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December 3, 2010 | By Laura King, Christi Parsons and Aimal Yaqoubi,
Reporting from Dubai, UAE, Washington & Kabul, Afghanistan
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.
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.
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.
September 20, 2009 | Greg Miller
The CIA is deploying teams of spies, analysts and paramilitary operatives to Afghanistan, part of a broad intelligence "surge" that will make the agency's station there among the largest in CIA history, U.S. officials say. When complete, the CIA's presence in the country is expected to rival the size of its massive stations in Iraq and Vietnam at the height of those wars. Precise numbers are classified, but one U.S. official said the CIA already has nearly 700 employees in Afghanistan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. military said that in the last week it had expanded operations in an area of southern Afghanistan where fugitive leaders of the ousted Taliban regime could be hiding. Col. Roger King at the U.S. headquarters at Bagram air base, north of Kabul, said troops launched Operation Viper several days ago in Helmand province, adding that seven suspects had been detained.
October 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. Special Forces soldier died of wounds he suffered during fighting in southern Afghanistan, American military sources said. Troops patrolling with Afghan militiamen engaged between 10 and 15 hostile fighters about 35 miles west of Deh Rawood, the U.S.-led coalition said from Bagram air base, north of Kabul. One enemy fighter was killed, military authorities said.
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