The White House received a letter last year purported to come directly from Mullah Omar, the reclusive leader of the Taliban, asking the United States to deliver militant prisoners whose transfer is now at the heart of the Obama administration's bid
The United States hopes to end its combat mission in Afghanistan by the middle of next year, more than a year earlier than scheduled, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Wednesday.
In a major milestone toward ending a decade of war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Wednesday that American forces would step back from a combat role there as early as mid-2013, more than a year before all American troops are sc
A leaked NATO report has provided further evidence that Pakistan's ISI security service has been helping the Taliban. The report, which will further strain ties between Western powers and Islamabad, is the result of interrogations of thousands of
Pakistan’s military issued an uncompromising formal rejection on Monday of the United States report last month on a contentious border exchange of fire that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, dealing a fresh blow to American hopes of reviving a troubled s
Then essentially you would be a soldier in a forward position, or really anywhere, in Afghanistan! Imagine waking up everyday knowing that it has the potential to be your last. That you may have seen, written or spoken to your parents, friends, wi
The Marine Corps said Wednesday that it is investigating the origins of a video on the Internet that purports to show Marines in combat gear urinating on the corpses of three Taliban insurgents. The brief video, which runs for less than a minute,
The United States said Thursday the transfer of a US military prison to Afghan control should be handled in a “responsible” way, after Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered that the handover take place in a month.
"She's also lying when she says US funding of Al-Qaeda was a response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. As the planners openly admit, US funding of Al-Qaeda was taking place prior to the invasion. Its purpose was to encourage the Soviets to inte
A new book says friends encouraged Gen. David Petraeus to resign over President Obama's decision to quickly withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Kabul agrees to Taliban liaison office in Qatar to start peace talks
There have been few causes that Ahmad Nader Nadery, the prominent Afghan human rights activist, shied away from over the past decade: he spoke out on the killings of civilians by NATO and Taliban forces, on election fraud by President Hamid Karzai’s
The U.S. Army, which has struggled in recent years to combat a mounting suicide toll, took an unusual step when it announced it had charged 8 American soldiers serving in Afghanistan in connection with the apparent suicide of one of their lower-ranki
Afghan President Karzai demanded an immediate halt to controversial NATO-led night raids and for foreign forces to stop entering Afghan homes. The comments come after NATO defended the operations as the safest way of targeting insurgent leaders, insi
Despite denials and false statistics from US-NATO, night raids kill thousands of civilians
Since September, at least 60 people have died in 14 reported CIA drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions. The Obama administration has named only one of the dead, hailing the elimination of Janbaz Zadran, a top official in the Haqqani insurgent ne
After 10 months of secret dialogue with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, senior U.S. officials say the talks have reached a critical juncture and they will soon know whether a breakthrough is possible, leading to peace talks whose ultimate goal is t
After 10 years of inconclusive war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta declared during a visit here Wednesday that “we’re winning” — but his burst of optimism proved short-lived.
The United States on Sunday vacated a Pakistani airbase following a deadline given by Islamabad in the wake of anger over NATO air strikes last month that killed 24 soldiers, officials said. Pakistan’s military said in a statement that the last fl
Barely two weeks after a NATO helicopter disaster killed 24 Pakistani troops, the skies above the Afghanistan-Pakistan border may get even more dangerous.
President Karzai called for political and military support for at least another decade — and financial assistance that would not end until 2030. Nearly 3 decades after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 that led to the intervention in Afghanistan.
A suicide bomber has attacked a Nato outpost in the Afghan province of Logar, killing one person and injuring about 70, officials and medics say.
NATO recently literally shot itself in the foot, imperiling the resupply of International Assistance Forces in Afghanistan by shooting up two Pakistani border posts in a hot pursuit raid.
Continuing that angry tone, Major General Ishfaq Nadeem, director general of military operations, said NATO forces were alerted they were attacking Pakistani posts but helicopters kept firing. "Detailed information of the posts was already with ISAF
Pakistan said Saturday it would block NATO’s supply route into Afghanistan after an air raid near the Afghan border killed at least 26 Pakistani troops. It is the deadliest incident Islamabad has reported in the decade-long US-led war in Afghanistan.
Says Turkish Army Has 'Track Record' of Maintaining Peace
Ayman al-Zawahiri and his second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, are the last remaining “high-value” targets of the CIA’s drone campaign against al-Qaeda in Pakistan, U.S. officials said, although lower-level fighters and other insurgent groups remain
Up to three million people in Afghanistan are facing hunger, malnutrition and disease after a severe drought wiped out their crops and extreme winter weather risks cutting off their access to vital food aid, a group of aid agencies warned Friday.
Thousands of Afghan mercenaries are believed to be helping America battle Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their allies. But they're accused of flagrant human rights abuses.
Sgt. 1st Class Johnathan B. McCain of Apache Junction, Ariz.