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 ...

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

Jun 15, 2014

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

The United States praised millions of Afghan voters who defied Taliban threats and attacks to vote in a presidential runoff election securing the country’s first democratic transfer of power, with counting beginning Sunday. With turnout higher than expected after a largely peaceful day of ...

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 ...

Taliban captive Bergdahl departs Germany for home

Jun 13, 2014

Taliban captive Bergdahl departs Germany for home

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released on May 31, left a U.S. military hospital in Germany on Thursday and headed to San Antonio for further treatment, the Pentagon said. Rear Adm. John ...

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 ...

Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors

Jun 9, 2014

Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors

U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. ...

Poll: Americans split on Bergdahl prisoner swap with Taliban

Jun 8, 2014

Poll: Americans split on Bergdahl prisoner swap with Taliban

Americans are deeply divided over whether the Obama administration did the right thing by swapping five Taliban leaders to win the freedom of prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan, according to Reuters/Ipsos survey released on Friday. Americans strongly agree the United States should ...

Afghan election front-runner Abdullah escapes assassination bid

Jun 7, 2014

Afghan election front-runner Abdullah escapes assassination bid

Afghan presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah escaped an assassination attempt Friday when two blasts hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul, killing at least six people just ahead of a hotly contested run-off election. “The first attack was a suicide car bomb on a convoy of ...