initial reports indicate that a misunderstanding happened between Afghan army soldiers and American soldiers,” he said. But ISAF later said an American soldier and an American contractor, along with three Afghan soldiers, were killed in an exchange of fire in confusing circumstances that may have involved insurgent activity. ISAF’s deputy commander, L...

Sixteen Afghan civilians, including nine children and three women, have been shot dead by a US soldier in Afghanistan entering their homes in Kandahar province

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...initial reports of this incident, and are monitoring the situation closely.” Gen John R Allen, commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said US officials in Afghanistan would work with their Afghan counterparts to investigate what had happened. “I pledge to all the noble people of Afghanistan my commitment to a rapid and thorough investigation,” h...

Bagram prison in Afghanistan has been at the centre of a number of prisoner abuse allegations

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...f controversial Bagram prison housing more than 3,000 Taliban fighters and terrorism suspects to the Afghan authorities. In a small ceremony, Afghan officials said inmates had been transferred to their authority. The move is part of a deal to transfer all Afghan prisons back to local control ahead of the withdrawal of NATO forces at the end of 2014. Bagram prison has been at the centre of a number...

Up to 12 Afghan civilians, 10 children and two women, have been killed in a NATO air strike in Shigal district

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...nd of 2014. Civilian deaths in Western military operations have been a source of tension between the Afghan government led President Hamid Karzai and the US and its NATO allies. In February 2012, at least 10 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in a NATO air strike in the same area. In February this year, President Hamid Karzai ordered a complete ban on Afghan security forces calling...

About 2,000 people demonstrated in the southern Afghan province of Zabul after the US soldier shot dead 16 civilians in Kandahar

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The American soldier who shot dead 16 civilians, including women and children, in Afghanistan on Sunday has been flown to Kuwait, US officials say. Afghan MPs have demanded that the man be tried in Afghanistan, but the scenario is very unlikely. Meanwhile an Afghan man who crashed a lorry at an airfield as the US defense secretary’s plane was arriving has died of his injuries, officials say...

International security forces have to be taken out of Afghan villages, said President Hamid Karzai after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Kabul

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...in Kabul The US soldier accused of carrying out the shooting was attached to a small special forces compound similar to others around the country which underpin NATO’s anti-insurgent strategy ahead of a 2014 deadline for Western combat forces to pull out. The incident has harmed relations between Afghanistan and the United States and “all efforts have to be done to avoid such incident in th...

Aesha Mohammadzai has made international headlines in 2010 when she appeared on the now-iconic cover of Time magazine with a gaping wound in the center of her face where a nose should be

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...n husband and his family chopped off her nose and ears to punish her for trying to escape the family compound in Afghanistan. The girl, known also as Bibi Aisha, was left for dead in the mountains, but survived and was brought for treatment to an American military base. A charity organization eventually helped bring Aesha Mohammadzai to the US, where she was taken in by an Afghan family from Maryl...

Speaking in Seattle, where the accused soldier is based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, John Henry Browne said his new client was a "mild-mannered" man who bore no antipathy towards Muslims

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...ork Times that the suspect had simply “snapped”, and confirmed that he was on his fourth combat tour. “When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol and domestic issues – he just snapped,” the official said. The soldier was flown out of Afghanistan on Wednesday and taken to a US military base in Kuwait. According to the New York Times, the soldier...

Afghan militants have launched an attack on a government delegation visiting the site where a US soldier killed 16 civilians

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Afghan militants have launched an attack on a government delegation visiting the site where a US soldier killed 16 civilians. Two of President Hamid Karzai’s brothers and several top security officials are in the delegation in Panjwai in Kandahar province. Afghan forces are returning fire and it is unclear whether there are any casualties. The US soldier who allegedly carried out SundayR...

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole

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...to the US to get justice. We didn’t get that.” Sgt. Robert Bales was serving his fourth combat deployment when he attacked two villages in the middle of the night, spraying bullets into mostly women and children. His lawyers argued that post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury were factors in the killings. Nine Afghan villagers testified at the court martial. Among them was H...

Arsala Rahmani was a former Taliban minister and a key member of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, which leads efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban

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Arsala Rahmani, a senior Afghan peace negotiator, has been shot dead in Kabul, officials say. Arsala Rahmani was a former Taliban minister and a key member of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, which leads efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban. He was reportedly close to President Hamid Karzai and a key figure in the reconciliation of Taliban commanders. Last year the peace proc...

15-year-old Sahar Gul became the bruised and bloodied face of women's rights in Afghanistan after she was rescued in late December when an uncle called police

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Sahar Gul, a teenage bride from Afghanistan, who was tortured for months after her arranged marriage, has spoken out for the first time since her rescue, saying she hopes her husband and his family are jailed for her abuse. 15-year-old Sahar Gul became the bruised and bloodied face of women’s rights in Afghanistan after she was rescued in late December when an uncle called police. Speaking...

There is no evidence in Afghan massacre suspect Sgt. Robert Bales, says his lawyer John Henry Browne

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...proved much.” Robert Bales is the only known suspect in the killings – despite repeated Afghan assertions that more than one American was involved. There is no evidence in Afghan massacre suspect Sgt. Robert Bales case, says his lawyer John Henry Browne   John Henry Browne said he now plans to travel to Afghanistan to gather his own evidence. The lawyer also responded to questio...

Afghan Taliban insurgents attacked the US consulate in the western city of Herat

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Afghan Taliban insurgents attacked the US consulate in the western city of Herat. Two Afghan police and one security guard were killed in the dawn assault, along with seven attackers. The US consulate said its staff was safe. The Taliban said they carried out the attack, which began with a huge blast at the compound gates, sparking a gun battle near consulate buildings. Attacks continue despite t...

The Afghan parliament has passed a vote of no confidence in Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak

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The Afghan parliament has passed a vote of no confidence in two of its most senior ministers and demanded that they be replaced. The interior and defence ministers were criticized for failing to prevent cross-border shelling from Pakistan and security lapses that resulted in the assassinations of senior officials. They have also been questioned by MPs over allegations of corruption. The vote is a...

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed instantly in the attack

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Two foreign journalists have been shot by a police officer in Khost, eastern Afghanistan, officials say. One of the women died, the other was critically wounded. The incident took place in the remote town of Khost near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. It comes as Afghanistan intensifies security ahead of presidential elections on Saturday, in response to threats of violence by the Taliba...

German Development Minister Dirk Niebel who sent home a big Afghan carpet free of charge aboard an intelligence service plane has drawn criticism from opposition politicians

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German Development Minister Dirk Niebel who sent home a big Afghan carpet free of charge aboard an intelligence service plane has drawn criticism from opposition politicians. A spokesman for Minister Dirk Niebel says the customs duty required for the carpet will be paid. Dirk Niebel bought the 30 kg (66-pound) carpet for himself in the Afghan capital Kabul, the Spiegel news website reports. It co...

All six babies are well but under-weight, with one only weighing about 700g

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...under-fives mortality rates appeared to be decreasing. Experts say that despite recent improvements, Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a pregnant woman or a young child. One in 10 children in Afghanistan still dies before they are five years old, the survey said. Related search articles:ozzy osbourne ruling of young boy that hanged himself support veteran mot...

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales suspected of killing civilians in Afghanistan will be charged with 17 counts of murder

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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales suspected of killing civilians in Afghanistan will be charged with 17 counts of murder, according to US officials. Robert Bales, 38, is accused of attacking the villagers in their homes in Kandahar province on 11 March. Most victims were women and children. He was later moved to a military prison in the US after being transported from Afghanistan to Kuwait. Robert Bales co...