July 2nd, 2010
12:52 PM ET
July 2nd, 2010
12:41 PM ET

House passes spending bill for war in Afghanistan

The House narrowly passed a spending bill late Thursday that includes $37 billion to fund the war in Afghanistan.

Just before the vote, the White House issued a veto threat, warning members of President Barack Obama's party that he would reject the bill if they placed money conditions that would "undermine his ability as commander in chief to conduct military operations in Afghanistan."

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Filed under: Daily Developments • Troops
July 2nd, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Petraeus arrives as 5 are killed in Taliban attack

New U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus arrived in Afghanistan Friday, a day marred by violence in a part of the troubled nation that was relatively peaceful a year ago.

Petraeus arrived at NATO headquarters in Kabul in the evening, the International Security Assistance Force said.

Earlier in the day, Taliban militants in the northern city of Kunduz attacked the compound of a U.S. aid agency subcontractor, killing at least five people and wounding 20 others, government officials said.

On the day of Petraeus' arrival, the brazen attack served as a grim reminder for international forces that they faced a difficult challenge in overcoming the Taliban insurgency, which many say has been gaining momentum. A year ago, places like Kunduz were regarded as safe - but not anymore.

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Filed under: Daily Developments • Pakistan • Taliban