A man wearing an Afghan police uniform shot and killed two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, ISAF spokeswoman Lt. Amy Hession told CNN.
Insider attacks by Afghan soldiers and police officers – or militants wearing uniforms – have been on the rise for months.
Three British troops were shot and killed by a man wearing the uniform of an Afghan national police officer in violence-plagued southern Afghanistan, the British Ministry of Defence said Monday.
They were serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force when they were killed Sunday.
The attack is under investigation, the NATO-led force said.
The British said two of the soldiers were from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, and the third was serving with the Royal Corps of Signals.
It was unclear whether the attacker was an Afghan police officer or an infiltrator wearing the uniform.
Two more suspects have been charged as part of a group accused of being involved in a terror plot in Chicago during the NATO summit, prosecutors said Sunday. A total of five people have been charged.
Prosecutors say the men planned to target President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and several other law enforcement and financial sites.
A man in an Afghan National Army uniform killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan, once again bringing a disturbing issue to center stage in the long Asian war - attacks by local security forces against coalition troops.
The incident took place Tuesday when the man "turned his weapon against an International Security Assistance Force service member," an ISAF statement said.
"Green on blue" - a euphemism for attacks by members of the Afghan security forces on their allies in the international force - are a mere fraction of the total coalition deaths in the war.
But last month, an Afghan soldier killed four French troops, prompting French President Nicolas Sarkozy to suspend its training operations and combat help. In December, another Afghan soldier killed two French soldiers serving in an engineers' regiment.FULL STORY
[Updated at 12:01 p.m. ET] The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday removing its mandate for military intervention, effectively ending the NATO mission in Libya, as of October 31.
Last week, senior NATO officials agreed to a preliminary end date of October 31 for the alliance's seven-month Libya mission. NATO ministers gave preliminary approval to that plan.
But U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said this week that Libya's National Transitional Council wanted NATO to stick around until it could establish governance.
However, Libyan Deputy Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the 15-member council Wednesday that the Libyan people were looking forward to ending the NATO mission.
While Libyans were grateful for the international community's support, he said, such measures felt like an infringement of Libya's sovereignty.
The Security Council in March passed a resolution mandating the protection of Libya's civilian population as military forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi advanced on a rebel stronghold in eastern Libya. Within days of the Security Council's decision, NATO forces were engaged in action by air and sea.
The operation relied on three main prongs - implementing a no-fly zone, enforcing an arms embargo and taking action to protect civilians and civilian areas under threat of attack.
Since March 31, some 9,634 strike sorties, where targets are identified or hit, are among 26,000 sorties to have been conducted, NATO said Friday.
With reported pockets of fighting remaining in Tripoli on Wednesday, the whereabouts of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi still were not known.
Rebels seized Gadhafi’s vast compound on Tuesday. Celebratory gunfire was virtually nonstop as rebels streamed in and out of the compound, many leaving with weapons and ammunition seized from the complex.
A senior NATO official warned that the war "is not over yet, although it's close."
Here are the latest developments:
[Updated 11:02 p.m. ET, 5:02 a.m. Thursday in Libya] The bodies of 17 rebels killed Tuesday by Gadhafi forces near the longtime leader's compound were taken Wednesday to a hospital in eastern Tripoli, a doctor there told CNN.
Dr. Mohammed Rashed said the victims had been executed. Rashed, a Libyan who has worked as a consultant in Britain for 25 years, said he was volunteering with a medical group at a Tripoli hospital when a patient showed up Wednesday seeking treatment for a leg wound.
The patient told Rashed that he was one of 25 people who had been abducted from their homes by Gadhafi forces, taken to a military barracks near Gadhafi's compound and accused of complicity with the rebels.
As the Gadhafi forces began to execute them, rebel forces began storming Bab al-Azizia, he said. The resulting confusion gave some of the captives the chance to escape, he said.
[Updated 9:02 p.m. ET, 3:02 a.m. Thursday in Libya] The humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres, also called Doctors Without Borders, says medical facilities in the capital are overwhelmed with patients.
"Almost all of the hospitals around the city are receiving wounded, but some of the hospitals have not been accessible due to the fighting, which means that other hospitals have an added burden," said Jonathan Whittall, MSF head of mission in Tripoli.
He described scenes of chaos inside institutions short of doctors and nurses, many of whom have been afraid to travel unsafe streets to get to work. But, he added, "there is a huge number of people who are responding as volunteers and who are going to the hospitals to try and support and assist where they can."
Ambulance workers are hamstrung by the fuel shortage in the capital. With electricity only sporadic, hospitals have been running on generators, but they too require gas. Still, he said, "health facilities are stretched, but by no means are they completely collapsed or not functioning at all."
[Updated 7:27 p.m. ET, 1:27 a.m. Thursday in Libya] The United States will support an effort by several members of the U.N. Security Council to override the United Nations' sanctions committee and allow countries to free up frozen Libyan assets for the Libyan opposition's National Transitional Council.
The Obama administration has tried for days to get approval from the U.N. sanctions committee to unfreeze $1 billion to $1.5 billion worth of Libyan assets, but South Africa has been blocking that move. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi funded South Africa's African National Congress - now the ruling party - when it was a liberation movement fighting the white apartheid regime.
A Security Council meeting Wednesday concluded without a vote on a draft resolution to free $1.5 billion of assets. If South Africa doesn't lift its objections, Washington will call for a vote Thursday afternoon, U.S. officials said. South Africa - which the officials say does not object to releasing some, but not all, of the money for urgent humanitarian needs - does not have veto power and would not be able to block the resolution.
Tuesday was a turning point for rebels fighting for control of Tripoli, as they seized Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s vast compound. Celebratory gunfire was virtually nonstop as rebels streamed in and out of the compound, many leaving with weapons and ammunition seized from the complex.
A senior NATO official warned that the war "is not over yet, although it's close."
"We continue to watch for flare-ups from around the country, where there are still going to be pockets of resistance," the official said. "We are also watching the chemical weapons and Scud missiles to make sure they are not used in the endgame."
Here are the latest developments:
[Updated 11:11 p.m. ET, 5:11 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] A woman living in Tripoli tells CNN's Anderson Cooper about her neighborhood getting hit by rockets from what she believes were pro-Gadhafi forces, and about how she is proud of the rebels who have risen against Gadhafi:
[Updated 10:58 p.m. ET, 4:58 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] In an interview with CNN, former Gadhafi aide Bashir Saleh called for an end to the violence. "I appeal to everybody who has his arms to think before shooting - from our side or from the Gadhafi side. It's time to stop the bloodshed," he said.
Asked what Gadhafi had told him during the uprising when he made similar comments, Saleh said, "He say that he has a job and we have to continue our job. Job is to stop the rebellions, and we have the right to do so."
[Updated 9:19 p.m. ET, 3:19 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] Rebels at Tripoli's airport say Gadhafi loyalists fiercely defended an area east of the airport Tuesday, prompting the rebels to wonder whether loyalists were protecting a high-profile figure in the vicinity, CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
Rebels hold the airport but have yet to control an area to the east. Gadhafi loyalists from two military compounds launched multiple assaults on the airport Tuesday, Damon reported.
[Updated 9:08 p.m. ET, 3:08 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] Gadhafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim has told Arrai Television that Libya's tribes have organized a military leadership, and that the tribes will go to Tripoli to fight the rebels.
"Moammar Gadhafi's rule is not just over Tripoli," Ibrahim said. "Moammar is loved by millions! From the center of Libya to western Libya to the mountains of Libya to everywhere. So the fighting will continue."
[Updated 9:03 p.m. ET, 3:03 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] A Maltese government spokesman told CNN's Matthew Chance that a boat from Malta has docked in a Libyan port, with space aboard for journalists who are inside the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli. "The trouble is that we've not managed to negotiate an exit from the hotel," Chance said early Wednesday. Gadhafi loyalist guards at the hotel have not allowed journalists there to leave, saying they are being protected.
[Updated 8:44 p.m. ET, 2:44 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] Gadhafi, in a taped message aired tonight by a Tripoli radio station, vowed martyrdom or victory, according to Reuters.
He also said the retreat from his compound, which was taken over by rebels on Tuesday, was a tactical move, according to Reuters.
[Updated 8:10 p.m. ET, 2:10 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] About 200 people are celebrating in Tripoli's Green Square - which rebels are calling Martyr's Square - CNN's Sara Sidner reports.
People are firing guns into the air in celebration, waving pre-Gadhafi Libyan flags and shouting things like "Gadhafi needs to go," according to Sidner.
[Updated 7:26 p.m. ET, 1:26 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] Some of the rebel leadership is moving from its power base in Benghazi to the nation's capital, Tripoli, said Mahmoud Shammam, information minister of the rebels' National Transitional Council.
"Half of the government will be in Tripoli tomorrow morning," he said, citing the ministries of Oil, Communications, Interior, Defense and Health. "They will take care of their jobs immediately."
A stabilization team will ensure that Tripoli is supplied with electricity and clean water, Shammam said.
"The whole situation is not so bad," Shammam told CNN from Libya's border with Tunisia. "Things are going to get better every day." But, he added, the work is daunting. Gadhafi left behind no institutions, no political parties, no civil society. "We have to build things from scratch," he said.
[Updated 7:21 p.m. ET, 1:21 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] The information minister of the rebels' National Transitional Council, Mahmoud Shammam, said "it doesn't matter" where Gadhafi is.
He said rebel forces controlled 90% of the country. "In a few hours, maximum a few days, we have a new Libya, a new, liberated Libya," he said.
Shammam said battles raged in several cities across the country - not just in Tripoli. "We're fighting in three or four fronts right now," he said, adding, "our troops are limited."
[Updated 6:52 p.m. ET, 12:52 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his country would only recognize a Libyan government led by Moammar Gadhafi, state media reported.
"From here we confirm our solidarity with the Libyan people, our brother that is being assaulted and bombed ... as part of the imperial insanity," Chavez said during a meeting of government ministers in Caracas, Venezuela, the state-run AVN news agency reported.
Chavez and Gadhafi are close allies. The Venezuelan leader has spoken out numerous times since unrest erupted in Libya, accusing the United States and other countries of blowing the situation out of proportion to justify an invasion.
[Updated 6:35 p.m. ET, 12:35 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] CNN's Matthew Chance tweets an update from the Rixos Hotel, where he, other journalists and former U.S. congressional delegate Walter Fauntroy are staying:
Gadhafi loyalists have not allowed the group to leave the hotel for days, saying they need to stay for their own safety.
[Updated 6:14 p.m. ET, 12:14 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] The Rev. Walter Edward Fauntroy, a former congressional delegate for the District of Columbia who is trapped at Tripoli's Rixos Hotel with foreign journalists, has told CNN that he arrived in Libya more than a week ago on a peace mission with fellow minister K.A. Paul.
"Right now we are in a precarious situation with some of our friends from the media, because we fear that unless we are able to relocate, we may all be in danger," Fauntroy said. "As a minister who believes in the fervent and effective prayers of the righteous, I have joined with Dr. K.A. Paul in an appeal to people ... to pray for deliverance for not only us, but the press corps with whom we have been quartered here, in an effort to carry out our peace mission."
"I came here over a week ago now and have been working on a long term effort to rally the genuine spiritual leaders of the world ... to work out a peace agreement," said Fauntroy, who was an associate of the Rev. Martin Luther King.
Gadhafi loyalists have not allowed the journalists to leave the hotel for days, saying they need to stay for their own safety.
More than four decades of Moammar Gadhafi's rule may be nearing an end as rebels appear to have his regime on the verge of collapse. The embattled Libyan leader's detractors have faced off against his regime since January, but Libya's tensions pre-date the Arab Spring uprisings. Today, Gotta Watch looks at Libya's long-running, tense relations with the U.S., Gadhafi's family and its link to some A-list pop stars.
As Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi urged supporters to take up arms and battle rebel forces Monday, a senior member of Gadhafi's government arrived in Cairo amid rumors that he had defected, Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported.
Nasr al-Mabrouk Abdallah arrived with nine of his family members on a private plane from Djerba, Tunisia, the newspaper reported, citing an unidentified airport official. Djerba is about 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of Tripoli.
Libyan Embassy officials did not greet the plane when it pulled up to Terminal 4, which is the arrival point for private planes, fueling speculation that Abdallah may have abandoned Gadhafi, the newspaper said. Al-Ahram and an official at Cairo International Airport identified Abdallah as Libya's minister of the interior.
But a Libyan government official - whose information has proved reliable in the past but who is not allowed to talk to the news media for attribution - identified Abdallah as an administrative director at the Interior Ministry and a former Libyan minister.FULL STORY
The House considers future U.S. action in Libya, while President Obama pitches the U.S. economy in Pennsylvania. Watch CNN.com Live for the latest on these developing stories.
Today's programming highlights...
9:00 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Testimony resumes in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.
NATO meetings: Foreign ministers from NATO's 28 member nations begin a two-day meeting in Berlin, Germany on Thursday with the alliance's military operations over Libya expected to be the first topic of discussions.
The 28 member states and six partner countries are enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, which calls for protection of civilians in the war between Libyan rebels and the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. NATO is enforcing a no-fly zone and arms embargo on Libya while conducting airstrikes on Gadhafi's forces.
Next on NATO's agenda will be discussions on Afghanistan, where NATO leads the International Security Assistance Force. Talks will focus on the alliance's role in Afghanistan after combat operations end, currently planned for 2014.
On Friday, NATO ministers plan sessions on partnerships and relations with the European Union, Georgia, Ukraine and Russia.
Severe weather: It could be a rough day for weather across the country Thursday. Severe thunderstorms are forecast for areas of the south central U.S. Thursday and could bring strong tornadoes to parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama by Friday, the National Weather Service reports.
Meanwhile, the fire threat remains high in the central and southern Rockies and the High Plains, forecasters say. Fires destroyed 100 homes and buildings in Texas earlier this week.
Flood warnings were in effect for parts of Montana, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
L.A. Dodgers security: The Los Angeles Dodgers return to Dodger Stadium on Thursday to play the St. Louis Cardinals in their first home game with new security measures enacted after the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan on March 31.
"On Thursday the fans and the community will see a significant change in terms of the security profile at Dodger Stadium," Andrew Neiman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, told ESPN.
The Dodgers are paying for additional police at the stadium and adding lighting in parking areas. A press conference with officials from the Dodgers and LAPD is planned for 4 p.m. PT Thursday to discuss security measuares.
On Wednesday, the team announced it will not go through with a half-price alcohol promotion planned for six games this season, ESPN reported.
Looming government shutdown – Congressional leaders of both parties are searching for common ground on a federal budget, working against a deadline of midnight ET Friday. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and their aides spent another long night negotiating, including a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. If an agreement is not reached in time, many federal government facilities – including national parks – and some services will shut down until funding can be re-established.
Trump – Recent "birther" convert and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to meet Friday with an Arizona state lawmaker who is sponsoring a bill to require any presidential candidate to prove he or she was born in the United States. Trump, a real-estate mogul and reality TV star, told NBC that he has dispatched a team of investigators to Hawaii to establish whether Obama was born there. CNN has debunked allegations surrounding the president's birthplace.
The Florida Democrat hasn’t even taken office, but she is already gearing up for a fight over an age-old U.S. House rule.
Wilson is a connoisseur of hats, especially sequined cowboy ones, and she doesn’t take kindly to being told that the House doesn’t cotton to its members rocking Stetsons in its chamber.
“It's sexist,” Wilson told The Miami Herald. “It dates back to when men wore hats, and we know that men don't wear hats indoors, but women wear hats indoors. Hats are what I wear. People get excited when they see the hats. Once you get accustomed to it, it's just me. Some people wear wigs or high heel shoes or big earrings or pins. This is just me.”
Wilson had to take off her hat for her official congressional picture, a ruling she said she plans to appeal.
The odds are against the flamboyant freshman, according to PolitiFact. The hat ban has been in place since 1837, and was upheld during the 1970s when Rep. Bella Abzug pushed to sport her trademark broad-rimmed hats.
It will likely take a full House vote to overturn the rule, PolitiFact reported.
But Wilson does not seem deterred. Though she recently said she doesn’t know how many hats she owns, she told the Tampa Bay Times last year that she owns about 300, some of which are custom-dyed to match her suits.
Though it would be unreasonable to expect a photo gallery of all the hats, which take up an entire room in her house, the Miami New Times is showcasing 25 of its favorites.
Legal action – Friday will be a busy day for court proceedings.
A jury will begin deliberations in the DUI manslaughter trial of former major-league baseball player Jim Leyritz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
A former Georgia sheriff's deputy convicted of two murders will be sentenced. A jury this month found Derrick Yancey guilty of murdering his wife and a day laborer. Yancey was arrested last year in Belize, where he had fled after escaping house arrest.
Also in Georgia, Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Camp Jr., charged with purchasing illegal drugs and passing them on to a stripper, is expected to plead guilty Friday in federal court in Atlanta. Camp, 67, is accused of buying cocaine, marijuana and prescription painkillers and giving them to an exotic dancer he met last spring.