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Herman Cain worries about Taliban forming part of Libyan government

During a press conference in Orlando, FL on Friday, Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain was asked about his stumbling and incoherent response to a question earlier this week about whether he agrees with the Obama administration’s policy on Libya. Cain attempted to put the best face on the much-mocked incident,…

Taliban denies rumor Mullah Omar dead, claims phone hacked

KABUL (Reuters) – Two Taliban spokesmen said their mobile phones, emails and a website had been hacked and messages issued on Wednesday falsely reporting the death of the movement’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. The one-eyed, reclusive leader is one of the most wanted men in the world, and is…

Taliban video shows police execution: Pakistan officials

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani police said Monday that the Taliban had released a video showing policemen being executed by firing squad after being captured in the northwest. A senior police official told AFP the video was filmed on June 1, when Taliban besieged a police checkpost in Upper Dir, about…

Petraeus steps down in Afghanistan

General David Petraeus, the most celebrated military leader of his generation, stepped down as US commander in Afghanistan on Monday after a checkered year at the helm of what is America’s longest war. At a ceremony in Kabul, Petraeus passed the baton to John Allen, a former subordinate who made…

Defense chief Panetta takes first trip to Afghanistan

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — US defense chief Leon Panetta visited troops in southern Afghanistan Sunday as part of his first trip to the country since taking up his post and ahead of a withdrawal of some US forces. The former CIA director, who took office on July 1 to replace…

Taliban attack on Kabul hotel kills 21

Heavily armed Taliban militants stormed a top Kabul hotel, sparking a ferocious battle involving Afghan commandos and a NATO helicopter gunship that left at least 21 dead including the nine attackers. Officials said all of the gunmen were killed during the night-time raid on the hilltop Intercontinental Hotel, frequented by Westerners…

Suicide bombers attack landmark hotel in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – Up to seven Taliban fighters, including suicide bombers, attacked a hotel frequented by Westerners in the Afghan capital late on Tuesday, Afghan officials said, before NATO helicopters killed the last three insurgents in a final rooftop battle. Reuters witnesses heard at least seven blasts over the course…

Karzai: U.S. in peace talks with Taliban

KABUL (AFP) – The United States is holding talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday, in the first official confirmation of such contacts after nearly 10 years of war. Although diplomats and officials say talks are at a very early stage, Karzai’s remarks highlight the increasing focus…

Afghan leader warns NATO not to become ‘occupying force’

KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai warned NATO-led forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday they were at risk of being seen as an occupying force rather than an ally after a spate of civilian casualties, and said he would take unspecified “action” if they continue. Raids on Afghan homes in pursuit…

Seven US soldiers killed in Afghan blasts

KABUL – Seven soldiers killed in a bombing in southern Afghanistan on Thursday were Americans, the Pentagon confirmed, adding that they died after successive blasts struck them at the same location. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said the soldiers were killed by two blasts in Shorabak district in Kandahar province.…

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