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7 troops killed in 2 Afghan. attacksupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 12:02:00

A man opened fire on U.S. troops killing three soldiers and a suicide bomb attack left four more Americans dead.

By the numbers: Veterans and Memorial Dayupdated: Sat May 26 2012 07:37:00

As the country heads into the Memorial Day weekend, there are still almost 1.5 million U.S soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed in war zones or combat missions worldwide, and the 3,000th coalition service member, a U.S. sailor, has died in Afghanistan.

Afghan war is not over yetupdated: Wed May 23 2012 12:13:00

At the NATO summit in Chicago, President Obama and leaders of America's NATO allies agreed on an "irreversible" plan to withdraw from Afghanistan. But challenges remain.

NATO accepts Obama timetable to end war in Afghanistan by 2014updated: Tue May 22 2012 09:36:00

NATO leaders signed off Monday on President Barack Obama's exit strategy from Afghanistan that calls for an end to combat operations next year and the withdrawal of the U.S.-led international military force by the end of 2014.

Obama lays out NATO's Afghanistan planupdated: Tue May 22 2012 09:36:00

President Obama lays out the plan for the war in Afghanistan at the NATO summit in Chicago.

Afghan peace council member killedupdated: Sat May 19 2012 04:27:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh assesses the importance of the assassination of Moulavi Arsala Rahmani.

Taliban claim responsibility for downing helicopter in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 06:42:00

The Taliban claimed responsibility Friday for downing a Black Hawk helicopter in southern Afghanistan.

Australia looks to leave Afghanistanupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 12:14:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh discusses what Australia's troop drawdown will mean for Afghan security.

Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan earlier than expectedupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 12:14:00

Australian troops could begin pulling out of Afghanistan in the coming months, and the majority of them may leave the country by the end of next year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Tuesday.

Q&A: International troops in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 10:10:00

When Afghan forces repelled a barrage of attacks from insurgents near Kabul's green zone over the weekend it was hailed as proof of how far local security forces had come.

Afghan police officer kills 9 comradesupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 10:04:00

An Afghan police officer shot and killed nine other officers in southeast Afghanistan on Thursday night, authorities said.

Afghan army, police pose growing risk to U.S., NATO troopsupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 14:10:00

Nearly one out of every five NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year were killed by Afghan police or army forces. Nine of the 16 victims were U.S. soldiers.

U.S. apology for NATO strike not good enough, says Pakistan foreign ministerupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 10:49:00

Pakistan's foreign minister says an apology by the U.S. government for the NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers would not satisfy the Pakistani government, and the attack demanded a reassessment of Islamabad's partnership with the United States.

U.S. 'heartbroken' over Afghan killings, Obama saysupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 20:35:00

Afghan forces came under fire Tuesday during a funeral for victims of a weekend rampage blamed on a U.S. soldier, while protesters angered by the killings blocked a major highway in the country's southeast.

Two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 12:39:00

Authorities say two gunmen killed two service members with a NATO-led security force in Afghanistan.

Gunmen kill NATO forces in southern Afghanistanupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 12:39:00

A gunman in an Afghan National Army uniform and another man shot dead two NATO soldiers at a combat outpost in southern Afghanistan Thursday, authorities said.

Taliban claim responsibility for attackupdated: Sat Feb 25 2012 18:00:00

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on an Afghan ministry that killed 2 American officers.

Shooting in Afghanistan continues deadly trendupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 07:06:00

A man in an Afghan police uniform opened fire on NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing one, NATO said, in what seems to be the latest of dozens of cases of Afghan security forces turning their weapons on international troops who are supposed to be their allies.

U.S. goal is to end Afghan combat mission in 2013updated: Thu Feb 02 2012 07:03:00

The United States and NATO want to end their combat mission in Afghanistan next year, transitioning primarily to a training role in which Afghan security forces will take the lead, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

US to end Afghan combat mission in 2013updated: Thu Feb 02 2012 07:03:00

Barbara Starr reports the U.S. and NATO will end their combat mission next year and transition to a training role .

NATO: Man in Afghan army uniform kills service memberupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 07:08:00

A man in an Afghan National Army uniform killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan, once again bringing a disturbing issue to center stage in the long Asian war -- attacks by local security forces against coalition troops.

Allies see day of heavy loss in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 10:12:00

Allied forces suffered a day of heavy losses in Afghanistan Friday after a helicopter crash killed six U.S. Marines and an attack killed four French soldiers, prompting Paris to consider an early troop withdrawal.

2 French soldiers killed in Afghanistan attackupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 06:57:00

A soldier in the Afghan National Army uniform shot dead two French soldiers serving in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the French Defense Ministry said.

Exclusive: Taliban attack caught on tapeupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 03:13:00

A Marine Corps cameraman gives us a rare glimpse of Marines fighting off at Taliban attack in Afghanistan.

NATO: 77 U.S. troops injured after Taliban hit Afghan coalition baseupdated: Sun Sep 11 2011 19:34:00

All 77 NATO service members wounded in a Saturday attack against a coalition base in Afghanistan are U.S. troops, a spokeswoman for the International Security Assistance Force said Sunday.

Deadly insurgent attack in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Sep 11 2011 19:34:00

At least two people died after Taliban militants struck a coalition base in Afghanistan on eve of the 9/11 anniversary.

Taliban targets coalition base on eve of 9/11 anniversaryupdated: Sat Sep 10 2011 17:40:00

As the 10th anniversary of al Qaeda's attack on the United States approaches, Taliban militants struck a coalition base in Afghanistan on Saturday, killing one person and wounding 10 others.

Afghanistan blames militant network for hotel siegeupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 03:03:00

The Afghan government on Wednesday blamed an al Qaeda-linked militant group based in Pakistan for the siege on a Kabul hotel that left 12 victims and all nine attackers dead.

Reaction to president's Afghanistan troop planupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 06:08:00

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night that all the 33,000 additional U.S. forces he ordered to Afghanistan in December 2009 would be home within the next 15 months. After the departure of all the surge forces, the total U.S. military deployment in Afghanistan would be just under 70,000 troops.

The real question: How to achieve Afghanizationupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 08:10:00

President Obama's expected decision to reduce our troop level in Afghanistan from 100,000 to 90,000 by the end of 2011, and to 70,000 by the end of 2012, seems reasonable.

Attacks by Afghan troops on NATO soldiers rising, but motives complexupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 01:02:00

In late November, U.S. soldiers were supervising artillery training for Afghan troops in Nangarhar province, close to the Pakistan border.

Afghan forces' violence against NATO, Americans deemed "rare"updated: Fri Apr 29 2011 20:39:00

Violence like this week's shooting deaths of eight U.S. service members and an American contractor by an Afghan military pilot in Kabul stems from "isolated" incidents and is not part of any organized pattern of Afghan troops killing fellow service members in NATO's International Security Assistance Force, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Caldwell said Friday.

Lack of trainers puts U.S. Afghan exit strategy at risk, report saysupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 19:39:00

A new report questions whether the centerpiece of the Obama administration's exit strategy for Afghanistan -- a training program for Afghan security forces -- can deliver as promised.

Levin: Obama considering upping the goal for Afghan troopsupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 17:38:00

The president is considering a proposal to further boost the size of Afghanistan security forces as a way to speed up the withdrawal of U.S. troops, a senior Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday.

Did Biden commit the U.S. to a longer engagement in Afghanistan?updated: Wed Jan 12 2011 22:46:00

During the Obama administration's review of its Afghan policy, Vice President Joseph Biden was a fierce advocate for a narrowly focused counterterrorism strategy.

Afghanistan war reviewupdated: Sun Dec 19 2010 11:45:00

CNN's Candy Crowley discusses the gains and setbacks in the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

Analysis: Four more years of war in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 06:46:00

The much-touted July 2011 date for the beginning of a withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan, a center piece of the administration's "AfPak" strategy announced by President Obama in December 2009, now seems unlikely to amount to much.

Obama trumpets U.S. gains in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 03:30:00

President Barack Obama asserted Thursday that the United States is making significant progress in the nine-year war in Afghanistan, but warned that the conflict "continues to be a very difficult endeavor."

UK troops leaving Afghanistan?updated: Tue Dec 07 2010 07:17:00

Britain's prime minister says British troops could pull out of Afghanistan next year. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Gates visits troops in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 07:17:00

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Tuesday to meet with officials and deliver a pat on the back to American troops slugging it out with militants there for more than nine years.

Afghan progress being made despite tragic incidents, NATO leader saysupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 13:12:00

Incidents similar to this week's fatal shooting of six U.S. troops should not overshadow the progress American forces have made in turning security over to the Afghans, NATO's supreme commander says.

U.S., NATO troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 handoverupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 07:19:00

Even with serious questions about President Hamid Karzai's commitment to the military strategy in Afghanistan, NATO members plan to announce an enduring presence there beyond 2014, the new target date for handing off security control to the Afghans.

Newest Medal of Honor recipient to be inducted into Hall of Heroesupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 12:21:00

One day after the president draped the nation's highest medal of valor around his neck, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta will receive another honor when he is inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon on Wednesday.

Medal of Honor goes to first living recipient from Afghan warupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 23:06:00

A 25-year-old U.S. Army staff sergeant from Iowa on Tuesday became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the war in Afghanistan.

This year's U.S. death toll in Afghanistan the highestupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 12:48:00

In only eight months, 2010 has become the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to a CNN count of Pentagon and NATO figures.

From one war zone to anotherupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 12:48:00

CNN's Barbara Starr talks to soldiers about the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq.

7 Special Forces soldiers to get Silver Star for Afghan valorupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 07:52:00

It's been clear for months that the fighting in Afghanistan is more intense than it's been since the war there started nearly nine years ago. Yet, from the midst of those increasingly violent firefights come some amazing stories of heroism.

Taliban rejects U.N. report on Afghan casualtiesupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 06:37:00

The Taliban on Thursday rejected a United Nations report that blamed it and other insurgent groups for 76 percent of all civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

Where have Afghanistan's warriors gone?updated: Fri Aug 06 2010 13:09:00

Afghanistan, known for its history of warriors, is now wondering where they went. CNN's Atia Abawi reports.

Afghanistan war 'lost cause,' says Pakistan's ex-intelligence chiefupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 13:09:00

The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan is a "lost cause," said a former Pakistani intelligence chief, and the United States needs to negotiate peace with Taliban leader Mullah Omar. "You have to talk to him, and I'm sure it will work out very well," Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview to air Sunday.

Dutch troops leave southern Afghanistanupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 12:16:00

More details about the Dutch withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan emerged on Monday.

Afghanistan war's grim milestoneupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 16:31:00

Is President Obama's strategy working in Afghanistan? CNN's Ali Velshi talks to a Senate candidate about his thoughts.

Top issues: Afghanistan and Iraq warsupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 20:04:00

Like shifting weight on a seesaw, the Pentagon moved the lion's share of U.S. war troops in Iraq to Afghanistan in 2010, to reflect the nation's changing war strategy. Just months after Obama promised to reduce U.S. forces in Iraq, he faced a much-debated decision last year on whether to increase troops in Afghanistan. Supporters of the buildup said the strategy would bring a swifter end to the war, by allowing the United States to more quickly hand over security responsibility to Afghan forces. Opponents complained that the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was corrupt and had proven to be an unreliable partner.

Petraeus grilled over 2011 withdrawalupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 20:04:00

Gen. David Petraeus faces tough questions from senators about President Obama's scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Internal military documents reveal infighting among Afghan forcesupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 15:38:00

Internal military documents published by reveal conflict among Afghan security forces, including attacks on one another, as well as heavy drug use among soldiers.

U.S. intelligence blasted in reportupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 12:09:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on an investigation into the U.S. intelligence community.

Audio purportedly from al Qaeda No. 2 says victory comingupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 12:09:00

A man identified as Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's No. 2 man, promises his followers victory in Afghanistan and Iraq, vowing that these wars will eventually lead to a battle to liberate Jerusalem, in an audio message posted Monday on jihadist websites.

Defense Ministry: Afghan soldier fired on British troops, killing 3updated: Tue Jul 13 2010 09:58:00

Investigators are searching for an Afghan National Army soldier who shot a rocket at British soldiers in Helmand province, killing three and injuring four others early Tuesday morning, an Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Steele: Afghan war is of Obama's choosingupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 14:35:00

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux discusses Michael Steele's recent comments about the war in Afghanistan with CNN contributors.

More than 1,000 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 19:33:00

More than 1,000 American troops have now been killed in Afghanistan, according to CNN calculations.

Troops capture Taliban 'governor' after killing ex-govupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 08:20:00

Troops in Afghanistan have captured a Taliban shadow governor not long after killing his predecessor, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said Wednesday.

U.S. military: Airstrike kills senior Taliban leaderupdated: Mon May 31 2010 22:12:00

A precision airstrike has killed one of the two most senior Taliban leaders in Kandahar province and several of his fighters, the U.S. military said Monday.

The challenge of reporting from Kandaharupdated: Sat May 29 2010 11:01:00

CNN's Paula Hancocks and Michael Holmes discuss what it's like to report from Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Red Cross defends helping Taliban treat casualtiesupdated: Thu May 27 2010 02:50:00

The International Committee of the Red Cross is defending its practice of providing medical training and basic medical supplies to the Taliban in Afghanistan -- saying it is in line with the ICRC's mandate not to discriminate between different sides in a conflict.

Insurgents attack Bagram Air Baseupdated: Wed May 19 2010 10:08:00

The Taliban launch a bold attack on a critical air base in Afghanistan. CNN's Atia Abawi reports.

Nearly a dozen militants dead after Bagram attackupdated: Wed May 19 2010 10:08:00

Nearly a dozen insurgents and a U.S. contractor were killed when a group launched an early morning attack on Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.

Insurgents take aim at Bagram Air Base; Army says 7 attackers killedupdated: Wed May 19 2010 02:34:00

Seven insurgents were killed when a group of more than a dozen men launched an early morning attack on Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.

Five Americans among 18 killed in Afghan suicide attackupdated: Tue May 18 2010 15:56:00

A suicide bomb in Afghanistan's capital killed at least a dozen civilians, five U.S. troops and a Canadian service member on Tuesday, officials said -- a bloody strike claimed by the Taliban and deplored by the coalition.

Obama reaffirms commitment to Afghan warupdated: Fri May 14 2010 18:07:00

Pres. Obama welcomed Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai to the White House, saying, "Our strategy has to succeed on both sides."

Clinton, Karzai say Afghan leader's U.S. visit a successupdated: Fri May 14 2010 11:32:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared the Afghan leader's visit to the United States this week a success, saying on Thursday that it had helped strengthen the partnership between Washington and Kabul at a critical point in the war against Taliban and al Qaeda extremists.

Putting tensions aside, Clinton opens key talks with Karzaiupdated: Wed May 12 2010 01:47:00

Brushing recent public spats aside, the Obama administration welcomed Hamid Karzai to Washington on Tuesday, opening a round of partnership talks with the Afghan president.

'Better alignment' from Karzai visit?updated: Wed May 12 2010 01:47:00

The administration details its strategy for dealing with Afghanistan in anticipation of Pres. Karzai's U.S. visit.

Pakistan is 'epicenter of Islamic terrorism'updated: Wed May 05 2010 16:50:00

The suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt was caught as he was seeking to flee to Pakistan, a nation that analyst Fareed Zakaria calls the "epicenter of Islamic terrorism."

House panel looks at progress in Afghanistan, troop strengthupdated: Wed May 05 2010 14:06:00

The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday took stock of the Obama administration's new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and examined whether more troops could be deployed if conditions warrant.

Kandahar Press Club a reporter refugeupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 22:46:00

Kandahar's newest gathering place offers reporters a refuge from their dangerous jobs. CNN's Michael Holmes reports.

Report: Encouraging trends in Afghanistan despite rise in violenceupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 22:46:00

Violence in Afghanistan is up nearly 90 percent from this time last year, according to a new Pentagon report submitted to Congress Wednesday.

Deputy mayor of Kandahar assassinatedupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 20:06:00

The deputy mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan, was assassinated Monday as he took part in evening prayers, according to a local government spokesman.

Afghan soldier fires on NATO troops, wounds 1updated: Sun Apr 11 2010 07:30:00

An Afghan soldier fled after he opened fire on NATO troops, wounding one, military officials said Sunday.

U.S. should grow up and work with Karzaiupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 10:07:00

The Obama administration is making a mistake by sending Afghan President Hamid Karzai the forceful and repeated message that it's not happy with his regime, says analyst Fareed Zakaria.

'We run this country,' Karzai says of Afghan peopleupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 17:47:00

Plans to drive the Taliban from Afghanistan's second-largest city and surrounding districts will start only when the plans have the support of the population, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday.

Karzai: Afghans own Afghanistanupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 17:47:00

CNN's Atia Abawi reports on Afghan President Hamid Karzai's balancing act as he meets with Afghan tribal leaders.

Karzai seeks tribal support for military operationupdated: Sun Apr 04 2010 15:12:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with tribal leaders Sunday in the violence-plagued Kandahar province to shore up support for an impending military offensive. He promised to hold back until he had their backing.

Afghan soldiers killed in friendly fireupdated: Sat Apr 03 2010 13:16:00

German forces with the NATO-led command killed at least five Afghan soldiers in northern Afghanistan in a friendly fire incident, the German military said Saturday.

U.S. official says intel suggests Iran plans to ship arms to Talibanupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 18:08:00

New U.S. military intelligence suggests Iran plans to smuggle new shipments of weapons into Afghanistan in the coming weeks as part of an increased effort to interfere with coalition operations, a senior U.S. Defense Department official said Friday.

Military sets sights on June push in Kandahar, officials sayupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 02:02:00

U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan have their sights set on a June offensive designed to gain control of the southern city of Kandahar from the Taliban, according to U.S. military officials.

Obama: Keep them on the runupdated: Mon Mar 29 2010 11:34:00

Pres. Obama talks to U.S. troops in Afghanistan about their mission, telling them they have the Taliban on the run.

Afghan-Iranian mountain trails reveal hidden weapons smuggling routeupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 14:12:00

At the Eslam Ghalah crossing on the Afghan-Iranian border, millions of dollars have been spent by the international community to try to ensure that all goods and human traffic entering and leaving Afghanistan can be controlled and accounted for.

U.S. to end 96-hour rule for Afghan detaineesupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 01:49:00

A controversial policy that gives U.S. forces in Afghanistan four days to question detainees is being changed to give soldiers more time to interrogate the captives, Gen. David Petraeus said Tuesday.

35 killed in Kandahar blastsupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 09:25:00

Officials say at least 35 people were killed in a series of blasts in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Taliban Web site claims Afghan blasts were 'message' to U.S. generalupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 09:25:00

A series of deadly blasts in southern Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province on Saturday was a message to the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, according to a posting Sunday on a Taliban Web site.

Deadly blasts rock southern Afghanistanupdated: Sat Mar 13 2010 14:18:00

A series of explosions rocked southern Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province on Saturday, killing at least 35 people and wounding 47 others, local officials said.

Gates: Early pullout reliant on 'conditions' in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 07:58:00

After surveying training camps in eastern Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates hinted Wednesday that U.S. troops could be leaving earlier than the announced July 2011 troop withdrawal date.

McChrystal eyes securing Kandaharupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 22:48:00

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan vowed that coalition forces "are absolutely going to secure Kandahar," as security efforts expand in the country's south.

Official: Top Taliban leader arrested in Pakistanupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 01:19:00

A top Taliban leader has been arrested in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, a senior Pakistani military official told CNN.

What Marjah wantsupdated: Sun Mar 07 2010 12:10:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on what Marjah residents expect and want from the Afghan government.

Afghan leader Karzai is playing gamesupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 15:47:00

Coalition forces have scored gains on the Afghan battlefield. Taliban leaders are on the run in neighboring Pakistan. But there's no sign of political progress in Afghanistan, says analyst Fareed Zakaria.

Attack on heart of Kabulupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 15:47:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on a devastating attack on the heart of the Afghan capital.

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