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Soldier gets Silver Star, reprimand for same battleupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 19:49:00

A U.S. Army officer who was honored for valor after his combat outpost in Afghanistan was attacked has also received a letter of reprimand for failing to secure the base before the attack, according to Army officials. Such a letter normally would prevent career advancement.

Pakistan blast kills 3 in U.S. Special Opsupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 14:56:00

A "vicious" roadside bomb blast struck a convoy in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least seven people Wednesday, including three American troops training the country's security forces.

President's Afghan drawdown plan called risky, 'unrealistic'updated: Wed Dec 02 2009 12:29:00

President Obama's timetable for winding down the war in Afghanistan may be too short for the United States to achieve its war aims but too long to hold American public support, observers said Tuesday.

Report: 'Bin Laden was within our grasp'updated: Sun Nov 29 2009 14:10:00

President Obama got some political cover Sunday for his upcoming announcement on sending more troops to Afghanistan.

Troops abroad, at home celebrate Thanksgivingupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 12:38:00

Turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, along with a visit by the commanding general in Iraq and a phone call from President Obama, were some of the ways the White House and Pentagon helped U.S. troops overseas celebrate Thanksgiving.

General: Morale good in Iraqupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 12:38:00

The U.S. commander in Iraq says morale among troops in Iraq is good as they celebrate Thanksgiving.

H1N1 vaccine arrives for troops in war zones, but not enoughupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 18:33:00

The first shipment of H1N1 vaccine set aside for U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan arrived late Tuesday, but it contains only half the amount requested.

Bodies' arrival 'sobering reminder,' Obama saysupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 15:45:00

President Obama said Thursday that watching the arrival of 18 flag-draped cases containing bodies of Americans killed in Afghanistan was a "sobering reminder" of U.S. sacrifice as he prepares to decide on sending more troops there.

Obama salutes fallen soldiersupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 15:45:00

President Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base to witness the return of bodies from Afghanistan.

Two bombs targeted troopsupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 21:30:00

Roadside bombs killed eight U.S. servicemembers and an Afghan civilian working with NATO troops in southern Afghanistan.

8 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 21:30:00

The U.S. military suffered another day of heavy losses in Afghanistan on Tuesday as roadside bombs killed eight soldiers, two military officials told CNN.

Marines hunt down deadly IEDsupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 19:05:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper traveled to Afghanistan in September to ride shotgun on one of the most dangerous job in the world.

Detecting IEDs is daunting challenge for U.S. militaryupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 19:05:00

The most dangerous threat for U.S. troops in Afghanistan has come from roadside bombs -- often referred to as IEDs, short for improvised explosive devices.

Detecting IEDs a daunting challenge for U.S. militaryupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 15:43:00

The most dangerous threat for U.S. troops in Afghanistan has come from roadside bombs -- often referred to as IEDs, short for improvised explosive devices.

Mother's final duty to soldier son: Escort his body homeupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 10:12:00

When the Army flew home the body of Spc. Stephan Mace from Afghanistan, his mother climbed aboard a small jet with the flag-draped coffin for the last leg of his trip.

Mother prepares to bury sonupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 10:12:00

Kate Bolduan meets a mother and whole community bringing home a fallen soldier from Afghanistan

Behind the scenes in Obama's war council debateupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 12:19:00

There's an air of mystery hanging over President Obama's war council, which meets in secrecy yet again this week to discuss a new strategy for Afghanistan in the highly secure White House Situation Room.

8 U.S. troops killed in battle with militants in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 21:51:00

Hundreds of militants attacked American and Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, opening fire on an outpost from multiple locations with rockets, mortars and heavy-caliber machine guns, according to an initial U.S. military report on the battle.

Taliban launches attackupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 21:51:00

A Taliban attack kills eight U.S. troops in Afghanistan. CNN's Atia Abawi reports

Senators on Afghanistan, Iranupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 21:43:00

CNN's John King sits down with two senators -- one Democrat and one Republican -- to discuss foreign policy.

Obama adviser: Afghanistan in no immediate danger of fallingupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 21:43:00

There is no immediate danger of Afghanistan falling to the Taliban, National Security Adviser James Jones said Sunday.

2 U.S. soldiers killed in Philippines bomb blastupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 21:01:00

Two U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were killed by a homemade bomb while supporting anti-terror operations on an island in the southern Philippines, Army officials said Thursday.

Combo vaccine reduces risk of HIV infection, researchers sayupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 09:53:00

A vaccine to prevent HIV infection, the virus that leads to AIDS, has shown modest results for the first time, researchers have found, raising hopes that a disease that kills millions every year may someday be beaten.

HIV vaccine brings new hopeupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 09:53:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta says the excitement surrounding a new HIV vaccine is justified.

Afghan leader backs U.S. military call for more troopsupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 15:59:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that he backs a recommendation from the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan to boost American troop levels in the embattled Islamic nation.

In Afghanistan, troops trying to blend in betterupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 22:30:00

U.S. Army ground commanders in Afghanistan say they need help, fast. That's not a request for more troops, but a request from commanders who say the current camouflage uniform is not blending well in the diverse countryside.

Reassessing Obama's 'war of necessity'updated: Wed Sep 16 2009 07:50:00

As support for the war in Afghanistan dips to an all-time low, some leading lawmakers are questioning President Obama's approach to what he calls a "war of necessity."

Green Zone under fireupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 16:10:00

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on Baghdad's Green Zone coming under fire amid Vice President Biden's visit.

Baghdad's International Zone attacked as Biden visitsupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 16:10:00

The highly fortified International Zone in Baghdad came under fire the same day that Vice President Joe Biden paid a surprise visit, an Interior Ministry official told CNN.

Poll: Support for Afghan war at all-time lowupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 10:47:00

Support for the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time low, according to a new national poll.

Senators on Afghanistan warupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 10:47:00

Watch as three senators -- two Dems and one Republican -- discuss the next steps in the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

Pentagon plans troops to target roadside Afghanistan bombsupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 23:11:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to approve sending thousands of additional forces to Afghanistan to deal with the growing threat from roadside bombs, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Friday.

U.S. envoy: Timeline for troops leaving Iraq on trackupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 14:58:00

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Thursday that Iraq is making enough progress to stay on track for withdrawing all American troops by the end of next year.

Four U.S. troops killed in Iraq roadside blastsupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 12:42:00

Roadside bombings in Iraq killed four American troops and seven Iraqis in a flurry of attacks Tuesday corresponding with a Muslim holy month when insurgents regularly step up their fighting.

Commentary: Get real about Afghanistanupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 11:23:00

As someone who often takes a conservative stance on issues, I once again find myself in the curious position of defending President Obama to disillusioned critics within his own liberal base. And once again, I'm glad to do it.

U.S. military drops contract profiling reportersupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 22:56:00

A U.S. military contract that drew fire for creating profiles to rate the output of journalists as well as coverage of the Afghanistan war is being terminated, according to U.S. military officials.

U.S. commander says Afghan war winnable, new strategy neededupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 18:20:00

Success is achievable in Afghanistan if the United States revises its strategy there, the top U.S. commander in that country said in a statement issued Monday.

August is deadliest month for U.S. military in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 12:21:00

August has become the deadliest month for the U.S. military in Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

More troops may be needed to bolster Afghanistanupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 12:45:00

Adm. Michael Mullen, the highest-ranking man in the U.S. military, said the situation in Afghanistan is getting worse, as fresh indications emerge that President Obama soon could be asked to commit more American troops.

Deadliest day in Iraqupdated: Sat Aug 22 2009 15:32:00

Deadliest day in Iraq since the US military handed security over to the Iraqi's. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Army takes steps but deployments still strain familiesupdated: Sat Aug 22 2009 15:32:00

They are lined up neatly, but casually, waiting to be outfitted for another trip to the place they call "The Sand Box."

Afghans cast their votesupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 15:28:00

CNN's Ivan Watson is at a polling station in Afghanistan, where the right to vote is taken very seriously.

Despite election, U.S. troops in Afghanistan for long haulupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 15:28:00

Americans shouldn't expect to see the 62,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan come home any time soon, no matter who is declared the victor in the country's presidential election.

Report: Six arrested in al Qaeda plot on U.S. base in Kuwaitupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 14:35:00

Kuwaiti security forces arrested six Kuwaitis linked to al Qaeda who planned to attack a U.S. military installation, the country's state-run news agency reported Tuesday.

Petraeus: Iraq remains center of terrorism fightupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 22:54:00

Iraq is still the center of the U.S. battle against terrorism even as American troops shift their focus toward the nearly eight-year-old war in Afghanistan, the U.S. commander in the region said Friday.

Four U.S. troops killed in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 22:26:00

Four U.S. troops were killed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday in what NATO's International Security Assistance Force said was a roadside bombing, according to a senior U.S. official there.

Gates open to more troops in Afghanistan, if necessaryupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 14:11:00

It is possible more U.S. troops could be added in Afghanistan if the new U.S. commander there needs them, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he does not expect a significant increase.

7 U.S. troops, linguist wounded in blast in Iraqupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 11:21:00

A blast outside a local council meeting in northern Iraq wounded seven U.S. troops and a linguist, U.S. military officials said Monday.

U.S. strategic shift: Win, hold Afghan territoryupdated: Mon Jul 06 2009 13:54:00

As Marines mount a new U.S. push to force Taliban fighters from a stronghold in southern Afghanistan, a new military strategy is taking root.

2 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jul 05 2009 03:11:00

Two separate militant assaults Saturday in the southeastern Afghan province of Paktika led to the deaths of two U.S. soldiers and at least 42 insurgents, military officials said.

Iraqis want educational, scientific assistance, says VP Bidenupdated: Sat Jul 04 2009 23:33:00

Iraqis "want us want us to be engaged with them in helping them realize their potential," said Vice President Joe Biden after leaving Baghdad on Saturday.

Fourth of July in Iraqupdated: Sat Jul 04 2009 23:33:00

CNN's Michael Ware takes a look at how one Army division is celebrating the Fourth of July in Iraq.

Karzai demands U.S. forces turn over Afghan killing suspectsupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 22:24:00

Tensions mounted between U.S.-led coalition forces and the Afghan government Monday, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded U.S. troops hand over private security guards suspected of involvement in the killing of a top Kandahar law enforcement official.

'Important day' in Iraqupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 13:51:00

Gen. Ray Odierno discusses the importance of American troops pulling out from Iraqi towns and cities.

Poll: Nearly three-quarters favor pullout from Iraqi citiesupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 07:33:00

A national poll suggests that nearly three-quarters of all Americans support the plan to withdraw most U.S. combat troops from Iraqi cities and towns, even though most respondents said they think the troop movements will lead to an increase in violence in that country.

Historic moment in Iraq marked with street festivalupdated: Mon Jun 29 2009 20:37:00

Iraqis welcomed the Tuesday deadline for American troops to leave their towns and cities with a street festival in Baghdad, though fears of renewed violence tempered celebrations of what their government called "National Sovereignty Day."

U.S. troops begin to leave Iraqupdated: Mon Jun 29 2009 20:37:00

CNN's Michael Ware looks at the upcoming U.S. withdrawal from Iraqi cities.

Stars and Stripes accuses U.S. military of censorship in Iraqupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 19:20:00

Stars and Stripes, the newspaper that receives U.S. military funding to help it cover and get distributed free to American forces in war zones, complained Tuesday of censorship by military authorities in Iraq.

Wave of bombings kill at least 22 in Baghdadupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 16:58:00

A series of five bombings killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens of others Monday in Baghdad, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

Mosul deadline loomingupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 16:58:00

CNN's Phil Black goes on patrol with U.S. forces in Mosul, Iraq, as they prepare to withdraw from the city.

Probe into Afghan civilian deaths: Airstrikes 'appropriate'updated: Fri Jun 19 2009 18:40:00

The U.S. military's use of airpower in a fight in Afghanistan was "appropriate" but it did kill civilians unintentionally, a U.S. military investigation concluded in a report released Friday.

Mullen: U.S. responsible for civilian deaths in Afghan battleupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 21:00:00

The U.S. military is responsible for civilian deaths during a firefight with Taliban militia in May in western Afghanistan, the nation's highest ranking military officer said Thursday.

Army: Suicide rate among soldiers continues on record paceupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 18:30:00

The suicide rate among U.S. Army soldiers jumped in May -- continuing a four-month upward trend and on a record pace for a second straight year, according to Army statistics released Thursday.

U.S. Military burning bibles?updated: Fri May 22 2009 02:24:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on brushback from Christians over the U.S. military burning bibles in Afghanistan.

Military burns unsolicited Bibles sent to Afghanistanupdated: Fri May 22 2009 02:24:00

Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.

Ex-inmate recalls days of abuse at Abu Ghraibupdated: Thu May 21 2009 17:05:00

Abu Ahmed says he was there: An Iraqi held prisoner at Abu Ghraib by the American military when inmates were abused.

Afghan dies after incident with contractors, U.S. military saysupdated: Tue May 19 2009 23:57:00

One of three Afghan civilians wounded when U.S. contractors shot at them in an incident in early May died of his wounds Sunday, according to U.S. military officials in Afghanistan.

Bomber kills 7 near U.S. base in Afghanistanupdated: Wed May 13 2009 02:50:00

A car bomber targeted a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, killing seven people Wednesday, a day after Taliban militants attacked many locations in the city of Khost, U.S. military officials said.

Taliban storm strategic Afghan cityupdated: Tue May 12 2009 13:07:00

A Taliban suicide bomb squad disguised as regular Afghan army troops stormed a strategic city close to the border with Pakistan Tuesday, prompting a fierce six-hour battle with U.S. troops, local officials and the U.S. military said.

With exit deadline looming, U.S. battles insurgents in Mosulupdated: Fri May 08 2009 19:59:00

As the deadline nears for U.S. troops to exit major Iraqi cities, units in Mosul are in the midst of a months-long operation to sweep out extremist fighters.

At least 15 dead in Baghdad market bombingupdated: Wed May 06 2009 14:55:00

A southern Baghdad marketplace became a scene of carnage for the second time in a month when a car bomb exploded Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 40, an Interior Ministry official said.

Deadly market explosionupdated: Wed May 06 2009 14:55:00

A car bomb exploded in a southern Baghdad marketplace, killing at least 12 people and wounding others.

U.S. military says video does not show attempt to convert Afghansupdated: Mon May 04 2009 17:31:00

The U.S. military is denying that troops in Afghanistan have been attempting to convert Afghans to Christianity, countering video showing a chaplain delivering a sermon about religious conversion and Bibles printed in local languages.

Gates: U.S. Military challengesupdated: Mon May 04 2009 17:04:00

Def. Sec. Gates continues to talk to CNN's Fareed Zakaria about the challenges the US military faces around the world.

Iraq sticking with U.S. withdrawal plan despite attacksupdated: Sun May 03 2009 20:06:00

Iraq's government said Sunday it won't extend a June deadline for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraqi cities despite concerns about ongoing attacks in cities like Mosul.

Iraqi soldier fatally shoots 2 U.S. troops, wounds 3 near Mosulupdated: Sat May 02 2009 19:54:00

An Iraqi soldier fatally shot two American soldiers and wounded three others on Saturday, the U.S. military said.

Suicide bomb kills 6 in Mosulupdated: Fri May 01 2009 13:39:00

A suicide bomb was detonated near a coffee shop in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Friday, killing at least six people, an Interior Ministry official said.

Baghdad car bombings over 4 hours kill 48updated: Wed Apr 29 2009 15:54:00

Six car bombings in four hours killed 48 people and wounded 81 in various Baghdad neighborhoods Wednesday, according to Iraq's Interior Ministry.

Iraqi leader: U.S. raid that killed 2 breached accordupdated: Sun Apr 26 2009 20:41:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is accusing U.S. troops of violating the security agreement between the two countries after a raid in Wasit province Sunday that left two people dead, Iraqi State TV reported.

Afghan vets share experiences, advice with lawmakersupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 15:06:00

Veterans of the war in Afghanistan appeared before a Senate committee Thursday, sharing stories of success and failure in the nearly eight-year conflict while offering sharply differing opinions of the current U.S. military and diplomatic strategy.

Report: Bush-era officials authorized detainee abuseupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 23:22:00

Senior Bush administration officials authorized aggressive interrogation techniques -- including forced nudity and waterboarding -- on suspected terrorists, despite concerns from military psychologists and attorneys, according to a Senate report released Tuesday.

The fight against the Talibanupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 15:50:00

CNN's Barbara Starr tours Afghanistan with U.S. generals and gauges where the fighting is headed.

U.S. generals gauge where fight in Afghanistan is headedupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 15:50:00

Sending 21,000 more troops to Afghanistan is the centerpiece of the Obama administration's strategy for winning there . Commanders say victory is achievable, but those in the field expect a long road ahead.

Iraqi security forces conduct raids in former insurgent hot spotupdated: Sat Apr 18 2009 18:25:00

Iraqi police and soldiers on Saturday launched major raids in a once-notorious insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad.

Commentary: Allow gays to serve openly in militaryupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 15:48:00

This week, four senior retired officers wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post predicting "grave harm" to the military if President Obama moves forward with his vow to let gays serve openly.

General: U.S. should be out of Iraq by late 2011updated: Sun Apr 12 2009 22:41:00

Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, said Sunday he believes U.S. troops will be out of the country by the end of 2011.

Top U.S. general on Iraqupdated: Sun Apr 12 2009 22:41:00

Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander on the ground in Iraq, speaks with CNN's John King about Iraq.

Five soldiers killed in Iraqupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 12:08:00

CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports on a suicide bomb in Mosul that killed 5 American soldiers.

Iraq suicide bombing kills five U.S. soldiersupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 12:08:00

Five U.S. soldiers were killed Friday in a suicide bombing in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul -- the single deadliest attack on U.S. troops in more than a year, the U.S. military said.

Obama to troops: 'Thank you'updated: Tue Apr 07 2009 21:13:00

President Obama thanks U.S. troops for their service to their country on his surprise visit to Baghdad.

Obama: 'It is time for us to transition to the Iraqis'updated: Tue Apr 07 2009 21:13:00

President Obama lauded the U.S. military in Baghdad on Tuesday during an unannounced visit to Iraq, reminding troops that the next 18 months will be difficult as the United States plans to start withdrawing its forces.

Purported leader of al Qaeda faction mocks Obama in tapeupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 21:28:00

The man said to be the leader of an al Qaeda front group in Iraq is heard in a new audiotape blasting the U.S. president's plan to withdraw U.S. troops from that country.

Reports of sexual assault in military rise in 2008updated: Tue Mar 17 2009 19:20:00

Reports of sexual assault among U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan rose 26 percent from the previous year, according to an annual Pentagon report presented to Congress on Tuesday.

People.com: David Spade Donates $100,000 to Help Troopsupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 14:32:00

The comedian joins forces with Operation Helmet

U.S.: We shot down Iranian drone over Iraqupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 14:01:00

U.S. fighter jets in Iraq have shot down an unmanned Iranian spy drone aircraft, the U.S. military said Monday.

U.S. forces prepare for withdrawal but questions remain in Iraqupdated: Sat Mar 07 2009 02:25:00

Now that President Obama has set the timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, the debate has begun over its possible consequences.

Troop removal reactionupdated: Sat Mar 07 2009 02:25:00

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the mood of the Iraqi people about the impending withdrawl of U.S. troops in 2010.

Obama vows to end Iraq warupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 12:29:00

President Obama vows to enact a "responsible way" to end the war in Iraq.

Combat troops could be out of Iraq within 19 monthsupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 12:29:00

President Obama is expected to approve a proposal to withdraw most combat troops from Iraq within 19 months, Pentagon officials told CNN Wednesday.

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