Four Afghans sentenced to death over mob killing of woman

May 6, 2015

Four Afghans sentenced to death over mob killing of woman

An Afghan court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March — a slaying that shocked the nation and spurred calls for authorities to ensure women’s rights to ...

Petraeus fined $100,000, gets two years of probation for military leak

Apr 24, 2015

Petraeus fined $100,000, gets two years of probation for military leak

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book. The sentencing came two months after ...

Apr 19, 2015

After stalemate, Afghan lawmakers approve 16 ministers for Ghani Cabinet

Afghanistan’s parliament Saturday approved 16 more ministerial nominees, including four women, nearly completing President Ashraf Ghani’s Cabinet after months of stalemate — leaving only the crucial post of defense minister to be filled. Only eight out of 25 ministerial posts had been filled nearly ...

Taliban publish biography of 'charismatic' supreme leader Mullah Omar

Apr 6, 2015

Taliban publish biography of 'charismatic' supreme leader Mullah Omar

In a surprise move apparently aimed at countering the creeping influence of the Islamic State group within insurgent ranks, the Afghan Taliban on Sunday published a descriptive biography of their “charismatic” supreme leader Mullah Omar. The Taliban have reportedly seen defections to the Islamic ...

Suicide attack on Afghan lawmaker kills three in Kabul

Mar 30, 2015

Suicide attack on Afghan lawmaker kills three in Kabul

An Afghan member of parliament survived a targeted suicide attack in Kabul on Sunday but three people, including a child, were killed and eight others injured, police and government sources said. The parliamentarian, Gul Pacha Majidi, had been leaving a meeting in east Kabul ...

Official: U.S. military to charge Bergdahl with desertion

Mar 26, 2015

Official: U.S. military to charge Bergdahl with desertion

The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years will be court-martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will also be charged with misbehavior ...

White House: U.S. to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Mar 25, 2015

White House: U.S. to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

The White House said Tuesday the U.S. will keep its current complement of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015, instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned. In a joint statement with Afghanistan issued during a day of ...

Fear of IS drives Shiite Afghans to seek Taliban aid

Mar 23, 2015

Fear of IS drives Shiite Afghans to seek Taliban aid

Even by Afghanistan’s standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary. The Hazaras — a largely Shiite minority killed in their thousands during the Taliban’s hard-line ...