July 30th, 2010
04:23 PM ET

Riots in Kabul after deadly car accident

Scores of people rioted in Kabul on Friday after a vehicle carrying four U.S. contractors was involved in an accident with a car carrying four Afghans.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said it had been informed of deaths and serious injuries among the Afghans in the accident. After the accident, people burned the American vehicle and another going with it and they threw rocks at Americans. FULL POST

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July 30th, 2010
04:21 PM ET
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01:32 PM ET

5 former Taliban members off U.N. sanctions list

UNITED NATIONS — Two former Taliban envoys, one to the United Nations and the other to Pakistan, are among five people who've been removed from a U.N. Security Council sanctions list, the council said. FULL POST

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July 30th, 2010
01:27 PM ET

Photos: Women living under the Taliban threat

TIME Magazine examines women in Afghanistan and how some have embraced the freedoms that have come from the defeat of the Taliban — and how they fear a Taliban revival.  Fawzia Koofi, in photo at right, is one of those women. The former deputy speaker of Parliament, Koofi is very outspoken on women's issues. She is running again for a second term in parliament, but fears that new election rules may make it more difficult to succeed. She fears that outspoken women like her will be sidelined.

Photographer Jodi Bieber meets the extraordinary women of a war-torn nation in a TIME Magazine photo essay.

More: Cover story: Afghan women and the return of the Taliban

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July 30th, 2010
08:09 AM ET
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08:07 AM ET

Insurgents kill 13 civilians

Insurgents wielding guns and bombs killed 13 civilians and wounded four others in Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Friday.

The incidents occurred Thursday in the eastern and southern parts of the country. FULL POST

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July becomes deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan
July 30th, 2010
04:59 AM ET

July becomes deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Six U.S. service members were killed in southern Afghanistan in the last two days, the NATO-led command said, making the death toll in July the deadliest month for American forces since the war in Afghanistan started nine years ago.

On Friday, one service member died in an insurgent attack and the two others in an improvised explosive device strike, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said. On Thursday, IEDs killed two troops in one incident and another service member in another, ISAF said.

Their deaths bring the July tally to 66. A total of 88 international service members, including Americans, have died this month. FULL POST

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July 29th, 2010
06:21 PM ET

Top military official: WikiLeaks founder may have "blood" on his hands

The top U.S. military officer said Thursday that Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, was risking lives to make a political point by publishing thousands of military reports from Afghanistan.

"Mr. Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his source are doing, but the truth is they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family," Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a news conference at the Pentagon.

In equally stern comments and at the same session, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the massive leak will have significant impact on troops and allies, giving away techniques and procedures.

"The battlefield consequences of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies and Afghan partners, and may well damage our relationships and reputation in that key part of the world," Gates said. "Intelligence sources and methods, as well as military tactics, techniques and procedures will become known to our adversaries."


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July 29th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

WikiLeaks documents: Turkish insurgents repeatedly target U.S. forces

WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. forces stationed at or in the vicinity of Forward Operating Base Bermel, located near the border with Pakistan, were subject to repeated attacks from Turkish militants in 2007. Detailed reports on these attacks emerged among the tens of thousands of documents on the war in Afghanistan published by WikiLeaks earlier this week.

NATO ally Turkey has sent peacekeeping forces to Afghanistan. The documents, though, describe attacks on NATO positions by Turkish insurgents. The Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C. did not respond to CNN's request for comment for this story. FULL POST