November 19th, 2010
01:01 PM ET

Official: Transition to Afghan control could start in early 2011

The U.S. and NATO allies are looking to turn two or three Afghanistan provinces over to Afghan control by June of next year, with "several more" in the in the summer or fall, according to a senior NATO

While the plan is still a rough estimate of transition, the picture of how Afghans will begin to take over security by as early as March 2011 in some areas is beginning to emerge as NATO leaders and Afghan President Hamid Karzai
meet in Lisbon for meetings on the war.

Officials say there is no set goal to define "success," but the expectation is that some provinces would be handed over even before the U.S. deadline to begin removing some troops from Afghanistan.

November 19th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Suspected drone strike kills 3 in Pakistan

A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's
tribal region Friday killed three suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence
officials told CNN.

Two intelligence officials said the drone fired two missiles at a
suspected militant vehicle in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan, one of the
seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The officials asked to not be named because they were not authorized to
speak to the media on the record.

North Waziristan is one of the seven districts of Pakistan's often
ungoverned tribal region and is widely believed to be a haven for al
Qaeda-linked groups fueling the insurgency in Afghanistan.

Based on a count by CNN's Islamabad bureau, Friday's suspected drone
strike was the 93rd this year, compared with 52 strikes in all of 2009.

November 19th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

U.S. sending tanks to Afghanistan for first time

Iraqi troops use a M1A1 Abrams tank during a March training session. The U.S. is bringing the tanks to Afghanistan.

The United States is beefing up its firepower in Afghanistan by employing heavily armored tanks in Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, a military spokesman said Friday.

The U.S. Marine Corps plans to use a company of M1A1 Abrams tanks in restive Helmand province by early spring, said Marine Maj. Gabrielle Chapin.

The M1A1 tank is the fastest and most deadly ground combat weapons system available. It will allow for more aggressive missions while mitigating risks to U.S. forces, the military said.

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November 19th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Salute to Sgt. Thomas Luallen

Sgt. Luallen is currently on his 3rd deployment, his first to Afghanistan. His wife sends this salute to her soul mate.

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November 19th, 2010
10:19 AM ET

Russia's new interest in Afghanistan

CNN's Matthew Chance reports on Russia's increased involvement in Afghanistan.

Filed under: NATO • Russia • Understanding Afghanistan
November 19th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Gen. Petraeus goes to NATO

CNN's Barbara Starr sits down with ISAF Commander Gen. David Petraeus to discuss Afghanistan.

November 19th, 2010
10:14 AM ET

Biden: 'Take the training wheels off' in Afghanistan

While defending the military surge in Afghanistan after eight years of what he termed "neglect," Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that Afghan leaders could soon be left on their own, whether they're ready or not.

"We had to say, 'Look, you've got to step up, man,'" Biden said Thursday on CNN's "Larry King Live."

"Let me tell you, we're going to start - Daddy is going to start to take the training wheels off ... next July, so you'd better practice riding."

Biden said that President Barack Obama charged him with reexamining the Afghan conflict soon after coming into office, and since then U.S.-led forces have made "significant progress against al Qaeda." He said that U.S. forces and officials have done a great deal to help the Afghan government under President Hamid Karzai, including working with Afghans to improve their governance and security capabilities.

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Filed under: Biden • Decision: Afghanistan • Obama
November 19th, 2010
10:11 AM ET

Petraeus, Karzai meet to ease tensions after criticism of US raids

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, have met in an effort to ease tensions after the president criticized foreign forces operations in his country, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.

The two met Wednesday in Afghanistan, according to Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.

Morrell said the meeting between the two ended with "no daylight between them." But a senior coalition official told CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr that Karzai still "has reservations."