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Ex-POW Bowe Bergdahl set to return to U.S. on Friday

Bowe Bergdahl to return to US on Friday (via AFP) The American soldier released by Afghan insurgents in a swap with the Taliban will return to the United States on Friday after undergoing medical treatment at a military hospital in Germany, a US defense official said Thursday. Bowe Bergdahl was…

Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown cancels rally amid anger over deal for his release

By David Alexander and Phil Stewart KABUL (Reuters) – The political uproar over the prisoner swap that won the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity intensified on Wednesday when his hometown canceled plans for a rally celebrating his return amid allegations that he deserted. The Taliban…

Taliban escalate attacks to discredit Afghan election

Unable to stop next Saturday's Afghan presidential election, the Taliban and their allies are ramping up violence, even killing children, to create a climate of fear and discredit the poll. For many Afghans, the renewed spike in violence is a reminder……

Twenty-five years after Soviet exit from Afghanistan, Taliban says U.S. will meet same fate

In a statement issued on the 25th anniversary of the final Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, a national holiday for Afghans, the Taliban sought to connect the steady departure of U.S. and NATO troops ahead of a year-end deadline to the end of the decade-long Soviet occupation.…

Mass jail break in Pakistan as Taliban gunmen storm prison to free 250 inmates

By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – In an operation carried out with military-like precision, Taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs broke 250 prisoners out of a Pakistan jail on Tuesday with the help of what appeared to be insider informants. The attack in the…

Afghan interpreters who served with British forces to get UK visas

About 600 Afghan interpreters who served with British forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan will be offered the chance to live in Britain after a government U-turn, it was revealed on Wednesday. Prime Minister David Cameron had initially sought to discourage the interpreters from settling in Britain for fear of…

Afghan policement poisoned, shot 9 colleagues

An Afghan policeman poisoned and then shot dead nine of his colleagues while they were sleeping early Friday in the eastern province of Paktika, police and provincial government officials said. It was the latest in a series of shootings by Afghan security personnel of their local and foreign colleagues, deaths…

Taliban offers online Islamic advice service

Worried about whether Islamic verses on Facebook are allowed? Or that suicide bombers kill innocent civilians? Afghanistan’s Taliban have set up a new question-and-answer section on their website to address such issues. The facility on Voice of Jihad, the official website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan — the Taliban’s…

Think-tank foresees another Afghan civil war as West leaves

KABUL — The West wants to pull out of Afghanistan “with or without a settlement” and attempts to negotiate with the Taliban are unlikely to lead to lasting peace, a report by a respected think-tank said Monday. In a hard-hitting document the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) condemned “desperate and…

Clinton vows no Afghan peace without women’s rights

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed Wednesday never to accept a peace agreement in Afghanistan that rolls back women’s rights, despite reaching out to the Taliban for talks. The United States is seeking a political settlement that would allow NATO forces to leave by the end of…

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