Taliban shifting from religious group to criminal enterprise: U.N.

Jun 14, 2014

Taliban shifting from religious group to criminal enterprise: U.N.

The Taliban’s reliance on extortion and kidnappings, along with narcotics and illegal mining operations, is transforming it from a group driven by religious ideology into a criminal enterprise hungry for profit, U.N. sanctions monitors said in a new report. The latest annual report by ...

Bergdahl 'looked good' after returning to Texas base: U.S. Army

Jun 14, 2014

Bergdahl 'looked good' after returning to Texas base: U.S. Army

In the moments after U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived back in the United States following five years of captivity at the hands of the Taliban, he was nervous but “looked good” and saluted a commanding officer who welcomed him home, military officials said ...

Taliban captive Bergdahl departs Germany for home

Jun 13, 2014

Taliban captive Bergdahl departs Germany for home

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released on May 31, left a U.S. military hospital in Germany on Thursday and headed to San Antonio for further treatment, the Pentagon said. Rear Adm. John ...

Afghanistan friendly fire kills elite U.S. troops

Jun 11, 2014

Afghanistan friendly fire kills elite U.S. troops

A U.S. airstrike killed five American troops with a special operations unit after they called in air support following a Taliban ambush, officials said Tuesday. The incident in southern Afghanistan was one of the deadliest cases of friendly fire in nearly 14 years of ...

Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors

Jun 9, 2014

Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors

U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. ...

Poll: Americans split on Bergdahl prisoner swap with Taliban

Jun 8, 2014

Poll: Americans split on Bergdahl prisoner swap with Taliban

Americans are deeply divided over whether the Obama administration did the right thing by swapping five Taliban leaders to win the freedom of prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan, according to Reuters/Ipsos survey released on Friday. Americans strongly agree the United States should ...

Afghan election front-runner Abdullah escapes assassination bid

Jun 7, 2014

Afghan election front-runner Abdullah escapes assassination bid

Afghan presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah escaped an assassination attempt Friday when two blasts hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul, killing at least six people just ahead of a hotly contested run-off election. “The first attack was a suicide car bomb on a convoy of ...

Bergdahl had left his unit before: reports

Jun 6, 2014

Bergdahl had left his unit before: reports

A U.S. military investigation of Bowe Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban found the army sergeant had slipped away from his unit on several known occasions but had always returned, raising questions about whether or not he was deserting when he disappeared in 2009, people ...

Amid fierce backlash, Berghdahl's Idaho hometown cancels rally

Jun 5, 2014

Amid fierce backlash, Berghdahl's Idaho hometown cancels rally

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown, feeling a backlash over allegations that he was a deserter, has canceled a rally planned for later this month celebrating his release from five years of Taliban captivity, city officials said on Wednesday. In calling off the June ...

Bergdahl case releases anger, too, in U.S.

Jun 4, 2014

Bergdahl case releases anger, too, in U.S.

The United States’ top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of captivity by the Taliban. Gen. ...