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Mistaken Identity?

The Pentagon says U.S. troops didn't follow proper tactics and procedures during an air assault on Taliban fighters last month that's been linked to the deaths of a number of Afghan civilians. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell says there were problems in the way "in which close air support was supposed to have been executed in this case." Morrell said it appears a B-1 bomber "had to break away from the target" for some time. He says there's no way to determine whether it had anything to do with the civilian casualties, but he says investigators determined that it was "one of the problems associated with how this all took place."

Tags: Technology , Pentagon , Geoff Morrell

Monday - 06/08/2009, 06:49pm EDT

The Pak/Afghan War

President Barack Obama said he got the commitments he wanted yesterday from the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan. What he got were promises from them to take the fight to the Taliban and al-Qaida. The terrorist organizations are growing in stature and are becoming more brazen. At the same time the U.S. military is dealing with reports that U.S. forces accidentally killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan. In the middle of the chaos, there are reports the Taliban killed civilians and paraded them around claiming U.S. forces did it.

Tags: Pentagon , Obama , Afghanistan ,

Wednesday - 05/06/2009, 07:46pm EDT

The Hunt: Tracking the Taliban

National Security Correspondent JJ Green speaks with Army Reserve Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who explains the strategy the US has been using against Taliban.

Tags: The Hunt , security , JJ Green , Tony Shaffer , Pakistan

Wednesday - 04/07/2010, 08:40am EDT

Another blow to the Taliban

Agence France Press is reporting that Pakistan's military has arrested the top Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar in the lawless tribal region bordering Afghanistan, security and government officials said Tuesday. "A very, very important militant has been arrested," said Major Fazal Ur Rehman, head of the military's media cell. Government and military officials said the detainee was Maulvi Omar, the spokesman for Pakistan's feared Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) organisation, led by Baitullah Mehsud, who was this month reported dead.

Tags: Technology , Pentagon , Pakistan

Tuesday - 08/18/2009, 07:54pm EDT

Taliban stronghold falls

The Afghan government took official control of the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday, installing an administrator and raising the national flag while U.S.-led troops worked to root out final pockets of militants.

Tags: security , Afghanistan , JJ Green

Thursday - 02/25/2010, 10:40am EST

Under the Microscope

A team of Pentagon auditors will travel to Afghanistan next month to determine whether the U.S. is doing enough to train and equip local security forces.

Tags: Pentagon , security ,

Friday - 02/13/2009, 02:03pm EST

Infantry robots giving the Taliban a hard time

Drones aren't the only robots in the American military. More than 2,000 "groundbots" are in use in Afghanistan, doing dangerous work alongside U.S. troops.

Tags: robots , Evan Haning , U.S. Army

Monday - 02/14/2011, 03:11pm EST

Commander: Afghan-Pakistan border impossible to seal

A senior U.S. commander said the focus is now fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

Tags: DoD Report , Associated Press , Afghanistan , Pakistan , military , Viet Luong , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 09:35am EST

Senate report: U.S. contractor money aids enemy in Afghanistan

A Senate Armed Services Committee report found the army of private contractors working for the U.S. in Afghanistan threatens the safety of American troops.

Tags: Senate Armed Services Committee , Contracting , Afghanistan , Washington Post , DoD , Must Reads , Dorobek Insider

Friday - 10/08/2010, 02:16pm EDT
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