US helicopter shot down in Afghanistan was on rescue mission | World news 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. The team of reinforcements had completed the mission, subduing the attackers who had the rangers pinned down, and were departing in their Chinook helicopter when the aircraft was apparently hit, an official said. Thirty Americans and eight Afghans were killed in the crash, making it the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. The rangers, special operations forces who work regularly with the Seals, afterwards secured the crash site in the Tangi Joy Zarin area of Wardak province, about 60 miles (97km) southwest of Kabul, an official said.
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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.
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.
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“It’s free here,” said the woman, Zarmina Nazaria, a 26-year-old nurse. She slipped off her powder-blue burqa and laid it on the rear seat. The rules that apply to the rest of Afghanistan are often irrelevant in the Wakhan Corridor, a frigid, finger-shaped stretch of land squeezed between Tajikistan, Pakistan and China that is cut off from the Afghan heartland by the icy ramparts of the Hindu Kush. Here, the one constant of life for most Afghans — war — is as distant as a tropical wind. In Icy Tip of Afghanistan, War Seems Remote
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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
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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. Bibi Aisha, Disfigured Afghan Woman Featured On 'Time' Cover, Visits U.S. : The Two-Way