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Published: 04/28/11

Q&A: How Are the Taliban Linked to the Ancient Tribe the World Never Quite Conquers?

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Q&A: How Are the Taliban Linked to the Ancient Tribe the World Never Quite Conquers?

Just when NATO forces in Afghanistan thought the Taliban were finally less of a threat, they staged an astonishing comeback Monday when they broke about 488 of their colleagues, mostly fighters and commanders, out of a maximum-security prison. Five days before the mass escape from Kandahar's Sarpoza prison, Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke confidently of the gains U.S.-led forces had made against the Taliban and predicted they were about to "turn a corner" in driving them out of power for good. Gates' optimistic remarks, followed by the prison break -- which was similar to an equally...

Published: 04/27/11

9 Americans Dead After Afghan Army Officer Opens Fire

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9 Americans Dead After Afghan Army Officer Opens Fire

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Eight American troops and a U.S. contractor died Wednesday after an Afghan military pilot opened fire during a meeting at Kabul airport - the deadliest episode to date of an Afghan turning against his coalition partners, officials said. The Afghan officer, who was a veteran military pilot, fired on the Americans after an argument, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. All nine killed were American, according to a senior U.S. defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information has not yet been made public. Musadeq Sadeq,...

Published: 04/26/11

Afghan Forces Recapture at Least 65 From Taliban Jailbreak

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Afghan Forces Recapture at Least 65 From Taliban Jailbreak

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Afghan forces have recaptured at least 65 of the prisoners who escaped from the south's largest prison, the government said Tuesday as it scrambled to recover from the massive security breach that allowed 480 inmates to be spirited out in a stunning jailbreak. Prison officials discovered early Monday morning that the convicts - nearly all of them Taliban militants - were missing from their cells, and then found the tunnel through which they appeared to have made their getaway. The Taliban said the prison break was five months in the making, with diggers starting the...

Published: 04/22/11

NATO: Key Figure From al-Qaida-Linked Group Captured

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NATO: Key Figure From al-Qaida-Linked Group Captured

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A militant who led operations in Afghanistan for an al-Qaida-linked terror group has been captured in the north where his fighters joined forces with the Taliban to step up attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, NATO said Friday. The senior figure from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was apprehended in Kunduz province along with two of this associates, the coalition said. NATO described the militant, whom it did not identify, as a key conduit between the IMU's leadership in Pakistan and senior Taliban leadership in Afghanistan. "He assisted both groups by...

Published: 04/22/11

US Missiles Kill 25 People in Pakistan Tribal Area

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US Missiles Kill 25 People in Pakistan Tribal Area

ISLAMABAD -- U.S. drones fired a volley of missiles into a militant-held Pakistani region close to the Afghan border on Friday, killing 25 people, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The strike came a day after Pakistan's army chief denounced such attacks, and could further sour deteriorating relations between Washington and Islamabad. Ten missiles hit a house in Spinwam village in North Waziristan, a region home to Taliban militants targeting American and NATO troops just across the border in Afghanistan, as well as international al-Qaida terrorists, three intelligence officials...

Published: 04/18/11

'Three Cups of Tea' Author Tries to Shoot Down '60 Minutes' Allegations

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
'Three Cups of Tea' Author Tries to Shoot Down '60 Minutes' Allegations

Greg Mortenson, the embattled best-selling author of "Three Cups of Tea," and the board of directors of his charity are fighting back against allegations made by CBS' "60 Minutes" that he made up or embellished some of his famous stories. CBS also reported that Mortenson spent more of the money raised by the charity promoting his books and speaking engagements in the United States than on philanthropy overseas. Mortenson and his charity, the Central Asia Institute, responded to the accusations on their website, and Mortenson sent an email to supporters saying CBS distorted the...

Published: 04/18/11

2 Dead in Taliban Attack on Afghan Defense Ministry

By  not in system - AOL News
2 Dead in Taliban Attack on Afghan Defense Ministry

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An apparent Taliban infiltrator wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire Monday inside the Defense Ministry, killing at least two soldiers before he was gunned down in the third deadly breach of security in Afghanistan in less than a week. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying insurgents planned the attack to coincide with a visit of the French defense minister who they believed was inside the compound. French officials said the minister, Gerard Longuet, was not inside the ministry during the attack. It was not immediately clear whether the assailant - who was...

Published: 04/16/11

NATO: Bomb Kills 5 NATO Troops, 4 Afghan Soldiers

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NATO: Bomb Kills 5 NATO Troops, 4 Afghan Soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber disguised in an Afghan army uniform on Saturday detonated a vest packed with explosives at the entrance to a base in eastern Afghanistan, killing five coalition and four Afghan soldiers, officials said. The explosion also injured four Afghan soldiers and four translators, according to Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Azimi said the attacker approached on foot and detonated his explosives at about 7:30 a.m. at the base entrance. "The attacker had the Afghan security force...

Published: 04/14/11

Clinton Warns NATO on Speedy Afghan Withdrawal

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Clinton Warns NATO on Speedy Afghan Withdrawal

BERLIN - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned NATO allies on Thursday against bringing forces home from Afghanistan too soon, even as the United States prepares to begin drawing down its forces in July. Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has told NATO members that withdrawing alliance forces from Afghanistan too soon could undermine gains made in the war. Clinton said the Taliban will be watching what the alliance does in the coming months and that speedy reductions will hurt the fragile security progress made thus far. The...

Published: 04/8/11

AP: Terror Suspects Held for Weeks in Secret Jails

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AP: Terror Suspects Held for Weeks in Secret Jails

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The CIA's infamous secret network of "black site" interrogation centers is gone. But suspected terrorists in Afghanistan are being held and interrogated for weeks at temporary sites, including one run by the elite special operations forces at Bagram Air Base, according to U.S. officials who revealed details of the detention network to The Associated Press. The Pentagon has previously denied operating secret jails in Afghanistan, although human rights groups and former detainees have described the facilities. U.S. military and other government officials confirmed that the...

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