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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 …


Obama to focus on al-Qaida

WASHINGTON – Nearing the end of a lengthy war review, President Barack Obama and his top advisers are moving toward a strategy in Afghanistan that defines al-Qaida as a greater …


World in brief: Taliban leader dies in custody

ISLAMABAD – A feared Taliban commander known for beheading opponents died in custody Sunday from wounds sustained during a fierce firefight with Pakistani security forces last week, the military said. …


Dozens of Taliban killed in battle

KABUL – About 50 Taliban militants died in a battle in western Afghanistan after an insurgent ambush killed three U.S. troops, an Afghan official said Sunday. The fighting took place …


Taliban address soldier’s status

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – A militant commander who is holding a U.S. soldier abducted in Afghanistan said Sunday that Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s council is waiting for a response …


Soldier’s Idaho town kept mum on Taliban capture

Shortly after the first report two weeks ago that a U.S. soldier had been captured in Afghanistan, a small circle of people in this central Idaho town found out it …


Soldier held in Afghanistan is 23-year-old Idahoan

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — A soldier from Idaho who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan has been captured, the Pentagon confirmed Sunday, a day after he was seen in a …


Pakistan refugees return to valley

BARIKOT, Pakistan – After weeks in sweltering camps, refugees from Pakistan’s Swat Valley boarded buses and began heading home Monday – the first day of an official repatriation program for …


U.S. continues strikes against Taliban, killing 44

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – For the second consecutive day, unmanned U.S. spy planes pounded suspected Taliban targets in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 44 people, …


Taliban leader’s rival killed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The assassination of a key rival of top Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, Pakistan’s public enemy No. 1, could set back the government’s bid to divide and conquer …


Pakistan Taliban leader challenged

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – A new Islamic militia leader has emerged in Pakistan to openly challenge al-Qaida-affiliated warlord Baitullah Mehsud for the first time from within his own tribe, …


Kidnap victims quickly rescued

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani security forces rescued dozens of students, teachers and staff from a boys school who had been briefly taken captive by militants in the northwest, the army said …


World in brief: Insurgents kill 13 in northwest city

Insurgents used an array of tactics to kill 13 people across northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, ambushing police officers with small-arms fire, detonating explosives planted in a crowded market and attacking …


Pakistan army secures ‘bloody intersection’

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Taliban left so many mutilated bodies at the crossing – some hanging from trees with threatening notes – that Pakistanis in the Swat Valley’s main town …


Pakistan, Taliban fight block to block

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistani troops pushed into the largest city in the contested Swat Valley on Saturday and fought block to block with Taliban militants in an apparent escalation of …


Pakistan refugee numbers soar

GENEVA – The U.N.’s refugee agency said Monday that nearly 1.5 million people have fled their homes in Pakistan this month, saying that fighting between government forces and Taliban militants …


Pakistan may face urban battles

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistani security forces fought Taliban militants on the outskirts of the main city in the northwest’s Swat Valley and entered two other Taliban-held towns there, the army …


Pakistani Army mounts offensive against Taliban

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – The Pakistani army launched an air attack and prepared to deploy troops against Taliban bases Tuesday in an area near Islamabad, the nation’s capital. The offensive appeared …