April 8th, 2010
02:26 PM ET

Photo Spotlight: Learning to save lives

Members of the Afghan National Police learn fire-fighting drills during training course at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak. The two-week training class was conducted by U.S. soldiers from the 402nd Brigade Support Battalion.


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April 8th, 2010
09:12 AM ET

Government: Police arrest 5, disrupt terror plot

KABUL, Afghanistan — Authorities in Afghanistan have arrested five people who they say were planning to carry out suicide attacks in the capital of Kabul.

Zemeri Bashari, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the people arrested had suicide vests packed with explosives and additional explosives in an SUV. He said they were affiliated with the Haqqani network, a militant group with ties to the Taliban.

The people were driving from Logar province in a "high-profile Lexus vehicle" and counter-terrorism police arrested them in the village of Banhi Sar before they reached the interior of Kabul, Bashari said police helped avoid "a bloody attack."

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April 8th, 2010
09:09 AM ET

After video release, military slams 'means of propaganda'

A video purportedly showing a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan last June was posted Wednesday on a radical Web site, and it prompted a denunciation from the U.S. military.

Pfc. Bowe Robert Bergdahl, 23, disappeared from his combat outpost in southeastern Paktika province sometime after he finished his guard duty shift on the night of June 29.

"The continuing use of Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl as a means of propaganda is a deplorable act and only fuels our efforts to find him and bring him home," U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force, said Thursday. FULL POST

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