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May 28th, 2014
04:57 AM ET

2 Injured in Attack on U.S. Consular Vehicle in Afghan City of Herat

Two Americans were injured Wednesday in Afghanistan when a U.S. Consulate vehicle was attacked while traveling through the western city of Herat, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said.

The Americans were "lightly injured" and are being treated in a hospital in the city, it said.

The U.S. government is working with Afghan authorities to investigate the attack and bring those responsible to justice, it said.

Last week, four gunmen attempted to attack the Indian consulate in Herat. Two gunmen were killed in that incident but no one else was injured and the consulate building was not damaged.

The latest attack comes a day after President Barack Obamaannounced that he plans for 9,800 American troops, along with some allied forces, to remain in the country in 2015 if the Afghan government signs a security agreement.

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April 25th, 2014
06:17 AM ET

Chicago Pediatrician Among 3 Killed by Afghan Guard

A Chicago pediatrician who "felt called" to move to Afghanistan to treat children and train physicians was among three Americans killed Thursday at a Kabul hospital by an Afghan guard.

The police guard opened fire on the pediatrician and four others with him at the CURE Hospital's gates, Kabul police said, in violence not unlike the "green-on-blue" attacks in which Afghan security forces fire upon coalition troops.

Two others were killed, and a third person was injured in the hospital attack. A fourth person was unharmed.

Dr. Jerry Umanos practiced medicine in inner-city Chicago before moving to Afghanistan in 2005, according to the U.S. hospital with which he was affiliated, Lawndale Christian Health Center.

"Our family and friends have suffered a great loss and our hearts are aching," his wife, Jan Schuitema, told reporters in Chicago. The doctor and his wife have three children together.

"I know Jerry would also really like everybody to know about his love for the Afghan people, and our love for the Afghan people, and that we don't hold any ill will towards Afghanistan in general, or even the gunman who did this. We don't know what his history is," she said.

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June 18th, 2013
06:33 AM ET

Uncertainty as Afghan forces officially take over national security – Reza Sayah reports

In Afghanistan today, a deadly bombing is marring what's supposed to be a major milestone.

Afghan forces are officially taking over the lead for security nationwide. But it comes the same day as a suicide attack in the capital, apparently targeting a member of parliament.

Three people were killed, 21 injured. The politician escaped unhurt.

CNN's Reza Sayah is in Kabul with the latest.

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June 10th, 2013
06:38 AM ET

Fierce battle at Kabul airport – The Times of London reporter Jeremy Kelly reports

CNN is reporting breaking news from Afghanistan this morning.

A battle erupted between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces near the airport in Kabul overnight. The Taliban is claiming the attack was intended to target Americans.

The Times of London reporter Jeremy Kelly delivers the latest live from Kabul. Kelly says this attack does not indicate an increase in attacks on Americans as the U.S. prepares to pull out from Afhanistan. "This has been a continuation of a Taliban tactic for some time now, where they are preferring to target Afghan security forces," he says. "They're perceived as a softer target and easier to attack."

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December 10th, 2012
06:03 AM ET

Seal Team Six member killed during hostage rescue mission; Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports

An American doctor abducted in Afghanistan was rescued Sunday by an elite team of U.S. special forces. The U.S. Special Ops team rescued the doctor, but lost one of their own. Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr is following the latest developments on “Early Start” this morning.

The Special Ops team freed Dr. Dilip Joseph, who was working in a nonprofit medical agency in Afghanistan, from his Taliban captors. The Navy Seal who died in the attempt “was a member of Seal Team Six, actually known inside the military as the Special Warfare Development Group, the same elite team that went on Osama bin Laden raid,” Starr reports. "We don’t know yet if this fallen Seal was part of the bin Laden mission.”

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September 17th, 2012
10:51 AM ET

New protests in Afghanistan turn violent – CNN's Anna Coren reports

Protests got angry and violent outside of U.S. and NATO bases in Kabul this morning, with demonstrators firing guns, throwing rocks, and setting at least two police cars on fire near the American embassy.

An Afghan police official reported that at least fifteen officers were injured in the protests against an offensive anti-Islam film.

CNN's Anna Coren reports the latest out of Kabul on Early Start this morning.


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August 10th, 2012
05:55 AM ET

Breaking News: 7 troops killed in 2 Afghan. attacks

Breaking news this morning out of Afghanistan – A man wearing an Afghan military uniform opened fire on U.S. troops killing three soldiers in the country's southern Helmand province.

On Wednesday there was another deadly attack where a suicide bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan left four Americans dead, including an aid worker and senior members of an army brigade. 

– CNN's Chris Lawrence reports


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May 2nd, 2012
08:47 AM ET

Should Afghan deal be multilateral? Fmr. CIA field commander Gary Berntsen says yes

Fmr. CIA field commander Gary Berntsen says U.S. 'breaking the bank' by not involving other nations in Afghan deal.


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March 16th, 2012
02:19 PM ET

Clarifying U.S. mission in Afghanistan – Ret. Army Maj. Gen. Marks explains

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks on the changes to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.


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