US helicopter shot down in Afghanistan was on rescue mission. The US Navy Seals’ Chinook was shot down in Wardak, Afghanistan, killing 38.
Photograph: Romeo Gacad/Getty The US Navy Seals and other troops whose helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan had rushed to the mountainous area to help a US army ranger unit under fire from insurgents, two US officials said Sunday. 60 Minutes Overtime, 07.31.11 - 60 Minutes. Afghans Who Risked Lives for U.S. Are Left in Dark on Visas. Lynsey Addario for The New York Times Ahmad Jawaid Sarhal, an adviser to the NATO training mission, with his daughter, Mahsa, said his year-old application to live in the United States was his best hope for security for his family.
One American initiative to substantially increase the number of visas available to Afghan workers, the Afghan Allies program, has fallen especially short of its goals. Since the program began in 2009, about 2,300 Afghans have applied for those visas, but the American Embassy in Kabul has finished reviewing only two cases. One was rejected. “The record is not great,” said David D. “We’re going to break this logjam,” Mr. The long, uneasy wait has frustrated many Afghans employed by the United States, who said they felt neglected after risking their safety and that of their families to work with Americans in war-torn sections of the country. Some applicants said their paperwork had been lost, or that interviews had been promised but never scheduled.
NATO Helicopter Ends Siege in Kabul Hotel. KABUL—A helicopter from the coalition led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization fired on and killed three militants on the roof of Kabul's InterContinental Hotel, ending the nearly six-hour siege by gunmen and suicide bombers that demonstrated the Taliban's ability to stage dramatic attacks in Afghanistan's capital.
A spokesman for Afghanistan's Ministry of the Interior said at least seven people, including one policeman, were killed in the attack, and eight others were wounded. The militants had occupied the hotel, which is popular with foreigners, and made a final stand on the roof, suggesting that the casualty count could rise substantially. There were also reports of a fire on the hotel's roof, with witnesses saying the flames had consumed much of the building. Many of the hotel's guests were provincial government officials who traveled to Kabul to attend a two-day meeting on transition starting Wednesday.
British army Maj. The Long Road. In Icy Tip of Afghanistan, War Seems Remote. “It’s free here,” said the woman, Zarmina Nazaria, a 26-year-old nurse. Karzai, in News Conference, Confirms Receipt of Iran Cash. The Afghanistan War Logs Released by Wikileaks, the World’s First Stateless News Organization. Jul.26 “In media history up to now, the press is free to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the laws of a given nation protect it.
But Wikileaks is able to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the logic of the Internet permits it. This is new.” Wikileaks.org: Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010Der Spiegel: Explosive Leaks Provide Image of War from Those Fighting ItNew York Times: The War LogsThe Guardian: The Afghanistan War Logs From my internal notebook and Twitter feed, a few notes on this development: # 1. “It’s counterintuitive,” he said then. 2. This leak will harm national security. 3. He is the operation’s prime mover, and it is fair to say that WikiLeaks exists wherever he does. And for even more depth, listen to this: NPR’s Fresh Air interviewed Philip Shenon, an investigative reporter formerly at the New York Times, about Wikileaks and what it does. (35 min with Q & A. Books of The Times - Afghanistan as Obama and Others Game It. Inquiry Finds Guards at U.S. Bases Are Tied to Taliban. Bibi Aisha, Disfigured Afghan Woman Featured On 'Time' Cover, Visits U.S. : The Two-Way.
Hide captionBibi Aisha, with her temporary prosthetic nose, at the Grossman Burn Foundation gala.
Alan Goldstein/The Grossman Burn Foundation She was so beautiful that the first time I saw Bibi Aisha on the cover of Time magazine, it took me a moment to realize she didn't have a nose. Her husband and his family had hacked it off when she'd tried to escape being abused in her home. The magazine said she was the graphically horrifying illustration for the fate that awaits many women if the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan too soon. hide captionThe cover of the Aug. 9 issue of Time magazine features a photo of Aisha, an 18-year-old Afghan woman with a mutilated nose. Time Inc. The cover of the Aug. 9 issue of Time magazine features a photo of Aisha, an 18-year-old Afghan woman with a mutilated nose. She was jailed briefly, and her father retrieved her and returned her to his in-laws, after being assured they would treat her better.
"I passed out," she said in an interview with CNN's Atia Abawi.