May 26th, 2010
11:26 AM ET

British soldier killed in Helmand

A U.K. soldier was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, Britain's Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The solder was assigned to the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, part of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group, according to the statement. He was serving as part of Combined Forces Nahr-e Saraj South in Helmand Province when he died from a gunshot wound sustained during small-arms fire engagement with militants.  FULL POST


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May 26th, 2010
08:30 AM ET

Blast near NATO base in Kandahar

A remote controlled car bomb detonated near a NATO base in Kandahar city Wednesday, destroying dozens of motorcycles and 11 cars, a provincial government spokesman said. There were no report of injuries.

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May 26th, 2010
08:29 AM ET

Crackdown on alcohol, nightlife in Kabul?

A culture clash in Kabul. The Afghan government appears to be taking a harder line toward alcohol consumption. Afghan police last month raided restaurants popular with Westerners, seizing alcohol, even detaining foreign waitresses. Is it a symbol of increasing anti-Western sentiment or something far less sinister?

May 25th, 2010
09:43 AM ET

Civilians or fighters? Debate lingers over deaths at housing compound

KUSHKAK, Nangarhar — Friends and family in the Kushkak village of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province pray for those who died.

Nine people were killed in a joint NATO-Afghan operation on May 13. The family says they were innocent civilians and it is a case of mistaken identity. The U.S. military does not agree. FULL POST

May 25th, 2010
08:38 AM ET

Al Qaeda member, others killed in gun fight

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) - Afghan and international troops killed several people in a gun battle on Tuesday morning in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led command said. FULL POST

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May 25th, 2010
08:19 AM ET

3 Americans among dead in Afghan plane crash

Three Americans were among the 44 people killed when a plane crashed in a mountainous region of Afghanistan last week, Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

The three were among 15 non-Afghans on the Pamir Airways plane, which crashed May 17 en route from Kunduz to Kabul. FULL POST


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May 24th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

More U.S. troops now in Afghanistan than in Iraq

For the first time since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has surpassed the number in Iraq.

As of Saturday, 94,000 U.S. forces were in Afghanistan and 92,000 in Iraq, according to the U.S. Defense Department. FULL POST

May 24th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

7 arrested for suicide bombing that killed 6 NATO troops

KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven people have been arrested over a suicide bombing that killed six NATO troops in Afghanistan last week, Afghan intelligence spokesman Saeed Ansari said Monday. FULL POST


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May 24th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Sources: U.S. soldiers focus of criminal investigation

WASHINGTON — At least 10 U.S. Army soldiers from an already-troubled unit of the 2nd Infantry Division in southern Afghanistan are now the focus of a criminal investigation into allegations they deliberately killed three Afghan civilians, used illegal drugs and conducted other illicit activities, several military sources told CNN. FULL POST

May 24th, 2010
08:58 AM ET

Roadside blast kills five civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan — A road mine explosion killed five civilians and injured eight Monday in southwest Afghanistan, the interior ministry said.  FULL POST

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