Afghan delegation meeting Taliban, twin attacks hit Kabul


KABUL - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he had sent a delegation to Pakistan to meet Taliban representatives, his first acknowledgement of official talks with insurgents who are fighting to topple the government in Kabul. | Video

Afghan president says peace delegation meeting Taliban in Pakistan

KABUL - The Afghan government has sent a peace delegation to Pakistan for negotiations with the Taliban, the president's office said in a statement on Twitter on Tuesday.

World, 8:26am EDT

Afghan leader refuses to be drawn into lynching sentences row

KABUL - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declined to intervene on Sunday in the case of four men convicted over the mob killing of a young woman, despite public anger over the fact their initial death sentences have been replaced by prison terms.

World, 05 Jul 2015

Seven Pakistani troops killed as army pushes to finish anti-Taliban offensive

DERA ISMAIL KHAN - Taliban ambushes and bombings killed at least seven Pakistani soldiers in the northwest as the military made a new push into the militants' last major stronghold near the border with Afghanistan, intelligence officers said Sunday.

World, 05 Jul 2015

Defense minister rejected as Taliban battle near Kabul

KABUL - Afghanistan's parliament rejected a second nominee for defense minister on Saturday, leaving a vacuum that has already lasted nine months, while government forces battled the Taliban just 30 miles west of the capital Kabul.

World, 04 Jul 2015

Afghanistan targets US defense contractors in row over back taxes

KABUL - Afghanistan is threatening to crack down on U.S. defense contractors it says owe hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes, including by freezing their bank accounts and refusing to renew yearly business licenses when they expire.

World, 03 Jul 2015

Afghan 'hero soldier' of parliament attack arrested in traffic death

KABUL - An Afghan soldier hailed as a hero for defending parliament from a Taliban assault has been arrested after a fatal traffic accident in Kabul involving a car he had been given as a reward, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.

World, 02 Jul 2015

Afghan special forces raid medical aid group MSF's hospital

KUNDUZ - Afghan special forces raided a hospital run by medical aid group Médecins Sans Frontières in northern Afghanistan, in search of a suspected Al Qaeda operative being treated there, a commander of the elite force said on Thursday.

World, United Nations 02 Jul 2015

Afghan court commutes death sentences in woman's mob killing

KABUL - An appeals court in Afghanistan's capital has set aside death sentences for four men convicted in the mob killing of a woman accused of burning a Koran, media and a judge said Thursday.

World, 02 Jul 2015

In emails, Hillary's outside advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line

WASHINGTON - In the fall of 2009, as U.S. President Barack Obama conducted a long, divisive review of whether to pour more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, an influential group of advisors were quietly pushing a hawkish line.

World, Politics, 01 Jul 2015