Feb 10, 2015

Taliban boosting ties to organized crime: U.N. report

In a worrying development for Afghanistan’s new leaders, Taliban militants are increasing their dealings with narcotics traffickers, illegal mining rings and kidnappers for ransom, a U.N. report said Monday. “They are increasingly acting more like ‘godfathers’ than a ‘government in waiting,’ ” a report ...

Feb 9, 2015

Drone kills veteran Afghan militant with suspected IS links

A drone strike in Afghanistan killed six people Monday including a veteran militant suspected of having defected to Islamic State from the Taliban, senior Afghan officials in Helmand province said. A former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Mullah Abdul Rauf has been influential in Afghanistan’s jihadi ...

U.S. commander lifts secrecy on aid to Afghan army

Feb 3, 2015

U.S. commander lifts secrecy on aid to Afghan army

The U.S. military has performed another U-turn and will publicly release information about its aid for Afghan forces, after coming under criticism for declaring the data top secret, officials said Monday. The commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell, had ...

Details of aid to Afghan army now secret: U.S.

Jan 30, 2015

Details of aid to Afghan army now secret: U.S.

The U.S. military will no longer divulge facts and figures about its costly effort to assist Afghan security forces, declaring the information top secret, officials said Thursday. The move marks an about-face for the Pentagon, which for the past six years has reported a ...

Jan 30, 2015

UNICEF seeks $3.1 billion aid for 'new generation' of crises

The U.N. children’s agency launched a record $3.1 billion aid appeal on Thursday to help 62 million children at risk from a “new generation” of humanitarian crises. The threats ranged from the brutal war in Syria that shows no sign of ending after nearly ...

Jan 22, 2015

Pakistan arrests Islamic State militant in Lahore: officials

Pakistani security forces have arrested a member of the Islamic State jihadi group and two accomplices in the eastern city of Lahore, officials said Wednesday. “A Pakistani Syrian man named Yousaf Al-Salafi and two of his accomplices have been arrested two days ago,” a ...

Islamic State reaches for Afghanistan, Pakistan

Jan 18, 2015

Islamic State reaches for Afghanistan, Pakistan

Afghanistan and Pakistan, home to al-Qaida and Taliban militants and the focus of the longest war in U.S. history, now face a new, emerging threat from the Islamic State group, officials have told reporters. Disenchanted extremists from the Taliban and other organizations, impressed by ...

Afghan president urges U.S. rethink of pullout deadline

Jan 5, 2015

Afghan president urges U.S. rethink of pullout deadline

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the United States might want to “re-examine” the timetable for removing the remaining U.S.-led coalition troops in the country by the end of 2016. “Deadlines concentrate the mind. But deadlines should not ...