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Published: 04/1/11

Afghans Angry at Quran Burning Kill 7 at UN Office

By  not in system - AOL News
Afghans Angry at Quran Burning Kill 7 at UN Office

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghans angry over the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church stormed a U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing seven foreigners, including four Nepalese guards. Afghan authorities suspect insurgents melded into the mob and they announced the arrest of more than 20 people, including a militant they suspect was the ringleader of the assault in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh province. The suspect was an insurgent from Kapisa province, a hotbed of militancy about 250 miles (400 kilometers) southeast of the city, said Rawof Taj, deputy...

Published: 02/13/11

The Afghanistan War: Tactical Victories, Strategic Stalemate?

By  David Wood - Politics Daily
The Afghanistan War: Tactical Victories, Strategic Stalemate?

The top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, likes to describe the tactical gains his troops are making against insurgents. But a stream of independent data and analysis suggests a wide gap between those battlefield gains and the strategic progress needed to convince a skeptical President Obama, Congress and the public to stay with the war effort for at least three more years. Recently, for instance, Petraeus asserted that his forces "achieved what we set out to achieve in 2010, which was to reverse the insurgency momentum.'' He has said that Taliban insurgents "are losing momentum ...

Published: 07/26/10

Afghanistan Journal: Entering Ali Khel With Supply of Lady Gaga and Dusty Chowder

By  David Wood - Politics Daily
Afghanistan Journal: Entering Ali Khel With Supply of Lady Gaga and Dusty Chowder

ALI KHEL, Afghanistan -- "I wanna take a ride on . . . your disco stick,'' Lady Gaga sings over the platoon radio net. "I wanna take a r-i-i-i-de . . .'' "Clear right,'' the turret gunner interrupts. "Go -- watch the bicycle!'' and 1st Platoon Charlie Co. -- swathed in its body armor and helmets, kneepads and gloves and shatter-resistant Oakleys and earphones and strapped snugly, squeezed, really, with its weapons and ammo and Gatorade bottles into its somewhat air-conditioned and bombproof (it hopes) armored vehicles -- lumbers left and down an embankment. Now with care, 1st Platoon guides ...

Published: 07/22/10

Hunting Taliban on Night Patrol, Soldiers' Senses Stay on High Alert

By  David Wood - Politics Daily
Hunting Taliban on Night Patrol, Soldiers' Senses Stay on High Alert

ZA KHEL, Afghanistan -- Just as Cobra patrol is about to push off, the bright half moon sails into chunks of dark cloud and the late-night sky dims. "Good,'' somebody mutters. Less light for Taliban snipers. The front gate groans open, a voice says "Good luck'' and Cobra swings onto a dirt road with a line of trees on one side and open fields on the other. The dark figures sliding along the road's edge are Cobra's Afghan police, carrying assault rifles. The lighter ones ghosting along are Cobra's American infantrymen (Charlie Company's 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th M...

Published: 07/21/10

NATO: 6 Afghan Police Beheaded by Insurgents

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
NATO: 6 Afghan Police Beheaded by Insurgents

(July 21) -- Six Afghan policemen have been beheaded by insurgents who overran a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, NATO said today. The victims were members of the Afghan National Police force in the Dahanah-ye Ghori district of northern Baghlan province, the international force said in a statement on its website. They were killed Tuesday when insurgents ambushed a police checkpoint and cut off their heads, it said. Police fought off nearby attacks on a school, clinic and the district governors' building, and killed several insurgents, the statement said. NATO blamed the Taliban for th...

Published: 09/4/09

Afghanistan: The 'Good War' Gets Complicated

By  David Wood - Politics Daily
Afghanistan: The 'Good War' Gets Complicated

COMBAT OUTPOST ZORMAT, Afghanistan -- When a warning crackled over the radio of a suspected ambush ahead, Lt. Col. Rob Campbell swore softly and ordered his three armored trucks to a halt. What happened next illustrates why the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan is failing, why commanders here are asking for more manpower -- and why they are pleading for more time. Leaping out with his M-4 carbine, Campbell, a tall cavalry officer with sandy hair and freckles, strode through the empty, sun-baked fields flanking the road while his men fanned out, checking the ground for IEDs, sweeping the fields f...

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