Afghanistan http://kut.org en U.S. Soldier Pleads Guilty In 2012 Afghan Shooting Rampage http://kut.org/post/us-soldier-pleads-guilty-afghan-shooting-rampage The United States soldier charged with the murder of 16 Afghan villagers entered a guilty plea on Wednesday during a court hearing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.<p>Staff Sgt. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:32:09 +0000 8003 at http://kut.org U.S. Soldier Pleads Guilty In 2012 Afghan Shooting Rampage Delay for Decision on Hasan Trial Delay Request http://kut.org/post/delay-decision-hasan-trial-delay-request <p>We know more about how the accused Fort Hood shooter plans to defend himself at his court martial, but it’s not enough information for the judge.</p><p>And that is delaying jury selection.</p><p><a href="http://www.forthoodpresscenter.com/go/doc/3439/1793659/">Major Nidal Hasan</a> says he will make the case that he opened fire on soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009 because they were being deployed to Afghanistan, where he says they would be a threat to the Islamic Emirate and leaders of the Taliban.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:58:42 +0000 Trey Shaar 7996 at http://kut.org Delay for Decision on Hasan Trial Delay Request Austin Soldier Among Latest Military Deaths in Afghanistan http://kut.org/post/austin-soldier-among-latest-military-deaths-afghanistan <p>The Department of Defense announced Tuesday the death of a soldier from Austin.</p><p>30-year-old Staff Sergeant Job Reigoux was killed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan on Saturday when his unit was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade.</p><p>His casket arrived Monday at Dover Air Force Base.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:40:33 +0000 Trey Shaar 7994 at http://kut.org Austin Soldier Among Latest Military Deaths in Afghanistan Bomber Attacks International Red Cross's Afghan Compound http://kut.org/post/bomber-attacks-international-red-crosss-afghan-compound A coordinated attack has struck the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Gunmen reportedly assaulted the compound after a suicide bomber detonated a device at the entrance, where a guard was killed.<p><strong><strong>Update at 3:58 p.m. ET. Reaction From Red Cross:</strong></strong><p>"We condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms," ICRC's head of operations for South Asia, Jacques de Maio, says. Wed, 29 May 2013 18:03:16 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 7919 at http://kut.org Afghanistan Stories From the Walking Wounded http://kut.org/post/afghanistan-stories-walking-wounded <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been more than 11 years since the United States' war in Afghanistan began.&nbsp; Nearly 20,000 U.S. military men and women have come back injured from the war.</span></p><p>Every one of those injuries has a story behind it.&nbsp; Some were collected by Christine Dumaine Leche, a creative writing teacher at Austin Community College. She left her home and family to work with soldiers in Afghanistan, helping them to write about their experiences in a long and historic war.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:31:34 +0000 Emily Donahue 7216 at http://kut.org Afghanistan Stories From the Walking Wounded With Withdrawal Looming, U.S. Troops Shift Their Aim http://kut.org/post/withdrawal-looming-us-troops-shift-their-aim <em>The NATO campaign is now in a new phase. After years of fighting the Taliban and bolstering anemic local governance, NATO troops are handing those responsibilities over to the Afghans. NPR's Sean Carberry recently embedded with U.S. troops in the southern province of Kandahar as they worked on this new mission.</em><p>The fertile Arghandab Valley in Kandahar province is considered one of Afghanistan's breadbaskets. For years it was also a valley of death for NATO troops.<p>Security in the region has improved dramatically since the U.S. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:52:20 +0000 Sean Carberry 6905 at http://kut.org With Withdrawal Looming, U.S. Troops Shift Their Aim The Afghan Battle Over a Law to Protect Women http://kut.org/post/afghan-battle-over-law-protect-women Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree in 2009 banning violence against women. But the parliament, which is currently on its winter recess, has been unable to pass it and give it permanence as a law.<p>There's major disagreement on key provisions where Islamic and secular law come into conflict. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:58:16 +0000 Sean Carberry 6680 at http://kut.org The Afghan Battle Over a Law to Protect Women Report: Obama To Announce Withdrawal Of 34K Troops From Afghanistan http://kut.org/post/report-obama-withdraw-34k-troops-afghanistan What will likely be a day-long drip of leaks about tonight's State of the Union address begins with this:<p><blockquote><p>"President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address that 34,000 U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan within a year, two people familiar with his remarks said Tuesday." (From The Associated Press)<p></blockquote><p>The wire service adds: "That's about half the U.S. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:45:15 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6558 at http://kut.org Report: Obama To Announce Withdrawal Of 34K Troops From Afghanistan U.S. Military's Suicide Rate Surpassed Combat Deaths In 2012 http://kut.org/post/us-militarys-suicide-rate-surpassed-combat-deaths-2012 The number of suicide deaths in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year — more than the 295 Americans who died fighting in Afghanistan in 2012. The numbers were <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=169340558">first reported by the AP</a>; NPR has confirmed them.<p>The new figures show that the number of military suicides rose from 2011, when 301 such deaths were reported. And people who work with veterans say the numbers could grow worse, as returning soldiers adjust to civilian life. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:49:33 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 6179 at http://kut.org U.S. Military's Suicide Rate Surpassed Combat Deaths In 2012 Obama: U.S. Forces in Afghanistan Will Transition to 'Support' This Spring http://kut.org/post/obama-us-forces-afghanistan-will-transition-support-spring American and coalition forces will move into a "support" role in Afghanistan starting this spring, President Obama announced Friday afternoon at the White House during a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.<p>Obama said Afghan soldiers "are stepping up" and U.S. forces can now step back.<p>American troops will still be available for combat missions if needed, the president said. But the news marks a shift in the description of the role U.S. forces will play in Afghanistan this year. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:06:04 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6154 at http://kut.org Obama: U.S. Forces in Afghanistan Will Transition to 'Support' This Spring AM Update: Deadly Overnight Fires, Fallen Soldier, Armstrong Lawsuit Dismissed http://kut.org/post/am-update-deadly-overnight-fires-fallen-soldier-armstrong-lawsuit-dismissed <p><strong>Overnight Fires Claim At Least 3 Lives</strong></p><p>Austin firefighters responded to two deadly fires early this morning. Crews removed two children from a structure at <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;q=5311+Chico+Austin&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x8644b66f68671a61:0xd104ec0886c267a9,5311+Chico+St,+Austin,+TX+78721&amp;gl=us&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=WBX8T56hCony2gXH_cXKBg&amp;ved=0CAgQ8gEwAA">6226 Wagon Bend Trail</a> in Southeast Austin. The two young boys, ages five and seven, were later pronounced dead at the scene.</p><p>Investigators believe the fire started in a car and spread to the home. But AFD Spokesperson Lt. Jim Baker says the scene is still under investigation. Baker says investigators have not yet been able to enter the building.</p><p>One person was killed in a second overnight fire at <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;q=5311+Chico+Austin&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x8644b66f68671a61:0xd104ec0886c267a9,5311+Chico+St,+Austin,+TX+78721&amp;gl=us&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=WBX8T56hCony2gXH_cXKBg&amp;ved=0CAgQ8gEwAA">5311 Chico Street</a> in East Austin. Fire crews were able to rescue four other people. Three of the fire victims were transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge for treatment.&nbsp; A firefighter also suffered minor burns. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:37:02 +0000 Chip Skambis, Margaret Nicklas & Laura Rice 4649 at http://kut.org AM Update: Deadly Overnight Fires, Fallen Soldier, Armstrong Lawsuit Dismissed Military Looks to Redefine PTSD, Without Stigma http://kut.org/post/military-looks-redefine-ptsd-without-stigma The military and the Department of Veterans Affairs say they want more veterans and service members to get appropriate treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.<p>That's why they're tweaking the way they define and treat PTSD. But if this approach works, it could add to the backlog of PTSD cases.<p>For years, the standard definition for post-traumatic stress disorder had a key feature that didn't fit for the military. Tue, 15 May 2012 13:21:18 +0000 Larry Abramson 4237 at http://kut.org Military Looks to Redefine PTSD, Without Stigma Obama: The 'Light of a New Day' is Visible in Afghanistan http://kut.org/post/obama-light-new-day-visible-afghanistan <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTT-xAr5LVM</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 14:52:53 +0000 Eyder Peralta 4141 at http://kut.org Obama: The 'Light of a New Day' is Visible in Afghanistan Four Texas Soldiers Killed in Deadliest Month Ever In Afghan War http://kut.org/post/four-texas-soldiers-killed-deadliest-month-ever-afghan-war This month, 66 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan. According to The Associated Press that makes August the deadliest month in the nearly 10-year-old war. The previous record was in July 2010, when 65 service members were killed.<p>August's number includes the 30 American troops killed on Aug. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 20:34:36 +0000 Eyder Peralta 2357 at http://kut.org