Taliban use child sex slaves to kill Afghan police

Jun 19, 2016

Taliban use child sex slaves to kill Afghan police

The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of “bacha bazi” — pedophilic boy play — to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults say. The ancient custom ...

Conflicting reports emerge on motives of Orlando shooter

Jun 13, 2016

Conflicting reports emerge on motives of Orlando shooter

He was a body builder and a security guard, a religious man who attended the local mosque and who at one point expressed interest in becoming a police officer, though he never pursued it. Early Sunday, 29-year-old Omar Mateen gunned down 50 people at ...

Obama widens U.S. military role in Afghanistan

Jun 11, 2016

Obama widens U.S. military role in Afghanistan

Far from ending the two wars he inherited from the Bush administration, Barack Obama is wrestling with an expanded set of conflicts in the final months of his presidency, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Libya and Syria, with no end in sight. In Afghanistan, ...

Modi inaugurates $290 million Indian-built dam in Afghanistan

Jun 4, 2016

Modi inaugurates $290 million Indian-built dam in Afghanistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Afghanistan on Saturday to inaugurate a $290 million hydroelectric dam with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the latest Indian investment which highlights strengthening ties between the two countries. The 42 megawatt Salma dam in western Herat province, bordering Iran, ...

May 23, 2016

Taliban No. 2 Haqqani may be even more deadly foe than Mansour

Afghan guerrilla commander Sirajuddin Haqqani, a possible successor to Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, would likely prove an even more implacable foe of beleaguered Afghan government forces and their U.S. allies. The United States killed Mansour in an airstrike in a remote border area ...

Taliban leader Mansour was man of war, not peace talks

May 22, 2016

Taliban leader Mansour was man of war, not peace talks

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, who according to U.S. officials was probably killed in a drone strike, took over as head of the insurgent movement last July following the revelation that the group’s founder, Mullah Omar, had been dead for two years. He was ...