afghanistan

  • newswrap
    August 7, 2015  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Labor Department’s July jobs report revealed another solid month. Employers added a net of 215,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate held steady. Also, Kabul was rocked by bombings that killed scores of people. A massive truck bomb flattened an entire city block and a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police academy. Continue reading

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    August 5, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, civilian casualties among Afghan women jumped 23 percent this year, and among children the number rose 13 percent, according to a report by the United Nations. Also, international experts confirmed that plane debris found in the Indian Ocean is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Continue reading

  • Mullah Omar of Afghanistan's Taliban regime is shown in this undated U.S. National Counterterrorism Center image. Afghanistan said on July 29, 2015 it was investigating reports that Mullah Omar, leader of the militant Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency, was dead. Photo by National Counterterrorism Center/Handout via Reuters
    July 29, 2015  

    The Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed dead by a spokesman for Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, which claims that he died two years ago at a hospital in Pakistan. Although Omar has not been seen publicly since 2001, the Taliban was issuing statements in his name as recently as two weeks ago. Judy Woodruff talks with Jessica Donati of Reuters. Continue reading

  • Mullah Omar of Afghanistan's Taliban regime is shown in this undated U.S. National Counterterrorism Center image. Afghanistan said on July 29, 2015 it was investigating reports that Mullah Omar, leader of the militant Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency, was dead. Photo by National Counterterrorism Center/Handout via Reuters
    July 29, 2015   BY  

    Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who has been in hiding since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, is reportedly dead. Is it for real this time? Continue reading

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    July 15, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, in a written statement posted online, the leader of the Afghan Taliban endorsed peace talks with Kabul for the first time, writing, “peaceful interactions with the enemies is not prohibited.” Also, militia fighters allied with Yemen’s government recaptured more ground in the city of Aden, their first major advance since Shiite rebels seized the city. Continue reading

  • Afghan security forces walk past a burning car after a group of insurgents stormed a compound used by Afghanistan's intelligence agency in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 7, 2015. Taliban insurgents raided the compound used by Afghanistan's intelligence agency, a police spokesman said, killing one security guard and wounding another.  REUTERS/Omar Sobhani  - RTX1JDVF
    July 7, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the government of Afghanistan confirmed it has engaged in direct, face-to-face talks with the Taliban, its first formal encounter since 2001. Also, the U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State was heavily criticized by Senate Republicans, including Sen. John McCain. Continue reading

  • A man prays before Ramadan tarawih prayers at Assyafaah mosque in Singapore June 17, 2015. Photo by Edgar Su/Reuters
    June 20, 2015   BY  

    The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began around the world on Wednesday evening. Continue reading

  • An Afghan policeman inspects the wreckage of a car after a Taliban attack on a guesthouse in Kabul May 27, 2015. Four Taliban insurgents armed with assault rifles and a grenade launcher stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital overnight and held out for hours until they were killed by government forces early on Wednesday, officials said.  REUTERS/Omar Sobhani 
  - RTX1EOEF
    June 13, 2015  

    In Afghanistan on Saturday, the Taliban attacked police in the southern province of Helmand, killing at least 20 officers and wounding two others. It’s the latest in a series of deadly Taliban attacks there. Now, we’re learning the Taliban may be getting an influx of outside support for some of these attacks. The alleged source? Iran. For more Hari Sreenivasan is joined from Istanbul by the Wall Street Journal’s Margherita Stancati. Continue reading

  • Surrounded by Afghan police and neighbors, a man injured by an explosive device cries near the body of his sister-in-law who was killed in the same blast near Bayanzay in Zabul Province. Photo by Ben Brody/The GroundTruth Project
    May 25, 2015  

    What will happen to Afghanistan when the United States finally exits its longest war? That’s the focus of “Foreverstan,” a reporting project on the impact for those living through the conflict and those still fighting. Charles Sennott of the GroundTruth Project joins William Brangham to discuss how Afghans see their future. Continue reading

  • afghanistan war vet memorial
    May 25, 2015  

    In a personal tribute to those who died in the Afghanistan war, Navy veteran Ron White memorized every name and rank in order to write them in a single undertaking. Continue reading