Afghanistan Headlines

Sun, Jan 25 2015

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

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KABUL - Afghanistan's armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed "flying tractors", to bolster their air power. | Video

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

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KABUL - Afghanistan's armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed "flying tractors", to bolster their air power. | Video

World, Russia, Afghanistan 25 Jan 2015

Wed, Jan 21 2015

Disenchanted militants in South Asia eye Islamic State with envy

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan/LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Splits within the Taliban, and doubts over whether its elusive leader is even alive, are driving a growing number of militant commanders in Afghanistan and Pakistan towards Islamic State (IS) for inspiration.

World, Afghanistan 21 Jan 2015

Afghan parliament rejects cabinet nominees over dual citizenship

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KABUL - Afghanistan's parliament said on Wednesday it will not confirm seven out of 25 nominees to a long-awaited cabinet because they hold dual citizenship, another obstacle to President Ashraf Ghani forming a government after nearly four months in office.

World, Afghanistan 21 Jan 2015

Tue, Jan 20 2015

Two Yemenis charged in U.S. court over alleged al Qaeda link

WASHINGTON - Two Yemeni men were charged in the United States with working with al Qaeda and conspiring to attack U.S. military forces in Afghanistan in 2008, according to a complaint unsealed on Tuesday.

U.S., Yemen, Afghanistan 20 Jan 2015

U.S. top court rejects appeals by Halliburton, KBR over conduct overseas

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed lawsuits to move forward against government contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan by declining to hear appeals filed by KBR Inc and Halliburton Co.

Man goes on trial in Germany for helping attack on Syrian jail

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MUNICH, Germany - A German man of Afghan descent went on trial on Tuesday charged with being a member of a terrorist organization and an accomplice to murder in Syria after participating in a jihadist attack on a prison in Aleppo.

World, Syria, Afghanistan 20 Jan 2015

Dutch court blocks extradition to U.S. over torture concerns

AMSTERDAM - A Dutch court on Tuesday blocked the extradition of a man accused of having fought against U.S. troops in Afghanistan, saying it could not be ruled out that the CIA had been involved in his torture after his arrest in Pakistan.

World, Afghanistan 20 Jan 2015

Mon, Jan 19 2015

Afghan leader in cabinet setback as nominee quits, others in doubt

KABUL - The Afghan president's bid to form a cabinet nearly four months after taking office ran into fresh trouble on Monday after his candidate for finance minister withdrew and doubt was cast over as many as 11 nominees believed to hold dual citizenship.

World, Afghanistan 19 Jan 2015

Sun, Jan 18 2015

Five Pakistani men held in Afghanistan over school massacre: officials

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KABUL - Five Pakistani men have been arrested in Afghanistan in connection with the Taliban massacre of 134 school children in the Pakistani city of Peshawar last month, officials from both countries said on Sunday.

World, Afghanistan 18 Jan 2015
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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.