In the early hours of Friday morning (2 a.m. GMT) Taliban militants attacked the US Consulate in Herat, western Afghanistan, using a suicide car bomb to breach the consulate's perimeter before the attackers opened fire.
President Obama announced the withdrawal of 34,000 US troops from Afghanistan within one year and the Pentagon is pushing a plan to keep 8,000 troops past 2014. Meanwhile this is the third week without ISAF KIA's in the ten year war.
In a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, General John Allen passed command to General Joseph F. Dunford. General Dunford will be the fifth commander of the war in Afghanistan and will oversee the withdrawal of US and NATO forces.
The second week has passed without any US or NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan. 15 soldiers, however were wounded in action (WIA) this week. The low casualties may be due to the break in the fighting season.
After eleven years of war in Afghanistan neither NATO or the US military are reporting any casualties during the past week. As NATO transitions responsibilities to Afghan security forces, casualty figures remain unchanged.
The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan claims that NATO and Afghan troops stormed their clinic in Wardak province, damaged doors, windows, and medical equipment. They then used the center as a jail and military command center.
NATO has conceded that as many as eight innocent Afghan civilians were killed in an airstrike early on Sunday. The US-led military alliance initially claimed that 45 Islamic militants and no civilians had been killed in the operation.
According to Afghan officials a NATO air strike has killed eight Afghan women and girls gathering firewood. At first International Security Assistance Force officials claimed that 45 insurgents were targeted but later admitted possible civilian casualties
New Zealand troops were set to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 2014 but now the plan is to withdraw many of their troops by April of 2013. Five New Zealand troops were killed in August this year.
Following the 20-hour assault between Taliban insurgents and International Security Assistance Force personnel in Kabul, the two sides exchanged words on Twitter. Both the NATO-led forces and the Taliban press office blamed each for the loss of life.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) today released a report detailing their finding that a BBC reporter killed in late July was the victim of mistaken identity, quite possibly as a result of "the stress and urgency of the moment."
The International Security Assistance Force troops are not only on hand in Afghanistan to fight against insurgents. The troops stationed in Afghanistan work hard within communities to help residents improve the quality of their lives.
KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 1, 2011) -- A young Afghan girl from Kandahar Province is treated by Afghan doctors and U.S. military nurse mentors for burns to approximately 30 percent of her body. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga/released)
An ISAF news conference
German Brig. Gen. Joseph Blotz,spokesperson, International Security Assistance Force plays an insurgent propaganda video for media during the ISAF weekly update brief on Nov. 14 at ISAF HQ in Kabul.
HAZARA QALA, Afghanistan (Feb.1, 2010) - Three Afghan children stand along a seriously eroded bank of the river that runs through the village of Hazara Qala. The erosion had begun to put various buildings in the village at risk, including a school and a mosque. (ISAF Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Eric S. Dehm)