Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

Jan 26, 2015

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

Afghanistan’s armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed “flying tractors,” to bolster their air power. With new planes capable of engaging Taliban insurgents delayed by over ...

Islamic State reaches for Afghanistan, Pakistan

Jan 18, 2015

Islamic State reaches for Afghanistan, Pakistan

Afghanistan and Pakistan, home to al-Qaida and Taliban militants and the focus of the longest war in U.S. history, now face a new, emerging threat from the Islamic State group, officials have told reporters. Disenchanted extremists from the Taliban and other organizations, impressed by ...

Abu Hamza jailed for life in U.S.

Jan 10, 2015

Abu Hamza jailed for life in U.S.

A U.S. judge Friday sentenced British hate preacher Abu Hamza to life behind bars for the deadly kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen and terrorism, calling his crimes “evil” and “barbaric.” The hook-handed imam, blind in one eye and a double-hand amputee, was a ...

Afghan president urges U.S. rethink of pullout deadline

Jan 5, 2015

Afghan president urges U.S. rethink of pullout deadline

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the United States might want to “re-examine” the timetable for removing the remaining U.S.-led coalition troops in the country by the end of 2016. “Deadlines concentrate the mind. But deadlines should not ...

Jan 5, 2015

Pakistan airstrikes kill 31 militants; apparent U.S. drone kills seven

Pakistani airstrikes killed 31 militants and a suspected U.S. drone strike killed another seven, officials said Sunday, as local troops pressed an ongoing offensive in the country’s tribal regions along the Afghan border that have been longtime insurgent havens. The airstrikes late Saturday in ...

Police: Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

Jan 1, 2015

Police: Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

A rocket fired amid fighting between Taliban insurgents and Afghan soldiers killed at least 26 people at a nearby wedding party Thursday night, authorities said, a grim end to a year that saw the end of the 13-year U.S.-led combat mission there. The rocket ...

Pakistan to set up military courts for terrorist suspects

Dec 25, 2014

Pakistan to set up military courts for terrorist suspects

Pakistan’s prime minister announced Thursday the country will set up special trial courts under the supervision of military officers to prosecute terrorism cases in the wake of the Taliban school massacre. Nawaz Sharif spoke in a nationally televised address after a marathon meeting with ...