Syria, Iraq a 'finishing school' for foreign fighters: U.N. report

UNITED NATIONS - More than 25,000 foreign fighters from some 100 countries are linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, with Syria and Iraq comprising a "veritable international finishing school for extremists," United Nations experts reported to the U.N. Security Council.

Clashes with Taliban halt supply of power in south Afghanistan 30 Mar 2015

KABUL - Clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban have cut off the main supply of power to Afghanistan's Helmand and Kandahar provinces, according to residents and the chief of the national power company.


Suicide attack on Afghan MP kills three in Kabul 29 Mar 2015

KABUL - An Afghan member of parliament survived a targeted suicide attack in Kabul on Sunday but three people including a child were killed and eight others injured, police and government sources said. | Video


Battlefield lessons transform U.S. emergency care 29 Mar 2015

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Paramedic Dean Elliott rummaged through the ambulance's emergency kit and pulled out a pint-sized red power drill, a tool whose use was honed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

'Unholy alliance' of Islamists threatens Sweden - spy chief 27 Mar 2015

STOCKHOLM - Sweden, once cited by Osama bin Laden as the kind of country al Qaeda did not attack, is facing a rising threat from Islamist militants because of the crises in Iraq and Syria, its spy chief said in an interview on Friday.

New Afghanistan banking law may jump-start Islamic finance 27 Mar 2015

DUBAI/SYDNEY - Afghanistan could have a new banking law approved by parliament in a few months including provisions for Islamic products, which may help to draw hundreds of thousands of people into the formal financial sector.

Protests continue a week after woman lynched in Afghan capital 26 Mar 2015

KABUL - The lynching of a woman by a mob in the Afghan capital continued to fuel public anger on Thursday, as residents gathered at the site of her death to protest a week after the killing.

Book Talk - Morality and politics must mix, Chayes says 26 Mar 2015

- Sarah Chayes went to Afghanistan in 2001 as a journalist, stayed on as a development worker and became an expert on the link between corruption and violent religious militancy described in her book "Thieves of State".


Ex-U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl charged with desertion, misbehaviour 26 Mar 2015

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan, was formally charged on Wednesday with desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the most serious count, the Army said.


New Afghan president warns of 'terrible threat' from Islamic State 25 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday of the "terrible threat" the Islamic State poses in Asia, and said the militant group is already sending fighters to his country. | Video