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Defense Ministry spokesman says the Taliban have overrun a military base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers

Defense Ministry spokesman says the Taliban have overrun a military base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers.


Afghan City Gauges Toll After Taliban Siege

KABUL—Residents of a strategic eastern Afghan city began emerging hesitantly from their hiding places on Tuesday to assess the human cost and physical ruin from four days of fierce fighting between Taliban insurgents and government forces.<p>Long lines formed early in the morning outside the only two …


Raw: Afghan city in ruins as battles continue


Excess Baggage: Unusual Hotel Services

If you’re one of those people who prefers an active vacation to sitting on the beach and sipping pina coladas—why not try something a little more …

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Taliban Overruns Military Base in Faryab’s Ghormach

<b>Local officials in the northern province of Faryab have confirmed to TOLOnews that Afghan troops have surrendered to the Taliban after their base</b> …


Afghanistan Has Become Trump’s ‘Failed Narco State’

President Donald Trump is back on the stump, trumpeting his alleged triumphs since the 2016 election. Somehow, he never mentions Afghanistan.For …


Top 10 experiences on Lonely Planet’s ultimate foodie bucket list

<i>CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device</i><p>When Lonely Planet’s editors set out to compile the definitive …

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Decorated Green Beret dies after being wounded by IED in Afghanistan

Army Special Forces is mourning the loss of Sgt. 1st Class Reymund R. Transfiguracion, 36, who died on Sunday after being wounded in an Aug. 7 improvised explosive device blast Helmand province, Afghanistan, according to 1st Special Forces Command.


Afghan forces struggle with Taliban for key city |

Afghan officials say they've sent special forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes to the city of Ghazni, where clashes with Taliban fighters have left hundreds of people dead over days of fighting.<p>▲ Hide Transcript<p>▶ View Transcript<p>Afghan officials say they've sent special forces backed by …


Taliban Talks in Uzbekistan, Violence Continues in Afghanistan

With talks up north and violence in the southeast, the war in Afghanistan lurches toward its 17th year.


American Military Investigation Into Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Clears American Military of Fault

<b>Omar Sobhani/REUTERS/Newscom</b>In the days following an airstrike that killed 14 people in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last month, official …


An alignment for peace in Afghanistan

Over the past year, the long war in Afghanistan has seen no strategic breakthroughs. And in fact, a major battle is now being waged in the city of …


Ben Stokes: Son of victim support officer's career-long battle with aggression

Ben Stokes, the son of a victim support officer, was insisting he would never turn violent just two days before landing himself in a police jail cell.<p>"There's adrenaline there, but I'd never get close to punching someone," Stokes said in a magazine interview as he was pressed by a journalist about …


Journalism as jihad in Afghanistan

<b>The newsreel depicts</b> <b>Soviet tanks</b> winding their way along the Kabul River. It at first appears to be a tranquil scene. But as the path narrows, Afghan …


Taliban Demand Swap of Haqqani Member, Others for Western Hostages

The Afghan Taliban is demanding freedom for a member of the militant Haqqani network along with other insurgent prisoners in exchange for the release …


Heavy Clashes Continue In Afghanistan's Ghazni City

Afghan government forces backed by U.S. air strikes were struggling to push Taliban militants out of the southeastern city of Ghazni on August 14 as …


Afghan Government Struggles to Oust Taliban From Strategic City

‘We accept we have problems,’ defense minister says on fourth day of fight for Ghazni<p>KABUL—Afghanistan’s defense chief said Monday the country’s U.S.-backed security forces were struggling to counter a Taliban offensive on a strategic eastern city, a departure after days of rosy assessments about …


Overnight Defense: Trump signs $717B defense policy bill into law | Rips McCain hours after signing bill named after him | Green Beret killed in Afghanistan blast

<b>THE TOPLINE:</b> This year's $717 billion annual defense policy bill is officially law.<p>President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an …

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Al-Qaeda has the intent to hit, but remains a non-starter in India

<b>New Delhi, Aug 14:</b> The Al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent has failed to gain much traction since it was set up in 2014. While it has an ideological …

Osama Bin Laden

Deadly Taliban Offensive Exposes US-Afghan Forces’ Disarray

As the death toll from a Taliban assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni passes 300, journalist and author Ahmed Rashid says the attack underscores the …


Taliban Attack Key Provincial Capital In Central Afghanistan

The Taliban have taken over much of Ghazni Province and reported casualties rise. Steve Inskeep talks to Pam Constable of <i>The Washington Post</i> about what that means for Afghan government control.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Year after year after year, Afghanistan's Taliban finds some way to make …


North Korea Suspends Tourist Visas

For those brave enough to visit North Korea, the only way to visit is with a tour operator. You fly to China, and then your visa for North Korea will …

North Korea

One year in, Pentagon pins hope for Trump Afghanistan strategy on Taliban change of heart

At the Pentagon they are fond of saying, “Hope is not a strategy,” but with little to show in the way of tangible battlefield results over the past …


Tinkering With Article 35-A Will Reopen Debate on J&K's Accession With India: Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah was addressing the monthly provincial committee (Kashmir) meeting at party headquarters 'Nawa-e-Subha'.<p><b>Srinagar:</b> National Conference …


AC-130 gunship navigator recalls Taliban combat mission

Latest Videos<p>Why USO tours were vital for troop morale in the Pacific (2:01) These POWs were forced to build the Bridge over River Kwai (2:34) Here's …


Here’s how to keep yourself safe during box jellyfish season

<b>BOX JELLYFISH, scientifically named Cubozoa, are the most dangerous of all the jellyfish species and one of the most venomous creatures known to</b> …


‘The Fighters’ help us understand Iraq and Afghanistan wars

Nation Aug 13<p>By Terry Spencer, Associated Press<p>Politics Aug 13<p>By Dan Elliott, Associated Press<p>Nation Aug 13<p>By Michael Biesecker, Associated …


Off-season is the new travel season

Gone is the time when one looked forward to school and college holidays. Back then it had meant visits to weather-friendly locations replete with …

Travel (India)

How you can stay out of ‘trouble’ this hungry ghost month

<b>THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, also known as the hungry ghost festival month, is a big part of the Chinese culture as it is widely “celebrated” in a handful</b> …


Folk custom tourism festival opens in NW China's Xinjiang