The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday's deadly crash of a US military helicopter, and many Afghans say they doubt NATO's ability to turn back what appears to be fresh momentum for the Taliban.
NATO helicopter crash: 31 US special operation troops and seven Afghan commandos were killed in a NATO helicopter crash that is being investigated.
President Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States during the inauguration ceremony in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. Michelle Obama watches at right. The Bible Mr. Obama used is the same one that President Abraham Lincoln used at his inauguration in 1861. Obama made history as the first African-American to become US President.
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Jan Mohammed Khan, a powerful ally of President Hamid Karzai, is the latest casualty in a string of assassinations that undermine NATO’s claims that the situation is improving.
On his first trip to Afghanistan as Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta offered an upbeat assessment. "We're within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda," he said.
A tough job awaits Leon Panetta at the Pentagon: three wars, budget cuts, Al Qaeda in Yemen, prospects of a nuclear Iran. But some good news awaits the new Defense secretary, too.
As Obama's promise of a troop drawdown nears, the US military says the surge of tens of thousands of NATO reinforcements that began last year has won some and lost some against the Taliban but needs more time to succeed.
Ilyas Kashmiri was a senior Al Qaeda operative believed to be behind some of the deadliest attacks, including a suicide attack on Pakistan’s spy agency and attacks on US forces in Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith's family received the Medal of Honor during White House ceremonies in 2005 for his actions during the Iraq invasion. He was killed when his unit was attacked by Iraqi forces at the Baghdad airport on April 4, 2003 and is credited with saving hundreds of lives.