November 29th, 2010
10:14 AM ET

6 dead after gunman turns weapon on troops in Afghanistan

A gunman in an Afghan Border Police uniform opened fire on NATO-led service members Monday, killing six of them, the International Security Assistance Force said.

The incident happened during a training mission in eastern Afghanistan, ISAF said in a statement. A joint Afghan and ISAF team are investigating.

The suspect was also killed in the incident, the statement said.

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October 29th, 2010
09:35 AM ET

Slain aid worker's parents to start charity in her name

British aid worker Linda Norgrove was killed in a rescue attempt earlier this month, 13 days after she was kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan.

On the morning of September 26, Linda Norgrove was in an unmarked Toyota Corolla traveling from Asadabad to Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, a spectacular route with towering mountains to the right and a broad river to the left. Spectacular but also very dangerous - ambush country in a part of Afghanistan where many different groups, including criminal gangs, the Taliban and al Qaeda, have a presence.

Thirteen days after she was led off into the steep mountains above, Norgrove was killed during a rescue attempt by U.S. Navy Seals.

Today, her parents have started a charity in her name. FULL STORY

Filed under: Casualties • Daily Developments
October 19th, 2010
07:14 PM ET

CIA: Concerns about informant ignored before attack

Before a suicide attack on a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan, last December, some people within the CIA and the Jordanian intelligence service were skeptical about the reliability of a Jordanian informant, but those concerns were not passed onto officers on the base where Humam Abu-Mulai al-Bulawi blew himself up, taking seven CIA employees and three others with him.

These findings are part of a just-completed CIA review.


October 19th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

Senior Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan

A senior Taliban military leader was one of 15 people killed in weekend airstrikes in northeastern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Tuesday.

The coalition force assaults Sunday in Baghlan province killed Abdul Jamil, who is the Taliban leader for two districts in the area, ISAF said.

Another leader in the area also was killed, ISAF said.

"The strikes killed 15 insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons. ISAF was able to confirm today that Abdul Jamil and Juma Din, the Baghlan-e Markazi district leader, were among those killed."

In southern Afghanistan, three coalition service members were killed in attacks on Tuesday, ISAF said. And in the south's Kandahar province, more than 10 insurgents died in fighting on Monday, the NATO-led command said.

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October 15th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

16 coalition troops died in last 3 days

Two more coalition servicemembers died in Afghanistan Friday, bringing the number of slain foreign troops in the last three days to 16. FULL POST

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October 7th, 2010
03:05 PM ET

12-tour soldier's final homecoming

CNN's Martin Savidge talks with parents of a U.S. soldier who was killed after four tours of duty in Iraq and eight in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Lance H. Vogeler, 29, of Frederick, Maryland, died October 1 in Bastion, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in Helmand, Afghanistan.

More: Home & Away: Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan

Vogeler's widow Melissa is expecting a child, and a trust account has been set up for the unborn son. Those wishing to donate to a trust fund for Baby Boy Vogeler can contact the Coastal Bank Johnson Square office and mention Baby Boy Vogeler or the parents' names.

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October 7th, 2010
11:24 AM ET

War in Afghanistan: 9 years later

Nine years ago on October 7, the United States launched Operation Enduring Freedom along with the British military and other coalition forces in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Nine years later, more U.S. troops than ever before are in Afghanistan as part of a U.S. President Obama-planned surge; Afghan President Hamid Karzai has formed a council to help negotiate with the Taliban and find a way for peace; and more than 2,100 U.S. and coalition troops have died.

In the United States, nearly six in 10 Americans continue to oppose the war in Afghanistan, the lowest level since the start, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll last week.

For some Afghans, the involvement of the United States remains divisive. In Kabul, the damage left over from past and present wars are daily reminders of a country long at the crossroads of history.

• Year-by-year: Nine years of war in Afghanistan
• Intel officers: No end in sight for war on terror
• First living Medal of Honor recipient since Vietnam

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September 23rd, 2010
04:20 PM ET

Pakistani scientist gets 86 years for Afghan attack

A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Pakistani scientist convicted of attempting to kill Americans in Afghanistan to 86 years in prison.

A jury in Manhattan convicted Aafia Siddiqui on seven charges, including attempted murder and armed assault on U.S. officers, in February. She will serve her sentence at a facility in Texas where she was previously held while awaiting trial.

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September 23rd, 2010
01:13 PM ET

2 killed in Pakistan blasts

Explosions on oil tankers carrying fuel for
NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed two people and wounded four in northwestern Pakistan, a local official told CNN.

The incidents took place near Afghanistan in the areas of Landi Kotal and Torkham in the Khyber Agency, part of Pakistan's tribal region, said Shafi Ullah Wazir, the Khyber political administrator.

Wazir said explosive devices were planted on the tankers, which were bound for NATO's International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan.

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Helicopter crash victims returned to U.S.
September 23rd, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Helicopter crash victims returned to U.S.

The bodies of nine U.S. service members who were killed in Tuesday's helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan were flown back to Dover, Delaware, on Wednesday.

The military released the identities of the crash victims.

From the Army: Maj. Robert Baldwin from Illinois, Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Wagstaff from Utah, Chief Warrant Officer Jonah McClellan from Minnesota, Staff Sgt. Joshua Powell from Pleasant Plains, Illinois, and Sgt. Marvin Calhoun from Elkhart, Indiana were killed in the crash, said Lt. Rusty Ridley, an Air Force spokesman.

From the Navy: Lt. Brendan J. Looney of Owings, Maryland; Senior Chief Petty Officer David B. McLendon, of Thomasville, Georgia; Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam O. Smith of Hurland, Missouri; and Petty Officer 3rd Class Denis C. Miranda of Toms River, New Jersey.

Looney, Smith and Miranda were Navy SEALs; McLendon was a cryptologic technician, the Navy said in a statement.

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