Aug 9, 2017

Taliban release 235 hostages after alleged 'massacre' in Shiite village

The Taliban released 235 hostages from a remote village in northern Afghanistan where it along with Islamic State insurgents allegedly massacred around 50 civilians, officials said Tuesday. "This evening 235 people including women and children were released from Mirzawalang as a result of mediation by ...

Aug 8, 2017

Indecision in Afghanistan

After 16 years of bloody fighting, there is no indication that Washington has a better sense of how to address the festering conflict in Afghanistan.

Taliban appears to have taken control of Afghanistan's heroin industry

Aug 8, 2017

Taliban appears to have taken control of Afghanistan's heroin industry

The Taliban — which banned poppy cultivation when it ruled Afghanistan — now appears to wield significant control over the war-torn country's heroin production line, providing insurgents with billions of dollars, officials said. In 2016 Afghanistan, which produces 80 percent of the world's opium, made ...

Aug 8, 2017

Taliban deny cooperating with Islamic State in Afghan village massacre

The Taliban rejected reports they used foreign fighters and cooperated with Islamic State in fighting at a remote village in northern Afghanistan over the weekend where officials said dozens of local police and civilians were killed. The Taliban, fighting to install sharia in Afghanistan and ...