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October 10, 2010 | By Aimal Yaqubi and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
A British aid worker was killed by her captors after a failed rescue attempt by NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan, the British government said Saturday. Linda Norgrove, 36, was taken hostage along with three of her Afghan co-workers in an ambush two weeks ago while visiting a project in Kunar province along the border with Pakistan. Her colleagues had already been released. The British government gave few details on the Friday night rescue attempt, a former United Nations worker who headed a $150-million project attempting to strengthen local economies for the U.S. aid group Development Alternatives Inc. NATO allies received a tip on Norgrove's whereabouts, and a decision was reportedly reached that her best chance, given the danger she faced, was to send in U.S. special forces.
August 1, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
As the death toll from this week's flash floods rose to at least 800 Saturday, authorities tried desperately to rescue thousands of stranded villagers and deliver emergency relief to stricken areas. The country's hardest-hit region was the northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the record-breaking monsoon rains had trapped at least 26,700 people on the roofs of buildings and mud huts. Hussain said the threat of further flooding had subsided in many areas in the northwest but that authorities were struggling to provide relief to thousands of victims, many of whom were in dire need of food, drinking water and medicine.
January 29, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Pakistani authorities in Lahore have arrested a U.S. Consulate employee who shot and killed two men he said he thought were going to rob him. Authorities said they will pursue murder charges against him in a case likely to inflame anti-U.S. sentiments in the nuclear-armed state. Police took the man to court Friday, where a judge ordered him held in custody for six days while an investigation continues. Police identified the man as Raymond Davis and said he works as a technical advisor in the consulate in Lahore, but U.S. Embassy officials in Islamabad would not confirm his identity and declined to discuss the case.
October 17, 2011
LONDON (AP) — A small town that honored British soldiers killed in Afghanistan as their bodies were returned home received a royal title Sunday for its compassion — the first such honor granted to a town in over 100 years. Princess Anne delivered the Letters Patent — official documents from her mother Queen Elizabeth II — to the town of Wootton Bassett, giving it official permission to change its name to Royal Wootton Bassett. The bodies of soldiers killed in Afghanistan used to be repatriated to the RAF Lyneham airbase near Wootton Bassett, 85 miles (135 kilometers)
December 6, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
A suicide bombing Sunday that the Taliban claims was carried out by an Afghan army recruit killed two members of the United States-led international force in eastern Afghanistan, military officials said. Separately, a third member of NATO's International Security Assistance Force died "following an insurgent attack" in southern Afghanistan, according to a news release that provided no further details. At least two Afghan civilians were killed and 18 people were wounded in the suicide bombing, said Ruhollah Samon, a spokesman for the provincial government.
December 15, 2001
Afghanistan could become a canvas for the more benevolent intentions of prosperous, civilized nations. If the right amounts of resources and attention are devoted to its prosperity, Afghanistan (its condition arguably sustained by the long Cold War between two powerful, belligerent nations) could receive the benefit of the competence that those democratic, free-market societies often presuppose. The work could be done transparently, delicately, in full view of those communities and nations that have been questioning democratic, free-market competence.
April 3, 1986 | From Reuters
More than 100 civilians were killed or wounded by shelling from Pakistan into the eastern Afghan province of Paktia during a 12-day period last month, Afghanistan's official Kabul radio said Wednesday night. The radio, monitored in Islamabad, quoted a protest note from the Afghan Foreign Ministry as saying the shelling by Pakistani artillery and Pakistan-based Afghan rebels took place from March 11 to 23. Pakistan, meanwhile, accused Afghanistan of shelling a Pakistani border area on March 30.
February 11, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
The Obama administration plans to complete its overhaul of U.S. policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan by April, before a crucial NATO summit, the White House said Tuesday in announcing the new head of its review. Before the reassessment is complete, President Obama is likely to decide on the details of a U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.
January 24, 2009 | Laura King
President Obama's decision to close the much-reviled detention center at Guantanamo Bay has drawn uneasy attention, both in Pakistan and in Afghanistan, to government entanglement in the Bush administration's harsh treatment of terrorism suspects. Obama's executive orders to shutter Guantanamo and conduct a sweeping review of U.S. detention and interrogation practices were welcomed Friday by leaders in Islamabad and Kabul, as well as rights groups and former detainees.
June 6, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
President Obama and his senior national security advisors convened Monday to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan, as the administration wrestles with questions about strategy in the region and what role American troops should play there. The president's full national security team went into the White House Situation Room to discuss what progress the allies have made in fighting insurgents after a recent Pentagon report attributed successes on the battlefield to the 30,000 additional troops Obama sent to the war. But the optimism is countered by reports from U.S. officials in the region who predict a renewed commitment to attacks by the Taliban and other insurgency groups, and by recent complaints from Afghan President Hamid Karzai about civilian deaths in airstrikes.
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