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February 23rd, 2010

Afghanistan war: Marjah offensive is trial run for Kandahar push

Kabul, Afghanistan — The current U.S.-led military operation – the Marjah offensive in Helmand province – is a trial run for what could be the decisive clash with the Taliban in Afghanistan this summer in the area that is its spiritual home – Kandahar.Officials at the U.S.-led International Security Assistance ... continue reading

February 23rd, 2010

Toll of US dead in Afghan war hits 1,000: website

WASHINGTON — The number of US soldiers who have died in the Afghan war has reached 1,000, according to website icasualties.org Monday, a grim milestone in the conflict launched more than eight years ago.The independent website, which tracks military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, said 54 US soldiers have died ... continue reading

February 22nd, 2010

U.S. Special Operations Ordered Deadly Afghan Strike

KABUL—U.S. Special Operations Forces ordered an airstrike that killed at least 27 civilians in southern Afghanistan and the soldiers may not have satisfied rules of engagement designed to avoid the killing of innocents, Afghan and coalition officials said Monday. The airstrike Sunday hit a group of minibuses in a remote ... continue reading

February 22nd, 2010

Karzai: Too Many Civilians Dead by NATO

(AP)  Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that NATO's efforts to prevent civilian deaths during its operations are not enough because innocent people keep dying, as the military alliance continued its offensive in a key Taliban stronghold. In a speech at the opening session of the Afghan parliament, Karzai also ... continue reading

February 18th, 2010

NATO: 4 service members die in sixth day of military offensive in southern Afghanistan

MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) - Four NATO service members have died in the sixth day of a major military offensive to claim control of a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan.NATO said Thursday night that three were killed in two different roadside bomb attacks and a fourth died as a result of ... continue reading

February 17th, 2010

Two more ISAF troops killed in Helmand

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has confirmed the death of two more foreign soldiers in ongoing operations in southern Afghanistan. The ISAF said on Wednesday that one of the soldiers was killed on Wednesday and the other on Tuesday in a joint offensive with Afghan forces dubbed Mushtarak (Together). ... continue reading

February 17th, 2010

DEA Team Leader Shot and Wounded in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — A veteran DEA agent was shot multiple times and wounded in Afghanistan on Sunday while on a mission, according to people familiar with the incident.The veteran agent, who was a team leader of the DEA FAST Team (Foreign-deployed Advisory and Support Team) was shot and wounded in Marjeh, ... continue reading

February 17th, 2010

Taliban armory: Rocks, potshots and drawings

BADULA QULP, Afghanistan — The bullet made a zipping, or fizzing sound. American soldiers, relaxing beside their vehicles and backpacks without body armor or helmets, looked around, bewildered. A moment passed. Then another zip, fizz. And another."They're shooting at us," a soldier said incredulously. Laughing, giddy almost, they moved behind ... continue reading

February 16th, 2010

Rocket That Killed 12 Civilians Hit Target, Official Says

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A rocket that killed 12 civilians during the NATO-led offensive in Afghanistan hit its intended target, but the troops who fired it did not know that civilians were inside the building, a senior military official said Monday. The civilians were killed Sunday by a rocket fired during ... continue reading

February 16th, 2010

Civilian deaths mounting in Marjah offensive

The civilian death toll has risen to at least 15 in the NATO coalition assault on the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, the largest offensive since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and one governed by new rules of engagement intended to strengthen Afghan support by limiting civilian casualties.The NATO and ... continue reading

February 15th, 2010

Army chief Sir Jock Stirrup: Afghan blunder is 'very serious setback'

The killing of 12 Afghan civilians by stray Nato rockets was “a very serious setback” to the Afghan mission, the head of the armed forces said today as it was announced that another British soldier had died in the conflict. The soldier from 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, ... continue reading

February 15th, 2010

Five civilians killed in Nato rocket attack in Afghanistan

A Nato airstrike against suspected insurgents has killed five civilians in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan today. A Nato statement said a joint patrol of Nato and Afghan troops saw individuals digging along a path in the Zhari district of Kandahar province today and mistakenly concluded that they were planting ... continue reading

February 15th, 2010

War in Afghanistan: 'Damaging' setback as civilian death toll rises

THE civilian death toll in Afghanistan rose last night as it was confirmed Operation Moshtarak has now claimed 15 lives. Twelve people were killed on Sunday when two rockets missed their target and last night it was announced that another three civilians had died after being caught up in the ... continue reading

February 15th, 2010

Afghans must rebuild own country

More than 7,500 U.S. Marines, Afghan and British troops took part in an offensive Saturday in Taliban-held Marjah that hopefully will bring order and re-establish government control in this war-torn southern Afghanistan town. While the idea of rooting out the Taliban is a glorious goal for the Obama administration and ... continue reading

February 15th, 2010

Nato apology over civilian deaths

Nato has apologised after 12 Afghans died when two rockets fired at insurgents missed their target and struck a house during the second day of Operation Moshtarak. Thousands of Nato and Afghan troops encountered pockets of resistance, fighting off sniper attacks as they moved deeper into Marjah, a town of ... continue reading

February 15th, 2010

McChrystal regrets Afghan deaths

Improvised bombs planted by Taliban fighters are slowing Nato's big offensive in Afghanistan, military officials say. The BBC's Frank Gardner, in Kandahar, says the homemade bombs have been planted in far greater numbers than Nato had anticipated. Operation Moshtarak - targeting Taliban strongholds in southern Helmand province - has entered ... continue reading

February 14th, 2010

Civilians die in Afghan offensive

Nato has confirmed that two rockets fired at militants during its offensive in Helmand, south Afghanistan, missed their target and killed 12 civilians. The rockets struck a house in Marjah as thousands of Nato troops continued their operations to oust the Taliban. Nato's commander Gen Stanley McChrystal said that "we ... continue reading

February 13th, 2010

Canadian soldier killed, 4 injured in Afghan training accident

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The body of a Canadian soldier killed during a training accident at a range northeast of Kandahar city is on its way home.Thousands turned out at Kandahar Airfield on Saturday to bid farewell to Cpl. Joshua Caleb Baker. Four other soldiers were injured in Friday's accident.The military ... continue reading

February 13th, 2010

Bombs slow US advance in Afghan town

MARJAH, Afghanistan – Bombs and booby traps slowed the advance of thousands of U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers moving Saturday through the Taliban-controlled town of Marjah — NATO's most ambitious effort yet to break the militants' grip over their southern heartland. NATO said it hoped to secure the area in ... continue reading

February 13th, 2010

‘We’re a go’

Thousands of US Marines and Afghan soldiers travelling in helicopters and mine-resistant vehicles began punching into a key Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan early Saturday, as the largest military operation since 2001 to assert government control over this country got underway.The first wave of Marines and Afghan soldiers swooped into ... continue reading

February 13th, 2010

Looming NATO offensive raises few Afghan spirits

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - A NATO offensive is a hard sell to some Afghans, even if it breaks the Taliban's iron grip on their lives and eventually delivers Western aid.Thousands of foreign troops, including U.S. Marines and British forces, as well as the largest number of Afghan troops ever involved ... continue reading

February 12th, 2010

Operation to remove Taliban from Marjah sends thousands fleeing

Thousands of foreign and Afghan troops are converging on the Marjah plain, an area in the central Helmand River valley of southern Afghanistan, ahead of what is expected to be a bloody battle against the Taliban in one of its last strongholds in the south. After rejecting NATO calls to ... continue reading

February 12th, 2010

Coalition Begins Major Afghan Offensive

MARJAH, Afghanistan—In the dark before dawn Saturday, hundreds of U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers landed by helicopter inside Marjah, launching an assault on one of the last Taliban-controlled towns as part of a major campaign that will test whether President Barack Obama's troop escalation can turn around the faltering war ... continue reading

February 12th, 2010

U.S. Troops Seal Off Taliban Escape Routes

U.S. and Afghan soldiers linked up with Marines on the outskirts of the Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday, sealing off escape routes and setting the stage for what is being described as the biggest offensive of the nine-year war. Taliban defenders repeatedly fired rockets and mortars at units poised ... continue reading

February 12th, 2010

Concern mounts for Afghan civilians ahead of NATO assault - aid agencies

NEW DELHI - Concern is mounting over the plight of tens of thousands of civilians ahead of a major assault by NATO troops on one of the last big Taliban strongholds in southern Afghanistan, aid agencies said. NATO forces, led by thousands of U.S. troops, are massing for an attack, ... continue reading

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