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5 killed in Afghan blastsupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 14:01:00

Bombs killed five people died on Saturday in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the U.S. military said.

Huge landmine blamed for Afghan deathsupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 13:56:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh says six soldiers appear to have been killed by a huge landmine in the volatile Helmand province.

6 UK soldiers missing, feared dead in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 13:24:00

Six UK soldiers are missing and presumed dead following an explosion in southwest Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Militants hang 8-year-old boy in southern Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jul 24 2011 12:43:00

An 8 year-old boy was hanged by militants in Afghanistan's Helmand province after the boy's father -- a police officer in the southern city of Gereshk -- refused to comply with militants' demands to provide them with a police vehicle, officials said.

Joint NATO-Afghan raid leaves 16 militants dead in south Afghanistanupdated: Sat Jul 23 2011 07:50:00

An operation by Afghan and coalition forces in Helmand province left 16 militants dead, according provincial governor Gullab Mangall.

Key provincial capital to be handed over to Afghan security forcesupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 20:18:00

The restive Afghan city of Lashkar Gah, meaning "army barracks" in Farsi, is on Wednesday to become the third area handed over to national security forces by departing NATO troops.

Militants attack areas that NATO hands over to Afghan security forcesupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 14:53:00

Militants launched rocket attacks against an eastern Afghan provincial capital Tuesday, just as a NATO handover ceremony to Afghan security forces in the province of Laghman was under way.

Civilians killed in Afghanistan; 1 in airstrike, 3 in bombingupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 06:17:00

An Afghan civilian was accidentally killed in a coalition airstrike and three others died in a bombing staged by militants, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said on Wednesday.

Bodies of 2 aid workers discovered in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 09:16:00

The bodies of two female aid workers were discovered Sunday morning in Afghanistan's Helmand province, a spokesman for Helmand's governor told CNN on Tuesday.

8 private security guards die in Afghan clashupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 04:45:00

Eight guards of a private security company were killed and three wounded in a clash between insurgents and the private security company Sunday night, officials said.

Child, top Taliban leader killed in separate Afghan attacksupdated: Sat Oct 02 2010 21:33:00

An improvised explosive device blast in southern Afghanistan killed one child and wounded another in Helmand Province, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Saturday, the same day it reported that security forces killed a senior Taliban leader in the eastern part of the country.

2 dead, 10 family members injured in Afghanistan violenceupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 07:14:00

Ten family members were injured in a rocket attack in eastern Nangarhar province, a spokesman for the governor of the province said. In a separate attack, two people were killed in a western province.

Troops in southern Afghanistan seize drugs, bomb-making materialupdated: Sat Jul 17 2010 06:18:00

About 1.9 tons of processed heroin, 1,800 pounds of raw opium and 200 pounds of "illegal fertilizer" commonly used to make bombs were discovered by troops during a security operation in southern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Saturday.

In last two days, 12 coalition troops killed in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 16:54:00

Coalition troop deaths in Afghanistan continued to add up in what has been a hot and bloody struggle, with eight American and four British troops slain over the last 48 hours.

Police kill 64 people in Afghan drug bustupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 09:41:00

Afghan counter-narcotics police and international security forces killed 64 people and arrested 10 others during a three-day operation in Helmand province, the interior ministry said.

Insurgents killed, Taliban district chief captured in firefightupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 04:28:00

International and Afghan security forces wounded and captured a Taliban district chief and killed a "large number" of insurgents in a four-hour firefight, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement Thursday.

4 U.S. troops among 5 killed in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 09:10:00

Four Americans and a Briton were killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, military officials said.

Two British soldiers killed in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 07:11:00

Two British soldiers were killed in a gunfight with insurgents in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Britain's Ministry of Defence said in a statement Saturday.

British Marine killed in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 01:44:00

A British Marine was killed Wednesday in an explosion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

British soldier killed in Afghanistanupdated: Wed May 26 2010 09:31:00

A United Kingdom soldier was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, Britain's Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Italian workers held in Afghan assassination plotupdated: Sun Apr 11 2010 04:31:00

Afghan authorities have arrested three Italian medical workers in a plot to assassinate the governor of the southern Helmand province.

At least 13 killed in Helmand explosionupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 08:03:00

A bicycle-borne bomb killed at least 13 people and injured 45 others Wednesday in Afghanistan's Helmand province, officials said.

10 Afghans killed in suicide attack on marketupdated: Sun Mar 21 2010 12:37:00

Ten Afghan civilians were killed and seven others were wounded in a suicide attack Sunday in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, a provincial spokesman said.

Suicide attackers killed in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 04:12:00

Two suicide attackers, dressed as women, stormed a relief agency in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday and were killed by police before they could detonate their explosives.

Afghan offensive will take another month, general saysupdated: Thu Feb 18 2010 14:56:00

It will take NATO-led military forces "another 25 to 30 days to secure that which needs to be secured" in Afghanistan's Helmand province, and a further three months after that to be sure insurgents are being kept out of the area, British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter said Thursday.

UK's Afghan casualties pass Falklands tollupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 07:21:00

The death of a British soldier on an explosives-clearing operation in Afghanistan has pushed the British death toll there past that of the 1982 Falklands War, the Ministry of Defence announced Tuesday.

British troops gear up for major Afghan offensiveupdated: Sun Feb 07 2010 20:41:00

British troops have launched air and ground operations in preparation for a "major offensive" in southern Afghanistan, the Defence Ministry said Thursday.

32 Taliban, 3 Afghans killed in fightingupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 10:07:00

Thirty-two Taliban insurgents and three Afghan soldiers were killed in fighting between security forces and militants in southern Afghanistan, a local government official told CNN Thursday.

Quran desecration claims cause anger in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 12:25:00

Allegations that NATO-led soldiers desecrated a Quran in a weekend operation against the Taliban spurred an angry protest Tuesday in southwest Afghanistan, authorities said.

British troops to get first new camouflage in 40 yearsupdated: Sun Dec 20 2009 10:12:00

British troops will get new camouflage uniforms for the first time in more than 40 years, based on computer modeling of Afghanistan's terrain, the Ministry of Defence announced Sunday.

Afghan security situationupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 10:33:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the security situation in Afghanistan.

Afghan post-handover futureupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 11:47:00

Afghan security in hands of local fighters? CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on why U.S. military leaders like the idea.

New Afghan push takes aim at militantsupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 11:47:00

More than 1,000 troops have started a big push against insurgents in a militant stronghold of southern Afghanistan, the U.S. Marines said Friday.

Conference to explore handing control back to Afghan localsupdated: Sat Nov 28 2009 14:43:00

Britain announced plans Saturday to host an international conference on Afghanistan, a summit designed to formulate plans for transferring power to and bolstering the power of local authorities.

UK names 5 troops killed in Afghan shootingupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 19:42:00

The British Ministry of Defence Wednesday named the five troops who were killed in Afghanistan in a shooting blamed on a "rogue" Afghan policeman.

3 killed in Kabul rocket attackupdated: Mon Sep 07 2009 03:55:00

Three people died when rockets slammed into northwestern Kabul late Sunday, a government official said.

British Royal Marine killed in Afghan blastupdated: Sun Aug 30 2009 09:42:00

A British Royal Marine was killed Saturday by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, Britain's Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

July becomes deadliest month for foreign troops in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jul 16 2009 18:13:00

The death of a Canadian soldier in battle-scarred Afghanistan on Thursday brings this month's toll of international military fatalities in the war to 47, the highest monthly tally so far, a CNN count of official statistics shows.

Five dead as helicopter crashes in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 12:44:00

At least five people were killed when a helicopter went down in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province Tuesday, a local government official said.

2 British soldiers killed in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 06:54:00

Two British soldiers were killed in separate incidents Thursday in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the British military said Friday.

Afghan training villageupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 10:07:00

An Afghan village - in the heart of the English countryside? CNN's Atika Shubert on the UK Army's unique training facility.

British Army builds mock Afghan village in English countrysideupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 10:07:00

The aroma of freshly baking flatbread wafts through the air as a unit of British soldiers position themselves for a quick patrol around the village of Sindh Kalay.

Four British soldiers die in Afghanistan in a dayupdated: Fri May 08 2009 23:10:00

Four British soldiers have been killed in one day in separate attacks in Afghanistan, the British Ministry of Defense announced Friday.

Karzai on troop withdrawalupdated: Fri May 08 2009 23:10:00

iReporter Billy Dennis asks Afghanistan's president when U.S. troops might withdraw from his country.

20 insurgents killed in Taliban strongholdupdated: Sat Apr 04 2009 09:36:00

Violence flared in southern Afghanistan, with a NATO-led service member killed Saturday and 20 suspected insurgents slain in Helmand province Friday, authorities said.

Afghan, coalition forces kill 12 militantsupdated: Sat Mar 28 2009 02:07:00

Twelve militants were killed in a firefight with Afghan and coalition forces in Helmand province, U.S. military officials said.

Attack in Afghanistan kills 9 policeupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 03:30:00

Suspected militants ambushed a police checkpoint in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing nine officers, the interior ministry said.

British marine killed in blast in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jan 11 2009 19:57:00

A British Royal Marine was killed Sunday in southern Afghanistan when an explosion struck his patrol in Helmand province, the Ministry of Defense said.

British soldier killed in Afghan blastupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 07:10:00

A British soldier was killed on New Year's Day by an explosion in southern Afghanistan, Britain's Ministry of Defense said Friday.

Afghan officers killedupdated: Thu Jan 01 2009 20:23:00

Twenty national police officers are killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. CNN's Atia Abawi reports

British soldier slain in Afghanistan by enemy fireupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 20:11:00

A British soldier was killed by enemy fire on Wednesday in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the Ministry of Defense said.

Afghans urge coalition military changesupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 12:48:00

Afghanistan's government on Monday demanded a review of international troops within its borders after an airstrike which Afghanistan believes killed about 90 civilians -- most of them children.

Roadside attacks kill Afghan civiliansupdated: Sat Aug 23 2008 12:05:00

Fourteen Afghan civilians were killed Saturday in Taliban roadside attacks and 17 Taliban militants were killed in clashes with Afghan and NATO-led troops in southern Helmand province, officials said.

UK, Danish soldiers killed in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Jul 25 2008 08:36:00

One Danish and one British soldier have died in fighting over the last 24 hours in southern Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province.

Scores die in wave of attacks in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jul 13 2008 16:20:00

Nine U.S. troops were killed Sunday in an attack on a base in a remote province of eastern Afghanistan, a Western official said.

Gordon Brown hails fallen troops in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Jun 09 2008 05:49:00

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has paid tribute to troops serving in Afghanistan, a day after the British death toll in the conflict reached 100.

Suicide bombing brings British toll in Afghanistan to 100updated: Mon Jun 09 2008 05:39:00

Three British paratroopers were killed Sunday in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, bringing the British death toll there to 100, the Ministry of Defense reported.

Suicide bomber kills two Afghan policeupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 05:38:00

A suicide bomber killed two police officers in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday -- the latest of several attacks that have killed at least 10 officers in the last two days.

3 NATO troops killed in Afghan blastupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 12:13:00

Two British marines and a Danish soldier have been killed in Afghanistan.

Bomb kills 2, hurts 8 at Afghan power plantupdated: Sat Mar 29 2008 03:36:00

A bomb blast at a hydro-electric power plant in southern Afghanistan killed two workers at the plant and wounded eight other people Saturday, a police official said.

Seven dead in Afghan suicide attackupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 08:02:00

Four soldiers with the NATO-led international force in Afghanistan were killed Monday when a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into their convoy, officials said. Prince Harry's Secret (Mission) Is Outupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 14:00:00

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Afghan bomb blasts claim 6 livesupdated: Wed Feb 13 2008 08:26:00

Roadside bombings and a military operation across Afghanistan over the last two days left six people dead, five others wounded, and three detained, officials said on Wednesday.

'Afghan mullah, sons killed making bomb'updated: Mon Feb 11 2008 05:17:00

A militant mullah and his two children were killed when a bomb he was making in his southern Afghanistan home prematurely exploded, a police chief has said.

Officials out over 'Taliban talks'updated: Thu Dec 27 2007 06:52:00

Two foreign nationals working for the European Union and the United Nations have left Afghanistan after the government ordered them out for allegedly trying to talk to the Taliban, officials from the international organizations said Thursday.

Danes killed by UK troops, report findsupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 11:26:00

Two Danish soldiers killed in Afghanistan in September died as a result of friendly fire from British forces, a Danish military report revealed on Tuesday.

Gates arrives in Kabul for unannounced visitupdated: Tue Dec 04 2007 00:26:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan on Monday for his third visit to the war-torn nation since being confirmed as Pentagon chief.

Afghan children killed in attackupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 02:35:00

An Afghan woman and two children died when coalition soldiers used a grenade against militants barricaded in a building in the Garmser district, Helmand province Sunday, according to coalition forces.

Blast kills 4 in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Oct 13 2007 02:59:00

A bomb explosion near a mosque in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province killed four Afghan National Police officers and wounded seven others, including one civilian, Friday, the U.S.-led coalition command announced Saturday.

170 militants dead in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Sep 27 2007 09:41:00

Afghan and coalition troops have killed about 170 insurgents in three days of intense fighting concentrated in Afghanistan's restive south, according to NATO and U.S.-led coalition reports.

Scores killed in Afghan fightingupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 09:55:00

Scores of insurgents have been killed over the last day during fighting in southern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led coalition said on Wednesday.

Suicide blast kills French soldierupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 07:36:00

A suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy killed a French soldier serving under NATO's International Security Forces during a routine patrol in Kabul early Friday, the French Defense Ministry told CNN.

Suicide bomb targets Afghan policeupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 06:54:00

A suicide attacker on Monday killed at least seven people in southern Afghanistan, Interior Ministry spokesman Zmarai Bashary said.

40 militants dead in Afghan battleupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 21:40:00

Afghan and coalition forces engaged in another fierce battle with Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing more than 40 insurgents in the 12-hour engagement in northern Kandahar province, the U.S. military said.

At least 20 insurgents killed in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 07:21:00

Two NATO soldiers were killed while on patrol in restive southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, while more than 20 suspected insurgents were reported to have died in coalition airstrikes and ground battles, authorities said.

Bomb kills 2 British troops in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 00:15:00

Two British soldiers were killed and another soldier and an interpreter were wounded in a bomb blast Wednesday in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, Britain's Defense Ministry said. The Art of Soldieringupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 16:00:00

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Afghan opium drug lab destroyedupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 21:56:00

Afghan and coalition forces have destroyed an opium drug lab in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province, after a short skirmish with Taliban militants, a statement from the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday.

Coalition base in Afghanistan attacked twice in one dayupdated: Sun Aug 12 2007 08:53:00

Taliban militants attacked a coalition military base in southern Afghanistan for the second time Saturday and the third time this week, the U.S.-led coalition said.

Coalition in 13-hour Taliban fightupdated: Thu Aug 09 2007 21:08:00

Afghan troops backed by coalition aircraft are fighting a "large battle" with Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, the latest major skirmish there this week, U.S. military reported Thursday.

More than 50 insurgents killed in Afghan fightingupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 22:43:00

More than 50 insurgents were killed in a 12-hour battle pitting Taliban militants against Afghan security forces and coalition troops in restive southern Afghanistan, the coalition statement released Thursday said.

NATO, Afghan officials probe report of civilian deathsupdated: Sun Jul 01 2007 01:37:00

The U.S.-led coalition and the Afghan government are investigating reports that as many as 130 people, including women and children, were killed Friday in an attack by coalition forces in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. 7 Dead in Afghan Helicopter Crashupdated: Thu May 31 2007 07:55:00

NATO troops on Thursday secured the wreckage of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter apparently shot down by Taliban militants, an attack that killed everyone on board

NATO: Taliban mastermind killed in Afghanistanupdated: Sun May 13 2007 04:28:00

Top Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah Lang has been killed in a military operation in southern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Forces said Sunday, confirming earlier reports by the Afghan government.

UK soldier killed in Afghanistanupdated: Thu May 03 2007 13:55:00

A British NATO soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the UK's Ministry of Defense confirmed.

15 Taliban killed in NATO clashesupdated: Sat Apr 28 2007 09:52:00

Fifteen suspected Taliban were killed in southern Afghanistan over the last two days, and a NATO service member was found dead on Friday, military officials in Afghanistan said on Saturday.

NATO widens Afghan offensive, general saysupdated: Thu Apr 05 2007 21:00:00

Hundreds of NATO troops descended on southern Afghanistan's Helmand province overnight as part of an offensive against Taliban fighters, U.S. and allied officials said Thursday.

Taliban fighters killed in clashesupdated: Thu Mar 22 2007 08:24:00

At least 28 Taliban militants have been killed in fighting on Thursday in southern Afghanistan, Afghanistan's interior minister said.

Ambush in Afghanistan leaves 8 deadupdated: Sun Mar 04 2007 07:05:00

Eight Afghan civilians were killed and 35 others wounded in the aftermath of a suicide attack and ambush on a coalition military convoy in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, a joint forces military statement said.

Children die as UK troops attackedupdated: Thu Oct 19 2006 04:09:00

Two children were killed and three British soldiers were wounded in a suicide attack in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province Thursday, police and military officials said.

Three UK troops die in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Aug 01 2006 04:03:00

Three British soldiers were killed Tuesday when their vehicle came under fire in southern Afghanistan, according to the British Ministry of Defense and NATO.

Afghan forces kill 18 Talibanupdated: Sat Jul 29 2006 12:35:00

Afghan troops and police have killed 18 Taliban insurgents, most of them in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said Saturday.

Taliban rebels, UK soldier killedupdated: Wed Jul 05 2006 11:49:00

Fighting over the last two days in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province has left a British soldier and 35 militants dead.

Suspected Afghan militants heldupdated: Fri Jun 30 2006 06:44:00

Afghan and coalition forces raided a village in southern Afghanistan early Friday, killing one "enemy extremist" and detaining eight others, suspected of participating in anti-government activities, according to the U.S. military.

Dozens killed in Afghan battleupdated: Tue Jun 27 2006 04:33:00

Two British soldiers, four Afghan soldiers and 29 Taliban militants were killed in recent fighting across southern Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan authorities said on Tuesday.

Two soldiers die in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Jun 14 2006 03:32:00

The coalition command in Afghanistan said two coalition soldiers were killed on Tuesday in separate combat operations -- one in Kunar province in the northeast and the other in Helmand province in the south.

36 dead as Afghan violence ragesupdated: Sat Feb 04 2006 01:58:00

Fighting raged across southern Afghanistan for a second day Saturday with attacks on government offices and a police convoy, killing a district chief and 14 others -- raising the death toll from the battles to 36, officials said.

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