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A Southern Baptist preacher with a flock of 50 in Gainesville, Fla., decided to mark the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, by lighting a fire that quickly circled the globe - with a public burning of the Koran, much the way Hitler ordered public bonfires with books written by Jews.
The U.S. government's financial commitment to Afghanistan is likely to linger and reach into the billions long after it pulls combat troops from the country, newly disclosed spending estimates show.
The U.S.-led NATO mission in Afghanistan, known as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), has taken on a daunting task — a huge increase in its efforts to recruit, train and equip Kabul's army and national police forces.
Afghanistan's president is setting a four-month deadline for private security companies to cease operations in the country, a spokesman said Monday.
In southern Afghanistan, the focus of the U.S. war effort, nearly all the Afghan soldiers are foreigners. Most don't even speak the local language. They have to communicate through interpreters hired for the Americans.
The Obama administration and leading Democrats are dialing back expectations for the Afghanistan war, saying that their goal is to root out terrorists, not engage in a major nation-building project.
A training exercise this month erupted into a deadly gunfight between Afghan and U.S. instructors, illustrating the problems officials face in preparing the Afghan soldiers and police officers for the drawdown of U.S. troops next year.
Five NATO troops died in roadside bombs in Afghanistan, the alliance said Saturday, as international forces announced that they had foiled a terrorist attack on an upcoming conference in Kabul to be attended by leaders from more than 60 nations.
An Afghan soldier killed three British service members with gunfire and a rocket-propelled grenade in the dead of night, a betrayal that highlights the difficulties in rapidly building up Afghan security forces so that foreign troops can go home.