Tag: afganistan

Suicide Bomber Strikes Near Kabul Airport [VIDEO]

A suicide bomber has blown himself up near Kabulโ€™s international airport in Afghanistan. Itโ€™s thought the attacker who was driving a car was the only fatality; the interior ministry said there was no immediate information on casualties. It believes the target was a convoy of foreign forces but the claim has not been confirmed by…

U.S. Warplane Allegedly Shot Escapees at Kunduz Hospital [VIDEO]

According to Doctors Without Borders, a U.S. warplane shot people trying to escape the Kunduz charity hospital that was destroyed in airstrikes last month. “Thirty of our patients and medical staff died [in the bombing],” a charity spokesman said. “Some of them lost their limbs and were decapitated in the explosions. Others were shot by…

Obama To Keep Troops In Afghanistan Beyond 2016 [VIDEO]

Officials say President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017. Obama had originally planned to pull out all but a small, embassy-based U.S. military presence by the end of next year, a timeline coinciding with the final weeks of his presidency. But military leaders argued for months…

Obama Apologizes for Hospital Strike [VIDEO]

President Obama phoned the head of Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday to apologize for the U.S. airstrike on the groupโ€™s hospital in Afghanistan last week that killed 22 people. The group, also known as Mรฉdecins San Frontiรจres, has called for an international investigation into the attack. โ€œThis was not just an attack on our hospital,…

New Afghanistan law to silence victims of violence against women

A new Afghan law will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of judicial punishment, undoing years of slow progress in tackling violence in a country blighted by so-called “honour” killings, forced marriage and vicious domestic abuse. The small but significant change to Afghanistan’s criminal prosecution code bans relatives of an…

President Obama To Announce Return Of 34,000 US Troops

In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama will announce that by this time next year, 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have returned home, according to sources with knowledge of the presidentโ€™s speech. The move will reduce the number of U.S. forces in the country by half. CNN

Obama, Afghan President To Hold Press Conference At 1:15 PM ET

After a morning of meetings, President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will hold a press conference at 1:15 p.m. ET at the White House. Obama and Karzai are scheduled begin meeting at 10 a.m. ET. Vice President Joe Biden will attend the meeting, and the three leaders will also have lunch at the White…

Top US Commander In Afghanistan Linked To Petraeus Scandal

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for allegedly inappropriate communication with a woman at the center of the scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The shocking revelation threatens to fell another one of the U.S.…