Dec 18, 2014

How Sydney hostage planned daring escape

The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours on Monday, and 82-year-old John O’Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he ...

Security system failed to track Sydney siege gunman, Abbott says

Dec 17, 2014

Security system failed to track Sydney siege gunman, Abbott says

Australia’s prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation’s security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transparent investigation into why the man was not on any terrorist watch list despite having ...

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

This week’s revelations about the CIA’s harsh treatment of terrorism suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks have been met with a collective shrug in most parts of the Middle East, where they merely reinforced a long-held view of American brutality — ...

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. closes last Afghanistan prison

The United States on Wednesday released the final three detainees from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan, ending the U.S. operation of any prisons in the country after more than a decade of war, the Pentagon said. Two of the detainees, including Redha al-Najar, ...

Afghanistan's Ghani condemns CIA's 'inhumane actions'

Dec 11, 2014

Afghanistan's Ghani condemns CIA's 'inhumane actions'

Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday condemned CIA torture detailed in a U.S. Senate report, saying America’s actions violated “all accepted norms of human rights” and were part of a vicious cycle of violence. Ghani’s speech came as his government attempts to revive ...

'Afghan Bruce Lee' high-kicking his way to Internet fame

Dec 10, 2014

'Afghan Bruce Lee' high-kicking his way to Internet fame

From the ruins of a bombed-out palace above Kabul, a young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation. Videos and photos of Abbas ...

Dec 8, 2014

Afghan students find inspiration in Islamic State's success

A quiet student at Kabul University, 25-year-old Abdul Rahim has a dream: to join Islamic State in Syria and fight for the establishment of a global caliphate — a new, alarming form of radicalism in war-weary Afghanistan. “When hundreds of foreigners, both men and ...

U.S. hands over senior Taliban commander to Pakistan

Dec 8, 2014

U.S. hands over senior Taliban commander to Pakistan

The U.S. military in Afghanistan has handed over three Pakistani detainees to Islamabad, including one who Pakistani intelligence officers said is a senior Taliban commander long wanted by the Pakistani government. The transfer of Latif Mehsud, a close confidante of the former head of ...

Afghan forces ill-equipped to fight

Dec 1, 2014

Afghan forces ill-equipped to fight

Afghan district police chief Ahmadullah Anwari only has enough grenades to hand out three to each checkpoint in an area of Helmand province swarming with Taliban insurgents who launch almost daily attacks on security forces. “Sometimes up to 200 Taliban attack our checkpoints and ...