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November 24, 2003 | By Maureen Fan INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
U.S.-led coalition forces raided Abdul Rahman Mohammed Saleh al-Dulame's home in northern Baghdad three times this summer, then arrested the low-level Ministry of Trade employee on a bogus tip that he had been a member of Saddam Hussein's personal paramilitary force. Dulame, 36, spent three months in detention, during which he said he was poorly fed and beaten for leading prisoner demonstrations. His family didn't know where he was until he was released in September. Since his release, he has been unable to trace other detainees he met while imprisoned.
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November 9, 2003 | By Maureen Fan INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
In a move that could help improve security here, Kurdish peshmerga units are preparing to help bolster Iraq's fledgling police and army. "We are planning with the coalition forces to distribute peshmerga forces among the border guards, the police forces, and training them to merge with the new Iraqi army," said Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and one of nine rotating council presidents who took up leadership of the...
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October 27, 2004
GEORGE W. Bush has a new critic of the way coalition forces are fighting the war in Iraq. Iraq's own leader. Interim prime minister Ayad Allawi, who just last month fed Congress a vat of Bush-approved pabulum on how well the war in Iraq was going, yesterday accused U.S.-led coalition troops of "gross negligence" after 49 Iraqi National Guard recruits were massacred this weekend. The recruits had just left a training camp on three buses when insurgents dressed as police officers stopped the bus, ordered the defenseless recruits out and then shot them.
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March 14, 2006 | By William Douglas INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
President Bush ratcheted up pressure on Iran yesterday, accusing it of disrupting Iraq by giving insurgents deadly explosive devices. In the first of a series of speeches aimed at stemming public opposition to the war, the President said that some of the most powerful improvised explosive devices in Iraq contained "components that came from Iran. " "Coalition forces have seized IEDs and components that were clearly produced in Iran," Bush said in an address at George Washington University.
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February 27, 1991 | Daily News Wire Services
U.S. Marines seized the international airport outside Kuwait City after a battle that destroyed more than 100 Iraqi tanks, a senior Pentagon official said today. He also said he believed Kuwait City itself would be declared liberated by coalition forces later in the day, after what appeared to be pockets of Iraqi resistance in the city were defeated. "I am pleased to report to you that it appears the Kuwait International Airport is under the control of coalition forces," he said.
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April 14, 2003
THE NEGATIVE spin that the Daily News puts out simply amazes me. You print stories about innocent Iraqis being killed in the crossfire, yet you miss stories like U.S. soldiers setting free thousands of Iraqi children from a prison - a prison that held little kids as young as 5 years old. You didn't show pictures of Iraqi families crying in tears of joy when they saw their children returning home, did you? Civilian casualties are simply unavoidable during war, even when extreme measures are taken to ensure their safety, as the coalition forces have so honorably done.
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March 26, 2012 | McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - A roadside bomb exploded in Kandahar province Saturday night, killing a U.S. soldier, seven Afghan police officers and an Afghan translator, local officials said. The blast occurred while Afghan security personnel and U.S.-led coalition forces were about to defuse an improvised explosive device at Kohak village in Arghandab district, said Shah Mohammad, the district governor. "The Afghan security forces had received information about the IED, but when they reached the area the bomb was exploded by remote control," Shah Mohammad said.
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April 6, 2011 | By Rahim Faiez and Patrick Quinn, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban has allowed the restoration of cell-phone service to parts of southwestern Afghanistan, two weeks after it ordered a shutdown to prevent people from giving away its movements to NATO forces, a government official and the insurgents said Tuesday. The ban affected more than 800,000 cell-phone users in southwest Helmand province and 100,000 in surrounding areas. Helmand remains a Taliban stronghold despite months of fighting between U.S.-led coalition forces and insurgents.
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March 15, 2012 | By Michael Hinkelman
A Philadelphia man was arrested this morning by the Philadelphia FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Justice Department said. Bakhtiyor Jumaev, 45, of Port Richmond, was charged with helping to fund the Islamic Jihad Union. Charges were filed in Colorado by the U.S. Attorney, which is handling the case. The IJU is a terrorist organization which splintered from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the early 2000s. It has conducted attacks and bombings in Uzbekistan and against Coalition forces in Afghanistan and attempted attacks in Germany.
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February 22, 2005 | By Andrew Maykuth INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The number of coalition military forces killed by hostile actions has declined significantly since Iraq's Jan. 30 elections, according to military officials. As of yesterday, the 28 coalition forces killed from hostile fire or roadside bombs in February represented the lowest fatality rate since last March, according to iCasualties.org. The daily average of 1.33 soldiers killed in hostile actions after the elections compares with 2.42 during the previous 10 months, based on Inquirer calculations.
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June 19, 2013 | By Patrick Quinn, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban and the United States said Tuesday they would hold talks within days on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan, as the international coalition formally handed over control of the country's security to the Afghan army and police. The Taliban met a key U.S. demand by pledging not to use Afghanistan as a base to threaten other countries, although the Americans said it must also denounce al-Qaeda. President Obama cautioned that the process won't be quick or easy.
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April 30, 2013 | By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff Monday, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition said in a statement to the Associated Press: "Taliban's claims are false. " It said the cause was being investigated by emergency crews that rushed to the site, but there was no sign of insurgent activity in the area at the time.
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April 9, 2013 | Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - A fierce battle between U.S.-backed Afghan forces and Taliban militants in a remote corner of eastern Afghanistan left nearly 20 people dead, including 11 Afghan children killed in an air strike and an American civilian adviser, officials said Sunday. The fighting along a main infiltration route from Pakistan on Saturday was indicative of a surge in hostilities as Afghanistan's spring fighting season gets under way. This year's will be closely watched because Afghan forces are having to contend with less support from the international military coalition, making it a test case of their ability to take on the insurgency.
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March 3, 2013 | Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - International forces accidentally killed two Afghan boys during an operation in southern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led coalition said Saturday. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, offered his personal apology and condolences to the boys' family and said the coalition took full responsibility for the deaths. A statement issued by the coalition said the boys were killed Thursday when coalition forces fired at what they thought were insurgent forces in the Shahid-e Hasas district of Uruzgan province.
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December 9, 2012
Forces rescue U.S. doctor KABUL, Afghanistan - An American doctor abducted by the Taliban five days ago was rescued Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led military coalition said. Dilip Joseph was captured by Taliban insurgents Wednesday outside the Afghan capital. He was rescued in an early-morning operation ordered after intelligence showed that he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death, according to a statement. "This was a combined operation of U.S. and Afghan forces," said 1st Lt. Joseph Alonso, a spokesman for U.S. forces.
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November 13, 2012 | By Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a member of the U.S.-led coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan on Sunday. It was the latest in a spate of insider attacks that are fracturing the trust between NATO and Afghan forces. Separately, officials said 11 Afghan civilians were killed by land mines on Sunday in explosions in the east and south. Britain's Ministry of Defense confirmed that the insider attack had claimed the life of a British soldier from the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
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September 2, 2012 | By Amir Shah, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Two suicide attackers, one driving a fuel tanker, blew themselves up near a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least 12 people, officials said. The attack around dawn in the town of Sayed Abad in Wardak province, about 40 miles from Kabul, served as a reminder that even after a decade of fighting, tens of thousands of U.S. and foreign troops are still engaged in a war that shows no signs of slowing down despite the start of a withdrawal of coalition forces.
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August 26, 2012 | By Kay Johnson, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - A NATO air strike in eastern Afghanistan killed a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban who had close ties with al-Qaeda, dealing a blow to the militants who operate on both sides of the countries' porous border. Mullah Dadullah was killed Friday in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, across the border from the Pakistani tribal area of Bajur, the military alliance said. He was the Pakistani Taliban leader in Bajur, and NATO said Saturday that Dadullah also was responsible for the movement of fighters and weapons across the frontier and attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Afghanistan.
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June 23, 2012 | By Deb Riechmann and Amir Shah, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Heavily armed Taliban gunmen stormed a lakeside hotel near Kabul, sending terrified guests jumping from windows or into a lake to try to escape the onslaught. Eighteen people were killed in the 12-hour rampage, their bullet-riddled bodies strewed on carpets, on the lawn, and in a blood-smeared patio. The attack, which ended at midday Friday, was a gruesome reminder of the Taliban's determination to scare the Afghan people and undermine efforts to stabilize the nation as U.S.-led forces prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014.
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June 2, 2012 | By Amir Shah, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban insurgents detonated a truck bomb, then tried to storm a NATO base Friday in eastern Afghanistan, but coalition forces repelled the attack, killing 14 militants, officials said. No foreign or Afghan troops were killed, according to NATO, but the attack showed the fundamentalist Islamic movement remains a resilient force even as Afghan President Hamid Karzai insists they do not have the means to retake the nation after foreign forces leave. In the last two years, the U.S.-led coalition has sent tens of thousands of troops into Taliban strongholds in the south and has largely succeeded in boosting security there.
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