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  • 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 »
  • John Kerry hopes to solve Afghanistan voting dispute

    July 11, 2014 2:55 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates as a bitter dispute over last month's runoff election risked spiraling out of control. Kerry, who arrived predawn in Kabul on a hastily arranged visit, is meeting Friday with former Finance... more »
  • Rocket strikes Afghan president's helicopter

    July 3, 2014 9:25 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan official says militants fired two rockets into the military side of the Kabul airport, striking President Hamid Karzai's helicopter as it sat on the tarmac. Abdul Wahab Wardak, the commander of the military airport, says only one of the two rockets exploded in Thursday's attack... more »
  • GOP-led House backs limits on Obama's authority

    June 20, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted overwhelmingly for a $570 billion defense bill that limits President Barack Obama's authority on handling detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The vote was 340-73 on Friday for an election-year measure that also would impose new curbs on the National Security... more »
  • Army: Bergdahl in stable condition

    June 13, 2014 3:47 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - Army officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in stable condition and working daily with health professionals after being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five year. Maj. Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo said Friday that Bergdahl will work daily with mental and medical professionals at Brooke Army... more »
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

    April 24, 2014 10:26 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan officials say one of the three American doctors who were shot and killed today by an Afghan security guard at a hospital in Kabul was with Cure International, and had worked with children in the Afghan capital for seven years. The other two were a father... more »
  • Obama: Afghan election marks important milestone

    April 5, 2014 5:08 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama says Afghanistan's presidential election marks another important milestone. He says the Afghan people are taking full responsibility for their country as the United States and its allies gradually withdraw their forces. Obama is congratulating the millions of Afghans who defied threats from the Taliban... more »
  • Report: Troop morale up in Afghanistan

    February 3, 2014 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says U.S. soldiers had higher morale and suffered fewer mental health problems in Afghanistan last year as they handed off more duties to Afghans and saw less combat themselves. The Army report released Monday was drawn from a battlefield survey of troops and interviews in... more »
  • Returning soldiers remember fallen comrade Play Video

    January 9, 2014 5:34 PM

    RESERVE - The return of a Louisiana National Guard unit Thursday from Afghanistan was bittersweet, as many remembered a fallen comrade who was killed in action last year. Hugs and cheers greeted the soldiers of the 1084th Transportation Company as they got off of buses today at the Guard... more »
  • Baton Rouge soldiers depart for Afghanistan Play Video

    September 20, 2013 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It was a tearful day for about 90 Baton Rouge soldiers who are getting ready to deploy. Soldiers from the Louisiana National 769th battalion said their goodbyes to family and friends as they prepare to depart for Afghanistan. The Baton Rouge based unit is deploying to... more »
  • Car bomb hits near US consulate in Afghanistan

    September 12, 2013 9:37 PM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan governor says militants have detonated a car bomb around 66 yards away from the U.S. consulate in the western city of Herat, wounding seven civilians. A gunbattle between militants and security forces in the area was still going on Friday morning. Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi, the... more »
  • Afghan vets reunited in NY with 8 battlefield dogs

    September 5, 2013 12:51 PM

    PORT JEFFERSON STATION, N.Y. - A stray dog who was befriended by soldiers serving in Afghanistan has arrived in the United States, along with her seven puppies. The dogs had a joyous reunion on Wednesday night with the soldiers who rescued them and are taking them home. The happy tale... more »
  • Slidell businessman gets jail time for kickbacks

    August 22, 2013 11:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Slidell businessman who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a subcontractor on a military construction project in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison. Elton McCabe III pleaded guilty in May to a conspiracy charge. McCabe worked in Afghanistan for an American company... more »
  • Medical unit returns from Afghanistan on 4th

    July 4, 2013 8:28 AM

    CARVILLE - More than 65 soldiers made it home to Louisiana from Afghanistan, just in time for the Fourth of July today. The Louisiana National Guard says the 756th Area Support Medical Company has been gone since September, starting with training at Fort Hood, Texas, then moving to Bagram and... more »
  • House Dem pushes for repeal of military force law

    June 10, 2013 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Many American troops on the battlefield today were on playgrounds when Congress gave the president broad authority to wage the war on terror. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says that's one reason why it's time to repeal the law - at least by the end of 2014 when combat... more »
  • Fort Polk soldiers headed to Afghanistan

    June 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    FORT POLK - The Army says about 1,230 officers and soldiers from the infantry brigade combat team based at Fort Polk will be heading to Afghanistan as advisers in July. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the 10th Mountain Division, is coming from Fort Drum, N.Y., for Friday's deployment ceremony for... more »
  • Services for fallen soldier today

    June 10, 2013 10:23 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Services are scheduled for this morning to honor a fallen soldier from Tickfaw. Spc. Chris Drake, 20, died recently in Afghanistan after the truck he was driving was hit by an RPG. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Eagle Heights Church in... more »
  • Insider attack kills 3 NATO troops in Afghanistan

    June 8, 2013 10:47 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The international military coalition in Afghanistan says a man in an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on his international trainers in the country's east, killing three of them. A coalition statement released few other details about Saturday's insider attack, the latest in which infiltrators or disgruntled... more »
  • US soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre

    June 5, 2013 11:24 AM

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales entered the plea Wednesday in a military courtroom to multiple counts of premeditated murder and other... more »
  • Mother: Fallen soldier was "true hero" Play Video

    June 4, 2013 5:15 PM

    HAMMOND - A fallen soldier received a solemn welcome today in Louisiana. The body of Spc. Chris Drake arrived at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport Tuesday morning. Family members were there to greet Drake's body as his flag-draped casket was taken off the airplane. His mother Rose Drake told... more »
  • Community turns out to honor fallen soldier Play Video

    June 4, 2013 2:55 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - People crowded a National Guard facility and lined highways from there to Livingston Parish today to pay their respects to a fallen soldier from Tickfaw. A chartered flight delivered the body of Spc. Chris Drake to the Louisiana Army National Guard's Aviation Facility, where it was... more »
  • Body of local soldier returns from war

    June 3, 2013 10:27 PM

    TICKFAW- A soldier killed in Afghanistan returned home for the last time Tuesday morning. The body of Chris Drake, 20, was flown into the Hammond airport about 11 a.m. A procession will take his remains from the airport to a funeral home in Livingston Parish. Next week, services... more »
  • Firefighters prepare tribute for fallen soldier Play Video

    May 28, 2013 5:12 PM

    INDEPENDENCE - Firefighters in Independence prepared today to honor a fallen soldier killed in action recently with a special tribute. The Defense Department said Spc. Christopher R. Drake, 20, of Tickfaw was killed Sunday in Bagram, Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Today, members... more »
  • Soldier from Tickfaw killed in action in Afghanistan

    May 28, 2013 2:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Defense Department says a 20-year-old soldier from Tickfaw has been killed in Afghanistan by a rocket-propelled grenade. A news release Tuesday said Spc. Christopher R. Drake died Sunday in Bagram when the RPG hit his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1084th Transportation Company, 165th Combat... more »
  • Obama urges Americans to remember the sacrifice of service members

    May 27, 2013 9:08 PM

    ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to remember and honor the sacrifices of the country's fighting men and women. And he says we should "never forget that the nation is still at war," even though the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and the country's... more »
  • NATO: 5 Americans killed in southern Afghanistan

    May 4, 2013 10:30 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An official with the U.S.-led international military coalition says the five troops killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan were all Americans. Capt. Luca Carniel confirmed that the troops killed on Saturday were U.S. service members. The coalition did not disclose the location of the blast.... more »
  • 2 Americans killed in helicopter crash

    April 9, 2013 9:38 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Two American service members are dead after the crash of a NATO helicopter in a field in eastern Afghanistan today. Officials say the cause of the crash is under investigation, but that initial indications are that there was no enemy activity in the area at the time.... more »
  • Afghan authorities seize 23 tons heroin, morphine

    March 12, 2013 9:07 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan- Afghan officials say counternarcotics teams have seized roughly 23 tons of heroin and morphine and other chemicals in a helicopter raid. They say the bust on Monday was the largest so far this year. The raid commander, General Abdul Khalil Bahktyar, said in a news conference Tuesday that... more »
  • Army vet receives Medal of Honor for Afghan fight

    February 11, 2013 2:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - An Army veteran received the Medal of Honor Monday for his courageous leadership during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan. President Obama presented former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha with the honor at a White House ceremony. The president described the dramatic 2009 battle near the Pakistan border... more »
  • US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,045

    January 29, 2013 4:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - As of Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at least 2,045 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is two less than the Defense Department's tally,... more »
  • Women in combat: Baton Rouge veterans respond Play Video

    January 24, 2013 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban on combat for women and said, "if they can meet the qualifications for the job, then they should have the right to serve." With those words, roles are changed. A change that will open over 200,000 jobs including infantry,... more »
  • Marine faces charges for urinating on corpses

    January 16, 2013 6:06 AM

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A U.S. Marine faces court martial for urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and then posing for photos with the corpses. Court proceedings are set to start today against Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola, who was charged after a video surfaced showing... more »
  • Obama, Karzai agree to speed military transition

    January 11, 2013 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Within a few months, U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be shifting to a support role, letting Afghanistan's own troops take the lead in providing for the security of their country. The accelerated timetable was announced today by President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai after a meeting... more »
  • Obama, Karzai to meet in Washington on Friday

    January 7, 2013 6:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will host Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House on Friday. It's the first in-person meeting for the two leaders since Obama won re-election. His victory meant the continuation of his administration's plans to bring the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan to a close by... more »

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