Afghanistan

Accused Russian Taliban faces unprecedented U.S. trial

RICHMOND, Va. - A former Soviet army officer accused of being a Taliban fighter goes on trial on Thursday as the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in U.S. federal court.

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A Hungarian fence creates new front in Europe's migrant crisis 11:10am BST

SUBOTICA, Serbia - Swifts darted in and out of nesting holes in the scrubland around an old brick factory in northern Serbia. In the shade of the trees, Syrians and Afghans rested amid the rubbish of those who came before them, waiting for nightfall to walk across the nearby Hungarian border and into the European Union.

Accused Russian Taliban's U.S. trial to start Thursday 27 Jul 2015

- The U.S. trial of a former Soviet officer accused of being a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will start on Thursday in Virginia after a three-day delay, court documents said on Monday.

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Gunmen attack Afghan wedding party, killing 21, wounding 8 27 Jul 2015

KABUL - Armed men opened fire at a wedding ceremony in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 21 guests and wounding eight, provincial officials said on Monday.

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Taliban seize Afghan police base, push closer to strategic pass 26 Jul 2015

KABUL - Taliban militants have captured a large police base in northeast Afghanistan, forcing the mass surrender of more than a hundred policemen and pushing closer to a strategic pass at the border with Pakistan, local officials and security sources said on Sunday.

Ceasefire on agenda for next Taliban talks - Afghan negotiator 25 Jul 2015

KABUL - An Afghan government delegation due to meet Taliban representatives for a second round of official peace talks next week will press for a ceasefire in the fighting, a negotiator said on Saturday.

Second round of Afghan peace talks likely next week in China 24 Jul 2015

KABUL - China is likely to host a second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives next week, an Afghan official said on Friday, raising hopes for progress toward a political settlement to end years of bloodshed.

Dutch-Turkish man appears in U.S. court on terrorism charges 20 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - A Dutch-Turkish national accused of raising funds and recruiting in Europe for an Islamist militant group active in Afghanistan has been extradited to the United States and charged with terrorism offences, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

Message in name of Taliban's Mullah Omar favours Afghan peace process 15 Jul 2015

KABUL - A message purportedly from reclusive Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar on Wednesday appeared for the first time to signal approval for peace talks with the Afghan government, a week after milestone meetings between the two sides in Pakistan.

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Pakistan helped secure Taliban talks, but Afghan mistrust lingers 14 Jul 2015

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's military, long accused of harbouring insurgents who fight its cause in Afghanistan and beyond, says its role in brokering landmark Taliban peace talks last week proves it is serious about tackling Islamist militancy in the region.