Afghanistan War News Updates -- June 5, 2013

A U.S. Special Forces team leader meets with an Afghan local police checkpoint commander in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, May 23, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown

NATO to Limit Post-2014 Footprint in Afghanistan -- Wall Street Journal

BRUSSELS—The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Wednesday laid out its most detailed plan yet for a mission to train, advise and assist Afghanistan's security forces after 2014, calling for restricting coalition trainers to five locations in the country and for assisting only high-level commands.

At the end of a two-day meeting of alliance members in Brussels, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. has committed to being "the largest-single contributor to this mission" and to playing the lead role in two regions—the east and south of Afghanistan.

Mr. Hagel said Germany and Italy will take the lead in two other regions—the north and west—while Turkey indicated that it is "favorably" considering taking the lead in Kabul.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command Operational Update, June 5th -- IASF
Special forces soldier from Delaware killed in fighting in Afghanistan -- Washington Post/AP
Three Fort Campbell Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan -- AP
18 militants killed in operations in Afghanistan: govt -- Global Times
Four family members killed in roadside bombing in western Afghanistan -- UPI
Twin explosions kill 6 civilians in southern Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
Civilians bear the brunt of Afghan war as 27 killed in 2 days -- People's Daily Online
Civilian casualties on rise in Afghanistan -- Press TV (Iran)
As fighting season heats up, US commander says newly trained Afghan forces passing test -- so far -- Boston Globe
NATO endorse new Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
Human rights gains must be preserved in NATO meeting on Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
ICRC to support Afghanistan despite Taliban attack -- Khaama Press
Disgraced soldier who abused Afghan boy cannot be identified - to protect HIM from terrorists in wake of Lee Rigby murder -- Daily Mail
Soldier Accused of Killing Afghan Civilians to Testify -- New York Times
U.S. soldier expected to plead guilty to killing Afghans in cold blood -- Reuters
Soldier due to plead guilty in Afghan massacre -- AP
Army judge to decide whether to accept guilty plea from US soldier in Afghan massacre -- Washington Post/AP
In Afghanistan, women denied their inheritance now have a champion -- Miami Herald
At least 2,097 US military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 -- AP

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