Afghanistan War News Updates -- June 6, 2013

U.S. Army Spc. Jeremiah Carter, right, takes a knee while conducting a dismounted presence patrol with his soldiers near Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, June 2, 2013. Carter is assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann

Afghan Troops Suffering Heavy Losses, US General Says -- Stars and Stripes

BRUSSELS — Afghan military and security forces have suffered heavy losses in recent weeks as they take the lead in all ground combat operations against insurgents, the U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense ministers’ conference in Brussels, said Afghan government forces lost 104 personnel in one week during intense fighting with the Taliban.

“The Taliban came out, and they are doing exactly what they said they would do,” Dunford told reporters. “High-profile attacks, insider attacks against the Afghans and fear and intimidation.”

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command Operational Update, June 6th -- ISAF
Afghan governor says airstrike kills 3; NATO denies -- Air Force Times
Drone strike kill or injure 9 civilians in eastern Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
Afghan National Army fights for peace in Afghanistan -- Dvids
ISI engaged in helping Taliban: Former CIA Official -- Indian Express
Britain to transfer detainees to Afghan authorities -- Khaama Press
U.S. Commander Says More Time Needed to Set Afghan Troop Levels -- Bloomberg Businessweek
US, Germany, Italy vow key Afghan roles post-2014 -- AP
NATO fleshes out details of smaller, post-2014 Afghan mission -- Reuters
US Will Remain Largest Contributor To Post-2014 NATO Operation In Afghanistan -- RTT
Soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre, says ‘not a good reason in this world’ for slayings -- Washington Post/AP
Staff Sgt. Bales Describes Afghan Massacre, Offers No Explanation -- New York Magazine
Afghan anger over 'lenient' Robert Bales sentence -- BBC
Afghan fury as US 'massacre' soldier escapes death -- AFP
Obama promised to investigate Afghan massacre. Has anything happened since? -- Stars and Stripes/Propublica
Civ Worker on Afghanistan: “I’d give it 18 months before all hell breaks loose” -- Kelley Beaucar Vlahos,

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