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Taliban threatens Pakistan lawmakers over allowing NATO supplies to travel through country

March 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Taliban on Sunday threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
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Setbacks in Afghanistan: Taliban talks off; President Karzai demands immediate NATO troop pullout in rural areas

March 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The setbacks – a double blow for the American campaign in Afghanistan – effectively paralyze the two main tracks for ending the 10-year-old war. Continue Reading

Obama: U.S., U.K. committed to mission in Afghanistan

March 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Leaders of the United States and Britain outlined plans today to shift the NATO war effort in Afghanistan toward a back-seat advisory role while Afghan forces increasingly take the lead, but stressed that the two nations remain committed to the mission there. Continue Reading

Afghan officials say talks for military presence deal with U.S. faltering

March 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Current and former Afghan officials say obstacles include disputes over the transfer of American-run detention centers, night raids and quarrels within the Afghan president’s inner circle that led one of his top advisers to threaten to resign.
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2 American soldiers killed by Afghan joint base shootings

March 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Two American soldiers were killed today in a shooting by an Afghan soldier and a literacy teacher at a joint base in southern Afghanistan, officials said, the latest in a series of deaths as anti-Americanism rises following the burning of Qurans by U.S. soldiers.
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NATO heads says U.S., allied troops showed restraint in Afghanistan

February 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

NATO’s top civilian official today praised U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan for showing “remarkable restraint” in the face of anti-coalition violence following the burning of Muslim holy books at a NATO base. Continue Reading

NATO: 3 troops die in roadside bombing in Afghanistan

February 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

NATO says three NATO service members have been killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan. The international military coalition did not give any other details about Tuesday’s deaths. Continue Reading

NATO ministers consider mid-2013 troop withdrawal

February 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that NATO allies have agreed broadly to step back from the lead combat role in Afghanistan and let local forces take their place as early as next year, a shortened timetable that startled officials and members of Congress.
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Afghan insider attacks on U.S. troops since May 2007: 70 dead, 110 wounded

February 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Supposedly friendly Afghan security forces have attacked U.S. and coalition troops 45 times since May 2007. In testimony prepared for delivery today to the House Armed Services Committee, defense officials said that in most cases the Afghans acted out of personal motivation and were not controlled or directed by insurgent groups. The second most common circumstances involved insurgents impersonating or infiltrating Afghan security forces. Continue Reading

Grand Forks guardsman return home after 29 months in Kosovo

January 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

After a 29-month deployment to Kosovo, North Dakota National Guard Sgt. Josh Dodds of Grand Forks came home Wednesday night. He served with NATO’s Kosovo Force or KFOR as a journalist, an administrative assistant to the chief of staff and an operations officer, working more than 30 countries around the world. Continue Reading