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U.S. general in Afghanistan sacked over Karzai comments

A US general in Afghanistan has been sacked after accusing leaders including President Hamid Karzai of being out of touch and ungrateful for American support, officials said. Major General Peter Fuller, who was deputy commander of NATO’s mission to train and equip Afghan forces, had been dismissed after making “inappropriate…

At least 14 dead in attack on U.S. convoy in Kabul

At least 14 people, mostly foreign forces, were killed when a Taliban car bomber struck a US-run NATO convoy travelling through the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday. The attacker detonated his Toyota Sedan car at 11:20 am (0650 GMT) in the southwest of the city, and at least ten foreign…

NATO choppers violated air space: Pakistan officials

Pakistani officials on Wednesday accused NATO helicopters of violating Pakistan’s air space over the Taliban and Haqqanistronghold of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border. “Two helicopters intruded several kilometres inside Pakistan territory in Datta Khel town around 2:00 am (2100 GMT Tuesday),” a military official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. The helicopters flew in from…

Petraeus denies imposing military view on CIA analysts

New CIA director David Petraeus, who served as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, has denied reports he wants the spy agency to give greater weight to the US military’s more upbeat view of the war. “No one on the CIA leadership team has directed that our analysts pay more…

NATO wins in Afghanistan may be exaggerated: report

KABUL — The US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan may be exaggerating successes of raids designed to kill or capture insurgent leaders, a flagship strategy in the 10-year war, a report warned Thursday. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) hails the raids as one of the most effective tactics against the…

NATO says 25 killed in Afghanistan in coordinated attack on U.S. bases

NATO said that at least 25 insurgents were killed during the largest coordinated insurgent attack on military bases in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika since 2009. The attacks targeted US-led troops near the border with Pakistan on Friday as Afghanistan and the United States marked the 10th anniversary of…

Afghan war violence up nearly 40 percent: UN

Violent incidents in the Afghan war have increased by nearly 40 percent over last year, according to UN figures released Wednesday. But in an unusual step, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force issued a statement in response saying it found the figures “inconsistent with the data that we have collected”. ISAF is…

U.S. citizen killed by Afghan at Kabul ‘CIA compound’

A United States citizen has been shot dead by an Afghan employee at an annex to the US embassy in Kabul used by the Central Intelligence Agency, officials said Monday. The attack at the Ariana Hotel compound late Sunday also wounded another US citizen, and the gunman was killed in…

Kabul police report hearing gunfire in CIA compound

KABUL — Gunfire was heard from a compound used by the US’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Kabul, Afghan officials said Sunday, although details of any deaths or injuries were unclear. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqui said police had heard “a couple of minutes” of gunfire from inside the…

Afghan ex-president Rabbani killed

KABUL — Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghanistan’s former president tasked with finding a peace deal with the Taliban was assassinated Tuesday in a suicide attack at his Kabul home, according to police. Rabbani, who was president during the chaotic 1992-96 Afghan civil war, was last year appointed chief of the High Council…

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