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 ...

Jan 5, 2015

Pakistan airstrikes kill 31 militants; apparent U.S. drone kills seven

Pakistani airstrikes killed 31 militants and a suspected U.S. drone strike killed another seven, officials said Sunday, as local troops pressed an ongoing offensive in the country’s tribal regions along the Afghan border that have been longtime insurgent havens. The airstrikes late Saturday in ...

Police: Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

Jan 1, 2015

Police: Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

A rocket fired amid fighting between Taliban insurgents and Afghan soldiers killed at least 26 people at a nearby wedding party Thursday night, authorities said, a grim end to a year that saw the end of the 13-year U.S.-led combat mission there. The rocket ...