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Published: 04/28/11

Libya Rebels: NATO Accidentally Killed 12 of Our Fighters

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Libya Rebels: NATO Accidentally Killed 12 of Our Fighters

A NATO airstrike has accidentally killed up to 12 Libyan rebels in an apparent case of mistaken friendly fire that rebel commanders say could have been avoided. At first, Libyan rebels who've been pleading for more help from NATO in battling Moammar Gadhafi's forces were hesitant to even admit the deaths from Wednesday's NATO airstrike in Misrata. But as the bodies piled up, rebel commanders acknowledged that they believe NATO mistakenly fired on their men. NATO said it was looking into the claim. Journalist Marie Colvin, of London's Sunday Times newspaper, counted 11 bodies herself, CNN ...

Published: 04/27/11

NATO: F-16 Fighter Jet Crash-Lands at Italian Airbase

By  not in system - AOL News
NATO: F-16 Fighter Jet Crash-Lands at Italian Airbase

BRUSSELS -- An F-16 fighter-bomber from the United Arab Emirates crashed on landing Wednesday at an air base in southern Italy after completing a transfer flight from another base, officials said. He said the pilot ejected safely after landing on the outbound runway at the air base at Sigonella in western Sicily at 11:35 am. The official, who could not be named in line with standing regulations, said the warplane had just arrived from an air base in Sardinia. Sigonella is located about 360 miles (600 kilometers) north of Libya's capital, Tripoli. It has been used extensively by aircraft fro...

Published: 04/27/11

9 Americans Dead After Afghan Army Officer Opens Fire

By  not in system - AOL News
9 Americans Dead After Afghan Army Officer Opens Fire

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Eight American troops and a U.S. contractor died Wednesday after an Afghan military pilot opened fire during a meeting at Kabul airport - the deadliest episode to date of an Afghan turning against his coalition partners, officials said. The Afghan officer, who was a veteran military pilot, fired on the Americans after an argument, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. All nine killed were American, according to a senior U.S. defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information has not yet been made public. Musadeq Sadeq, AP ...

Published: 04/26/11

Afghan Forces Recapture at Least 65 From Taliban Jailbreak

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Afghan Forces Recapture at Least 65 From Taliban Jailbreak

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Afghan forces have recaptured at least 65 of the prisoners who escaped from the south's largest prison, the government said Tuesday as it scrambled to recover from the massive security breach that allowed 480 inmates to be spirited out in a stunning jailbreak. Prison officials discovered early Monday morning that the convicts - nearly all of them Taliban militants - were missing from their cells, and then found the tunnel through which they appeared to have made their getaway. The Taliban said the prison break was five months in the making, with diggers starting the ...

Published: 04/26/11

NATO: Key al-Qaida Figure Killed in Afghanistan

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NATO: Key al-Qaida Figure Killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - A NATO airstrike earlier this month killed a key al-Qaida operative in Afghanistan - a regional commander in charge of suicide bombings and cash flow, the international military coalition said Tuesday. NATO identified the man killed in the April 13 airstrike in Dangam district of eastern Kunar province as Abu Hafs al-Najdi, also known as Abdul Ghani. The alliance said the strike also killed a number of other insurgents, including another al-Qaida leader known as Waqas. Al-Najdi, a Saudi citizen, directed al-Qaida operations in Kunar and traveled regularly between Afghani...

Published: 04/25/11

Strikes on Gadhafi Compound Badly Damage Buildings

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Strikes on Gadhafi Compound Badly Damage Buildings

TRIPOLI, Libya -- NATO airstrikes targeted the center of Moammar Gadhafi's seat of power early Monday, unleashing guided bombs that destroyed a multistory library and office in his compound and badly damaged a reception hall for visiting dignitaries. A security official at the scene said four people were slightly hurt. Dust was still rising from the rubble when reporters arrived at the scene after midnight. Gadhafi's whereabouts at the time of the attack on his sprawling Bab al-Aziziya compound were unclear. He has made infrequent public appearances in Tripoli during the fighting that broke ...

Published: 04/24/11

Roadside Bombs Kill 3 NATO Troops in Afghanistan

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Roadside Bombs Kill 3 NATO Troops in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Roadside bombs killed three NATO service members and a gunman shot dead a prominent local official in southern Afghanistan, where thousands of Afghan and international troops are bracing for an expected spring resurgence of Taliban attacks, officials said Sunday. NATO said one service member died in a blast Sunday and two others were killed in an explosion on Saturday. Earlier, the alliance said that a fourth foreign service member died Saturday when a coalition helicopter crashed in Alasay district of Kapisa province in the east. It did not provide any further details,...

Published: 04/23/11

Heavy Fighting Rages in Libyan City of Misrata

By  not in system - AOL News
Heavy Fighting Rages in Libyan City of Misrata

TRIPOLI, Libya - Heavy fighting raged anew in Misrata and killed 24 people Saturday as Moammar Gadhafi's forces gave up more ground inside Libya's third-largest city. The U.S. said its first Predator drone attack in the country destroyed a government rocket launcher that had menaced civilians in the western city. Hundreds of people have been killed in rebel-held Misrata in a two-month government siege backed by tanks, mortars and snipers. On Friday night, the regime said it was withdrawing its military forces and allowing armed tribesmen to take over the battle. But the opposition was skeptic...

Published: 04/22/11

NATO: Key Figure From al-Qaida-Linked Group Captured

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NATO: Key Figure From al-Qaida-Linked Group Captured

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A militant who led operations in Afghanistan for an al-Qaida-linked terror group has been captured in the north where his fighters joined forces with the Taliban to step up attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, NATO said Friday. The senior figure from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was apprehended in Kunduz province along with two of this associates, the coalition said. NATO described the militant, whom it did not identify, as a key conduit between the IMU's leadership in Pakistan and senior Taliban leadership in Afghanistan. "He assisted both groups by dire...

Published: 04/22/11

Officials Say 5 Afghan Police, 1 NATO Soldier Killed in Separate Attacks

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Officials Say 5 Afghan Police, 1 NATO Soldier Killed in Separate Attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A roadside bomb killed five Afghan border policemen in southern Afghanistan and other violence was reported in the east where insurgents have stepped up attacks against pro-government forces as spring fighting gets under way, officials said Friday. In other violence across Afghanistan, an insurgent attack left one NATO service member dead in the east, militants in the north attacked a tanker convoy transporting fuel for coalition forces, and the nephew of an Afghan warlord was reportedly killed in fighting southwest of Kabul. The uptick in violence expected with warmer ...

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