September 26, 2011

Afghanistan News - 09/26/2011

Exhibit honors U.S. troops killed in Iraq, Afghanistan - The more time passes, the more Rhonda Bradbury wants people to simply remember. "I just need you to say his name,” Bradbury, 47, of St. Joseph, said of her son, Brian, a U.S. Army private killed at age 22 by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan in June 2006 (READ MORE)

US soldier jailed for seven years over ‘thrill' murders of Afghan civilians - September 24, 2011 A US soldier has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the murders of Afghan civilians last year. Pvt 1st Class Andrew Holmes, 21, was among five soldiers charged over the 'thrill killings' of the three civilians during patrols in Kandahar. (READ MORE)

Suspect Arrested in Assassination of Former Afghan President - Afghan authorities said Sunday they have arrested the prime suspect in the murder of former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, head of the High Peace Council. (READ MORE)

Arrest made in Afghan peace leader's death - Afghan officials said Sunday that they had arrested a man connected to the Taliban fighters who sent a suicide bomber to kill the leader of Afghanistan's peace process. (READ MORE)

Afghan Journalists Report Violence Among Media Outlets - Afghan media officials say an unhealthy competition currently exists among many of the country's media organizations, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports. (READ MORE)

Troops kill 22 insurgents, detain 14 in Afghanistan - Afghan security forces, backed by NATO-led coalition troops, have eliminated 22 insurgents and detained 14 during military operations over the past 24 hours, Afghan Interior Ministry said on Monday. (READ MORE)

Afghan employee kills U.S. citizen at Kabul CIA base - An Afghan employee of the U.S. government opened fire inside a CIA office in Kabul on Sunday evening, killing an American and injuring a second, U.S. (READ MORE)

Seven insurgents killed in Afghanistan - Afghan and NATO-led forces have killed seven insurgents and captured 32 in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led coalition said Monday. (READ MORE)

US embassy annex hit by blast in Kabul - The CIA station in the Afghan capital has been attacked with gunfire and an explosion being reported at the annex to the US embassy in Kabul. (READ MORE)

Afghan attack: Gunfire heard at Kabul ‘CIA station' - Gunfire and a blast have been heard from a compound said to house the CIA station in the Afghan capital Kabul.A US official confirmed there was an attack on the facility previously known as the Ariana hotel, describing the situation as 'fluid'. (READ MORE)

Gunmen attack CIA building in Afghanistan capital - Gunfire erupted Sunday night at a facility that has been used by the CIA in Kabul, Afghan officials said, and at least two Afghan army personnel were reported injured. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan warns Pakistan about border shelling - Afghan defense officials are strongly warning Pakistan to stop firing rockets and heavy artillery into areas of northeast Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Pakistan Holds Special Military Meeting Amid US Tensions - Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Kayani chaired an emergency meeting with his top commanders Sunday as a war of words with the United States escalated. (READ MORE)

Saffron could displace opium poppies as Afghan farmers' cash crop of choice - Farmers’ fields outside the western Afghanistan city of Herat are about to blossom into a purple form of gold. Once rife with poppy, the lucrative spring crop used to produce heroin, these plots are now seeded with saffron flowers. (READ MORE)

Uneasy alliance: Fearing attack by Afghan 'allies,' Brit troops to sleep with pistols - British troops in Afghanistan should be armed with a pistol at all times -- even while sleeping -- because of the high risk of being attacked by their Afghan allies, a secret NATO report uncovered Sunday warned. (READ MORE)

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