Taliban

  • An Afghan civil society member hangs a banner on a destroyed building at the site of a truck bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan August 8, 2015. A wave of attacks in Kabul on Friday killed more than 40 people, including a U.S. soldier, and wounded hundred. Photo by Ahmad Masood/Reuters
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    Officials say that an American soldier has been killed and several others have been wounded in a series of attacks Friday in Afghanistan’s capital Continue reading

  • KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 07:  Afghan Police inspect the scene of a bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, 07 August 2015. Powerful truck bomb killed at least eight people and wounded more than 100 others, all of the victims were civilians, including women and children, Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said. (Photo by Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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    Kabul was rocked by four explosions Friday, killing dozens of people and wounding hundreds of others, according to Afghan officials. 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
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    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

  • 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 
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    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

  • Leg shackles are seen on the floor at Camp 6 detention center, at the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay. Photo by Brennan Linsley/Reuters.
    May 27, 2015   BY  

    WASHINGTON — Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires. Continue reading

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    May 14, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Malaysia and Thailand turned away three boats crammed with more than 1,100 migrants. Refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar have been abandoned at sea by human traffickers. Also, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a hotel attack that killed 14 in Kabul, including one American. The militant group said it targeted the hotel because it’s popular with foreigners. Continue reading

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    March 26, 2015  

    For Kamila Sidiqi, the road to working at Afghanistan’s presidential palace began with a bold effort to support her family. While under Taliban rule, when women couldn’t work or go to school, she started a business in her living room. Special correspondent Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana,” sits down with Sidiqi, now deputy chief of staff to Afghanistan’s president. Continue reading