Abdullah threatens to reject Afghan election result

Jun 20, 2014

Abdullah threatens to reject Afghan election result

Afghanistan’s election crisis deepened Thursday when presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said he would reject the result because his claims of massive fraud have failed to stop the ongoing vote count. Abdullah’s complaints about alleged fraud in Saturday’s runoff election have thrown the country’s first ...

Afghan presidential front-runner alleges vote fraud

Jun 17, 2014

Afghan presidential front-runner alleges vote fraud

Afghan election authorities on Monday rejected an allegation of attempted ballot-stuffing by a senior official. Presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah demanded the firing of Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, who heads the IEC secretariat, after he was allegedly intercepted trying to smuggle unused ballot papers out of the ...

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 ...

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

Jun 15, 2014

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

The United States praised millions of Afghan voters who defied Taliban threats and attacks to vote in a presidential runoff election securing the country’s first democratic transfer of power, with counting beginning Sunday. With turnout higher than expected after a largely peaceful day of ...

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 ...

Taliban captive Bergdahl departs Germany for home

Jun 13, 2014

Taliban captive Bergdahl departs Germany for home

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released on May 31, left a U.S. military hospital in Germany on Thursday and headed to San Antonio for further treatment, the Pentagon said. Rear Adm. John ...

Afghanistan friendly fire kills elite U.S. troops

Jun 11, 2014

Afghanistan friendly fire kills elite U.S. troops

A U.S. airstrike killed five American troops with a special operations unit after they called in air support following a Taliban ambush, officials said Tuesday. The incident in southern Afghanistan was one of the deadliest cases of friendly fire in nearly 14 years of ...

Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors

Jun 9, 2014

Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors

U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. ...