Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTSecretary 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.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:31:01 ESTSecretary 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.
Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:56:00 ESTFormer 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.
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTNORFOLK - 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.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:41:01 ESTNORFOLK - 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.
Sun, 20 Feb 2011 06:48:00 ESTKABUL - 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.
Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTKABUL - 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.
Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:29:01 ESTBAGHDAD - 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.
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:51:00 ESTThe 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.
Thu, 06 Jan 2011 19:55:01 ESTHolly 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.
Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:24:00 ESTBAGHDAD - 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.
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:58:01 ESTBAGHDAD - 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.
Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTA 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.
Tue, 07 Dec 2010 20:43:00 ESTTwo 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...
Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:03:01 ESTIn 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.
Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTChristine 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.
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 01:00:00 ESTThe 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...
Tue, 02 Nov 2010 20:20:01 EDTUnder 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.
Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTA 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.
Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTRadical 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.
Wed, 20 Oct 2010 18:35:01 EDTA 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.
Sat, 16 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTSEATTLE - 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.
Sun, 10 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe 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...
Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTBAGHDAD - 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.
Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe 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.
Thu, 09 Sep 2010 20:08:00 EDTBAGHDAD - 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.
Thu, 09 Sep 2010 18:56:00 EDTThe 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.
Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTCody 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.
Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhen 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.
Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTMarine 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.
Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTKABUL -- 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.
Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTCody 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.
Sat, 21 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTFrancesco 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.
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTNAJAF, IRAQ -- The followers of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr call this plot of land on the edge of this holy Shiite city the Freedom Cemetery.
Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTSen. 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.
Sun, 08 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTLAHORE -- 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...
Fri, 06 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTFederal 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...
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTMAIMANA, 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.
Tue, 03 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTSaying 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.
Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTLolita 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.
Sun, 01 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe 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...
Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTKABUL -- A second U.S. sailor who disappeared in eastern Afghanistan last week has been found dead.
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTNOW 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.
Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTMARJA, AFGHANISTAN -- The distance from here to success is only 15 miles.
Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTEvery 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...
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 ...
Thu, 08 Jul 2010 18:55:00 EDTKABUL -- 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.
Thu, 08 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTKABUL -- 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.
Thu, 08 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTArmy Staff Sgt. Christopher F. Cabacoy, a Virginia Beach native, was killed Monday while serving in Afghanistan. He was 30.
Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:54:00 EDTKABUL -- 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.
Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTTop 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...
Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTKABUL -- 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.
Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe 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."
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTGIZAB, 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.
Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTKANDAHAR, 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.
Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTLawmakers 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.
Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTKANDAHAR, 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...
Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTStudents at Enterprise Elementary School, wearing red, white and blue, welcomed their principal home Monday, following her year-long tour of duty in Iraq.
Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTMARJA, 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 ...
Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTA 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.
Tue, 01 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTAl-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.
Wed, 26 May 2010 18:31:00 EDTThe 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.
Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTRepublican 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.
Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTTEHRAN -- 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.
Thu, 20 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTBarred 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...
Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTSURKHROD, 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.
Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTPresident 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...
Mon, 17 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTNARAY, AFGHANISTAN -- Last November, Lt. Col. Robert B. Brown received an enticing offer from a mysterious enemy.
Sat, 15 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTA 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.
Wed, 12 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe 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.
Tue, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTBAGHDAD -- A series of assassinations and bombings across Iraq on Monday killed at least 85 people, an apparent show of force by a weakened insurgency.
Mon, 10 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTKARACHI, 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.
Sat, 08 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTAn 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.
Thu, 06 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe 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...
Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe 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.
Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:27:01 EDTBAGHDAD -- 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.
Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTARGHANDAB 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...
Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTKABUL -- 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.
Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTMichael 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.
Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTRADWANIYAH, 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.
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTKORENGAL VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN -- It was as if the five years of almost ceaseless firefights and ambushes had been a misunderstanding -- a tragic, bloody misunderstanding.
Thu, 08 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTMARJA, 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.
Wed, 07 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTBAGHDAD -- 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.
Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTKarl 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...
Sat, 03 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTCHELEBAAK, 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.
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTBAGHDAD -- 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.
Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTBAGHDAD -- 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.
Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTBAGHDAD -- 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...
Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTPresident 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.
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTA 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.
Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTSen. 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.
Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:11:59 EDTKABUL -- 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.
Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTThousands 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.
Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTAug. 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.