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U.S. Soldier Charged For Three Afghan Civilian Deaths

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — The Army said Friday a soldier has been charged with the murders of three Afghan civilians. A statement from the Army said ...


Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

"Punjabi Taliban" responsible for attacks in major Pakistan cities: Interior minister. Rehman Malik blamed what he calls the "Punjabi Taliban" for a s...

AfPak News, June 2: U.N. Official Says U.S. Should End Drone Attacks In Pakistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghan police not up to the job in Marjah. The poor performance of an elite cadre of officers deployed to Marjah has cast doubt on the Afghan police's...

Taliban Attacks Afghanistan Peace Conference: Jirga Hit By Suicide Attack

AP | KATHY GANNON and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The thump of rockets and the rattle of gunfire punctuated President Hamid Karzai's speech opening a national conference Wed...

U.S. Flies Afghan Troops To Recapture District In Nuristan

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban dismissed a national peace conference in Afghanistan even before its Wednesday opening, threatening death to th...

Battalion Among Hardest Hit In Afghan War

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan — It was Aug. 10, 2009 in the Arghandab River Valley, a hot and dusty day full of unknowns. An Am...

Taliban Training In Iran: McChrystal Says 'Clear Evidence' Of Inappropriate Iranian Activity

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Sunday there is "clear evidence" that some Taliban fighters have ...

What's Wrong with Our Afghan War: the Indian Perspective

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

The dirty little secret of the US drone war in Afghanistan is that the civilian "kill rate" is worse in the Obama "surge" than it was in the bad old B...

Aghanistan War Death Toll: 1000 U.S. Military Dead

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — More U.S. military deaths in the last 10 months of the Afghan war than in the first five years of the conflict. More boots ...

Pakistan Mosque Attacks: At Least 20 Killed

AP | BABAR DOGAR and NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan — Islamist gunmen and a suicide squad lobbed grenades, sprayed bullets from atop a minaret and took hostages Friday in attacks ...

Andrew Sullivan: 'Incoherence Of Obama's Afghan Strategy Becoming Clearer By The Day'

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Round-up of the latest AfPak news. Andrew Sullivan slams Obama's "incoherence" on Afghanistan. Earlier today, Sullivan wrote that "the incoherence o...

Red Cross Teaches First Aid To Taliban

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — The international Red Cross said Wednesday it would continue giving first aid training and kits to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, des...

Checking in on Afghan Peace Talks

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

Hamid Karzai has expressed openness to peace talks with the Taliban. Over the next week, it will start to become clear whether he will deliver on his rhetoric. The signs so far aren't encouraging.

U.S. Night Raid In Afghanistan Elicits Outrage

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times The father's eyes reddened with tears as he hefted an English textbook that had belonged to his ninth-grade son, H...

After the Afghan Summit: Five Key Things To Know About Obama's Problematic Plans

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

The bottom line in Afghanistan is that clearly, some major elements of the Obama strategy are not adding up. And some things that are working may simply be unsustainable.

We Fought the War and the War Won: Will We Let It Win Again?

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

It was seven years ago that I found myself running the wrong way up Sixth Avenue with my high school sweetheart. Through the rain we ran, with peace on our lips. New York's Finest were running after us, as they had a way of doing with pesky antiwar protesters.

Pakistani Man Says False Alarm At U.S. Embassy in Chile Led To Detention

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SANTIAGO, Chile — A Pakistani detained in Chile said Tuesday the positive test for explosive traces he registered at the U.S. Embassy was likely...

Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney

AT WAR: Iran Accused Of Arming The Taliban With Explosives | Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

We are blogging the latest news about America's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Email us at AfPak [at] Follow Nico on Twitter; fo...

Allied Forces Face 40 Attacks Every Day In Afghanistan

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

British troops in Afghanistan are coming under the fiercest and most sustained assault since the start of the conflict nine years ago, with coalition ...

The Obama-Karzai Summit: A Whole Lotta Nuthin'

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

The much-heralded four-day visit by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to the United States was a bust. Far from a new beginning, all this week's Obama-Karzai summit delivered was more of the same: renewed American commitments repaid with empty rhetoric from the Afghan president.

US Troops Carrying Out 'Battlefield Executions' In Afghanistan, Seymour Hersh Says (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says that US forces in Afghanistan are carrying out what he referred to as "battlefield executions" of prisoner...

Karzai Wraps Washington Visit With Televised Clinton Discussion

AP | ANNE GEARAN and ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Women's rights will not be sacrificed in any settlement between the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Taliban militan...

Pakistan: No Evidence Pakistani Taliban Linked To Shahzad

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

No evidence Pakistan Taliban linked to Times Square bomber, Pakistan government says. Pakistani officials say Washington is exploiting the NYC bomb pl...

Karzai, Obama Meeting In The White House To Discuss Afghanistan

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The war in Afghanistan will get worse before it gets better, President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday, but he declared his plan t...

'Second Jail' At Bagram Airbase In Afghanistan Confirmed By Red Cross

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The US airbase at Bagram in Afghanistan contains a facility for detainees that is distinct from its main prison, the Red Cross has confirmed to the BB...