August 16th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

Inside an Afghan wedding

CNN's Jill Dougherty is invited to attend a wedding in Afghanistan, but there are some traditions outsiders have to observe.

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August 16th, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Taliban, al Qaeda member killed

A Taliban "sub-commander" and al Qaeda group leader was killed Sunday after a coalition force air weapons team targeted his truck, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said Monday. FULL POST

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August 16th, 2010
10:06 AM ET

Taliban stones man, woman to death for alleged affair

The Taliban stoned to death a man and a woman in northern Afghanistan for allegedly having an affair, officials said Monday. FULL POST

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August 16th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Officials seize truck with 37,000 lbs of explosives

Kandahar police have seized a truck carrying 17,000 kg (37,478 lbs) of explosives skillfully placed in boxes marked paint and pickles, authorities said.

The truck, with Pakistani license plates, was seized by Kandahar customs agents on Sunday as it came in from the Quetta province in Pakistan, officials said.

"Our enemies use various techniques with the purpose of destroying our country, but our alert police have been defusing their plans, as you see from today's good example," said General Mohammad Shafiq said Sunday.

August 16th, 2010
10:03 AM ET

7 Special Forces soldiers get Silver Star for Afghan valor

[Update] Seven soldiers received public recognition for their actions during a Silver Star ceremony at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Silver Star recipients downplay their heroism when they talked with CNN at the ceremony.

[Original post] It's been clear for months that the fighting in Afghanistan is more intense than it's been since the war there started nearly nine years ago. Yet, from the midst of those increasingly violent firefights come some amazing stories of heroism.

On Monday, seven soldiers will receive public recognition for their actions during a Silver Star ceremony at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The medals - the third-highest award for valor in the Army - are being awarded for five separate battles over a span of more than two years. FULL POST