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August 28, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO forces were struck by three attacks within 24 hours across Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, as the Taliban redoubled efforts to drive foreign combat troops out of the country ahead of their planned withdrawal at the end of 2014. In recent months, NATO forces have seen fewer fatalities as more of foreign troops withdraw, they take fewer risks and Afghan forces assume more responsibility for the country's security. But analysts say militants continue to view attacks on international coalition troops as their most effective path to power.
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August 11, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - Three NATO soldiers were killed Sunday in an attack by militants in eastern Afghanistan, the international coalition said. The soldiers, whose nationalities were not immediately available in line with policy, were killed in eastern Paktia province bordering Pakistan, the alliance said in a statement, blaming “enemies of Afghanistan.” The violence came amid reports that at least 22 Afghans were killed by flooding near Kabul, the...
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July 23, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
KABUL, Afghanistan  -- A suicide bomber on a donkey killed three NATO troops and wounded four Afghan soldiers in Afghanistan's Wardak province Tuesday, underscoring the often ingenious low-tech tactics insurgents have employed in the decade-long conflict. The U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force confirmed the deaths in a statement without giving their identity or nationality, in keeping with policy. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of the province, said the attack took place about 8:30 a.m. as Afghan and international security forces conducted an operation in Sayedabad district in eastern Afghanistan.
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June 18, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An hour before NATO transferred formal responsibility for the nation's security to Afghan forces, a large bomb targeting a minority lawmaker exploded in western Kabul on Tuesday morning, killing three civilians and wounding more than a dozen others, police said. The intended target, Mohammad Mohaqiq, a prominent lawmaker and former Cabinet member from the minority Hazara community, survived the attack but at least four bodyguards in his convoy were wounded, said Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin, Kabul's deputy police chief.
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June 9, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan  -- Insurgents attacked the military side of Kabul's international airport at dawn Monday, jarring residents of the Afghan capital awake to the sound of explosions and gunfire. The area houses a key NATO strategic headquarters, but that part of the complex reportedly was not breached. The attack began around 4:20 a.m., just before sunrise in Kabul, with those living in the neighborhood reporting several blasts that sounded like rocket-propelled grenades, followed by automatic gunfire.
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June 5, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
BRUSSELS - Germany and Italy have committed to join the United States in helping to train Afghan troops after combat operations cease at the end of next year, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday. Absent from the announcement was reference to the closest U.S. ally, Britain, which has been the second-largest source of troops in the 11-year Afghanistan war. Britain is expected to contribute to the training and mentoring, but has not yet pledged a specific role in what promises to be a dramatically reduced international mission 18 months from now. Germany will take the lead in the north of Afghanistan and Italy in the west, diplomats said after a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense ministers in Brussels, while Hagel said Turkey is considering becoming the lead nation in the capital, Kabul.
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June 3, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to consult with his European counterparts this week about a possible North Atlantic Treaty Organization role training Libyan security forces as he attends his first meeting of the alliance's defense ministers, senior Pentagon officials said. Also scheduled to be discussed Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels are defending against cyber warfare and planning for the departure of combat troops from Afghanistan at the end of next year.
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May 16, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A powerful suicide car bomb rocked Kabul on Thursday, killing six foreigners and at least six Afghan civilians, according to local officials. The attack took place around 8 a.m., a time when many people in the Afghan capital were commuting to work. Six civilians were killed and 35 wounded, said Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin, deputy chief of the Kabul police. Other officials said as many eight people were killed. Mohammad Ayob Salangi, Kabul's police chief, said the attack occurred when a suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla pulled up beside a NATO convoy.
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May 11, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - Diplomats from the United States and Afghanistan met formally Saturday for only the second time since the two countries inked a strategic partnership agreement a year ago as they sought to hammer out an agreement defining Washington's 10-year commitment to the war-ravaged country. A senior diplomat from each country spoke of progress Saturday, but the talks come at a time of tension over Afghan President Hamid Karzai's public criticism of U.S. actions in Afghanistan as the NATO combat mission winds down.
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April 27, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - At a pivotal moment when U.S. forces are winding down combat operations in Afghanistan and handing over the lead security role to the Afghan government, Taliban insurgents announced Saturday the launch of their annual spring offensive. In an elaborately worded statement, the Taliban proclaimed that a "monumental spring operation" would begin Sunday with the goal of "defeating this era's Western invaders. " The Islamist insurgent group, tossed from power by U.S.-led forces in late 2001, is threatening a new round of mass suicide bombings and "insider" attacks on American and coalition forces.
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