February 15, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - It was one of the most emotional moments in Sunday's handoff ceremony, as Gen. John Allen passed command of U.S. troops in Afghanistan over to Gen. Joe Dunford. To loud applause, Allen recognized two Afghan students sitting in the front row, saying they were like his children, and they represented the future for which U.S. and Afghan troops fought. Allen was correct. The fate of Mustafa and Somaya, two orphans who attend the extraordinary Marefat School in Kabul, will reveal much about the gains (or lack thereof)
September 11, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO and Afghan forces have arrested a former inmate at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, a tribal elder said Saturday. Said Amir Jan was arrested during the same raid in which another former Guantanamo detainee was killed a week ago in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Word of his arrest only emerged Saturday. Jan, 30, was suspected of being a "low-level member of al-Qaeda" before he was sent to Guantanamo in 2003, according to his military file, made public by WikiLeaks.
October 17, 2003 |
If there was a grace period for establishing the credibility of the post-Taliban regime in Afghanistan, it is over now. For the first year after the November 2001 collapse of the Taliban government in Kabul, the fundamentalist opposition seemed intimidated into passivity. The "B-52 factor" seemed enough to dissuade serious attacks on the new government and its Coalition supporters. But during that year, not enough was done to (a) give the Pashtun ethnic group a significant stake in the post-Taliban regime, (b)
June 5, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates appealed for patience with an unpopular war and said Saturday that only modest U.S. troop reductions would make sense this summer in a still unstable Afghanistan. On his 12th and final visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, Gates held out the possibility of reaching a turning point in the war by year's end. But Gates, who is retiring June 30, said much depends on whether the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden creates an opening for peace negotiations with leaders of the Taliban insurgency.
March 14, 2012 |
There's a man from the Panjwai district of Afghanistan who could swap stories with Job and possibly come out on top. When Nazim Shah returned home from a trip to nearby Kandahar, he found his entire family dead. They had been murdered by an American soldier. On Sunday, the unidentified Army staff sergeant, a veteran of deployments in Iraq, left his base without permission and wandered into a nearby village shortly before dawn. He then allegedly entered several homes with his high-powered guns blazing.
October 17, 2009 |
Students at a Lancaster County high school were in their homerooms yesterday morning when the report came from TV monitors. Brandon Styer, 19, had been killed while serving as a soldier in Afghanistan. The 1,350 students at Conestoga Valley High School, east of Lancaster, then bowed their heads in a moment of silence. An Army private first class, Styer was a 2008 graduate. He had been on the baseball and wrestling teams. During a military leave, he had been at the school less a month earlier and had dropped by the technology shops to greet his favorite teachers, school superintendent Gerald Huesken said.
April 14, 1988 |
Even as Secretary of State George Shultz puts his pen today to the U.N.-sponsored Geneva accords calling for full Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, U.S. conservatives are crying foul. They, along with some Afghan rebel leaders, say the administration has sold out the Afghan resistance. Their complaint: Washington has backed an accord that leaves a Soviet-backed regime in power in Kabul. They further contend that the accord won't bring peace to Afghanistan, but will only usher in a new phase of the civil war between Afghan communists and the insurgents.
February 24, 2004 |
Americans have a bad habit of thinking our way of doing things is always the best, perhaps the only, way of doing things. But for countries such as Afghanistan - where we are currently trying to establish elections - our way may not be the best way. Americans take the need for presidential leadership as a given, and our experience has proven that having a chief executive having power independent of the legislature can provide for decisive leadership....
June 17, 2011 |
Prince William 's bachelor brother Prince Harry is about to put himself in harm's way - again. The Telegraph of London reports that Harry, who in April was promoted to captain in the British Army Air Corps, will be deployed next year - most likely back to Afghanistan. (His unit has been scheduled to fly there in 2012.) Harry's first tour in the war on terror was cut short in '08, when news reports compromised his position. He was bummed about his return from Helmand, saying "I severely hope" to be deployed again.