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Operation Enduring Freedom: A look back in photos

With the curtain coming down on combat operations, Stars and Stripes is looking back at the U.S. troops who have fought in the war, what they encountered, and how they coped. We present three photo galleries featuring the work of our photographers and reporters who have covered the war in Afghanistan.




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Visa program for Afghan military translators needs to be overhauled, Brown University report says

When interpreter Najeeb Aminyar discovered he was eligible for a special visa that would allow him to resettle in the U.S., he applied. The visa process was complex and took 17 months, but he was more fortunate than many others.








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‘Sense of urgency’: Lawmakers introduce several bills to aid vets exposed to toxic fumes

On both sides of the political aisle, lawmakers in Washington are ramping up efforts to expand care for veterans who became sick after breathing the toxic fumes from burn pits.


Russia to boost ties with Pakistan, supply military gear

Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday said Moscow and Islamabad will boost ties in the fight against terrorism, with Russia providing unspecified military equipment to Pakistan and the two holding joint exercises at sea and in the mountains.


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Biden seems ready to extend US troop presence in Afghanistan

Biden has inched so close to the deadline that his indecision amounts almost to a decision to put off, at least for a number of months, a pullout of the remaining 2,500 troops and continue supporting the Afghan military at the risk of a Taliban backlash.


Pentagon condemns Taliban attack on base housing hundreds of US troops

The Taliban fired an undisclosed number of rockets at Kandahar Airfield on Wednesday, all of which landed outside the perimeter and caused no damage or casualties, the U.S. military said.


Battle for Yemen desert city now a key to Iran, US tension

The battle for an ancient desert city in war-torn Yemen has become a key to understanding wider tensions now inflaming the Middle East and the challenges facing any efforts by President Joe Biden's administration to shift U.S. troops out of the region.


Russian foreign minister in Pakistan, Afghan talks to dominate agenda

Russia’s foreign minister arrived Tuesday in Pakistan for a two-day visit expected to focus on efforts to bring peace to neighboring Afghanistan.


Visa program for Afghan military translators needs to be overhauled, Brown University report says

When interpreter Najeeb Aminyar discovered he was eligible for a special visa that would allow him to resettle in the U.S., he applied. The visa process was complex and took 17 months, but he was more fortunate than many others.


Afghanistan's Ghani will not run in election he proposed, adviser says

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will not run in the snap elections he proposed under a peace plan with Taliban militants in a bid to end 20 years of war, according to Hamdullah Mohib, his national security adviser.


Nearly 20 years of conflict reshaped Afghanistan's capital and life in it

At the center of Kabul, a city of traditional bazaars and tattered shopping malls, horse-drawn carts and crumbling streets thronged with automobile traffic, lies a heavily fortified district that is a mystery to most Afghans.


VA expected Iraq, Afghanistan wars would lead to toxic exposures, officials say

Soon after the 9/11 attacks, disease researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs began internal discussions on how to prepare for the war-related illnesses they knew would follow, agency officials told McClatchy.


Former US military adviser’s tweets help injured Afghan pilot get surgery

A viral tweet by a former U.S. military adviser in Afghanistan helped a pilot who had been injured in combat get specialized medical treatment that wasn’t available in the country.


Afghan officials say gunmen kill policewoman on way to work

Attackers gunned down a policewoman on Thursday in eastern Afghanistan as she was headed to work, provincial officials said, the latest targeted killing in the war-torn country.


Afghan officials say three women working in polio drive gunned down

The women were killed in two separate attacks in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. Fared Khan, spokesman for Nangarhar police, said two were shot and killed in police District 7 and the third in District 4.


Attacks in Afghanistan kill four, including religious scholar

A series of bombings and shootings in Afghanistan killed at least four people on Wednesday, including a religious leader and an army officer, officials said.


Afghan group probes reports of 20 civilians killed in Khost

The CIA-trained Afghan special forces have in the past been accused of repeated attacks on civilians and have been called out by Human Rights Watch and the United Nations for their often heavy-handed tactics that have left civilians dead.



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