May 24th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

7 arrested for suicide bombing that killed 6 NATO troops

KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven people have been arrested over a suicide bombing that killed six NATO troops in Afghanistan last week, Afghan intelligence spokesman Saeed Ansari said Monday. FULL POST

Filed under: Kabul attacks
May 21st, 2010
10:12 AM ET

Profiles of 5 U.S. troops killed in Kabul blast

A suicide bombing on May 18 in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed at least 18 people.

The blast killed at least a dozen civilians, five U.S. troops and a Canadian service member, officials said. It occurred on a busy road near a NATO-led military convoy and a registration center for the Afghan Army.

Here are profiles of the five U.S. service members killed in the attack.

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May 20th, 2010
08:29 AM ET

U.S. military officers among dead in Kabul attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Department officials have identified five U.S. soldiers, including a colonel and two lieutenant colonels, killed by a suicide bomb in Afghanistan's capital this week.

The Tuesday blast killed at least a dozen civilians, five U.S. troops and a Canadian service member, officials said. It occurred on a busy road near a NATO-led military convoy and a registration center for the Afghan Army.

The five U.S. soldiers are Col. John M. McHugh, 46, of New Jersey; Lt. Col. Paul R. Bartz, 43, of Wisconsin; Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer, 44, of Ohio; Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman, 28, of Pennsylvania; and Spc. Joshua A. Tomlinson, 24, of Louisiana. FULL POST

Filed under: Kabul attacks • Troops
May 18th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Attack raises Afghan policing questions

The suicide bomb attack in Kabul Tuesday underlined that the Taliban are still very capable of causing substantial carnage in the Afghan capital – months after promises that security would be tightened.

After the last such attack in Kabul three months ago, in which 14 people were killed in an attack on a hotel and shopping center, there were promises that security in the capital would be improved. And for a while there were no major incidents. But this attack will revive anxiety about the ability of Afghan security forces to make the capital – and important military and government installations – safe.

Among the questions bound to be raised: did the suicide vehicle pass through any checkpoints? Was there any intelligence about the planned attack? And are the Afghan National Police capable of providing security in Kabul – or anywhere else in Afghanistan?

That final question is the one that NATO commanders return to time and again.

Read the full post from CNN's Tim Lister at the Security Brief on This Just In

Filed under: Kabul attacks
May 18th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

Images from the scene of the Kabul suicide attack

Investigators inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul targeting NATO troops that killed at least 18 people near the parliament buildings. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had targeted "invading NATO forces." (Photos courtesy Getty and the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan)

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May 18th, 2010
09:17 AM ET

18 killed in Afghan suicide attack

[Update: 9:26 a.m. ET] A Canadian service member was one of the six NATO-led troops who died in the suicide bombing attack, Canadian forces confirmed.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Five U.S. service members were among the 18 people killed in a suicide car bombing Tuesday in Kabul, a U.S. defense official confirmed. (See images from the scene of the attack)

Women, children and a NATO-led soldier also were killed when the bomb exploded near a registration center for Afghan Army recruits, officials said.

The attack occurred near an International Security Assistance Force military convoy on a busy road, ISAF said.  Full story

Filed under: Daily Developments • Kabul attacks • Troops
March 2nd, 2010
07:31 AM ET

Afghanistan bans media from covering militant attacks live

 KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan government has banned news organizations from covering militant attacks while they are occurring, saying media outlets unknowingly help the Taliban through such broadcasts.  The National Directorate of Security issued the ban Monday. It prevents news organizations from reporting from the site of an attack until security forces secure the area and issue a green light.  FULL POST

Filed under: Kabul attacks • Karzai • Life and Culture • Taliban
February 26th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Behind the scenes: A CNN reporter's wake-up call in Kabul

There's nothing more unpleasant than being awoken by a bomb.  At 6:35 a.m. on Friday morning, I jerked upright as a huge blast rattled the windows in my bedroom and sent chunks of plaster clattering to the floor.  As I looked around in sleepy confusion, not-too-distant gunfire echoed in the street outside.


February 26th, 2010
07:53 AM ET

Taliban claims responsibility for deadly Kabul attacks

The Taliban claimed responsibility for attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan near the Safi Landmark Hotel in the neighborhood of Shahr-E-Naw, where there are a number of government buildings and U.N. offices as well as supermarkets, banks, diplomatic facilities and villas for well-to-do Afghans.   At least 17 people were killed.  Full story

January 28th, 2010
07:28 AM ET

Taliban negotiations possible?

As leading power-brokers meet in London to debate the future of war-torn Afghanistan, CNN's Atia Abawi asks whether it is possible to negotiate with the Taliban, who just days ago displayed their military might with an attack on Kabul.