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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.
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.
July 31, 2010 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
The seventh funeral was Friday. The church was full, even strangers lined the streets and everyone in sight stopped what they were doing and bowed their heads as Brian Piercy's body moved from church to cemetery — the same as they had done for six others. Seven boys from Clovis' Buchanan High Shool have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With Piercy's death, Buchanan has the somber distinction of more war dead than any other school in California.
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.
January 22, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
It was an unusual job even for the Seabees, the U.S. Navy's construction forces trained to hold a hammer in one hand and a Beretta M9 in the other. First, the team selected to build barracks high in the mountains of Afghanistan consisted of eight women, who are all stationed at Naval Base Ventura County. And second, the women completed the job far ahead of schedule. Beating deadline made up for long days and freezing nights in tents without plumbing, building four 20-by-30-foot structures, said Gafayat Moradeyo, the mission commander.
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.
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