Jun 30, 2015

Afghan Taliban lose ground to IS loyalists

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State have seized substantial swaths of territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability. Witnesses who fled fighting in Nangarhar province ...

Jun 22, 2015

Explosions, gunfire as Taliban attack Afghan parliament

Taliban militants launched an assault on the Afghan parliament on Monday, triggering gunfire and explosions and sending lawmakers scurrying for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television. The attack came as the Afghan president’s nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was ...

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 ...

Pakistan court jails 10 for life over attack on Malala Yousafzai

Apr 30, 2015

Pakistan court jails 10 for life over attack on Malala Yousafzai

A court in Pakistan sentenced 10 men to life imprisonment on Thursday for attempting to kill Nobel-prize winning teenage activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012, officials said, though the chief suspect remains at large. Pakistani Taliban militants boarded the teenager’s school bus and shot her ...

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 ...