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Afghan riots over Quran-burning: 20 dead

A government spokesman said one had been killed and 16 were injured in a new Koran burning protest in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar Sunday, where hundreds took to the streets to demonstrate for a third consecutive day.

The Kill Team: How U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses

How U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses – and how their officers failed to stop them. Plus: An exclusive look at the war crime photos censored by the Pentagon

Soldier to Plead Guilty in Afghan Murder Case

JOEL MILLMAN and DION NISSENBAUM The Wall Street Journal 03/23/2011

Afghan leader steps up criticism during Gates trip

Abdul Saboor and Missy Ryan Reuters 03/09/2011
Soldier to Plead Guilty in Afghan Murder Case

A soldier being court-martialed on a U.S. Army base near Seattle for the murder of three Afghan civilians has agreed to plead guilty Wednesday in hopes of earning a reduced sentence, according to one of the attorneys handling his case.

Afghan leader steps up criticism during Gates trip

Afghan President Hamid Karzai stepped up criticism of Western institutions and military forces on Tuesday, accusing them of hampering his government and causing unacceptable civilian casualties.

Nine Afghan Boys Collecting Firewood Killed by NATO Helicopters

ALISSA J. RUBIN and SANGAR RAHIMI The New York Times 03/03/2011
Nine Afghan Boys Collecting Firewood Killed by NATO Helicopters

Nine boys collecting firewood to heat their homes in the eastern Afghanistan mountains were killed by NATO helicopter gunners who mistook them for insurgents, according to a statement on Wednesday by NATO, which apologized for the mistake.

Deadliest Afghan attack in months kills 38

A Taliban attack on a bank in eastern Afghanistan killed 38 people and wounded more than 70 others, officials said on Sunday, in the deadliest attack since June last year.

Female Afghanistan veteran: 'I commanded 200 fighters'

There can be few more unlikely standard-bearers of General Petraeus's push for local people to defend themselves against the Taliban than Hajiyani Abeda.

Deal signed to supply Iran fuel to Afghanistan

Iran said on Sunday it has reached an agreement with Afghanistan to supply Iranian fuel to the war-torn country and has started supplying the products to its neighbour's private sector.

Afghanistan's push to tax U.S. contractors could renew tensions

Karen DeYoung and Joshua Partlow The Washington Post 01/19/2011

With Air Force's new drone, 'we can see everything'

Ellen Nakashima and Craig Whitlock The Washington Post 01/03/2011
Afghanistan's push to tax U.S. contractors could renew tensions

The Afghan government is ramping up efforts to tax U.S. contractors operating there - an effort that could raise millions for the cash-strapped government but could also provoke fresh confrontation with the United States, according to U.S. and Afghan officials.

With Air Force's new drone, 'we can see everything'

In ancient times, Gorgon was a mythical Greek creature whose unblinking eyes turned to stone those who beheld them. In modern times, Gorgon may be one of the military's most valuable new tools. This winter, the Air Force is set to deploy to Afghanistan what it says is a revolutionary airborne surveillance system called Gorgon Stare, which will be able to transmit live video images of physical movement across an entire town.


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