August 5, 2010

News From the Front: 08/05/2010 - Afghanistan

Suicide bomber kills 7 Afghan police in north - A suicide car bomber struck a convoy of NATO troops and Afghan police Thursday in northern Afghanistan, killing seven police officers and wounding at least 11 people. (READ MORE)

Karzai Travels To Iran For 'Persian Summit' - Afghan President Hamid Karzai is traveling to Tehran to attend a regional conference billed as a "Persian summit," RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports. (READ MORE)

Canadians want to end Afghan mission by 2011, poll shows - Canadians support their soldiers and believe in the country's combat mission in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Petraeus' fresh guidelines to troops to reduce civilian casualties in Afghan war - Amidst growing international concern over civilian casualties in the ongoing Afghan war, commander of the US and NATO forces General David Petraeus has issued fresh directives for the 150,000 international troops engaged in the 'war on terror'. (READ MORE)

Karzai demands probe of US-backed anti-corruption task force - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has demanded an investigation into a U.S.-backed anti-corruption task force, following the arrest of several senior Afghan officials on graft charges. (READ MORE)

Magazine cover of disfigured Afghan stokes debate - She cannot read or write and had never heard of Time magazine until a visitor brought her a copy of this week's issue, the one with the cover picture of her face, the face with no nose. (READ MORE)

Film to help prepare Canadian troops on way to Afghanistan - Mohamed Boima was just a teenager when he lost both his arms below the elbow to brutal amputation during the civil war that tore through in his native Sierra Leone. (READ MORE)

Four killed, 5 injured - Four guards of a security company were killed and five more sustained injuries following an explosion in Zabul Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Suicide Bomber Kills 7 Afghan Police in North - A suicide car bomber struck a convoy of NATO troops and Afghan police Thursday in northern Afghanistan, killing seven police officers and wounding at least 11 people. (READ MORE)

Six policemen die in Afghan suicide attack - At least six Afghan policemen have died after a suicide bomber attacked a joint convoy of Afghan and Nato forces in northern Afghanistan, officials said. (READ MORE)

Petraeus Issues Order To Protect His Troops and Afghan Civilians - The U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, has issued his first tactical directive to the nearly 150,000 troops under his command, designed in part to address concerns expressed by some troops that previous orders made it too difficult for them to defend themselves. (READ MORE)

Petraeus issues new rules on use of force - A month after taking charge in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus on Wednesday issued an updated tactical directive governing the use of force by U.S. and NATO troops, urging them to "redouble" their efforts to protect Afghan civilians. (READ MORE)

NATO's Afghan war commander stresses troop defense - The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan issued an updated directive Wednesday, repeating his predecessor's curbs on use of air power and heavy weapons when civilians are at risk but stressing the right of troops to defend themselves. (READ MORE)

Karzai calls for probe of U.S.-backed anti-corruption task force - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called for an investigation into a U.S.-backed anti-corruption task force, following the arrest of several senior Afghan officials on graft charges. (READ MORE)

Karzai seeks oversight of anti-corruption unit - Upset by the recent arrest of a key adviser accused of taking a bribe, Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday sought to have more oversight over the work of a new anti-corruption task force. (READ MORE)
Rolling Stone reporter denied embed after McChrystal piece - The Rolling Stone magazine journalist whose article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal helped end the Afghanistan commander's career has been denied permission to embed with a military unit in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman told CNN Wednesday. (READ MORE)

McChrystal reporter barred from being embedded with US troops - The journalist whose article in Rolling Stone magazine led to the sacking of General Stanley McChrystal has been barred from being embedded with US troops next month. (READ MORE)

Fast Response Means Security for Soldiers - When the enemy shoots at Soldiers on Combat Outpost Michigan, members of the mortar section don’t run for cover – they run for their guns. (READ MORE)

Taliban Military Commander, Several Suspected Insurgents Detained by Afghan-Led Force in Helmand - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected Taliban insurgents Wednesday including the Taliban military commander for the Sarkar area of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province. (READ MORE)

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