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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.
December 8, 2009 | By John Kerry
Eight years ago this month, Osama bin Laden walked out of the Tora Bora mountains in Afghanistan and disappeared into Pakistan. U.S. intelligence agencies have no real idea where he is today, but it is clear that the world's most wanted man and the terrorist organization he leads have reemerged as a powerful force behind the increasingly deadly insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three senior Obama administration officials warned last week that Al Qaeda is more dangerous than at any time in the last 18 months.
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.
February 21, 2009 | Josh Meyer
The Pentagon has concluded that the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay meets the standards for humane treatment of detainees established in the Geneva Convention accords.
April 13, 2006 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
A computer drive sold openly Wednesday at a bazaar outside the U.S. air base here holds what appears to be a trove of potentially sensitive American intelligence data, including the names, photographs and telephone numbers of Afghan spies informing on the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
April 10, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
He's considered one of world's most dangerous terrorism suspects, and the U.S. offered a $1-million reward for his capture in 2005. Intelligence experts say he's a master bomb maker and extremist leader who possesses a wealth of information about Al Qaeda-linked groups in Southeast Asia. Yet the U.S. has made no move to interrogate or seek custody of Indonesian militant Umar Patek since he was apprehended this year by officials in Pakistan with the help of a CIA tip, U.S. and Pakistani officials say. The little-known case highlights a sharp difference between President Obama's counter-terrorism policy and that of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
April 10, 2006 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
No more than 200 yards from the main gate of the sprawling U.S. base here, stolen computer drives containing classified military assessments of enemy targets, names of corrupt Afghan officials and descriptions of American defenses are on sale in the local bazaar.
February 25, 2012 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
The spasm of violence that has shaken the country since copies of the Koran were dumped in a trash incinerator at a U.S. military base is emblematic of a culture war among Afghans themselves, one that is likely to grow more intense as the Western military presence wanes. Five days of chaotic street battles have left more than 30 people dead, including two U.S. military officers killed Saturday in a heavily guarded Afghan government ministry. The unrest over the desecration of the Muslim holy book illustrated not only the depth of religious fervor felt by many here, but also a visceral distaste for Western behavior and values among a far broader swath of Afghan society.
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.
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