Los Angeles Times

How the Taliban gained the upper hand in a key province in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan _It was the deadliest incident involving U.S. troops in Afghanistan this year: An armored U.S. military vehicle struck a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban outside the city of Ghazni on Tuesday, killing three service members.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond of Brush Prairie, Wash., Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross of Lexington, Va., and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin of Hookstown, Pa., were elite special operations troops deployed to what has become one of the most intense theaters of fighting in the 18th year of the war.

The city is the capital of the rugged province that has the same name and has long

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times2 min read
Robert De Niro Stays Proudly Political At The 2020 SAG Awards
LOS ANGELES - Upon being presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, the surprising thing wasn't that Robert De Niro got political, but that he did it so calmly. "Political leaders who support unions
Los Angeles Times2 min read
Another Racehorse Dies At Santa Anita, Bringing Total To Three Horses In Three Days
LOS ANGELES - Santa Anita suffered its third horse death in three days when a freak accident occurred during morning training on Sunday. Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old gelding, collided with an unidentified other horse while training. The second horse app
Los Angeles Times7 min read
Al Pacino And Robert De Niro: Five Decades Of Friendship Crowned With 'The Irishman'
If you had pure intentions of watching Martin Scorsese's 3 1/2-hour mob epic "The Irishman" in one sitting and for whatever reason - a failure of focus, too many interruptions, general exhaustion - couldn't make it through to the end, Al Pacino wants