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Clinton: U.S. will keep helping Afghan women

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that the U.S. government will not back away from supporting women's rights in Afghanistan, despite the removal of some gender-equity provisions from two large U.S. Agency for International Development programs in the war-torn nation.

Clinton: U.S. will keep helping Afghan women

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:31:01 EST

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that the U.S. government will not back away from supporting women's rights in Afghanistan, despite the removal of some gender-equity provisions from two large U.S. Agency for International Development programs in the war-torn nation.

Huckabee sees no endgame in Afghanistan

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:56:00 EST

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, setting himself apart from most other Republicans, said Wednesday he sees no obvious endgame to the war in Afghanistan and expressed grave doubts about how the United States extricates itself from a conflict that is now nearly a decade old.

Navy to conduct large-scale antiterrorism exercise

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

NORFOLK - Sailors will don battle gear and take up fighting positions at U.S. naval bases starting Tuesday in the nation's largest anti-terrorism exercise, officials said.

Navy to conduct large-scale antiterrorism exercise

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:41:01 EST

NORFOLK - Sailors will don battle gear and take up fighting positions at U.S. naval bases starting Tuesday in the nation's largest antiterrorism exercise, officials said.

Suicide blasts kill 38 at Afghanistan bank as soldiers collect paychecks

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 06:48:00 EST

KABUL - Three suicide bombers stormed a branch of Kabul Bank in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 38 people and wounding dozens more, according to Afghan officials.

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Suicide blasts kill 18 at Afghanistan bank as soldiers collect paychecks

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

KABUL - Three suicide bombers stormed a branch of Kabul Bank in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 18 people and wounding dozens more, according to Afghan officials.

Biden and Maliki focus on two nations' future relationship

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:29:01 EST

BAGHDAD - Vice President Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday reiterated their commitment to the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of this year, at their first meeting since a new Iraqi government was formed last month, the government's spokesman said.

Adm. Mike Mullen observes disconnect between U.S. military and broader public

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:51:00 EST

The country's top military officer praised the public's outward support of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan on Monday, while lamenting the increasing gap between the U.S. military and the American public.

Holly Petraeus tapped to lead CFPB's military office

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 19:55:01 EST

Holly Petraeus, wife of the top American general in Afghanistan, has been named to lead a unit in the newly established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that focuses on protecting the financial interests of military personnel.

2 U.S. troops killed in Iraq; rare loss of American lives amid targeted killings

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:24:00 EST

BAGHDAD - Two U.S. service members were killed in central Iraq on Sunday night in a rare loss of life for the American military here since the last U.S. combat troops left the country in August.

Violent deaths in Iraq reach lowest level since war began, group reports

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:58:01 EST

BAGHDAD - Nearly 4,000 Iraqi civilians, police and soldiers died through violence in 2010, making it the least deadly year since the war began, the Web site Iraq Body Count said Thursday in its latest report.

Former Philippine terrorist leader sentenced

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

A federal judge in Washington sentenced the former No. 2 leader of a Philippine terrorist group to 23 years in prison Friday for his role in the kidnapping-for-ransom of 16 tourists, including four Americans, in the southern Philippines in 1995.

2 released from Guantanamo Bay by Obama administration return to terrorism, report says

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 20:43:00 EST

Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees who were repatriated or resettled by the Obama administration have engaged in terrorist activities and another three former detainees are suspected of returning to the fight, according to a report released Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National...

Obama awards Army Staff Sgt. Giunta a Medal of Honor for valor in Afghanistan

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:03:01 EST

In an emotional ceremony Tuesday, President Obama presented a Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award for valor, to an Army sergeant who ran into enemy fire to aid fellow soldiers during an ambush in eastern Afghanistan.

Christine O'Donnell haunted by Ghost of TV Appearances Past

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Christine O'Donnell, the tea party darling from Delaware, was fighting late-night terrorism when she declined to appear on Bill Maher's weekly HBO show during her recent Senate campaign, she explained to NBC late-night host Jay Leno on Wednesday.

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'Fair Game' gets some things about the Valerie Plame case right, some wrong

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 01:00:00 EST

The movie "Fair Game," which arrived in theaters on Friday, promises to once again polarize politicians, pundits and the Washington power structure. Should we have invaded Iraq? Was Joe Wilson a true whistleblower? Did the White House exaggerate evidence of an imminent danger posed by Saddam Huss...

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Yemen charges radical U.S.-born cleric in absentia

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 20:20:01 EDT

Under U.S. pressure to do more to combat al-Qaeda, Yemen charged a U.S.-born radical Islamic cleric on Tuesday with "forming an armed group to carry out criminal acts targeting foreigners under the auspices" of the terrorist network.

The TV Column: The zombie apocalypse is upon us -- sort of

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A pack of zombies sent to the Lincoln Memorial to frighten commuters, terrorize women and scare a year's growth out of local children was turned away by the brave U.S. Park Police.

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Muslim cleric Aulaqi had lunch at Pentagon

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi had lunch at the Pentagon as part of a program to reach out to moderate Muslims in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a military official said Thursday.

Zachary Adam Chesser of N.Va. pleads guilty to supporting Somali terrorists

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 18:35:01 EDT

A Northern Virginia man who threatened violence to the creators of the "South Park" animated TV show over their depiction of Muhammad, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Alexandria federal court to charges of supporting Somali terrorists.

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Soldier to face court-martial in Afghan deaths

Sat, 16 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

SEATTLE - A U.S. soldier accused of terrorizing unarmed Afghan civilians as part of a rogue infantry platoon in Afghanistan will face a court-martial on murder charges and other offenses, the military said Friday.

Al-Qaeda's new strategy: Less apocalypse, more street fighting

Sun, 10 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The scene in Europe last week called to mind the heyday of the IRA in the 1970s or of Algerian terrorism in the 1990s: Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square were teeming with police, the Eiffel Tower was repeatedly evacuated , and everywhere, tourists were on edge. The threat, however, involved a...

Four Iraqi prisoners flee U.S. custody

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

BAGHDAD - In an embarrassing and potentially dangerous foul-up, four Iraqi detainees with alleged links to the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq escaped from U.S. custody at a Baghdad detention facility late Wednesday.

Afghan war intelligence chief to be promoted

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The top U.S. military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, who has led an aggressive and controversial push to change what kinds of intelligence the military collects, will be returning to Washington, a defense official said.

4 Iraqi detainees escape from U.S. custody in Baghdad

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 20:08:00 EDT

BAGHDAD - In an embarrassing and potentially dangerous foul-up, four Iraqi detainees with alleged links to the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq escaped from U.S. custody at a Baghdad detention facility lateWednesday.

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Top intelligence officer in Afghanistan to be promoted

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 18:56:00 EDT

The top U.S. military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, who has led an aggressive and controversial push to change what kinds of intelligence the military collects, will be returning to Washington, a defense official said.

Virginia Marine Cody Childers buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Cody S. Childers, a Marine from Chesapeake, Va., was laid to rest under clear blue skies Tuesday, a stark contrast to the somber mood at Arlington National Cemetery. The 19-year-old lance corporal was killed Aug. 20 while serving in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Former Berwyn Heights mayor returns from Iraq deployment

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

When former Berwyn Heights mayor Brad Jewitt was deployed to Iraq in 2009, he expected to miss his family and home town but felt comfortable making the sacrifice.

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Marine from Falls Church killed by bomb in Afghanistan

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Marine Corps Sgt. Ronald A. Rodriguez, 26, who grew up in Northern Virginia, was overseas for the third time when he was killed Monday in Afghanistan.

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Four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

KABUL -- Four U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in three incidents Sunday, raising the total casualties this month to 33 international troops, including 21 Americans, NATO officials said.

Va. Marine killed by enemy gunfire in Afghanistan

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Cody S. Childers, a Marine from Virginia, was wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan about a month ago and spent four days in a hospital, his grandmother said.

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Francesco Cossiga, veteran Italian politician, dies at 82

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Francesco Cossiga, who led Italy's fight against domestic terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s but resigned after failing to save the life of a politician kidnapped by the Red Brigades, died Aug. 17 at a hospital in Rome of heart and respiratory problems. He was 82.

In Iraq, cemetery is symbol of militia's vow to fight if U.S. forces delay exit

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

NAJAF, IRAQ -- The followers of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr call this plot of land on the edge of this holy Shiite city the Freedom Cemetery.

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Congress growing more wary about corruption in Afghanistan, Sen. Kerry says

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), one of the most stalwart backers of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, says Congress is growing increasingly concerned about corruption in that country and that he plans to raise the issue directly with President Hamid Karzai during a visit to Kabul this week.

The real problem in the Afghan war is India, Pakistan and Kashmir

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

LAHORE -- The United States is struggling to implement a strategy for Afghanistan that will improve the lives of the Afghan people and allow U.S. troops to go home. Part of what makes it so difficult is the way Washington views the conflict: through the lens of what officials have dubbed "AfPak," a...

U.S. charges 14 with giving support to Somali insurgent group

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Federal authorities unsealed terrorism-related charges Thursday against 14 people accused of providing funding and recruits to a militant group in Somalia with ties to al-Qaeda, part of an expanding U.S. effort to disrupt what Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called a "deadly pipeline" of money...

Karzai calls for probe of U.S.-backed anti-corruption task force

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

MAIMANA, AFGHANISTAN -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called for an investigation into a U.S.-backed anti-corruption task force, following the arrest of several senior Afghan officials on graft charges.

USAID looks to expand its media-building efforts in Afghanistan

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Saying that "freedom of information is essential to stabilizing and rebuilding Afghanistan," the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has decided to expand its media activities in that country.

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Lolita Lebron, jailed for gun attack at U.S. Capitol in 1954, dies at 90

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Lolita Lebron, a Puerto Rican nationalist known to some as a terrorist and to others as a near-mythic freedom fighter for her violent attack on the U.S. Capitol more than a half-century ago, died Aug. 1 at a hospital in San Juan of complications from respiratory disease. She was 90.

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Insurers hold billions in federal death benefits in unprotected accounts

Sun, 01 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The package arrived at Cindy Lohman's home in Great Mills, just two weeks after she learned that her son, Ryan P. Baumann, a 24-year-old Army sergeant, had been killed by a bomb in Afghanistan. It was a thick, 9-by-12-inch envelope from Prudential Financial, which handles life insurance for the...

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Body of Jarod Newlove, second missing U.S. sailor, found in Afghanistan

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

KABUL -- A second U.S. sailor who disappeared in eastern Afghanistan last week has been found dead.

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Local strongman is U.S. troops' most reliable friend in Kandahar province

Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

NOW RUZI, AFGHANISTAN -- Haji Ghani is an illiterate, hashish-growing former warlord who directs a semiofficial police force and is known to show his anger through beatings. In this Taliban nest west of Kandahar, he is also U.S. forces' main partner.

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In Afghanistan, why does counterinsurgency work in some places but not others?

Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

MARJA, AFGHANISTAN -- The distance from here to success is only 15 miles.

For State Department officers directing calls, adrenaline always on the line

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Every secret federal command center has its charms. At the Pentagon, vents slit the floor to block fumes, in case of a chemical attack. At the National Counterterrorism Center, an electric current excites gas between glass panes, fogging over for top-secret meetings. At the White House, the...

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Movie review: 'The Oath,' a beautiful yet incomplete portrait of jihad

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

"The Oath" is Laura Poitras's second film in a documentary trilogy she intends to produce about American politics and policy after Sept. 11, 2001. Her first installment, "My Country, My Country," was a deeply moving account of a Sunni physician running for office in Iraq in 2005, and delivered a ...

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Makeshift bombs at all-time high in Afghanistan

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 18:55:00 EDT

KABUL -- Use of the Taliban's deadliest weapon, crude homemade bombs, has reached an all-time high in Afghanistan, where in the last week of June more than 300 of the devices either exploded or were found before they could detonate.

5 Afghan soldiers killed in bombing by NATO helicopter

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

KABUL -- Afghan soldiers lying in wait for insurgents in eastern Afghanistan were bombed by a NATO helicopter Wednesday in a deadly miscommunication that outraged the Afghan military.

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Insurgents' bomb kills Virginia Beach native serving in Afghanistan

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Army Staff Sgt. Christopher F. Cabacoy, a Virginia Beach native, was killed Monday while serving in Afghanistan. He was 30.

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Official cites U.S. threat over corruption case

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:54:00 EDT

KABUL -- Afghanistan's attorney general on Tuesday accused the U.S. ambassador in Kabul of threatening to have him ousted if he didn't pursue the case of a banker suspected of fraud.

U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Top officials in President Hamid Karzai's government have repeatedly derailed corruption investigations of politically connected Afghans, according to U.S. officials who have provided Afghanistan's authorities with wiretapping technology and other assistance in efforts to crack down on endemic gr...

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Afghan leaders saddened by McChrystal departure, optimistic on Petraeus

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

KABUL -- Afghan officials said they were saddened and disappointed by the dismissal Wednesday of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, but they expressed high hopes for his replacement.

Shahzad pleads guilty in failed Times Square bombing, warns of future attacks

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The would-be Times Square bomber pleaded guilty Monday, surprising even prosecutors in a court appearance in which he warned of more attacks and accused the United States of "terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people."

U.S. eager to replicate Afghan villagers' successful revolt against Taliban

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

GIZAB, AFGHANISTAN -- The revolt of the Gizab Good Guys began with a clandestine 2 a.m. meeting. By sunrise, 15 angry villagers had set up checkpoints on the main road and captured their first prisoners. In the following hours, their ranks swelled with dozens of rifle-toting neighbors eager to join.

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Taliban suspected in car-bomb death of Afghan district leader, two others

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- The governor of a southern Afghanistan district that has become a key focus of U.S. military efforts to root out the Taliban was killed Tuesday in a bombing, Afghan and U.S. officials said.

Petraeus becomes ill during hearing on Afghan forces and withdrawal date

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Lawmakers pressed Gen. David H. Petraeus on Tuesday to explain why Afghanistan's security forces were not assuming more of the burden for the war there and to assess whether President Obama's July 2011 deadline to begin U.S. troop withdrawals was feasible.

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Ahmed Wali Karzai, an ally and obstacle to the U.S. military in Afghanistan

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- On March 8, at NATO headquarters in Kabul, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal presided over a classified briefing that some military officials hoped would lead to the ouster of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of Afghanistan's president and the most powerful figure in southern...

Enterprise welcomes principal home from Iraq

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Students at Enterprise Elementary School, wearing red, white and blue, welcomed their principal home Monday, following her year-long tour of duty in Iraq.

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'Still a long way to go' for U.S. operation in Marja, Afghanistan

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

MARJA, AFGHANISTAN -- Residents of this onetime Taliban sanctuary see signs that the insurgents have regained momentum in recent weeks, despite early claims of success by U.S. Marines. The longer-than-expected effort to secure Marja is prompting alarm among top American commanders that they will ...

Howard Kurtz on Vice President Biden's image and role as White House spokesman

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A dozen top officials were gathered in Rahm Emanuel's White House office for the 7:30 a.m. staff meeting when talk turned to Dick Cheney's upcoming appearance on ABC's "This Week," where he would undoubtedly keep pummeling the administration's efforts against terrorism.

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Al-Qaeda No. 3 Yazid reported killed by U.S. drone

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Al-Qaeda's third-ranking operative, an Egyptian who was a founding member of the terrorist network and a key conduit to Osama bin Laden, has been killed in Pakistan, according to a statement Monday from al-Qaeda that U.S. intelligence officials believe is accurate.

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Pentagon will seek bids to supply jet fuel at air base in Kyrgyzstan

Wed, 26 May 2010 18:31:00 EDT

The Pentagon announced Wednesday that it will seek bidders next month to supply jet fuel over the next two years to a U.S. air base in Kyrgyzstan that is key to the war effort in Afghanistan.

Sens. John McCain and Tom Coburn propose cuts to offset war spending

Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Republican senators on Tuesday unveiled two $60 billion proposals that cut government salaries and operational costs to help pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and for earthquake relief for Haiti.

Three Americans jailed in Iran meet with their mothers

Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

TEHRAN -- The mothers of three Americans jailed in Iran met with their children Thursday for the first time since they were arrested nine months ago while hiking in the Iraq-Iran border area, Iranian state television reported.

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Cross-country bike ride to honor CIA officers killed in Khost attack

Thu, 20 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Barred by law from uttering his slain comrades' names in public, retired CIA officer Rob Richer recently hit upon a novel idea for memorializing the five agency officers and two contractors killed last year in a suicide bombing near Khost , Afghanistan: He would climb on his bike and ride across the...

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NATO says night raid killed Afghan insurgents; residents say it killed civilians

Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

SURKHROD, AFGHANISTAN -- District police chief Abdul Ghafour woke to a cellphone call after 1 a.m. Friday: There was gunfire at Rafiuddin Kushkaki's home. Ghafour put on his uniform, sent two police trucks ahead and followed in a third.

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CIA director, national security adviser to meet with officials in Pakistan

Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

President Obama's national security adviser, James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta were set to travel to Pakistan on Monday night for meetings with top government, military and intelligence officials on progress in the Times Square car bomb investigation and concerns about future terroris...

Combat Generation: Trying to work with an Afghan insurgent

Mon, 17 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

NARAY, AFGHANISTAN -- Last November, Lt. Col. Robert B. Brown received an enticing offer from a mysterious enemy.

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Marine Sgt. Donald J. Lamar II killed in Afghanistan; Stafford High graduate

Sat, 15 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A Fredericksburg Marine who played football and coached wrestling at Stafford High School has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department and family friends.

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Afghanistan's Karzai to urge caution as U.S. pushes to empower local leaders

Wed, 12 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is built around the belief that all good counterinsurgency is local. In recent months, American officials have focused their plans on pushing power and money down to district, tribal and village leaders.

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Assassinations and bombings in Iraq kill at least 85

Tue, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

BAGHDAD -- A series of assassinations and bombings across Iraq on Monday killed at least 85 people, an apparent show of force by a weakened insurgency.

Militant factions with global aims are spreading roots throughout Pakistan

Mon, 10 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

KARACHI, PAKISTAN -- Terrorism suspect Faisal Shahzad's alleged path to Times Square reflects what experts say is a militant support network that spans Pakistan and is eager to shepherd aspiring terrorists from around the globe.

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An FBI team arrives in Pakistan to probe ties of N.Y. bomber

Sat, 08 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

An FBI team arrived in Pakistan on Friday as the international probe into the failed Times Square bombing heated up and investigators focused on whether foreign terrorist money helped finance the operation, U.S. and Pakistani officials said.

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Airlines are ordered to check no-fly lists much faster

Thu, 06 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The U.S. government on Wednesday began requiring airlines to check no-fly lists much more quickly as a way to screen out terrorism suspects, officials said, after the man accused of trying to detonate a car bomb in Times Square was able to board an international flight even though his name was...

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Leaping lizards! Reptile trackers sought.

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The next time you run across a frog or lizard -- whether you flee in terror or take it home as a new pet -- the Calvert County Natural Resources Division wants to know about it.

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Clinton urges Iraq to 'speedily' form government

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:27:01 EDT

BAGHDAD -- Weighing in on legally dubious efforts to change the outcome of Iraq's March 7 parliamentary elections, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Iraqi officials Tuesday to act more speedily and openly in forming a new government.

U.S. training Afghan villagers to fight the Taliban

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

ARGHANDAB DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN -- Taliban fighters used to swagger with impunity through this farming village, threatening to assassinate government collaborators. They seeded the main thoroughfare, a dirt road with moonlike craters, with land mines. They paid local men to attack U.S. and Afghan...

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Afghans burn NATO trucks in response to killing of 3 civilians

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

KABUL -- Afghan protesters torched NATO supply vehicles in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, hours after allegations emerged that U.S. and Afghan troops had killed three civilians, including two brothers, in their home.

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Book World: 'The Third Rail' by Michael Harvey

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Michael Harvey's knockout thriller, "The Third Rail," is the third in a series that follows private investigator Michael Kelly, as he tracks a deadly sniper terrorizing the city of Chicago.

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Violence highlights fears of Iraqi security forces taking over after U.S. leaves

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

RADWANIYAH, IRAQ -- Raw welts and purple bruises run down the backs of dozens of Sunni Muslim men in a small village west of Baghdad -- evidence, local residents say, of abuse by the Iraqi army that threatens to widen a sectarian rift.

U.S. retreat from Afghan valley marks recognition of blunder

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

KORENGAL VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN -- It was as if the five years of almost ceaseless firefights and ambushes had been a misunderstanding -- a tragic, bloody misunderstanding.

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U.S. now focused on getting rid of Taliban instead of opium crops in Afghanistan

Thu, 08 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

MARJA, AFGHANISTAN -- Thousands of Afghan migrant workers expected here in the next few weeks for the spring opium harvest will find at least as much work as last year.

Bomb blasts kill at least 35, wound scores in Shiite areas of Baghdad

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

BAGHDAD -- A series of at least seven bombings ripped through mostly poor Shiite Muslim neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital Tuesday, killing at least 35 people and wounding at least 140, security officials said.

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Karl Rove is no conservative, as his memoir shows

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Karl Rove's book, "Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight," has relaunched much debate about key moments of the George W. Bush presidency, such as the decision to go to war in Iraq and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Antiwar protesters even heckled Rove off the stage at...

India's eager courtship of Afghanistan comes at a steep price

Sat, 03 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

CHELEBAAK, AFGHANISTAN -- Along a rugged stretch of road in the shadow of the snow-covered Hindu Kush mountains, villagers in mud-brick huts praised the newest addition to their vista: a series of massive steel towers that reach into the clouds.

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In Iraq, 5 die in blasts targeted at Ayad Allawi's political bloc

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

BAGHDAD -- A series of explosions in a border town in western Iraq killed five people on Sunday, including a member of former prime minister Ayad Allawi's political bloc, which won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary election, Iraqi officials said.

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Allawi reaches out after Iraq election win

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

BAGHDAD -- Former prime minister Ayad Allawi began reaching out to other political blocs Saturday for allies he needs to form Iraq's next government, while accusing his main rival, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, of maneuvering to undercut his victory in the March 7 parliamentary elections.

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Ayad Allawi's bloc wins most seats in Iraqi parliamentary elections

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

BAGHDAD -- Nearly three weeks after Iraq's elections, the coalition of former prime minister Ayad Allawi emerged with the most seats in the parliament Friday but fell far short of a majority. The results signaled the start of another protracted phase of uncertainty for this country's fledgling po...

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U.S., Russia agree to nuclear arms control treaty

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

President Obama announced a major new U.S.-Russia nuclear arms treaty Friday, gaining a critical victory as U.S. diplomats head into an intense period of international meetings aimed at keeping the devastating weapons out of the hands of rogue states and terrorists.

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Visa denial was reversed for terrorism suspect in 2004

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A U.S. consular official originally denied terrorism suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab a visa to enter the United States in 2004 after finding false information on his application, but that official was overruled by a supervisor, according to senior government sources.

Graham proposes framework for handling terrorism suspects

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) has submitted draft legislation to the White House in an effort to create a broad framework for handling terrorism suspects, mapping out proposals that appeal to the administration and others that do not, officials said.

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In Afghanistan, Karzai holds talks with key insurgent groups

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:11:59 EDT

KABUL -- President Hamid Karzai held talks here Monday with representatives of one of the key insurgent groups battling his government, as the president continues his high-stakes push for an eventual reconciliation among all of Afghanistan's warring factions.

D.C. antiwar march draws thousands on seventh-anniversary of Iraq invasion

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Thousands of demonstrators protested the seventh anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on Saturday in a march through downtown Washington. Many expressed concern that health care and the dismal economy have begun to overshadow the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Ranks of amputees have risen steadily in 8 years of war

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Aug. 11, 2009, Afghanistan : After the blast, something didn't feel right, so 1st Lt. Joe Guyton looked down. Through the swirling dust, he glimpsed the white of his left shinbone. His right leg was gone, instantly vaporized, his uniform abruptly ending at the knee.

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