| Feb 8, 2013
| 1:05 AM
Amid partisan questioning from both sides in former Sen. Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing last week, a major opportunity was lost.
Hagel's fellow Republicans grilled the defense secretary nominee on past statements about Israel and his opposition to...
| Jun 9, 2013
| 5:36 PM
When Williamsport resident Troy Brawner joined the Air National Guard in 1989, he said he never would have imagined how it all unfolded.
That was before the United States’ war in Afghanistan.
Starting in October 2011, Brawner was sent to...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 6:26 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities say a battle with insurgents near Kabul's international airport has ended and all the attackers have been killed.
Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqi says two civilians were wounded in Monday'...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 7:44 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan—Two bomb blasts killed at least 19 people, including nine schoolchildren, in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, as Afghan Taliban militants continued a wave of violence as part of their spring offensive.
In one attack, a suicide...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 9:38 AM
BRUSSELS — Germany and Italy have committed to join the United States in helping to train Afghan troops after combat operations cease at the end of next year, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.
Absent from the announcement was...
| May 22, 2013
| 1:58 PM
“And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead Books, 416 pages, $28.95.
Khaled Hosseini is the author of both “Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” which together have sold more than 38 million...
| May 24, 2013
President Barack Obama has taken a lot of heat over America's targeting of terrorists overseas with lethal drone strikes. Critics argue that the secret CIA-run program provokes political backlash in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, outweighing the value of...
| May 24, 2013
| 12:50 PM
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Taliban gunmen launched a coordinated attack on an international aid group’s guesthouse in an upscale Kabul neighborhood Friday, setting off a furious firefight that lasted several hours and renewing fears of the insurgents&...
| May 25, 2013
HERAT, Afghanistan - They sit in the sun harboring their lost histories, their forgotten dreams, their traces of funerals, graduations and stolen kisses. On dusty windshields, insurance stickers from Travelers and State Farm bear witness to wrecks in...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:27 PM
Khaled Hosseini stormed the best-seller lists with his debut novel, “The Kite Runner,” in 2003, following it up with the even more popular “A Thousand Splendid Suns” in 2007. Both set in the author's native country of Afghanistan,...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 5:24 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon's view that thousands of troops may be needed to contain al-Qaida and to strengthen Afghan forces....
| Jan 12, 2013
| 6:51 PM
TARIN KOWT, Afghanistan — A shy boy with filthy hands and a shabby tunic approached the great man, bowed and tried to kiss his hand.
Gen. Matiullah Khan was seated like a sultan on a cushion in his hojra, his airy receiving room. He barely...