Five U.S. soldiers facing murder charges in the deaths of three Afghan civilians earlier this year have now been charged with "conspiracy to commit premeditated murder," and seven more soldiers have been charged in connection with the probe into the incidents. FULL POST
A young Afghan boy and his sisters learn to make friendship bracelets from U.S. Air Force Capt. Mary Danner-Jones during a Girl Scout meeting in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Danner-Jones is a member of the Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction team stationed at Forward Operating Base Finley Shields in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Eight policemen were killed and one wounded Thursday in an insurgent attack on a police post in Kunduz province, northeast of Afghanistan, a spokesman for the provincial governor said. A group of insurgents attacked the post early in the morning, said the spokesman, Mohibullah, who only goes by one name. A tenth policeman survived the attack, he said.
Kalu, Afghanistan — In September, the government of Afghanistan will offer up a contract for mining rights in Bamyan Province about 80 miles outside of Kabul, hoping to attract international companies. Based on Soviet studies from teh 1960s, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates the potential value of Afghanistan's mineral wealth at a trillion dollars. The Afghan minister of mines says it could be as much as $3 trillion. But a lack of security and lack of infrastructure may hinder any progress. FULL POST
Dozens of schoolgirls and teachers were sickened Wednesday by poison gas in Afghanistan, medical and government officials said.
The latest incident, this one at a high school, is the ninth such case involving the poisoning of schoolgirls, said Asif Nang, spokesman for the nation's education ministry. FULL POST
It will be a "few years" before U.S. forces in Afghanistan can turn over full responsibility for security operations to Afghan troops, the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps said Tuesday.
"I think it will be a few years before conditions on the ground are such that we would expect to be able to turn it over to the Afghan forces," Gen. James Conway told reporters at the Pentagon. "And I think there's a mindset that needs to accompany that on the part of our Marines, that it may be awhile." FULL POST
This is the second time we've seen this little urchin girl. The first time I saw her was near the ruins of the bombed-out Darul-Aman Palace outside Kabul. Totally alone. Filthy. Bereft of everything. Sadly there are so many children like her on the streets of Kabul.
According to UNICEF, there are over 2 million orphans in Afghanistan and twenty-five percent of Afghan children die before reaching their fifth birthday.
U.S. Marines help push an Afghan farmer's tractor out of sand near a patrol base in the town of Amir Agha, Afghanistan. The Marines are from 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, supporting the International Security Assistance Force.