August 20, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - With the tempo of "insider" shootings accelerating, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived in Afghanistan for talks on the phenomenon of Western troops dying at the hands of Afghan allies, U.S. and Afghan officials said Monday. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey flew into the sprawling Bagram air base north of Kabul and was holding consultations with senior U.S. and Afghan commanders and government officials. Hours before his arrival, another American service member was killed in an insider shooting, the 10th such U.S. death this month.
April 4, 2010 |
By any standard, it was a disastrous day for an important U.S. ally in Afghanistan. First, three German soldiers died in an unusually fierce battle with insurgents, then German troops accidentally killed six Afghan soldiers apparently coming to their aid. The chaotic chain of events in the northern province of Kunduz, detailed by Afghan and NATO officials Saturday, a day after the fact, could further undermine German public backing for the conflict....
August 19, 2011 |
A roadside bomb killed 22 people, many of them women and children, crammed into a minivan in western Afghanistan on Thursday, a grim reminder of the toll that the 10-year war against Taliban insurgents takes on civilians. The blast was one of two that struck civilians in the Owbeh district of the western province of Herat on Thursday morning. A separate roadside bomb killed an Afghan woman and injured seven people in a small Mazda truck, said Mohayuddin Noory, a spokesman for the Herat governor's office.
June 22, 2008 |
Five foreign troops and five Afghan soldiers were killed in roadside bombings Saturday, military officials said. In the deadliest incident, a coalition convoy was struck by a roadside bomb west of the main southern city of Kandahar, killing four troops and wounding two. U.S. coalition spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Fanning said gunmen opened fire on the damaged vehicles and three Afghans also were hurt. He declined to release the nationality of the troops, who were involved in training Afghans.
November 4, 1985 |
A young Soviet soldier who sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan last week left voluntarily today after the Soviet ambassador promised that he would not be punished, the State Department said. Alexander Sukhanov, 19, signed a brief statement in Russian that said he made his decision "of his own free will and and wants to go home," a department official said. He then left the embassy with the Soviet ambassador to Afghanistan.
November 1, 1985 |
A 19-year-old Soviet soldier on guard duty near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, slipped into the U.S. compound today and said he wanted his superiors to send him home to the Soviet Union, the State Department told some members of Congress today. John Gersuk, an aide to Rep. Daniel A. Mica (D-Fla.), said State Department officials told the congressmen that the soldier is refusing to speak to Soviet officers. "He doesn't want to defect," Gersuk said.
April 6, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday for a weekend visit aimed at assessing the amount and type of training that American troops will continue to provide Afghan defense forces after 2014, military officials said. But his arrival was marred by new violence. Three foreign soldiers and two coalition civilian workers were killed hours after he landed when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded in southeastern Zabul province, NATO officials said, without identifying the nationalities of those killed.
July 10, 2013 |
MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan - Congress has appropriated $51 billion to build and sustain the Afghan army, but Lt. Col. Kohadamani Hamidullah can't get his Humvees repaired. "See all those Humvees?" he said inside his military base here in east-central Afghanistan, pointing to a ragged line of dusty Humvees. "Broken. Broken. Broken.... All broken. " The United States has supplied 46 Humvees for Hamidullah's battalion here in the rugged, snowcapped peaks of Wardak province in the last couple of 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.
January 8, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A British soldier was shot and killed when a man believed to be a member of the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on foreign troops and his Afghan colleagues in a restive southern province, officials said Tuesday. Monday's attack appeared to be the latest in a rash of insider killings that has eroded trust between Afghan troops and their foreign mentors as the country prepares for the withdrawal of most international forces by the end of 2014. It came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other top Afghan officials were en route to Washington for a meeting Friday with President Obama to discuss future military, political and economic cooperation.