- AP News Guide: Death of Taliban leader roils Afghan politics Updated: Aug-01-15 2:56 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan Taliban has confirmed the death of its reclusive longtime leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, after the Kabul government reported that he had been dead for more than two years. The move has led to a leadership crisis in the Taliban, as Mullah Omar's longtime deputy takes the helm over the objection of the former leader's relatives.
- New Afghan Taliban leader promises to continue insurgency Updated: Aug-01-15 1:29 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - Political uncertainty inside the Taliban has cast doubt on the prospects for an end to the war in Afghanistan. On Saturday the Taliban's controversial new leader vowed to continue fighting while urging unity among his followers in a message aimed at preventing a split in the group between those who want peace and those who still believe they can win.
- Analysis: Afghan govt hopes to divide and conquer Taliban Updated: Jul-31-15 9:19 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - The new leader of the Afghan Taliban faces the twin challenges of bringing together an insurgency that he ran for years under another man's name and uniting a fractured movement that has seen fighters desert for more extreme groups such as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Afghan government believes it can seize on the Taliban leadership crisis it has created by announcing that Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years to further weaken the insurgency.
- White House says former Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead Updated: Jul-31-15 8:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House says U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead, and says his demise "represents a chance for yet more progress on the path to a stable, secure Afghanistan."
- Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's Taliban Updated: Jul-30-15 6:43 pm
Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban's leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan.
- Unusual terror case going to trial in US court in Virginia Updated: Jul-30-15 5:14 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect.
- Taliban leader Mullah Omar, reclusive in life and death Updated: Jul-29-15 6:19 pm
- Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago Updated: Jul-29-15 6:13 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital - an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country's fragile peace process.
- White House says Mullah Omar death reports are credible Updated: Jul-29-15 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House says the U.S. has concluded that reports of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar's death are credible.
- Pakistani militant leader killed in police convoy attack Updated: Jul-29-15 10:08 am
MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan - One of Pakistan's most-feared Islamic militant leaders, believed to be behind the killing of scores of minority Shiites, was gunned down along with 13 other militants during an assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison on Wednesday.
- Pakistan to host second round of Kabul-Taliban talks Updated: Jul-28-15 11:04 am
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is finalizing preparations to host the second round of landmark peace talks between Afghan government officials and the Taliban later this week, two Pakistani officials said Tuesday.
- Sheriff: Bowe Bergdahl at California home raided for pot Updated: Jul-24-15 7:06 pm
REDWOOD VALLEY, California - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, was at a property in California that was raided for pot, though he was not arrested and had no connection to the marijuana grow, sheriff's officials said Friday.
- Obama praises Afghan efforts to reconcile with Taliban Updated: Jul-22-15 3:48 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has expressed support for Afghanistan's efforts to reconcile with the Taliban.
- Afghan president thanks Pakistan for hosting Taliban talks Updated: Jul-10-15 11:06 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan president has thanked Pakistan's prime minister for hosting the first official face-to-face talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban.
- Afghan official: Senior Islamic State figure killed Updated: Jul-07-15 2:35 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's intelligence service says the second-highest figure among militants loyal to the Islamic State group in the country was killed in an airstrike.
- AP Interview: Iran ambassador: Nuke deal could benefit Kabul Updated: Jul-06-15 11:07 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - As Iran and global powers move toward a nuclear agreement, Tehran's ambassador to Afghanistan said a deal easing crippling economic sanctions would also benefit security and development in his country's war-torn neighbor.