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) ...

U.S. commander proposes slower Afghan withdrawal

Feb 13, 2015

U.S. commander proposes slower Afghan withdrawal

The U.S. commander in Afghanistan told lawmakers Thursday he had proposed “options” to the White House that would slow the pace of a planned withdrawal of American troops from the country. Gen. John Campbell, who oversees 13,000 U.S. and allied troops, said he had ...

Feb 12, 2015

Afghan Taliban smuggling drugs and gems like mafia: U.N. report

Afghanistan’s Taliban Islamist movement is increasingly financed by criminal enterprises including heroin laboratories, illegal ruby and emerald mines and kidnapping, making negotiated peace harder, according to a report for the U.N. Security Council. The report said there was a new “scale and depth” to ...

Feb 12, 2015

Obama seen weighing slower forces drawdown in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama is weighing options for keeping some U.S. troops in Afghanistan longer than planned, while maintaining the goal of ending military operations by 2017, according to an administration official. The potential slowdown of the U.S. withdrawal, which would be the second delay ...