Afghanistan War

3 US troops killed in Afghan ‘insider attack’

US troops on patrol in Afghanistan. Three 3 troops have been killed in an ‘insider attack’ in Afghanistan:  Photo: AP

A man wearing Afghan uniform shot dead three US soldiers on Saturday in the east of the country, officials said, in the latest apparent example of an “insider attack

Saturday, 8 June, 2013, 9:26pm

Artist paints a personal picture of Afghan war

Ben Quilty in front of one of his paintings of a soldier. Photo: AFP

Watching the solemn parade of special-forces soldiers climb into their trucks, blessed by a priest, and drive into the grey Afghan night, Australian artist Ben Quilty wondered if they would ever return.

28 Apr 2013 - 4:16pm

Nato says war against Afghan’s Taliban being won

An American solider on patrol in Afghanistan. Nato says war against Afghan’s Taliban being won. Photo: Reuters

Nato said on Thursday that the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan is being won, despite reports by other agencies of a sharp upsurge in insurgent attacks this year.

25 Apr 2013 - 4:39pm

Two US troops killed in Afghan insider attack

Afghans look at the bodies of Afghan policemen inside an ambulance after they were killed in Wardak. Photo: Reuters

Two US soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in a suspected insider attack in Afghanistan on Monday, after President Hamid Karzai accused Washington of colluding with the Taliban to justify its presence in the country.

12 Mar 2013 - 5:04am

Soviet soldier found alive in Afghanistan after 30 years

Bakhretdin Khakimov. Photo: AP

Russian officials attempting to trace soldiers still missing from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan said they had discovered Bakhretdin Khakimov, last seen in September 1980. Khakimov, then aged 20, had been serving with the 101st motorised rifle unit, stationed near Herat.

7 Mar 2013 - 3:04am

Afghan president to ban requests for foreign air strikes

President Karzai says Afghans don't need foreign troops for security. Photo: EPA

If he issues the decree as promised, the move would pose a significant new challenge to government troops who have relied heavily on foreign air power to give them an advantage against insurgents.

17 Feb 2013 - 11:33am

Dunford takes charge of Nato in Afghanistan

 US General Joseph Dunford (right) shakes hand with former Nato commander US General John Allen during a change of command ceremony at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul. Photo: AFP

US General Joseph Dunford assumed command of Nato forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, taking over from General John Allen as the coalition prepares to withdraw the bulk of its combat troops by next year.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Prince Harry killed Taliban in southern Afghanistan 'to save lives'

Prince Harry leads his crew in a scramble to their helicopter at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan on November 3. Photo: Reuters

Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, who has just ended a deployment with the army in Afghanistan, said he killed Taliban fighters there to "take a life to save a life".

23 Jan 2013 - 3:48am

Nato base attacked by 'Taliban attackers' in Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents launched a major attack on Sunday, against a Nato base located in an Afghan city airport with car bombs, suicide bombing, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and small arms fire.

The Taliban claimed insurgents had entered the airport in Jalalabad, near the eastern border with Pakistan, but this was denied by Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

2 Dec 2012 - 3:58pm

Grisly details emerge in hearing against US soldier accused of Afghan massacre

A sketch of Robert Bales (back facing) at the hearing. Photo: AP

From a live video feed half a world away in Afghanistan, in an extraordinary night court session, descriptions of chaos and horror poured into a military courtroom an hour south of Seattle.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:55am

Justice acquitted as court jails four Afghan policemen for teenager's rape

Newly graduated police demonstrate their skills during a graduation ceremony in Laghman province, east of Kabul, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Before a packed courtroom in the capital, a judicial panel found four members of the Afghan Local Police guilty of involvement in the rape of a shepherd's daughter in a case that tested the judicial system's ability to hold the controversial force accountable.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Briefs, October 18, 2012

The ornate slippers sold at a Paris auction. Photo: AFP

Police apologise after blind man tasered

18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am

Suicide truck bomb hits Nato base in Afghanistan

A suicide truck bomb attack on a joint Nato-Afghan army base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday caused several casualties to Afghan forces.

17 Oct 2012 - 3:26pm

Five British Marines charged with Afghanistan murder

British defence minister Philip Hammond. Photo: AP

Five of Britain’s elite Royal Marines have been charged with murder following an engagement with an insurgent last year, the Ministry of Defence said on Sunday.

British military police had arrested seven Royal Marines last Thursday on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am