September 3, 2010

News from the Front: 09/03/2010 - Afghanistan

Afghan president says NATO airstrike killed civilians - NATO said an airstrike in northern Afghanistan killed about a dozen insurgents, but President Hamid Karzai said the victims were campaign workers seeking votes in this month's parliamentary elections. (READ MORE)

Gates Visits U.S. Troops in Afghanistan - As the last of 30,000 U.S. reinforcements arrive in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday got a firsthand look at operations in the dangerous south where Afghan and international troops are ramping up security. (READ MORE)

Afghan envoy in US to leave post, slams smears - Afghan ambassador to the United States, Said Jawad, said on Wednesday he had been ordered to leave his post after seven years, and lashed out at what he called a “broad campaign smear” against him. (READ MORE)

Corruption probe ruffles US-Afghan relations - A bribery probe involving a top adviser to President Hamid Karzai has angered the Afghan leader and threatens to damage US relations with Kabul just three months after a White House visit that seemed to smooth ties at a critical stage in the war. (READ MORE)

Gates, Karzai Differ On Target Of NATO Air Strikes - A visit to Afghanistan by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been overshadowed by a NATO air strike in northern Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Army chaplain killed in Afghanistan - The military says a chaplain who died in Afghanistan is the first Army clergyman killed in action since the Vietnam War. (READ MORE)

Afghan official: Afghan govt will back Kabul Bank - Afghan's finance minister reassured nervous customers at the troubled Kabul Bank on Thursday, saying every penny of their deposits would be guaranteed by the government. (READ MORE)

Marines work to win over hearts and minds in Afghanistan - Sgt. David McFadden was on patrol, wading slowly across the Helmand River. Cool water gurgled peacefully underfoot. (READ MORE)

No cash coming in for Afghan Taliban - A US general has revealed the Taliban in Afghanistan are very short of money with their drug labs and supply routes under pressure from US troops. (READ MORE)

Karzai Kin Asks U.S. to Bolster His Bank Article - A top shareholder in Afghanistan's largest bank called on the U.S. to shore up the lender after depositors withdrew about a third of its cash reserves in two days, while the country sought to avert a destabilizing crisis at a crucial moment in the fight against the Taliban. (READ MORE)

Karzai: Afghan govt will back Kabul Bank - Afghan President Hamid Karzai reassured nervous customers at the troubled Kabul Bank on Thursday, saying every penny of their deposits would be guaranteed by the government. (READ MORE)

Karzai calls aide's arrest reminiscent of Soviet times - Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke out angrily Thursday against the arrest of one of his closest aides this summer on corruption charges, saying that the detention was conducted in a manner "exactly reminiscent of the Soviet presence in Afghanistan" and that the investigation was illegally run by "foreign elements." (READ MORE)

Operation Frees Prisoners, Targets Taliban - A combined Afghan National Security Force and coalition force operation targeting a senior Taliban leader in Helmand province discovered a number of imprisoned Afghan citizens yesterday. (READ MORE)

Security Force Pursues Taliban Commander in Kandahar City - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Kandahar province Thursday of a Taliban acting district commander. (READ MORE)

Taliban Sub-commander Captured in Ghazni - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban sub-commander in Ghazni province Thursday. (READ MORE)

Taliban Commander Targeted in Logar Operation - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Qalat district, Zabul province Thursday, while in pursuit of a Taliban sub-commander who facilitates and coordinates improvised explosive device attacks on Highway 1. (READ MORE)

Afghan Parliamentary Candidate Wounded in Grenade Attack - An Afghan parliamentary candidate and one other Afghan civilian were wounded following a grenade attack at the governor's compound in Ghazni City yesterday. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan Now Has Forces, Resources, Petraeus Says - The forces are now in place to make major strides in Afghanistan, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said here today. (READ MORE)

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