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.

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, 21 Oct 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, 17 Oct 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, 16 Oct 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.

15 Oct 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.

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, 14 Oct 2014

Taliban ambush in Afghan north, bombs in capital and elsewhere kill 25

KABUL - Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of Afghan security forces in a mountainous northern area on Monday, killing 22 soldiers and police, an official said, as bombs in Kabul and another area killed three. | Video

World, 13 Oct 2014

Taliban ambush kills 22 Afghan soliders, police in north: official

KABUL - Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of Afghan security forces in a mountainous area of northern Afghanistan on Monday, killing 22 soldiers and police, an official said.

World, 13 Oct 2014

Afghan officials say air strike killed civilians, NATO says 'enemy'

KABUL - An Afghan official said a NATO air strike killed seven civilians in the country's east, including a nine-year-old child, but the international coalition said on Monday the strike killed eight militants who had fired on its forces.

World, 13 Oct 2014