Afghanistan Headlines

Wed, Dec 24 2014

Afghan women's cricket crushed by threats, bombs and tradition


KABUL - The story of Afghan cricket is a rare bright spot in the troubled country's recent past, full of unlikely successes and glory that have helped unify a divided nation. Unless you're a woman player.

World, Afghanistan 24 Dec 2014

Soldiers in Afghanistan play soccer in memory of WW1 truce


KABUL - British and German soldiers gathered in a dusty field in Afghanistan on Wednesday to play a game of soccer in memory of a Christmas truce spontaneously called between their armies a century ago during World War One.

24 Dec 2014

Tue, Dec 23 2014

A decade of Western aid in Afghanistan - mission unsustainable?


KABUL - Afghanistan has new roads, sections of which many deem too dangerous to use. It has a turbine to fill electricity needs that remains in pieces. Sixteen transport planes given to the Air Force were scrapped having barely flown.

World, Afghanistan 23 Dec 2014

Sun, Dec 21 2014

U.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan government websites


WASHINGTON - Malicious software likely linked to China was used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say.

Obama vows 'do everything I can' to close Guantanamo: CNN interview


WASHINGTON - U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast on Sunday that he will do "everything I can" to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after four Afghan detainees held there were sent home.

Politics, Afghanistan 21 Dec 2014

Afghan Taliban decry 'biased' U.N. report on civilian casualties


KABUL - Afghanistan's Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were victims of the insurgents.

Sat, Dec 20 2014

U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan


WASHINGTON - Four Afghans held for over a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a gradual push by the Obama administration to close the jail.

World, Afghanistan, Cuba 20 Dec 2014

Fri, Dec 19 2014

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan war reach new high in 2014: U.N.


KABUL - At least 3,188 Afghan civilians have been killed in the intensifying war with the Taliban in 2014, making it the deadliest year on record for non-combatants, the United Nations said on Friday.

Pakistani military says it kills 32 militants in ambush

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Pakistani army said it has killed 59 militants in clashes in the northwest, including 32 in an ambush in a remote valley near the Afghan border, in intensified fighting since this week's Taliban massacre of children at a school.

World, Afghanistan 19 Dec 2014

Thu, Dec 18 2014

Book Talk: War on Afghan frontline, by a female soldier


KABUL - Chantelle Taylor is a former combat medic who fought in one of Britain's bloodiest battles in Afghanistan and wrote about her experience as a rare woman on the front line.

World, Afghanistan 18 Dec 2014

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.