April 7, 2013
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed 11 civilians, 10 of them children, in addition to the Taliban militants it was trying to hit, Afghan officials said. The strike late Saturday in the Shigal district of restive Kunar province near Pakistan was called by coalition forces after they and their Afghan counterparts came under an attack that killed one American advisor and badly wounded four Afghan troops. The American death was reported on Saturday, but details of the alleged civilian casualties only surfaced Sunday.
April 4, 2013 |
KABUL , Afghanistan -- A NATO airstrike killed four policemen and two civilians on a rural road in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, Afghan officials said Thursday. Fazel Ahmad Tolwak, governor of Deyak district, said the four police had attended a memorial ceremony for a deceased villager Wednesday and, on the way back, gave a ride to several members of the Taliban and two members of Tolwak's family. The police let the Taliban off, while the civilians remained in the vehicle, he said.
March 1, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - The two bullet-riddled bodies were found splayed on the road near a car. Both men - one an interpreter and the other a security guard - had worked at an international base outside Kabul. They knew their lives were in danger, relatives said. The Taliban had threatened to kill them if they did not come up with money and stop helping NATO-led forces. But the men were supporting large extended families. Their recent deaths provided a chilling reminder of the dangers faced by thousands of Afghans who have served as interpreters, cultural advisors and other support staff to foreign troops and diplomats during the 11 years of war in Afghanistan.
February 22, 2013 |
The United Arab Emirates is close to purchasing Predator drones from a San Diego County defense contractor, sparking concern among arms control advocates. Under the proposed sale, revealed this week at a defense conference in Abu Dhabi and confirmed Friday, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway will sell an undisclosed number of the robotic aircraft to the UAE armed forces for $197 million. The agreement would mark the first time a non-NATO country has obtained the American-made technology, which has reshaped modern warfare.
February 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Gen. John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan until 10 days ago, will retire from the Marine Corps to help care for his ailing wife rather than accept a White House nomination to be supreme allied commander at NATO, one of the Pentagon's most prestigious positions. The Pentagon inspector general cleared Allen last month of misconduct in connection with hundreds of emails he had exchanged with a Florida socialite who cultivated ties with senior military commanders.
February 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Gen. John Allen, who was top commander in Afghanistan until Feb. 10, announced Tuesday that he is retiring from the Marine Corps due to his wife's chronic illness, turning down a White House offer to nominate him to be the supreme allied commander at NATO. Allen, who was cleared last month by the Pentagon inspector general of misconduct in connection with hundreds of emails he exchanged with a Florida socialite, said he was retiring after 38 years in uniform for personal reasons that included the need to care for his wife, Kathy Allen, who has an autoimmune disorder.
February 13, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A NATO airstrike apparently targeting Taliban commanders in an Afghan village near the border with Pakistan killed 10 civilians, including women and children, officials said Wednesday. The attack Tuesday night in the village of Chugam, in eastern Kunar province, also killed four Taliban commanders, according to Abdul Zahir, the governor of Shigal district. Zahir said Afghan and NATO forces were conducting a ground operation in the area when insurgents opened fire on them from inside a house.
January 26, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Any foreign attack on Syria would be considered an attack on Iran, a senior Iranian official warned Saturday as the first Patriot missile batteries were declared operational along Turkey's tense border with Syria. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's decision to deploy six Patriot missile batteries in Turkish borderlands has rankled the Syrian government and its chief allies, Iran and Russia. Tehran and Moscow view the move as a provocation that could escalate hostilities and widen the almost 2-year-old Syrian conflict.
January 25, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide car bomber targeting a NATO convoy in the northeastern Afghan province of Kapisa killed five civilians and injured at least 15 Friday, Afghan officials said. There were no reports of casualties among the personnel in the route clearance convoy, according to the NATO-led force. But the explosion collapsed two nearby houses, killing and injuring the people inside, said Mehrabuddin Safi, the provincial governor. Safi said the attack happened early in the morning in Jado Khail, a village in the restive Tagab district.
January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House will go ahead with nominating Marine Gen. John Allen to be top U.S. commander in Europe, following an investigation by the Pentagon inspector general that found his emails with a Florida woman were not improper. White House spokesman Jay Carney called Wednesday for the Senate to approve Allen's nomination “in a timely manner” now that the investigation is complete. Allen is currently top commander in Afghanistan. Allen's nomination to take over as supreme allied commander in Europe, the top officer at NATO, has been in limbo since Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the inquiry in November into Allen's e-mails with Jill Kelley, a socialite in Tampa, Fla. The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the inspector general had exonerated Allen.