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US airstrike mistakenly kills Afghan security forces, local officials say

A U.S. airstrike on Tuesday in eastern Logar province mistakenly hit friendly forces and killed several Afghan police officers, local officials said.


3 Czech troops killed in Afghanistan attack

Three Czech soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday in an attack that also injured one American and two Afghan troops, officials said.


ISIS flees Taliban onslaught, surrenders to Afghan government forces

The allied coalition’s battle against the Islamic State in Afghanistan received a boost from another enemy Wednesday, when Taliban guerrillas drove ISIS fighters out of northern Jawzjan province.


Georgian soldiers accused of stealing from Bagram base store

A group of Georgian soldiers is suspected of stealing about $3,600 worth of merchandise from a shop at Bagram Air Field, military officials said Tuesday.


Afghan forces struggling to reclaim lost territory, watchdog says

Recent figures provided by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan indicate the number of people living under government and insurgent control remained the same over the last quarter — despite an intense aerial campaign by U.S. and Afghan forces.


Taliban gaining upper hand in Afghan district after government cease-fire

A steady stream of locals have been lodging complaints about the tangible effects of a U.S.-backed cease-fire by the Afghan government. They fear another truce could help the Taliban take full control of the district.


Pennsylvania post office is renamed for airman killed in Afghanistan

Air Force Staff Sgt. Peter Taub, who grew up near the post office in Wyncote, Pa., was killed in a suicide attack while on patrol near Bagram Air Field.


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 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.


Pentagon IDs second US soldier killed in Afghanistan within a week

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Andrew Celiz, 32, from Summerville, S.C., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He died of a wound suffered while fighting in support of a medevac landing zone in eastern Paktia province.


UK to nearly double troops in Afghanistan after Trump request

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that 440 more British servicemembers would deploy to the country, bringing the U.K.’s total contribution to about 1,100 troops.


Soldier killed in suspected insider attack in Afghanistan identified

Army Cpl. Joseph Maciel has been identified by the Pentagon as the soldier killed Saturday in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan.


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US troops celebrate Independence Day in Kabul

American flags could be seen in all corners of NATO’s Resolute Support headquarter in Kabul on Wednesday as U.S. servicemembers celebrated Independence Day.


US strikes more than 20 Taliban targets after cease-fire ends

U.S. forces in Afghanistan conducted more than 20 airstrikes against the Taliban on Saturday after an unprecedented unilateral cease-fire ended.


Man accused of trafficking Taliban drugs in the US is sentenced to 10 years in prison

A California man who claimed to have Taliban ties was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Wednesday on charges related to trafficking Taliban-linked drugs to the United States.


US-backed Syrian rebels destroy drugs used by ISIS fighters as ‘chemical courage'

Drugs sales have become a significant source of revenue for the group since it lost control of oil wells and refineries across Iraq and Syria, according to the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq, which fight the militants.


Wisconsin mother charged with helping ISIS plan US attacks

A Wisconsin woman has been accused of trying to teach people how to make explosives and poisons in order to carry out terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in the name of the Islamic State group.


Seguin assumes command of US, NATO air forces in Afghanistan

Seguin took over command of the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force and NATO Air Command from Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker.


US servicemember killed in action in Afghanistan

The name of the U.S. servicemember killed is being withheld until 24 hours after the next of kin is notified, in accordance with Defense Department protocol.


Kabul braces for fighting season as twin bombings near Green Zone kill more than 20

KABUL, Afghanistan — Twin suicide bombings in Kabul on Monday killed more than 20 people, including nine journalists, while a separate attack in southern Kandahar province killed nearly a dozen children and injured eight NATO servicemembers.


Report: Afghan force levels shrinking despite billions spent by US

SIGAR said that the U.S. military continues to keep private other key data that would help gauge the progress of the U.S.’s longest war, now in its 17th year.


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Air Force pararescuemen join Army aircraft and air crew for one-of-a-kind squadron

The CH-47 is an Army helicopter, but because it suits the mountainous region of northern Afghanistan, it’s being used by the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron — making it the first-ever joint-personnel rescue squadron comprised of Army aircraft and air crew, and Air Force pararescue specialists.


Suicide bomber kills dozens in Kabul, ISIS claims responsibility

A suicide bomber killed at least 57 people at a voter registration center in Western Kabul on Sunday, officials said, the latest in a string of attacks seeking to curtail the county’s upcoming parliamentary elections.


US drops more bombs in Afghanistan than Iraq and Syria for first time in 4 years

The United States dropped more bombs and other munitions in Afghanistan last month than it did on Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria for the first time since the anti-ISIS campaign began in 2014.


US and Afghan SOF kill more than 20 ISIS militants in northern Afghanistan

A nighttime raid on Wednesday in Jowzjan province’s Darzab district killed 22 fighters. The action came less than a week after a U.S. airstrike killed the group’s emir for northern Afghanistan, Qari Hekmatullah, in the same district.