A NATO airstrike on two fuel trucks hijacked by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan Friday triggered a massive explosion that killed up to 90 people. Many of the causalities are reported to be civilians.
The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide bombing Wednesday that killed Afghanistan's deputy chief of intelligence and at least 22 other people outside a mosque in the provincial capital Mehtar Lam, east of Kabul.
As Taliban insurgents refine their tactics, U.S. and NATO commanders told U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke that they require more troops to combat militants in Afghanistan.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai faces continued international and domestic pressure to further overhaul a controversial law affecting Shiite women that critics say he passed to secure votes from conservatives in this week's election.
Both of Afghanistan's two top presidential contenders are claiming victory in Thursday's presidential election, despite calls by U.S. and international officials to wait for official election results.
The top U.S. and NATO commander says the Taliban have advanced out of strongholds in Afghanistan's south and east, gaining the upper hand as they moved into the north and west, according to a Wall Street Journal interview published Monday.
A drone-fired missile appears to have killed a top Taliban commander in Pakistan, both U.S. officials and militants believe.
By PBS NewsHour
Several hundred refugees began returning home to Pakistan's Swat Valley on Monday, part of a government repatriation program to resettle an estimated 2 million people who were displaced from their homes last spring because of fighting.
By PBS NewsHour
U.S. Marines moved into Taliban territory in southern Afghanistan on Friday to win over local leaders and populations, and so far have met little resistance from the Taliban, according to a military spokesman.
By Admin and PBS NewsHour
Thousands of U.S. Marines marked the start of a new offensive in Afghanistan Thursday, pouring from into Taliban-controlled villages in southern Afghanistan to clear insurgents from the area ahead of the nation's Aug. 20 presidential election.
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