Jun 30, 2015

Afghan Taliban lose ground to IS loyalists

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State have seized substantial swaths of territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability. Witnesses who fled fighting in Nangarhar province ...

Jun 22, 2015

Explosions, gunfire as Taliban attack Afghan parliament

Taliban militants launched an assault on the Afghan parliament on Monday, triggering gunfire and explosions and sending lawmakers scurrying for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television. The attack came as the Afghan president’s nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was ...

Global terrorist attacks spiked 35% in 2014: U.S.

Jun 20, 2015

Global terrorist attacks spiked 35% in 2014: U.S.

Extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria unleashed a savage rise in violence between 2013 and 2014, according to new statistics released by the State Department. The attacks — largely by the Islamic State group and Boko Haram — raised the number of terrorist acts ...

Jun 2, 2015

War in Afghanistan since 2001 has killed 100,000

A new study says war in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion overthrew the Taliban regime has killed almost 100,000 people, and wounded the same number. The study, called Costs of War and produced by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, looks at ...

Afghanistan turns to anti-Taliban militias as insurgency spreads

Jun 1, 2015

Afghanistan turns to anti-Taliban militias as insurgency spreads

The commander known as Pakhsaparan, or the “wall breaker,” barked out commands at his bandolier-draped fighters, part of a patchwork of anti-Taliban militias in northern Afghanistan seeking to augment hard-pressed Afghan forces in a strategy fraught with risk. The Taliban recently came close to ...

Gunmen storm guest house in Kabul, at least one American dead

May 14, 2015

Gunmen storm guest house in Kabul, at least one American dead

Gunmen stormed a guest house popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday evening, police said, with at least one American killed and dozens others trapped by fighting between the attackers and rescuers. Authorities cordoned off the area around the Park Palace ...