January 28th, 2011
12:41 PM ET

Kidnapping crisis in Afghan province

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on kidnappings and attacks in what was a "safe" Afghanistan province.

German parliament votes to end Afghan combat mission by 2014
German Bundeswehr soldiers patrol high ground during a regular patrol on October 11, 2010 in Narwan, Afghanistan.
January 28th, 2011
12:39 PM ET

German parliament votes to end Afghan combat mission by 2014

The German parliament voted Friday to end Germany's combat mission in Afghanistan by 2014.

For the first time, the mandate authorizing the use of German troops in Afghanistan contains a time frame for the nation's troops to withdraw, said Guido Westerwelle, the foreign minister.

The mandate includes a 12-month extension of the current military mission in Afghanistan, the German Bundestag or parliamentary news office said.

"It is confirmation of the work of the government that we're not just lengthening the mandate, but that we're saying that it shouldn't be endless," Westerwelle said.

Germany has 4,590 troops serving with NATO's International Security Assistance Force.
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Filed under: Decision: Afghanistan
January 28th, 2011
12:19 PM ET

Taliban claim responsibility for Kabul blast that killed 8

he Taliban claimed responsibility Friday for a blast that killed eight people at a market in the Afghan capital that is popular with international residents.

At least six others were wounded, authorities said.
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Filed under: Civilian deaths • Kabul • Taliban