Arefa, 6, suffered a life-threatening wound on her head as well as severe burns when her family's tent in Afghanistan was engulfed in flames from an IED. Doctors treating her at a hospital in Los Angeles say her struggle to stay alive for three years is nothing short of a miracle.
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.
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