Karzai says “Afghanistan agrees” with U.S.-Taliban talks, Qatar office
KABUL (Reuters) – Eight U.S. soldiers have been charged in connection with the October death of Private Danny Chen, who was found in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan after apparently shooting himself, NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.
Chen’s platoon leader, 1st Lieutenant Daniel Schwartz, is among the accused, charged with dereliction of duty. Five other soldiers face charges including involuntary manslaughter, assault and negligent homicide.
KABUL (Reuters) – A controversial scheme that pays and arms Afghans to defend their villages in areas with a strong insurgent presence is likely to be expanded and extended, a senior officer from the NATO-led coalition fighting in Afghanistan has said.
The Afghan Local Police (ALP) were a flagship project of General David Petraeus, who stepped down as commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan earlier this year, but have been criticized by human rights groups.