August 12, 2010

News From the Front: 08/12/2010 - Afghanistan

Two Marines Killed by Afghan Prisoner - A prisoner killed two US Marines in southern Afghanistan after escaping a prayer room and grabbing a rifle, NATO said Monday. (READ MORE)

Sole survivor tells how aid workers were slain in Afghanistan - The first sign of danger was the crackle of gunfire over their heads. Ten gunmen, their faces covered, rushed toward terrified humanitarian workers and began shouting "Satellite! Satellite!" -- a demand to surrender their phones. (READ MORE)

Unrest Is Undermining Hopes for Afghan Vote - Worsening insurgent violence in many parts of the country is raising concern about Afghanistan’s ability to hold a fair parliamentary election in little more than a month, a crucial test of President Hamid Karzai’s ability to deliver security and a legitimate government. (READ MORE)

Claims of Afghan civilian deaths spark protest - A crowd of about 300 villagers yelled "Death to the United States" and blocked a main road in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday as they swore that U.S. forces had killed three innocent villagers, officials said. (READ MORE)

US seeks to slow down military withdrawal from Afghanistan - American military officials are building a case to minimize the planned withdrawal of some troops from Afghanistan starting next summer to counter growing pressure on President Obama from inside his own party to begin winding the war down quickly. (READ MORE)

US plans to convert 'Friends of Democratic Pakistan' meeting for post-flood efforts - US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, has said that Washington plans to convert the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) conference in Brussels into a meeting devoted to post-flood rehabilitation in Pakistan. (READ MORE)

Britian to send two more fighter jets to Afghanistan - Britain is to send two more Tornado fighter jets to Afghanistan to enhance protection for troops on the ground, defence secretary Liam Fox announced Wednesday. (READ MORE)

Twenty insurgents killed in Afghanistan battle: NATO - At least 20 insurgents were killed in Afghanistan's southeast in an operation against the Haqqani network, whose leader Washington wants designated a terrorist, the NATO-led alliance said Thursday. (READ MORE)

In Afghanistan, stillness among the chaos - Metal containers. Tables laid for a meal in a hut. Endless lines of tents, and Black Hawk helicopters parked in the dust. (READ MORE)

Ricks: Afghanistan Could Turn Out Better Than Iraq - Could Afghanistan eventually yield a better result from a U.S. perspective than Iraq? It's possible, military expert and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Ricks told Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep for the Thursday issue of the show. (READ MORE)

Injured soldier talks of returning to Afghanistan - The mother of a Massachusetts National Guard soldier wounded in Afghanistan said yesterday that her daughter sustained facial injuries, is fighting to regain her health, and wants to return to Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

U.S. Plays Down Karzai Plan To Disband Private Security Firms - The United States sought to play down Wednesday the announced plans of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to disband Afghan and international private security companies operating in the country, saying the issue was under discussion. (READ MORE)

Afghan Officials Plan to Bring International Flights to Herat - Afghan government officials met with Herat authorities and local businessmen yesterday at ISAF's Regional Command West headquarters to discuss plans to bring international flights to Herat Airport and subsequently increase economic growth in western Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Spanish Guardia Civil Deliver Field Materials to Afghan Police - Spanish Police Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (POMLT) in Badghis province, handed over yesterday, in Qal´eh-ye Now police station, 10 big-size tents and 5 water tanks of 500 litres each, to Afghan National Police. (READ MORE)

Officials Break Ground on Marjah School - The plant of a shovel symbolically transformed a sprawling patch of Marjah farmland into a future primary school site during a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. (READ MORE)

Taliban Attack Mosque on First Day of Ramadan - An insurgent-fired rocket-propelled grenade struck a mosque near Asadabad at approximately 8 a.m. toady. The RPG, one of four, broke windows and knocked down a tree. Nobody was injured in the blast. (READ MORE)

Insurgents Kill Two Afghan Civilians - Two Afghan children were killed and one was injured when insurgents fired at coalition forces in Logar province in Baraki Barak district with small arms and rocket propelled grenades Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Taliban Continue to Attack, Intimidate Innocent Civilian Populace Responsible for 9 out of 10 Deaths - According to compiled coalition, Afghan government and Afghan National Security Force logs and intelligence reports, Taliban and Haqqani insurgent-related attacks have been responsible for 26 innocent civilians killed and another 13 injured within the last seven days in eastern Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Afghan-Led Clearing Operation Kills more than 20 Insurgents in Paktiya - An Afghan and coalition security force killed more than 20 armed insurgents during an on-going clearing operation aimed at disrupting the Haqqani Network's freedom of movement in Dzadran district of Paktiya province. (READ MORE)

Nearly 120,000 Troops From 47 Countries Serve in ISAF - The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan now has almost 120,000 troops from 47 different countries assigned to it, NATO officials said yesterday. (READ MORE)

U.S. Braces For Kandahar Fight, Anti-Corruption Battle - Targeted strikes by U.S. special forces against insurgents around Kandahar are yielding results, but war planners expect tough fighting ahead and more casualties, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday. (READ MORE)

With Korengal abandoned, COP Michigan bears brunt of Kunar fight - Six weeks into their deployment at this besieged outpost, soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment were used to the barrage of fire from high ridges surrounding their fishbowl outpost, here at the mouth of the Korengal Valley. (READ MORE)

U.S. big guns resound through Afghanistan's Pech River Valley - Each day in this hot summer fighting season, the thundering boom of U.S. artillery reverberates off mountain walls, shaking the Pech River Valley like a giant’s footsteps. (READ MORE)

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