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Taliban Claims Twin Bombings Near Afghan Defense Ministry

At least 24 killed, 91 wounded

(Newser) - Twin bombings near the Afghan Defense Ministry have killed at least 24 people, including two security force generals, in an attack claimed by the Taliban, the AP reports. A Public Health Ministry spokesman says another 91 people were wounded in Monday's attack in central Kabul; Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq... More »

New Video of Captive US Mom in Afghanistan Surfaces

Couple warn that Taliban will kill them and their children

(Newser) - The State Department says it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners. The video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday... More »

9-Hour Siege on American University Ends With 12 Dead

Dozens wounded in assault US State Department calls 'attack on future of Afghanistan'

(Newser) - A brazen, hourslong militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan ended early Thursday after at least 12 people were killed and dozens were wounded in the assault on the sprawling campus on Kabul's outskirts, a government spokesman says. The attack—called "an attack on the future of... More »

Taliban Exploiting Afghan Police's Addiction to Sex With Boys

'The Taliban are sending boys—beautiful boys, handsome boys'

(Newser) - The Taliban is using child sex slaves as Trojan Horses to destroy Afghanistan's police forces from within, AFP reports. "Bacha bazi" is an ancient custom of having sex with young boys, and it's rampant among police commanders, for whom "boys without beards" are "objects of... More »

Taliban Names New Leader

He's a former aide to Mullah Omar

(Newser) - Senior Taliban members, after successfully evading American drone strikes for long enough to hold a leadership conference, have named a successor to the leader killed in a US airstrike last week. The Afghan Taliban, acknowledging Mullah Mansour's death for the first time, announced Wednesday that he will be succeeded... More »

Obama: Killing Was a Message to Taliban

He confirms that US strike killed leader

(Newser) - Mullah Mansour was killed in an American drone strike over the weekend and he had it coming, President Obama said Monday. In the first official US confirmation of the Taliban leader's death, Obama called the killing in Pakistan an "important milestone" that has "removed the leader of... More »

US Airstrike May Have Killed Taliban Leader Mullah Mansour

The drone strike took place on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border

(Newser) - The Pentagon has announced that the US has conducted an airstrike targeting Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, the AP reports. One American official says the U.S. believes Mansour was killed in a drone strike authorized by President Barack Obama. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the attack occurred in a... More »

Dozens Dead, Hundreds Hurt in Attack on 'Afghan Secret Service'

Spring offensive hits Kabul

(Newser) - Armed militants in Afghanistan staged a coordinated assault on a key government security agency in Kabul Tuesday morning, killing at least 28 people. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. The attack appears to have targeted an agency similar to the US Secret Service, providing personal protection for high-ranking government officials, the... More »

What It's Like to Be on America's 'Kill List'

Malik Jalal describes his life, being hunted by drones

(Newser) - Malik Jalal has been targeted by drones four times, resulting in the death of many innocent bystanders and members of Jalal's own family being killed and seriously injured. He's on the "Kill List" of America and its allies, he explains in an essay for the Independent , and... More »

Taliban: Our Rockets Just Missed John Kerry

Blasts rock Kabul after Secretary of State leaves

(Newser) - A near-miss for John Kerry? The Taliban says it fired four rockets into Kabul on Saturday aimed at the Secretary of State but missed him by about an hour, CNN reports. Kerry had just left Kabul and his plane was readying to take off when four blasts sounded in the... More »

Taliban App Yanked From Google Play for 'Technical Issues'

Says the Taliban; Google's being a little more cryptic

(Newser) - The Taliban has been taking pointers from the Islamic State's online presence, keeping its social media accounts and website updated and fresh, and even launching a new app through the Google Play store last week. But that app—called "Pashto Afghan News—Alemarah," per the Guardian —... More »

Taliban Faction: We Sent Easter Bomber

Death toll in Pakistan attack hits 70

(Newser) - A breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a sickening attack that killed scores of people in a park on Easter Sunday. A spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar tells the AP that the group was deliberately targeting Christians when it sent a suicide bomber to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in... More »

Taliban's Latest Victim: 10-Year-Old Militia Hero

Wasil Ahmad shot twice outside his home in Afghanistan

(Newser) - In his 10 short years, Wasil Ahmad was named a hero by the Afghan government for leading the fight against a Taliban siege. When the siege was over, the government dressed him in a police uniform, hung plastic flowers around his neck, and handed him a helmet and gun. "... More »

Bergdahl Heads for General Court-Martial, Could Get Life

Ruling general ignored recommendation Bergdahl go before 'special' military court

(Newser) - A lawyer for Bowe Bergdahl , the US soldier accused of deserting his Army post in Afghanistan in 2009 before being captured and held by the Taliban for almost five years, says his client will stand trial before a general court-martial, Reuters reports. Despite the advice of a preliminary-hearing officer that... More »

House GOP: Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Was Illegal

Report accuses administration of acting recklessly

(Newser) - The Obama administration broke the law and deceived Congress when it traded five Guantanamo detainees for Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl last year, according to a House Armed Services Committee report seen by the New York Times and the Washington Post . The report from the committee's GOP majority, which will... More »

Taliban: We Won't Hinder Quake Relief

Rescuers shouldn't 'hold back,' says group

(Newser) - With the death in Monday's earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan at more than 300 and rising, the Taliban on Tuesday issued a plea to rescuers: Don't "hold back." Relief agencies had been wary about entering Taliban-held territory, but the group promised not to interfere, reports Reuters... More »

US Story About Hospital Airstrike Changes Yet Again

Doctors Without Borders wants to know why it's the 4th version in 4 days

(Newser) - Details continue to emerge about Saturday's bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, with the US military commander in Afghanistan testifying Tuesday that it was due to US directive. "To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fires was a US decision made within the... More »

As Accusations Swirl, MSF Shuts Bombed Hospital

US claims it was responding to Taliban threat

(Newser) - Doctors Without Borders on Sunday closed its bombed-out hospital in the Afghanistan city of Kunduz and evacuated its personnel, amid no shortage of controversy over the US-led airstrikes that killed 19 at the trauma center Saturday. The medical charity known by French initials MSF did not go quietly, reports the... More »

Taliban's Rule in Seized City Was Short, Brutal

Militants targeted women's shelter in Kunduz

(Newser) - The Taliban was only in full control of Kunduz for a couple of days, but that was more than long enough to remind the world that it can still rival ISIS for brutality. Residents tell the New York Times that within hours of their victory, the militants promised that Taliban... More »

Major Taliban Victory May 'Invalidate' US Surge

Group takes over its first major city, Kunduz, in 14 years

(Newser) - The Taliban flag is flying over the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan today after an early morning assault—the first major city captured by the group since 2001, reports the Guardian . The loss of a provincial capital is seen as a huge embarrassment to the Afghan government, but it's... More »

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