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Afghanistan War

Top ISIS leader reported killed in U.S. strike

KABUL, Afghanistan — The top Islamic State leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan intelligence officials said Saturday, the latest in a series of American air assaults against militants in recent days.

Date: 07/12/2015 | Nation & World

McCain: Reassess Afghan troop withdrawal

KABUL, Afghanistan — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration’s current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country’s capital.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Washington soldier who killed 16 Afghans says he was ‘consumed by war’

TACOMA — The U.S. soldier who murdered 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 says he had lost compassion for Iraqis and Afghans over the course of his four combat deployments.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Northwest

Afghan official: 19 police, 7 soldiers dead in ongoing siege

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Taliban gunmen have surrounded a police compound in the volatile southern province of Helmand after killing 19 policemen and seven soldiers in an ongoing siege, a senior police officer said on Monday from inside the compound.

Date: 05/25/2015 | Nation & World

A moral difference between waterboarding and drone attacks?

Dianne Feinstein of California arguably used to be the CIA's best friend on the Democratic side of the Senate. I think it's fair to say that San Francisco voters were not enthusiastic about her pro-intelligence posture during the George W. Bush presidency. One thing Feinstein has going...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Afghan guesthouse siege ends with 14 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan — An audacious Taliban attack on a Kabul guesthouse that left 14 people dead, including nine foreigners, underscores the difficulties President Ashraf Ghani faces in providing even basic security following the withdrawal of international combat troops from...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Nation & World

House threatens to slash military funding over Bergdahl probe

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers are threatening to slash Defense Department funding by about $500 million next year if Pentagon officials don't hand over documents related to a probe into the controversial prisoner swap that freed five Taliban detainees in exchange for captive U.S.

Date: 04/24/2015 | Nation & World

Gen. Petraeus gets probation, large fine

David Petraeus, who as a general and onetime head of the CIA conquered foes as he strode across the world stage, on Thursday received probation and a larger than expected fine for illegally giving classified materials to his former lover, who was also his biographer.Petraeus...

Date: 04/24/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. drone strikes kill 2 Western hostages

WASHINGTON — A fiery barrage of missiles from CIA drones inadvertently killed two Western hostages, including an American, during an attack on a suspected al-Qaida hideout in northwestern Pakistan, but U.S. officials said Thursday that they won’t stop using drones to target and kill...

Date: 04/24/2015 | Nation & World

ISIS suicide bombing kills 35 in Afghanistan

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault the country's president blamed on the Islamic State group.The accusation by...

Date: 04/18/2015 | Nation & World

Honored Edmonds man gives cherished memories to families of the fallen

Until several weeks ago, Michael Reagan had never heard of Citizen Honors, awards presented by the Congressional Medal of...

Date: 03/29/2015 | Local News

Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban

RALEIGH, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban, beaten with a copper cable as he spent months blindfolded and chained spread-eagle to a bed.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces life in prison

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World

Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted.

Date: 03/25/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. to keep more troops in Afghanistan than planned

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of 2015 instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Nation & World

Obama may alter the drawdown but is still determined to end the Afghan war

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. officials have shown a willingness to adjust President Barack Obama’s plan for winding down the war in Afghanistan, allowing military commanders to delay troop departures and expanding combat authorities for forces remaining on the ground.

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World

Afghan officials say woman set afire by angry mob did not burn Koran

KABUL, Afghanistan — As thousands of people gathered Sunday to bury a woman who was beaten and burned by an angry mob, Afghan officials said they found no proof that she had burned pages of the Koran as her assailants had claimed.

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World

Afghan leader comes to U.S. with high hopes

KABUL, Afghanistan — As the Afghan president heads to the United States on his first trip to Washington as head of state, the landmark visit offers a chance for both sides to start afresh and wipe the slate clean on the legacy of troubled U.S-Afghan relations.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Nation & World

Sound to Summit beer event Saturday to support disabled veterans

Looking for an idea to support veterans, Sound to Summit Brewing's head brewer Grady Warnock asked his friend and fellow homebrewer Brad Brown if he had any ideas.Turns out Brown, a disabled veteran, had the perfect idea: Beer and fishing.Brown suggested brewing...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Hops & Sips

Pakistan to use armed drones against terrorists

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani military said Friday that it has successfully tested its first armed drone and will begin using the weapons against terrorists operating inside the country’s borders.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Nation & World

Obama to leave more soldiers in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end, bowing to military leaders who want to keep more troops, including many into the 2016 fighting season, U.S. officials say.While no final...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World

Afghan peace talks could begin in March

KABUL, Afghanistan — After more than a decade of warfare, negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban are set to begin, officials, diplomats and experts said as President Ashraf Ghani declared that peace is closer now than at any time since the war began following...

Date: 02/21/2015 | Nation & World

McCain filling role of ‘Scoop’ in Congress

John McCain toiled for 28 years in the Senate before he finally won the chairman's gavel of the Armed Services Committee last month. Now he's making up for lost time.The 78-year-old Arizona Republican strode quickly into Tuesday's hearing of the committee — the ninth...

Date: 02/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

USS Stennis leaving Puget Sound on latest deployment

INDIAN ISLAND, Wash. — The aircraft carrier USS John Stennis is leaving Puget Sound Monday on its latest deployment in the Pacific.The first stop after leaving Bremerton is Naval Magazine Indian Island where the carrier picks of ordnance before leaving state waters.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Northwest

Ceremony to welcome home 160 Alaska soldiers

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — About 160 soldiers will be officially welcomed home to Alaska Tuesday from Afghanistan.U.S. Army Alaska says in a release that two units will be feted in an 11 a.m. ceremony at the base.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

U.S., NATO mark end of 13-year war in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from U.S.-led combat troops to the country's own security forces.

Date: 12/28/2014 | Nation & World

Direct criticism at those who OK'd torture

Said a chief prosecutor in the Nuremburg trials: "As an International Military Tribunal, it … seeks guidance not only from international law but also from the basic principles of jurisprudence which are assumptions of civilization and which long have found embodiment in the...

Date: 12/15/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Torture met evil with evil, not justice

The "debate" over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may deny it, but they know — and knew from the...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Interrogation, even if flawed, kept U.S. safe

The report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding CIA interrogation essentially accuses the agency under George W. Bush of war criminality. Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein appears to offer some extenuation when she reminds us in the report's preamble of the...

Date: 12/12/2014 | Opinion Columnists

CIA’s abuses, failures in interrogation really shouldn’t surprise us

Anyone skeptical about entrusting ambitious tasks to the government was not stunned by the dismal rollout of the Affordable Care Act. It featured technical glitches, cost overruns and false advertising ("If you like your plan, you'll be able to keep it."). Things got so bad...

Date: 12/12/2014 | Commentary

Congress must share blame in torture report

The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's use of torture was immensely valuable. But it should have addressed Congress' own failure to oversee these activities more effectively. By giving lawmakers a pass, Sen. Dianne Feinstein weakened the very process of accountability...

Date: 12/12/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Value in report to Senate is in facing actions

A CIA medical officer who was assigned to monitor the interrogation of an al-Qaeda operative named Abu Zubaida sent a message to his superiors on Aug. 4, 2002, the day the CIA first used the technique known as "waterboarding." He hauntingly titled his cable: "So it...

Date: 12/11/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Taliban steps up attacks in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents have intensified their attacks on this besieged capital with a flurry of brazen bombings and afternoon raids targeting foreigners and Afghans, bringing the war into this city in a way not seen in any other year since the radical Islamists were ousted from...

Date: 11/30/2014 | Nation & World

Bomb in Afghanistan kills more than 40 at volleyball game

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber set off his explosives vest Sunday in a large crowd at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 60 in one of the nation’s deadliest assaults this year, Afghan officials said.

Date: 11/23/2014 | Nation & World

Obama OKs continued 'combat operations' in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States will remain in an armed conflict in Afghanistan — essentially at war — after the end of this year under rules for combat operations the Pentagon requested, and President Barack Obama approved, early this month.

Date: 11/22/2014 | Nation & World

Our veterans deserve better from us

Wednesday, a day after winning re-election to his U.S. House seat, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., sat in a converted classroom at Everett Community College with about 20 veterans, sharing news of job and education opportunities, help for homeless veterans and an update on reforms at the...

Date: 11/11/2014 | Editorials

US Marines, British troops end mission in restive Afghan province

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Thirteen years ago, U.S. Marines sneaked across the Pakistani border into what was then Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. On Monday, the last Marines sneaked out, leaving behind a province that is still battling the influence of the Taliban.

Date: 10/27/2014 | Nation & World

Panetta's book faults Obama's reluctance to fight

Maybe President Obama should have asked his Cabinet secretaries to sign book-royalty agreements when they took their oaths of office, so he could share in the spoils. Too late now: Here's Leon Panetta, former defense secretary and CIA director, publishing the third memoir by a top...

Date: 10/14/2014 | Opinion Columnists

How to neatly ship military chopper back to U.S.

That's a Black Hawk helicopter looking broken in half, but it's standard operating procedure for shipping a bird home from Afghanistan.As the U.S. military prepares to end combat operations in Afghanistan, material needs to be disassembled and sent back to the States —...

Date: 09/28/2014 | Nation & World

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,202

As of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at least 2,202 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

Date: 09/03/2014 | Nation & World

GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.

Date: 08/21/2014 | Nation & World

Army questions Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

HOUSTON — The U.S. Army has begun questioning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Date: 08/07/2014 | Nation & World

Army begins to question Sgt. Bergdahl

HOUSTON — The U.S. Army has begun questioning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Date: 08/06/2014 | Nation & World

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