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Controversy over alleged Afghan prison torture slips quietly into history books

KABUL - It burned white hot as a human-rights issue at the height of the Afghan war, sparking a political crisis that in 2009 nearly toppled Stephen Harper's minority government. Five years on, the controversy that surrounded Ottawa's handling of the Taliban prisoner file — in particular the nagging questions about whether they were tortured at the hands of their Afghan jailers — faded more quickly from the public consciousness than the conflict itself.

5 Afghan soldiers killed in NATO airstrike

Kabul, Mar 6 (EFE).- At least five Afghan soldiers died and seven were wounded in a NATO airstrike on Thursday in Logar province, south of Kabul, an official told Efe. The attack was carried out early in the morning on an Afghan army checkpoint in the Sarkh district, said the spokesman for the provincial government, Dim Mohammed Darwish. He said that "we have opened an investigation to clarify the circumstances under which the bombardment occurred."

NATO airstrike kills five Afghan soldiers: Afghan officials

A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday accidentally killed five Afghan soldiers, government officials said, while the coalition said it was investigating reports of the incident. The deaths are likely to worsen already fraught relations between the US-led NATO coalition and President Hamid Karzai, who has often seized on botched airstrikes to launch bitter criticism of the international military effort in Afghanistan.

Pakistani group says ending blockade of NATO supplies to Afghanistan

A Pakistani political party in the local coalition government in a northwestern border province announced Thursday an end to its nearly three-month long blockade of supplies to NATO-led international troops in neighboring Afghanistan. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province said in a press release that a party committee decided to take the action as directed by the Peshawar High Court.

Pakistani group says ending blockade of NATO supplies to Afghanistan

A Pakistani political party in the local coalition government in a northwestern border province announced Thursday an end to its nearly three-month long blockade of supplies to NATO-led international troops in neighboring Afghanistan. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province said in a press release that a party committee decided to take the action as directed by the Peshawar High Court.

From troops to troupe for war-wounded Australian soldiers

As Australia's decade-long mission in Afghanistan draws to a close and war-weary troops return home, one courageous group are reliving their experiences in a different kind of theatre. Lance Corporal Craig Hancock served three tours of Afghanistan -- two of them carrying the silent psychological wounds of a roadside bomb attack that left him self-medicating and unable to ask for help for fear of letting down his friends. But that's nothing compared to stepping out on stage in front of a full house at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Roadside bomb kills 6 Afghan soldiers

A roadside bomb has ripped through an Afghan army vehicle in northeastern Afghanistan, killing six soldiers, the defence ministry said Tuesday. The soldiers were returning to their post after a firefight with a group of militants in Alasay district of Kapisa province late on Monday. "Unfortunately, their vehicle hit a roadside bomb which killed six soldiers," deputy defence ministry spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri told AFP. "Five militants including their group leader were also killed in the firefight," he said.

Afghans in army uniform kill two foreign soldiers in east

KABUL (Reuters) - Two Afghan men in army uniform turned their weapons on foreign soldiers in east Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two, an Afghan official and the NATO-led coalition said. An Afghan interior ministry official said the shooting took place in Kapisa province, just north of the capital Kabul. The NATO-led coalition confirmed two foreign soldiers had been shot dead but did not identify their nationalities.

Two US soldiers killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

Two Afghan men wearing military uniforms have shot dead two US soldiers, in the first suspected "insider attack" of the year as NATO troops withdraw after 13 years of fighting Taliban militants. Incidents in which Afghan forces turn their guns on their allies have killed scores of US-led troops, breeding fierce mistrust and undermining efforts to train up local forces to secure the country.

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

Two Afghan men wearing military uniforms shot dead two NATO soldiers on Wednesday, in the first suspected "insider attack" of the year as international troops withdraw after 13 years of fighting Taliban militants. Incidents in which Afghan forces turn their guns on their allies have killed scores of US-led troops, breeding fierce mistrust and undermining efforts to train up local forces to secure the country.
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