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U.S. military: November fight with Taliban killed 33 civilians

The U.S. military in Afghanistan says its investigation into a November firefight with the Taliban in Kunduz province has shown that 33 civilians died in the raid during which U.S. …


Twin bombings in Afghanistan’s capital kill 38

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two large bombs – one triggered by a suicide attacker – exploded near government offices Tuesday, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens of others in …


Pakistani officials say 48 police trainees killed in attack

QUETTA, Pakistan – Gunmen stormed a police training center late Monday in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province and detonated explosive vests, killing at least 48 police trainees, authorities said. Baluchistan’s top …


Taliban bombs kill 24 in Afghanistan

Two bomb blasts claimed by the Taliban killed at least 24 people outside the Afghan Defense Ministry Monday.


Taliban suicide bombing kills 14 Nepalese guards in Kabul

A Taliban suicide bomber killed 14 Nepalese security guards in an attack Monday on their minibus in the Afghan capital, the Interior Ministry and an Afghan security official said.


U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan? New look at reduction plan

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has told NATO allies America will take a new look at its plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan by the end of the …


U.S. moving to expand airstrikes in Afghanistan, official says

After months of debate, the U.S. is close to a decision to expand the military’s authority to conduct airstrikes against the Taliban as the violence in Afghanistan escalates, a senior …


Obama: Taliban leader’s death a ‘milestone’ for Afghan peace

President Barack Obama said Monday that the violent death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour by a U.S. airstrike should send a “clear signal” to anti-American extremists that “we’re …


Dozens killed in Taliban attack on Afghan security agency

Taliban attackers in Afghanistan staged an assault on a government security agency in the capital, Kabul, on Tuesday morning, killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 320.


Pakistani Taliban faction claims Easter park bombing

A breakaway Pakistani faction of the militant Taliban group has claimed responsibility for an Easter Sunday bombing in a park in the eastern city of Lahore that killed 60 people.


New details hint at role of psychology in Bergdahl defense

Details about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s mental health – including the Army’s later diagnosis of Bergdahl as suffering from “schizotypal personality disorder” – are contained in newly released documents that offer …


More than 12 punished for mistaken Afghan hospital attack

WASHINGTON – More than a dozen U.S. military personnel have been disciplined – but face no criminal charges – for mistakes that led to the bombing of a Doctors Without …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 15, 2015, 9:14 p.m.

AP: U.S. analysts knew Afghan site was hospital

American special operations analysts were gathering intelligence on an Afghan hospital days before it was destroyed by a U.S. military attack because they believed it was being used by a …


US airstrikes back Afghan push to retake city from Taliban

Afghan troops backed by U.S. airstrikes massed Tuesday on the outskirts of a key northern city seized by the Taliban in the buildup for what is likely to be a …


Pakistan vows to increase fight against Taliban after 141 killed at school

In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all of them students — before government …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 21, 2014, 12:26 p.m.

GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five …


Bergdahl back in US after years as Taliban captive

SAN ANTONIO — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned to the United States early Friday after his release from five years in captivity in Afghanistan in a controversial prisoner swap with …


Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday

WASHINGTON — Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recuperating in Germany after being released from five years of Taliban captivity, is scheduled to arrive at Brooke Army Medical …


Obama: No apology for Bergdahl prisoner exchange

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday he “absolutely makes no apologies” for seeking the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, vigorously defending …


U.S. defends captive swap with Taliban

Five years a captive from the Afghanistan war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees in a swap stirring sharp debate in Washington …


Will Sgt. Bergdahl be left behind in Afghanistan?

WASHINGTON — The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free …


Family has renewed hope for Bowe Bergdahl’s release

BOISE, Idaho — The family of the lone known U.S. prisoner of war says it’s “cautiously optimistic” about reported renewed efforts by President Barack Obama’s administration to win his freedom. …


Attack on Pakistani polio workers kills two

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A bomb exploded near a government health center Monday in northwestern Pakistan as anti-polio kits were being distributed, killing two people and wounding at least 12, Pakistani …


Hopes grow for Idaho soldier’s return

HAILEY, Idaho – The tearful mother of the only known U.S. prisoner of war said Saturday she’s feeling “very optimistic” about his eventual release after his Taliban captors offered last …


Pakistani girl shot by Taliban leaves UK hospital

LONDON — A 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education has been released from a Birmingham hospital to live with her family, doctors …


7 American troops die in Afghan helicopter crash

KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven American troops and four Afghans died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash today in southern Afghanistan, the NATO military coalition said. The Taliban claimed their fighters …


Officials: Gunmen in Afghan uniform kill US troop

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two gunmen wearing Afghan National Army uniforms turned their weapons on NATO troops today, killing an American service member and wounding two others, U.S. and coalition officials …


U.S., Afghanistan reach deal

KABUL, Afghanistan – The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans will provide military and financial support to the Afghan people …


Trudy Rubin: U.S. must insist on Afghan women’s rights during negotiations

What will happen to Afghan women? As the United States winds down its presence in Afghanistan and tries to talk to the Taliban, will Afghan women pay the price? Will …


Rare attacks on Afghan Shiites kill 60

A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers who packed a Kabul mosque today to mark a holy day, killing at least 56 people, and a second bombing in …