U.S. general takes command in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. Dan McNeil assumed control Sunday of the NATO forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

NATO needs a year to down Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The British leader of NATO troops in Afghanistan says it will take another year and "more military effort" to defeat the Taliban insurgency.

Gates talks Taliban with Karzai in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Kabul Tuesday for talks about the Taliban insurgency with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Afghan's poppy fields to be destroyed

HELMAND, Afghanistan, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- British military officials are reportedly concerned that mandatory crop dusting in Afghanistan will compromise the country's security.

Nightclub manager charged with spying

LONDON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A former nightclub manager and salsa dancing teacher has been accused of spying on England for Iran, the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

Queen jokes about soccer 'prima donnas'

LONDON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The chairman of Britain's Premier League had to think on his feet recently when Queen Elizabeth chided him that soccer players tended to be "prima donnas."

NATO commander wants shift in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The British general leading NATO forces in Afghanistan pledged to redevelop and rebuild the country, not just capture or kill Taliban fighters.

NATO to probe death of 70 Afghan civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- NATO promised Saturday to investigate the deaths of some 70 Afghan civilians killed by NATO-led troops in Kandahar Province's Panjwayi district.

Musharraf denies Taliban support charge

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf told the commander of NATO in Afghanistan that his country is not supporting the Taliban as some reports have suggested.

Commander asks for more troops

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan has renewed his request for more troops, warning about more Afghans switching allegiance to the Taliban.

Officer: Pakistani aiding Taliban fighters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A British NATO commander says he has proof Pakistan's military intelligence is training Taliban fighters to attack NATO troops in Afghanistan.

NATO leads fight in all of Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- All of Afghanistan came under the NATO mission Thursday to eradicate Taliban and al-Qaida militants and bolster the Afghan government.

18 Afghan insurgents, Canadian killed

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- At least 18 Afghan insurgents were killed by U.S.-led forces whose base in northeastern Afghanistan came under attack, the military said Thursday. "Thirty insurgents attacked the base with small-arms and rocket fire. Coalition forces responded with small

NATO takes over southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 31 (UPI) -- NATO forces took control of security in southern Afghanistan Monday, beginning one of the biggest ground operations in the alliance's history.

At least 7 dead in Afghan suicide blasts

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 22 (UPI) -- Two Canadian soldiers and at least five Afghan civilians died Saturday in a double attack by suicide bombers in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan 'close to anarchy'

LONDON, July 22 (UPI) -- Afghanistan is "close to anarchy" and Western military forces are "running out of time," the head of NATO's international security force in that country says.

U.K. short on 'copters in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 4 (UPI) -- The British military in Afghanistan says their forces are short one-third of the helicopters that were pledged by NATO allies. Lt.-Gen. David Richards, commander of the NATO force in Afghanistan, and Gen. Mike Jackson, Chief of the General Staff, both sai

NATO brass sees improved Afghan relations

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 4 (UPI) -- When NATO forces take over security in southern Afghanistan next month, their commander promises improved relations with local Afghans.

Taliban issues warnings to Britain

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, May 5 (UPI) -- Britain, about to take command of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, reportedly has received threats from the Taliban, which is growing active in the region.

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Same-sex marriage ban may see wider effect

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Opponents to a Texas proposal to ban same-sex marriages claim the measure would, in fact, invalidate marriage in the state.

Button ordered to drive for BAR

LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Rising Formula One star Jenson Button was ordered to drive for the BAR-Honda team next year, even though he has signed a contract with Williams/BMW.
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