Afghanistan Headlines

Thu, Oct 23 2014

Russian captured in Afghanistan to face terrorism charges in U.S.

WASHINGTON - A Russian captured while fighting with militants in Afghanistan and held by the U.S. military there, will be flown to the United States to face terrorism charges, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Afghanistan, World, Russia 23 Oct 2014

Book Talk: Women in Afghanistan, through a looking glass

STOCKHOLM - When Swedish journalist Jenny Nordberg visited the home of an Afghan parliamentarian, she was surprised to hear one of the politician's daughters declare of another child she had assumed was her six-year-old brother: "It's true, he is our little sister."

Obama invites new Afghan leaders to White House


KABUL - U.S. President Barack Obama, keen to reset relations with Afghanistan that soured under longtime president Hamid Karzai, has invited the leaders of Afghanistan's new unity government to visit the White House early next year.

World, Afghanistan 23 Oct 2014

Tue, Oct 21 2014

In Afghan north, Taliban gains ground and courts local support


KUNDUZ CITY Afghanistan - Sardar, a 23-year-old working in his brother's barber shop in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, said local officials had asked for bribes to resolve a long-running family dispute over land.

Afghanistan, World 21 Oct 2014

Despite costly U.S. effort, Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high

WASHINGTON - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the United States $7.6 billion, the U.S. government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction spending said on Tuesday.

World, Afghanistan 21 Oct 2014

Fri, Oct 17 2014

At least nine militants killed in Pakistani army offensive

PESHAWAR Pakistan - Pakistan's army extended its offensive against Islamist militants in mountains along the Afghan border on Friday, killing at least nine insurgents, military officials said.

World, Afghanistan 17 Oct 2014

Thu, Oct 16 2014

Afghanistan arrests son of Haqqani militant network's founder

KABUL - Afghan forces have arrested the son of the feared Haqqani network's founder along with a militant commander in charge of suicide attacks, a blow to the Taliban-linked Islamist group, Afghanistan's intelligence service said Thursday.

World, Afghanistan 16 Oct 2014

Wed, Oct 15 2014

Bomber in Pakistan kills seven in attack on pro-government militia

PESHAWAR Pakistan - A suicide bomber killed seven people in Pakistan on Wednesday in an attack on a government-backed militia near the Afghan border, security officials and residents said.

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Tue, Oct 14 2014

Probe of Bergdahl capture by Taliban complete, under Army review


WASHINGTON - An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the capture of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban militants in Afghanistan has been completed, but it is unclear when the military will finish its report, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Afghanistan, U.S. 14 Oct 2014

U.N. agency to cut food rations for 1 million Afghans over funding


KABUL - Funding shortfalls have forced the World Food Program to cut rations for up to 1 million people in Afghanistan, a WFP official said, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds down.

World, Afghanistan 14 Oct 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.