Latifa Nabizada began her air force career more than two decades ago, when the Soviet Union was still occupying Afghanistan. She is the only female pilot in the country's history, and has a dedicated, if unusual, flying companion.
Cpl. Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and charged into a Taliban ambush to save American and Afghan troops. President Obama is giving him the Medal of Honor on Thursday, the first time a living Marine has received it since the Vietnam war.
"This was clearly the site of a huge fight," NPR's Renee Montagne reported from the scene. And the under-construction building offered a clear line of sight to the U.S. embassy. No Americans were injured during the attack.
In Afghanistan, a bloody 20-hour insurgent attack on the capital Kabul ended Wednesday morning. All the assailants are dead. The attackers took control of a building that had a clear line of fire to the U.S Embassy and NATO headquarters in the heart of the city.
Taliban fighters took up positions in a downtown Kabul building and opened fire on the U.S. embassy as well as other buildings in the neighborhood. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Quil Lawrence for more.
In the Afghan capital Kabul, insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters. Other buildings were also targeted in Kabul. U.S. officials say there are no causalities at the Embassy.
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