89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001

Jul 16, 2014

89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The blast destroyed numerous mud-brick ...

Bergdahl returning to duty after Afghan ordeal

Jul 15, 2014

Bergdahl returning to duty after Afghan ordeal

The U.S Army has given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a desk job, ending the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner to not-quite-ordinary soldier, and setting the stage for Army investigators to question him about his disappearance that led to five years in captivity. ...

Afghan rivals clinch deal, easing political crisis

Jul 13, 2014

Afghan rivals clinch deal, easing political crisis

Afghanistan’s two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement Saturday to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national unity government. The deal, brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, offers a path out of what threatened to ...

Jul 10, 2014

Afghanistan’s election quagmire

Allegations of vote fraud in the second round of Afghanistan's presidential election threaten to hobble the Kabul government as the Taliban step up their attacks.

Defense revamp imperils Afghan aid: doctor

Jun 27, 2014

Defense revamp imperils Afghan aid: doctor

by Mizuho Aoki

Physician Tetsu Nakamura, 67, tries to take a different route to work each day and varies his departure times because that is the safest way to live in Taliban-troubled eastern Afghanistan. His Peshawar-kai aid group has conducted medical and agricultural work there for the ...

Abdullah threatens to reject Afghan election result

Jun 20, 2014

Abdullah threatens to reject Afghan election result

Afghanistan’s election crisis deepened Thursday when presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said he would reject the result because his claims of massive fraud have failed to stop the ongoing vote count. Abdullah’s complaints about alleged fraud in Saturday’s runoff election have thrown the country’s first ...

Afghan presidential front-runner alleges vote fraud

Jun 17, 2014

Afghan presidential front-runner alleges vote fraud

Afghan election authorities on Monday rejected an allegation of attempted ballot-stuffing by a senior official. Presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah demanded the firing of Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, who heads the IEC secretariat, after he was allegedly intercepted trying to smuggle unused ballot papers out of the ...

Iraq holds 'ominous' lesson for Afghanistan

| Jun 15, 2014

Iraq holds 'ominous' lesson for Afghanistan

Afghans lining up at ballot boxes over the weekend could be forgiven for having some foreboding feelings about their country’s future amid the chaos now being unleashed in Iraq almost three years after U.S. troops withdrew. While the political, ethnic and security situations in ...

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

Jun 15, 2014

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

The United States praised millions of Afghan voters who defied Taliban threats and attacks to vote in a presidential runoff election securing the country’s first democratic transfer of power, with counting beginning Sunday. With turnout higher than expected after a largely peaceful day of ...