• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • March 25, 2015   BY  

    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