The new mother is a gunner at a NATO base in Helmand Provence which came under attack just days before Tuesday's birth. Britain's Ministry of Defense says the baby was conceived before the soldier deployed, and that she didn't realize she was pregnant. Mother and baby are now headed home.
The U.S. command in Afghanistan has suspended joint patrols by U.S. and Afghan forces. The move comes as the military tries to figure out how to stop insider attacks by Afghans against U.S. and NATO troops.
"Green on blue" attacks have continued. And today, a suicide bomber killed at least 12 people — a militant group said the attack was to avenge the anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims. NATO says it is reducing coalition troops' vulnerability.
NATO says it's scaling back operations with Afghan soldiers and policemen to lower the risk of insider attacks. So far, about 51 international troops have died in such attacks. The U.S.-led coalition's key goal is to get Afghan forces ready to take over security from foreign forces by the end of 2014.
"Something has gone wrong in the Muslim world," says the author of The Satanic Verses, who has been marked by a "death sentence" for more than two decades. The latest anti-American protests, which spread to Kabul today, are evidence of that in his view.
Attacks in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours that killed four U.S. soldiers and as many as eight Afghan women and girls are raising tensions between the NATO-led coalition and the Afghan government. U.S. officials also acknowledged over the weekend that a separate Taliban attack on a British base used by U.S. Marines inflicted far more damage than originally revealed.
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