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Three U.S. soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Three U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan’s eastern borderlands on Sunday, U.S. and NATO officials said, the first NATO combat deaths this month. The soldiers, from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were killed by insurgents in Paktia province, a U.S. official told Reuters. The last…

GOP Rep: Our war in Afghanistan actually began in 2009

In the mind of House Intel Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), the United States’ war in Afghanistan didn’t really start in 2001, but began after President Barack Obama’s ordered surge in 2009. In an interview with The Atlantic published Monday evening, Rogers expressed his frustration over the U.S. timetable to…

Panetta says polls cannot dictate Afghan war plans

OTTAWA — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday a poll showing a big drop in public support for the war in Afghanistan would not alter Washington’s strategy, or efforts to battle Al-Qaeda. “We cannot fight wars by polls — if we do that, we’re in deep trouble. We have…

60% of Americans say Afghan war not worth cost

Sixty percent of Americans believe the war in Afghanistan is not worth its costs, and nearly the same number advocate an early US pullout from the country, a new poll showed. The survey by ABC News and The Washington Post indicated that the number of skeptics was nearly double the…

Officer: U.S. paints false picture of Afghan war

WASHINGTON — A US Army officer has accused the American military of painting a misleading picture of progress in the war in Afghanistan while glossing over the Kabul government’s many failings. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis deliberately broke ranks with the official portrayal of the war after spending a year in…

F/A-18 fighter crashes in California: US Navy

WASHINGTON – A US F/A-18 fighter jet crashed on Wednesday in California near a naval air base, a Navy official said. The crash occurred at about 12:00 pm (1900 GMT) “in a field near Naval Air Station Lemoore” in California’s rural central valley, the official, who spoke on condition of…

Afghan war costs now surpass Iraq’s: $6.7 billion for February alone

The amount of money the United States is spending on its war in Afghanistan has surpassed the cost of its war in Iraq for the first time. US taxpayers shelled out $6.7 billion for the Afghan war in February, the most recent month for which statistics are available, as opposed…

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