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A small, little-noticed counterinsurgency force that was created in the ninth year of the Afghanistan War is proving to be the key for U.S. troops to leave the country in victory.
Pakistan's army chief will hold his first meeting with senior U.S. commanders Wednesday to discuss American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two Afghan border posts last year.
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Monday gave an upbeat assessment of the mission there, even as two British troops and another NATO service member were killed by Afghan security forces.
The top allied commander in Afghanistan said the recent killings of U.S. and coalition troops by Afghan soldiers have created an "erosion of trust" between international and Afghan forces.
Afghan security forces killed three foreign troops, including two British soldiers, on Monday — the latest in a growing number of attacks in which Afghan forces have turned their guns on their international partners.
The top allied commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that the two biggest obstacles to success in Afghanistan are corruption in the Afghan government and militant safe havens in Pakistan.
The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said Thursday he wants to maintain a troop level of 68,000 after surge forces withdraw in October — his most revealing statement to date about U.S. troop strength for next year.
President Obama offered condolences to the people of Afghanistan on Sunday for the killings of 16 civilians by a U.S. soldier in an apparent shooting rampage.
The U.S. military signed a last-minute agreement Friday to transfer its main detention center in the country to Afghan control in six months — a key step toward a long-term pact on U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.