May 23, 2016

Taliban No. 2 Haqqani may be even more deadly foe than Mansour

Afghan guerrilla commander Sirajuddin Haqqani, a possible successor to Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, would likely prove an even more implacable foe of beleaguered Afghan government forces and their U.S. allies. The United States killed Mansour in an airstrike in a remote border area ...

Taliban leader Mansour was man of war, not peace talks

May 22, 2016

Taliban leader Mansour was man of war, not peace talks

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, who according to U.S. officials was probably killed in a drone strike, took over as head of the insurgent movement last July following the revelation that the group’s founder, Mullah Omar, had been dead for two years. He was ...

U.S. airstrike may have killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour

May 22, 2016

U.S. airstrike may have killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour

The U.S. conducted an airstrike Saturday against Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, the Pentagon said, and a U.S. official said Mansour was believed to have been killed. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the attack occurred in a remote region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He ...

Opium harvested, Taliban ends combat lull in Helmand

May 9, 2016

Opium harvested, Taliban ends combat lull in Helmand

Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the main city of the southern Afghan province of Helmand, early on Sunday, ending weeks of relative calm during the annual opium harvest. Helmand has been one of the main targets of the ...

Taliban truck bomb in Kabul kills 30 as spring offensive kicks in

Apr 20, 2016

Taliban truck bomb in Kabul kills 30 as spring offensive kicks in

Thirty people were killed and hundreds wounded when a Taliban truck bomb tore through central Kabul and a fierce firefight broke out Tuesday, one week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a densely crowded ...