August 31, 2010

News from the Front: 08/31/2010 - Afghanistan

Afghan bombings target US soldiers in Humvee - Seven US troops have been killed in Afghan bombings in the south of the country. (READ MORE)

Taliban footprint 'spreading': Petraeus - The US commander of the Afghan war has acknowledged that the Taliban were expanding their footprint across the country even as foreign forces close in on their traditional southern strongholds. (READ MORE)

Birthplace of the Taliban: The next battleground - As some 400 U.S. and Afghan soldiers gather to honor their first fallen comrade, mournful Muslim prayers mingle with the stutter of machine gun fire and the thud of exploding grenades just beyond their heavily fortified camp. (READ MORE)

5 American troops killed in latest Afghan violence - Five U.S. troops were killed by roadside bombs and insurgent fire in southern and eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the latest casualties in a particularly bloody spell that has left 19 service members dead since Saturday. (READ MORE)

Afghan withdrawal won't be a "hand-off": Petraeus - The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan from next July will begin with a general "thinning out" of forces rather than any large-scale drawdown, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces said on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Taliban noose around Wardak tightens - Mohammad Nader, the head of the Dra Construction Company in Wardak, says he has paid a heavy price for working for the authorities in the central Afghan province. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan death toll rises - NATO has said four American troops have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in eastern Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Government pays tribute to Estonian soldier killed in Afghanistan - Estonian government officials paid tribute Tuesday following the death of an Estonian soldier in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Taliban retain momentum in some areas - Taliban guerrillas still retain the initiative in some parts of Afghanistan despite recent successes by coalition forces, the top U.S. and NATO commander in the country said Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Attack on gov't employees bus leaves 2 dead in Afghan capital - Unknown armed men attacked a bus of government employees killing two service members and wounding six others in Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, a private television channel reported. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan’s blasted Buddhas beckon tourists - Bamiyan – marked by dramatic ochre cliffs towering over the ancient Silk Road that once linked Asian trade to the West – is starting to lure hardcore adventure tourists back to its World Heritage wonders. (READ MORE)

Attacks on U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan Intensify - Five American service members were killed in attacks in eastern and southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to the NATO-led international forces. (READ MORE)

Petraeus Finishes Rules for Afghan Security Transition - Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan, has completed work on new guidelines for turning some security duties over to Afghan forces in the months ahead... (READ MORE)

5 American troops killed in latest Afghan violence - Five U.S. troops were killed by roadside bombs and insurgent fire in southern and eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the latest casualties in a particularly bloody spell that has left 19 service members dead since Saturday. (READ MORE)

Afghan, Coalition Forces Conduct Air Assault in Kunar - Afghan National Security Forces and U.S. soldiers from Task Force Bastogne conducted a major air assault in the village of Omar, in the Monogai District of Kunar province Monday. (READ MORE)

Taliban Commander Targeted in Kandahar With Precision Air Strike - Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike in Kandahar province Monday, targeting a Taliban commander responsible for directing improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians, as well as Afghan and coalition forces. (READ MORE)

Insurgent Attacks Kill, Wound 8 Afghan Civilians - Four Afghan civilians were killed, including two children, and four more civilians were wounded in insurgent attacks in eastern and southern Afghanistan yesterday. (READ MORE)

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