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 ...

Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped CIA find bin Laden shot dead

Mar 18, 2015

Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped CIA find bin Laden shot dead

A Pakistani lawyer under death threats for defending a doctor who helped CIA agents hunt al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday, police said, and two militant groups claimed responsibility. Samiullah Afridi represented Dr. Shakil Afridi, who was jailed in 2012 ...

Mar 15, 2015

Officials: U.S. to keep higher level of troops in Afghanistan

U.S. officials say the Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year’s end. It’s a bow to military leaders who want to keep more troops, including many into the 2016 fighting season. No final ...

War is woven into fabric of Afghanistan's rugs

Mar 4, 2015

War is woven into fabric of Afghanistan's rugs

More than three decades of war have damaged Afghanistan’s once-thriving carpet industry, but weavers are tapping into the bloody past and producing “war rugs” depicting guns, tanks and warplanes. On Kabul’s Chicken Street, a line of shops known to travelers since the hippie trail ...

U.S., Taliban deny peace talks planned in Qatar

Feb 20, 2015

U.S., Taliban deny peace talks planned in Qatar

The U.S. and the Taliban’s central spokesman Thursday denied plans to hold peace talks in Qatar, contradicting earlier claims by militant leaders that contacts would resume in the Gulf state within weeks. The denials came after multiple commanders said five former members of the ...

Feb 18, 2015

Suicide bombers clad as cops kill at least 10 Afghanistan

Four suicide bombers dressed in police uniforms attacked a police station Tuesday in Afghanistan, killing at least 10 officers in the latest assault targeting local security forces, authorities said. The attack happened in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar province, some 80 km (50 miles) ...

12 Taliban involved in Pakistan school attack arrested

Feb 13, 2015

12 Taliban involved in Pakistan school attack arrested

Pakistan announced the arrest of 12 members of the Pakistani Taliban militant group over their alleged involvement in a deadly attack on a Pakistani school, an army spokesman said Thursday. Another nine members of what is believed to be a 27-member cell have already ...