Friday, October 20, 2017

Taliban

In this image from video released by Taliban Media in December 2016, Caitlan Coleman talks in the video while her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle holds their two children.

BY JILL COLVIN, ROB GILLIES and MUNIR AHMED WASHINGTON (AP) — The parents of an American woman freed with her family after five years of captivity say they are elated, but also angry at their son-in law for taking their ...
A Pakistani channel broadcasts a report about western couple, seen at a local electronic shop in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

BY JILL COLVIN, LOLITA C. BALDOR and MUNIR AHMED WASHINGTON (AP) — An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years held captive by a group that has ties to the Taliban and ...
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, right, speak with Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, as they arrive to testify on Afghanistan before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.

BY RICHARD LARDNER WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military’s top leaders told lawmakers Tuesday that the thousands of additional U.S. troops President Donald Trump has ordered to Afghanistan will cost just over $1 billion a year, bringing the total bill ...
Security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack outside a Shiite mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

BY AMIR SHAH KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing five people and wounding 29 others, authorities said, in the latest attack to target the country’s minority ...
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, right, speaks during a press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

BY RAHIM FAIEZ KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban unleashed a barrage of rockets at the Kabul international airport on Wednesday in a brazen attack that the insurgents said targeted the plane of visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. ...
U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, speaks during a joint press conference with Special Charge d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Hugo Llorens at Government Media and Information Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.

BY AMIR SHAH KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s security forces, with the help of U.S. and NATO ground and air support, will annihilate the Islamic State group affiliate in the country and crush remnants of al-Qaida, Gen. John Nicholson, the ...
In this Nov. 3, 2011 file photo, Marines of with India company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, First Marine Division, take a break during a patrol in Sangin, south of Kabul, Afghanistan.

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR and MATTHEW PENNINGTON WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to end the stalemate in America’s longest war and eliminate Afghanistan’s rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. forces, senior officials said Tuesday. ...
Defense Secretary James Mattis listens during a news conference with Japanese officials, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the State Department in Washington.

BY ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave ...
In this July 27, 2017 file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain is proposing a new “strategy for success” in Afghanistan.

BY RICHARD LARDNER WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, Republican Sen. John McCain declared Thursday that “America is adrift in Afghanistan” as he promoted a war strategy that would expand the U.S. counterterrorism effort and provide ...
Municipality workers clean up at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 24, 2017.

BY KATHY GANNON AND AMIR SHAH KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed his car packed with explosives into a bus carrying government employees in the Afghan capital early on Monday, killing 24 people and wounding 42 others, Kabul’s ...
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