December 3, 2010 |
President Obama made a brief, unannounced visit Friday to Afghanistan. But in a scenario that seemed symbolic of star-crossed U.S. relations with the administration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the two leaders were unable to meet face to face. The U.S. president visited American troops at Bagram airfield, a sprawling base north of Kabul. But a massive dust storm prevented him from making the short helicopter trip to meet with Karzai at his presidential palace in the capital, as the two men had planned.
February 3, 2010 |
Depending on which side of the globe you call home, she's either Lady Al Qaeda or the incarnation of America's persecution of Muslims. Aafia Siddiqui, 37, a neuroscientist and mother of three, was once branded by the U.S. as the most wanted woman in the world, an Al Qaeda facilitator who posed a "clear and present danger to the U.S.," then-U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft told reporters in 2004. These days, the diminutive Pakistani woman sits in the custody of New York authorities, awaiting a verdict on charges that she attempted to murder FBI agents and U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan in July 2008, when she allegedly picked up an unattended rifle and fired at the agents and officers.
April 3, 2009 |
The Obama administration's plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay grew more complicated Thursday after a federal judge ruled that at least some of the long-term prisoners at Bagram air base in Afghanistan were entitled to the same legal rights as Guantanamo detainees. U.S. District Judge John Bates, an appointee of President George W. Bush, said the prisoners who were shipped to Bagram from outside Afghanistan were "virtually identical" in legal terms to those who were sent to Guantanamo.
December 27, 2013 |
BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Faced with an epidemic of deadly roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. military officials ordered up a fleet of V-hulled 16-ton armored behemoths in 2007 to help protect American soldiers and Marines. At a cost of $1 million each, the ugly tan beasts known as MRAPS have saved countless lives and absorbed or deflected thousands of insurgent bomb blasts in teeming cities, desert flats and rutted mountain roadways. The lumbering vehicles are so beloved that soldiers have scrawled notes of thanks on their armor.
February 18, 2010 |
The noxious smoke plumes that wafted over the military base in Balad, Iraq, alarmed Lt. Col. Michelle Franco. The stench from a huge burn pit clung to her clothing, skin and hair. "I remember thinking: This doesn't look good, smell good or taste good," Franco said recently. "I knew it couldn't be good for anybody." She wheezed and coughed constantly. When Franco returned to the U.S., she was diagnosed with reactive airway dysfunction syndrome. She is no longer able to serve as an Air Force nurse.
March 30, 2005 |
First Lady Laura Bush left for Afghanistan, where she will spend about five hours visiting women training to be teachers and others who sell handicrafts. She was also to meet with President Hamid Karzai and dine with U.S. troops at Bagram air base north of Kabul.
November 12, 2005 |
A Pakistani-owned plane carrying cargo for the U.S.-led coalition crashed into mountains near Afghanistan's capital, killing at least eight people, officials said. Bad weather may have played a role in the crash, said Ghulam Rasool, a police commander at the crash site near Bagram, the U.S.-led coalition's headquarters.
March 7, 1990 |
A renegade Afghan general who tried to overthrow the government of Afghanistan fled with his family to Pakistan today, Pakistani and guerrilla sources said, giving weight to government claims the coup attempt had been crushed. Gen.
June 29, 2003 |
A U.S. soldier in Afghanistan died at Bagram air base after the vehicle he was riding in overturned in a ditch, the Army said. The incident occurred near a U.S. base in Orgun, in the Paktika province. The U.S. Central Command did not say what caused the accident, nor did it identify the soldier.