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December 3, 2010 | By Laura King, Christi Parsons and Aimal Yaqubi
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.
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NATIONAL
April 3, 2009 | David G. Savage
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.
NATIONAL
July 22, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
The military judge overseeing the first war crimes trial against a terrorism suspect at Guantanamo Bay agreed Monday to bar some evidence against Osama bin Laden's former driver because it was obtained in "highly coercive environments and conditions." On the trial's opening day, Navy Capt. Keith J. Allred denied defense appeals to exclude other statements Salim Ahmed Hamdan made during interrogation by U.S.
WORLD
March 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
November 12, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
December 27, 2013 | By David Zucchino
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.
NATIONAL
April 29, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Five men who claim to have been kidnapped and tortured at the direction of CIA agents are entitled to their day in court to expose alleged U.S. government abuse of terrorism suspects, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday. Both former President George W. Bush and President Obama had invoked the state secrets privilege in urging courts to dismiss a lawsuit in which the prisoners described interrogations involving beatings, electric shocks and laceration by scalpel.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2009 | Bob Drogin
A Lebanese citizen being held in a detention center here was hooded, stripped naked for photographs and bundled onto an executive jet by FBI agents in Afghanistan in April, making him the first known target of a rendition during the Obama administration. Unlike terrorism suspects who were secretly snatched by the CIA and harshly interrogated and imprisoned overseas during the George W. Bush administration, Raymond Azar was flown to this Washington suburb for a case involving inflated invoices.
NEWS
March 7, 1990 | Associated Press
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.
WORLD
June 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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