Islamic State expands Afghan footprint with terrorist campaign

Dec 20, 2015

Islamic State expands Afghan footprint with terrorist campaign

Rahman Wali’s younger brother was one of 10 Afghan men forced by Islamic State militants to kneel over bombs buried in the soil in a lush green valley in eastern Nangarhar province. The extremists then detonated the bombs, turning the pastoral countryside into a ...

Dec 17, 2015

Taliban attack on chartered chopper killed Moldovan pilot

A Moldovan pilot on a helicopter that crash-landed in northern Afghanistan after an attack by the Taliban last month, was shot dead in the incident, his employer said Wednesday. Alexandr Zagrebelnii, director of Valan, the charter company that operated the helicopter, said, “55-year-old Oleg ...

Spaniard among five killed in Kabul diplomatic quarter siege

Dec 12, 2015

Spaniard among five killed in Kabul diplomatic quarter siege

At least four Afghan policemen and one Spaniard were killed in an hours-long Taliban siege near the Spanish Embassy in Kabul on Friday, the latest high-profile insurgent attack. Multiple blasts and gunfire rocked Kabul’s diplomatic quarter after the brazen raid began Friday evening, just ...

Afghan Taliban releases audio message to show leader is still alive

Dec 6, 2015

Afghan Taliban releases audio message to show leader is still alive

The Afghan Taliban released an audio message Saturday it said was from leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, vehemently rejecting reports of his death in a firefight with his own commanders as “enemy propaganda.” The 16-minute file said those “rumors” had been deliberately planted to weaken ...

Notorious warlord seeks comeback, leverage in Afghanistan

Nov 28, 2015

Notorious warlord seeks comeback, leverage in Afghanistan

After more than 40 years at war, one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, designated a “global terrorist” by the United States and blacklisted by the United Nations along with Osama bin Laden, wants to come out of the shadows. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, now in his ...