On Thursday, U.S. Army soldiers from the 60th Engineer Company construct a perimeter wall while expanding an American military base for incoming troops in Kandahar province. Bases across southern Afghanistan are being enlarged to accommodate the surge of fresh troops ordered by President Obama as part of the new war strategy. Earlier this week Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, vowed that coalition forces "are absolutely going to secure Kandahar," as security efforts expand in the country's south. In February, Operation Moshtarak was launched in Marjah, Helmand province.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Five civilians were killed and 13 injured when a bumbling suicide bomber tripped Thursday as he tried to attack a military convoy in northwestern Pakistan, police said.
The suicide bomber was running toward the passing convoy when he tripped over a bench and detonated before reaching his target, said Asif Khan, a Peshawar police official. The attack occurred in Baraqadeem, an area just outside of Peshawar, the capital of the North-West Frontier Province. The bombing occurred around 5:50 p.m. (7:50 a.m. ET), Khan said.