War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

Joshua Ploetz, a Marine vet who has post-traumatic stress disorder, left, and his traveling companion Aleks Nelson, set up camp after nightfall, while canoeing in the Mississippi River in Donaldsonville, La., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Nelson, a kayaker from Duluth, Minn., joined Ploetz about 10 days into the trip and paddled alongside him to the end. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Former Marine paddles away 2 tours in Afghanistan

  VENICE, La. (AP) — Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz. The former Marine was injured in a roadside bomb. He lost friends in combat, and later, to suicide. When the […]

08/07/2014

President Barack Obama turns toward former Army staff sergeant Ryan M. Pitts, after bestowing him with the Medal of Honor in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama bestows Medal of Honor on NH veteran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. […]

07/21/2014

Afghanistan's security forces and civilians walk at the site of a suicide attack in the Urgun area of Paktika province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The attack near a busy market and a mosque killed at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. (AP Photo/Pajhwok News Agency)

89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent […]

07/15/2014

With his wife Amy, left, watching Ryan Pitts walks on the stage to talk with reporters Thursday June 26, 2014 in Concord, N.H. Pitts will wear the nation's highest award, the  Medal of Honor  for combat valor after he continued to fight after being wounded in one of Afghanistan's bloodiest battles. He insisted that the medal belongs to all of his comrades who fought and died that day. Pitts will receive the medal next month at the White House.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Medal of Honor recipient: This belongs to comrades

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ryan Pitts will wear the nation’s highest award for combat valor, but the humble and soft-spoken Medal of Honor recipient who continued to fight after being wounded in one of Afghanistan’s […]

06/26/2014

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Bob Costantini’s info on 5 Americans killed in Afghanistan

NATO is acknowledging that five service members were killed in an apparent friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan, and we have now learned that the five were American. Phil and Penny spoke more in detail with NBC News […]

06/10/2014

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5 US troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Five Americans troops were killed in an apparent friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday, in one of the worst such incidents involving United States or […]

06/10/2014

May 25, 2014 -- President Barack Obama speaking during a troop rally after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

US to keep 9800 troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year and then withdraw most of those forces by 2016, senior administration officials […]

05/27/2014

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Questions about 30 Americans killed in Afghan war

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of some of the 30 U.S. troops killed when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan said congressional testimony from U.S. military officials on Thursday answered some, but not all, of […]

02/27/2014

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Dempsey worries about effects of withdrawal talk

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — America’s top military officer said Wednesday that the impasse over a security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan is encouraging the enemy to take bold actions and could lead […]

02/26/2014

Afghan members of civil society organizations light candles during a memorial ceremony for 21 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Hundreds of heavily armed Taliban insurgents attacked army checkpoints in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, Feb. 23, officials said, killing 21 soldiers in the deadliest single incident for the Afghan army in at least a year. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Obama tells Pentagon to plan for Afghan pullout

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a security agreement […]

02/25/2014

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