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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 …


Video shows Idaho soldier held in Afghanistan

Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan, appears briefly in a newly released Taliban video standing next to a smiling insurgent commander who once threatened …


Taliban slay 10 aid workers

KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban fighters gunned down a 10-member international medical team, including six Americans, in the wilds of northern Afghanistan, the aid group and local officials said Saturday, in …


Seattle sailor missing in Afghanistan; Taliban claims capture

A West Seattle sailor missing in Afghanistan is the target of a massive search, The Seattle Times reported on its website today.


Taliban killing more civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban insurgents are carrying out more attacks this year than at any time since early in the war, killing increasing numbers of civilians as U.S.-led forces push …


Idaho town honors missing soldier

BOISE – In a solemn procession, dozens of people on Wednesday replaced the now-tattered yellow ribbons that have flanked an Idaho town’s streets since a local soldier went missing in …


Report says Pakistan arms, trains Taliban

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan’s main spy agency continues to arm and train the Taliban and is even represented on the group’s leadership council despite U.S. pressure to sever ties and …


Karzai seeks support for Taliban peace talks

KABUL, Afghanistan – Thousands of police have fanned out across Kabul as the Afghan capital prepares for today’s opening of a national assembly that President Hamid Karzai hopes will give …


Police say no evidence of Taliban link to failed bomb

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s police commissioner says there’s no evidence of a Taliban link to a failed bomb found in an SUV parked in Times Square.


Idaho soldier on Taliban video

WASHINGTON – The Taliban released a video Wednesday of a man identified as an American soldier captured in Afghanistan last June, showing him pleading for his freedom and to be …


Taliban releases video of captured Idaho soldier

The Taliban have released a video of a man identified as an American soldier from Idaho captured in Afghanistan last June, showing him pleading for his release and return home.


Top brass predict longer Taliban fight

WASHINGTON – The nation’s top defense leaders said Monday that U.S.-led forces were making steady progress in their efforts in a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan but faced stiffer resistance …


Taliban mount tough resistance

MARJAH, Afghanistan – Outnumbered and outgunned, Taliban fighters are mounting a tougher fight than expected in Marjah, Afghan officials said Sunday, as U.S.-led forces converged on a pocket of militants …


NATO airstrike kills 21 Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan – A NATO airstrike in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 21 civilians, the Afghan Interior Ministry said today. NATO forces confirmed in a statement that its planes …


Afghan Taliban chiefs arrested

KABUL – Pakistani authorities, aided by U.S. intelligence, have apprehended more Afghan Taliban chiefs following the capture of the movement’s No. 2 figure – arrests that together represent the biggest …


Top Taliban leader reported captured

WASHINGTON – The Taliban’s top military commander has been captured in Pakistan in a joint operation by Pakistani and U.S. intelligence forces, the New York Times reported. Mullah Abdul Ghani …


Taliban counterattacks slow advance in town

MARJAH, Afghanistan – Taliban fighters stepped up counterattacks against Marines and Afghan soldiers in the militant stronghold of Marjah, slowing the allied advance to a crawl despite Afghan government claims …


U.S. readies offensive as Taliban grip tightens

NEAR MARJAH, Afghanistan – U.S. and Afghan forces pushed Tuesday to the edge of the southern Afghan town of Marjah, poised to seize the major Taliban supply and drug-smuggling stronghold …


Death of Taliban leader confirmed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Pakistani Taliban confirmed Tuesday that their leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, died from injuries suffered in a U.S. drone missile strike last month, an attack that forces the …


Taliban dispute leader’s death

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Taliban militants in Pakistan promised on Monday to soon prove their leader was still alive, dismissing as government propaganda reports he may have died from …


Pakistan cuts deal with anti-U.S. tribes

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Pakistan’s army, in the midst of a major new offensive against Taliban militants, has struck deals to keep two powerful, anti-U.S. tribal chiefs from joining …


Taliban vow to defeat army

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Pakistani troops and the Taliban fought fierce battles in a militant sanctuary near the Afghan border, with both sides claiming early victories in an army …


U.S. strategy seeks to convert Taliban fighters

WASHINGTON – “Not every Taliban is an extremist ally,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said last week. One of the primary tasks of President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy review, …


Pakistani police sites hit

LAHORE, Pakistan – Teams of gunmen attacked three law enforcement facilities in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore today, a major escalation in an audacious wave of terrorist strikes as this …


Taliban waging ‘real kind of war’

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – At summer’s end, there were hints of optimism in the battle against Pakistan’s Islamist insurgents. The military said it had routed the Taliban from the verdant Swat …