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2 US Soldiers Killed in ISIS Fight

They were taking part in operation in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The Pentagon says two US service members were killed in Afghanistan overnight Wednesday, reports the AP . Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says they were killed during an operation against the Islamic State in Nangahar Province in the eastern part of the country, the same area in which the US dropped the... More »

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 »

Karzai: Ghani a 'Traitor' for Allowing MOAB

Afghanistan's former leader wants the US out of his country after massive bombing

(Newser) - Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai is mincing no words in assessing the United States' bombing of an ISIS stronghold with its second-largest non-nuclear device, reports the New York Times : "Shame, shame," he says of current President Ashraf Ghani's admission that his government coordinated the bombing with the... More »

Death Toll From 'Mother of All Bombs' Now Almost 100

General 'didn't need Trump's approval' to drop MOAB

(Newser) - The US commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the "mother of all bombs" to attack an ISIS stronghold near the Pakistani border didn't need and didn't request President Donald Trump's approval, Pentagon officials say. The officials—who weren't authorized to speak publicly on the... More »

For All the World to See: Video Shows Massive Bomb Strike

DoD tweeted out 30-second video of bomb's drop in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The "mother of all bombs" was unleashed Thursday on an ISIS target, and by Friday morning, the Defense Department had a short video up on Twitter showing the strike. The 30-second clip was embedded in a tweet that described the strike as hitting "#ISIS cave and tunnel systems... More »

What the 'Mother of All Bombs' Accomplished

36 militants died in blast, says Afghan defense ministry

(Newser) - The "mother of all bombs" dropped on the Islamic State in Afghanistan Thursday not only killed 36 militants but also destroyed their base within a 1,000-foot-long network of tunnels and a stockpile of weapons, says the Afghan defense ministry. A presidential spokesman tells the BBC that ISIS commander... More »

US Drops 'Mother of All Bombs' on ISIS in Afghanistan

First time largest non-nuclear bomb used in combat

(Newser) - US forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's biggest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan, reports the AP . Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump says it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb, formally called the GBU-43/Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. Based on the acronym, it has been... More »

Between 2 More Countries, a Border Fence Begins to Rise

Pakistan erecting a barrier along high-risk border areas with Afghanistan

(Newser) - Pakistan has started building a barrier along parts of one of the most rugged and dangerous border regions in the world: the 1,510-mile border with Afghanistan, which cuts the heartland of the Pashtun ethnic group in two. Pakistan says Taliban militants have been launching attacks across the border, a... More »

US General's Taliban Theory: 'Absolutely False,' Says Russia

Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti thinks Russia may be giving Afghanistan insurgents supplies

(Newser) - There's been lots in the news about Russia lately, and a high-ranking US Army general just added to the mix—this time regarding the country's involvement with the Taliban. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the supreme allied commander of Europe for NATO, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that... More »

Meet the Refugee Known as 'Little Picasso'

Farhad Nouri has earned the nickname among his fellow migrants

(Newser) - Farhad Nouri is known among migrants as Little Picasso. The 10-year-old from Afghanistan, who is stranded in Serbia together with his parents and two younger brothers, has earned his nickname for two reasons: he knows how to draw and he loves Pablo Picasso, the AP reports. "One day I... More »

In Hospital Attack, ISIS Masqueraded as Doctors

At least 38 dead in ISIS attack in Kabul: reports

(Newser) - Islamic State militants donned doctor uniforms before forcing their way into a hospital not far from the US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 38 people and leaving more than 50 injured, report NBC News and the Guardian . The BBC reports the attack began with an explosion at... More »

Taliban Issues a Very Odd 'Special Message'

Leader would like everyone to please plant trees

(Newser) - Springtime in Afghanistan usually brings a spike in violence as the Taliban takes advantage of the thaw to launch a wave of fresh attacks, reports the AP . But the Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees. In a public letter issued Sunday... More »

Angry Mob in Afghanistan Kills Lovers Who Eloped

Woman's own brothers said to have shot her

(Newser) - A young couple eloped in Afghanistan and was later killed by an angry mob, the New York Times reports. The woman was said to have been married to someone else against her will, and eloped with her lover. Police caught the couple Saturday and held them on suspicion of adultery,... More »

Pentagon's Public Stats on US Airstrikes Are Way Off

Likely by thousands—and it's raising questions on transparency, accuracy

(Newser) - The Pentagon's transparency in its fight against overseas extremists is being questioned after a Military Times investigation revealed perhaps thousands of secret airstrikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria were never publicly disclosed. The US Air Force has an open-source database tapped by Congress, analysts, and others to figure out... More »

US Military: 33 Civilians Killed During Strike on Taliban

Pentagon conducts investigation after mass casualties

(Newser) - The US military's investigation into a November firefight with the Taliban has shown that 33 civilians died in the raid during which American troops fired on Afghan homes, reports the AP . The inquiry followed claims that civilian deaths resulted from airstrikes called in to support Afghan and US forces... More »

Kidnapped Teachers Have a Message for Trump

American, Australian seen in Taliban video

(Newser) - The Taliban released a video Wednesday showing an American and an Australian who were kidnapped in August, the first time they've been seen since their abduction. The two men, an American identified as Kevin King and an Australian identified as Timothy Weekes, were abducted outside the American University of... More »

Afghan Pilot Says She Can't Go Home From US

She applies for asylum, citing death threats

(Newser) - Capt. Niloofar Rahmani's story seems to sum up the dismal state of women's rights in Afghanistan more than 15 years after the Taliban were forced from power. The 25-year-old is the first female fixed-wing pilot in her country's air force, but she says she has received death... More »

Video of Kidnapped Couple Shows Sons Born in Captivity

Taliban abducted American Caitlan Coleman and Canadian Joshua Boyle in 2012

(Newser) - A newly released video of an American woman and her Canadian husband kidnapped by the Taliban four years ago shows them with two young boys—their own sons born in captivity. Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman were abducted in Afghanistan while on a backpacking trip in 2012, and Coleman, now... More »

Trump National Security Chief 'Inappropriately Shared' Secrets

He gave foreign officers CIA Afghanistan info

(Newser) - The man Donald Trump has selected to be his top national security adviser "inappropriately shared" classified information with military officers from friendly countries while he was serving in Afghanistan. According to Army documents obtained by the Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request, Lt. Gen. Michael T.... More »

ICC: Probe Into American War Crimes May Be Coming

Court says US troops tortured detainees

(Newser) - The International Criminal Court is talking about investigating Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, a move that the State Department considers both unwarranted and inappropriate. The department says that not only is the US not a member of the ICC, it has its own justice system capable of dealing... More »

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