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May 16, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - A militant group said its attack Thursday on a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital marked a stepped-up campaign against the foreign presence in Afghanistan, and promised more such assaults. The suicide bombing killed six Americans, including four civilian contractors, and at least nine Afghan civilians, including two children, according to local and coalition officials. "Our party will increase its attacks against foreign troops in Afghanistan in the future," said Zubair Sediqqi, a spokesman for Hezb-i-Islami, which claimed responsibility for the attack.
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.
A coalition of Los Angeles clergy, lawyers and academics argued Friday that U.S. federal courts have authority over the 188 Afghan fighters held captive at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. In a legal brief filed in Los Angeles federal court, the coalition also disputed government claims that the group has no standing to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the detainees. U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz will hear arguments Thursday.
December 10, 2012 | By David Zucchino and Hashmat Baktash, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - American and Afghan forces rescued an American doctor who had been kidnapped by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, military authorities announced Sunday. Officials in Washington later confirmed that one of the rescuers was killed in the operation. The doctor, identified as Dilip Joseph, a U.S. citizen working for a nonprofit group based in Colorado, was rescued along with two Afghan colleagues and an Afghan driver, according to international forces and local officials.
November 21, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - He expressed outrage, sarcasm and black humor. He cast himself as a lonely voice defending his country's pride and sovereignty against American arrogance. After a frantic week of last-minute negotiations, Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivered a tepid endorsement Thursday of a proposed 10-year security pact with the United States in a rambling speech to an Afghan tribal gathering. But he then surprised attendees - and the world - by saying Afghanistan might not sign the accord until next spring.
December 13, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - Formal peace talks between Taliban insurgents and the central government may be at a dead end, but provisional peace negotiations are underway in the rugged and often unforgiving Afghan countryside. In some remote districts, Afghan army and police commanders have agreed to cease-fires with local Taliban commanders, according to international coalition officials, diplomats and former top Afghan government advisors. Driven by tribal and sometimes family ties, these informal accommodations are viewed as a possible blueprint for a wider, more meaningful national peace deal after 12 years of war. In many instances, former top Afghan government security advisors say, the Taliban is under intense pressure from tribes fed up with the militants' roadside bombings and intimidation of villagers.
October 13, 1994
At this year's Los Angeles County Fair, volunteers for a Claremont church group collected 3,000 knitted or crocheted squares that will be used to make afghans for local homeless people. Our Lady of the Assumption volunteers worked on piecing together the afghans at tables in the fair's Home Arts Building, where many fair-goers stopped by to bring donated squares or pick up donated yarn to make the squares. The group collected more than twice as many squares this year as it did at the 1993 fair.
April 16, 2012 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan police and army have won praise for fighting off one of the war's most ambitious insurgent strikes, but the marathon siege of key diplomatic, government and military installations in Kabul also highlighted worrisome weaknesses, including glaring intelligence failures. With evidence pointing to a virulent Taliban offshoot known as the Haqqani network as the perpetrators of the tightly coordinated assaults, the prospect of protecting Kabul appears even more difficult.
April 2, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Nabil Ahmad was at his desk at a logistics support firm last spring when an explosion ripped through the office. Windows shattered. The ceiling collapsed. "I thought it was an earthquake - or the end of the world," the Kabul native said. At 26, Ahmad, who favors Western suits and now works for a cellphone service provider, has never known a time when his country was not at war. But he's a father now, with a 2-year-old and an infant to think about. "I don't want to put my sons in the position that I was growing up," he said.
September 21, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Mourners thronged the streets of the capital on Wednesday near the home of slain Afghan peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani, while the mystery deepened as to who was behind his assassination a day earlier. Rabbani's death in a suicide bombing cast a perhaps irreversible pall over prospects for drawing the Taliban into negotiations, even though the peace commission he headed had made little progress in the year since its creation. That in turn could hamper Western plans to wind down the combat mission of the NATO force by 2014.
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