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More Than 100 Killed, Injured as Taliban Storms Army Base

Attackers were former soldiers, militants say

(Newser) - The Taliban has dealt Afghanistan's army what appears to be a very heavy blow inside one of its own bases. Officials say more than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed or injured when Taliban militants attacked a base outside the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Friday, the BBC reports. Some... More »

With US Gone, Afghans Struggle to Keep Taliban at Bay

1.3K killed between June and November in Helmand province: report

(Newser) - Following the departure of most US forces from Afghanistan, clashes between its security forces and the Taliban have been renewed, with brutal fighting returning to areas that had been comparatively quiet, the New York Times reports. From June to November, some 1,300 members of Afghan security forces were killed... More »

3 Afghan Soldiers Go Missing in Massachusetts

They came to US for training exercise

(Newser) - Three Afghan soldiers have gone missing during a two-week training exercise in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports. Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar, who were last seen Saturday at a mall on Cape Cod, are senior officers in Afghanistan's military. Their stay in... More »

Taliban Attacks US Consulate in Afghanistan

3 Afghans reported killed in fighting

(Newser) - Taliban members attacked the US consulate in Herat, western Afghanistan, this morning, setting off two car suicide bombs and launching a gunfight with Afghan security forces, the AP reports. Two Afghan police officers and an Afghan security guard were killed; some 17 civilians were injured, the BBC reports. As for... More »

Afghans Take Over Security From NATO

As bomb hits western Kabul

(Newser) - It's a big day in Afghanistan: NATO has officially put Afghan forces in charge of the country's security. NATO forces will now serve as support to the Afghans ahead of NATO's withdrawal in a year and a half, CBS News notes. President Hamid Karzai and NATO head... More »

In Cutting Airstrikes, Karzai Could 'Hamstring' Troops

Pakistan office bombing kills 5

(Newser) - Afghanistan's president wants his country's security forces to stop asking foreign troops to launch airstrikes in residential areas —and that could leave Hamid Karzai's forces floundering, the Los Angeles Times reports. The commander of US-led forces there maintains that "there are other ways we can... More »

3 Aussies Killed in Afghan Insider Attack

Another 2 Australians die in Black Hawk crash

(Newser) - Yet another "insider attack" made yesterday the deadliest day of 2012 for Australian forces in Afghanistan. Three Aussie soldiers were killed by somebody in an Afghan National Army uniform at a base in the southern province of Uruzgan, reports Reuters . Defense officials had no further details on the shooting—... More »

Afghanistan: We'll Try Harder to Spy on Own Troops

Responds to spike in 'green on blue' attacks

(Newser) - Afghanistan is promising to step up its scrutiny of its own security forces following a surge in "green on blue" attacks. Insider attacks have killed nine US service members in the last 12 days and Afghan officials say nearly 200 new intelligence officers have been assigned to go undercover... More »

Months After US Exits, the Tale of Afghan Base in Ruin

Combat base falling apart just months after handover

(Newser) - One of the first American bases to be handed over to Afghan control is falling apart, in what some fear signals the future of the rest of the country, the Washington Post finds. Combat Outpost Conlon, in a Taliban stronghold 50 miles from Kabul, was handed over less than six... More »

Another Afghan Soldier Attacks NATO Troops

5 wounded; attacker flees

(Newser) - Five NATO troops were wounded after an Afghan soldier opened fire at a coalition base and then fled, officials revealed today. The attack occurred yesterday afternoon on a small base near a village in Wardak province, the New York Times reports. The wounded service members were all American, according to... More »

Afghan Special Forces Soldier Shoots US Mentor

It follows another shooting incident earlier this week

(Newser) - A member of Afghanistan's elite special forces—a group that is supposed to be rigorously vetted—shot and killed an American mentor and his translator at a US military base Wednesday, before being gunned down in turn by US soldiers, Reuters reports. Another Afghan special forces soldier was killed... More »

Afghan Soldiers Busted in Kabul Terror Plot: NYT

10 suicide vests seized at defense ministry building, officials say

(Newser) - The Afghan government has prevented what could have been the most devastating attack yet from its own forces, according to the New York Times . The Defense Ministry in Kabul went into total lockdown yesterday after more than a dozen soldiers were arrested for planning an attack on the building, and... More »

US Suspects Afghan Air Force of Drug Running

Investigators say US-funded force has been ferrying illegal weapons, too

(Newser) - The US military and the DEA are both investigating the Afghan Air Force, over allegations that it has been using its aircraft—most of which were funded with US cash—to ferry narcotics and illegal weapons around the country, officials tell the Wall Street Journal . Senior AAF and Afghan government... More »

Afghan Spies' New Target: Afghan Troops

As attacks from inside mount, Afghans take precautions

(Newser) - Afghanistan's spy agency has a new target: Afghan troops. With attacks on US and Afghan troops by Taliban infiltrators on the rise, the National Directorate of Security is launching an ambitious spying program designed to identify any threats. In addition to the previously reported "special reconnaissance group" that... More »

Afghan Army to Soldiers: Cut Ties to Pakistan, or Quit

Afghan National Security Force desperate to root out infiltrators

(Newser) - Afghan military officials have begun ordering soldiers to move any family they have in Pakistan out of the country, or else leave the military, in a desperate attempt to rid their ranks of Taliban infiltrators. While those orders haven't yet been translated into an official nationwide policy, they represent... More »

Hatred Fueling Afghan Army Attacks on Allied Troops

Mutual contempt behind most attacks on NATO troops from within: report

(Newser) - Even before today's attack on French troops , the number of deadly attacks on US and other coalition troops by Afghan soldiers was steadily rising. And while the military continues to describe the attacks as isolated incidents, a classified report obtained by the New York Times tells a very different... More »

After Afghan Soldier Kills 4 Troops, French to Withdraw?

6 other coalition troops killed in helicopter crash

(Newser) - France suspended its training programs in Afghanistan today after an Afghan National Army soldier shot and killed four French troops and wounded 16 others. The soldier, who opened fire at a base in eastern Afghanistan, has been arrested, the BBC reports. French President Nicolas Sarkozy says France may now withdraw... More »

No Afghan Soldiers Fight Without US Help

Most Afghan fighters lack education to use military equipment

(Newser) - Ten years and $66 billion later, not one Afghan battalion is operating on its own. That was the conclusion of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell today as he set new benchmarks for training Afghan soldiers and expressed alarm over the attrition rates of Afghanistan's men in uniform. In charge of... More »

Afghan Desertion Rates Soar as US Withdraws

Officials blame poor Afghan leadership, but increase a concern

(Newser) - Desertions from the Afghan army are soaring this year, amounting to one in seven of the country's 170,000 soldiers in the first six months of 2011, and casting doubts on the government's ability to maintain its own security, reports the Washington Post . The trend—more than twice... More »

Afghan 'Allies' Increasingly Killing US Troops

Military report sees killings as a 'systemic threat'

(Newser) - Afghan troops are killing US troops in numbers that “may be unprecedented between 'allies' in modern history,” according to a new classified military report that warns the killings are becoming a “rapidly growing systemic threat” that could undermine the war effort. Based on interviews with 600... More »

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