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Medal of Honor Goes to Soldier Who Tackled Bomber

President Obama also informs audience he's not the lead singer of Korn

(Newser) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that a young Army captain who is the newest Medal of Honor recipient had the instincts and courage to tackle a suicide bomber in Afghanistan during a moment of selfless bravery, saving the lives of many comrades. Florent Groberg is the 10th living service member... More »

Feds Built $43M Gas Station in Afghanistan: Watchdog

And it's not clear if it's still operational

(Newser) - A watchdog report has some thrilling news for taxpayers: $43 million of your hard-earned money went toward building a single gas station in Afghanistan with an initial budget of $3 million. If that's not bad enough, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says the Department of Defense has... More »

Taliban: We Won't Hinder Quake Relief

Rescuers shouldn't 'hold back,' says group

(Newser) - With the death in Monday's earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan at more than 300 and rising, the Taliban on Tuesday issued a plea to rescuers: Don't "hold back." Relief agencies had been wary about entering Taliban-held territory, but the group promised not to interfere, reports Reuters... More »

12 Girls Die in Stampede During Afghan Quake

At least 30 other schoolgirls were injured in Afghanistan's Takhar province

(Newser) - The massive earthquake that shook South Asia Monday created a second tragedy in the Takhar province of Afghanistan when 12 schoolgirls rushing to escape the building they were in died in the ensuing stampede, AFP reports. Between 30 and 40 other girls were injured and taken to local hospitals, media... More »

Huge Earthquake Shakes South Asia

7.5 quake was centered in Afghanistan

(Newser) - Large parts of Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan were shaken by a powerful earthquake on Monday. The quake had a magnitude of 7.5 and was centered near Jarm in northeast Afghanistan, according to the US Geological Survey . The quake was felt many miles away in cities including Lahore, Pakistan, where... More »

Obama Ditches Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan

More than 5K will remain when he leaves office

(Newser) - President Obama is scrapping a big goal of his presidency—to leave office with only a token force of troops in Afghanistan. Instead, in what the Wall Street Journal calls a "major reversal," Obama has decided to scrap the current withdrawal plan. About 10,000 US troops are... More »

US Making 'Condolence Payments' in Hospital Bombing

Pentagon says it's 'important to address the consequences of the tragic incident'

(Newser) - President Obama has apologized for the American-led airstrikes on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz that killed 22, but the Pentagon is now putting its money where the White House's mouth is, reports the Los Angeles Times . "The Department of Defense believes it is important to address... More »

Obama Apologizes for US Airstrike on Afghan Clinic

The attack killed at least 22 aid workers and patients

(Newser) - President Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at a medical clinic in Afghanistan , and said the US would examine military procedures to look for better ways to prevent such incidents. Obama's phone call to the group'... More »

US Story About Hospital Airstrike Changes Yet Again

Doctors Without Borders wants to know why it's the 4th version in 4 days

(Newser) - Details continue to emerge about Saturday's bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, with the US military commander in Afghanistan testifying Tuesday that it was due to US directive. "To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fires was a US decision made within the... More »

Why Proving Hospital Bombing Was 'War Crime' Will Be Tough

Doesn't look like US has anything to fear in terms of the ICC

(Newser) - The UN high commissioner for human rights on Sunday suggested the US attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was a war crime . For the international aid group, there is no doubt. "We're under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed,"... More »

As Accusations Swirl, MSF Shuts Bombed Hospital

US claims it was responding to Taliban threat

(Newser) - Doctors Without Borders on Sunday closed its bombed-out hospital in the Afghanistan city of Kunduz and evacuated its personnel, amid no shortage of controversy over the US-led airstrikes that killed 19 at the trauma center Saturday. The medical charity known by French initials MSF did not go quietly, reports the... More »

Suspected US Strike on Hospital Kills 16, Including Children

Doctors Without Borders says US knew where Afghan clinic was

(Newser) - The international charity Doctors Without Borders says at least nine local staffers and seven patients—including three children—were killed when its clinic came under "sustained bombing" Saturday in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, where Afghan officials say helicopter gunships had returned fire from Taliban sheltering in the... More »

6 US Service Members Die in Afghanistan Crash

5 passengers on C-130 also killed; Taliban claims responsibility

(Newser) - A C-130 transport plane crashed overnight at an air base in eastern Afghanistan, killing six US airmen and five passengers, the US military said Friday. A NATO official says the crash happened around midnight Thursday at Jalalabad Airport, 80 miles from the capital Kabul. The six US service members who... More »

Afghan Forces 'Retake' Seized City

Kunduz residents say heavy fighting is still underway

(Newser) - Afghan government forces pushed overnight into the strategic northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban earlier this week, forcing the insurgents to retreat in heavy street fighting that was still underway Thursday. A government spokesman says the operation was launched late Wednesday, with ground forces moving from... More »

US Special Forces Hit Taliban in Seized City: Report

100 troops reportedly involved in mission near Kunduz airport

(Newser) - Special forces from the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, reportedly including US troops, battled Taliban militants on the ground in Kunduz Wednesday in an attempt to retake the city after Afghan forces were overrun Monday. It marks the first time foreign forces have clashed with the Taliban during the conflict in... More »

US Helps Counter-Attack After Huge Taliban Win

Kunduz airstrike comes as Afghan forces regroup

(Newser) - The US military carried out an airstrike on Tuesday on the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, which was captured by the Taliban the previous day in a major setback to the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. On the ground, Afghan forces are regrouping to try to take back this... More »

Major Taliban Victory May 'Invalidate' US Surge

Group takes over its first major city, Kunduz, in 14 years

(Newser) - The Taliban flag is flying over the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan today after an early morning assault—the first major city captured by the group since 2001, reports the Guardian . The loss of a provincial capital is seen as a huge embarrassment to the Afghan government, but it's... More »

Afghan President 'Won't Tolerate' Rape of 6-Year-Olds

US military denies troops were told to look the other way

(Newser) - Afghanistan's president wants the world to know that he's as outraged as anybody by the widespread practice of abusing young boys and that he's going to do something about it. President Ashraf Ghani says the rape of boys as young as 6 is "unacceptable" and that... More »

What Bergdahl Was Thinking Before He Disappeared

Hearing testimony paints him as 'naive,' 'unrealistically idealistic,' 'remorseful'

(Newser) - Stories of Bowe Bergdahl's brutal captivity by the Taliban are already well-documented, but it's what was reportedly going through his head before his 2009 disappearance from his Afghanistan base that emerged at a hearing last week at Joint Base San Antonio in Texas. Specifically, that he didn't... More »

US Troops: We Were Told to Ignore Pedophile Allies

Abuse of boys widespread on Afghanistan bases

(Newser) - American troops in Afghanistan say they were sickened to discover that many of the Afghan allies they worked with sexually abused young boys—and that they were expected to ignore it. Soldiers and Marines tell the New York Times that they were ordered not to intervene even when Afghan commanders... More »

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