Bergdahl returning to duty after Afghan ordeal

Jul 15, 2014

Bergdahl returning to duty after Afghan ordeal

The U.S Army has given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a desk job, ending the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner to not-quite-ordinary soldier, and setting the stage for Army investigators to question him about his disappearance that led to five years in captivity. ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. military brass backed Bergdahl prisoner swap

The top U.S. military leaders unanimously supported the Obama administration’s exchange of five Taliban leaders for an army sergeant held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. In letters to the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the chairman and the Joint Chiefs of ...

Jul 10, 2014

Afghanistan’s election quagmire

Allegations of vote fraud in the second round of Afghanistan's presidential election threaten to hobble the Kabul government as the Taliban step up their attacks.

Jul 4, 2014

Pakistan waging a risky war at home

by Shahid Javed Burki

Pakistan's launch of a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency, to eliminate terrorist bases and to clear out foreign fighters, will trigger yet another refugee crisis. And that risks spreading the terrorist threat to other parts of Pakistan.

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 ...

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 ...