US on course to end Afghan war: Obama

US on course to end Afghan war: Obama

President Barack Obama has on Tuesday said the US is on course to end the Afghan war next year after having ‘achieved’ its mission of dismantling the core of al Qaeda that attacked America on September 11, 2001. However, Obama warned that a splintered al Qaeda still poses threat to […]

Taliban closes Qatar office to protest flag fracas

Taliban closes Qatar office to protest flag fracas

A diplomat and Taliban official say the Afghan Taliban are closing their Qatar office at least temporarily to protest demands they remove a sign that identified the movement as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The office was opened less than a month ago to facilitate peace talks, and has also […]

Radical Islamism sees a boom in Bangladesh

Radical Islamism sees a boom in Bangladesh

There is something sinister brewing in the politics of Bangladesh. But one is not sure whether the ever-clueless UPA-II is keeping a close watch on the evolving situation in that country. The recently concluded June 16 election to four city corporations saw the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) make inroads and […]

Taliban threatens peace talks after being forced to take down ‘Islamic Emirate’ sign

Taliban threatens peace talks after being forced to take down ‘Islamic Emirate’ sign

The Taliban movement could scuttle peace talks before they even begin, infuriated that a sign identifying their new office in the Gulf State of Qatar as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was removed, their spokesman said on Saturday. The opening of the Taliban office was heralded as the best chance of bringing to a […]

Afghan Taliban offers to free US soldier in exchange for captured terrorists

Afghan Taliban offers to free US soldier in exchange for captured terrorists

The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture, a senior spokesman for the group said on Thursday. The offer follows this week’s official opening of a Taliban political office in Doha, the […]

Taliban calls itself ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’, US in damage control mode

Taliban calls itself ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’, US in damage control mode

Secretary of State John Kerry made his second call to the Afghan President in 24 hours to ease Hamid Karzai‘s anger over the rollout of the Taliban‘s new political office in Qatar — a rift that temporarily delayed US talks with the terror group set to begin later this week. […]

Taliban attacks US base in Afghanistan, kills four US troopers

Taliban attacks US base in Afghanistan, kills four US troopers

The Taliban claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack in Afghanistan that killed four American troops just hours after the insurgent group announced it would hold talks with the US on finding a political solution to ending the nearly 12-year war in the country. The deadly attack underscores the challenges […]

Roadside bombs kill 3 NATO troops, 5 Afghans

Roadside bombs kill 3 NATO troops, 5 Afghans

Roadside bomb attacks in Afghanistan killed three NATO service members and five Afghans on Tuesday, officials said. The service members died in southern Afghanistan, the US-led coalition in Afghanistan said in a brief statement that provided no other information. In another attack in the south of the country, a roadside […]

Suicides in US military rise, even as combat lessens

Suicides in US military rise, even as combat lessens

Less combat is not translating to less stress for US troops. Members of the military committed suicide at a record pace of almost one per day in 2012, and some experts think the trend will grow worse this year. Pentagon figures obtained on Monday by The Associated Press show 349 suicides among active-duty troops last year, […]

Taliban wants Sharia in Pakistan, war with India

Taliban wants Sharia in Pakistan, war with India

The Pakistani Taliban has made a conditional ceasefire offer to the Pakistan Government which calls for an end to Pakistan’s participation in the Afghan war, the imposition of Sharia law in the country, and to avenge the embarrassing defeat of Pakistan in the 1971 War, a GEO News report said. […]

US: 200 teens have been detained in Afghan war

US: 200 teens have been detained in Afghan war

The US military has detained more than 200 Afghan teenagers who were captured in the war for about a year at a time at a military prison next to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, the United States has told the United Nations. The US State Department characterised the detainees held since 2008 […]