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Spring Ushers in Fighting Season in Afghanistan

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Abdullah Sharif

This pattern of fighting in Afghanistan is nothing new, but what is noteworthy is that the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will this year face the enemy without the full support of the U.S. and its NATO and other coalition forces.

Afghanistan's Taliban Say Leader Mullah Omar Is Alive And Well

Reuters | Posted 06.06.2015 | World

KABUL, April 6 (Reuters) - The head of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, Mullah Omar, is alive and in touch with current events, the group has said ...

Car Bomb Kills 12 In Pakistan

AP | ABDUL SATTAR | Posted 07.22.2013 | World

QUETTA, Pakistan — A large bomb hidden by the Taliban in a rickshaw exploded as a police vehicle passed in southwest Pakistan on Thursday, killi...

Suicide Bomber Kills 15, Including 6 Americans

AP | KATHY GANNON and KAY JOHNSON | Posted 07.16.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide car bombing tore through a U.S. convoy in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 15 people including six Americans i...

Karzai: Taliban Chief Could Run For President

AP | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

BERLIN -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a German newspaper that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar could run for president in elections next...

Taliban May Be Granted Safe Passage For Peace Talks

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 09.05.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States on Wednesday discussed how to provide Taliban leaders safe passage to join peace negotiations...

U.S. Offers $10 Million Bounty For Pakistani Militant Chief

AP | ZARAR KHAN | Posted 06.02.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani militant accused of directing deadly attacks in neighboring India on Tuesday dismissed a U.S. decision to put a bounty o...

Taliban Chief Asks Militants To Protect Afghan Civilians

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 01.04.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban's reclusive leader said in a Muslim holiday message on Friday that his fighters must protect Afghan civilians, ...

Security Jitters in Afghanistan

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Afghan and NATO forces ended a 24-hour attack by militants on the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in what has been a secure district in Kabul, raising new concerns about Afghanistan's security.

Tech-Savvy Taliban Fights War In Cyberspace

Posted 09.19.2011 | Technology

By Michelle Nichols KABUL (Reuters) - The war in Afghanistan entered cyberspace on Wednesday when the tech-savvy Taliban said their phones, ema...

Taliban Spokesmen Deny That Leader Is Dead

AP | Posted 09.18.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban spokesmen are denying reports that the insurgent group's leader Mullah Omar is dead. Zabiullah Mujahid told The As...

A Shock of Peroxide-Blonde Hair

Shahid Mahmood | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Shahid Mahmood

Geert Wilders judges others based on ethnicity. He is well known for his anti-immigration politics and routinely refers to himself as a "Dutch freedom...

Desperately Seeking Mullah Omar

Michael Hughes | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

U.S. and Afghan intelligence have illustrated their desperation by spreading fabrications about Omar's death, hoping to provoke him to react with haste and angrily issue denials via statements or audio recordings that could give up his position.

Taliban Denies Leader Has Been Killed

AP | HEIDI VOGT and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 07.23.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan intelligence agency said Monday that the reclusive leader of the Taliban has disappeared from a suspected hideou...

Pakistan Army: Earn Your Keep

Wajid Ali Syed | Posted 07.09.2011 | World
Wajid Ali Syed

The world's most wanted terrorist was a block away from the army garrison. This incident is not the first time the Pakistan Army has made claims that strained credulity.

U.S. Enables Pakistan's Oppression of Balochistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The Pakistani state has misused billions in U.S. military aid and has used U.S. military hardware to oppress the Baloch people on a daily basis.

Michael McAuliff

Lindsey Graham: 'Pour It On' In Afghanistan | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham declared on Tuesday that President Barack Obama's kill strike on al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was a bold succ...

Gauging U.S.-Taliban Talks: An Interview With Steve Coll

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has emphasized the need for reconciliation with Taliban leaders who broke ties with al-Qaeda. But what potential problems could we see going forward?

Road to peace in Afghanistan doesn't run through Islamabad or Langley

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Most Afghans cringe when hearing the words "regional settlement" because to them it's nothing more than a euphemism for the meddling of foreign powers...

Renewing the Bush Tax Cuts Is Like...

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Larry Beinhart

Renewing the Bush tax cuts is like driving your car off the cliff, paying a tow truck twice the price of the car to haul it back up, then driving it back over because your brother-in-law's cousin's friend told you this time it will fly.

Taliban Exposed by Embedded Journalist in Riveting CNN Documentary

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

CNN provided me with an advance copy of their "Taliban" documentary and arranged a discussion with filmmaker, Paul Refsdal, who risked his life embedding himself in a Taliban fighting unit -- a move supposedly blessed by Taliban leadership.

Taliban Leader: We Are Winning The War

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban's shadowy leader told Afghans on Wednesday that the insurgents are winning the war and warned Americans that th...

Afghanistan: Six-Month Peace Possible if Combat Operations Stop

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jake Diliberto

Recently, the Karzai-Taliban Peace talks has gained significant press coverage. Yet few stories tell anyone how the peace process occurs, and what i...

Talking to the Enemy: How to Turn the Taliban Against Al Qaeda

Scott Atran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Atran

The U.S. should turn the current shadow play about talks with the Taliban into serious negotiations. Older Taliban leaders might well drop support for Bin Laden if we were no longer there to unite them in defense of their homeland.

U.S. Brokering Afghan 'Peace' Plan With an Unholy Alliance

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The Afghans are currently powerless because the fate of their nation, apparently, will be determined by certain events in the U.S. that are outside of their control, chief among them being the election cycle.