Official: U.S. military to charge Bergdahl with desertion

Mar 26, 2015

Official: U.S. military to charge Bergdahl with desertion

The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years will be court-martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will also be charged with misbehavior ...

White House: U.S. to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Mar 25, 2015

White House: U.S. to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

The White House said Tuesday the U.S. will keep its current complement of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015, instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned. In a joint statement with Afghanistan issued during a day of ...

Fear of IS drives Shiite Afghans to seek Taliban aid

Mar 23, 2015

Fear of IS drives Shiite Afghans to seek Taliban aid

Even by Afghanistan’s standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary. The Hazaras — a largely Shiite minority killed in their thousands during the Taliban’s hard-line ...

Afghan woman beaten to death by mob buried

Mar 23, 2015

Afghan woman beaten to death by mob buried

Afghan women’s rights activists dressed head-to-toe in black broke with tradition Sunday to carry the coffin of a woman who was beaten to death by a mob in the capital, Kabul, over allegations she had burned a Quran. The mob of men beat 27-year-old ...

Obama to announce slower Afghan withdrawal through 2016

Mar 21, 2015

Obama to announce slower Afghan withdrawal through 2016

President Barack Obama is meeting next week with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and is expected to announce plans to slow down the pace of troop withdrawals between now and the end of 2016 to maintain security in Afghanistan. Current ...

Japan pledges $16.2 million in aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan refugees

Mar 19, 2015

Japan pledges $16.2 million in aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan refugees

Japan will provide $16.2 million in assistance to back U.N. activities for the welfare of people displaced from Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas. The announcement was made Tuesday at a joint ceremony attended by Japanese Charge d’Affaires ad Interim Takashi Katae and U.N. Resident ...

Mar 16, 2015

Second Islamic State commander killed in Afghanistan

Afghan forces have killed a militant commander suspected of having links to the Islamic State group in an airstrike, officials said Monday. Hafiz Waheed, a successor to Abdul Rauf Khadim who died in a U.S. drone strike last month, was killed along with nine ...

Mar 15, 2015

Officials: U.S. to keep higher level of troops in Afghanistan

U.S. officials say the Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year’s end. It’s a bow to military leaders who want to keep more troops, including many into the 2016 fighting season. No final ...

Afghanistan's only woman taxi driver steers change

Mar 12, 2015

Afghanistan's only woman taxi driver steers change

Sara Bahai’s decision to become Afghanistan’s only known female taxi driver was motivated less by ideals of equality than by the need to support an extended family — and a love of driving that has confined her conservative detractors to the rear-view mirror. She ...

Police release video made by gunman before Ottawa attack

Mar 7, 2015

Police release video made by gunman before Ottawa attack

In a video recorded just before his death, the gunman who killed a Canadian soldier and then stormed Parliament last October said he did it because of Canada’s military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, said in a cellphone video that he ...

War is woven into fabric of Afghanistan's rugs

Mar 4, 2015

War is woven into fabric of Afghanistan's rugs

More than three decades of war have damaged Afghanistan’s once-thriving carpet industry, but weavers are tapping into the bloody past and producing “war rugs” depicting guns, tanks and warplanes. On Kabul’s Chicken Street, a line of shops known to travelers since the hippie trail ...

Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 165 amid rescue efforts

Feb 27, 2015

Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 165 amid rescue efforts

The number of people killed in a massive avalanche in a mountain-bound valley in northeastern Afghanistan rose on Thursday to 165 as lack of equipment and the sheer depth of snow that buried entire homes and families hampered rescue efforts. “We’re facing a real ...