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Taliban Breaks Peace Talks with US; Karzai Wants Troops Moved

Taliban Breaks Peace Talks with US; Karzai Wants Troops Moved

U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(KABUL, Afghanistan) — There’s no way of getting around the fact that this has been a testing week for U.S. efforts to maintain its continued military presence in Afghanistan.Following an incid…

Taliban Vows Revenge for US Soldier’s Alleged Deadly Rampage

Taliban Vows Revenge for US Soldier’s Alleged Deadly Rampage

JANGIR/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — The Taliban has vowed revenge against “sick-minded American savages” after a U.S. soldier was accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage early Sunday morning.The group said it would “take revenge from the invade…

Nine Killed in Suicide Car Bombing at Afghan Airport

Nine Killed in Suicide Car Bombing at Afghan Airport

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JALALABAD, Afghanistan) — Nine people were killed and at least six others were wounded in Afghanistan Monday when a suicide car bomber targeted the entrance of a military airfield in Jalalabad.The attack on the airport, which se…

Afghan President Eager to Start Direct Talks with the Taliban

Afghan President Eager to Start Direct Talks with the Taliban

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghanistan’s president wants his government to start direct talks with the Taliban in an effort to end the 10-year-long war that appears to have reached a stalemate.In a statement issued by his office…

Sen. McCain Supports Talks with the Taliban

Sen. McCain Supports Talks with the Taliban

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Sen. John McCain endorsed U.S. talks with the Taliban on Sunday morning during This Week, setting himself at odds with Mitt Romney, who he is backing for the GOP presidential nomination.“I think it’s important to hav…

Pakistan to Afghans: We Want to Help

Pakistan to Afghans: We Want to Help

George Doyle/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — When U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal was the head of all international forces in Afghanistan, he used to joke that Afghans would blame the rain on Pakistan, so widespread was the belief that Pakistan and its feared in…

Karzai in Pakistan for Peace Talks; Admits Secret Talks with Taliban

Karzai in Pakistan for Peace Talks; Admits Secret Talks with Taliban

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Islamabad Thursday to hold talks, believed to be aimed at making peace with the Taliban, with Pakistani officials.The day before, Karzai admitted to the Wall Street Jour…

US Training Afghans to Take the Lead in Fight Against Taliban

US Training Afghans to Take the Lead in Fight Against Taliban

Department of Defense/Pfc. Jorge A. Ortiz, U.S. Marine Corps(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The U.S. chief of day-to-day military operations in Afghanistan announced a Pentagon strategy Wednesday that will enable Afghan forces to lead the fight against their e…

Car Bomb Kills Kandahar Police Officers; Injures Dozens

Car Bomb Kills Kandahar Police Officers; Injures Dozens

Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) — Afghan officials say at least seven people, including five police officers, were killed when a car bomb exploded outside police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar on Sunday. …

Afghan President Preparing Direct Talks with Taliban

Afghan President Preparing Direct Talks with Taliban

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — In what is being described as a historic meeting, Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans on holding talks with the Taliban in Saudi Arabia as he seeks an end to the 10-year-long war.Up to now, the Taliban…

US Ambassador Dispels Rumors of ‘Secret’ Deal with Taliban

US Ambassador Dispels Rumors of ‘Secret’ Deal with Taliban

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — America’s top envoy to Afghanistan insisted on Tuesday that the U.S. is making no secret deal with the Taliban that would divide up the country.Rumors have persisted in the Afghan media that in its haste to leave A…

New Doubts Pakistani Taliban Leader Was Killed in US Drone Strike

New Doubts Pakistani Taliban Leader Was Killed in US Drone Strike

JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — Without DNA evidence, there is little chance of proving that Pakistan’s Taliban leader was killed in a recent drone strike, according to the Pakistani interior minister.Reports first surfaced Sunday that Hakimu…

US Marines in Urinating Video Identified, Could Face Charges

US Marines in Urinating Video Identified, Could Face Charges

Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The four U.S. Marines who were seen allegedly urinating on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters in a video that surfaced online Wednesday have been identified and may be criminally charged as early as Friday.
The…

Afghan President Calls USMC Video ‘Deeply Disturbing,’ ‘Inhuman’

Afghan President Calls USMC Video ‘Deeply Disturbing,’ ‘Inhuman’

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, spoke out Thursday about a video that purportedly shows U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters, calling the incident “inhuman.””…

Marines Allegedly Urinate on Taliban Corpses

Marines Allegedly Urinate on Taliban Corpses

Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating a video that surfaced online Wednesday in which several Marines appear to urinate on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters. The video, which is less than a minute long, appear…

Lull in US Drone Strikes Aiding Enemy in Pakistan

Lull in US Drone Strikes Aiding Enemy in Pakistan

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — Fewer U.S. drone strikes against enemy targets in Pakistan recently have allowed the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other extremists groups to become stronger and more dangerous.There were close to 120 missile attack…

Lull in US Drone Strikes Aiding Enemy in Pakistan

Lull in US Drone Strikes Aiding Enemy in Pakistan

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — Fewer U.S. drone strikes against enemy targets in Pakistan recently have allowed the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other extremists groups to become stronger and more dangerous.There were close to 120 missile attack…

Taliban’s New Qatar Office Could Hasten Afghan War Peace Talks

Taliban’s New Qatar Office Could Hasten Afghan War Peace Talks

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In what could wind up being a giant step toward ending the 10-year long war in Afghanistan, the Taliban has announced that it will open a political office in Qatar.Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, would n…

Taliban to Open Office as Obama Admin. Looks for Political Solution in Afghanistan

Taliban to Open Office as Obama Admin. Looks for Political Solution in Afghanistan

ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Negotiations with the very people who have been killing American service members in Afghanistan are now seen by the Obama administration as the only way to salvage a positive outcome there.
To that end, after nearly a …

Two ISAF Troops Killed by Man Posing as Afghan Soldier

Two ISAF Troops Killed by Man Posing as Afghan Soldier

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two service members of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in eastern Afghanistan Thursday when a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon agains…

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