Taliban

  • September 16, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, a car bomb exploded near the U.S. embassy in Kabul, wounding nearly 20 soldiers and civilians and killing three NATO troops, including reportedly two Americans. Also, U.S. airstrikes hit Islamic State targets outside Baghdad as part of its expanded campaign. Continue reading

  • August 13, 2014  

    James Dobbins has just ended his second stint as the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He joins chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner for a conversation about the consequences of the deadlocked election in Afghanistan, the looming drawdown of American troops and lessons from the Iraq war and other conflicts in the Middle East. Continue reading

  • August 13, 2014  

    In Afghanistan, where there’s still no clear presidential successor, the unresolved political future is an additional challenge for the United States as it looks to withdraw all of its troops by 2016 and sign off on a security agreement. Meanwhile, the Taliban has staged new attacks in Kabul and beyond. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • July 15, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, a suicide car bombing exploded in a crowded market in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 89 people and wounding scores more. No one claimed responsibility for the attack and the Taliban put out a statement denying any involvement. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed “tangible progress” on curtailing Iran’s nuclear program. Continue reading

  • July 3, 2014  

    Veteran war correspondent and ABC News producer Mike Boettcher and his son Carlos spent time over the course of two years with various Army and Marine Corps units as they went out on patrol and fought the Taliban. In addition to regular news reports, the father and son reporting team made a feature-length film, “The Hornet’s Nest.” Judy Woodruff talks to Boettcher. Continue reading

  • June 19, 2014  

    In November 2010, Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter’s battalion was tasked with taking over a compound in Afghanistan, when a grenade landed on the roof where he was standing. He dove on it to save the life of a fellow marine, absorbing much of the blast that seriously wounded him. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday. Carpenter recalls his story and what followed to Jeffrey Brown. Continue reading

  • June 13, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is now undergoing treatment at a military center in Texas. He flew there overnight from Germany, where he had been recovering after being held captive by the Taliban for five years. Also, international wildlife regulators reported that elephants in Africa are under attack by poachers, with 20,000 slaughtered on the continent in 2013. Continue reading

  • June 13, 2014   BY  

    Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Bergdahl flew to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio from Ramstein Air Base. Continue reading

  • June 11, 2014  

    The exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has raised larger questions about prisoners being transferred from Guantanamo Bay. In all, 149 detainees from 19 countries still remain at the prison camp. For debate on what’s preventing the closure of the detention facility, Judy Woodruff turns to Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution and Baher Azmy of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Continue reading

  • June 11, 2014  

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended the prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at a Congressional hearing, the first time an administration official has testified publicly on the deal, saying the U.S. “needed to act swiftly.” Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that Bergdahl had been previously discharged from the Coast Guard for psychological reasons. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading