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Taliban may be enduring a rift, Pentagon official says

Taliban leaders in Pakistan are pressing their soldiers in Afghanistan to step up attacks but minimize civilian casualties, a message that is dividing fighters from the leadership and may encourage some to quit the insurgency, a top Pentagon official said.

 

Pakistan frees Taliban prisoners in attempt to boost Afghan reconciliation talks

Pakistan

Pakistan on Wednesday released several Afghan Taliban captives, a gesture meant to nudge along on-again, off-again reconciliation talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said.

 

'The new Afghanistan'? West turns its attention to Mali

Security officials frequently talk of Mali as being “the new Afghanistan.” They fear that deep inside the country’s northern desert, al-Qaida has carved out a new home -- not only a safe haven for terrorists, but a training ground for a new generation of Islamist militants.

 

Weakened, al-Qaida in Afghanistan tries comeback

Afghan War

A diminished but resilient al-Qaida, whose 9/11 attacks drew America into its longest war, is attempting a comeback in Afghanistan's mountainous east even as U.S. and allied forces wind down their combat mission and concede a small but steady toehold to the terrorist group....

 

AP: Drones, forces set for possible Libya strike

White House reportedly weighing retaliation for deadly consulate attack if al-Qaeda militants are identified.

 

U.S. transfers Bagram prison to Afghan control

The United States handed control of the controversial giant Bagram jail and its 3,000 suspected Taliban inmates to Afghan authorities on Monday, amid concerns the transfer could leave prisoners vulnerable to further rights abuses.

 

SEAL book raises questions about bin Laden's death

No East Day

A firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.

 

British soldiers resort to 'baiting' Taliban to beat rules of engagement

Afghan War

British soldiers in Afghanistan are being forced to act as bait in an attempt to draw the Taliban into opening fire, a serving platoon commander has alleged. Soldiers are risking their lives to get round strict rules of engagement that allow them to shoot only if they are being attacked or are in "imminent danger".

 

Taliban suspected in Afghan wedding blast

The interior minister says the initial investigation into a bombing at a wedding hall suggests the Taliban and terrorists were responsible.

 

'Poetry of the Taliban' elicits both anger, astonishment

Denounced by some as propaganda and hailed by others as art, the anthology of poems by militants in Afghanistan reveals at times a surprisingly emotional tone. War is an ageless poetic wellspring, yielding wrenching odes to the white heat of combat, the longing for lost loved ones, the dust of graveyards.

 

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