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Phillip Walter Wellman

An Afghan soldier’s relatives held his funeral. Nine months later, he called them.

A family was summoned to a morgue in Kabul to claim the mangled remains of their son, a soldier killed in battle with the Taliban. They took the remains home to Kunar province for burial. Nine months later, he called.

Army brigade uses mini drones for first time in Afghanistan

Army photos of the patrol Friday show troops deploying at least one drone, which resembles a miniature helicopter, during a counterterrorism mission.


Afghan civilian casualties spike significantly in July, UN says

The war in Afghanistan killed and wounded more civilians in July than in any other month since May 2017, the United Nations said Saturday.


Letter campaign aims to give voices to Afghans feeling sidelined by peace process

A letter-writing campaign in the Afghan capital aims to bring the voices of its residents to all the main players in the country’s ongoing war, from the U.S. to the Afghan government to the Taliban.


Afghanistan security forces’ strength at lowest level since 2015, US watchdog says

The U.S. Congress has appropriated nearly $82.67 billion to support security in Afghanistan, or nearly two-thirds of all U.S. reconstruction funding for the country since fiscal year 2002.


Pentagon names two paratroopers killed during insider attack in Afghanistan

Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio, and Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, of Chicago, died in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, “as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident,” said a Defense Department statement issued Tuesday evening. The incident is under investigation.


UN: Nearly 4,000 Afghan civilians killed or wounded by war during first half of 2019

The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan has dropped significantly during the first half of this year but remains “shocking and unacceptable,” the United Nations said Tuesday.


Insider attack kills two 82nd Airborne soldiers in Afghanistan, officials say

The two paratroopers were shot and killed Monday by an Afghan solider at a base in southern Kandahar province, according to a spokesman for the Afghan army’s 205th Corps.


Deadly explosions rock Afghanistan as top US military commander visits

Three bombs exploded in the Afghan capital Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, in violence that coincided with a visit by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Croatian soldier killed, two wounded in Kabul attack

A 27-year-old soldier, identified as Josip Briski, died following an attack on his vehicle, the Croatian Defense Ministry said.


Trump’s comments about Afghanistan prompt dismay, calls for clarification in Kabul

The Afghan government has called for clarification of remarks made by President Donald Trump that he could end the war in Afghanistan in a matter of days by wiping the country “off the face of the earth,” although he would not do so.


Afghan airstrike blamed for nine civilian deaths

The airstrike was conducted by Afghan forces against a Taliban target and the government is investigating reports of civilian casualties.


Pararescueman awarded two Bronze Stars, saved three Afghan soldiers during firefight

Tech. Sgt. Nick Torres, a 308th Rescue Squadron pararescueman, aided the soldiers on March 30, 2018, during a mission in southern Kandahar province.


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This new Marine was born in Afghanistan and hopes to return – this time to fight extremism

Marine Pvt. Atiqullah Assadi, who graduated from boot camp last week, would be among a small but valued number of native Afghan U.S. servicemembers fighting a war now in its 18th year.


Pentagon identifies Green Beret killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Fort Carson, Colo., and was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel at the time of his death.


Lecturer at US-aided Afghan university arrested, accused of recruiting for ISIS

Three of the professor's suspected recruits, who were accused by authorities of organizing several deadly ISIS attacks in Kabul, were also arrested, according to the National Directorate of Security.


Violence escalates in strategic Afghan province as US continues peace talks

Stability has deteriorated sharply in the key southern province of Kandahar, home to a sprawling U.S. military airfield, following the assassination last fall of a U.S.-backed police chief, local officials said.


US troops at remote Afghan base celebrate Independence Day

U.S. servicemembers deployed to this austere base in eastern Afghanistan had something extra to celebrate this Independence Day: the official opening of a USO center.


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First Army battalion with mini drones heading to Afghanistan

Troops with the 82nd Airborne’s 3rd Brigade Combat team were issued Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System this spring and provided training on how to use the drones, which resemble miniature helicopters.


Fort Carson Green Beret, Fort Hood EOD soldier killed in Afghanistan firefight

A 32-year-old Green Beret and a 24-year-old explosive ordnance disposal soldier were killed Tuesday in a close-quarters firefight with Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said.


Taliban threaten Afghan journalists unless media outlets stop airing anti-insurgent ads

aliban insurgents warned Monday they will start targeting Afghan journalists unless the media outlets they work for stop broadcasting government-sponsored advertisements speaking out against the group.


Coalition stops assessing who controls parts of Afghanistan, watchdog says

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan has stopped assessing which districts in the country’s 34 provinces are controlled by the government or by insurgents, meaning nearly every metric to measure success of America’s longest war is now either classified or no longer tracked.


Civilian casualties down but US-led coalition causing more of them, UN report says

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first three months of 2019 dropped nearly a quarter from the same period last year but the number of deaths caused by U.S. and pro-government forces rose, a United Nations agency said Wednesday.


US troops celebrate Easter in Afghanistan

Father Giovanni Scaleses, chaplain at the Italian Embassy in Kabul, visited troops to lead a Catholic mass. He distributed communion to those in attendance, which included several nuns doing charity work in the country.


Detainee torture by Afghan forces remains at 'disturbingly high' level, UN says

Nearly a third of conflict-related detainees interviewed in Afghan prisons gave “credible and reliable” accounts of being tortured or subjected to other forms of inhumane or degrading treatment over the past two calendar years, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a report released Wednesday.


Taliban says it will not send female delegates to peace talks

Women will not be part of the Taliban’s peace negotiating team, though they are expected to take part in meetings in Qatar this week as part of an effort aimed at ending the 17-year war.