Taliban suicide attack on Afghan police station kills 11

Afghan security personnel search the scene of an attack on a police station in Jalalabad. Photo: AFP

Taliban fighters killed at least 11 people and wounded 22 in a suicide bomb attack and gunbattle at a police station in Afghanistan’s eastern Jalalabad city early on Thursday morning, according to police and health officials.

Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 5:32pm

Forged release letter sees Taliban fighters walk out of Kandahar jail

Afghan policemen stand in front of gate of the main prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Photo: AP

It was the third time that prisoners had escaped from their cells in southern Afghanistan's main jail, and the most audaciously simple. The names of the men were simply added to a list of 18 others genuinely due for release, a police spokesman said of Saturday's escape.

3 Mar 2014 - 9:26pm

Bowe Bergdahl a conundrum for US as Afghanistan conflict winds down

A Taliban picture of a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl. Photo: AP

The case of US army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as Washington and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him.

3 Mar 2014 - 9:00pm 2 comments

Pakistan to free former Afghan Taliban No 2

Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's adviser on foreign affairs, speaks during an interview in Islamabad on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Pakistan will soon release former Afghan Taliban second-incommand, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in an attempt to help advance peace efforts in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign policy chief said yesterday.

11 Sep 2013 - 1:31am

Taliban close office in Qatar and vow to step up fight against Karzai

Taliban spokesman Tayyab Agha. Photo: NYT

Afghanistan's Taliban have temporarily closed their new office in Qatar, abandoning a diplomatic approach seen as the best hope of finding a political end to the protracted 12-year war and vowing to fight on against President Hamid Karzai's government.

11 Jul 2013 - 2:45am

Afghan Taliban offers to free US soldier held captive since 2009

Afghan men on a motorcycle drive past Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers on guard outside Bagram military base, 50 kms north of Kabul. Photo: AFP

The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture, a senior spokesman said yesterday.

21 Jun 2013 - 2:31am

US-Taliban talks in Qatar not expected on Thursday

Afghan security forces in an operation against suspected Taliban militants in Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar province. Preliminary Afghan peace talks in Qatar between US and Taliban officials are now unlikely to take place on Thursday. Photo: EPA

Preliminary Afghan peace talks in Qatar between US and Taliban officials are unlikely to take place on Thursday as had been expected, a source familiar with the matter said.

Asked if the meeting would happen on Thursday, the source replied: “There is nothing scheduled that I am aware of.” Asked if that meant they would not happen today, the source added: “Yes that’s correct.”

20 Jun 2013 - 6:35pm

Afghanistan's Taliban say they killed 4 US troops

Former Taliban militants attend an amnesty programme in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack in Afghanistan which killed four American troops. Photo: EPA

The Taliban claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack in Afghanistan that killed four American troops just hours after the insurgent group announced it would hold talks with the US on finding a political solution to ending the nearly 12-year war in the country.

19 Jun 2013 - 3:47pm

Spy programmes no secret to Taliban

The Taliban maintains a website and an active presence on Twitter.

Like the rest of the world, Taliban officials learned last week of the US government's large-scale surveillance of citizens and foreigners, including access to a massive amount of information gathered from online communications.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

Accused Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan barred from using Taliban claim

Nidal Hasan

US army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan cannot argue at trial that he was defending the Afghan Taliban when he went on a 2009 shooting rampage in Texas that killed 13 soldiers, a military judge has ruled.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:53am

Afghans arrest six in Kabul attack plot

Insurgents suspected of being from the Haqqani network are presented to the media at the National Directorate of Security headquarters in Kabul on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Afghan intelligence agents captured six militants with suicide vests and heavy weaponry who were planning a major attack in Kabul, an official said on Thursday. A seventh alleged plotter was killed in the raid on a hideout in the capital.

30 May 2013 - 8:26pm

Policeman, four gunmen killed in Kabul Taliban attack

Afghan police take cover during a gun battle in central Kabul. Photo: AP

Explosions and gunfire rocked central Kabul on Friday as the Taliban launched a major attack close to an Afghan intelligence facility and the headquarters of a government force that protects foreign firms.

25 May 2013 - 2:01am

Gunmen kill policeman in Pakistan polio team attack

Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team in part of Pakistan’s restive tribal regions on Monday, killing a policeman who was providing security, officials said.

The attackers opened fire as the team was going to administer polio drops in Kalam town in Bajaur district, one of the seven tribal areas along the Afghan border, local administration official Suhail Ahmed Khan said.

20 May 2013 - 5:54pm

Afghan roadside bomb kills 13 civilians

A bomb killed 13 civilians including women and children in southern Afghanistan on Monday as they travelled to attend the funeral of earlier bomb victims, police said.

It was the latest violence since the Taliban launched their annual “spring offensive” on April 27, opening a crucial period for the country as its security forces take the lead in offensives against the insurgents.

13 May 2013 - 7:58pm

Taliban vow to release remaining Turkish hostages

Taliban insurgent leaders pledged on Monday to release the final four Turkish engineers held hostage since their helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan last month.

Four other Turkish engineers aboard the helicopter were freed on Sunday, three weeks after the crash in Logar province, a Taliban stronghold south of the capital Kabul.

13 May 2013 - 4:08pm