May 31st, 2010
09:09 PM ET

Group: Al Qaeda says top leader in Afghanistan dies

Al Qaeda says its No. 3 man and commander of its operations in Afghanistan has died, according to a group that monitors Islamist websites.


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May 31st, 2010
01:59 PM ET
May 31st, 2010
09:26 AM ET

U.S. military: Air strike kills Taliban leader in Kandahar

A precision air strike has killed one of the two most senior Taliban leaders in Kandahar province and several of his fighters, the U.S. military said Monday.

Officials had been tracking Taliban commander Haji Amir and his fighters for several days and ordered the air strike when the leader stopped at a small mud hut in a rural area Sunday morning, according to a military statement. FULL POST

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May 31st, 2010
08:30 AM ET

Canadian commander in Afghanistan out

The chief of the Canadian forces in Afghanistan has been relieved of duty following allegations of an inappropriate relationship, the country's military said. FULL POST

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May 31st, 2010
08:29 AM ET

Investigation after civilian deaths: More training needed

The U.S. military said it has completed its investigation into the February 21 incident in which dozens of Afghan civilians were killed and concluded that more training is needed.

The investigation "cites several shortcomings in training, communication and decision-making, and offered numerous recommendations," a U.S. military release said. FULL POST

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May 28th, 2010
09:02 AM ET

At least 47 killed in Lahore attacks

Islamabad, Pakistan - Bombing attacks in Pakistan targeting houses of worship for a persecuted religious minority have killed at least 47 people, officials said on Friday. The strikes took place at two mosques in Lahore belonging to the Ahmadi religious group. FULL POST

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May 28th, 2010
08:52 AM ET

Home and Away: The fallen in Afghanistan

CNN has tracked the casualties since the wars began in Afghanistan and Iraq; a new feature to the site tracks service members' hometowns against a map of where they died in Afghanistan. The feature also highlights memories of the fallen by friends and families.

Eupora, Mississippi. Waskatenau, Canada. Hemingford, Nebraska. Hungry Horse, Montana. Gressvik, Norway. Allegany, New York. Bad Saulgau, Germany. Los Lunas, New Mexico.

From all parts of the world and from every U.S. state, more than 1,700 U.S. and coalition troops have died in Afghanistan, according to a CNN count. As the U.S. observes Memorial Day on Monday, explore's Home and Away, sharing your messages or memories and discovering the individual stories of the fallen.

Discover people like Ashton Lynn Marie Goodman from Indianapolis, Indiana. The senior airman died about a year ago when a roadside bomb exploded near Bagram Airfield. She was 21. FULL POST

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May 27th, 2010
05:31 PM ET

Photo Spotlight: Firing a mortar

U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Morris shoots a mortar round during a training and certification test at a combat outpost in Afghanistan.

Notice that you can actually see the round in the plume of fire and smoke. You can see the full sized image via the Department of Defense's website.

May 27th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

Addicted from birth

KABUL, Afghanistan — Watching a drug addict going cold turkey in a rehabilitation center is hard. When that drug addict is 3 years old, it is heartbreaking.

But this is the shocking reality for some children in Afghanistan — an addiction that is passed on through birth and breastfeeding, or becoming dependent from second-hand smoke, often from their parents. FULL POST

May 26th, 2010
11:51 AM ET

Red Cross defends helping Taliban treat casualties

The International Committee of the Red Cross is defending its practice of providing medical training and basic medical supplies to the Taliban in Afghanistan – saying it is in line with the ICRC’s mandate not to discriminate between different sides in a conflict. FULL POST

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