Rassoul boosted as Karzai's brother exits Afghan election

Mar 7, 2014

Rassoul boosted as Karzai's brother exits Afghan election

The brother of President Hamid Karzai dropped out of Afghanistan’s election on Thursday and endorsed former Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, an announcement seen as signaling the current leader’s preferred successor. The first major move in the election campaign before polling day on April 5 ...

Mar 3, 2014

Pakistan suspends airstrikes against the Taliban

Pakistan said Sunday it was halting airstrikes against Taliban militants in response to a monthlong cease-fire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks. The government entered into peace talks with the Taliban last month, aimed ...

Pakistani Taliban announces one-month cease-fire

Mar 2, 2014

Pakistani Taliban announces one-month cease-fire

The Pakistani Taliban announced Saturday that the group will observe a one-month cease-fire as part of efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the government, throwing new life into a foundering peace process. Spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement emailed to reporters that ...

Feb 24, 2014

Pakistani planes pound Taliban hideouts, killing 38

Pakistani fighter jets launched airstrikes Sunday on militant hideouts in the northwest, killing at least 38 people, according to officials, in the latest retaliation for attacks by insurgents that have derailed peace talks. The early morning strikes, made on militant hideouts in the Tirah ...

Taliban kill 21 Afghan soldiers in pre-dawn attack

Feb 23, 2014

Taliban kill 21 Afghan soldiers in pre-dawn attack

Afghan President Hamid Karzai slammed Pakistan for failing to eliminate “terror nests” after the Taliban killed 21 soldiers and kidnapped seven in a raid on a border outpost early Sunday. The attack in the eastern province of Kunar was the single deadliest strike on ...

Taliban say they discussed Gitmo prisoner exchange with U.S.

Feb 20, 2014

Taliban say they discussed Gitmo prisoner exchange with U.S.

Washington has held indirect talks with the Taliban over the possible transfer of five senior Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for a U.S. soldier captured nearly five years ago, a senior Taliban official told The Associated Press. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 27, of ...

U.S. weighs 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, or none

Jan 23, 2014

U.S. weighs 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, or none

U.S. military leaders have proposed keeping 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after NATO’s combat mission ends in December — or else pull out all American forces, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The official said that the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ...

13 foreigners among 21 killed in Kabul restaurant attack

Jan 18, 2014

13 foreigners among 21 killed in Kabul restaurant attack

A total of 21 people, including 13 foreigners, died in a Taliban suicide assault on a popular restaurant in central Kabul, police said Saturday, as witnesses gave horrific accounts of the carnage. Desperate customers tried to hide under tables as one attacker detonated his ...