Afghanistan

Government
6:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Governor Nixon Travels Overseas To Visit National Guard

Credit U.S. Dept. of Defense Gov. Jay Nixon (D) meets with Missouri National Guard troops in Afghanistan Dec. 5th, 2012.
U.S. Dept. of Defense

Governor Jay Nixon is in Afghanistan visiting members of the Missouri National Guard who won’t be home for the holidays.

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Up to Date
9:25 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Afghanistan: The Forgotten War

In Afghanistan, the U.S. military disposes of garbage—computers, motorbikes, TVs, shoes, even human feces—in open burn pits. Are toxic clouds from these sites making everyone sick?
Malcolm Garcia

President Obama has called for the complete removal of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. In the meantime, the U.S. is moving onto other concerns - like the presidential election.

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People
5:15 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Overland Park Soldier Casualty Is Memorial Day Focus

Abby Knapp holds daughter Kinsley, waiting for coffin of SGT Michael Knapp, husband, father.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

For an Overland Park family and their friends, this Memorial Day is marked with the freshest of wounds.

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

U.S., Afghan Security Pact Is Sweeping But Not Specific

U.S. Marines in southern Afghanistan last June.
David Gilkey NPR

While the headlines proclaim that thanks to a new draft agreement the U.S. will continue to defend Afghanistan for a decade after the planned 2014 withdrawal of foreign combat forces from that country, the stories themselves make clear that many of the key details remain to be worked out:

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Up to Date
1:40 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story Of America's War In Afghanistan

Some pieces of journalism have the ability to disrupt even the most powerful of leaders.

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld On Known And Unknown

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld has served as both the youngest and oldest Secretary of Defense.  While many may not remember much of his first stint at the post, his second go at the job, for better or worse, secured his place in history.

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Soldiers
4:02 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

Afghan War Claims Northland Soldier

Sgt Shaun Mittler with Iraqi child during earlier combat tour.
photo courtesy of Mittler family.

Kansas City, MO – A second Kansas City area soldier has died this week of wounds suffered in Afghanistan. 32 year old Staff Sergeant Shaun Mittler was born in North Kansas City and raised in Gladstone , according to the Defense Department.

Mittler was serving with the 101st Airborne Division when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and rifle fire. He died last Saturday.

Mittler served in the Kansas National Guard, then reenlisted in the regular army after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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KCUR News
5:32 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Afghan War Bomb Technician Is Killed

Robert Wayne Crow in combat uniform.
photo Mo. Nat'l Guard

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City Missouri Army National Guard Soldier has been killed in Afghanistan doing one of the more dangerous combat jobs .

Robert W. Crow was 42 years old and a sergeant.

Crow had gone to Afghanistan when his unit, the 203rd Engineer Battalion of Joplin deployed last September. His home unit of combat engineers was the 1141st Engineer company of Kansas City which he joined in 2005.The job of his unit was clearing improvised explosive devices from roadways.The soldiers are commonly called sappers.

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