Insight - Stretched Afghan army falls back on militias to help defend Kunduz


KUNDUZ, Afghanistan/KABUL - The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone.

Judge sentences 11 Afghan police over lynching of woman in Kabul 19 May 2015

KABUL - An Afghan judge sentenced 11 police on Tuesday to one year in jail for failing to prevent the mob killing of a woman in Kabul who was accused of burning a Koran.

Pakistan military says its spies will cooperate with Afghanistan 19 May 2015

ISLAMABAD - After years of antagonism and accusations, spy agencies in Pakistan and Afghanistan will now share information, the Pakistani military said, in another sign frosty relations between the neighbours may be gradually thawing.

Danish veterans accuse government of failing their Afghan interpreters 18 May 2015

COPENHAGEN - Danish military veterans have accused their government of breaking its promise to grant asylum to all local interpreters who helped the country's soldiers during their deployment in Afghanistan.


Car bomb on EU vehicle kills at least three in Afghan capital 17 May 2015

KABUL - A suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, killing two Afghan civilians and a British security contractor in the latest attack in the city, officials said. | Video

Islamic State recruits as Tunisia grapples with freedoms 17 May 2015

TUNIS - Tunisian militants have fought in foreign wars for decades, from Afghanistan to Somalia to Iraq. But after the 2011 revolt against President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, hundreds of hard-liners were released from prisons, strengthening militant ranks with experienced old hands.

Pakistan launches air and ground anti-Taliban offensive in Shawal Valley 15 May 2015

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/WANA, Pakistan - Pakistani troops began preparations on Friday for an offensive to try to push the Taliban from their last major stronghold in mountainous North Waziristan.


Taliban claim attack on Afghan guesthouse that killed 14 14 May 2015

KABUL - The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on a popular guesthouse in Kabul that killed at least 14 people, including foreigners attending a dinner and arriving for a concert. | Video


Insight - Afghan clerics uneasy as civil rights movement gains momentum 14 May 2015

(This corrected version of the story fixes 13th paragraph to remove a reference that could not be verified to protesters shouting "Death to the Koran")


Gunmen storm Kabul guest house, killing at least five 14 May 2015

KABUL - Gunmen stormed a guest house popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital on Wednesday evening, killing at least five people including an American and two Indian citizens, officials said. | Video