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U.S. apology for NATO strike not good enough, says Pakistan foreign ministerupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 10:49:00

Pakistan's foreign minister says an apology by the U.S. government for the NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers would not satisfy the Pakistani government, and the attack demanded a reassessment of Islamabad's partnership with the United States.

Taliban reveals political strategy for first timeupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 17:29:00

CNN's senior international correspondent Nic Robertson explains that when the Taliban admitted to having talks with U.S. officials, it also showed, for the first time, the group's political strategy and how Taliban leaders might be hoping to get a better deal from the negotiating table than they can hope for from the battlefield.

Taliban email: No talks with Afghan govt.updated: Tue Feb 14 2012 17:29:00

CNN's Nic Robertson explains the Taliban's refusal to talk with the Afghan govt are efforts to outmaneuver Pres Karzai.

Police: Pakistani Taliban leader seized in Karachiupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 12:27:00

Police in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, said Thursday they have arrested a senior figure in the Pakistani Taliban and several other alleged terrorists.

Taliban, allies form leadership councilupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 05:34:00

Pakistani Taliban factions and their allies have set up a council of elders in hopes of coordinating efforts against NATO troops in Afghanistan, a spokesman said Monday.

U.S. to have reduced Afghanistan role?updated: Tue Jan 03 2012 05:34:00

U.S. military leaders say the situation on the ground in Afghanistan is improving. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Suicide bomber targets Afghan funeral processionupdated: Sun Dec 25 2011 08:51:00

A suicide bomber targeted a funeral procession Sunday in the northeastern Afghan city of Taloqan, killing about 20 people, police said.

Explosion in eastern Afghanistan kills 9 civilians updated: Sat Nov 12 2011 10:38:00

A bomb explosion in Afghanistan's Laghman province killed nine passengers traveling on a civilian bus, the Afghan president's office said Saturday in a statement.

11 killed in Afghanistan blastupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 13:13:00

Eleven people died after a roadside bomb exploded in the northwestern Afghanistan province of Badghis, officials said Tuesday.

Taliban spokesman disputes claim that leader Mullah Omar is deadupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 07:50:00

A Taliban spokesman says the group's phones and website were hacked, and text messages sent out saying their reclusive Afghan leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead -- a claim the group has denied.

Taliban: We were hackedupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 07:50:00

The Taliban denies reports their leader Mullah Omar is dead. CNN's David Ariosto reports.

Talking to the Taliban: 'It takes two to tango'updated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:30:00

A day after Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the United States is in preliminary talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan to quell the violence, experts say don't expect miracle results.

U.S. in direct talks with Talibanupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:30:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates talks to CNN's Candy Crowley about "lower-level" talks with the Taliban going on now.

Is America safer now?updated: Thu May 26 2011 06:14:00

CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen discussses the future of al Qaeda.

Don't count on a peace deal with Talibanupdated: Thu May 26 2011 06:14:00

Recently, both The Washington Post and the German magazine Der Spiegel have reported on meetings between U.S. officials and representatives of the Taliban that have taken place in Germany to discuss some form of peace negotiations.

Bin Laden's money trailupdated: Tue May 17 2011 19:23:00

The raid on Osama bin Laden's house revealed a financial trail, as CNN's Stan Grant reports.

Al Qaeda responds to CNNupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 06:04:00

In late February I posted a piece on CNN.com titled "Al Qaeda the loser in Arab revolutions" making the point that Osama bin Laden must be watching the events in the Middle East unfold with a mixture of glee and despair.

Al Qaeda vs. CNNupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 06:04:00

CNN Analyst Peter Bergen discusses Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki directly challenging his views on al Qaeda.

Afghanistan war 'lost cause,' says Pakistan's ex-intelligence chiefupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 13:09:00

The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan is a "lost cause," said a former Pakistani intelligence chief, and the United States needs to negotiate peace with Taliban leader Mullah Omar. "You have to talk to him, and I'm sure it will work out very well," Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview to air Sunday.

Where have Afghanistan's warriors gone?updated: Fri Aug 06 2010 13:09:00

Afghanistan, known for its history of warriors, is now wondering where they went. CNN's Atia Abawi reports.

12 Afghan civilians killed in bombingsupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 06:00:00

Bombs killed 12 Afghan construction workers in two separate incidents in the eastern part of the country, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said on Friday.

Petraeus issues new directive for troops in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 17:04:00

Gen. David Petraeus on Wednesday issued a new "tactical directive" for forces in Afghanistan that emphasizes guidance for the use of force by troops operating in the country.

13 civilians killed in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 07:47:00

Insurgents wielding guns and bombs killed 13 civilians and wounded four others in Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Friday.

Ex-Pakistan spy chief urges talks with Omarupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 04:55:00

Talking to the Taliban leader in Afghanistan may help bring peace to the country, according to a former Pakistan spy chief once referred to as the "father of the Taliban."

'True night dreams' guide Taliban leadersupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 12:45:00

In practical terms, it might seem that the recent arrests of key Taliban members and the success of the U.S. offensive in southern Afghanistan might indicate a new phase in the war against the Taliban.

Analysis: Taliban governs Afghanistan from the shadowsupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 18:56:00

The news that two Taliban "shadow governors" have been detained in Pakistan underscores the reality that in Afghanistan there are, in effect, two governments.

Taliban arrest won't affect Afghan fight, U.S. official saysupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 13:36:00

The arrest of a key Afghan Taliban leader represents a setback for the militant group but won't directly affect the fighting in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. military official said.

Taliban's #2 capturedupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 13:36:00

Former CIA officers discuss what the capture of a top Taliban leader will mean for U.S. relations with Pakistan.

Captured commander is senior Taliban leaderupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 14:58:00

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghan Taliban commander whose capture was made public this week, is one of the most senior figures in the movement to be seized -- second only to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.

Top Taliban member capturedupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 14:58:00

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen explains the importance of the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Capture may be turning point in Taliban fightupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 14:37:00

The seizure of the Afghan Taliban's top military leader in Pakistan represents a turning point in the U.S.-led war against the militants, U.S. officials and analysts said.

Taliban commander capturedupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 14:37:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper and his panel look into the recent capture of a top Taliban commander.

Taliban outgovern Karzai?updated: Mon Jan 25 2010 16:18:00

Is the Taliban better at delivering justice than Hamid Karzai's government? CNN's Dan Rivers investigates

U.S. intelligence briefing: Taliban increasingly effectiveupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 16:18:00

A December 22 briefing, prepared by the top U.S. intelligence official in Afghanistan and obtained by CNN, maps out the strategy and strength of the Taliban and their allies in Afghanistan, and concludes that the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan is increasingly effective.

Clinton: We don't intend to cut and run from Afghanistanupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 11:36:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rejected suggestions Friday that the Obama administration plans to abruptly cut and run from Afghanistan.

U.S. faces 'absolute defeat,' Taliban leader purportedly saysupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 17:26:00

The United States and its allies are facing "an absolute defeat" against the Taliban in Afghanistan even if additional troops are sent, according to a message purportedly from the Taliban's elusive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar.

Jihad and juice inside Libya's terror jailupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 10:35:00

As we first stepped into Libya's forbidding Abu Salim jail we had no idea what to expect.

New Taliban messageupdated: Sun Sep 20 2009 23:17:00

A new online message is purported to be from the elusive Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar. CNN's Atia Abawi reports.

Taliban leader boasts of eventual victory in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Sep 20 2009 23:17:00

The Taliban fight against American and NATO troops in Afghanistan "is forging ahead like a powerful flood," according to a purported online message posted Saturday by the Taliban's elusive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar.

Official: Pakistan can help broker U.S.-Taliban talksupdated: Sat Jul 11 2009 05:25:00

The Pakistan military has declared that not only is it in contact with Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar but that it can bring him and other commanders to the negotiating table with the United States.

Pakistan offers Taliban talksupdated: Sat Jul 11 2009 05:25:00

CNN's Michael Ware reports the Pakistani military has offered to broker U.S., Taliban talks aimed at an Afghan cease-fire.

Taliban spokesman speaks outupdated: Tue May 05 2009 18:58:00

A Taliban spokesman gives an exclusive interview to CNN's Nic Robertson, saying U.S. troops will never win the war.

Afghan Taliban spokesman: We will win the warupdated: Tue May 05 2009 18:58:00

He won't look me in the eye, won't engage in any small talk, and looks more ill at ease than I feel.

Troops on multiple deploymentsupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 19:27:00

In their own words U.S. soldiers explain the hardships of multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Afghanistan: Children's bodies used in macabre protestupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 19:27:00

Villagers in southern Afghanistan stacked the bodies of two dead children in front of a provincial council Monday to protest their deaths in a rocket attack.

Karzai on Talibanupdated: Wed Nov 26 2008 12:19:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai talks about Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Analysis: Taliban talks strategy attracts backersupdated: Tue Oct 28 2008 15:34:00

Since Afghan officials met with former Taliban leaders in Mecca, Saudi Arabia a month ago the drum beat of hammering out a political deal with the Taliban rather than smashing them militarily has been growing steadily.

Sources: Taliban split with al Qaeda, seek peaceupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 19:01:00

Taliban leaders are holding Saudi-brokered talks with the Afghan government to end the country's bloody conflict -- and are severing their ties with al Qaeda, sources close to the historic discussions have told CNN.

Source: Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks with Taliban repsupdated: Sun Oct 05 2008 22:00:00

In a groundbreaking meeting, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia recently hosted talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group, according to a source familiar with the talks.

Time.com: Karzai Seeks Saudi Help in Peace Talksupdated: Tue Sep 30 2008 06:00:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday he has asked the king of Saudi Arabia to help facilitate peace talks with the Taliban in order to bring an end to the Afghan conflict

In video, Al Qaeda vows more U.S. attacksupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 03:12:00

In a video marking the seventh anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, al Qaeda's top leader in Afghanistan vows more "large-scale" attacks against the United States and its allies.

Time.com: Strike Forged Bin Laden-Taliban Bondupdated: Thu Aug 21 2008 10:50:00

A 1998 U.S. cruise missile strike on al-Qaeda in Afghanistan was aimed at Osama bin Laden, but his escape solidified his ties with the Taliban, newly declassified documents say

Remote control killersupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 15:50:00

CNN's Jaime Mcintyre gets an exclusive look at the Air Force's newest remote control killer: The Reaper.

Armchair pilots striking Afghanistan by remote controlupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 15:50:00

From a desert outpost northwest of Las Vegas, elite fighter pilots journey to a war zone in Afghanistan, some 7,500 miles away.

Time.com: The Face of Pakistan's New Talibanupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 15:00:00

Baitullah Mehsud is accused of killing Benazir Bhutto. But his agenda is more ambitious than that

Karzai: 41 killed in suicide blastupdated: Wed Nov 07 2007 03:50:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said the death toll from Tuesday's fatal suicide bomb blast in the country's northeast increased to 41 and a forensic investigation was already underway.

At least 10 casualties in suicide bombing on Afghan bus updated: Tue Oct 02 2007 10:43:00

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the entrance to a bus carrying Afghan police and civilians in Kabul Tuesday morning, killing and wounding at least 10 people, according to authorities.

Afghanistan bus bomb kills 27updated: Sun Sep 30 2007 10:04:00

A suicide bomber blew up a bus in Afghanistan, killing 27 people, most of them soldiers.

German terror investigationupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 14:38:00

New details emerge in the investigation of a terror plot in Germany. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

Hostage latestupdated: Sun Jul 29 2007 04:16:00

Hostage latest

Al Qaeda video taunts Bush, Iran, Shiitesupdated: Sat May 05 2007 18:19:00

A new video from al Qaeda No. 2 man Ayman al-Zawahiri addresses the issue of setting a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Purported al Qaeda message: Unite with Talibanupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 21:52:00

In a message released Monday, al Qaeda's No. 2 leader called on Muslims to unite under Taliban leader Mullah Omar, stop trying to form secular governments and instead follow strict Islamic Sharia law.

U.S.: Top bin Laden associate killedupdated: Sat Dec 23 2006 06:07:00

A top Taliban military commander described as a close associate of Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar was killed in an airstrike this week close to the border with Pakistan, the U.S. military said Saturday.

Afghan conflict: '70 militants die'updated: Sun Oct 29 2006 03:41:00

One NATO soldier and about 70 insurgents were killed in southern Afghanistan when fighting broke out Saturday between insurgents and Afghan troops and NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), officials said.

Officials dismiss CNN report that Mullah Omar in Pakistanupdated: Sat Sep 09 2006 12:18:00

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is not hiding in Pakistan, a Pakistani military official said, disputing a Friday CNN report that he called "ludicrous."

Source: Mullah Omar in Pakistanupdated: Sat Sep 09 2006 00:07:00

The one-eyed Taliban leader Mullah Omar, who heads the religious militia fighting U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, is living in Pakistan, though not in the same area where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is thought to be, according to a U.S. intelligence source.

Musharraf: Taliban gaining powerupdated: Thu Jul 20 2006 18:21:00

Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar remained in control of his Afghan Islamic militia, which was gaining strength in the south of the country, Pakistan's president said Thursday.

Dozens killed in Afghan battleupdated: Tue Jun 27 2006 04:33:00

Two British soldiers, four Afghan soldiers and 29 Taliban militants were killed in recent fighting across southern Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan authorities said on Tuesday.

Afghan president: Taliban 'no match for our power'updated: Sun Jun 25 2006 13:20:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that the Taliban, the militant group ousted from power more than four years ago, is incapable of making a comeback.

Pakistan president blasts Afghan leaderupdated: Sun Mar 05 2006 13:59:00

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf ripped the president of neighboring Afghanistan on Sunday, telling CNN that Hamid Karzai is "totally oblivious of what is happening in his own country."

U.S., Taliban bargained over bin Laden, documents showupdated: Fri Aug 19 2005 19:06:00

During secret meetings with U.S. officials in 1998, top Taliban officials discussed assassinating or expelling Osama bin Laden in response to al Qaeda's deadly bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, according to State Department documents.

General vows diligence before Afghan electionsupdated: Thu Aug 04 2005 12:16:00

A U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday U.S.-led forces plan to keep the heat on militants ahead of the country's September 18 assembly elections.

U.S. diplomat: Bin Laden not in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jun 16 2005 06:40:00

The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Thursday that he does not believe Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar are in the central Asian country.

Bin Laden, Taliban chief 'alive and well'updated: Wed Jun 15 2005 05:15:00

Taliban leader Mullah Omar and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden are both alive and in good health, a senior Taliban military commander has told Pakistan television.

U.S. indicts alleged Afghan drug traffickerupdated: Mon Apr 25 2005 10:26:00

An accused heroin kingpin has been indicted and arrested in a massive narcotics conspiracy involving Afghanistan's former Taliban regime, U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley has said.

Karzai on course for presidencyupdated: Wed Oct 20 2004 20:48:00

More than half the votes have been counted in Afghanistan's landmark election, and President Hamid Karzai is said to be running well ahead of his rivals.

Senior al Qaeda figure arrestedupdated: Sun Aug 08 2004 22:22:00

An al Qaeda operative believed to have been close to Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was flown home to Pakistan after he was arrested in Dubai, intelligence sources said.

Pakistan: 100 fighters captured in battleupdated: Sat Mar 20 2004 04:03:00

Pakistani forces have captured about 100 fighters -- possibly members of al Qaeda -- in a fierce battle in the country's mountainous border region, military officials said.

Pakistan ambush: 11 reported deadupdated: Sat Feb 28 2004 05:08:00

Gunmen riding in several civilian vehicles opened fire on a Pakistani military checkpoint near the Afghan border, prompting paramilitary soldiers to return fire, killing 11 and wounding six others, according to a military spokesman.

25 held in Pakistan al Qaeda raidupdated: Tue Feb 24 2004 04:31:00

Pakistani military forces, using helicopters and heavy artillery, have detained at least 25 people during raids in a remote border region where al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar are believed to have sought refuge.

Pakistan launches al Qaeda sweepupdated: Mon Feb 23 2004 04:24:00

Pakistan has launched a military operation against al Qaeda and Taliban forces in the country's tribal regions along the Afghan border, Pakistani army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan said.

General: Pakistan aiding al Qaeda huntupdated: Tue Feb 17 2004 16:03:00

Pakistan's recent clampdown along its border with Afghanistan could help crush the al Qaeda terrorist network, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday.

Pakistan arrests two senior Taliban officialsupdated: Sat Jan 24 2004 18:59:00

Pakistani authorities arrested two senior officials from Afghanistan's deposed Taliban regime Saturday, including one who may know the whereabouts of elusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, Pakistani intelligence sources said.

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