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Seven US soldiers killed in Afghan bomb attacks

Seven US troops were killed in two Taliban-style bomb attacks Monday in southern Afghanistan, the area hardest hit by the insurgency nearing the end of its ninth and most deadly year, NATO told AFP. One attack killed five soldiers, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement. With…

Marine general: Obama’s Afghan pullout deadline helps the Taliban

President Barack Obama’s July 2011 date to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has given a morale boost to Taliban insurgents, who believe they can wait out NATO forces, the top U.S. Marine said on Tuesday. But retiring General James Conway said he believed Marines would not be in a position…

UN: Afghan civilian deaths rise sharply this year

UN: Afghan civilian deaths jumped 21 percent in first half of 2010; attack in Kabul kills 2 The number of civilians killed in the Afghan war jumped 21 percent in the first half of 2010 compared with the same period last year, with insurgents responsible for the spike, the United…

Dead identified in murders of foreign medical team in Afghanistan

Last 2 foreign dead identified in murders of medical team in north Afghanistan A Christian charity said Monday it had no plans to leave Afghanistan despite the murders of 10 members of its medical aid team and repeated that the organization does not attempt to convert Muslims to Christianity. The…

Afghan war ‘kills 1,325 civilians this year’

KABUL — More than 1,300 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, mostly by Taliban insurgents, a leading Afghan rights group said Sunday. Taliban militants were responsible for about 68 percent of the 1,325 deaths while Afghan and NATO troops were to blame for 23 percent, Afghanistan’s…

Afghanistan: 39 women and children died in disputed NATO attack

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s government says a new investigation shows 39 civilians, all women or children, were killed in a NATO rocket attack last month, fewer than first reported but dozens more than foreign forces have conceded. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it has been checking reports…

US embassy vehicles torched in Afghan capital

Rioting erupted in Kabul Friday when scores of Afghan men set fire to two US embassy vehicles after one collided with a civilian car killing a number of occupants, officials and witnesses said. Television pictures showed the vehicles in flames and young Afghan men throwing stones at them. NATO’s International…

July is deadliest month of Afghan war for US

July the deadliest month of Afghan war for US forces as 3 new deaths bring American toll to 63. Three U.S. troops died in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 63 and surpassing the previous month’s record as the deadliest for American forces in…

2nd US sailor’s body recovered in Afghanistan

Body of 2nd missing US Navy sailor recovered in eastern Afghanistan; US, Afghan officials say. A second U.S. Navy sailor who went missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan was found dead and his body recovered, a senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials said Thursday. The family of…

Afghan bus hits roadside bomb, up to 25 dead

A roadside bomb ripped through a crowded Afghan bus Wednesday, killing up to 25 civilians in a southwestern province on the Iranian border in one of the deadliest such attacks in months. The bomb exploded as the bus travelled on a highway through Nimroz province, provincial governor Ghulam Dastgir Azad…

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