- Former Afghan warlord says Taliban weaker amid infighting Updated: Aug-03-15 2:37 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - The confirmed death of the Taliban's reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has weakened the movement, giving Kabul an opportunity to step up the battle against the insurgency, an Afghan governor and one of the country's most powerful former warlords said Monday.
- 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.
- Young divers, wounded vets join to restore coral in the Keys Updated: Aug-01-15 1:14 am
BIG PINE KEY, Florida - With military precision, divers Bobby Dove and Billy Costello zip-tied a staghorn coral fragment to a 3-inch nail driven into Heroes Reef a couple of weeks ago in 25 feet of water south of Big Pine Key.
- 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."
- Shaw Air Force Base site of command change for 9th Air Force Updated: Jul-31-15 4:10 am
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, South Carolina - Maj. Gen. Mark Kelly takes command of the 9th Air Force in a ceremony scheduled for Shaw Air Force Base.
- 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.
- US judge rejects legal challenge from Guantanamo detainee Updated: Jul-30-15 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to hostilities in Afghanistan.
- 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.
- Afghan official: Drone strike kills 20 members of IS group Updated: Jul-30-15 6:16 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group.
- Senate confirms Obama's pick for Joint Chiefs chairman Updated: Jul-29-15 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- 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.
- Q&A: Who is the Taliban's reclusive leader Mullah Omar? Updated: Jul-29-15 8:08 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - Here are some questions and answers about Mullah Mohammed Omar:
- Car bombing kills 2 civilians in northern Afghanistan Updated: Jul-29-15 2:28 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - A police official says a car bombing in northern Afghanistan has killed two civilians and wounded 11.
- 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.
- In an Afghanistan awash in arms, a push to ban toy guns Updated: Jul-27-15 3:20 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - The weapons of Afghanistan's long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen's shoulders and helicopter gunships roaring overhead.
- Carter: US airstrike kills senior Al-Qaida commander Updated: Jul-24-15 6:38 am
IRBIL, Iraq - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that a U.S. airstrike recently killed a senior Al-Qaida operational commander in eastern Afghanistan.
- Analysis: Like Iran, pacts with USSR ignored foe's behavior Updated: Jul-24-15 3:26 am
WASHINGTON - Critics of the Iran nuclear deal claim it is flawed, among many reasons, because it does not demand that Tehran also change its behavior at home and abroad. That complaint ignores the United States' long history of striking arms control agreements with the Soviet Union, a far more dangerous enemy.
- 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.
- US authorities allege Oregon imam assisted radicals Updated: Jul-20-15 10:07 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - U.S. authorities are seeking to revoke the citizenship of an Oregon imam who they say tried to conceal past associations with radical Islamic groups.
- Wife walks to raise awareness of Afghanistan war Updated: Jul-18-15 2:23 pm
ORMOND BEACH, Florida - The wife of one Florida soldier stationed in Afghanistan is inspiring others to support and remember the troops.
- Panel: Shifting cargo likely caused 2013 Afghanistan crash Updated: Jul-14-15 3:41 pm
DETROIT - A military vehicle aboard an overloaded plane in Afghanistan broke free and struck critical operating systems, likely leading to the 2013 crash that killed all seven crew members, federal officials said Tuesday.
- Natick street named to honor commander killed in Afghanistan Updated: Jul-10-15 5:14 pm
NATICK, Massachusetts - A street leading to a U.S. Army base in Natick has been renamed to honor a military commander killed in Afghanistan.
- 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.