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May 28, 2012 | By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S.-led coalition on Sunday disputed reports that eight civilians, including children, were killed in a NATO air strike in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan. Afghan officials said an air strike Saturday night killed eight members of a family, but a senior NATO official said that so far, there is no evidence of any civilian casualties. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information. Both Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO commanders ordered an investigation into the reports, according to the New York Times.
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May 23, 2012 | By Tammy Webber, Associated Press
  CHICAGO - For activists, the NATO summit in Chicago served as one big stage from which to air a broad range of grievances - not just the war in Afghanistan or other actions of the 63-year-old military alliance. In their effort to maximize turnout, organizers were quick to welcome a wide variety of interests, including Occupy protesters, immigration groups, the nation's largest nurses union, and others. But after a week of protests and rallies, the all-inclusive mind-set raised questions about the strength and future of some of the nation's major protest movements.
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May 23, 2012 | By Matthew Lee, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Ryan Crocker, the unflappable diplomat who became the civilian face of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over two administrations, is stepping down as ambassador to Afghanistan and retiring from the U.S. foreign service after a storied tenure in some of the world's most dangerous hot spots. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday that the veteran envoy would leave his post in Kabul this summer because of health reasons she declined to detail. His departure comes a year earlier than planned after Crocker, 62, came out of retirement in 2011 to take the helm of the embassy at President Obama's personal request.
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May 22, 2012 | By Jonathan S. Landay and Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers
CHICAGO - NATO leaders on Monday adopted President Obama's exit strategy from the nearly 11-year-old U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, cementing an "irreversible" pullout of foreign combat troops that will leave Afghan security forces with the leading role in combat operations by the summer of 2013. "We are now unified to responsibly wind down the war in Afghanistan," Obama declared at a news conference at the close of the two-day summit in his hometown, while acknowledging that serious risks persist.
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May 21, 2012 | Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO - Two more men have been charged with planning to make explosives to be used during the NATO summit. Police would not say whether they are connected to three men in their 20s who were arrested in a raid earlier in the week and charged under the state's anti-terrorism statutes with planning to use Molotov cocktails during the summit. Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, of Chicago, was arrested Thursday afternoon without incident at his home, according to a police report. He was charged Saturday afternoon.
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May 17, 2012 | By Julie Pace, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - More than two dozen world leaders will join President Obama in an extraordinary weekend of back-to-back summits to tackle Europe's mounting economic woes and solidify plans for winding down the decade-long war in Afghanistan. The Group of Eight economic summit and the national security-focused NATO meeting will be infused with politics from every angle. For Obama, the summits are a unique election-year opportunity to show leadership on the world stage without having to leave the United States.
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May 16, 2012 | Associated Press
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - NATO on Tuesday invited Pakistan's president to next week's Chicago summit on Afghanistan, the strongest sign yet that Islamabad is ready to reopen its western border to U.S. and NATO military supplies heading to the war in the neighboring country. Pakistan blocked the routes in November after U.S. air strikes killed 24 of its troops on the Afghan border. The attack sent ties between Washington and Islamabad to new lows, threatening regional cooperation needed for negotiating an end to the Afghan war. The developments signal something of a rapprochement, but tensions are likely to bedevil what has long been a brittle relationship, scarred by mistrust on both sides.
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May 16, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Sixty-seven Philadelphia police officers are going to Chicago this week to assist in security operations for this weekend's NATO summit. The officers, who will be drawn from around the city, will be in Chicago Friday through Tuesday, said Officer Jillian Russell, a Philadelphia police spokeswoman. The summit is scheduled for Sunday and Monday and is expected to the target of a variety of protests. Police from Milwaukee and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., also will be helping their Chicago counterparts, the Associated Press reports.
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May 13, 2012
Afghan police kill 2 NATO soldiers KABUL, Afghanistan - Men wearing Afghan police uniforms shot dead two NATO service members Saturday in southern Afghanistan, authorities said, the latest in a string of attacks on international troops by Afghan security forces or militants disguised as police. Two other coalition service members also died Saturday in Afghanistan, one in an insurgent attack and the other of non-battle-related injuries. Fareed Ahmad, a spokesman for the Helmand provincial police, said two Afghan policemen opened fire at a joint Afghan-coalition compound, killing two coalition troops.
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April 20, 2012 | By Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press
BRUSSELS - Russia's foreign minister sharply criticized NATO's plan to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan by 2014, saying Thursday that coalition troops should remain in the country until Afghan government forces are capable of ensuring security. "As long as Afghanistan is not able to ensure by itself the security in the country, the artificial timelines of withdrawal are not correct and they should not be set," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. In southwestern Afghanistan, meanwhile, a U.S. Army helicopter crashed on a nighttime mission, and initial reports from the scene indicated that as many as four soldiers may have been killed, a U.S. defense official said.
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