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Pakistan Can’t Confirm Taliban Leader Is Dead, Criticizes U.S. Drone Strike

Pakistan’s interior minister said on Tuesday he could not confirm that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a U.S. drone strike, and described Washington’s justification for the attack as “against international law”.

May 25, 2016

Massive Explosion Tears Through Central Kabul

A powerful explosion ripped through central Kabul during morning rush hour Tuesday, a week after the Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive. The blast struck a densely packed neighbourhood close to several military compounds, according to police sources.

April 19, 2016
Rescue workers move a body from the site of a blast outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, March 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 52, Mostly Women, Kids In Pakistan Park

The blast occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, a few feet away from children’s swings. Around 150 people were injured in the explosion, officials said.

March 27, 2016

Taliban Appoints New Leader After Mullah Omar’s Death

The Taliban has officially appointed a new leader following the death of its founder, Mullah Omar, officials say.

July 30, 2015

Afghanistan Investigates Reports Of Taliban Leader’s Death

“We are aware of the reports of the passing of Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader,” Sayed Zafar Hashemi, a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, told reporters.

July 29, 2015

Afghan Troops Retake Rebel-Held District

Taliban forces also confirmed that they have lost most of the district. Nonetheless, they said they still control parts of it.

June 21, 2015
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Afghan Realities Prompt Obama To Slow Plans For U.S. Withdrawal

After Iraq’s descent into chaos, Obama may keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan for longer than planned.

March 24, 2015
A Pakistani soldier stands guard as parents leave with their children near the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar, on December 16, 2014

Children Among 130 Dead In Taliban Attack On Pakistan School

Get the latest on the horrifying school attack in Pakistan.

December 16, 2014

American Amnesia: Why The GOP Leads On National Security

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security. At a moment when Americans feel threatened by rising terrorist movements and authoritarian regimes, that finding is politically salient – and proves that amnesia is the most durable affliction of our democracy. Every year around […]

September 16, 2014

Malala Yousafzai’s Assailants Arrested In Pakistan, Army Says

By Aoun Abbas Sahi and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Military officials said Friday that they had apprehended 10 men who in 2012 attempted to assassinate Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education activist, and two other Pakistani schoolgirls. A Pakistani military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, said a joint operation involving the army, […]

September 12, 2014

ISIS: Republican Reaction To Obama Speech Reveals Much — About Them

Within minutes after President Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy ISIS, the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers. He should have kept a “residual force” in Iraq, complained Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and he is to blame for ISIS advances. He […]

September 11, 2014

U.S. House Condemns Obama For Releasing ‘Taliban Five’

Washington (AFP) — U.S. lawmakers slammed President Barack Obama Tuesday for failing to notify Congress before releasing five Taliban operatives from Guantanamo in exchange for an American POW. U.S. officials, fearing for the life and health of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who had been held captive for five years, swiftly negotiated for his release […]

September 10, 2014

U.S. Embassy Worker Undaunted By Taliban Attack, Injuries

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times KABUL, Afghanistan — Lying in a ditch, his head throbbing from the bomb blast, Abbas Kamwand wiggled his toes. He was shocked to discover that he still could. An Afghan soldier grabbed his hand and helped him up. Around him, vehicles lay mangled, and dark smoke climbed to the […]

August 22, 2014

At Least 73 Killed In Afghan Violence

By Najeebullah Hazem, dpa KABUL — At least 60 militants, 12 members of the Afghan security forces, and one civilian were killed in separate attacks across Afghanistan, officials said Monday. Eight members of the police force and 28 Taliban fighters have died in a gun battle in the northern province of Faryab that started Friday […]

July 21, 2014

More Than 90 People Die, About 50 Injured In Afghan Attacks

By Hafiz Ahmadi, dpa KABUL, Afghanistan — Nearly 100 people were killed Tuesday and around 50 others were wounded in two separate attacks in Afghanistan, officials said. Eighty-nine people, mainly civilians, were killed when a suicide car bomb exploded in the eastern province of Paktika, Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said. “The attack also […]

July 15, 2014

Released Afghan POW Bowe Bergdahl Completes Treatment, Takes New Army Post

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years in Afghanistan until he was traded May 31 for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo, has completed his U.S. military-led reintegration and has been assigned to an army unit in Texas to continue his military service. […]

July 14, 2014

Pakistan Moves For Major Ground Assault On Taliban After Evacuations

By Zia Khan ISLAMABAD — Pakistani forces were preparing for a major ground offensive against Islamist militants in the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan, officials said Monday after nearly all civilians had fled the north-western region along the Afghan border. Nearly half a million people have evacuated the battleground tribal district since a military offensive […]

June 23, 2014

Hagel Stands Up For ‘Tough Call’ To Trade Taliban Prisoners For Bergdahl

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday defended the swapping of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners, insisting that the exchange was the “last, best chance” to get him back and did not violate a long-standing U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists. Hagel, in the first […]

June 12, 2014

Official: More Transfers From Guantanamo Prison Not ‘Imminent’

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working on more transfers out of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in the wake of last week’s release of five Taliban fighters but said Wednesday it doesn’t have a timeline for progress. One national security official said Wednesday that […]

June 11, 2014

Pakistan’s Busiest Airport Attacked For Second Time This Week

By Aoun Sahi and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s busiest airport came under attack Tuesday for the second time this week when assailants riding a motorbike sprayed bullets at a camp used by security forces and escaped. A heavy contingent of Pakistani soldiers were searching for the attackers in slums near the […]

June 10, 2014

White House Briefing Fails To Calm Bergdahl Storm

By William Douglas and John Moritz, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration suggested Monday that the deal to swap five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could rekindle peace negotiations between the terrorist group and Afghan government. The suggestion of a possible benefit from the deal came as the White House continued to […]

June 10, 2014

What Matters Most: Bringing Bowe Bergdahl Back

Those who object to President Barack Obama’s recent prisoner exchange raise a bracing question: How many Taliban terrorists is one freed U.S. soldier worth? That question lies at the heart of the backlash that President Obama has received after doing what many of his critics have been urging him to do: take action to free […]

June 9, 2014

Former Soldiers Recount Trying Search For Missing POW Bowe Bergdahl

By Richard Mauer, Anchorage Daily News ANCHORAGE, Alaska — When Anchorage-based Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl went missing at a lightly fortified outpost in southeastern Afghanistan in 2009, soldiers he left behind say it upended their deployment mission from one of turning Afghans away from the Taliban into a dangerous and fruitless rescue operation. “Everybody’s […]

June 9, 2014

Kerry Says Five Released Taliban Risk Death If They Fight Again

By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in his first remarks on the prisoner swap involving American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, warned Sunday that the five released Taliban leaders risk being killed by the United States if they re-enter the fight. He spoke as reports emerged that Bergdahl, held for five […]

June 9, 2014

Obama: ‘No Apologies’ For Trading Detainees For Bergdahl

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he will “make no apologies” for trading five Taliban detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, defiantly pushing back against critics of the decision by referring to Bergdahl as a “prisoner of war” and as “somebody’s child” who is now headed […]

June 5, 2014