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  • Military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted

    March 25, 2015 2:48 PM

    FORT BRAGG, NC - The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban could face up to life in prison if convicted of both the charges he's facing. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was charged with misbehavior before the enemy, which carries a maximum sentence... more »
  • Taliban attack leaves more than 80 children dead

    December 16, 2014 3:47 AM

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A top Pakistani official says that 84 students have been killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Pervez Khattak, the chief minister of the province where the attack is underway, says that roughly the same number of students have... more »
  • Afghanistan swears in new president

    September 29, 2014 3:34 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been sworn in as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. Ghani Ahmadzai became president of Afghanistan in a peaceful transition Monday after a six-month election season that... more »
  • Army: Bergdahl in stable condition

    June 13, 2014 3:47 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - Army officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in stable condition and working daily with health professionals after being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five year. Maj. Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo said Friday that Bergdahl will work daily with mental and medical professionals at Brooke Army... more »
  • Bergdahl back in the US

    June 13, 2014 2:10 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Pentagon says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who's been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, is back in the United States. A Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says Bergdahl arrived early Friday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on a flight... more »
  • Hagel testifies Wednesday on Taliban prisoner swap

    June 11, 2014 2:40 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will face angry lawmakers Wednesday as he becomes the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban. Hagel is scheduled to appear before the House Armed Services Committee, which is investigating the deal that secured the... more »
  • House panel bars US funds for Guantanamo transfers

    June 10, 2014 11:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - A House panel has overwhelmingly backed a measure barring the use of U.S. funds for the transfer of detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The move comes amid a congressional outcry over the swap of five Taliban leaders for an imprisoned American soldier. The Appropriations Committee... more »
  • Obama: No apology for Bergdahl prisoner exchange

    June 5, 2014 10:31 AM

    BRUSSELS - President Barack Obama says he makes no apology for seeking the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in a prisoner exchange that has caused a furor in the United States and has followed the president on his European trip this week. Obama says the U.S. has... more »
  • Taliban bomb kills 4 Afghan troops; NATO accused of killing civilians

    September 8, 2013 1:12 PM

    KABUL - The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a car bomb and gun attack outside an Afghan intelligence office today that killed four soldiers and wounded more than 80 people. It happened in eastern Wardak province, 25 miles from Kabul. A spokesman for the provincial governor says soldiers guarding the... more »
  • US: ball is in Taliban's court for Afghan talks

    June 22, 2013 11:06 AM

    DOHA, Qatar - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a spat over the Taliban office in Qatar is the "very first test" of the Islamic militant movement's commitment to peace talks. The opening of the Taliban office was heralded as the best chance of bringing the sides to the... more »
  • Taliban warn not to sell Viagra

    February 11, 2013 7:29 PM

    The Taliban warned shopkeepers in northwestern Pakistan not to sell sex-related drugs, like Viagra, or pornographic movies. One member of a trade association for a large market says he got a text message warning from the Taliban, so he issued a pamphlet to thousands of shopkeepers asking them to comply... more »
  • Hospital: Visitors probably curious, not a threat

    October 16, 2012 2:34 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, England - An official at the British hospital treating a Pakistani teen activist says the people who showed up asking about the girl were probably just "over-curious," not a threat to her safety. Dr. Dave Rosser, medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, says several people turned... more »
  • NATO troops told to leave rural areas

    March 15, 2012 10:27 AM

    KABUL - U.S. efforts to end the 10-year-old war in Afghanistan have suffered a double blow today. The Taliban announced it will break off peace talks. Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded NATO troops immediately pull out of rural areas after last weekend's murders of 16 civilians. A U.S. solider accused... more »
  • Taliban vow revenge for Afghans killed by US troop

    March 12, 2012 7:39 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban have vowed revenge against the U.S. after at least one American soldier shot to death 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan and burned their bodies. The militant group says in a statement on their website that "American savages" committed the "blood-soaked and inhumane crime" in Panjwai... more »
  • Taliban claims responsibility for 3 NATO deaths

    December 28, 2011 5:37 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban is claiming responsibility for an attack in Afghanistan that killed three NATO service members. The three were killed Tuesday by a roadside bomb in the eastern part of the country, 60 miles south of Kabul. NATO hasn't given the nationalities of the dead, but... more »
  • Military killed Taliban who downed US helicopter

    August 10, 2011 10:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - The top commander in Afghanistan says international forces killed the Taliban insurgents responsible for downing a U.S. helicopter and killing 38 U.S. and Afghan forces over the weekend. Marine Corps Gen. John Allen told a Pentagon news conference Wednesday that forces learned where the insurgents had fled... more »
  • Obama honoring US forces killed in Afghan attack

    August 9, 2011 12:50 PM

    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - President Barack Obama is privately honoring the U.S. forces killed in the costliest attack of the Afghanistan war. The president is at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where fallen troops come home. His trip was unannounced in a measure of security.... more »
  • Afghanistan troop cut this year likely near 10,000

    June 21, 2011 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. defense official says the troop withdrawal to be announced Wednesday by President Barack Obama is likely to total two brigades this year, or roughly 5,000 troops this summer and another 5,000 by year's end. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Obama has... more »
  • Mullen: Taliban hideouts can be shut down

    December 17, 2010 4:49 AM

    KABUL- The top U.S. military officer says Pakistani military could shut down Taliban hideouts on its soil to prevent insurgents from moving back and forth across the long, porous Afghan-Pakistan border. Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters in Kabul on Friday that fixing the problem is critical to making progress in... more »
  • Obama: Taliban, al-Qaida diminished in Afghanistan

    December 16, 2010 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - Declaring significant progress in disrupting al-Qaida and combating the Taliban, President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States will start withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July as promised. He still warned of sobering days, saying the war will remain a "very difficult endeavor." Heralding a review of... more »
  • White House: Afghan review will support July drawdown

    December 14, 2010 1:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says a yearlong review of the Afghanistan war will show that the U.S. can begin withdrawing troops in July. President Barack Obama and his top national security officials met for nearly two hours Tuesday to review the report. The president will speak about... more »
  • American Taliban wants Group Prayer at Prison

    September 1, 2010 7:49 PM

    American-born Taliban John Walker Lindh wants a federal judge to overturn a ban on group prayer at a maxium security federal prison in Indiana. The ACLU made the request on behalf of Lindh and another muslin prisoner Enaam Arnaout. The prisoners contend having to pray alone in their cells once... more »
  • Obama, Brit leader: Afghanistan in critical period

    June 26, 2010 2:54 PM

    President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron say it is critical to get the Afghanistan war right this year. Speaking to reporters Saturday after their first meeting since Cameron took power, the two leaders said their nations have the right strategy in Afghanistan. Obama said at a meeting... more »
  • Progress against Taliban in Afghanistan

    February 22, 2010 3:29 PM

    The nation's top defense leaders say forces are making progress against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, but that it's been more difficult than expected, and will take much longer than hoped. The chairman of hte Joint Chiefs of Staff says the efforts are inefficient and messy. He says that's... more »
  • Taliban leader capture confirmed by White House

    February 17, 2010 1:38 PM

    The White House confirms the capture of Afghan's Taliban leader in Pakistan. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was arrested earlier this month in a joint operation by CIA and Pakistani security. He is being interrogated, but the results of the questioning are not being released. White House press secretary, Robert... more »

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