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Unfriendly fire: US strikes that have killed civilians

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:35:07 GMT

The explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last week, which residents say killed more than 100 civilians, may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike, making it potentially one of the deadliest attacks on civilians ever carried out by American forces. The U.S. military says it is investigating the blast, which may have been caused by an Islamic State truck bomb that was either hit by the airstrike or detonated by the militants near a building packed with dozens of civilians.

Germany arrests Afghan suspected of helping kill U.S. soldiers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:37:28 GMT

German police have arrested a suspected Afghan Taliban commander believed to have taken part in an attack on a military convoy about a decade ago in which at least 16 U.S. and Afghan soldiers were killed. The federal prosecutor's office said on Tuesday that the 30-year old Afghan citizen, identified only as Abdullah P., was arrested in the southern state of Bavaria on March 23 and was being detained during the continuing investigation.

Two years after brutal killing that shocked Afghanistan, outrage has faded

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:12:54 GMT

From the steps of the old, blue-domed shrine, if you look past the families feeding pigeons on the plaza below and the lines of clogged traffic beyond, you can glimpse the stark, white stone monument two blocks away, rising from a platform next to the street. If you approach it, following the garbage-strewn banks of the Kabul River on one side and a row of small shops on the other, you feel a prickle of horror.

American University of Afghanistan reopens after 2016 attack

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:12:53 GMT

Seven months after a deadly attack killed 13 people, students at the American University of Afghanistan returned to classes for the first time Tuesday. The attack last August at the university in the Afghan capital began when the first blast occurred at 7:50 p.m. local time when students were gathering and eating together, Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, told CNN at the time.

SENTENCE: Could Marine A be freed today?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:31:29 GMT

A FORMER Royal Marine from Taunton who is in prison for the fatal shooting of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan finds out today if he is to be freed or must serve more time behind bars. Alexander Blackman, 42, also known as Marine A, has been in prison since November 2013 after footage of him shooting a mortally wounded Taliban fighter surfaced.

Afghan General Arrested On Corruption Charges

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:45:14 GMT

Afghan security officials patrol in an area during an operation against Taliban militants in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, March 11, 2017 Major General Mohammad Moeen Faqir was arrested by the Attorney Generals' Anti-Corruption Justice Center, defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said in a statement on March 27. He did not provide further details. The government deployed Faqir to crack down on corruption in the restive province of Helmand, in southern Afghanistan, in 2016.

Letter to Ministers on behalf of Afghanistan villagers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:45:13 GMT

Letter sent to the relevant Ministers and media today on behalf of the villagers of Khak Khuday Dad and Naik in Baghlan Province, Afghanistan. 1. We refer to our correspondence of 24 March 2017.

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:09:49 GMT

Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department. The 28-year-old graduated Friday from the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island following 29 weeks of training.

A loss in Afghanistan: But did Sangin 'fall' or was it strategic retreat?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:09:48 GMT

MAY 2013: Marines from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment on foot patrol after a visit to an Afghan Uniformed Police post in Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan. MAY 2013: Marines from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment on foot patrol after a visit to an Afghan Uniformed Police post in Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

First woman to kill in combat, Devon's Chantelle Taylor,... 1

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:42:59 GMT

The Devon woman who became the first female soldier to kill in combat today said she doesn't regret what she had to do, but does regret what has happened to Afghanistan since the withdrawal of UK troops. Chantelle Taylor, an Army medic who was raise in Plymouth and still calls Devon her home, says she and her co,rades fought her to secure Afghanistan and free the country, only to now see it being taken back piece by piece.

Afghan security ministers survive impeachment vote

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:52:38 GMT

The Afghan defence and interior ministers and the head of the country's intelligence service survived a vote of confidence called on Monday over the failure to tackle mounting insecurity and the Taliban insurgency. Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi, Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid and Masson Stanekzai, head of the National Directorate for Security were all summoned before parliament over a string of security failures in recent months.

Special Immigrant Visa Holders Still Face Questioning Upon Reaching U.S.

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:54:04 GMT

Hussein Mahrammi with his wife and four young sons arrived at at Dulles International Airport in Virginia earlier this month with Special Immigrant Visas for the work Mahrammi had helped the U.S. with in Afghanistan. As an economist, Hussein Mahrammi helped U.S. development authorities in Kabul, Afghanistan rebuild his war-torn country.

Al Qaeda's alleged 'representative in Syria' previously freed from US Custody in Afghanistan

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:16:03 GMT

On Mar. 14, the US Treasury Department announced its decision to impose sanctions on Kuwaiti national Muhammad Hadi al-'Anizi, saying he is "a terrorist facilitator and financier based in Kuwait." Treasury stated that in mid- to late-2014, al-'Anizi was appointed as al Qaeda's "representative in Syria by AQ senior leadership."

Pakistan starts building fence along Afghanistan border

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:59:52 GMT

Pakistan's military has begun fencing parts of its disputed northwestern border with Afghanistan in order to curb the movement of Pakistani Taliban fighters it says are based on Afghan soil, according to a statement. Fencing started in the Pakistani Bajaur and Mohmand districts, which border the eastern Afghan provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar, Pakistan's Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa announced on Saturday.

American University of Afghanistan Reopens Months after Deadly Terrorist Attack

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:37:05 GMT

An Afghan security official patrols after an attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 25, 2016. The American University of Afghanistan, a prestigious institution of higher education in the country, has just reopened seven months after a deadly terrorist attack that killed 13 people and injured more than 35 others.

10 stinging criticisms of our military mission to Afghanistan - and a rejection of those claims

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:06:44 GMT

For three years, the NZ Defence Force resisted releasing a report that was highly critical of the operation of its Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan. When the report was eventually released, it came with a statement from 39-year army veteran Major General Tim Gall that it had been shelved because it was "insufficiently accurate" to be fit for purpose.

Matt Johnson: Trump can't ignore Afghanistan forever

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:40:20 GMT

Two weeks ago, the New York Times published an article by retired U.S. Army colonel and Boston University professor Andrew J. Bacevich: "The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan." It begins with a question that should make every American wince: "Remember Afghanistan? The longest war in American history? Ever?" Although the U.S. officially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in December 2014, there are still about 8,400 American troops in the country.