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Beck’s plan for captured Taliban leader: ‘Shoot him in the head’

The Taliban may be disputing that their number-two, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was captured by US and Pakistani intelligence earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped Glenn Beck from passing judgment on how the US should handle the situation. “Shoot him in the head,” the radio and TV personality declared…

Taliban’s top military commander captured

The Taliban’s top military commander has been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation in Pakistan in a major victory against the insurgents as U.S. troops push into their heartland in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s No. 2 leader behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad…

Biden: Pakistan is my biggest worry

WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that his greatest concern was not Afghanistan, not Iraq, nor the Iranian nuclear crisis, but Pakistan. “I think it’s a big country. It has nuclear weapons that are able to be deployed. It has a real significant minority of radicalized population,”…

Afghan war kills three children a day: report

KABUL — Children are the biggest victims of the war in Afghanistan, with more than 1,050 people under 18 years old killed last year alone, according to an Afghan human rights watchdog. Taliban-linked militants caused around 64 percent of all violent child deaths last year, the Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM)…

Attack on CIA base in Afghanistan may have had inside help

An historic blow against CIA — Intel official promises revenge on Taliban — Two of the dead were Blackwater employees The suicide bombing Wednesday that took the lives of seven CIA officers and contractors in Afghanistan may have had help from an informant close to the spy agency, and may…

Twice as many Americans killed in Afghanistan as last year

KABUL — A bomb attack killed a US service member in Afghanistan, NATO said Sunday, doubling the number of American soldiers killed in the country this year compared with 2008, according to an AFP tally. The NATO-run International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the soldier died from an improvised explosive…

New Taliban video shows captive US soldier

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The Taliban on Friday released a video purportedly showing US soldier Bowe Robert Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan about six months ago. A spokesman for the hardline Islamist group said it was demanding the release of prisoners from US detention centres in exchange for Bergdahl’s freedom.…

Congress to probe ‘US funding of Taliban’

US may be ‘unintentionally involved in vast protection racket’: Tierney Troop surge could backfire if it means more cash for insurgents A House committee has launched an investigation into claims that US military contractors in Afghanistan are paying the Taliban to guarantee the safety of their transportation convoys, an allegation…

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