Pakistan massacre survivors vow to defy Taliban

2014-12-18 18:30

Students grieving for their classmates massacred by the Pakistani Taliban Thursday vowed to defy the militants and return to school as soon as possible.

Taliban gunmen toyed with students - survivor

2014-12-17 21:55

Taliban gunmen who stormed a school in northwest Pakistan toyed with captive students by suggesting some could be let go, before lining them up and gunning them down in front of their classmates, according to a new account by survivors.


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to step up military offensives against extremists in the country’s tribal region following a Taliban attack on a military-run school yesterday. Today's newspapers focused on the attack in which 141 were killed; most of whom were school children.

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Afghan Taliban: Killing innocent children is against Islam

2014-12-17 09:48

The Afghan Taliban have condemned a raid on a school in neighbouring Pakistan that left 141 dead in the country's bloodiest ever terror attack, saying killing innocent children is against Islam.

'We will account for every drop of our children's blood'

2014-12-17 07:13

The massacre of innocent children has horrified Pakistan, a country already weary of unending terrorist attacks. Pakistan's teenage Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai — herself a survivor of a Taliban shooting — says she is "heartbroken" by the bloodshed.

Student recalls Peshawar massacre: I saw death so close

2014-12-16 20:48

A teenage survivor of the Taliban attack on a Pakistan school has described how he played dead after being shot in both legs by insurgents hunting down students to kill.

Pakistan school attack over, all militants dead - police

2014-12-16 15:49

A bloody Taliban raid on an army-run school in northwest Pakistan has ended, police say, with all six attackers dead.

12 dead, others ‘critical’ in Taliban hostage crisis

2014-12-16 10:29

Twelve people have died and a further 28 students are injured after Taliban gunmen took hundreds of students and teachers hostage at a school in the north-western city of Peshawar.

Pakistan police: 4 Taliban plotting attack killed

2014-12-13 11:31

A senior police officer in Pakistan says officers killed four Taliban fighters likely plotting to attack a planned Shi'ite rally.

Pakistan Taliban slam Malala over Nobel prize

2014-12-12 12:03

The Pakistani Taliban has hit out at teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai over her Nobel peace prize, slamming her as a 'soldier against Islamic society'.

Aid workers in Afghanistan fear for their lives

2014-12-03 20:14

Half the aid workers in Afghanistan received death treats or intimidation during the past year.

Pakistan air strikes kill militants near Afghanistan

2014-12-02 15:04

The Pakistan military says it has killed at least 24 militants in air strikes and ground fighting in northwestern tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, as part of ongoing offensives in the region.

I'm OK, says SA mother from Afghanistan

2014-12-02 08:11

The South African woman whose family was killed in Afghanistan believes God saved her life for a reason and says she is doing OK.

SA man died trying to protect kids - family

2014-12-01 11:15

South African aid worker Werner Groenewald tried in vain to protect his two children moments before they were shot dead by the Taliban in Afghanistan at the weekend, his family says.

Kabul killings: Charity will stay

2014-11-30 21:12

The charity organisation for which murdered South African Werner Groenewald worked in Kabul, says it will remain in Afghanistan despite the killing of the former pastor and his two children.

Large explosion shakes Afghan capital

2014-11-25 12:22

A large explosion has shaken houses in Afghanistan's capital, a witness says, but it is so far unclear what has caused the blast and whether there are any casualties.

New Afghan president heads to China

2014-10-27 14:09

The new Afghan president will travel to China, signalling the role he hopes Beijing will play in Afghanistan's future, not only economically but also strategically.

Snowden, Pope Francis tipped for Nobel prize

2014-10-08 16:15

The race for the Nobel peace prize has rarely been as open or unpredictable, experts say, with the pope and Edward Snowden tipped as possible winners.

Afghanistan prepares to sign deal with US

2014-09-30 09:48

Afghanistan's new government is due to sign a long-delayed bilateral security agreement with the United States that will allow US troops to stay beyond the end of this year.

Taliban reject new Afghanistan government

2014-09-22 14:46

The Taliban has rejected the announcement of a new Afghan government, and vowed to “continue armed jihad” against it.

Pakistan militants kill 3 in police attacks

2014-09-15 13:41

Militants have killed three people in attacks targeting police in Pakistan's restive northwest, officials say.

Pakistani academic held by Taliban for 4 years freed

2014-08-29 11:38

Pakistani troops have recovered a prominent academic held for four years by the Taliban in the country's troubled northwest, officials say.

Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul

2014-08-06 08:31

A US general has been shot dead in Afghanistan, becoming the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since 9/11, in an insider attack that left more than a dozen wounded.

Afghan court jails Pakistani journalist

2014-07-16 13:01

An Afghan court has sentenced a Pakistani journalist to four years in jail for 'contacting terrorists', officials say.

US drone kills 6 suspected militants

2014-07-10 12:33

A US drone strike has killed six suspected militants in a Pakistani tribal district where Pakistan has launched a major military offensive against local and foreign fighters.


Pakistan PM vows to crush militants after school massacre

2014-12-18 09:41

Pakistani forces have intensified their offensive against Islamist militants, killing 57 rebels in fresh airstrikes and moving ground troops deep into their strongholds, the military says.

Pakistan brings back death penalty after attack

2014-12-17 11:03

Pakistan is to end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases, the prime minister's office announced, a day after Taliban militants killed 141 people in an attack on a school.

US drone kills 4 Pakistani Taliban militants

2014-12-17 10:10

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed four Pakistani Taliban members and seven other insurgents, a district government official says.

Pressure mounting on Pakistan govt to act

2014-12-17 08:43

Pakistan is mourning after Taliban militants killed 132 students at a school in the city of Peshawar in a grisly attack which has shocked the nation, with pressure rising on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government.

Obama: We stand with people of Pakistan

2014-12-16 22:01

President Barack Obama has condemned the deadly Taliban raid on a Pakistani school and promised that the US would stand by the country in its struggle against violent extremism.

Pakistani Taliban: The group behind school attack

2014-12-16 17:35

The Pakistani Taliban which claimed responsibility for the school rampage that killed at least 130 people was also behind the shooting of Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Carnage as Taliban storm Pakistan school

2014-12-16 14:04

Taliban insurgents have killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan.

Taliban gunmen take 500 students hostage in Pakistan

2014-12-16 09:37

Taliban militants have attacked an army-run school in north-west Pakistan, taking over 500 students hostages, with at least two students reportedly wounded.

South Africans mourn slain compatriots

2014-12-12 18:33

Mourners in Bloemfontein and Pretoria have prayed and sang hymns during separate funeral services for four South Africans who were killed in conflicts in Yemen and Afghanistan.

US drone strikes corner Pakistan militants

2014-12-04 14:03

Pakistani Taliban militants have been holed up in Afghanistan by a series of US drone strikes and a revolt against them.

8 corpses found in Pakistan after bombings

2014-12-03 13:36

The bullet-riddled bodies of eight suspected militants have been found in Pakistan's restive northwest where the military is battling insurgent groups, officials say.

Stand united against terrorists

2014-12-02 10:34

The news of the murder of Werner Groenewald and his two teenage children in Afghanistan must be condemned by all people and all religions, says Mohamed Saeed.

No clarity on repatriation of slain SA aid worker, family

2014-12-01 21:01

The government is unsure when the bodies of murdered SA aid worker and his children would be repatriated, but said it is working on an emergency visa for his wife, according to reports.


A family of South Africans living in Kabul, Afghanistan has been killed by a Taliban attack over the weekend. Today's newspaper front pages focus on the tragedy.

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Taliban attack foreign compound in Kabul

2014-11-29 16:29

Taliban militants have launched an attack on a foreign compound in Kabul, officials say, the latest in a series of strikes in the Afghan capital.

Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

2014-11-22 14:15

President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan,

Malala the 'pride of Pakistan' - PM

2014-10-10 16:15

Malala Yousafzai has been hailed as the "pride of Pakistan" by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, as a former fellow pupil said the award was a victory for every girl in the country.

Bomb on passenger coach kills 7 in Pakistan

2014-10-02 14:17

A bomb blast on a passenger coach in northwest Pakistan has killed at least seven people and wounded another six, police say.

Up to 100 Afghans killed in Taliban offensive

2014-09-26 17:04

A major Taliban offensive in eastern Afghanistan over the past week has left up to 100 civilians and security personnel dead, 12 of them beheaded, officials say.

Pakistani Taliban group claim police attack

2014-09-16 11:01

A new hard-line breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on police in Pakistan's restive northwest that killed one official.

Pakistan: Airstrikes kill 35 militants

2014-09-10 10:32

Pakistan's military says warplanes have struck three militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, killing 35 fighters.

US Army begins questioning Bergdahl about capture

2014-08-07 12:40

The US Army has begun questioning Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokesperson says.

Three foreign advisers killed near Kabul airport

2014-07-22 10:59

A Taliban suicide bomber has detonated himself outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police say.

Deadliest attack since 2001 hits Afghanistan

2014-07-16 08:21

A suicide bomber has blown up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 US-led invasion.

Taliban cut hair, beards to flee Pakistan army

2014-07-06 09:43

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have rushed to disguise themselves with new haircuts in the weeks before a Pakistani army assault, it has emerged.

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