Jun 2, 2015

War in Afghanistan since 2001 has killed 100,000

A new study says war in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion overthrew the Taliban regime has killed almost 100,000 people, and wounded the same number. The study, called Costs of War and produced by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, looks at ...

Afghanistan turns to anti-Taliban militias as insurgency spreads

Jun 1, 2015

Afghanistan turns to anti-Taliban militias as insurgency spreads

The commander known as Pakhsaparan, or the “wall breaker,” barked out commands at his bandolier-draped fighters, part of a patchwork of anti-Taliban militias in northern Afghanistan seeking to augment hard-pressed Afghan forces in a strategy fraught with risk. The Taliban recently came close to ...

Gunmen storm guest house in Kabul, at least one American dead

May 14, 2015

Gunmen storm guest house in Kabul, at least one American dead

Gunmen stormed a guest house popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday evening, police said, with at least one American killed and dozens others trapped by fighting between the attackers and rescuers. Authorities cordoned off the area around the Park Palace ...

Four Afghans sentenced to death over mob killing of woman

May 6, 2015

Four Afghans sentenced to death over mob killing of woman

An Afghan court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March — a slaying that shocked the nation and spurred calls for authorities to ensure women’s rights to ...

Petraeus fined $100,000, gets two years of probation for military leak

Apr 24, 2015

Petraeus fined $100,000, gets two years of probation for military leak

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book. The sentencing came two months after ...

Apr 19, 2015

After stalemate, Afghan lawmakers approve 16 ministers for Ghani Cabinet

Afghanistan’s parliament Saturday approved 16 more ministerial nominees, including four women, nearly completing President Ashraf Ghani’s Cabinet after months of stalemate — leaving only the crucial post of defense minister to be filled. Only eight out of 25 ministerial posts had been filled nearly ...