US Troops

  • Afghan election resolution inches forward with audit deal July 31, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan's floundering attempts to declare a winner of its presidential election inched forward on Thursday with a deal allowing an audit of all votes to restart, but the United Nations warned of the risk of further delays. Alleged fraud during the June 14 election has plunged the country into a...
  • Iraq crisis: 500 US troops, including 180 military advisors in Baghdad June 29, 2014

    As many as 500 US troops including 180 military advisors have been stationed in war-torn Iraq. Iraqi forces, meanwhile, claim that they have re-taken the city of Tikrit from ISIS control in a military offensive on Sunday. The Iraq air force launched air strikes on ISIS strongholds in the Anbar...
  • 60 people killed as series of car bombs strike Iraqi capital September 4, 2013

    A series of car bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people in predominantly Shi'ite districts, police and medics said. It was not immediately clear who had carried out the attacks, which appeared coordinated, but Sunni Islamist militants, including an al Qaeda affiliate, have been striking with...
  • Afghanistan: Five killed in roadside bomb blast June 28, 2013

    Kabul: Five people were killed as a roadside bomb struck a car in Afghanistan's Laghman province Thursday, an official said. A mine planted by militants struck a car in Omarzai area on the outskirts of provincial capital Mehterlam at around 3:00 PM Thursday, leaving five civilians dead and injured another, said...
  • Bomb attacks kill more than 70 Shi'ites across Iraq May 21, 2013

    Baghdad: More than 70 people were killed in a series of car bombings and suicide attacks targeting Shi'ite Muslims across Iraq on Monday, police and medics said, extending the worst sectarian violence since US troops withdrew in December 2011. The attacks increased the number killed in sectarian clashes in the past...
  • Iraq: Series of car bombs kills at least 31 May 20, 2013

    Baghdad: At least 20 people were killed by a series of car bombs in mainly Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Monday and 11 others were killed by attacks in the southern city of Basra, police and medics said. Scores of people have been killed in attacks over the...
  • US commandos hand over troubled area to Afghans March 30, 2013

    Kabul: US special operations forces handed over their base in a strategic region of eastern Afghanistan to local Afghan commandos on Saturday, a senior US commander said. The withdrawal from Nirkh district meets a demand by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that US forces leave the area after allegations that the...
  • World View: With Kerry-Hagel at the helm for US pullout, will it be advantage Pakistan? March 1, 2013

    Watch the discussion on the question with Suhasini Haidar on World View. ...
  • US troops warned not to disclose info on Osama August 24, 2012

    Washington: The US special operations chief has warned his troops, current and former, that he would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause fellow forces harm. The threat comes as a new book with a firsthand account of the deadly raid on Osama...
  • 3 US soldiers, 18 Afghans killed in suicide attack June 21, 2012

    Kabul: A suicide bomber killed 21 people including three US soldiers at a checkpoint in a packed market in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday - the third assault targeting Americans in as many days. The daily violence is threatening to undermine international hopes of an orderly handover to Afghan forces at the...
  • Vietnam to open restricted sites for US search June 4, 2012

    Hanoi: The Vietnamese government has agreed to open three previously restricted sites to help the search for and excavation of the remains of US servicemen listed as missing in action, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday. The agreement was unveiled at a meeting between visiting US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and...
  • Kabul blasts: Taliban claims responsibility, 6 dead May 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Shortly after a surprise visit by US President Barack Obama to Afghanistan early on Wednesday morning on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, serial bomb blasts and a suicide car bomb attack rocked Kabul killing six people including one Gurkha guard. The blasts occurred near the foreign...
  • Afghan President condemns US troop photos April 19, 2012

    Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned photographs of US soldiers posing with the bloodied remains of three suicide bombers as "disgusting" and said on Thursday that only a quicker exit of international forces can prevent such missteps. Karzai joined top American officials in denouncing that two-year-old photos, the latest in a...
  • American officers killed in Afghan Interior Ministry February 26, 2012

    Kabul: Two American officers were shot dead at close range in Afghanistan's Interior Ministry on Saturday, a US official said, as rage gripped the country for a fifth day over the burning of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base. NATO recalled all staff working at ministries in the Afghan...
  • Afghans protest over reported Koran desecrations February 21, 2012

    Bagram: More than 2,000 Afghans protested outside the main US military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday over a report that foreign troops had improperly disposed of copies of the Koran and other religious items, Afghan officials said. US helicopters fired flares to try to break up the demonstrators, some of...
  • Last US troops leave Iraq, ending war December 18, 2011

    Baghdad: The last convoy of US soldiers pulled out of Iraq on Sunday, ending nearly nine years of war that cost almost 4,500 American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and left a country grappling with political uncertainty. The war launched in March 2003 with missiles striking Baghdad to oust...
  • Barack Obama marks end of Iraq war December 15, 2011

    Fort Bragg: US President Barack Obama saluted returning troops returning from Iraq on Wednesday, declaring that the nearly nine-year conflict is ending honorably, "not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home." Marking the conclusion of the war at this military base that's seen more than 200 deaths...
  • Obama winds down Iraq war but verdict elusive December 14, 2011

    Washington: "Mission Accomplished" are two words President Barack Obama will not use as he winds down the most unpopular US military venture since Vietnam and declares an end to another war without victory. Obama's visit to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Wednesday will be a chance to tout the completion of...
  • Bombs hit Shi'ite pilgrims In Iraq, kill 32 December 6, 2011

    Baghdad: A series of bombs tore through crowds of Shi'ite pilgrims celebrating a major ritual across Iraq on Monday, killing at least 32 people, mostly women and children, and wounding scores more, local police and witnesses said. The attacks, at the height of Ashura, which commemorates the death of Prophet Mohammad's...
  • US starts vacating Shamsi airbase in Pakistan December 4, 2011

    Islamabad: The US on Sunday started pulling out its nationals from Shamsi airbase, reportedly used by CIA- operated drones, on the orders of Pakistan government after a deadly NATO cross-border airsrike killed 24 of its soldiers. An American aircraft arrived in Pakistan to fly out US nationals. After the aircraft landed,...
  • Suicide bomber hits Iraq military base, 19 dead November 29, 2011

    Baghdad: A suicide bomber attacked a military base in the Iraqi town of Taji on Monday, killing at least 19 people, in the latest assault by insurgents trying to undermine the government. In central Baghdad an explosion in a car park at Iraq's parliament killed at least one person and wounded...
  • Afghan forces to take lead in more areas: Karzai November 28, 2011

    Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday that the nation's forces will soon take charge of security in areas of the country that are home to half of Afghanistan's population. The handover, expected to begin by early next year, is the second step in a transition that Karzai hopes will...
  • US Republicans criticize Obama on Iraq, Libya October 31, 2011

    Washington: US Republican presidential candidates showed on Sunday how they plan to attack President Barack Obama's credentials as commander in chief by criticizing his actions on Iraq and Libya. Republicans seeking their party's nomination are trying to distinguish themselves from each other and show they can take on the Democratic president...
  • Iran leader says US troop exit 'golden' for Iraq October 31, 2011

    Tehran: Iran's supreme leader on Sunday hailed the coming withdrawal of US troops from neighbouring Iraq as a "golden" victory. US President Barack Obama plans to withdraw his 40,000 troops from Iraq by the end of the year after negotiations on keeping some forces there failed, a move some US politicians...
  • Iraq: bomb blast near liquor store kills 7 people October 18, 2011

    Baghdad: A bomb blast near a Baghdad liquor store on Monday evening killed seven people and injured another 18, Iraqi medical and police officials said. Three of the dead and five of the injured were police officers, the officials said. The information came from police in eastern Baghdad and the hospital where...
  • Troops withdrawal from Afghanistan still on track: Obama October 1, 2011

    Washington: The United States still intends to withdraw some 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by 2012. The announcement was made by President Barack Obama in a letter to the US Congress. Obama also claimed that his administration had reversed the Taliban momentum. "We have seen great progress in our fight against al Qaeda; we...
  • Bomb blast at Iraqi pilgrim restaurant kills four September 23, 2011

    Baghdad: A suicide bomber blew up a minibus in front of a restaurant used by Shi'ite pilgrims in the Iraqi town of Haswa on Thursday, killing four people and wounding 17 others, security sources said. The explosion took place about 50 km south of Baghdad and targeted pilgrims who were on...
  • Obama to meet Karzai to discuss transition September 20, 2011

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will meet his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Tuesday during which the two leaders would be discussing the transition process, a presidential aide has said. "This is the first meeting the President will have with Karzai since we rolled out our plan for a transition, so...
  • Kabul attack ends, six attackers killed September 14, 2011

    KABUL: An assault by Taliban insurgents on the heart of Kabul's diplomatic and military enclave has ended after 20 hours, when security forces killed the last of six attackers, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday. "The operation just ended and 6 terrorists were killed by police....
  • No media coverage of return of slain troops: US August 9, 2011

    Washington: The media coverage of an event to mark the return of the bodies of 30 elite US troops killed in Afghanistan after their chopper was shot down by Taliban has been denied by the Pentagon, saying that there were "no identifiable remains" of these soldiers. Given the nature of...