July 28th, 2010
06:29 PM ET

Leaks pose security concern for Afghans working with U.S.

U.S. military officials are assessing what damage could be done to intelligence contacts in Afghanistan after a number of names of local Afghans working with the U.S. military appeared on documents leaked by the WikiLeaks website, according to a U.S. military official.

A CNN review of the documents found numerous situational reports from troops in the field who name local individuals who either come forth with information or work with the military on a regular basis. References to such documents in this article are in only general terms. FULL POST

July 28th, 2010
04:39 PM ET

Shoulder-fired missiles a threat to U.S. troops

Among the 90,000 secret U.S. military documents posted on the internet this week by WikiLeaks are more than a dozen reports of possible attacks on Afghanistan coalition aircraft using heat-seeking shoulder-fired missiles.

It was that type of missile that brought down numerous Soviet military aircraft when the Soviet Union tried to occupy Afghanistan in the 1980s. FULL POST

July 28th, 2010
02:59 PM ET

2 Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

ROME, Italy — Two Italian soldiers were killed in an attack on Wednesday in western Afghanistan, officials said.

Italian Senate speaker Vanino Chiti announced.the deaths on the Senate floor, and a minute of silence was observed. FULL POST


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July 28th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Tonga sends troops to Afghanistan ... for jobs

The tiny Pacific nation of Tonga will be sending troops to Afghanistan later this year, in part to create jobs and address the islands’ unemployment problem.

A contingent of 55 Tongan soldiers is expected to begin service in Afghanistan in November, the first of 275 soldiers committed over a two-year period by the Tongan government, FULL POST

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WikiLeaks documents: What we've learned so far
July 28th, 2010
10:47 AM ET

WikiLeaks documents: What we've learned so far

Thousands of leaked classified documents published by WikiLeaks.org have given a rare glimpse into some operations on the ground in the Afghanistan war.

The firsthand accounts are the military's raw data on the war, including numbers killed, casualties, threat reports and the like, according to Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks.org. CNN has been unable to confirm the documents are authentic. Our reporters are digging into the tens of thousands of documents to see what we can learn about the war, troop operations, insurgent attacks and tactical issues.

Here's what we've learned about so far:

Toll of enemy ambushes
Some of the leaked messages reveal a strategic pattern of hit-and-run ambushes by enemy forces operating in Afghanistan - attacks that the U.S.-led military coalition began to treat as routine occurrences. FULL POST

July 28th, 2010
09:38 AM ET

Pentagon focuses on 'main suspect' in Afghanistan leak

[Update 12:36 p.m. ET] The FBI is assisting in the investigation as well, its director, Robert Mueller, said Wednesday. Full story

[Update: July 28, 9:38 a.m. ET] The Pentagon is focusing on jailed Army Pfc. Bradley Manning as the main suspect in the leak of tens of thousands of secret U.S. military documents related to the war in Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon official told CNN.

Manning, 22, is believed to have accessed a worldwide military classified Internet and e-mail system to download tens of thousands of documents, according to the official, who would not be identified because of the ongoing criminal investigation of Manning.

Manning was charged in June with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code for allegedly illegally transferring classified data, reportedly including an earlier video that wound up on WikiLeaks.org, the website that released the Afghanistan reports Sunday.

The Army is currently considering whether he should face the military equivalent of a trial over the charges. FULL POST

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July 28th, 2010
09:08 AM ET

Officials: Drone crashes in Kunduz

A unmanned aerial vehicle went down in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

ISAF spokesman Col. Hans Bush said the Luna UAV had mechanical problems and went down in a Taliban stronghold area in Kunduz province.

He said there had been reports of the Taliban seizing a "reconnaissance plane" after an emergency landing, but those accounts are "misleading." FULL POST


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July 28th, 2010
08:50 AM ET

Separate roadside blasts kill 27 Afghan civilians

At least 25 Afghan civilians were killed when their bus hit a roadside bomb in southwestern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the provincial governor said.

Twenty more were wounded, said Gov. Ghulam Dastagir Azad of Nimroz province. FULL POST

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