June 19, 2013 |
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.
April 30, 2013 |
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.
April 9, 2013 |
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.
March 3, 2013 |
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.
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.
November 13, 2012 |
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.
September 2, 2012 |
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.
August 26, 2012 |
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.
June 23, 2012 |
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.
June 2, 2012 |
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.