Military of Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28516/all en $7.3 million camp for Afghan police found nearly empty -inspectors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/73-million-camp-afghan-police-found-nearly-empty-inspectors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By David Alexander</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A $7.3 million base camp built to house 175 Afghan Border Police was sitting virtually empty two months after it was handed over to Afghan authorities, and some equipment like wood-burning stoves had been dismantled, U.S. inspectors reported on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/73-million-camp-afghan-police-found-nearly-empty-inspectors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Police Asia Military of Afghanistan War Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:15:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741295 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghan air force desperate for aircraft: commander http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/afghan-air-force-desperate-aircraft-commander <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Afghanistan's fledgling air force is more like a bicycle than a modern fighting machine, its commander has said, pleading for advanced aircraft to fight the Taliban as US-led NATO forces prepare to withdraw.</p> <p>Air power is crucial in the rugged country where a poor road network is often mined by insurgents, and the Afghan government is pressing hard for the US to boost its air capability before it pulls out next year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/afghan-air-force-desperate-aircraft-commander" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Military Military of Afghanistan War AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:25:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755950 at http://www.globalpost.com Suicide bomb in Kabul during Hagel visit: officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130309/suicide-bomb-kabul-during-hagel-visit-officials <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A large suicide bomb exploded near the defence ministry in central Kabul during a visit to the Afghan capital on Saturday by new US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said.</p> <p>A spokesman for the Afghan defence ministry said that there were civilian casualties but he did not give any further details.</p> <p>"A suicide attacker has detonated himself within 30 metres (100 feet) of the defence ministry gate, there have been casualties among civilians, but defence ministry personnel have not suffered any casualties," Zahir Azimi told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130309/suicide-bomb-kabul-during-hagel-visit-officials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Security Assistance Force Military of Afghanistan Ministry of Defense AFP Sat, 09 Mar 2013 05:45:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5777874 at http://www.globalpost.com 2 U.S. troops killed by uniformed Afghans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130311/2-us-troops-killed-uniformed-afghans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kabul, Mar 11 (EFE).- At least two U.S. servicemembers and three Afghan troops died Monday when eight uniformed Afghan security forces members opened fire on them, Tolo television said.</p> <p>More than 20 others were wounded during the incident in the central province of Wardak, Tolo said.</p> <p>The deputy chief of police in Wardak, Abdul Razaq Quarishi, confirmed to Efe that the attack occurred "inside a military base" and resulted in the deaths of at least three members of the Afghan security forces.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130311/2-us-troops-killed-uniformed-afghans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Army Military of Afghanistan Taliban War Agencia EFE Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:45:44 +0000 Agencia EFE 5780192 at http://www.globalpost.com Denmark to pull half its troops out of Afghanistan a year early http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/denmark-pull-half-its-troops-out-afghanistan-year-early <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Denmark will withdraw half of its 650 soldiers from Afghanistan in August, a year earlier than planned, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Tuesday. </p> <p>An infantry unit had been due to be replaced in the volatile Helmand province in August but Thorning-Schmidt said that this would no longer take place based on an assessment by British and Danish defence officials.</p> <p>"Therefore the only combat unit in Afghanistan will be our tank unit, which will remain," he told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/denmark-pull-half-its-troops-out-afghanistan-year-early" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Helle Thorning-Schmidt Military of Afghanistan Neil Kinnock AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:01:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5787713 at http://www.globalpost.com Denmark to pull half its troops out of Afghanistan a year early http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/denmark-pull-half-its-troops-out-afghanistan-year-early-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Denmark will withdraw half of its 650 soldiers from Afghanistan in August, a year earlier than planned, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Tuesday. </p> <p>An infantry unit had been due to be replaced in the volatile Helmand province in August but Thorning-Schmidt said that an assessment by British and Danish defence officials showed that this was no longer needed.</p> <p>"Therefore the only combat unit in Afghanistan will be our tank unit, which will remain," she told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/denmark-pull-half-its-troops-out-afghanistan-year-early-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Europe Government Military of Afghanistan AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:16:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5787722 at http://www.globalpost.com Road mine kills Polish soldier in Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/road-mine-kills-polish-soldier-afghanistan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 29-year-old Polish soldier died when a mine exploded on a road in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, Poland's defence ministry said.</p> <p>Pawel Ordynski, whose vehicle struck the mine in the province of Ghazni, is the 39th Pole to die in a decade of conflict in Afghanistan, ministry spokesman Jacek Sonta said.</p> <p>Poland has 1,800 troops serving in Afghanistan with NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), making it one of the main contributors to the 100,000-strong mission.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/road-mine-kills-polish-soldier-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force Military of Afghanistan Radosław Sikorski AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:00:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5788806 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan says Afghan army fire on border injures two http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130501/pakistan-says-afghan-army-fire-border-injures-two <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pakistani authorities late Wednesday accused the Afghan National Army (ANA) of firing on one of its border checkposts, injuring at least two security personnel.</p> <p>A senior Pakistan security official in the country's northwest said ANA troops started firing at 10:00 pm local time, which triggered an exchange of fire that lasted for two hours on the Pakistan-Afghan border in the Mohmand tribal district.</p> <p>"It was continuous fire on one of our checkpost that forced our troops to retaliate," the official told AFP.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130501/pakistan-says-afghan-army-fire-border-injures-two" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Army Military of Afghanistan Mohmand Pakistan AFP Wed, 01 May 2013 21:00:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5829491 at http://www.globalpost.com Bomb kills 7 Afghan police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130521/bomb-kills-7-afghan-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kabul, May 21 (EFE).- At least seven Afghan police officers died Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded as their vehicle was passing in the western province of Herat, an official said.</p> <p>The attack occurred Tuesday morning in the Chest district when the police vehicle was en route to the Obe district in the same province, provincial government spokesman Muhaihuddin Nuri told Efe.</p> <p>The spokesman blamed the Taliban for the attack, although the insurgents have not claimed responsibility for it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130521/bomb-kills-7-afghan-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Army Asia Military of Afghanistan Politics Agencia EFE Tue, 21 May 2013 19:45:43 +0000 Agencia EFE 5843120 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. watchdog raps Pentagon for buying aircraft for Afghan unit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130628/us-watchdog-raps-pentagon-buying-aircraft-afghan-unit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By David Alexander</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A government watchdog criticized the Pentagon on Friday for forging ahead with controversial helicopter purchases from a Russian arms dealer despite warnings the Afghan special forces unit due to receive the aircraft could not fly or maintain them.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130628/us-watchdog-raps-pentagon-buying-aircraft-afghan-unit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Army Business Environment Health Military of Afghanistan Politics War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Fri, 28 Jun 2013 06:32:02 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5870061 at http://www.globalpost.com US air strike accidentally kills five Afghan police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130801/us-air-strike-accidentally-kills-five-afghan-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A US air strike killed five Afghan policemen during a joint operation against insurgents, officials said Thursday, in an incident likely to further strain ties between the allies.</p> <p>Afghan and US forces called for aerial support while fighting in the eastern province of Nangarhar, the US-led NATO coalition said, with local officials reporting special forces were reacting to an insurgent attack on a police post.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130801/us-air-strike-accidentally-kills-five-afghan-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Police International Security Assistance Force Military of Afghanistan AFP Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:34:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5900022 at http://www.globalpost.com British PM handed 70,000-name Afghan interpreters petition http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130814/british-pm-handed-70000-name-afghan-interpreters-petition <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Winston Churchill's great-grandson on Wednesday delivered a petition with more than 70,000 signatures to Prime Minister David Cameron's office, demanding action to protect Afghan interpreters who have served with British troops.</p> <p>Alexander Perkins, a former soldier who has served two tours in Afghanistan himself, said Britain owed the interpreters a "huge debt" and they would be "sent to their deaths" if they were not offered asylum.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130814/british-pm-handed-70000-name-afghan-interpreters-petition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Army Asia Business Labor Law Military of Afghanistan Politics Technology AFP Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:17:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5909881 at http://www.globalpost.com Canadian trainers to begin Afghan withdrawal next month, finishing in March 2014 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130904/canadian-trainers-begin-afghan-withdrawal-next-month-finishi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Canadian troops will begin a phased withdrawal from Afghanistan next month, leaving fewer than 100 soldiers on the ground by the time the training mission officially comes to end in March.</p> <p>But questions remain about whether the Afghan force Canadians have been training will be capable of fending off the continued onslaught of insurgents.</p> <p>Maj.-Gen. Dean Milner, who's in charge of Canadian troops and is deputy commander of the NATO training mission, expressed confidence the Afghan National Army and police will be able to meet the challenges.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130904/canadian-trainers-begin-afghan-withdrawal-next-month-finishi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Military of Afghanistan War War in Afghanistan The Canadian Press Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:01:11 +0000 The Canadian Press 5924540 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. general sees problems, progress in developing Afghan air force http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130920/us-general-sees-problems-progress-developing-afghan-air-force <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Andrea Shalal-Esa</p> <p>NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland (Reuters) - The U.S.-led effort to train the Afghan air force faces big challenges ranging from security threats to possible repercussions from a new review of infrastructure and equipment projects, the U.S. general in charge said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130920/us-general-sees-problems-progress-developing-afghan-air-force" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Military of Afghanistan War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Fri, 20 Sep 2013 23:57:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5940373 at http://www.globalpost.com Shot killed British soldier in Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130924/shot-killed-british-soldier-afghanistan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A British soldier killed by a rogue member of the Afghan army as he played in a Remembrance Day football match died instantly from a gunshot wound to the chest, an inquest heard Tuesday.</p> <p>Captain Walter Barrie died when gunman Mohammad Ashraf fired around 10 shots at players competing in the match between British forces and members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) at a base in the restive Helmand province, Oxford Coroner's Court heard.</p> <p>Ashraf, who was wearing a full ANA uniform, used an M16 rifle during the attack, which took place on November 11 last year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130924/shot-killed-british-soldier-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Army International Security Assistance Force Military of Afghanistan AFP Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:31:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5943516 at http://www.globalpost.com