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Pakistanis rally against drone strikes, block NATO supply route

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – The main supply route for NATO troops in Afghanistan was temporarily closed on Sunday after thousands of people blocked a key highway in Pakistan to protest against U.S. drone strikes, officials said. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, however, said the two-day blockade…

Afghan president orders NATO killing probe

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the deaths of six people in a raid by NATO forces over conflicting claims that they were civilians or insurgents. On Monday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) raided a house in the northern province of Sari…

Libya command structure divides US, NATO allies

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The United States and key allies France and Britain are struggling to hammer out a new command structure for Libyan military operations amid divisions over the role NATO should play. US President Barack Obama, in El Salvador wrapping up a tour of Latin America, admitted Tuesday it…

NATO air strike killed two Afghan children in east: officials

KABUL (Reuters) – An air strike by NATO-led forces killed two children as they were watering fields in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province late on Monday, an Afghan official and lawmaker said. The deaths occurred weeks after tensions between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers were inflamed by the…

Obama to meet with Afghanistan commander Petraeus

WASHINGTON (AFP) – General David Petraeus, the commander of US and international troops in Afghanistan, will meet with President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday, US officials said. The Oval Office meeting, which will be closed to reporters, comes immediately after the US president sits down with Danish…

Suicide attack on Afghan army center kills 37

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A suicide attack on an army recruitment center in northern Afghanistan killed 37 people on Monday, the third major assault in the area in less than a month, the deputy governor said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of the militant…

NATO probes allegations of Afghan civilian deaths

ASADABAD, Afghanistan (AFP) – – NATO announced on Sunday that it will investigate allegations that its forces killed more than 50 civilians during ongoing operations in the restive east of Afghanistan. The provincial governor of Kunar province, Fazlullah Wahidi, told AFP that military operations and airstrikes have killed 63 people…

Plane crashes in Afghanistan with 43 on board

An Afghan passenger plane crashed into the mountains of northern Afghanistan on Monday with 43 people on board, including foreigners, the interior ministry told AFP. The Pamir Airways plane was en route from the northern province of Kunduz to Kabul when it came down over the Hindu Kush mountains. The…

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