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  1. News - Asia

    Taliban says it suspends talks on US soldier

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 04:16pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Islamabad, Pakistan Afghanistan’s Taliban says it has suspended “mediation” with the United States to exchange captive US soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held in US custody in Guantanamo Bay, halting — at least temporarily — what was considered the best chance yet of securing the 27-year-old’s freedom since his capture in 2009. ...

  2. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Nawaz Sharif slams Taliban’s claim it executed 23 abducted soldiers

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 06:48pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Islamabad Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemns alleged Taliban execution of 23 kidnapped soldiers Sharif slams alleged killing of abducted troops Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday condemned as “heinous” the alleged execution of 23 kidnapped soldiers by the Taliban, casting doubt over peace talks just two weeks after they began. A faction ...

  3. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan gunmen in fresh attack at checkpoint near Karachi airport

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 04:48pm by AFP

    ... after a siege by the Taliban left 37 dead. The attack raises further questions about authorities’ ability to secure key facilities in the face of a seemingly resurgent enemy, as a nascent peace process with the Pakistani Taliban lies in tatters. “Gunmen are exchanging fire with Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel at a checkpost guarding the airport,” an ASF spokesman said. He ...

  4. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    US anger as Afghanistan releases 65 alleged Taliban fighters from Bagram prison

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 02:48pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul President Hamid Karzai has called Bagram prison a 'Taliban-producing factory' Scores of alleged Taliban fighters walked free from jail ... deeply regrettable” move that could lead to further violence in Afghanistan, which has suffered a bloody Taliban insurgency since 2001. “The Afghan government bears responsibility for the results ...

  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST: ANALYSIS

    US top brass grumble over Obama's strategy for battling Islamic State

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 11:26pm by WASHPOST

    ... the faltering fight against the Taliban. After a lengthy and tense internal debate, Obama did send more troops, but not as many as some commanders wanted. Additional reporting by Associated Press ...

  6. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan court suicide attack leaves 11 dead, 24 wounded

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 03:13pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Islamabad Pakistani Taliban, who have declared a month-long ceasefire to pursue peace talks with the government, immediately distance themselves from the attack Suicide attack ... to shatter any prospect of meaningful peace talks with Taliban insurgents. The Pakistani Taliban, who have declared a month-long ceasefire to pursue peace talks with the government, immediately ...

  7. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Ex-spy Hamid Gul says Abdullah is the key to peace in Afghanistan

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 10:51pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rawalpindi, Pakistan Abdullah the key to Afghan peace, says ex-spy Gul He trained Afghan resistance fighters against the Soviets and helped create the Taliban ... into the thinking of the country's military establishment. As Afghanistan prepares for a run-off election on Saturday between Abdullah and his rival Ashraf Ghani, Pakistan, which backed the Taliban ...

  8. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Captured British dog of war paraded in Taliban propaganda video

    Posted Feb 08th 2014, 09:45am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... The Washington Post British canine, captured in December battle, paraded in propaganda video Dog of war a prisoner of the Taliban In the annals of prisoner-of-war videos, it seems ... account of a user who often disseminates Taliban propaganda. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the dog was captured after a long firefight between coalition forces and Taliban fighters ...

  9. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan’s Karzai in secret talks with Taliban

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 06:02pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Kabul Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has been holding peace talks with the Taliban since November, says the New York Times Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has been holding secret talks with Taliban officials in the hope of persuading them to make peace with his government, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed Afghan and Western officials. ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    World must unite for prolonged campaign to defeat Islamic State

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:51am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to all-out war with foreign boots on the ground. The lessons for the US and its allies of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and the military intervention in Libya ...




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