Awash in arms, Afghans push to ban toy guns

Jul 27, 2015

Awash in arms, Afghans push to ban toy guns

The weapons of Afghanistan’s long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen’s shoulders and helicopter gunships roaring overhead. It should be no surprise then that young children play ...

Jul 27, 2015

Some Guantanamo inmates would go to U.S. under new plan: Obama aide

A plan being drafted for closing the Guantanamo military jail will call for the transfer to U.S. prisons of possibly dozens of inmates deemed too dangerous to release, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser said, setting up a fight with congressional opponents. Outlining the White ...

Afghanistan's Bamiyan on frontline of war-zone tourism

Jul 23, 2015

Afghanistan's Bamiyan on frontline of war-zone tourism

Trudging halfway up a jagged goat trail, guide Mohammad Ibrahim extolled the panoramic view — a vast, ancient landscape of russet-hued cliffs that is on the frontline of Afghan efforts to jump-start war-zone tourism. Bamiyan — famous for empty hillside niches that once sheltered ...

Jun 30, 2015

Afghan Taliban lose ground to IS loyalists

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State have seized substantial swaths of territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability. Witnesses who fled fighting in Nangarhar province ...

Jun 22, 2015

Explosions, gunfire as Taliban attack Afghan parliament

Taliban militants launched an assault on the Afghan parliament on Monday, triggering gunfire and explosions and sending lawmakers scurrying for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television. The attack came as the Afghan president’s nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was ...