Taliban captures 8 police security posts in northern Afghanistan amid insurgents' offensive – report

Taliban militants have captured eight police security posts in northern Afghanistan amid an insurgents’ offensive that continues in the conflict-ridden country, local media report. The clashes in Sari-Pul province started on Sunday night, local officials confirmed to TOLOnews, adding that the militants had attacked the area from three directions. “If the government does not send […]

US changing its tune in Afghanistan as 'barbaric' Taliban becomes bulwark against ISIS

After more than 15 years of war, the US appears more open to dialogue with the Taliban. RT’s Ilya Petrenko explores why the US has cooled its rhetoric about the “barbarian” enemy that now controls large parts of Afghanistan. As Petrenko reveals, Washington’s longtime adversary in Afghanistan is becoming more palatable by the month, with […]

Taliban storms Afghanistan’s Ghazni, seizes control of parts of city

Taliban fighters attacked the city of Ghazni in central Afghanistan early on Friday, burning police checkpoints, shelling buildings and seizing control of parts of the city, officials said. The Defense Ministry in Kabul said the attackers had been driven off but were still present in one area of the city and had occupied civilian houses, […]

Taliban kills 30 Afghan soldiers, captures military base in 1st major attack since ceasefire

Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, in their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, Reuters reported. Provincial Governor Abdul Qafoor Malikzai said the Taliban attacked two security posts in the early hours. One military base was targeted […]

Afghan Taliban announce three-day ceasefire for Eid holiday for 1st time

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have announced they will suspend hostilities with the government forces for three days to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid. Foreign forces in Afghanistan are excluded from the truce, however. The announcement comes after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday declared his own unconditional, week-long ceasefire against the Taliban, but not […]

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan, 6 years after she was shot by the Taliban

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan, six years after being shot by the Taliban. Yousafzai has been an advocate for schooling for girls. In 2014, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her education advocacy. Nobel laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai returned to her native Pakistan on Thursday, […]

US buys Afghanistan Hellfire-armed Cessnas to fight Taliban

Enlarge / An Iraqi Air Force AC-308 Eliminator fires a Hellfire missile. Afghanistan is getting 7 of these aircraft courtesy of the US Air Force. (credit: US Air Force) The US military has fought the Taliban in Afghanistan for 16 years now, and frequently has done so from the skies with Hellfire strikes by Predator […]

US officials think the Taliban has tripled in size since 2014

Associated Press US and Afghan officials are now estimating that the number of Taliban operating in Afghanistan is now a minimum of 60,000. The Taliban was estimated to be only 20,000 strong as little as four years ago. The increased number is a troubling development for the US and Afghanistan after over a decade of […]

6 police killed, 8 injured in Taliban attacks at checkpoints in Afghanistan

Published time: 19 Nov, 2017 12:27 The Taliban attacked three checkpoints in the western Farah province late on Saturday, killing six policemen and wounding eight others, according to local media citing police spokesman Aqbal Baheer Farah. The official added that eight militants were killed in the battle. On Sunday, seven Taliban fighters were killed and […]

Court reverses conviction of US Marine who urinated on dead Taliban fighters

A former US Marine sentenced for urinating on the corpses of Afghans believed to be Taliban fighters in 2011 has had his conviction overturned. An appeals court ruled the Marine Commandant, who was seeking harsh punishment for those involved, had interfered in the trial. The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the previous ruling […]