Chad Garland

Iran-backed militias obtained 9 US-made Abrams tanks in Iraq, report says

During the chaotic battle with the Islamic State, Iran-backed militias got their hands on M1A1 Abrams tanks the United States originally provided to the Iraqi army, a Pentagon watchdog has found.


Bagram hospital braces for more casualties as US intensifies Afghan War

The Craig Joint Theater Hospital here has had what officials believe to be a record success rate at keeping casualties alive — many of them Afghans wounded in operations with U.S. forces — which officials said helps boost battlefield confidence.

Servicemember killed in Iraq identified as Scottish soldier

A servicemember who died in an apparent noncombat incident Wednesday while supporting the anti-Islamic State coalition has been identified as a Scottish soldier.

Anti-ISIS coalition servicemember dies in apparent noncombat incident

A servicemember supporting the coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria died Wednesday in what the military said appears to be a noncombat incident.


Snow brings respite to besieged Kabul

Snow dusted Kabul and other areas white Monday morning for the first time since mid-December, providing a small bright spot as the capital tries to recover from a series of terrorist bombings.

ISIS kills at least 11 Afghan soldiers in latest Kabul attack

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn assault, the third attack in the capital city in a little more than a week.

Casualty figures rise in Kabul, along with tensions, in suicide bombing’s wake

The city has become one of the deadliest in the country for civilians, though in the past it has been a refuge for Afghans fleeing conflict elsewhere.

Surveillance surge puts more Reapers at Afghan airfield than any other

The drones arrived recently to augment efforts to target the Taliban, which controls or contests more territory now than since its regime was toppled in the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Attack on Save the Children charity in Jalalabad kills 5, injures more than 2 dozen

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack Wednesday on the international charity Save the Children, which left at least five victims dead and more than two dozen wounded after a gunbattle that lasted nearly 10 hours.

A-10s join effort to target Taliban drug factories in Afghanistan

The $19 million aircraft, beloved by ground troops and so far spared from Air Force efforts to ground them for budgetary reasons, will also support counterterrorism efforts.

Standoff in Kabul hotel ends with Taliban attackers killed

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said at least four Afghans and 14 foreigners were killed in an attack at a popular luxury hotel in Kabul that ended Sunday, after about 16 hours.

Attackers storm hotel in Kabul

At least two gunmen who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday are dead, officials said in the hours after the attack began on the city’s west side. At least one American was trapped in the besieged hotel, which was also on fire.

Afghan province awards Trump bravery medal after tough talk on Pakistan

Hundreds of Afghans in Logar province pitched in to recognize President Donald Trump with a gold medal for bravery after his administration suspended aid to Pakistan.

Marines train Afghan forces to take aggressive stance in deadly Helmand province

The Marine task force was the main force behind NATO’s Resolute Support mission, an effort to build up Afghan security forces in restive Helmand province, last year, and will continue to be so in 2018.

Four-party talks with Taliban in Turkey could ‘pave the way’ to Afghanistan peace deal

It’s not the first time the parties have tried to broker a peace settlement, but previous attempts have not been fruitful.

American wounded after being lured into an ambush in Afghanistan

An American servicemember and his Afghan interpreter were wounded Thursday in eastern Afghanistan after being lured into a meeting with an insurgent group posing as local militia, a U.S. military official said.

Pentagon's top enlisted is avid about hand-to-hand combat, including fighting ISIS with shovels

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell issued the warnings to the Islamic State on Facebook and Twitter this week, telling them they have two options — surrender or die.

At the Pizza Hut at Bagram Air Field, you're the boss

When “weather” left me stranded on Bagram for a few days, I figured I’d see how servicemembers eat when they’re not being served by contractors in hair nets and white paper hats.

US soldier who died in Iraq leaves behind 'love of his life,' 3-year-old daughter

Spc. Javion Shavonte of Fort Mill, S.C., died Monday in Al Anbar province in a noncombat incident, the Pentagon said.

Servicemember dies in noncombat incident in southwest Asia

A servicemember died Monday in a noncombat incident in southwest Asia, according to the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State. Neither the servicemember nor the specific location of the death were identified.

Nangarhar is the deadliest Afghan province for US forces in the past year

There’s no more dangerous spot for U.S. troops than Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, where seven Americans were killed in combat last year, more than in any other single place Americans were deployed in support of overseas operations.

Combat operations boost Afghan tactical cooperation

A series of intense combat operations in Helmand province have given the Afghan army and air force a chance to improve their joint tactics, especially in coordinating close air support to ground troops.

Bagram Wi-Fi overhaul will give airmen better ‘FaceTime’ with family

The Air Force hopes to boost morale and performance here by improving Wi-Fi access to make it easier for servicemembers to stay in touch with stateside family.

Army identifies Green Beret killed in Afghanistan on New Year’s Day

Mihail Golin, 34, of Fort Lee, N.J., was a Special Forces weapons sergeant assigned to Fort Carson, Colo.-based B Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group. He was killed in a New Year’s Day firefight in eastern Afghanistan.

Afghans praise Trump’s hard line on Pakistan

Afghans welcomed President Donald Trump’s accusation on Twitter that Pakistan offers only “lies & deceit” in return for U.S. aid, saying that the statement builds on what some see as positive momentum in America’s 16-year struggle to defeat the Taliban.

US servicemember killed in fighting in eastern Afghanistan

The slain servicemember, the first U.S. combat fatality this year, was not identified. The Pentagon does not release the names of deceased servicemembers until next of kin have been notified.

Trump strikes out at Pakistan as terrorist 'safe haven' in New Year’s tweet

President Donald Trump called out Pakistan for “lies & deceit” on Monday in his first tweet of 2018, underlining the administration’s push for Islamabad to fight terrorist groups within its borders.


3 Kabul blasts kill at least 40, injure dozens at cultural center

A trio of back-to-back blasts killed about 40 people and wounded more than 80 at a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday.

Soldiers honored for saving lives after Afghan suicide bombing

In November, the powerful blast flipped a 20-ton RG-33 armored vehicle into a ravine and onto its roof. The incident is part of a pattern of such attacks that’s developed in Kandahar this fall.


Galaxy far, far away brings slice of home to Afghanistan for holidays

Pirated copies of the latest Star Wars installment were available here more than a week ago, but for die-hard fans at a coalition base at Kabul’s airport, it wouldn’t be the same as seeing it on the big screen — even if that big screen is the size of a chapel altar.


Marine Corps uses Facebook to preach virtues of holiday face time

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., wants Marines to take a break from social media for the holiday season, Corps leaders say in a new video.

ISIS claims attack on Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul

No U.S. or NATO advisers were involved in the attack or the security response to it, said U.S. Navy Capt. Tom Gresback.

Army identifies soldier killed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday

Staff Sgt. David Thomas Brabander, 24, of Anchorage, Alaska, died Monday from injuries sustained in a non-combat vehicle accident in Nangarhar province, the Pentagon said in a statement.

US servicemember dies in noncombat incident in Afghanistan

One U.S. servicemember has died from injuries sustained in a “vehicle incident” in eastern Afghanistan, the military said in a release late Monday local time. Two other Americans were injured.

US, Afghan special operations planning to ‘take the fight’ to growing ISIS safe havens in NW Afghanistan

U.S. and Afghan special operations are preparing an offensive against Islamic State enclaves in northwestern Afghanistan, where the group has gained a foothold despite an intensive allied effort to destroy it.


Video shows strike that killed leader of elite Taliban unit in Helmand

The U.S. military has released a video of a strike that killed Mullah Shah Wali, the leader of the Taliban’s elite “Red Unit,” last week in Helmand province. The strike also killed his deputy and three others.

Government contractor in Afghanistan imprisoned for taking $300K in kickbacks

A 57-year-old former employee of a U.S. government contractor was sentenced to 21 months in prison for accepting nearly $300,000 in illegal kickbacks from an Afghan subcontractor, the Justice Department announced.

Pentagon: About 3,000 more troops have deployed to Afghanistan

In August, shortly after President Donald Trump authorized the buildup as part of a new strategy, the military said about 11,000 troops were in Afghanistan — thousands more than had been officially disclosed before that. The “new number” is about 14,000, said Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff.

Report: 1 in 5 US airstrikes resulted in Iraqi civilian casualties

U.S. airstrikes in Iraq may be far less precise than officials claim, perhaps killing civilians 31 times more than the military’s reports acknowledge, a recent news investigation has found.

Afghanistan’s opium production rises as Taliban gain ground

Opium production has nearly doubled in Afghanistan in 2017, reaching a record high, according to a joint survey by the Afghan government and the United Nations.

Russian accusation of US-ISIS cooperation based on computer game photo

Claiming it had “irrefutable evidence” of U.S. collaboration with ISIS on the battlefield, the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday published what it claimed was photographic proof taken by reconnaissance drones — using what turned out to be a screenshot from a video game simulation.

Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan was 15-year veteran

A U.S. soldier killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday has been identified as a Green Beret with extensive training and nearly 15 years of military experience.

State Department calls on Iraqi, Kurdish forces to ‘restore calm’

As Iraqi and Kurdish forces clashed in northern Iraq on Friday, the U.S. State Department called on all parties to “restore calm” and avoid provocative movements.

Special Tactics airman awarded Air Force Cross for gallantry in Afghanistan raid

On Tuesday, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson awarded Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter the Air Force Cross, the service’s highest medal, for his gallantry under enemy fire. During a November 2016 battle, he repeatedly braved enemy fire, using his body to protect his teammates while directing dozens of airstrikes and coordinating medical evacuations.

Firm pays $2.6M settlement after hiring base guards in Iraq who US says couldn’t shoot

A security firm accused of billing the Defense Department millions of dollars for guards at a U.S. air base in Iraq has agreed to pay $2.6 million in a settlement with the government, after allegations that the guards couldn’t shoot easy targets.

What’s behind the dangerous escalation of tension between forces fighting ISIS in Iraq

Exactly a year after U.S.-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched an operation to rout the Islamic State group and retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, those U.S.-trained forces were pitted against each other in northeast Iraq on Monday.

Iraqi village aided by US soldiers endures ISIS invasion

Known as Jaddalah Ismail, the tiny community had been an early bright spot in the U.S. military’s post-invasion rebuilding efforts in 2003, but word of its supposed eradication early in ISIS’ rampage through Iraq pained soldiers who’d deployed there.

Rumor of Iraq village’s death left US veterans searching for answers

Using online satellite photos, Fred Wellman stalked this cluster of small buildings over the past few years, fearing what had befallen the Iraqis he’d befriended here after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

4th American killed in Niger ambush identified

A fourth American soldier killed in an enemy ambush of a joint patrol of U.S.-Niger forces in the West African nation was identified Saturday.

3 US soldiers killed, 2 wounded in Niger ambush

Three Green Berets were killed in an ambush Wednesday in Niger, and two injured servicemembers were transported to a military hospital in Germany for treatment, U.S. Africa Command said Thursday.

Iraq blast kills 1 US servicemember, wounds another

One U.S. servicemember was killed and another injured Sunday when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Iraq, a Pentagon official said.

Iraqi Kurds vote in independence referendum despite mounting external pressure

A hazy, overcast Monday could be a historic one for many Iraqi Kurds’ long-held dream of statehood, as citizens voted in a referendum on independence from Iraq.

Paratrooper becomes France's first combat death in anti-ISIS coalition

Days after marking its third year of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the French military on Saturday announced its first combat death in the anti-Islamic State fight.

For combat medics in Iraq, less combat means more medicine

A peculiar irony accompanies the U.S. military’s diminished presence and role in Iraq. With fewer troops, often at safe distances from the front lines, medics caring for them here are expanding their roles and skills.

Coalition suspends monitoring of ISIS convoy as Syrian regime advances

The U.S.-led coalition withdrew its aircraft monitoring a stranded 11-bus Islamic State convoy of militants and their families on Friday morning, as Syrian pro-regime forces advanced past the stopped vehicles in the country’s eastern desert, military officials said.

US warplanes pick off ISIS fighters drawn to stranded convoy ‘like moths to the flame’

U.S. warplanes continue to pick off militants who stray too far from the protection of the convoy’s women and children, officials said. Strikes have also destroyed militant vehicles coming to the area from ISIS-held territory.

Iraqi pilot killed in F-16 fighter crash in Arizona

The Iraqi air force on Wednesday identified a pilot killed in a training accident this week in Arizona, where the U.S. military is training the country’s pilots to take on Islamic State.

Fort Hood commander takes over anti-ISIS coalition

In a ceremony, Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commander of III Armored Corps, relieved Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of XVIII Airborne Corps, who had led Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve since August 2016.

Marine commander's video puts comical twist on safety briefing

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center put a twist on the standard holiday weekend safety briefing with a humorous video posted to social media.

Soldier killed in Black Hawk crash off Yemen was decorated member of Night Stalkers

The Pentagon identified the soldier missing from a Black Hawk helicopter crash last week off the coast of Yemen as Army Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez.


Lightning Tal Afar battle tests US soldiers’ agility

During the grinding battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, U.S. advisers to the Iraqis often settled in at tactical bases near the front for several weeks, but the fast-moving fight for Tal Afar — one of the last ISIS bastions in Iraq before being liberated Thursday — put their agility to the test.

A-10 Warthog drops 2,000-pound bunker-buster on ISIS sniper nest in Raqqa

Proving it’s not too old for new tricks, an aging A-10 attack plane dropped a bunker-busting bomb for the first time in combat earlier in August against an Islamic State target in Syria, defense officials said.

Tal Afar victory ‘swift and decisive,’ Townsend says

“Tal Afar has been liberated,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement. “We say to the Islamic State fighters: Wherever you are, we are coming for you and you have no choice but to surrender or die.”

Lightning offensive in Tal Afar highlights Iraqi coordination, ISIS disintegration

The battle to reclaim Tal Afar was expected to be less grinding than the nine-month campaign for Mosul, but its lightning pace surprised many — highlighting both the Iraqi military’s capabilities and the militants’ disorganization, officials said.

Soldier missing, 5 rescued after Black Hawk crash off Yemen coast

The crash, which occurred around 7 p.m. local time Friday, took place approximately 20 miles off Yemen's southern coast.

Afghans praise Trump plan to get tough on terrorists, Pakistan

Afghan leaders on Tuesday welcomed President Donald Trump’s new strategy on Afghanistan. In Kabul, President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement after the speech that the U.S.-Afghan partnership was stronger than ever. Abdullah Abdullah, the government’s chief executive, also praised the speech.

US-backed forces near ISIS-held Tal Afar

Iraqi forces are closing in on the Islamic State-held town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, the U.S.-led coalition said Monday, but they have not yet pushed into the town itself, which some commanders are calling a “microcosm” of Mosul where resistance will be stronger.

Family identifies US soldier killed in booby-trapped building in eastern Afghanistan

Aaron Butler's father said his son was "absolutely fearless, selfless, courageous and relentless." He died in a blast while clearing a building in eastern Afghanistan with a 12-soldier team that was on patrol with Afghan troops.

Utah guardsman killed battling ISIS in eastern Afghanistan

A U.S. servicemember died Wednesday after being wounded during partnered operations with Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan, the military said.

2 US troops killed, more wounded in Iraq

Two Americans were killed and five others wounded Sunday while conducting combat operations in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

US kills senior Islamic State leader in Afghanistan strike

A U.S. airstrike killed several senior members of the Islamic State group’s affiliate operating in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Sunday.

NATO: Georgian soldier killed, 2 Americans wounded in latest Afghan attack

A suicide attack in Afghanistan on Thursday killed one Georgian soldier and wounded two American servicemembers, NATO officials said.

NATO soldier killed, 6 other personnel wounded in Kabul bombing

A NATO soldier was killed and six others, including an interpreter, were wounded Thursday evening when their patrol was attacked in Afghanistan's Kabul province, military officials said.

US says 4 soldiers wounded in Afghan attack that killed 2 US troops

An attack on a NATO convoy on Wednesday that killed two U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan also wounded four U.S. soldiers, military officials said Thursday.

2 Americans killed in vehicle-bombing of NATO convoy in Afghanistan

In a statement, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, confirmed that the unidentified Americans were "killed in action" during the attack. The deaths bring to 9 the number of U.S. combat fatalities in Afghanistan this year.

101st artilleryman saves lives at home after return from Mosul fight

A 101st Airborne Division soldier who recently returned from supporting Iraqi security forces in their fight to retake Mosul has been nominated for an award for his bravery at home, the military said.