Taliban

Trump Reverses Course, Commits U.S. to Open-Ended Afghanistan War

By Steve Holland and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, Aug 22 – President Donald Trump has committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, reversing course from his campaign pledges and signaling he will send troops to America’s longest war in “a fight to win.” Trump offered few specifics in a speech on Monday but

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Huge Bomb Blast Kills Dozens, Wounds Hundreds in Afghan Capital

By Mirwais Harooni and Josh Smith KABUL, May 31 – A powerful bomb exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing or wounding hundreds of people and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies. The explosion, one of the

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Video of Kidnapped Pakistani Workers Pleading for Help

By Saud Mehsud ISLAMABAD, May 9 – Six Pakistanis working for a Polish oil company who were kidnapped by Taliban militants in November pleaded for their lives in a video released on Tuesday by a militant faction. Pakistani #Taliban #TTP #Sajna group released the video of 6 kidnapped workers of a foreign #Oil and #Gas

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Taliban Chief Reinforces Position With Backing of Two Key Members

KABUL, Dec 10  – Hardline cleric Mullah Haibatullah Akundzada has reinforced his position as the new leader of the Afghan Taliban by winning the support of two senior members, the insurgent group said on Saturday. Former Taliban interior minister Mullah Abdul Razaq Akhund and Mullah Abdul Sata Akhund “pledged their full support” to Akundzada during

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Ties Between Russia and the Taliban Worry Afghan, U.S. Officials

By Hamid Shalizi and Josh Smith KABUL, Dec 8  – Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation. Russian officials have denied they provide aid to the insurgents, who are contesting large

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A Hole in Time

Taliban and Daesh’s bullet marks turned into art pieces By Mishaal Khan We live in a world of constant change, with so much destruction, devastation, and uncertainty around us. At a time when historic buildings, holy sites and ancient monuments are being demolished at the hands of the enemy within, it is important to do

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Afghan Taliban Offer Security for Copper, Gas Projects

KABUL, Nov 29  – The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday offered to protect major government projects, such as the mining of a big copper deposit and an international natural gas pipeline project, to allow them to get off the ground after years of delay. The Taliban have been behind much of the violence over the last

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Intelligence Gaps May Have Helped Afghan Taliban Breach NATO Fortress

By Mirwais Harooni and Qiamuddin Shams BAGRAM, Afghanistan, Nov 24  – In the year before Qari Naib blew himself up on Nov. 12 inside a NATO base near Kabul killing four Americans, Afghan intelligence warned the U.S. military at least twice that a worker could be planning an attack, government and security officials said. The

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