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  • NATO: Afghan Security Deaths Up As They Lead Fight

    November 7, 2014 6:19 AM

    HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) - The head of NATO said Friday that Afghan security forces are dying in record numbers because they have assumed a leading role in the fight against Taliban insurgents as foreign forces shift from combat to training and support. Figures this week show that more Afghan security... more »
  • Migrant Boat Sinks Off Turkey; 22 Dead, 6 Rescued

    November 3, 2014 11:33 AM

    ISTANBUL (AP) - A boat carrying suspected migrants from Afghanistan and Syria sank Monday off Istanbul's coast, leaving at least 22 people dead, authorities said. About a dozen people were believed to be missing, while six were rescued. Coast guard vessels, divers and passing fishing boats were scanning the... more »
  • Chamber Says Cuts Coming To Fort Campbell

    October 31, 2014 2:50 PM

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - The head of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce says the Fort Campbell area should be prepared for budget cuts to happen at the military post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. Chamber President Marian Mason told The Kentucky New Era that chamber members would... more »
  • Afghanistan, US Sign Long-Awaited Security Pact

    September 30, 2014 7:05 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan and the United States have signed a long-awaited security pact that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year. At a Tuesday ceremony in the capital, Kabul, newly appointed national security adviser Mohmmad Hanif Atmar signed the document along... more »
  • Afghan Presidential Candidates Sign Unity Deal

    September 21, 2014 6:02 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal Sunday, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. The incoming president - Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai... more »
  • Afghan Presidential Candidates Sign Unity Deal

    September 21, 2014 6:01 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal Sunday, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. The incoming president - Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai... more »
  • New Afghan Attack Kills 7 After US General Slain

    August 6, 2014 6:41 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. officials prepared Wednesday to fly the body of a two-star general slain in an Afghan "insider attack" back home, as a similar attack saw an Afghan police officer drug and shoot dead seven of his colleagues, authorities said. The investigation into the killing of Maj.... more »
  • US Official: Americans Killed In Afghan Attack

    August 5, 2014 9:00 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official says "about a dozen" of the victims of an Afghan insider attack on Tuesday were Americans, and at least one American was killed. The official says many details of the attack early Tuesday were still unclear and the numbers could change. The official spoke... more »
  • Afghan Official Says NATO Strike Kills 4 Civilians

    August 5, 2014 7:10 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A NATO helicopter strike targeting missile-launching Taliban militants killed four civilians in western Afghanistan, an Afghan official said Tuesday. NATO said they were investigating the attack. The attack in western Herat province comes as civilian casualties from NATO attacks remain a contentious issue across the country... more »
  • Suicide Bomber Kills Afghan President's Cousin

    July 29, 2014 7:26 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A cousin and close associate of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated on Tuesday by a suicide bomber who hid his explosives under his turban, a provincial official said. The bomber walked up to the home of Hashmat Khalil Karzai to greet him after morning... more »
  • Soldiers Deploying From Campbell, Bragg

    July 24, 2014 12:57 PM

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Soldiers from two 101st Airborne Division brigades from Fort Campbell and from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will deploy to Afghanistan, involving about 3,600 soldiers. The Defense Department said the deployment involves about 1,000 soldiers from the 1st Brigade and... more »
  • Report: Half Of Vets With PTSD Got Treatment

    June 20, 2014 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Institute of Medicine says only about half of veterans diagnosed last year with PTSD after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan received the recommended therapy. The report says about 53 percent of veterans whose primary diagnosis was PTSD got at least eight psychotherapy sessions in a... more »
  • 2 Fort Campbell Soldiers Die In Afghanistan

    June 16, 2014 11:38 AM

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Two Fort Campbell-based soldiers have been killed in a combat operation in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense announced Saturday that 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, California, and 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Georgia, were among five soldiers killed... more »
  • 5 US Troops Killed By Friendly Fire In Afghanistan

    June 10, 2014 9:35 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Five Americans troops were killed in an apparent coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, in one of the worst friendly fire incidents involving United States and coalition troops since the start of the nearly 14 year war. The U.S.-led international coalition said the... more »
  • NATO Says 5 Service Members Killed In Afghanistan

    June 10, 2014 7:09 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Five NATO service members were killed in an apparent friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan, the international coalition said on Tuesday. A statement from the coalition said all five soldiers died on Monday but did not give further details on the attack or the nationality... more »
  • Fort Campbell Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

    June 9, 2014 1:29 PM

    A Fort Campbell soldier was killed in Afghanistan late last week. The Department of Defense reports Private First Class Matthew Walker of Missouri was killed when his unit was attacked. He was based out of Fort Campbell. Governor Steve Beshear says he will order flags at all... more »
  • APNewsBreak: US To Keep 9800 Troops In Afghanistan

    May 27, 2014 11:26 AM

    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 will withdraw most of those forces by 2016, senior administration officials said Tuesday. Obama's decision is largely in line with what military commanders have been... more »
  • As US Draws Down, Afghan Opium Production Thrives

    May 1, 2014 8:42 AM

    MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) - Pink-and-white poppy blooms stretch toward the horizon in this field in southern Afghanistan as laborers slice open the green bulbs swollen with raw opium, the main ingredient in heroin. The opium from Marjah, a district in southern Helmand province, likely will make its way to drug... more »
  • AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded

    April 4, 2014 7:10 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly, according to an AP... more »
  • Blast Kills 6 At Afghan Interior Ministry Compound

    April 2, 2014 9:18 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide bomber wearing a military uniform struck the heavily fortified Interior Ministry compound in the heart of Kabul on Wednesday and killed six police officers, authorities said, in an escalation of Taliban violence aimed at disrupting this weekend's presidential election. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi... more »
  • Blast Hits Afghan Interior Ministry Compound

    April 2, 2014 7:04 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide bomber wearing a military uniform struck the entrance gate of the Interior Ministry compound Wednesday in the heart of the Afghan capital, officials said, the latest in a wave of violence to rock Kabul as the Taliban threaten to disrupt this weekend's elections. The... more »
  • Taliban Hit Kabul Election Office, Kill At Least 4

    March 25, 2014 9:02 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban launched a brazen assault in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, with a suicide bomber detonating his vehicle outside an election office on the edge of Kabul while two other gunmen stormed into the building, trapping dozens of employees inside and killing four people. A... more »
  • Soldier Gets 366 Days In Prison For Fuel Theft

    March 13, 2014 5:27 PM

    PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A U.S. Army soldier has been sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison for his role in stealing fuel at Forward Operating Base Fenty near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell handed down the sentence for 40-year-old Kevin Bilal Abdullah... more »
  • Fort Knox Soldiers Prepare For Deployment

    March 11, 2014 6:08 AM

    FORT KNOX (AP) - The soldiers of Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) are preparing to depart for Afghanistan and Kuwait and plan a ceremony on Friday to mark the occasion. The unit will hold a casing ceremony, which prepares the unit flag for movement. Fort Knox says the 3d... more »
  • Afghan Taliban Order Fighters To Disrupt Vote

    March 10, 2014 6:30 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban on Monday warned Afghans against taking part in the upcoming presidential election and ordered their fighters to "use all force" possible to disrupt the polling in the militant group's first formal threat of violence over the April 5 vote. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in... more »
  • Fort Knox Soldiers Return From Afghanistan

    February 26, 2014 7:10 AM

    FORT KNOX (AP) - After nine months in Afghanistan, more than 117 Fort Knox soldiers are back at home. The soldiers are from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and they landed Tuesday. The unit has been operating in the Zabul province in southern Afghanistan. Units from the... more »
  • Gov. Beshear Orders Flags To Half-Staff On Feb. 22

    February 21, 2014 10:48 AM

    FRANKFORT - Governor Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Saturday, Feb. 22 in honor of a Kentucky soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Christopher A. Landis, 27, of Independence, Ky., died... more »
  • Fort Drum Soldier From Kentucky Dies In Afghanistan

    February 12, 2014 6:20 AM

    VAN LEAR (AP) - Military officials say the death of an eastern Kentucky soldier from a non-combat incident in Afghanistan is under investigation. The Defense Department says 21-year-old Pfc. Joshua A. Gray of Van Lear died Monday at Bagram Airfield. Gray was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain... more »
  • 101st Soldiers Return from Afghanistan

    January 27, 2014 10:32 AM

    FORT CAMPBELL (AP) - The last soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division have returned home from their final mission with the unit. Media reported the soldiers returned on Sunday to Fort Campbell after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. It was the last mission for... more »
  • Kentucky Guardsmen "Facetime" with Coach Cal

    January 23, 2014 3:49 PM

    For the third year in a row, Kentucky Guardsmen deployed overseas received the unique opportunity to chat with University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari via Skype, Jan. 23, 2014. Calipari sat down with Governor Steve Beshear and Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky's adjutant general to... more »
  • Afghanistan's First Female Police Chief Starts Job

    January 16, 2014 10:41 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - She wears a black headscarf instead of a cap. But otherwise Col. Jamila Bayaz looks like any other district police chief in Afghanistan as she reviews checkpoints in the center of Kabul. Bayaz, 50, is the first woman to be promoted to run an entire... more »
  • Northern Kentucky Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

    January 16, 2014 5:58 AM

    A northern Kentucky soldier died in Afghanistan this week. Sgt. Daniel Lee was shot and killed Tuesday. According to Cincinnati TV station WLWT, military officials notified his family Wednesday afternoon. The 28-year-old was a 2003 graduate of Dixie Heights High School. He enlisted in the Army in 2008.... more »
  • McCain Warns Karzai, Confident On Afghan Deal

    January 2, 2014 8:20 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Arizona Republican John McCain and several other U.S. senators say they've warned the Afghan president that a failure to sign a key Afghan-U.S. security deal would pose a threat to the country and the region. Hamid Karzai has delayed signing the accord with the United States,... more »
  • US Seeks To Block Afghan Prisoner Release

    January 1, 2014 8:24 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. officials are seeking to block a move by an Afghan panel to free 88 detainees from a prison north of Kabul the Americans say would pose a security threat if released. Spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Col. Dave Lapan, says the Afghan panel "exceeded... more »
  • 3 Coalition Soldiers Killed In Afghan Car Bomb

    December 27, 2013 8:49 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of international troops in an eastern district of the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, killing three service members and wounding six Afghans, officials said. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the insurgent group was behind the attack. Television images showed... more »
  • Obama Says US Will Respect 'Afghan Sovereignty'

    November 21, 2013 8:44 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, in a letter to President Hamid Karzai, said the United States will continue to respect "Afghan sovereignty" under a new security agreement. Obama also said the U.S. military will not conduct raids on Afghan homes except under "extraordinary circumstances" involving urgent risks to U.S.... more »
  • Afghan Delegation To Meet Taliban Leader

    October 30, 2013 9:11 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Pakistan will allow an Afghan peace delegation to meet with a senior member of the Taliban who may be able to help start talks with the insurgency, Kabul said Wednesday. An announcement from President Hamid Karzai's office said an agreement was reached in London for a... more »
  • Despite Billions In Aid, Afghans Can't Find Work

    October 24, 2013 7:15 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Hundreds of men, some on crutches, all wearing tattered clothing, gather shortly before dawn at major intersections throughout Kabul and other Afghan cities. Displaying primitive tools such as a level or a trowel, they seek labor that is often backbreaking, always temporary and will earn just... more »
  • Gov. Beshear Orders Flags To Half-Staff In Honor Of Fort Campbell Soldier Killed In September

    October 14, 2013 7:48 PM

    Governor Beshear has directed flags at state buildings be lowered to half staff Tuesday, in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier killed in September. 31-year-old Staff Sergeant Thomas Baysore, Junior was killed when an enemy combatant wearing an Afghan National Army Uniform opened fire on a group of soldiers.... more »
  • Kerry In Afghanistan For Urgent Security Talks

    October 11, 2013 8:33 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Afghanistan Friday for urgent talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as an end of October deadline looms for completing a security deal that would allow American troops to remain in Afghanistan after the end of the NATO-led military... more »
  • Fort Knox Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

    October 9, 2013 8:01 PM

    FORT KNOX (AP) - The military says a Fort Knox soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. The Defense Department said Wednesday that 27-year-old Spc. Angel L. Lopez of Parma, Ohio, died Saturday in Zabul province after enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. Lopez was assigned... more »
  • Obama: Syria Changed When Assad Gassed Citizens

    September 10, 2013 9:13 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he long resisted calls for military action in Syria but that the situation changed after Syria's government gassed its own citizens. Obama on Tuesday used a televised address to the nation to explain his thinking on the ongoing fighting in Syria. He said... more »
  • Militants Attack US Base On Afghan Supply Route

    September 2, 2013 6:05 AM

    MOHMANDARA DISTRICT, Afghanistan (AP) - Militants attacked a U.S. base in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Monday, setting off bombs, torching vehicles and shutting down a key road used by NATO supply trucks, officials said. At least three people - apparently all attacking insurgents - were killed. The... more »
  • UN Reports Spike In Afghan Civilian Casualties

    July 31, 2013 8:12 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The United Nations said on Wednesday that civilian casualties in Afghanistan had dramatically increased by 23 percent in the first six months of the year and blamed the insurgency for the vast majority of the dead and wounded. In its mid-year report on civilian casualties, the... more »
  • Pakistan Says It Wants Stable Afghanistan

    July 21, 2013 10:10 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A senior Pakistani official says his country is willing to help get peace talks started with the Taliban if asked. Sartaj Aziz, a special adviser on national security and foreign affairs, says Islamabad has been trying to help jumpstart the peace process because a stable... more »
  • Taliban Attack Shows Militant Spirit Unbroken

    June 25, 2013 8:16 PM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A Taliban attack at the gates of the Afghan presidential palace cast a cold light Tuesday on the course of a war that Washington remains committed to ending. A week after NATO forces handed all security operations to the Afghans, local forces fought off the... more »
  • Afghan Taliban Attack Near Kabul Airport

    June 10, 2013 9:27 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Seven heavily armed Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn attack near Afghanistan's main airport Monday, apparently targeting NATO's airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and at least one large bomb. Two Afghan civilians were wounded and all the attackers were killed after an hours-long battle.... more »
  • Afghanistan Crash That Killed Kentuckian Not Insurgent Related

    June 5, 2013 5:46 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A joint U.S.-Afghan investigation into the crash of a civilian cargo jet in Afghanistan that killed seven Americans, including a Kentucky man, has ruled out insurgent involvement, but the exact cause could take up to a year to determine, an Afghan official said Monday. Investigators from... more »
  • Afghans Demand Arrest Of US Troops Over Killings

    June 4, 2013 9:05 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Hundreds of Afghans blocked a major highway south of Kabul on Tuesday, carrying freshly dug-up bodies they claimed were victims of torture by U.S. special forces and demanding the Americans be arrested, officials said. Violence erupted at the rally and two of the demonstrators were killed... more »
  • More Troops Due Back At Fort Campbell

    May 21, 2013 6:45 AM

    FORT CAMPBEL (AP) - Families and friends will be meeting loved ones this week at Fort Campbell, where more soldiers are returning to the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border from Afghanistan. The post says about 240 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, known as the "Rakkasans,"... more »
  • Suicide Bomber Kills 14 At Afghan Province Council

    May 20, 2013 9:10 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide bomber dressed in a police uniform killed 14 people including a prominent provincial council chief Monday in northern Afghanistan in an attack outside the council headquarters, authorities said. The Taliban insurgency quickly claimed responsibility. Seeking to weaken the Afghan government, Taliban insurgents have been... more »
  • Afghanistan: Bomb Kills 15, Including 2 Americans

    May 16, 2013 8:51 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. military says two American service members are among the 15 dead in a car bomb attack in Kabul. The suicide attack Thursday on a convoy also killed four foreign contractors and nine Afghan civilians. Cmdr. Bill Speaks, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Secretary,... more »
  • Kentucky National Guard Soldiers Return From Afghanistan

    April 12, 2013 8:56 AM

    LOUISVILLE (AP) - The Kentucky National Guard is welcoming home soldiers who were deployed in Afghanistan for nine months. A statement says a ceremony on Friday will celebrate the homecoming of 15 soldiers with the 613th Engineer Facilities Detachment. The ceremony will take place at the Kentucky Air National Guard... more »
  • Afghan Teenager Fatally Stabs US Soldier From Kentucky

    April 1, 2013 8:50 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan teenager killed an American soldier in eastern Afghanistan by stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local children, officials said Monday. The killing comes as the monthly U.S. death toll rose sharply in March to 14 with the... more »
  • Insider Attack Kills 2 US Troops, 3 Afghans

    March 11, 2013 7:59 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A police officer opened fire on U.S. and Afghan forces inside a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, sparking a firefight that killed two U.S. troops and two other Afghan policemen. The attacker was also killed in the shootout, officials said. The incident in Wardak... more »
  • German: US To Leave 8,000-12,000 Troops In Afghanistan

    February 22, 2013 8:52 AM

    BRUSSELS (AP) - A German official said Friday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told NATO allies that the U.S. will leave between 8,000 and 12,000 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when combat ends. German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters Friday that Panetta informed him of the... more »
  • 101st Returns To Afghanistan, But Different Role

    February 20, 2013 6:35 AM

    FORT CAMPBELL (AP) - The 101st Airborne Division is headed to Afghanistan for the third time in five years, but the division's commanding general, Maj. Gen. James McConville, says his forces have to be more adaptive and agile as they set the stage for the 2014 withdrawal of U.S. combat... more »
  • NATO Kills Insurgent Behind US Soldier's Death

    February 18, 2013 6:16 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan soldier-turned-insurgent who was feted by the Taliban for killing an American soldier during an insider attack in eastern Afghanistan last year has been killed in a raid, the U.S.-led international coalition said on Monday. NATO identified the insurgent as Mahmood and said that he... more »
  • Obama To Announce 34K Troops Home From Afghanistan In 1 Year

    February 12, 2013 9:18 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address that 34,000 U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan within a year, two people familiar with his remarks said Tuesday. That's about half the U.S. forces currently serving there, and marks the next phase in... more »
  • Kentucky Guard Unit Deploying To Afghanistan

    January 31, 2013 10:07 AM

    The Kentucky National Guard will hold two departure ceremonies for the Soldiers of the 149th Vertical Construction Company as they prepare for a 9 month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 149th Vertical Construction Company is comprised of Soldiers trained in the necessary skills --... more »
  • Kentucky National Guard Team Deploys To Afghanistan

    October 22, 2012 2:48 PM

    FRANKFORT (AP) - A Kentucky National Guard agricultural team is preparing to depart for Afghanistan. A statement says 39 members of the Guard's Agribusiness Development Team will leave on Tuesday. A 2 p.m. departure ceremony is planned at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. The team's mission is to continue work... more »
  • Ft. Campbell Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

    October 22, 2012 11:37 AM

    Military officials say a Fort Campbell soldier died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on Thursday. According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Shane G. Wilson, 20, of Kuna, Idaho, died in Khost, Afghanistan. Wilson was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division... more »
  • Violent Protests Continue In Middle East

    September 17, 2012 6:06 AM

    TIMERGARAH, Pakistan (AP) - Hundreds of people protesting an anti-Islam video have set fire to a press club and a government office in northwest Pakistan, sparking clashes with police that killed one demonstrator. Police official Mukhtar Ahmad says the protesters first attacked the press club in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province's... more »
  • Prince Harry In Afghanistan Flying Apache Copters

    September 7, 2012 8:53 AM

    CAMP BASTION , Afghanistan (AP) - Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, flew into southern Afghanistan on Friday to begin a four-month combat tour as a gunner for an attack helicopter. The 27-year-old who has made headlines around the world for his partying is returning to Afghanistan... more »
  • More Photos Of Troops Posing With Corpses

    April 18, 2012 8:38 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - In an embarrassment to the Pentagon, newly published photographs purport to show U.S. troops posing with the bodies of dead insurgents in Afghanistan. Top U.S. military and civilian officials rushed to condemn the soldiers' actions Wednesday, calling them repugnant and a dishonor to the sacrifices of hundreds... more »
  • Services For Soldier Killed Set For Monday

    April 6, 2012 8:50 AM

    HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - Services for a U.S. Army soldier killed in Afghanistan have been set for Monday with full military rites performed by the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C. Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home director Jerel Schneider says Spc. David W. Taylor, 20, of Dixon, will be... more »
  • Wife Defends Soldier Accused In Afghan Rampage

    March 26, 2012 7:39 AM

    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - The wife of a U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians says her husband showed no signs of PTSD before he deployed, and adds that she doesn't feel like she'll ever believe he was involved in the killings. Karilyn Bales defended her husband, Staff Sgt.... more »
  • Experts: Soldier Accused In Killings Might Have Post-Traumatic Stress

    March 19, 2012 10:20 AM

    (AP) - They are questions already being debated: Did the soldier suspected of killing Afghan villagers have post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD? And did the people who sent him back to war after he was injured properly determine he was mentally fit to return? It's way too soon to psychologically... more »
  • Lawyer: Afghan Suspect's Friend Had Leg Blown Off

    March 16, 2012 11:30 AM

    SEATTLE (AP) - The soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers is expected to be flown to a U.S. military prison as early as Friday, a senior defense official said, as the soldier's attorney spoke of the impact the fighting had on his client. The defense official, who spoke on... more »
  • Obama: Afghan Shooting Inquiry Will Be Thorough

    March 13, 2012 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The alleged massacre of Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier is "outrageous and unacceptable," President Barack Obama said Tuesday, and he promised a thorough and unstinting Pentagon investigation. "The United States takes this as seriously as if it was our own citizens, and our children, who were... more »
  • U.S. Soldier Kills 16 Afghan Villagers

    March 12, 2012 6:56 AM

    BALANDI, Afghanistan (AP) - Moving from house to house, a U.S. Army soldier opened fire Sunday on Afghan villagers as they slept, killing 16 people - mostly women and children - in an attack that reignited fury at the U.S. presence following a wave of deadly protests over Americans burning... more »
  • Fla. Funeral Planned For US Officer Killed In Kabul

    February 28, 2012 8:58 AM

    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The family of a U.S. military officer shot to death in Afghanistan says a funeral will be held for him in the Florida Panhandle, Where His Wife And Children Live. Air Force Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis was one of two high-ranking military officials... more »
  • Ky. Soldier Working To Help Afghani Kids

    February 21, 2012 10:52 AM

    A Kentucky soldier stationed in Afghanistan hopes to collect 100 soccer balls to give to Afghani kids in the Kandahar Province. Lt. Richard Starks was a three-time state champion wrestler at Woodford County High School. He went on to wrestle at West Point. Now Starks wants to give a... more »
  • Marine Gets Jail Time, Reduced Rank In Hazing Case

    January 31, 2012 9:26 AM

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii-based Marine lance corporal will spend 30 days in jail and have his rank reduced to private first class for punching and kicking a fellow Marine who killed himself shortly afterward, a judge ruled late Monday, saying she found no evidence the abuse led... more »
  • Tribute Planned For Slain Kentucky Soldier

    January 11, 2012 6:23 AM

    Friends of a Laurel County soldier killed in Afghanistan plan a memorial service in his honor this weekend. Defense Department officials say Dustin Napier, 20, died Sunday when a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on a group of Americans in southern Afghanistan. Friends set up... more »
  • Ft. Knox Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

    December 27, 2011 12:55 PM

    A Fort Knox soldier died was killed supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan last week. According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Mikayla A. Bragg, 21, of Longview, Wash., died Dec. 21 in Khowst province, Afghanistan. She was assigned to the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team,... more »
  • War Drawdowns Wreak Havoc On Guard Soldiers' Lives

    November 28, 2011 8:24 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two months ago, Demetries Luckett left his job in Michigan, turned in his cable box, sent his daughter to live with her mother, and headed for Camp Shelby in Mississippi. As a 1st lieutenant in Michigan's National Guard, he was being deployed to Afghanistan. But just a... more »
  • Nicholasville Soldier Earns Bronze Star

    November 7, 2011 10:38 AM

    A Jessamine County soldier received a Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan over the weekend. Rep. Ben Chandler presented Sergeant First Class Timothy McClish with a Bronze Star in Richmond on Saturday. "To get a medal or token from the U.S. military you have to go above... more »
  • Ft. Campbell Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

    November 2, 2011 8:39 AM

    A Fort Campbell Soldier was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in was struck by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, Oct. 29, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Sergeant James Michael Darrough, 38, of Austin, Texas, was a Financial Management Technician assigned to Charlie Detachment, 101st Finance Company, 101st Special Troops... more »
  • Kentucky Guard Unit To Deploy On 9/11 Anniversary

    September 9, 2011 10:45 AM

    On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, The Kentucky National Guard will hold a departure ceremony for the 176th Engineer Firefighting Team at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, prior to the unit's departure to Afghanistan. The 176th Firefighting Team will move to Fort Bliss, Texas to mobilize... more »
  • Fort Campbell Soldier Dies In Afghanistan

    August 29, 2011 7:00 AM

    FORT CAMPBELL (AP) - A Fort Campbell soldier has been killed in combat in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense identified him as 23-year-old Spc. Michael C. Roberts of Watauga, Texas. Officials said Roberts died Saturday in Kandahar when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. Roberts was assigned... more »
  • Military Killed Taliban Who Downed US Helicopter

    August 10, 2011 9:37 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The top commander in Afghanistan says international forces killed the Taliban insurgents responsible for downing a U.S. helicopter and killing 38 U.S. and Afghan forces over the weekend. Marine Corps Gen. John Allen told a Pentagon news conference Wednesday that forces learned where the insurgents had fled... more »
  • Family, Friends Remember Fallen Soldiers As Heroes

    August 8, 2011 6:31 AM

    One relied on his deep faith. Another was planning a marriage proposal. And yet another would shoot baskets with his mom when they had something serious to discuss. But the brothers, fathers, sons and uncles who died when a U.S. military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan all had... more »
  • Soldier Found Guilty Of Killing Afghan Civilian

    July 28, 2011 8:31 AM

    FORT CAMPBELL (AP) - A U.S. Army National Guardsman was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the chance of parole for the murder of an Afghan civilian. Sgt. Derrick Miller of Hagerstown, Md., shook hands with several soldiers in his unit after the 10-member military jury delivered the sentence... more »
  • Fallen Kentucky Soldier Coming Home

    July 25, 2011 7:12 AM

    The body of a Bracken County soldier killed in Afghanistan will arrive home Monday. According to the Ledger Independent, a plane carrying the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers will arrive at Blue Grass Airport at 9:25 a.m. The Patriot Guard will escort the body as it... more »
  • Obama's Afghanistan Plan Criticized By Dems, GOP

    June 23, 2011 6:58 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Democrats are leading the criticism of President Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan from Afghanistan, arguing that his timeline for bringing 33,000 U.S. troops home by next summer isn't fast enough. An initial drawdown of 10,000 troops is expected to take place in two phases, with 5,000... more »
  • Fort Knox Soldier From Pa. Killed In Afghanistan

    May 12, 2011 10:08 AM

    FORT KNOX (AP) - The Army says a Fort Knox soldier from Pennsylvania has been killed in Afghanistan. A statement on Thursday says 26-year-old 1st Lt. Demetrius M. Frison of Lancaster, Pa., died Tuesday in Khowst Province of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.... more »
  • Afghan Leader: Bin Laden Strike Is Blow To Terror

    May 2, 2011 6:33 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's president lauded Osama bin Laden's death as a serious blow to terrorism on Monday and argued that the strike in Pakistan proves the real fight against terrorists is outside his country's borders. "This is a very important day. Maybe you have already heard on the... more »
  • Taliban Tunnels More Than 480 Out Of Afghan Prison

    April 25, 2011 9:13 AM

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Taliban militants tunneled more than 480 inmates out the main prison in southern Afghanistan overnight, whisking them through a 1,000-foot-long underground passage they had dug over months, officials and insurgents said Monday. Officials at Saraposa prison in the city of Kandahar only discovered the breach about... more »
  • Ft. Campbell Soldier Dies In Afghanistan

    March 11, 2011 9:03 AM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Army says a soldier from Mountain Pine has been killed in Afghanistan, where he was serving with the 101st Airborne Division. A news release Thursday from the public affairs office at Fort Campbell, Ky., where the 101st is based, said 20-year-old Cpl. Loren Miles... more »
  • Fort Campbell Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

    March 1, 2011 9:03 AM

    FORT CAMPBELL (AP) - A soldier with the 101st Airborne Division has been killed during an attack in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army says 21-year-old Spc. Brian Tabada of Las Vegas, Nev., died Feb. 27 in Konar province. The Army says Tabada suffered fatal injuries when his unit came under fire... more »
  • Fort Campbell Soldier From Alabama Killed In Combat

    January 21, 2011 8:08 AM

    FORT CAMPBELL (AP) - A Fort Campbell soldier from Alabama has been killed during combat in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense announced Spc. Joshua T. Lancaster of Millbrook, Ala., died Wednesday of wounds he received when insurgents attacked the Kandahar airfield. The 22-year-old Lancaster was assigned to the 184th Ordnance... more »
  • McConnell Wraps Up Visit To Afghanistan, Pakistan

    January 17, 2011 11:43 AM

    FRANKFORT (AP) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell wrapped up a visit Monday to Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying he was encouraged by his findings after touring the region and meeting with military officials, political leaders and U.S. troops. "There's no question the momentum of the Taliban in the... more »
  • Brothers From 101st Meet In Afghanistan

    January 4, 2011 7:05 AM

    FORT CAMPBELL (AP) - Two brothers who have been serving in Afghanistan for almost a year without seeing each other were able to connect during the holidays, thanks to a visiting commander who heard their story. Sgt. Joel Borchardt and Pfc. James Borchardt are both with the 101st Airborne... more »
  • Six Ft. Campbell Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

    December 14, 2010 9:19 AM

    Six 101st Airborne Division Soldiers died Dec. 12 in Howz E Madad, Afghanistan when their unit was attacked by an insurgent with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. The six Soldiers were Infantrymen assigned to Company B., 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air... more »
  • 6 Soldiers Killed Based At Fort Campbell

    December 2, 2010 8:15 AM

    Six 101st Airborne Division Soldiers died Nov. 29, while conducting artillery registration during a training mission in the Pachir Wa Agam District, Combat Outpost Lonestar, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. An individual in an Afghan Border Police uniform turned his weapon against the Soldiers and was also killed in the incident.... more »