• 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 
    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.
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    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

  • U.S. Army Private Bowe Bergdahl watches as one of his captors displays his identity tag to the camera at an unknown location in Afghanistan, July 19, 2009. Photo by Reuters TV
    March 25, 2015  

    In 2009, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban and held for five years until his release last May. Today he was formally charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s lawyer, talks to Judy Woodruff about the charges. Continue reading

  • In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag. Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images
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    Former Taliban captive U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, military officials said Wednesday, an outcome one of his platoon mates called “bittersweet.” Continue reading

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    March 24, 2015  

    President Obama announced that the U.S. would scale back the pace of its promised troop pullout from Afghanistan, retaining current forces this year. Gwen Ifill interviews President Ashraf Ghani about thawing relations with the U.S., potential changes in how Pakistan differentiates between terror groups and whether the threat of the Islamic State might drive the Taliban to the negotiating table. Continue reading