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Taliban attack Afghan capital’s embassy district

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban suicide fighters launched an attack on central Kabul on Tuesday, taking over a multi-storey building under construction near the diplomatic district in the Afghan capital and firing rockets in the direction of several embassy and NATO compounds. The assault was the second major Taliban attack in the city in under…

U.S. soldier killed BBC reporter in Afghanistan: coalition

KABUL — The NATO-led foreign military force in Afghanistan admitted Thursday that a US soldier shot dead an Afghan journalist working for the BBC in July after mistaking him for a suicide bomber. Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, 25, was killed in a case of “mistaken identity” shortly after a suicide bombing…

Four die in Taliban attack near Afghan NATO base

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Four security guards died Monday as suicide bombers targeted a fuel depot for NATO-led forces close to one of Afghanistan’s biggest bases, where thousands of foreign troops are stationed. The attack happened at a facility belonging to logistics company Supreme, near the sprawling Kandahar airfield, which acts…

Five NATO troops killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

A bomb attack on Thursday killed five NATO troops in southern Afghanistan, the main battleground with the Taliban, the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. “Five International Security Assistance Force service members died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today,” an ISAF statement said, without giving…

NATO investigating deadly Afghanistan helicopter crash

KABUL (Reuters) – NATO troops tried to ascertain on Sunday if Taliban insurgents had shot down a troop-carrying helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 38 people in the largest loss of life suffered by foreign troops in a single incident in 10 years of war. In what has proved to be a…

US helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills 38 troops

Thirty-one US special forces died in Afghanistan when the Taliban shot down their helicopter, officials said Saturday, the deadliest incident for foreign troops in the decade-long war. The Americans were killed alongside seven Afghan soldiers during an anti-Taliban operation late Friday when a rocket fired by the insurgents struck their…

U.S. admiral ‘alarmed’ by spike in Afghan violence

The United States’ top military officer insisted that security in Afghanistan had improved “dramatically” since last year but expressed “alarm” over the recent spike in violence. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also warned during an interview with the BBC that victory in Afghanistan could…

Militants attack NATO airbase in Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Militants injured two security forces personnel in a grenade attack Monday on a major NATO airbase at an airport in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, the local police chief said. “A few men threw hand grenades at the airport gate and the troops returned fire and…

NATO admits five children wounded in Afghan air strike

NATO’s force in Afghanistan admitted Monday that one of its helicopters had accidentally wounded five children in the southern province of Helmand. “A known insurgent was targeted by a coalition helicopter. As a result of the engagement five local children were regrettably injured,” the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said…

More than 1,700 Taliban fighters join Afghan reintegration program

WASHINGTON — More than 1,700 former Taliban combatants have turned in their weapons to join a reintegration program started by the Afghan government nearly a year ago, the NATO general in charge of the program said Thursday. “So far we’ve got about 1,740 former fighters who have formally joined the…

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