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December 24, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan policewoman on Monday shot and killed a foreign advisor at the police headquarters in Kabul, officials said. Kabul's deputy police chief, Mohammad Daoud Amin, identified the shooter as a member of the force's gender rights section but said it was not clear whether the shooting was intentional. The woman is in police custody and an investigation is underway, he said. Air Force Lt. Col. Les Carroll, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, said the victim was a civilian advisor to the Afghan police.
December 10, 2012 | By David Zucchino and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen killed another female Afghan official in the latest in a series of violent attacks on women who promote women's rights or are involved in activities outside their traditional roles here as homemakers. The acting director for women's affairs in the northeastern province of Laghman was shot and killed by two gunmen Monday morning as she was on her way to her office. The director, Najia Sediqqi, had been filling in for her predecessor, Hanifa Safi, who was assassinated in Laghman in July by a bomb attached to her car. No group immediately took responsibility for Sediqqi's murder.
May 24, 2012 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan — Two foreign women working for a Swiss-based aid group have been kidnapped in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, Afghan officials said Wednesday. Three male Afghan colleagues were abducted as well, but one apparently escaped and then alerted the authorities, according to officials in Faizabad, the provincial capital. The medical team was captured by a group of gunmen Tuesday while traveling by donkey or horseback in an isolated district where floods have washed out roads, and an intensive search was underway, said Abdul Mahrouf Rasikh, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
March 6, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama says the uproar in Afghanistan over the burning of copies of the Muslim holy book on a NATO military base illustrates the need for the American military to transition out of that country. Obama said the Koran burning and the violence in its wake show the difficulties facing American forces even as they reduce their combat role in the region. "Yes, the situation with the Koran burning concerns me," Obama told reporters Tuesday. "I think that it is an indication of the challenges in that environment, and it's an indication that now is the time for us to transition.
November 23, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
Some members of Congress are urging the popular website Twitter to stop hosting pro-Taliban tweets that celebrate attacks against American and allied forces in Afghanistan. Twitter executives have told lawmakers that the micro-posts do not violate the website's terms of service because the Taliban is not listed by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization. That designation would make it illegal to provide "material support or resources" to the militant group. Twitter feeds, apparently from the Taliban, first appeared last year in Arabic and Pashto, one of the official languages of Afghanistan.
June 19, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Saturday that the United States had been in contact with the Taliban about a possible political settlement in the war here, which has dragged on for nearly a decade. His comments came as violence continued to rage across Afghanistan: Three suicide bombers attacked a police compound in Kabul's old city Saturday, killing four security officials and five civilians. And the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said, without offering details, that two of its troops were killed in separate insurgent attacks in southern Afghanistan.
June 5, 2011 | By David S. Cloud and Laura King, Los Angeles Times
On a farewell visit to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates predicted Saturday that the initial drawdown of American troops next month would be "modest" and played down the possibility of far-reaching changes in U.S. strategy this summer. Gates, who is stepping down as Defense secretary at the end of the month, acknowledged that the American public was growing weary of the nearly decadelong war. But it would be "premature" to change course until it becomes clear whether the U.S. and its allies can hold territory taken from the Taliban during the last year, he said.
June 4, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a farewell visit to Afghanistan on Saturday as the NATO force announced the deaths of six service members in 24 hours. Four Western troops were killed in an explosion Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, the coalition said. NATO's International Security Assistance Force also disclosed the deaths of two service members in the south a day earlier. Before arriving in the country, Gates acknowledged that the American public was growing tired of the nearly decade-long war, and said that sentiment would play a part in decision-making about the course of the conflict.
May 16, 2011 | From CNN
There are "disturbing" signs Pakistan's government knows about insurgents crossing from their country into Afghanistan, U.S. Sen. John Kerry said Sunday as he toured the region. "Yes, there are insurgents coming across the border," he said at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. "Yes, they are operating out of north Waziristan [Pakistan] and other areas of the sanctuaries, and yes, there is some evidence of Pakistan government knowledge of some of these activities in ways that is very disturbing.
November 15, 2010 | Laura King and Aimal Yaqubi, Yaqubi is a special correspondent
The Western military on Sunday suffered its most lethal day in a month in Afghanistan, with seven troops killed in the south and east, the NATO force said. Meanwhile, the Afghan government said an Afghan diplomat kidnapped by insurgents two years ago in Pakistan's tribal areas had been freed a day earlier. A brief statement from the presidential palace credited his release on "persistent efforts" on the part of the Pakistani and Afghan governments but gave no details. The envoy, Abdul Khaliq Farahi, was released in eastern Afghanistan, across the border from where he had been seized.
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