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Pakistan's Operation Zarb-e-Azb breaking Taliban's hold in North Special

Pakistan's Operation Zarb-e-Azb has decimated the Taliban stronghold in the North Waziristan Agency, crippling its ability to wage a war against Pakistan and invade Afghanistan once U.S. withdraws its troops.
Digital Journal Report by George McGinn - 2 comments

Afghan vote audit goes slowly as problems arise

Kabul - Four days after Afghanistan began a massive audit of millions of votes cast in the run-off presidential election, disagreements and a shortage of observers have slowed progress. The audit of all 8.
In the Media by Emal Haidary (AFP)

Afghan poll audit starts after Taliban raid airport

Kabul - Afghanistan on Thursday began a massive audit of 8.1 million ballots cast in the run-off round of its controversial presidential vote, hours after a brazen Taliban raid on Kabul's airport.
In the Media by Shah Marai (AFP)

U.S. sentences British men over Taliban support

New York - A U.S. judge sentenced two British men to a combined total of 20.5 years in prison for conspiring to provide and for providing equipment and personnel to the Taliban.Computer engineer Babar Ahmad was sentenced to 12.
In the Media by Jennie Matthew (AFP)

Op-Ed: Restraint needed in case of Bowe Berghdal

If one spends any amount of time following the news, it is likely that you have heard or seen some sort of report on the Army trade where five high-ranking Taliban members in US custody were exchanged for injured US Army Pfc. Bowe Berghdal.
In the Media by Nathan Miller

At least 41 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack

Khost - A suicide bomber driving a truck packed with explosives killed at least 41 people at a busy market in southeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the deadliest attack in the war-torn country for months.
In the Media by Khan Mohammad (AFP)

Ex-POW Bergdahl returns to military duty: US Army

Washington - An American soldier who was held captive by Afghan insurgents for nearly five years returned to regular military duty Monday and will be taking a "desk job," the Pentagon said.
In the Media by AFP

Ex-POW Bergdahl returns to military duty: US Army

Washington - An American soldier who was held captive by Afghan insurgents for nearly five years is returning to military duty after more than a month of counseling, the US Army said Monday.
In the Media by AFP

Kerry's 48-hour dash to save Afghanistan's election

Kabul - He was only on the ground for 48 hours, but America's top diplomat John Kerry may well have helped prevent Afghanistan from sliding into another bloody ethnic war.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP)

Afghan presidential rivals make breakthrough in poll dispute

Kabul - Afghanistan's two presidential rivals have agreed to a historic deal to audit all eight million votes cast in the disputed election after two days of intense shuttle diplomacy by top US diplomat John Kerry.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP)

Afghan presidential rivals make breakthrough in poll dispute

Kabul - Afghanistan's two presidential rivals agreed Saturday to a historic deal to audit all eight million votes cast in the disputed election after two days of intense shuttle diplomacy by top US diplomat John Kerry.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP)

All votes in disputed Afghan run-off poll to be audited: Kerry

Kabul - Afghanistan's feuding presidential rivals agreed Saturday to a full audit of every vote cast in the disputed runoff election, US Secretary of State John Kerry said following two days of frantic negotiations.
In the Media by AFP

Roadside bombs claim at least 10 lives in Afghanistan

Kandahar - At least 10 people are confirmed dead in Afghanistan after they sustained injuries in two separate roadside bomb attacks.
In the Media by Greta McClain

Kerry pushes plan to 'clean up' disputed Afghan vote

Kabul - US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday held a second day of talks with Afghanistan's feuding presidential hopefuls, seeking a deal to "clean up the tally" after disputed elections.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP) - 1 comment

Feuding Afghan rivals study UN vote plan as Kerry mediates

Kabul - Afghanistan's presidential rivals were Friday mulling a UN plan for a sweeping review of the disputed polls, as US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to broker an end to the political turmoil.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP)

Kerry in Kabul on key mission to calm election turmoil

Kabul - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan Friday on a key mission to try to quell tensions over disputed presidential polls which have triggered fears of violence and ethnic unrest.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP)

Afghan civilian casualties jump as fighting spreads

Kabul - Civilian casualties in Afghanistan soared by 24 percent in the first half of 2014, according to UN figures released Wednesday, revealing worsening nationwide violence as US-led troops leave after more than a decade fighting the Taliban.
In the Media by AFP

Election crisis and rising war casualties add to Afghan woes

Kabul - Fighting in Afghanistan is spreading into populated areas and taking a record toll on civilians, the UN warned Wednesday, as presidential candidates urged supporters not to raise tensions after the disputed election result.
In the Media by Ben Sheppard (AFP)

Victory claim inflames Afghan election dispute

Kabul - Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory on Tuesday in Afghanistan's disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind in preliminary results as fears rise of instability and ethnic unrest.
In the Media by Usman Sharifi (AFP)

Afghan suicide attack kills 16, including 4 NATO soldiers

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber killed 16 people, including 10 civilians and four NATO soldiers, in an attack in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, officials said, as foreign troops wind down their war against the insurgents.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. warns against Afghan power-grab over election row

Kabul - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday that any attempt to seize power in Afghanistan would cost the country its international aid, after preliminary results of presidential elections sparked a row between the two candidates.
In the Media by Mushtaq Mojaddidi (AFP)

Ghani ahead on preliminary Afghan election results

Kabul - Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan's presidential election, according to preliminary results released on Monday, with 56 percent of the run-off vote to Abdullah Abdullah's 44 percent.
In the Media by AFP

Taliban set 200 fuel trucks on fire in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban bomb attack on the outskirts of Kabul set fire to some 200 fuel trucks that the militants claimed were supplying foreign troops in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Afghan election result delayed until Monday for fraud audit

Kabul - Afghanistan's delayed presidential election result will be announced on Monday, officials said, as the two candidates wrangle over alleged fraud in a political crisis that threatens the country's first democratic transfer of power.
In the Media by Usman Sharifi (AFP)

Suicide attack on military bus kills five in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber in Kabul killed five military officers Wednesday in an attack on an air force bus, Afghan officials said, in the latest strike against the national security forces as US troops withdraw.
In the Media by AFP

Afghan election result delayed as fraud dispute deepens

Kabul - Afghanistan's presidential election result has been delayed for several days, officials said Tuesday, as a dispute over alleged fraud threatens to derail the country's first democratic transfer of power.
In the Media by Emal Haidary (AFP)

Afghan forces claim victory in major Taliban battle

Kabul - Afghan security forces on Saturday claimed victory against a Taliban offensive in the country's volatile Helmand province after days of fighting seen as a test for the country's security forces as NATO-led troops pull out.
In the Media by AFP

Abdullah rouses protesters in Afghan election stand-off

Kabul - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah led several thousand demonstrators through Kabul on Friday, upping the stakes in his protest against alleged election fraud that has triggered a political crisis.
In the Media by Mushtaq Mojaddidi (AFP)

Taliban launch major offensive in Afghanistan's Helmand province

Kandahar - More than 800 Taliban insurgents have launched a major offensive in southern Afghanistan to try to gain territory recently vacated by US troops, officials said Wednesday, adding that 40 civilians have died in five days of fighting.
In the Media by Mamoon Durrani (AFP)

Afghan election back from the brink after resignation

A top Afghan election official accused of fraud resigned Monday, raising hopes of ending a political deadlock that threatens to derail the country's presidential succession as NATO troops withdraw.
In the Media by Mushtaq Mojaddidi (AFP)
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U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Glenn Niemitalo  an engineer with the Paktika Provincial Recons...
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U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Glenn Niemitalo, an engineer with the Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team, talks to a village elder with the assistance of an interpreter
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Staff Sergeant Ferguson s daughter wears her father s fatigues to show her support for her dad.
Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter wears her father's fatigues to show her support for her dad.
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An Afghan boy looks at a U.S. Marine photographer in 2010
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An Afghan boy looks at a U.S. Marine photographer in 2010
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A woman accused of adultery squats in front of a crowd before her public execution in a village outside Kabul
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A poster in Iraq
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Special Agents with a Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Teams (FAST team) burns a hashish field in Afghanistan after a joint raid on the location with NATO troops in 2008. The DEA is in Afghanistan supporting nation-building efforts by the U.S. government and military as well as targeting the hashish and opium crops that are believed to generate hundreds of millions in funds for the Taliban and al-Qaida annually.
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Paula Broadwell with Gen. David H. Petraeus in Afghanistan in 2011
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Paula Broadwell with Gen. David H. Petraeus in Afghanistan in 2011
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EGHS s drill team.
EGHS's drill team.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves after the last day of the Loya Jirga  in Kabul November 24  201...
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves after the last day of the Loya Jirga, in Kabul November 24, 2013. Karzai said on Sunday the United States needed to bring peace to Afghanistan before he would sign a security deal which will enable Washington to keep troops in the country beyond next year
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Afghanistan: American soldiers
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U.S. Army soldiers with the 4th Battalion conduct a combined patrol in the village of Shabila Kalan ...
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U.S. Army soldiers with the 4th Battalion conduct a combined patrol in the village of Shabila Kalan, Zabul, Afghanistan
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Explosions in Kabul following visit by President Barack Obama.
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Explosions in Kabul following visit by President Barack Obama.
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Cpl. Anthony Gomez, field artillery tactical data systems specialist assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, currently attached to 1BCT, 4th Inf. Div., shakes the hand of a young resident of Tarok Kolache, April 1, while Pfc. Roy Heggernes interacts with a young boy during a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new village mosque.
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Swedish marines in Afghanistan made a parody video of Greased Lightning from the 1978 movie  Grease
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Swedish marines in Afghanistan made a parody video of Greased Lightning from the 1978 movie "Grease"
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Brian Haw
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1st Battalion 11 Marines Family Readiness page
Steak and Lobster
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A pedestrian bridge in Baghlan province.
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A pedestrian bridge in Baghlan province.
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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US cargo plane crashing immediately after takeoff from Bagram Airfield military base in Afghanistan
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US cargo plane crashing immediately after takeoff from Bagram Airfield military base in Afghanistan
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The Hazara people are urging for the halt to  systemic genocides of Hazaras.
The Hazara people are urging for the halt to "systemic genocides of Hazaras."
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