The United States military used the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal Thursday against its Islamic State foes in Afghanistan. The bomb is formally called GBU 43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB. Its nickname is Mother of All Bombs.
Hafiz Saeed Khan, leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died July 26 when a U.S. drone blasted him and some associates in Afghanistan’s Nangharhar province, which lies east of Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul.
U.S. drone strikes may have killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban Saturday just inside Pakistan, but the Taliban deny it.
Kathy Gannon, 60, an Associated Press correspondent who had covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for about three decades, and AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, 48, were out covering a routine story on Afghanistan’s elections. But in Afghanistan, nothing is routine. Death and violence can rear themselves out of nowhere.
Every year, ABC News and the BBC team up with other news organizations to conduct a poll of Afghans to see how things are going. Not well, it would seem, after an upswing in 2009.
The NYT pulled together a photo gallery from staff photographer Damon Winter that he shot in Afghanistan with an iPhone and the Hipstamatic photography app. It’s pretty awesome. (Seen via Twitter)
Wanna know what combat is like? Restrepo, about the Afghanistan mission, may be its pure cinematic distillation.
A routine patrol in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province turned deadly. Four Canadian soldiers and Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang died in an IED blast near Kandahar city. The soldiers’ deaths bring the military total to 138. Lang is the fifth Canadian civilian to be killed in Afghanistan, but the first journalist to die there.
Melissa Fung and Graeme Smith talked about their respective experiences in Afghanistan and the conditions under which Canadian reporters work there at a Canadian Journalism Foundation event on Tuesday. Fung is a CBC reporter who got snatched there by criminals while on her second assignment in the conflict-ridden country. Smith spent three years in Afghanistan […]