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February 28, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven Afghan border police were killed Thursday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. Two civilians also were killed. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. while the team of border police officers was conducting a patrol in Dangam, a district in eastern Kunar province, said Wasifullah Wasifi, the spokesman for the provincial governor. A third civilian, a woman, was wounded, he said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident, but Taliban insurgents routinely plant roadside bombs.
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April 4, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan police officer turned his weapon on two Western journalists Friday, killing one and wounding the other inside a security forces compound in eastern Afghanistan on the eve of the country's closely watched presidential election. Anja Niedringhaus, 48, a German and a veteran photographer for Associated Press, was killed instantly, and AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was shot three times, sustaining wrist and shoulder wounds, the news agency said. Gannon, 60, a Canadian who has covered Afghanistan for nearly three decades, was evacuated to the U.S. military base at Bagram and was reported to be in stable condition.
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January 27, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two police officers including a district commander died in a bombing Sunday near Afghanistan's border with Iran, part of a rash of attacks that killed at least 21 officers in 24 hours, Afghan officials said. The officers were patrolling in the Qala-e-Kah district of Farah province at about 8 a.m. when their vehicle struck a landmine, said Aqqa Mohammad Kemtoz, the provincial police chief. It was the latest in a series of bombings targeting the Afghan security forces, which  have been assuming increasing responsibility for safeguarding the country ahead of the departure of most foreign troops next year.
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November 8, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - As the United States withdraws combat forces from Afghanistan, Afghan police and army units are suffering a sharply higher casualty rate and in some cases, have negotiated local non-aggression pacts with insurgents to avoid coming under attack, according to a new Pentagon report. Afghan Army and police casualties have soared by 79% this year, while casualties from the international coalition have fallen by 59%, according to the congressionally mandated report, which covers developments in Afghanistan from April to September.
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March 11, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A man in a police uniform opened fire on U.S. and Afghan soldiers Monday at a base in eastern Afghanistan, killing two American troops in what may be the latest in a series of insider attacks by Afghans against allied security forces. Afghan news media reported that three Afghan soldiers also were killed in the shooting in Wardak, the volatile province in eastern Afghanistan where President Hamid Karzai last month ordered U.S. special forces troops to cease operations.
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April 15, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
A suicide bomber killed the provincial police chief of Kandahar Friday, stunning Afghanistan's second-largest city, where security has been a top priority for NATO forces. At about 2 p.m. local time, the bomber made his way inside Kandahar police headquarters and attacked police chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid, killing him and wounding three others, according to Zamarai Bashari, a spokesman for Afghanistan's interior ministry. The Taliban claimed responsibility for what it called a "martyrdom attack," which it said killed Mujahid and a dozen other police officers, according to spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi.
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December 5, 2009 | By Tony Perry
It's only his second day on the job after graduating from a police academy sponsored by U.S. Marines, and Khair Muhammad is stopping cars along the main road to the Nawa market to check for explosives. An ancient Toyota rolls up, jammed with four men, five boys, a woman fully covered in a burka and, against the back window, a small goat. In a friendly but firm voice, the 20-year-old police officer orders the men and boys out of the vehicle for a pat-down search. Then he checks the glove box and underneath the floor mats -- as well as under the goat.
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May 23, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
In what has become a near-daily drumbeat of insurgent attacks on Afghan government and security installations, a team of gunmen and suicide bombers on Sunday stormed a police outpost in an eastern city, killing six people, most of them Afghan police and soldiers. The four assailants died as well, officials said. The early-morning onslaught in the city of Khowst typified a pattern of insurgent strikes that has taken hold as the spring "fighting season" gathers force — a coordinated assault on a site that somehow symbolizes the authority of the central government.
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November 8, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
The bodies of five more of the Afghan police officers captured last week by the Taliban in a rural district have been recovered, and Afghan officials said Sunday that the men were brutally slain. The grisly discovery brought to nine the number of confirmed deaths among a group of 16 officers who disappeared when the Taliban overran the Khogyani district of Ghazni province in the early hours of Nov. 1. A Taliban spokesman asserted at the time that the men had willingly joined the insurgency ?
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December 24, 2009 | By Laura King
National police hunting for a wounded insurgent commander mistakenly ambushed a vehicle carrying a member of the Afghan parliament, killing him and his son, provincial officials said Wednesday. President Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation of the incident, which took place overnight in Baghlan province in Afghanistan's north. Taliban fighters and other insurgents have made significant inroads in the province over the last year. A new NATO supply route runs through the area, making it a magnet for militant strikes.
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June 9, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan - Insurgents launched an hours-long attack early Monday on the heavily guarded military side of Kabul's international airport, which houses a key NATO strategic headquarters, but failed to breach that part of the complex before all seven attackers were slain, officials said. The incident began around 4:20 a.m. when, according to Afghan police, several attackers wearing suicide vests occupied a tall building under construction along the airport's western perimeter, affording them a good vantage point to fire down on the military facility.
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May 18, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A police chief who had stood up repeatedly to the Taliban was shot and killed in a drive-by attack by four insurgents on motorcycles, officials said Saturday. The police chief, Abdul Ghani, was leaving his driveway in his car around 8 p.m. Friday when the attackers rode up on two motorcycles and opened fire, officials said. He was badly wounded in the shooting and died on the way to the hospital, said Abdul Rahman Zhowandai, a spokesman for the governor of Farah province.
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March 11, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A man in a police uniform opened fire on U.S. and Afghan soldiers Monday at a base in eastern Afghanistan, killing two American troops in what may be the latest in a series of insider attacks by Afghans against allied security forces. Afghan news media reported that three Afghan soldiers also were killed in the shooting in Wardak, the volatile province in eastern Afghanistan where President Hamid Karzai last month ordered U.S. special forces troops to cease operations.
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March 11, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - A man in a police uniform opened fire on U.S. and Afghan soldiers Monday at a base in eastern Afghanistan, killing two Americans in what may be the latest insider attack by Afghans against allied security forces. Afghan officials said three Afghan police officers also were killed in the shooting in Wardak, the strategically crucial province where President Hamid Karzai last month ordered U.S. special forces to cease operations. U.S. military officials said it wasn't immediately clear whether the gunman was an Afghan police officer or impostor.
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February 28, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven Afghan border police were killed Thursday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. Two civilians also were killed. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. while the team of border police officers was conducting a patrol in Dangam, a district in eastern Kunar province, said Wasifullah Wasifi, the spokesman for the provincial governor. A third civilian, a woman, was wounded, he said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident, but Taliban insurgents routinely plant roadside bombs.
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February 27, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Ten members of an Afghan rural paramilitary force and seven others were drugged and killed at an outpost in a volatile eastern province, officials said Wednesday, in the latest deadly poisoning attributed to Taliban insurgents. The killings occurred overnight in a remote district of Ghazni province where villagers last year took up arms against the Taliban. Members of the Afghan Local Police, a U.S.-backed rural guard force made up of village recruits, were poisoned during dinner by a fellow police officer whom officials said had ties to the Taliban, and then were fatally shot by insurgents who overran the outpost, officials said.
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November 5, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Authorities in a troubled province south of the Afghan capital said Thursday that four police officers were killed, apparently while trying to escape Taliban custody, and that they may have been among a group of police who disappeared when their district was overrun by insurgents this week. A surviving police officer was being questioned, the officials said. The Taliban had claimed Monday that a group of about 16 police officers in the Khogyani district of Ghazni province had defected to the insurgency, and had actively participated in torching government buildings and vehicles before voluntarily leaving with the militants.
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February 10, 2013 | By David S. Cloud and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - In an effort to fight the insurgency after U.S. troops leave Afghanistan by the end of next year, officials in Washington and Kabul are planning to dramatically expand a 3-year-old rural police force that has been implicated in human rights abuses and criminal activity. The plan by the U.S. Special Operations Command would extend a financial lifeline from the Pentagon to the Afghan Local Police for at least five more years, providing $1.2 billion to train, arm and pay 45,000 fighters, up from a current force of 19,600, according to senior U.S. officials and planning documents.
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January 27, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two police officers including a district commander died in a bombing Sunday near Afghanistan's border with Iran, part of a rash of attacks that killed at least 21 officers in 24 hours, Afghan officials said. The officers were patrolling in the Qala-e-Kah district of Farah province at about 8 a.m. when their vehicle struck a landmine, said Aqqa Mohammad Kemtoz, the provincial police chief. It was the latest in a series of bombings targeting the Afghan security forces, which  have been assuming increasing responsibility for safeguarding the country ahead of the departure of most foreign troops next year.
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