Taliban announce spring offensive, dismiss peace overtures

By James Mackenzie KABUL, Apr 25 : The Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive on Wednesday, dismissing an offer for peace talks by President Ashraf Ghani but pledging to focus on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The announcement of the Al Khandaq campaign, named after the so-called Battle of the Trench, fought by […]

Taliban seize district in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province

By Mustafa Andalib GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Apr 12 : Taliban militants captured a district in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province near the provincial capital early on Thursday and killed more than a dozen people including the district’s governor, a police official said. Ghazni’s Khawaja Omari district was considered one of the province’s safest districts. The militants killed district […]

As Afghan forces squeeze in Helmand, Taliban focus shifts

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, March 30 : Last week, the Afghan air force dropped its first laser-guided missile on a Taliban compound in Farah, the western Afghan province that has seen increasing fighting since the beginning of the year. The strike was an important milestone for the air force that underlined the growing […]

Pakistani Taliban kill four government paramilitary troopers in gun attack

By Gul Yousafzai Quetta, Pakistan, Feb 14 : Pakistani Taliban militants shot dead four paramilitary soldiers in Pakistan’s western city of Quetta, where last month seven security men were killed in a suicide attack, police and the Islamist group said. The Frontier Corps troopers were patrolling the residential neighborhood of Langoabad on motorcycles when they […]

Pakistani Taliban says behind deadly blast in tribal region

By Haji Mujtaba and Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sept 17 : The militant Pakistani Taliban group said it carried out an attack on Sunday that killed five people in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Mohammad Khurassani said the militants planted an improvised explosive device “to target security personnel” in the Bajaur […]