October 28, 2010

News from the Front: 10/28/2010 - Afghanistan

More troops' concussions diagnosed under new rules - Military doctors are diagnosing hundreds of concussions among combat troops because of an unprecedented order requiring them to leave the battlefield for 24 hours after being exposed to a blast. (READ MORE)

Afghan Election Group Urges Transparency in Vote Count - Afghanistan's main election monitoring body is calling for greater transparency as officials recount votes from the country's recent parliamentary elections. (READ MORE)

Afghan wedding collapse kills 65 - Families of 65 people, almost all of them women and children, who died when a ceiling collapsed at a wedding in remote northern Afghanistan have been burying their dead, police said Thursday. (READ MORE)

Bulgaria vows to stay in Afghanistan 'until the end' - Bulgaria will be setting no deadline for withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, according to Bulgarian Defense Minister Anyu Angelov, Sofia News Agency’s website Novinite reported Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Afghan withdrawal on track, Gen. Natynczyk says - The country's top military commander says the Canadian Forces has a plan to withdraw from Afghanistan and he's confident it will work -- despite the loss of a key transit base. (READ MORE)

Father Accompanies Son to Afghanistan - Stories abound of soldiers who meet up with family members while serving overseas, but few feature family members who serve in the same company. (READ MORE)

Afghan watchdog voices concern over poll turnout - Afghanistan's main independent poll watchdog questioned on Thursday an unexplained increase of a million votes from initial turnout estimates after parliamentary elections last month that were marred by fraud and violence. (READ MORE)

Afghan contractors get a slight reprieve - Afghan President Hamid Karzai offered a small concession over the timing of a ban on private security firms, which strained ties with Washington, but some aid groups said on Wednesday the ban would not affect them much. (READ MORE)

Bomb attack in southern Afghanistan kills 3 police - A roadside bomb targeting the car of a district police chief killed three police officers Thursday in southern Afghanistan, where militants have stepped up attacks on government workers in response to increased pressure from international troops. (READ MORE)

Security firms in Afghanistan win reprieve on ban - Afghanistan's president has extended a deadline for private security firms to disband in the strife-torn country, offering a brief reprieve on a ban that had potentially endangered vital aid projects. (READ MORE)

French troops may begin Afghan withdrawal in 2011 - France and some allied NATO armies could begin to withdraw some of their forces from the conflict in Afghanistan as early as 2011, Defense Minister Herve Morin said Thursday. (READ MORE)

Aussie soldiers return from Afghanistan - EIGHTY Australian soldiers have reunited with family and friends as they returned from an eight-month stint in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

In icy tip of Afghanistan, rules don't apply - As the pickup truck bounced toward a remote village deep in northeastern Afghanistan, the young woman was told by her companions that she could toss her burqa aside. (READ MORE)

Gorbachev: Afghan Victory Is ‘Impossible’ - Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who oversaw the withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan two decades ago, has warned NATO that victory in Afghanistan is “impossible”. (READ MORE)

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