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February 16, 2010 | By Tony Perry and Laura King
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Marja, Afghanistan -- Ambushes, sniper fire and a labyrinth of buried bombs again slowed a drive by U.S. Marines and Afghan troops Monday to rid a former Taliban stronghold of insurgents. The arduous progress on the offensive's third day appeared to bear out commanders' predictions that clearing the town of Marja, in troubled Helmand province, could take weeks. Elsewhere in southern Afghanistan, NATO reported that its troops had killed civilians in a second errant attack in as many days.
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February 19, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Civilian deaths in the war in Afghanistan dropped in 2012 for the first time in six years, a sign of lessening hostilities, but insurgents dramatically expanded their campaign of assassinating government supporters, the United Nations said Tuesday. The annual U.N. report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan documented a 12% decline in deaths, largely because of fewer ground operations, new limits on airstrikes by U.S.-led coalition forces and fewer suicide bombings by insurgents.
WORLD
December 31, 2009 | By Laura King
Afghan government investigators asserted Wednesday that foreign troops had killed 10 civilians in a raid this week, including eight students younger than 18. Western military officials called the charge unsubstantiated and urged a joint investigation. The deaths, which occurred Sunday in Kunar, a remote northeastern province, sparked street protests Wednesday in Kabul, the national capital, and in the eastern city of Jalalabad. "Obama, take out your troops!" organizers shouted through bullhorns.
WORLD
October 12, 2012 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The sun pounds down on the U.S. Marine sergeant and the tribal elder in this faceless, bone-colored plain. "We haven't seen any Taliban," the silk-bearded Afghan says, with a grin too large. The sergeant, broiling in his bulletproof vest, anticipates crackling gunfire at any minute. He knows the man is lying and he expects him to lie. This barren, anonymous-feeling landscape matters because it sits outside the biggest U.S. military and coalition base in Helmand province, known as Camp Leatherneck, a miniature city built in the middle of nowhere.
OPINION
December 16, 2005
Re "Bush Admits Mistakes but Defends War," Dec. 15 It's great that the president is finally coming clean about the Iraq war. It would be equally great if he'd apologize to the soldiers killed and wounded, the 30,000 Iraqis killed as well as those who will be killed in the future, the half of America he made feel unpatriotic for questioning the war, the countries he blasted that turned out to have better intelligence (France, Germany and others)...
WORLD
February 22, 2010 | By Tony Perry and Laura King
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Nawa, Afghanistan -- Backed by fighter jets and attack helicopters, U.S. Marines and Afghan troops closed in on an insurgent-ridden sector of Marja on Sunday, the ninth day of a coalition bid to wrest control of the southern Afghan town from the Taliban. The fighting, concentrated in northwestern Marja, took place amid what the North Atlantic Treaty Organization called "determined resistance" from holdout fighters in various locations in and around the town.
WORLD
November 14, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Violence hopscotched across Afghanistan on Saturday, as a bombing killed 10 people in a northern province and coalition troops repelled an assault by a squad of gunmen and suicide bombers on a base in the country's eastern region. In Afghanistan's south, North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces reported the deaths of three service members in an insurgent attack. It did not provide details or release the nationalities of those killed, but most of the troops serving in the south are Americans.
OPINION
April 3, 2003
Re " 'Terror' as the Ultimate Excuse," Commentary, April 1: Robert Scheer's attempt to draw a comparison between American patriots who fought in the Revolutionary War and modern-day terrorists is asinine. We fought the American Revolution because we dared to believe that a human being has a fundamental right to rule his own life according to the dictates of his own conscience and to think and act for himself without violating the rights of others to do the same. That's a far cry from the wholesale slaughter of innocents because they do not worship Allah.
WORLD
June 3, 2012 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan — Four aid group workers held hostage in a cave in northeastern Afghanistan were rescued early Saturday by NATO-led forces, according to British and alliance officials. The four, a British woman and Kenyan woman and their two male Afghan colleagues, were reportedly in good condition. They had been kidnapped May 22 as they headed to impoverished areas of Badakhshan province on horseback during a mission for Medair, a charity group based in Switzerland. The rescue occurred shortly after midnight in a remote, forested area reportedly inhabited by smugglers and bandits.
WORLD
February 7, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A British special forces dog captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan two months ago is in good health and being fed a diet of kebabs, his captors say. The fate of the dog became the subject of widespread speculation after the Taliban posted an Internet video this week showing a chocolate-colored Belgian malinois, wearing a military-style black vest, surrounded by bearded militants in an undisclosed area of Afghanistan....
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