Photo Spotlight: Sometimes you walk
April 22nd, 2011
08:34 PM ET

Photo Spotlight: Sometimes you walk

Even with other transportation available, sometimes you have to walk. A man pushes his motorcycle and a boy leads a donkey through the Nawbahar District bazaar in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan.


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April 20th, 2011
06:55 PM ET

Boehner to Obama: Explain 'pace' of Afghan withdrawal

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wrapped up a two-day trip to Afghanistan Wednesday with a demand that President Barack Obama explain how the "pace and scope" of a planned U.S. troop withdrawal will not undermine the country's fragile security gains. FULL POST

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Creator of Afghanistan documentary 'Restrepo' killed in Libya
U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2009: A photo by Tim Hetherington for CNN
April 20th, 2011
06:44 PM ET

Creator of Afghanistan documentary 'Restrepo' killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington, an esteemed photojournalist and an Oscar nominee for a gritty and harrowing documentary about the Afghan war, was killed in the war-torn Libyan city of Misrata, the president of the agency that represented him said Wednesday.

Hetherington received an Academy Award nomination this year for "Restrepo," which chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. He also worked in Afghanistan two years ago with CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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2010: Hetherington goes inside Afghan war
His photos from Afghanistan and more


Filed under: Daily Developments
April 19th, 2011
09:14 AM ET

Probe finds McChrystal, aides did nothing wrong

Gen. Stanley McChrystal lost his job when Rolling Stone magazine ran an article in which some of his aides made disparaging remarks about the vice president and others. But a newly released investigation by the Department of Defense inspector general finds neither McChrystal nor any of his aides did anything wrong.

In the article called "The Runaway General" reporter Michael Hastings wrote that one of McChrystal's aides referred to Vice President Joseph Biden as "Bite Me" and another referred to then-national security adviser Gen. James Jones as a "clown." FULL POST

April 19th, 2011
09:06 AM ET

Iranian engineers abducted in Afghanistan

At least seven Iranian engineers have been kidnapped in western Afghanistan, Iranian media reported on Monday, citing officials.

Iran's state-run Press TV said that seven engineers were kidnapped, while the semi-official Fars News Agency said that 12 Iranian engineers were taken, in addition to five Afghan nationals. FULL POST

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April 19th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

'Three Cups of Tea': Served with a grain of salt?

The best-selling author of "Three Cups of Tea" and another book that cast light on the need to educate girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan may face a legal battle and a review from the book's publisher amid allegations that key stories in the books are false.

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'Three Cups of Tea': Served with a grain of salt?
Fact or fiction?

Overheard on CNN
2008 interview with Mortenson


Filed under: Daily Developments
April 19th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Insurgents infiltrate Afghan forces

Separate attacks killed nine members of Afghan security forces on Monday, including two national army staff members who were shot to death at the Afghan Defense Ministry compound in Kabul, authorities said.

That attack happened before a scheduled meeting between French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet and Afghan military officials. The meeting has since been canceled. Longuet was not inside the building when the attack took place, according to a French Defense Ministry spokesman. FULL POST

April 15th, 2011
09:03 AM ET

One big question haunts Marine's suicide: Why?

Clay Hunt served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where he was wounded, shot through the left wrist on patrol near the wasp nest of battles, Falluja. Two weeks ago Hunt killed himself in his Sugar Land, Texas, apartment.

Marine Corps brothers, Texas friends and family, and schoolmates believe Hunt's suicide is a wake-up call for America. All ask why?

CNN's Paul Vercammen explores the story of Clay Hunt, who is described by one mourner as "an American badass with a heart of gold."


Filed under: Troops
April 15th, 2011
08:57 AM ET

Attack kills police chief, 2 others in Kandahar

An attack on police headquarters Friday killed the police chief for the southern Afghan province of Kandahar and two others, the Interior Ministry said.

The police chief, Khan Mohammad Mujahed, and the two others were killed, but authorities knew little beyond that, the ministry said.  Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban and has been the scene of fierce fighting between international forces and insurgents.

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Filed under: Afghan security forces • Kandahar
April 15th, 2011
08:56 AM ET

U.S. senator: 'I'm not confident' on Afghanistan

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed doubt in the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan Thursday, saying, "I'm not confident it's going to work."

In an interview that aired Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," the five-term Nevada senator said, "The president has indicated as commander-in-chief he is going to start drawing down the forces this summer."

Reid also noted the $100 billion the country is spending, calling it a "huge amount of money" that the nation "cannot continue to keep dumping" into the Afghanistan war. FULL POST


Filed under: Obama • Withdrawing troops