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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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Afghan Vice President Dostum set to return after more than year in exile, supporters say

Abdurrashid Dostum, the controversial Afghan vice president who was forced to leave for Turkey last year amid sexual assault charges, is set to return Sunday, potentially ending protests on his behalf that have rippled through several northern provinces, officials said Saturday.





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Peace in Afghanistan more elusive as Taliban shrug off talks

With the Taliban shrugging off the Afghan government’s latest offers of a cease-fire and negotiations, peace seems as elusive as it has been for decades in this war-battered country, both for troops on the front lines and for civilians facing frequent attacks.


Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities.




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14 killed as blast strikes near Kabul airport soon after exiled first vice president returns

More than a dozen people were killed in an explosion near Kabul airport soon after controversial Afghan first vice president Abdurrashid Dostum returned from exile Sunday.


Afghan Vice President Dostum set to return after more than year in exile, supporters say

Abdurrashid Dostum, the controversial Afghan vice president who was forced to leave for Turkey last year amid sexual assault charges, is set to return Sunday, potentially ending protests on his behalf that have rippled through several northern provinces, officials said Saturday.


US munition drops on Afghanistan on pace to set record this year

U.S. Air Force data released Friday showed that aircraft released 2,911 bombs and missiles over Afghanistan during the first half of 2018 — a higher number for that period than during the surge of 2010, when about 100,000 American troops were in the country.


Afghan officials investigating 14 civilian deaths after battle that involved US airstrikes

Afghan officials Friday were investigating the cause of at least 14 civilian deaths in the northern Kunduz province after a battle with the Taliban that involved U.S. airstrikes.


Oklahoma guardsmen in Afghanistan get a grip on Mongolian-style wrestling

Learning to wrestle Mongolian-style proved “a trip” for soldiers from the Oklahoma National Guard, who tried to flip, throw and grapple their opponents in a traditional Mongolian festival while deployed in Afghanistan.


Report: Afghanistan cease-fires suggest Taliban unity that could aid peace talks

“That Taliban leaders were able to enforce a major political decision throughout the movement is particularly noteworthy,” the report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said. “Even members who questioned the logic behind the cease-fire respected their leaders’ decision.”


Votel: Time for Pakistan to step up in peace efforts in Afghanistan

A successful cease-fire between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters last month helped create an “unprecedented opportunity” for peace efforts in Afghanistan, and now Pakistan – as a key regional player - must step up to the plate, the top commander of U.S. operations in the region said Thursday.


Afghan officials say ISIS suicide bomber kills 20, Taliban kill 9 police

An Islamic State bomber killed 20 people, including a Taliban commander, in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, while in southern Kandahar province on Monday, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Arghistan district, killing nine policemen.


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Analysts: Taliban optimism may sink any direct peace talks with US

The Taliban may respond positively to new peace initiatives but are unlikely to make significant concessions when they feel they are winning the 17-year war, analysts said Tuesday following reports that the United States is open to direct talks with its enemy.


Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban

The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, U.S. officials said.


Afghan official: Taliban kill 7 police in eastern province

The Taliban stormed a police checkpoint in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province and killed seven policemen, a provincial official said Monday.


Afghan leader seeks to soothe concerns over video showing soldiers beating prisoners

The video, which has gone viral since it was released Friday, shows the aftermath of a small battle that occurred between Afghan special forces and bodyguards for a police chief in Faryab who was arrested after he threatened to kill government officials.


Afghan civilian deaths up by 1 percent this year

As Abdul-Basir visited the Ministry of Interior, an ambulance packed with explosives killed him and about 100 other people. The former refugee's death is among the toll of civilians killed in the first half of 2018, which is more than any other six-month period since recording began 10 years ago.


7 killed, 15 wounded in suicide attack in Afghanistan

An Afghan official said Sunday a suicide bomber on foot struck outside the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry, killing 7 and wounding 15.


Pakistanis urge military to boost security as attacks mount before election

A string of violent attacks at political rallies, killing nearly 160 people this week, has the nation on edge about security for the upcoming national elections, with some political leaders blaming the Pakistani government for not doing enough to protect the electoral process.



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