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Kabul suicide blast kills 6 ahead of security talks

A suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle in Kabul, killing at least six people Saturday ahead of security talks between Afghan elders and the United States.

Afghanistan: The rise of a narco state

Analysis: Afghanistan is growing more poppy than ever before. Now for the bad news.

Should the US send more aid to Afghanistan?

Given Afghanistan’s runaway corruption and lack of progress in many important areas such as security and governance, experts question whether sending additional funds makes any sense.

How a US Army veteran fell into Colombian rebels' hands

BOGOTA — A former US Army private who was kidnapped by Marxist guerrillas in June was released Sunday. A photographer tells GlobalPost he and officials had warned Afghanistan war veteran, Kevin Scott Sutay, not to hike into the Colombian jungle alone, but he went anyway.

Afghan-US talks: A bad end to the ‘good war’?

Analysis: Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced they had resolved most major issues that had been stalling a key security accord between Washington and Kabul. The bilateral security agreement, or BSA, will determine how many US troops remain in Afghanistan after 2014, and under what conditions. But the deal could still founder.

List of Afghan candidates includes former warlords

Among the runners to alarm diplomats in Kabul most is Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, named in the 9/11 commission report as the "mentor" of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the Al-Qaeda attacks on the US in 2001.

Who are the Pakistani Taliban?

The explosion of violence in Pakistan over the past week has killed more than 100 people and, at least for now, derailed any hope that peace talks between the beleaguered government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistani Taliban might provide some relief.

Who bombed Pakistan's Christians?

A Christian church, a crowded market, a bus full of government employees — these are some of the latest targets in Pakistan’s increasingly violent domestic war, which pits diverse militant groups against a government that seems powerless to rein them in.

Gunman in Afghan security force uniform kills 3 NATO soldiers

An unidentified gunman wearing an Afghanistan security forces uniform shot dead three international soldiers in the nation's east, the NATO-led group said in a statement on Saturday. "Three International Security Assistance Force service members died when an individual wearing an Afghan National Security Forces uniform shot them in eastern Afghanistan today," the NATO-led group said.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri calls for attacks inside United States

DUBAI — Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged small-scale attacks inside the United States to "bleed America economically," adding he hoped eventually to see a more significant strike, according to the SITE monitoring service. In an audio speech released online a day after the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 strikes, Zawahri said attacks "by one brother or a few of the brothers" would weaken the U.S. economy by triggering big spending on security, SITE reported.
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