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.

Growing concern about Islamist militancy

2014-07-03 05:00

Large majorities in Muslim countries are increasingly worried about Islamist militancy and oppose its best-known groups, such as al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and Hamas.

Pakistan army begins ground offensive

2014-06-30 12:08

The Pakistani army says it launched a ground offensive in a northwestern city considered a key Taliban stronghold after two weeks of aerial bombing in the region.

Gunmen planned to blow up plane in Pakistan

2014-06-25 19:10

Gunmen waited patiently for the passenger plane to approach the airport before raising their guns into the night sky and unleashing a hail of bullets to shoot it down.

Bowe Bergdahl back in the US

2014-06-13 14:01

Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, has returned to the US to continue his medical treatment.

Nato kills own troops in Afghanistan

2014-06-10 12:44

Five foreign servicemen have died in southern Afghanistan, the Nato-led coalition forces say, and police say they had been killed by fire from helicopters piloted by their own allies.

Bodies of Karachi airport workers found after siege

2014-06-10 10:07

The charred bodies of Karachi airport workers who phoned their families as they hid in a cold-storage facility that was engulfed in flames during a Taliban attack have been recovered by Pakistani authorities.

Pakistan airport cleared of militants after 28 killed

2014-06-09 10:13

Twenty-eight people have been killed as Pakistan's military fought an all-night battle with Taliban gunmen who besieged Karachi airport armed with rocket launchers and suicide vests.

Pakistan's main airport attacked, 21 dead

2014-06-09 06:19

Heavily armed militants have launched an assault on Pakistan's busiest airport in the southern city of Karachi, leaving at least 21 dead including 10 militants in a six-hour siege.

Bomb, gunmen kill 5 Afghan security forces

2014-06-05 12:16

A police chief and two other officers have been killed after a roadside bomb exploded while they were on a demining mission in Afghanistan.

Taliban release video of US soldier's handover

2014-06-04 10:58

The Taliban has released dramatic footage of their handover of army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to US forces after five years in captivity.

Hillary Rodham Clinton defends prisoner swop

2014-06-03 07:59

Hillary Rodham Clinton has given a measured defence of the Obama administration's controversial decision to swop five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a US soldier held hostage in Afghanistan.

Afghan president fuming over prisoner deal

2014-06-02 13:40

The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured US soldier, and accuses the US of failing to back a peace plan for the country.

Freed from the Taliban, Bergdahl's ordeal not over

2014-06-02 09:20

In 2008, when he joined the army, he was a bookish athlete from rugged Idaho. A year later, he was a captive of the Taliban. Today, he is on the way home, a free man at last, yet Bowe Bergdahl's ordeal is far from over.

US prisoner swap ignites criticism

2014-06-02 07:13

The deal to free Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners has ignited criticism after the insurgents' leader declared a "big victory", but also raised hopes for peace.

17 die after Taliban ambush on Pakistan border

2014-06-01 08:47

A soldier and 16 Taliban militants have been killed after an ambush on a border post in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal area, military officials say.


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.

Taliban fire rockets at Kabul airport

2014-07-03 11:58

Taliban insurgents have fired rockets into Kabul international airport, setting a hanger ablaze but no casualties have been reported, officials say, in an attack that underlined security fears in the Afghan capital.

Pakistan taking war to militants

2014-06-30 21:29

Pakistan has launches a ground offensive against the Taliban near the Afghan border.

800 Taliban fight Afghan troops in 5-day battle

2014-06-25 20:09

More than 800 Taliban insurgents have launched a major offensive in southern Afghanistan to try to gain territory recently vacated by US troops, officials say.

50+ killed in Pakistan strikes

2014-06-15 12:28

Pakistani fighter jets have launched air strikes against militant hideouts in the country's troubled northwest, killing more than 50 insurgents.

5 US troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

2014-06-11 06:04

Five US troops have been killed by a US airstrike called in to help them after they were ambushed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents in 14 years of war.

Karachi airport under second attack

2014-06-10 11:31

A security academy at Karachi's airport has come under attack, less than 48 hours after an all-night siege by Taliban gunmen at Pakistan's busiest airport that killed more than 30 people.

Strikes on 'terrorist hideouts' kill 15 in Pakistan

2014-06-10 07:38

At least 15 people have been killed as Pakistan carried out early morning air strikes on a militant-infested tribal district, the military says, a day after a brazen Taliban assault on Karachi airport.

Afghan President Karzai eyes active 'retirement'

2014-06-09 10:13

When outgoing Afghan leader Hamid Karzai moves out of the presidential palace post-elections to take up residence next door, he will be relinquishing power but not influence.

Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban

2014-06-08 19:02

US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, freed by the Tabiban in exchange for 5 Guantanamo militants, has told how he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage after trying to escape his captors.

Lawmakers demand answers from Obama

2014-06-05 12:16

US President Barack Obama's decision to swap five detained Taliban operatives for a US soldier captured in Afghanistan has baffled lawmakers, with many questioning its military and political merits.

Army will not overlook Bergdahl misconduct

2014-06-03 17:27

The US Army will not ignore any misconduct by released Taliban detainee Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Taliban recruit young fighters ahead of Afghan vote

2014-06-02 14:47

Taliban insurgents intent on disrupting a run-off in the Afghan presidential election have begun recruiting fighters from radical Islamic schools, and ramped up their campaign of violence, officials and sources say.

Suicide attack kills 3 Turkish engineers in Afghanistan

2014-06-02 10:23

A suicide bomber has killed three Turkish engineers and wounded another one in eastern Afghanistan, the latest attack on foreigners in the war-torn country.

Kabul slams US urges release of Afghan detainees

2014-06-02 08:10

Kabul has called for the release of five former Guantanamo Afghan detainees sent to Qatar in exchange for the freedom of US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, calling the transfer to a third country illegal.

US defends swop of Taliban for soldier

2014-06-01 17:54

The US has defended its decision to allow five Taliban detainees to be transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar to secure the release of a US soldier held in Afghanistan.

CIA drone programme in Pakistan winding down

2014-05-29 09:43

The CIA's drone programme in Pakistan, once the mainstay of US President Barack Obama's counterterrorism effort, is winding down: There hasn't been a drone strike since last Christmas.

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