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 ...

Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people

Feb 26, 2015

Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people

Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The avalanches buried homes across four northeast provinces, killing those beneath, ...

New Pentagon chief Carter visits Afghanistan to assess situation

Feb 21, 2015

New Pentagon chief Carter visits Afghanistan to assess situation

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made his international debut Saturday with a visit to Afghanistan to see American troops and commanders, meet with Afghan leaders and assess whether U.S. withdrawal plans are too risky to Afghan security. “We’re looking for success in Afghanistan that ...

U.S., Taliban deny peace talks planned in Qatar

Feb 20, 2015

U.S., Taliban deny peace talks planned in Qatar

The U.S. and the Taliban’s central spokesman Thursday denied plans to hold peace talks in Qatar, contradicting earlier claims by militant leaders that contacts would resume in the Gulf state within weeks. The denials came after multiple commanders said five former members of the ...

Feb 18, 2015

Suicide bombers clad as cops kill at least 10 Afghanistan

Four suicide bombers dressed in police uniforms attacked a police station Tuesday in Afghanistan, killing at least 10 officers in the latest assault targeting local security forces, authorities said. The attack happened in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar province, some 80 km (50 miles) ...