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2008-11-07 06:00:07

By Jim Michaels WASHINGTON -- Afghanistan's government has stepped up efforts to win the cooperation of tribal leaders to try to build security at the village level and fend off the Taliban. The strategy has the backing of coalition forces and is similar to a successful effort in Iraq, where powerful tribal leaders turned on al-Qaeda. "We're coming back to recognize tribal leadership, to empower and acknowledge them as leaders within their communities," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen....

2008-11-06 11:17:37

A new report of Afghanistan civilian deaths in a U.S. airstrike fanned more furor Thursday, officials said. The report prompted Afghan President Hamid Karzai to call on U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to halt the attacks, CNN reported. Afghan and NATO-led forces were investigating reports of civilian casualties in the northwestern part of the country, the U.S. military said Thursday. News reports said seven civilians and 13 Taliban were killed in an airstrike. The U.S. military said...

2008-11-06 00:00:06

At least 40 Afghan civilians were killed and 28 more injured in a U.S.-led airstrike that hit a wedding gathering in southern Afghanistan, officials said. Xinhua reported Wednesday that U.S.-led coalition forces called in gunship helicopters Monday afternoon to retaliate against militants who had attacked them at Wech Baghtu village in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar. Officials said the attack hit a wedding party in an area where the Taliban insurgents' firing came from earlier in...

2008-11-05 15:00:12

Civilians including women and children were killed in a U.S. air strike aimed at Taliban militants in Afghanistan's Kandihar province, Afghan officials said. A spokesman for the governor of Kandihar said "a huge number" of people were killed and injured Monday at a wedding party mistakenly targeted by U.S. forces after a firefight with Taliban militants in the same village, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Ahmad Wali Karzai, brother of Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai and...

2008-10-20 15:00:13

A suicide bomber struck a German military convoy in northern Afghanistan Monday, killing two German soldiers and five children, NATO officials report. The bomber was traveling on a bicycle when he detonated his explosives near Kunduz, Germany's Deutsche Welle reported. The German broadcaster said the Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on its Web site. "Acts such as this, which offer nothing but violence and death, will not deter us in our commitment to...

2008-10-02 09:00:10

The Associated Press MADRID, Spain Western intelligence agencies have long suspected that elements of Pakistan's spy service have aided the Taliban in Afghanistan, but a Spanish government report leaked to the media appears to be the first published assessment that spells out such cooperation . The August 2005 report says Pakistan's shadowy Inter-Services Intelligence agency helped the Taliban procure roadside bombs and may even have provided training and intelligence to the Taliban in...

2008-09-17 09:00:07

By Robert Burns Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan -- Even after an extra U.S. Army brigade joins the fight against the insurgency here in January, three times that many reinforcements will be needed shortly thereafter, the highest- ranking U.S. general here said Tuesday. Gen. David McKiernan, commander of NATO-led international forces in Afghanistan, told reporters traveling with Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the brigade arriving in January is an urgent requirement based on an...

2008-09-15 06:00:18

By From news reports A suicide bomber in a vehicle attacked a convoy carrying Afghan doctors working for the United Nations in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing two doctors and wounding 15 other people, a police chief said. The attack happened in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar Province as the convoy was on its way to vaccinate people against polio, said the provincial police chief, Matiullah Khan. The blast killed two doctors and wounded 15 other people, including 10...

2008-09-04 09:00:04

From wire reports ISLAMABAD, Pakistan At least 20 people were killed in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday after U.S. and Afghan troops crossed from Afghanistan to pursue Taliban insurgents. The early morning attack marked the first known instance in which U.S. forces conducted an operation on Pakistani soil since the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan began, according to witnesses and a Pakistani official. An American official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of...

2008-08-26 03:00:02

Excerpt from an article in Pashto entitled: "Civilian casualties drive people to the mountains," published by pro-government Afghan newspaper Weesa on 24 August Civilian casualties in Afghanistan are those incidents that make the patience of the people run thin repeatedly. It forces them to climb the mountains and fight against foreign forces based in the country. Civilian casualties as a result of military operations by NATO and American forces have repeatedly created problems between...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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