Afghanistan

Afghans arrest commander of group that claimed killing Swedish journalist

(This story clarifies Swedish mission will pass on details of investigation, not has passed on, in paragraph 8)

Bowe Bergdahl to face desertion charges: NBC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion for disappearing from his base in Afghanistan in 2009, NBC News reported on Tuesday.

Politics, U.S. 27 Jan 2015

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

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

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, 25 Jan 2015

Disenchanted militants in South Asia eye Islamic State with envy

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, 21 Jan 2015

Afghan parliament rejects cabinet nominees over dual citizenship

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, 21 Jan 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, 20 Jan 2015

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

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

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, 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, 20 Jan 2015