The No. 2 American commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday he believes the stage has been set for winning the war, but hard fighting lies ahead for Afghan forces now suffering heavy casualties.
This former American military base in northeastern Afghanistan was a critical launching pad during the troop surge to fight Taliban militants, but the pace of fighting in this key border area remains high even after the Afghan military has taken over.
The United States is welcoming Qatar’s decision to take down a sign that cast the Taliban’s new office in Doha as a rival Afghan embassy.
Secretary of State John Kerry is defending U.S. drone strikes after the CIA’s killing of a senior Taliban member.
The White House is declining to confirm reports that a U.S. drone killed the Pakistani Taliban’s second-in-command.
The Pakistani Taliban have denied any role in the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed at least three people and injured more than 140.
A lack of oversight on Defense Department contracts has left more than 80 percent of taxpayer-funded Afghanistan projects vulnerable to direct funding of terrorists, including the Taliban.
Afghan political parties united against President Hamid Karzai recently opened talks with the Taliban and U.S.-declared terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, hoping to broker peace ahead of next year’s exit of international combat troops and a presidential race that will determine Karzai’s successor, Taliban and opposition leaders have told The Associated Press.
An Afghan soldier-turned-insurgent who was feted by the Taliban for killing an American soldier during an insider attack in eastern Afghanistan last year has been killed in a raid, the U.S.-led international coalition said on Monday.
The United States should keep a residual force of about 10,000 in Afghanistan after combat forces leave at the end of 2014, the Senate Republican leader said Monday after a series of meeting with military leaders in the country.