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  • Louisiana National Guard deploys 75 soldiers to Afghanistan

    September 14, 2017 2:42 AM

    BOSSIER CITY - Family and friends have bid farewell to 75 soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Company who are headed to Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Jonathan Lloyd, commander of the HHC's 165th Combat Sustainment and Support Battalion, says the Bossier City-based unit left Monday for... more »
  • Pentagon: US troop total in Afghanistan larger than reported

    August 30, 2017 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON- Pentagon officials for the first time say there are about 11,000 U.S. forces currently deployed to Afghanistan. That is far more than the 8,400 total acknowledged under the previous administration's troop cap. Military officials have long quietly acknowledged there were far more forces in the country than... more »
  • Trump says US will fight to win in Afghanistan

    August 21, 2017 10:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says U.S. troops "will fight to win" in Afghanistan. And he's using his prime-time address to the nation to offer a "clear definition" of victory. Trump says victory in Afghanistan will mean "attacking our enemies" and "obliterating" the Islamic State group. He's also... more »
  • Deciding next step in Afghanistan comes with grim backdrop

    May 8, 2017 8:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - Deliberations by the Trump administration to determine the way ahead for the war in Afghanistan come with a grim backdrop. Afghan soldiers are suffering what Pentagon officials call "shockingly high" battlefield casualties. The prospects for a negotiated peace settlement with the Taliban are narrowing. While insurgents have failed... more »
  • 2 US troops killed in eastern Afghanistan

    April 27, 2017 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan overnight Wednesday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says they were killed during an operation against the Afghanistan-based Islamic State group in Nangahar Province in the eastern part of the country. He says the U.S. is gathering further details.... more »
  • Official: Taliban kill 8 policemen in northern province

    April 25, 2017 7:56 AM

    KABUL - An Afghan official says the Taliban have killed eight policemen and overran three security checkpoints in northern Takhar province. Sunatullah Timor, the provincial spokesman, says the attack took place on Monday in the district of Darqad. He says the hours-long firefight also wounded three police officers and killed... more »
  • Video captures 'mother of all bombs' striking ISIS cave network Play Video

    April 14, 2017 8:06 AM

    KABUL - Afghanistan officials say the attack on a tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military has left 36 Islamic State group fighters dead. There were no civilian casualties, according to the Ministry of Defense statement, which also said... more »
  • Pentagon: US dropped largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

    April 13, 2017 1:02 PM

    WASHINGTON –The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan. Adam Stump is a Pentagon spokesman. Stump says it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, which he said contains 11 tons of explosives.... more »
  • Amid US' Afghanistan uncertainty, Russia resurrects interest

    March 30, 2017 7:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - As America's 16-year war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires." The jockeying includes engaging the Taliban and leading a new diplomatic effort to tackle Afghanistan's future, all while Washington leaves the world guessing on its strategy for ending the... more »
  • Top US general says more troops needed in Afghanistan

    February 9, 2017 10:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says he needs a "few thousand" more troops to properly train and advise the Afghan military. Gen. John Nicholson didn't provide an exact number while testifying Thursday before a Senate committee. He says the additional forces could come from the U.S. or... more »
  • Red Cross staffer freed in Afghanistan weeks after abduction

    January 15, 2017 1:13 PM

    BERLIN - The International Committee of the Red Cross says a staff member who was abducted in northern Afghanistan last month has been released. The ICRC's head of delegation in Afghanistan, Monica Zanarelli, said Sunday that the man is "safe and sound" and is now with its team in Kunduz.... more »
  • ICC prosecutor: US forces may have tortured in Afghanistan

    November 14, 2016 9:05 PM

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - International Criminal Court prosecutors say that a preliminary probe indicates that members of the United States armed forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan. The prosecution office said in a report issued late Monday that U.S. armed forces personnel... more »
  • Obama slows troop drawdown in Afghanistan

    July 6, 2016 11:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is slowing the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, leaving 8,400 troops there into next year. Originally he had planned to drop troop levels to 5,500 by the end of the year. The numbers reflect a compromise between Obama's original plan and what... more »
  • General says troop cuts constrains Afghan training mission

    February 4, 2016 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The senior American commander in Afghanistan says the ability to train and advise the still inexperienced Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500, as President Barack Obama has proposed. Army Gen. John F. Campbell tells the Senate Armed Services Committee... more »
  • Obama forced again to rethink troop numbers in Afghanistan

    January 30, 2016 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, 15 years into a war that few Americans talk about any more. That's preventing the clean ending that President Barack Obama hoped to impose before leaving office. Violence is on the rise, the Taliban are staging new offensives, the Islamic State group... more »
  • Army official: Security in Afghanistan is worsening

    January 28, 2016 11:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's pick to be the next top American commander in Afghanistan says the security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating. Army Lt. Gen. John W. "Mick" Nicholson, Jr., says he will have a better sense of conditions within a few months if he is confirmed. Nicholson is... more »
  • Bowe Bergdahl court hearing set at North Carolina Army base

    January 12, 2016 3:12 AM

    FORT BRAGG, N.C.- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is returning to a military courtroom in North Carolina as he faces charges stemming from walking off his Army outpost in Afghanistan. An Army judge is holding pre-trial hearing Tuesday at Fort Bragg ahead of an expected court-martial this summer on charges of desertion... more »
  • US official: 6 US troops killed in Afghan attack, 2 wounded

    December 21, 2015 1:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says six American troops were killed in a suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Two others were wounded along with an Afghan. The troops were killed Monday when an attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into their patrol in a village near the airfield.... more »
  • Afghan hospital said to be misidentified before being bombed

    November 25, 2015 10:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - An investigative report on the U.S. air attack that killed more than two dozen civilians at a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month says the crew of the attacking plane misidentified the target, believing it to be a government compound taken over by the Taliban. The... more »
  • Three stories to start your day Play Video

    November 12, 2015 8:05 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Marksville officer charged with the murder of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis could be let out this morning Afghanistan War veteran chastises Edwards during Veterans Day gubernatorial debate Avian flu outbreak causes Turkey prices to skyrocket right before Thanksgiving Make outdoor reservations, a... more »
  • Obama to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016

    October 15, 2015 9:14 AM

    WASHINGTON- Senior administration officials say President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017. Obama's decision casts aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensures he hands the conflict off to his successor. Obama had originally planned to... more »
  • Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan clinic

    October 7, 2015 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has apologized to Doctors Without Borders for the U.S. air attack that hit the group's medical clinic in Afghanistan. Obama spoke to the group's international president, Joanne Liu, on Wednesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama offered his condolences to the aid... more »
  • Military personnel killed in Afghanistan identified

    October 3, 2015 4:30 PM

    DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - The Department of Defense has identified the six American airmen killed when a U.S. Air Force military transport plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan. The airmen were identified Saturday as: Capt. Jonathan Golden, 33, of Camarillo, California; Capt. Jordan Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas; Staff... more »
  • Sgt. Bergdahl hearing begins for leaving post in Afghanistan

    September 17, 2015 11:59 AM

    SAN ANTONIO - A hearing has begun to determine if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should face a military trial for leaving his post in Afghanistan in June 2009. The Article 32 hearing at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where Bergdahl is based, will determine if the Idaho native will face... more »
  • Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan scheme

    March 30, 2015 4:19 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A former FBI agent accused of derailing a fraud investigation by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source has been sentenced to 10 years. Retired New York agent Robert Lustyik Jr. was sentenced Monday in Salt Lake City. Federal Judge Tena Campbell said... more »
  • Afghan president says his country owes 'profound debt' to US

    March 25, 2015 10:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - Trying to repair relations with the U.S., Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is telling Congress that his country owes a 'profound debt' to the more than 2,200 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan. In a speech to a joint meeting of Congress, Ghani also thanked the U.S. for development aid... more »
  • Obama: US to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

    March 24, 2015 1:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. will keep just under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 at the request of Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani. Obama says Afghanistan "remains a dangerous place" and it's important to maintain security cooperation between the two countries. Obama had... more »
  • Nearly two dozen killed in suicide attack on police station

    February 17, 2015 4:31 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Officials have raised the death toll in an attack on an Afghan police station, saying the assault killed at least 20 officers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The assault Tuesday happened in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar province, some 50 miles east of Kabul. There,... more »
  • Obama: Longest war in US history is ending

    December 28, 2014 1:35 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion. Obama is welcoming the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. The war came to a formal end Sunday with a ceremony in Kabul. Obama says in a statement that the effort... more »
  • 'Deluded' hostage-taker saw himself as a martyr

    December 16, 2014 2:03 AM

    SYDNEY, Australia - He wrote letters to the grieving families of troops killed in Afghanistan that compared them to "Hitler's soldiers." He was accused of assisting a woman kill his ex-wife, whose body was found stabbed and set alight. But the social media postings of 50-year-old Man Haron Monis, the... more »
  • US ends control of Afghan prison

    December 10, 2014 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials say the United States on Wednesday released the final detainees from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan, ending the U.S. operation of any prisons in the country after more than a decade of war. Officials say the final three detainees have been released. Two, including... more »
  • La. soldier killed in Afghanistan

    October 2, 2014 2:29 PM

    MIAMI - A Louisiana soldier who had been stationed in the Florida Panhandle died two days after his unit was attacked by small arms fire in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense says Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers of DeRidder, Louisiana, died Tuesday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in... more »
  • Afghanistan swears in new president

    September 29, 2014 3:34 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been sworn in as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. Ghani Ahmadzai became president of Afghanistan in a peaceful transition Monday after a six-month election season that... more »
  • Soldiers return home from Afghanistan Play Video

    August 23, 2014 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Families were reunited with soldiers returning from Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon. Members of the Louisiana National Guard's 927th Engineer Company were flown into the Baton Rouge airport after being away from their families for a year. The unit is based in Baton Rouge and deployed... more »
  • Guard members coming home this weekend

    August 22, 2014 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The La. National Guard will be welcoming home Saturday a group of their own after their deployment overseas. Soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard's 927th Engineer Company and 769th Engineer Battalion will be welcomed home by family, friends and soldiers after a year in Afghanistan. ... more »
  • U. S. general killed in Afghanistan had La. ties

    August 5, 2014 4:25 PM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The U. S. general killed in Afghanistan Tuesday once commanded soldiers in Louisiana, according to the Army. A U.S. official said Maj. Gen. Harold Greene died in the insider attack. He was the highest-ranking American officer killed in combat since 1970, and was once a commander... more »

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