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Mar 16, 2012

Helicopter crash kills eight Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan – police

KABUL (Reuters) – A NATO helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday, killing eight Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground, a senior Afghan police official told Reuters.

The crash came amid growing unease among NATO partner countries about the increasingly unpopular and costly war nearly 11 years into the conflict as most foreign combat troops set to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Mar 16, 2012

Helicopter crash kills 8 Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan: police

KABUL (Reuters) – A NATO helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday, killing eight Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground, a senior Afghan police official told Reuters.

The crash came amid growing unease among NATO partner countries about the increasingly unpopular and costly war nearly 11 years into the conflict as most foreign combat troops set to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Mar 16, 2012

Karzai asks NATO to leave Afghan villages; Taliban scrap talks

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai called for NATO troops to leave Afghan villages and confine themselves to major bases after the slaughter of 16 civilians by a U.S. soldier, underscoring fury over the massacre and clouding U.S. exit plans.

In a near-simultaneous announcement, the Afghan Taliban said it was suspending nascent peace talks with the United States seen as a strong chance to end the country’s decade-long conflict, blaming “shaky, erratic and vague” U.S. statements.

Mar 15, 2012

Karzai asks NATO to quit Afghan villages; Taliban halts talks

KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai called on Thursday for NATO troops to leave Afghan villages and confine themselves to major bases after the slaughter of 16 villagers by a U.S. soldier, underscoring fury over the massacre and clouding U.S. exit plans.

In a near-simultaneous announcement, the Afghan Taliban said it was suspending nascent peace talks with the United States seen as a way to end the country’s decade-long conflict, blaming “shaky, erratic and vague” U.S. statements.

Mar 15, 2012

Karzai calls for NATO to leave villages

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai called for NATO troops to leave Afghan villages after 16 civilians died in a shooting rampage by a U.S. soldier, underscoring Afghan fury over the massacre and clouding U.S. exit plans.

In a near-simultaneous statement, the Taliban said they were suspending nascent peace talks with the United States seen as a strong chance of ending the country’s decade-long war, blaming “shaky, erratic and vague” U.S. statements.

Mar 15, 2012

Taliban says suspending Afghan peace talks with United States

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents said on Thursday they were suspending peace talks with the United States because of the “shaky, erratic and vague” U.S. position.

U.S. and Taliban negotiators were believed to have had preliminary contacts aimed at establishing an office for the Taliban in the Gulf state of Qatar to launch peace negotiations.

Mar 14, 2012

The price of a life? In Afghanistan, it’s as little as $210

KABUL (Reuters) – In Afghanistan, if NATO forces kill a member of your family, it is better in terms of money if they come from Germany or Italy than the United States or Britain.

In the cold calculation of how much to pay for victims of the decade-old war, British forces have doled out as little as $210, while German forces have paid as much as $25,000, according to a study by the human rights NGO CIVIC.

Mar 14, 2012

The price of a life? In Afghanistan, it’s 133 pounds

KABUL (Reuters) – In Afghanistan, if NATO forces kill a member of your family, it is better in terms of money if he or she comes from Germany or Italy than the United States or Britain.

In the cold calculation of how much to pay for victims of the decade-old war, British forces have doled out as little as $210 (133.65 pounds), while German forces have paid as much as $25,000, according to a study by the human rights NGO CIVIC.

Mar 13, 2012

The struggle for transition in Afghanistan’s troubled south

NOORZAI BAZAAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – In the sun-baked centre of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, once known as a fearsome Taliban stronghold, gunfire cracks over a British convoy as insurgents try to show they are still a force to be reckoned with.

With Western troops in the waning stages of a war in its eleventh year, Helmand mirrors many other troubled pockets of the country where the Taliban have been bruised but not defeated by a surge in U.S. troops.

Mar 7, 2012

Six British soldiers killed in Afghan blast

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Six British soldiers were killed when their armored vehicle was hit by an explosion in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, a British military official said on Wednesday, taking the British toll to 404 since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban.

The soldiers, five from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, were on a mounted patrol on Tuesday when their Warrior Armored Fighting Vehicle was struck, the British Ministry of Defense said.

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