February 7, 2010 |
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan -- The effectiveness of the alliance between the U.S. military and Afghanistan's security force rests on a particularly delicate question: Will sufficient numbers of Afghans put up a good fight against the Taliban -- starting very soon? Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's strategy to reduce the U.S. role in Afghanistan includes increasing the training of the Afghan force, doubling its size and enhancing its capabilities.
December 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration plans on keeping 6,000 to 9,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014, fewer than previously reported, and will confine most of them to fortified garrisons near the capital, leaving Afghan troops largely without American advisors in the field to fight a still-powerful insurgency, U.S. officials said. Although it is not final, contours of the plan have become increasingly clear in the weeks since President Obama's reelection. Officials close to the discussions say the final U.S. presence will be substantially smaller than the 15,000 troops senior commanders have sought to keep after most of the 68,000 remaining American troops leave in the next two years.
October 13, 2011 |
A U.S. military investigation into the August downing of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan concluded that Taliban fighters "on a heightened state of alert" shot it down, but it cleared U.S. commanders of tactical mistakes. Contrary to some initial reports, the helicopter carrying 38 U.S. and Afghan troops, including 17 Navy SEALs, was not on a rescue mission. Instead, it was dispatched to kill or capture a Taliban leader. As the CH-47 helicopter descended toward a landing zone in Wardak province, it was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, which sheared off a rear rotor blade and caused the craft to plummet 150 feet into a dry creek bed, where it exploded, Brig.
August 6, 2011 |
Taliban insurgents shot down a U.S. Chinook helicopter early today, killing 31 American troops and seven Afghans aboard, American and Afghan officials said. It was the war's greatest single-incident loss of military lives. UPDATE WASHINGTON - AP sources: Majority of those killed in helicopter crash were from Navy SEAL Team 6. The rare downing of an American military aircraft, in a province on the doorstep of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, represented a blow to Western efforts to establish calm as the United States and its allies begin drawing down forces in Afghanistan.
July 2, 2009 |
In the enveloping darkness of a starless summer night, the sizzle-thump of incoming Taliban rockets is swiftly answered by the percussive boom of outgoing U.S. artillery. But the American troops manning this base in eastern Afghanistan know that their elusive nighttime foe can slip away to sanctuary in Pakistan, just 20 miles away.
February 13, 2010 |
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and The Outskirts Of Marja, Afghanistan -- Thousands of U.S., British and Afghan troops moved to seize the Taliban stronghold of Marja early Saturday in what the Marine general leading the assault called a "big, strong and fast" offensive aimed at challenging the insurgency's grip on a key southern Afghan province. Rounds of tracer fire lighted up a starry, predawn sky as waves of troops, ferried in by helicopters, descended on the farming districts that surround the town.
July 28, 2007 |
Two soldiers believed to be American were killed and 13 were wounded Friday in a major clash in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, while fighting in the south was reported to have killed as many as 50 suspected militants and more than two dozen civilians. A U.S. AH-64 Apache attack helicopter supporting the evacuation of wounded troops in the east made what NATO's International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, labeled a controlled landing after possible engine failure.
February 17, 2010 |
Western military officials announced Wednesday they had reinstated use of a weapons system employed in a strike that killed 12 people inside an Afghan family home, most of them women and children. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization said an investigation found that the weapon had not malfunctioned in Sunday's strike, but that it still was not known why the house was rocketed. The deaths marked the first major episode of civilian casualties in a massive military offensive, spearheaded by U.S. Marines, which began before dawn Saturday in and around the southern Afghan town of Marja.
September 26, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. service member was killed Thursday in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province when a man in an Afghan National Army uniform opened fire at a joint military training base, provincial officials said. The assailant was killed in return fire by North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces, said Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for Paktia's governor. “It's too early to say whether the Afghan soldier was a Taliban infiltrator,” Samoon said, adding that a joint investigation by Afghan and coalition forces was underway into the incident in Paktia's Gerda Seri district.
December 2, 2009 |
As top administration officials appeared before Congress today to defend the troop buildup in Afghanistan, and with the Pentagon saying the first additional troops will deploy within two to three weeks, a key Senate Democrat questioned a central element of President Obama's new Afghan strategy. Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he had questions about the "rapid deployment of a large number of U.S. combat forces" into Afghanistan.