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May 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. military officials reported the deaths of eight American troops, including those of four Marines who drowned Thursday when their tank rolled off a bridge into a canal near Karmah, about 50 miles west of the Iraqi capital. The U.S. command said today that the deaths were not caused by hostile action. In addition, three soldiers were killed Thursday in roadside bombings near Baghdad. A fourth soldier died of "noncombat-related wounds" Tuesday near Mosul, the military announced Thursday.
April 5, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan - Afghanistan passed the first major test of the impending post-American era on Saturday with an election that featured a robust turnout, minimal violence and few glaring reports of cheating as voters began the process of selecting a successor to 13-year President Hamid Karzai. Next comes the counting of some 7 million ballots nationwide and the investigation of hundreds of claims of irregularities - from the serious to the superficial. The process is likely to take several weeks and none of the three presidential front-runners is expected to win an absolute majority, which would mean a runoff vote between the top two no earlier than the end of May. Still, voters stared down Taliban death threats and lingering memories of fraud-scarred elections, trekking through the deserted streets of Kabul and rain-swept fields in the provinces to polling places guarded by 195,000 Afghan soldiers and police.
July 19, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military has announced the deaths of 10 troops in Iraq, including four killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in this capital city. Their Iraqi interpreter also died. The four American deaths, added to an earlier count on, brought to at least 3,627 the number of U.S. forces killed in Iraq since March 2003. Two sailors were killed Tuesday in Salahuddin province, the military said.
November 26, 2013 | By David S. Cloud and David Zucchino
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials seeking to resolve a tense standoff with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were exploring on Tuesday whether they could bypass him and get other senior officials to sign a security deal authorizing American troops to remain in the country after 2014. A day after Karzai abruptly said he would not sign unless Washington agreed to additional conditions, the Obama administration was pushing for Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani or another official to endorse the agreement on behalf of the government in Kabul, several U.S. officials said.
May 2, 2009 | Associated Press
Three Americans and two other foreign troops were killed Friday in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. Insurgents attacked Afghan and coalition forces with grenade launchers and guns, NATO forces said in a statement. The troops called in air support, and the militants withdrew. They are being pursued, the military said. Col. Greg Julian, a spokesman for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, confirmed that three of the slain troops were Americans.
December 21, 1990 | Associated Press
Saudi Arabia's national airline declined a Postal Service request that it waive international mail rates in favor of the lower fees observed by U.S. airlines for carrying mail to American troops in the Saudi desert, a postal official said Thursday. James E. Orlando, head of international services for the Postal Service, confirmed that Saudi Arabian Airlines had charged the service nearly $1.9 million to deliver about 1.
A variety show for American troops featuring a barber shop quartet's rendition of "Lida Rose" and a chorus line of scantily clad women has been abruptly shut down after complaints from the Saudi government, military officials said Saturday.
October 28, 1995
There are more than 25,000 people in Southern California who trace their origin to the states of the former Yugoslavia and many have been passionate partisans on the sidelines of the Bosnian war. JIM BLAIR talked with a Serb, a Croat and a Bosnian Muslim who are active in their local communities about the local mood on the verge of a hoped-for peace and their communities' opinion of American involvement in a NATO peacekeeping force. * LEO MAJICH President, Croatian National Assn.
Shocked by the savagery of Saddam Hussein's repression of the uprising against him in southern Iraq, American troops manning the Persian Gulf War's long cease-fire line say they would willingly fight their way north to Baghdad to topple the Iraqi dictator. This attitude was repeatedly evident to a reporter who spent several days touring the U.S.-occupied zone, an area embracing more than 15% of the country.
December 18, 2011 | David Zucchino
A U.S. military convoy sliced through the flat Iraqi desert before first light, carrying the last troops safely into Kuwait and ending America's costly and divisive war in a troubled land. When relieved soldiers got out on the other side Sunday, shouts of "Going home!" and "It's over!" mingled with bear hugs and high-fives. One soldier hollered, "I'm going to Disneyland!" Another, "A sweet, sweet Christmas. " The final vehicle passed a fortified Kuwaiti border police post eight years, eight months and 28 days after U.S. forces poured across the same frontier, 150,000 strong, sweating inside bulky chemical and biological protective suits, but convinced of a swift and certain victory.
November 20, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and David Zucchino
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Wednesday that the United States and Afghanistan had reached agreement on a security partnership after international combat troops withdraw, and that the deal would be presented to a gathering of influential tribal leaders beginning Thursday. The deal, whose terms Kerry did not disclose, will be subject to approval by the tribal assembly, known as a loya jirga, as well as the Afghan parliament. The tribal gathering is an advisory body only, but Afghan President Hamid Karzai has indicated he won't sign the security agreement unless the assembly approves it. "As we sit here tonight, we have agreed on the language that would be submitted to a loya jirga, but they have to pass it," Kerry said at the State Department.
November 18, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - This country has a president and parliament responsible for critical decisions on national security. But President Hamid Karzai, to the consternation of many who consider it a waste of time and money, has convened a traditional tribal gathering to discuss a security deal with the United States. A loya jirga , or grand council, opens here Thursday and is likely to paralyze the Afghan capital for five days as about 2,700 delegates from around the country gather to eat, drink and argue inside a tent protected by tight security.
May 28, 2013 | By Max Boot
Hamid Karzai has been president of Afghanistan for a long time - since the end of 2001, when he was installed by a U.S.-led alliance. At the time, he seemed a charming, English-speaking leader with a colorful wardrobe who could craft a democratic, post-Taliban state. Today Karzai is perceived, at least in the West, as erratic and unpredictable, an opportunist who has troubling ties to corrupt officials and abusive warlords. Far from consolidating democracy, Karzai has presided over the development of a deeply corrupt and abusive state that has allowed the resurgence of the Taliban.
May 12, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
CHARIKAR, Afghanistan - Abdul Shakour was working the night shift at Bagram air base repairing American vehicles when he was called to an emergency meeting. The news was bad: Shakour and 22 other Afghan mechanics were being laid off. After seven years at Bagram, Shakour was unceremoniously shown the door last month. He was told to return the next day to turn in his security badge and collect his final paycheck. "There aren't as many vehicles to fix and not as many soldiers around, so they don't need us anymore," Shakour said outside the base, speaking with a thick accent the English he had learned from American civilians and troops.
April 6, 2013 | By Mark Magnier and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan - On the same day that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrived in Afghanistan for an assessment visit, six Americans were killed Saturday in attacks by Afghanistan insurgents. Hours after Dempsey arrived in the nation, five Americans - three soldiers and two civilians - were killed when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded in southeastern Zabul province. An Afghan doctor was also killed in the attack on a convoy headed to a hospital for a visit. Another American was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, military officials said.
March 21, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
Some diversions invite comparison more readily than others. Take "The Sapphires," the most chipper film ever set in Vietnam. Already many have taken it, and liked it. If you enjoyed "Strictly Ballroom" or "The Commitments," which is to say if you fell for the slightly pushy charms of those show-business fables (one fantasy Australian, the other Irish, though directed by an Englishman), then chances are you'll go for this true-ish story of an Aborigine singing group entertaining the American troops, enemy fire be damned, in 1968 - like Bob Hope and Raquel Welch, New South Wales division.
February 14, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Over the last 25 days, something unusual has happened in Afghanistan: Not one U.S. service member has been killed. The lion's share of the fighting - and dying - is now being done by Afghans. The last American troop death, from injuries suffered in a December roadside bombing, occurred Jan. 20, marking the longest stretch without a fatality since 2008 and offering a glimmer of evidence that the United States' 11-year war is in its twilight. Deaths among U.S. troops in Afghanistan last year reached a four-year low as commanders hailed a tipping point in a conflict that has claimed more than 2,100 American lives.
February 3, 2013 | Doyle McManus
Amid partisan questioning from both sides in former Sen. Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing last week, a major opportunity was lost. Hagel's fellow Republicans grilled the Defense secretary nominee on past statements about Israel and his opposition to President George W. Bush's 2007 surge in Iraq. Democrats, defending their president's choice, tossed him softballs. What Hagel wasn't asked about in any depth was Afghanistan, where about 66,000 U.S. troops are still risking their lives for a mission that no longer seems clear.
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