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Coalition steps up fight against Afghan 'green-on-blue' attacksupdated: Fri Aug 17 2012 12:11:00

The United States and its allies are working to stop what they regard as an ominous trend: attacks against NATO-led troops by Afghan security forces or others clad in military or police uniforms.

Deadly clashes erupt in northwest Pakistanupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 15:10:00

A deadly clash between government forces and Taliban militants erupted in Pakistan's restive tribal belt Tuesday, marking continued unrest in the Orakzai district -- an area government officials last year claimed they had largely pacified.

7 troops killed in 2 Afghan. attacksupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 12:02:00

A man opened fire on U.S. troops killing three soldiers and a suicide bomb attack left four more Americans dead.

Some Afghan police join Taliban in Farah provinceupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 12:29:00

A police commander and 13 junior officers in western Afghanistan have joined the Taliban in a move that is new and troubling for the struggling nation as international forces prepare to depart.

Taliban's vaccine ban may affect 280,000 childrenupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 05:13:00

A ban on polio vaccinations imposed by the Taliban could affect about 280,000 children living in tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, according to estimates from the World Health Organization.

Official: Suspected Taliban militants attack Pakistani police stationupdated: Mon Jul 16 2012 09:56:00

Militants killed one officer Monday after attacking a police station in Bannu, Pakistan, police officials told CNN.

Why world must react to Taliban executionupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 09:00:00

The execution of Najiba, an Afghan woman in her 20's, shot 13 times in front of a cheering crowed in Parwan province -- and seen widely online in a grainy cell phone video -- is a show of confidence by the Taliban.

Talking with the Talibanupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 09:00:00

With a horrific video showing a woman's execution in Afghanistan, where does that leave U.S. talks with the Taliban?

Manhunt under way for Taliban who shot woman in public execution amid cheersupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 05:20:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the arrest Monday of the Taliban who participated in the public execution of a woman accused of adultery.

Video: Taliban shoot woman 9 times in public execution as men cheerupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 06:21:00

A shot rings out, but the burqa-clad woman sitting on the rocky ground does not respond.

Deadly standoff ends at Afghan hotel; hostages freed after several hours updated: Fri Jun 22 2012 06:54:00

Taliban militants attacked a hotel near Kabul on Friday and seized dozens of hostages, sparking a fierce gunbattle with Afghan and NATO troops that left 26 people dead, authorities said.

Afghan hotel siege endsupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 06:54:00

Afghan police say they've killed insurgents who ambushed a hotel near Kabul. Nick Paton Walsh reports.

Taliban to U.S.: End drone strikes in Pakistan, or no more polio vaccines updated: Mon Jun 18 2012 10:52:00

A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban.

Afghan girls traumatized after poisoningupdated: Tue May 29 2012 10:29:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the poisoning of 122 girls and 3 teachers at an Afghanistan school.

Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan schoolupdated: Tue May 29 2012 10:29:00

A hospital in northern Afghanistan admitted 160 schoolgirls Tuesday after they were poisoned, a Takhar province police official said.

Girls hospitalized after poison attackupdated: Wed May 23 2012 11:52:00

Dozens of students are in an Afghanistan hospital after being poisoned in their classes with a type of spray.

Taliban tightens grip on Afghan schoolsupdated: Tue May 22 2012 06:55:00

In parts of rural Afghanistan a fierce battle is going on between the Taliban and the country's government. And the victims in this battle, it seems, are school children.

Taliban claim responsibility for downing helicopter in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 06:42:00

The Taliban claimed responsibility Friday for downing a Black Hawk helicopter in southern Afghanistan.

Extremists poison schoolgirls' water, Afghan officials sayupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 20:21:00

At least 140 Afghan schoolgirls and female teachers were admitted to a local hospital Tuesday after drinking poisoned water, said local health officials, who blamed the act on extremists opposed to women's education.

Taliban: Afghanistan attackers were well-trainedupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 20:20:00

The Taliban militia said Tuesday the series of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan this week was well-planned and intended to show its enemies, including NATO, that it can strike secure locations.

384 prisoners escape after Taliban raid on Pakistan prisonupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 06:13:00

Authorities in northern Pakistan were looking for 384 inmates who escaped from a prison early Sunday morning after hundreds of Taliban militants raided the facility.

Taliban claim responsibility for Afghanistan suicide attacksupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 14:59:00

The Taliban claimed responsibility Tuesday for two suicide attacks on government facilities in Afghanistan that killed at least 18 people and wounded 27 others.

Witnesses' accounts of Afghan massacreupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 16:52:00

Witnesses offer accounts of the massacre in Kandahar; Taliban tells why it suspended peace talks. Sara Sidner reports.

Taliban demand Afghan trial for alleged shooterupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 16:52:00

A Taliban commander expressed skepticism that one soldier carried out a massacre last week that left 16 Afghan civilians dead, and anger that the suspect subsequently was flown out of Afghanistan.

Afghan villagers describe slaying's horror, differ on number involvedupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 13:45:00

In Najabyan village, a visitor's eye is immediately drawn to the turquoise and green sheets blanketing mounds of dirt, and the red, green and gold flag flying above it all.

Suicide blast kills anti-Taliban police chiefupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 23:29:00

A suicide bomber targeted an anti-Taliban police chief in Peshawar Thursday, killing him during morning rush hour traffic, a senior police official said.

Afghan Taliban suspend talksupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 13:41:00

The Afghan Taliban announced Thursday they have suspended a diplomatic office in Qatar intended for talks with the United States. The group cited what it described as the Americans' "alternating and ever-changing position" for the decision.

U.S. must not abandon Afghan women to the Talibanupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 08:15:00

The killing of 16 unarmed Afghan civilians is, as President Barack Obama has said, heartbreaking. Families have lost children, mothers and fathers in a rampage that has left Afghanistan reeling.

The psychological toll of warupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 08:43:00

What motivated an American soldier to allegedly open fire and kill 16 innocent Afghan civilians in cold blood? No one knows at this point. The soldier, an Army staff sergeant, seems to have acted alone, and he turned himself in to authorities after the shooting rampage. What we do know is that he had been injured in an accident while deployed to Iraq in 2010. Despite being diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, he was found fit for duty.

Are Afghan women better off after a decade of war?updated: Thu Mar 08 2012 05:52:00

When U.S. forces toppled the Taliban government following the 9/11 attacks, there was a global wave of support from people horrified by the plight of Afghan women. Under the Taliban, women had been denied education, banned from medical treatment by male doctors, and publicly executed for "immorality."

Taliban link Afghan attack to Quran burningupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 11:11:00

A suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance to Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield on Monday, an attack the Taliban called revenge for the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops there last month.

Taliban claim responsibility for attackupdated: Sat Feb 25 2012 18:00:00

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on an Afghan ministry that killed 2 American officers.

Talking with the Taliban, making peace with the guiltyupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 11:37:00

The recent smartphone video of Marines urinating on the bodies of slain Taliban should trouble all Americans.

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.

Taliban will not talk peace with Karzai government, spokesman saysupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 15:24:00

The Taliban have met with U.S. officials to discuss possible peace talks, but do not want to negotiate with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government, a Taliban spokesman said Tuesday.

Peace talks with the Talibanupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 20:40:00

The Taliban says it's opening an office in Qatar in preparation for peace talks. Nick Paton Walsh reports.

Taliban deny possible talks with Afghans in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 20:40:00

A spokesman for the Taliban denied on Wednesday a weekend report that Taliban representatives may meet with officials representing the government of President Hamid Karzai in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks.

Officials: Pakistan kills Taliban commander, 20 militantsupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 06:55:00

Pakistani security forces killed a key Taliban commander and 20 other suspected militants in northwest Pakistan, two military officials told CNN Wednesday.

Afghan officials, Taliban may hold talks in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 05:22:00

The Afghan government hopes to hold talks with Taliban representatives in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, according to a senior Afghan official, in a move that threatens to cloud already delicate and fragile steps to negotiate an end to the United States' longest war.

U.S. diplomat: Taliban needs to renounce terror for Qatar officeupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 09:07:00

The opening of a Taliban office in the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar is contingent on the renunciation of international terror and the backing of a peace process to end the Afghan conflict, an American diplomat said Tuesday.

Afghan Taliban support polio vaccination campaignupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 15:46:00

The Taliban will permit a program of polio vaccination in the volatile Afghanistan-Pakistan border area, their spokesman told CNN in an e-mail Tuesday, after consistent pressure over the issue.

U.S. inches closer to peace talks with Taliban updated: Thu Jan 12 2012 14:58:00

The United States could inch closer next week toward peace talks with the Taliban if Afghan President Hamid Karzai blesses the negotiations, senior administration officials said Thursday.

Taliban's Qatar Officeupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 04:46:00

The Taliban is opening an office in Qatar, which may lead to negotiations with the U.S. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

Pakistani man gets more than 4 years in prison in terror caseupdated: Fri Jan 06 2012 01:25:00

A federal court sentenced a Pakistani citizen to more than four years for providing false documentation and attempting to smuggle a person he thought was a Taliban member into the United States.

Taliban says it executed 15 Pakistani security officialsupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 07:35:00

Authorities found the bodies of 15 Pakistani security personnel in the country's northwest tribal region, officials said Thursday.

Why Qatar, world's richest nation, is hosting Taliban talksupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 05:53:00

Qatar, as diplomats say, likes to "punch above its weight." This arid peninsula in the Persian Gulf is smaller than Connecticut but played a leading role in helping Libyan rebels oust Moammar Gadhafi and has been at the heart of Arab League sanctions against Syria. It's now facilitating talks on the Afghan conflict by allowing the Taliban to open a liaison office in its capital, Doha.

Taliban ready for talks, purported spokesman saysupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 01:05:00

The Afghan Taliban are prepared to open an "office outside the country for talks with foreigners," a purported spokesman for the movement said in a statement released Tuesday.

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.

Afghanistan sets rules for Taliban office in Qatarupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 10:03:00

Afghanistan will accept the presence of a Taliban liaison office in Qatar but under strict ground rules forbidding foreign intervention in peace talks, the government peace council said Tuesday.

Taliban claim suicide bombing that killed 6 in Pakistan updated: Sat Dec 24 2011 07:35:00

The Taliban are claiming responsibility for a suicide car bombing Saturday that struck a military housing area in northwest Pakistan, a spokesman for the group said.

Afghanistan pulls ambassador after Qatar talks to Talibanupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 13:17:00

Afghanistan has withdrawn its ambassador to Qatar for consultations after the Gulf state began talking to the Afghan Taliban about setting up a representative office there, a senior Afghan official said Wednesday.

Exclusive: Taliban attack caught on tapeupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 03:13:00

A Marine Corps cameraman gives us a rare glimpse of Marines fighting off at Taliban attack in Afghanistan.

Police: Anti-Taliban leader killed in car bomb attackupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 04:36:00

Hashim Khan, an anti-Taliban tribal leader, was killed in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday when a bomb hidden in his car detonated, police said.

New Taliban video may show attack prepsupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 05:32:00

A new video emerges that appears to show the Taliban preparing a big attack in June. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.

14-year-old girl wins Pakistan's first peace prizeupdated: Thu Nov 24 2011 12:07:00

An eighth-grade girl was awarded Pakistan's first National Peace Prize Thursday for her online diary reporting on the Taliban's ban on education for girls.

Truth Squad: Has the U.S. "dismantled" the Taliban?updated: Wed Nov 23 2011 03:12:00

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman suggested a total defeat of the Taliban during CNN's Republican debate on national security issues Tuesday night .--- with Huntsman's comments standing in stark contrast to the reality of the continuing attacks by the group in the country.

Afghan Twitter warupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 13:33:00

Aggressive tweeting between NATO and the Taliban leaves many wondering. CNN'S Nick Patton Walsh reports.

Twitter is new battleground for NATO and Taliban in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 13:33:00

After a decade of lethal combat, NATO and the Taliban are now fighting over something else: the last word.

Taliban-affiliated website releases purported video of Kabul suicide bombersupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 09:31:00

A Taliban-affiliated website has released video that purports to show suicide bombers who targeted Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel in June preparing for the attack in the hills and studying a tiny model of the hotel in detail.

Taliban claims to leak security details of crucial Afghan meetingupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 15:52:00

A Taliban-affiliated website published on Sunday what it claimed was a leaked document containing confidential government security plans for a vital meeting of tribal elders in Kabul next week, one that is set to discuss Afghanistan's long-term relationship with the United States and possible peace talks with the insurgency.

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.

Clinton: U.S. would negotiate with Taliban leaderupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 17:24:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States would be willing to negotiate with the leader of Afghanistan's Taliban if he met conditions that have been laid out.

4 killed in attack in Pakistan, including leader of anti-Taliban militiaupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 05:00:00

A leader of an anti-Taliban militia was killed in a bomb attack in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, a Pakistani police official told CNN.

First photos released of SEALs crash siteupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 18:23:00

Amid the 1,200-page military investigation into the August crash in Afghanistan's Wardak province that killed 38 people, including 22 Navy SEALS, are photos of the helicopter.

Roadside bomb kills anti-Taliban fighter in Pakistanupdated: Sun Oct 16 2011 06:41:00

A road side bomb blast killed an anti-Taliban fighter and wounded three others in Pakistan's Khyber Agency, an official said.

Official: 9 Afghan soldiers killed in roadside bomb blastupdated: Sun Oct 02 2011 06:37:00

A roadside blast killed nine Afghan National Army soldiers and wounded four in eastern Afghanistan, a provincial official said Sunday.

Karzai seeks peace talks with Pakistan, not Talibanupdated: Sat Oct 01 2011 08:29:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai dismissed calls for negotiations with the Taliban, saying neighboring Pakistan is the key to peace talks with the insurgency, the presidential press service said in a statement Saturday.

Karzai: 'Some Taliban want to help'updated: Sat Oct 01 2011 08:29:00

Suzanne Malveaux interviews Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai about working towards a peace agreement with the Taliban.

Taliban attacks kill 10 in Afghanistan updated: Wed Sep 28 2011 06:49:00

A Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan killed eight officers and completely destroyed a police post, a provincial spokesman said Wednesday.

Afghan politician mourns Rabbaniupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 12:12:00

Afghan lawmaker Abdullah Abdullah discusses the significance of Burhanuddin Rabbani's death.

Militants haven't yet claimed Rabbani attackupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 12:12:00

The assassination of an Afghan leader spearheading the reconciliation process with the Taliban clearly was an insurgent attack, officials say, but at present it's not clear who carried it out.

Pakistani Taliban vow to attack weddings and funerals of their enemiesupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 08:32:00

The Pakistani Taliban declared Friday they will target the weddings and funerals of anyone involved in pro-government activity against them.

4 dead, 16 wounded in Pakistan school bus attackupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 11:21:00

A school bus loaded with children came under rocket and small arms fire near Peshawar Tuesday, killing the driver and three children and injuring 16 others, police said.

Changes in Afghanistan since 9/11updated: Tue Sep 13 2011 06:12:00

CNN's Nic Robertson takes a look at how Afghanistan has changed in the ten years since 9/11.

Luxury hotel symbolizes Afghan fragilityupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 06:12:00

Exactly 10 years ago, a brutal civil war was being fought in Afghanistan as rebels advanced on the Taliban in the capital, Kabul.

Taliban targets coalition base on eve of 9/11 anniversaryupdated: Sat Sep 10 2011 17:40:00

As the 10th anniversary of al Qaeda's attack on the United States approaches, Taliban militants struck a coalition base in Afghanistan on Saturday, killing one person and wounding 10 others.

Defiant Taliban accuse U.S. of crimes as Americans mark 9/11updated: Sat Sep 10 2011 06:09:00

The Taliban have accused the United States of killing tens of thousands of Afghans and brutally torturing others in a defiant statement marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks against the United States.

Taliban admits abducting 30 boys in Pakistanupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 10:08:00

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the abduction of 30 teenage boys who were seized from Pakistan's tribal region during an outing last week.

Afghan president orders release of 20 would-be youth suicide bombersupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 06:01:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of a group of would-be child suicide attackers ranging between ages 8 and 17.

Pakistan mosque attack death toll climbsupdated: Sat Aug 20 2011 11:28:00

The death toll in a Pakistani mosque attack has risen to at least 51, a local government official said Saturday, a day after the bombing during prayers.

Death toll in Kandahar suicide attack upped to four, 8 woundedupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 02:58:00

Afghan authorities on Tuesday raised the number of those killed by a suicide attack at a fuel depot near Kandahar International Airport to four people.

Suicide attack on Afghan compoundupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 19:44:00

Six militants storm governor's compound in Parwan province after a suicide blast, killing at least 19 people.

Militants launch deadly attack on Afghan governor's compoundupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 19:44:00

At least six militants -- strapped with explosives-laden vests -- stormed a provincial governor's compound in central eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing at least 19 other people, officials said.

Slain Navy SEALs had targeted known Taliban leader, officials sayupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 05:40:00

The American commandos who died when their helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan were targeting a Taliban commander directly responsible for attacks on U.S. troops, military officials with knowledge of the operation said Sunday.

Taliban claims high-profile killingsupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 22:22:00

The Taliban claims responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed Kandahar's mayor. CNN's David Ariosto reports.

Taxpayer money funding the Taliban?updated: Tue Jul 26 2011 07:08:00

CNN's David Ariosto reports on an investigation into a possible contract scandal in Afghanistan.

U.S. welcomes decision to remove former Taliban from sanctions listupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 08:25:00

The United States on Thursday said it welcomes a U.N. decision to remove sanctions against 14 former Taliban leaders in what is perhaps the latest signal of its willingness to reconcile with militants who break ties with al Qaeda.

On camera: Taliban executionupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 04:53:00

Video released by the Taliban shows men believed to be Pakistani police officers fatally shot. CNN's Reza Sayeh reports.

Taliban video shows execution of Pakistani menupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 04:53:00

Graphic video footage released Monday by the Taliban shows the execution of at least 16 men believed to be Pakistani police officers -- a new escalation in the fight for control of a pivotal country in the global war over Islamic extremism.

14 ex-Taliban members removed from U.N. sanctionsupdated: Sat Jul 16 2011 01:18:00

In the latest sign of international efforts to forge a reconciliation process with militants in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council has removed sanctions on 14 former Taliban leaders.

Taliban kills 4 workers from demining group, frees 27 othersupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 04:16:00

The Taliban has killed four members of an international landmine clearing agency working in western Afghanistan, an official with the group said Monday.

2 militants, passerby killed in rare clash in Miranshahupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 10:55:00

Two militants and a passerby were killed in a rare clash between security forces and Taliban fighters in Pakistan's tribal belt, officials and a witness told CNN Wednesday.

Taliban says it shot down NATO-chartered plane, killing 8updated: Wed Jul 06 2011 10:04:00

Eight people died when a cargo plane chartered by NATO crashed into the mountains in Afghanistan, a provincial governor said Wednesday.

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.

Blast kills 3 outside home of Pakistani anti-Taliban militia memberupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 13:44:00

A bomb blast targeting the home of a volunteer anti-Taliban militia member in northwest Pakistan on Monday killed three people, including a child, police told CNN. The apparent target of the attack was not injured.

Suicide bomber targets NATO convoy, kills 3 civilians in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jun 19 2011 12:04:00

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack Sunday that targeted a NATO convoy in northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, killing at least three people and wounding 11, a spokesman for the provincial governor's office said.

U.N. Security Council splits Taliban-al Qaeda sanctions listupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 16:48:00

The U.N. Security Council split a key sanctions list on al Qaeda and the Taliban on Friday with an eye toward reconciliation in Afghanistan.

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.

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