August 11, 2010

News From the Front: 08/11/2010 - Afghanistan

Germans plan Afghan offensive - The German military, long criticized by its allies as too passive in the face of a growing insurgency, plans to go on the offensive in Taliban strongholds in northern Afghanistan—despite the risk of a political backlash back home. (READ MORE)

In Mission With Afghan Police, Issues of Trust - On paper, the plan for the foot patrol looked perfectly safe. A stroll through a couple of villages. Introductions to a few village elders. A two-mile drive back to the guarded walls of the Afghan police headquarters. Easy. (READ MORE)

Fatal Attack on Guesthouse in Afghan Capital - Two suicide bombers wearing explosive vests and carrying firearms and grenades attacked a guesthouse frequented by foreigners in central Kabul, the police said, killing two Afghans. (READ MORE)

Kabul attack kills two as Afghan civilian casualites rise - Taliban suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance of a Kabul guesthouse Tuesday, killing two drivers, hours after a UN study announced the highest civilian casualty figures in the Afghan war. (READ MORE)

Karzai to disband private security in Aghanistan - President Karzai of Afghanistan has said he will dissolve all private security companies in the country. (READ MORE)

Karzai to replace 'private security firms' with local security forces in Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants to scrap private security firms, who work mainly for Western companies and are not accountable locally, and replace them with local security forces. (READ MORE)

Six policemen among 11 killed in Afghanistan - At least 11 Afghan nationals including six police officers were killed in different attacks in the Afghan capital and in Helmand, senior security officials said on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Afghan civilian toll up by 31pc in 2010: UN - Civilian casualties have risen by 31 percent in the first half of 2010, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said on Tuesday, a much sharper rise than that estimated by an independent Afghan human rights body. (READ MORE)

Insurgents now causing most of Afghan civilian casualties - The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan continued to climb in the first half of 2010, with an increasing number of children in the toll and a spike in the recently troubled northeast. (READ MORE)

Pregnant widow accused of adultery executed by Taliban - The Taliban has executed a pregnant widow accused of adultery in western Afghanistan, provincial and district officials said Monday. (READ MORE)

Taliban Executes Pregnant Woman in Afghanistan - Afghan police say Taliban insurgents have flogged and publicly executed a pregnant Afghan widow for alleged adultery. (READ MORE)

Australia remains committed to Afghanistan: PM - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday said she remains committed to the Australian mission in Afghanistan despite a warning of rising casualties. (READ MORE)

No Turkish casualties in Afghanistan after attack - Turkish Foreign Ministry said no injuries had been reported from a Turkish provincial reconstruction team after a rocket propelled grenade hit their building in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Afghan troops reach 240,000 goal early - NATO has reached its goal of expanding the size of Afghanistan's army and police to 240,000 three months ahead of schedule, achieving a key measurement that will be used to gauge progress in the war. (READ MORE)

Roadside bomb kills Afghan civilians - A roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed three Afghan civilians, Nato forces said today. They died yesterday when their vehicle struck the bomb while driving in Ghazni province's Waghaz district, the coalition said in a statement. (READ MORE)

ISAF Chief of Staff Receives Legion of Merit Award - U.S. Army General David H. Petraeus, Commander, International Security Assistance Force, pins the Department of Defense's Legion of Merit and congratulates German Lieutenant General Bruno Kasdorf for his service and dedication as The ISAF Chief of Staff, Aug. 11, 2010, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Weapons Cache Recovery in Farah Province - The Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces located and seized a weapons cache in the Bala Boluk district, Farah province, Monday. (READ MORE)

Khowst Governor Hosts Release Shura for Seven Former Detainees - Seven detainees were released from the Detention Facility in Parwan and welcomed back to their communities during a shura in Khowst province Saturday. (READ MORE)

Medical Assistance Program Helps Flood Victims - A medical civic assistance program provided assistance to people affected by the flood in the Musahi district, Sunday. (READ MORE)

Afghan-Led Force Detains Suspected Insurgents, Kills Two in Paktiya - An Afghan and coalition security force killed two and detained several more suspected insurgents in Paktiya province Tuesday while in pursuit of a Taliban sub-commander involved in the facilitation, planning and execution of improvised explosive device attacks. (READ MORE)

Video From an Embed With the Taliban - A video of Taliban fighters shot last October by a Norwegian journalist in eastern Afghanistan offers a rare glimpse of the war from the perspective of the Afghan insurgents. (READ MORE)

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