Latest Afghanistan News

  • Islamic State sympathizers may have made airline threats - U.S. officials
    Islamic State sympathizers may have made airline threats - U.S. officials 8 hours ago

    Islamic State sympathizers may have been behind more than a dozen threats in the last two days to international flights using U.S. airports or flying over American airspace, U.S. law enforcement and security officials said on Wednesday. The officials said that after 11 threats were received by U.S. law enforcement officers on Monday, at least four more were phoned in late on Tuesday. More »

  • Spain police bust gang trafficking Afghans to Europe
    Spain police bust gang trafficking Afghans to Europe 14 hours ago

    Police arrested 24 people in Spain and Britain in raids on a gang that made $4.25 million in six months from trafficking Afghan migrants to Europe, the Spanish government said Wednesday. More »

  • Bristol Palin says 'painful' time after calling off wedding
    Bristol Palin says 'painful' time after calling off wedding 14 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Bristol Palin, a reality television personality and the daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, has spoken out for the first time since her wedding was called off this month, saying it is a "painful" time for her and her family. Palin, 24, had announced on her blog in March that she was engaged to Dakota Meyer, 26, a Medal of Honour recipient who saved 36 Marine comrades from an ambush in Afghanistan. The wedding date had been set for May 23 but last week, Sarah Palin said in a message on her Facebook page that the wedding would not take place on that date. More »

  • German court rejects Yemenis' claim against US drone strikes
    German court rejects Yemenis' claim against US drone strikes 15 hours ago

    A German court Wednesday rejected a complaint by three Yemenis demanding that Berlin bar Washington from using a US base on its territory to operate deadly drones. More »

  • Tony Blair's legacy is a Middle East more divided, chaotic and sectarian …
    Tony Blair's legacy is a Middle East more divided, chaotic and sectarian … 15 hours ago

    As Tony Blair stands down as Middle East envoy, few in the region will mourn his departure. Much of that was the bloody legacy of the wars that Blair waged in Iraq and Afghanistan, conflicts that he and his American allies began and which still rage across the region today. It was not only the cavalier and reckless way that Blair waded into the Middle East in 2001 and 2003 that wrote his epitaph. More »

  • Taliban wage overnight gunfight in Kabul diplomatic quarter
    Taliban wage overnight gunfight in Kabul diplomatic quarter 21 hours ago

    An all-night gunbattle with Taliban insurgents who stormed a guesthouse in Kabul's diplomatic quarter ended at daybreak Wednesday, with four attackers killed in the second assault in two weeks on a venue popular with foreigners. More »

  • Afghan Taliban gunmen killed after attack on Kabul guesthouse
    Afghan Taliban gunmen killed after attack on Kabul guesthouse Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Four Taliban insurgents armed with assault rifles and a grenade launcher stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital overnight and held out for hours until they were killed by government forces early on Wednesday, officials said. No casualties other than the attackers were reported, Afghanistan's deputy interior minister General Ayoub Salangi said. Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the guesthouse was owned by a prominent Afghan political family that includes Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani. More »

  • Militants wage overnight gunfight in Kabul diplomatic quarter
    Militants wage overnight gunfight in Kabul diplomatic quarter Wed, May 27, 2015

    Gunfire and explosions rang out Wednesday in a diplomatic quarter of Kabul as security forces waged an all-night battle with Taliban militants who tried to storm a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family. More »

  • Security forces battle militants in Kabul diplomatic quarter
    Security forces battle militants in Kabul diplomatic quarter Wed, May 27, 2015

    Gunfire and explosions rang out Wednesday in a diplomatic district of Kabul as security forces battled militants who tried to storm a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family, police said, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital. More »

  • Afghan insurgents launch late-night attack on Kabul guesthouse
    Afghan insurgents launch late-night attack on Kabul guesthouse Tue, May 26, 2015

    By Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Heavily armed insurgents stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul late on Tuesday night and were still battling Afghan security forces more than two hours after the assault began. "A group of insurgents has entered a guesthouse in the Wazir Akbar Khan area," Kabul police chief spokesman Ebadullah Karimi said. Representatives of the Taliban, which has been waging an Islamist insurgency in Afghanistan since being toppled by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, could not immediately be reached for comment. More »

  • Yemeni pleads guilty in New York to Al-Qaeda conspiracy
    Yemeni pleads guilty in New York to Al-Qaeda conspiracy Tue, May 26, 2015

    A 40-year-old Yemeni, who fought US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty in New York Tuesday to conspiring to murder Americans and to supporting Al-Qaeda, prosecutors said. More »

  • Aid rise plea for poorest countries
    Aid rise plea for poorest countries Tue, May 26, 2015

    Britain should give a larger share of its international aid to the world's poorest countries, a new report from development campaign One has said. More »

  • Taliban truck bomber wounds over 70 in south Afghanistan
    Taliban truck bomber wounds over 70 in south Afghanistan Mon, May 25, 2015

    More than 70 people were wounded Monday when a Taliban truck bomber detonated a tonne of explosives outside a government complex in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of attacks that have sent civilian casualties surging. More »

  • Obama heralds first U.S. Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years
    Obama heralds first U.S. Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years Mon, May 25, 2015

    President Barack Obama heralded the first U.S. Memorial Day in 14 years without a major ground war in an annual ceremony of remembrance on Monday for fallen American forces. In remarks at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, Obama paid tribute to U.S. military personnel who served in conflicts such as World War Two as well as the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he wound down as commander in chief. "For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful. More »

  • Taliban truck bomb hits government offices in southern Afghanistan, wounds  … Mon, May 25, 2015

    A Taliban suicide bomber in a truck loaded with explosives struck a provincial government neighbourhood in Zabul in southern Afghanistan on Monday, wounding nearly 70 people, officials said. The Afghan Taliban, ousted from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, claimed responsibility for the attack in Qalat city, the latest in a series following the withdrawal of most foreign troops from the country. Zabul police said the attack - which they believed used more than 1,000 kilograms of explosives - was carried out near several government offices, including courts, the attorney general's office, Zabul municipality and the women's affairs department. More »

  • Sydney siege gunman too 'weird' for Australian motorcycle gang, inquest …
    Sydney siege gunman too 'weird' for Australian motorcycle gang, inquest … Mon, May 25, 2015

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - A self-styled sheikh who staged a siege at an Australian cafe last year suffered "grandiose delusions" and was once kicked out of a motorcycle gang because he was deemed so weird, an inquest into the deaths of three people heard on Monday. Police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in central Sydney in the early hours of Dec. 16 after Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis shot and killed 34-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson with a sawn-off shotgun following a 17-hour standoff. The inquest has already heard that one of the hostages taken by Monis, 38-year-old lawyer Katrina Dawson, was killed by a ricochet from at least one police bullet. More »

  • IS is recruiting, but not operational in Afghanistan: NATO General
    IS is recruiting, but not operational in Afghanistan: NATO General Sun, May 24, 2015

    The Islamic State group is recruiting fighters in Afghanistan, the commander of foreign forces in country has said, but they are not yet operational. More »

  • Olympic champion Wells slams new doping allegations
    Olympic champion Wells slams new doping allegations Sat, May 23, 2015

    Olympic champion Allan Wells has hit out at fresh allegations made by the BBC that he took performance-enhancing drugs. More »

  • Cannes gets a Fassbender 'Macbeth' suffering combat stress
    Cannes gets a Fassbender 'Macbeth' suffering combat stress Sat, May 23, 2015

    By Michael Roddy CANNES, France (Reuters) - Michael Fassbender is a "Macbeth" for our times, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, whilst Marion Cotillard is a Lady Macbeth haunted by the loss of a child, in the final competition entry screened on Saturday for the top Cannes prize. Most critics appear to think Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's "Nie Yinniang" (The Assassin), about a martial arts killer, is the most deserving. It is followed closely by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes's "Saul Fia" (Son of Saul) set in the Auschwitz concentration camp and American director Todd Haynes's lesbian romance "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. More »

  • Army Experts Detonate WWII Wembley Bomb
    Army Experts Detonate WWII Wembley Bomb Fri, May 22, 2015

    Army bomb disposal experts have safely detonated a World War Two device found near Wembley Stadium. The explosive was detonated by experts just after 5pm at an unspecified location in Bedfordshire, according to Bedfordshire Police. It triggered the evacuation of around 300 homes and businesses, including the studio in which Britain's Got Talent is filmed, outside a 400m police cordon. More »

  • NATO to hold summit in Warsaw in July 2016
    NATO to hold summit in Warsaw in July 2016 Fri, May 22, 2015

    NATO announced Friday it will hold its next summit in Warsaw on July 8-9 next year as it tackles perceived threats from Russia to the east and jihadists to the south. More »

  • U.N. office outraged by 'biased' Hungarian survey on migration Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Hungary's survey of its citizens' views on immigration is "extremely biased" and "absolutely shocking" because of questions that suggest a link between migrants and terrorism, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. Prime Minister Viktor Orban launched the consultation last month to sound out the public, sending a questionnaire to every Hungarian adult. Cecile Pouilly, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said there was no reason to assume that migrants looking for a better job or seeking asylum had anything to do with terrorism. More »