Petraeus warns Karzai on Afghan exit timing
November 15th, 2010
02:48 PM ET

Petraeus warns Karzai on Afghan exit timing

In what may be one of the most significant breaches between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration, Gen. David Petraeus personally warned Afghan officials over the weekend the U.S.-Afghan partnership could be "untenable" if Karzai wants U.S. troops out of Afghanistan prematurely.

A senior coalition military official confirmed details of what Petraeus said, but asked not to be identified so he could speak more candidly.

Petraeus made the statements Sunday in a meeting with Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan official in charge of planning the efforts to handle transition from coalition to Afghan control. A planned Sunday meeting with Karzai was rescheduled, but officials insisted it was not canceled due to the tensions.

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November 15th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Taliban attack kills 8 police officers in Afghanistan

Eight officers were killed in Afghanistan's Kunduz province when Taliban forces attacked a police post Sunday evening, a local official told CNN on Monday.

Hamdullah Danishi, deputy governor of Kunduz province, said the police officers were killed in the Qalai Zal district.

Seven of the eight officers were "Arbaki," members of a local pro-government tribal militia, he said.

The Taliban have retreated from the area, and the police post is still manned, Danishi said.

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November 15th, 2010
02:43 PM ET

Soldier accused of Afghan sport killings faces hearing

Pfc. Andrew Holmes of Boise, Idaho, faces military officials Monday who will determine if there is enough evidence to court-martial him over the premeditated killing of three Afghan civilians.

He is one of five U.S. soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade accused of killing them for sport and staging the deaths to look like legitimate war casualties.

Spc. Jeremy Morlock was the first of the five to face an Article 32 hearing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

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7 NATO troops die after attacks in Afghanistan
November 15th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

7 NATO troops die after attacks in Afghanistan

Seven NATO troops died after attacks in Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said.

Five troops died following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, ISAF said, though it did not provide details about the attack.

Another ISAF service member died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan, ISAF said Sunday, after earlier announcing the death of another servicemember in an IED attack in the southern part of the country.

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