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Army Pfc. Samuel Corsolini pulls security as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter takes off after unloading his team and members of 2nd Afghan National Civil Order Patrol Special Weapons and Tactics Team in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on March 16.

As America commemorates Memorial Day, approximately 4,500 U.S. service members have died in Iraq and more than 1,840 in Afghanistan— five provinces in those countries saw the highest casualties. Read more»

Little is known for certain about what happened on March 11, when Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly massacred 16 Afghan civilians. Read more»

The U.S. soldier accused of killing civilians on a shooting rampage in two villages in Afghanistan will be charged with 17 counts of murder. Read more»

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

A man crashed a stolen vehicle on the runway of an Afghanistan air base as Secretary of Defense Leon Panett's plane arrived Wednesday, days after the killings of 16 civilians blamed on an American soldier. Read more»

The Taliban has vowed revenge against the United States after an American soldier allegedly went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in Kandahar province, killing 16 Afghan civilians. Read more» 1

U.S. Army soldiers scan an area of Arezo village, Afghanistan, from a rooftop in October.

An American soldier walked into a village near his base in southern Afghanistan, and shot and killed at least 16 civilians early Sunday morning. Read more»

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ed Franco plays with local refugee children in Dar Ul Aman, Kabul, Afghanistan on April 8, 2007.

In the wake of Tuesday’s assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president’s half brother and the most powerful man in Kandahar, and Thursday's suicide bombing of a mosque where his service was being held, U.S. and Afghan forces in Kandahar City are on a heightened state of alert. Read more»

There is much that is unclear about the assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai. But there is one thing that is virtually certain: it will make the situation worse.The power vacuum it creates could quite possibly be filled by someone even worse. Read more»

Taliban fighters meet with Government of the Republic of Afghanistan officials in Kandahar on April 11. The killing of Osama bin Laden means little to the Taliban, who will continue to fight U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The United States and its allies have no plans to slow the gearing up for a renewed offensive against in Afghanistan. Read more»

An Afghan national policeman guards a prison in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, in October.

More than 470 Taliban detainees broke out of Kandahar’s toughest prison, and nobody noticed. (with video) Read more»

Soviet T-62s rust in a 'tank graveyard' outside Kandahar in May 2010.

As winter settles across Afghanistan, American M-1 Abrams tanks are just about to roll in, right past the bombed-out hulks of Soviet tanks scattered across the rugged landscape as rusted symbols of the failures of the last empire that tried and failed to occupy Afghanistan. Read more»

Australian troops on patrol during the Afghan winter, 2009.

While battle rages on in warmer climes around the world, the fighting season in Afghanistan is drawing to a close as bitter cold descends upon its mountains and deserts. Read more»

MRAP-all terrain vehicles are loaded into a C-17 Globemaster III prior to shipment to Afghanistan from Manas, Kyrgyzstan, Jan. 14.

Moving all the things 100,000 troops need to fight and survive in a hostile foreign land is never an easy task. In a landlocked, mountainous country the size of Texas, with few paved roads, it is even harder. Read more» 1

Chris Moon, pitching for the Tucson High Badgers in 2007.

Spc. Chris Moon, a former Tucson High baseball star, died from injuries he suffered in Afghanistan, the Defense Department confirmed. The 2006 Southern Arizona Player of the Year stepped on a roadside bomb last week. Read more»

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus (left), International Security Assistance Force commander, is pictured with Maj. Gen. Nick P. Carter, Regional Command-East commander, July 9.

Gen. David Petraeus is unlikely to succeed if Afghan policy stays the same and persists in ignoring the ramifications of a long list of injustices that continue to pile up in Afghanistan. Read more»

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