Jul 11, 2014

U.S. military brass backed Bergdahl prisoner swap

The top U.S. military leaders unanimously supported the Obama administration’s exchange of five Taliban leaders for an army sergeant held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. In letters to the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the chairman and the Joint Chiefs of ...

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.

Jul 4, 2014

Pakistan waging a risky war at home

by Shahid Javed Burki

Pakistan's launch of a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency, to eliminate terrorist bases and to clear out foreign fighters, will trigger yet another refugee crisis. And that risks spreading the terrorist threat to other parts of Pakistan.

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 ...

Afghans vote in runoff despite Taliban threats

Jun 14, 2014

Afghans vote in runoff despite Taliban threats

Afghans defied Taliban threats by voting Saturday in a second-round presidential election, as U.S.-led combat troops wind down a 13-year war that has failed to defeat the insurgents. The Taliban claimed responsibility for two rockets that exploded near Kabul airport as polls opened, but ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pakistani Taliban attack airport in Karachi, 27 dead

Jun 9, 2014

Pakistani Taliban attack airport in Karachi, 27 dead

Taliban militants disguised as security forces stormed Pakistan’s busiest airport on Sunday, killing at least 27 people in a night-long battle at one of the country’s most high-profile targets. The assault on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s sprawling commercial hub of 18 million ...