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  • Militants behind new 'caliphate' fight to hold lands in Iraq, Syria

    Militants behind new 'caliphate' fight to hold lands in Iraq, Syria
    A day after proclaiming rule over the world's Muslims, fighters for the self-styled Islamic State "caliphate" were battling Monday to retain control of seized territory in Iraq and Syria against resurgent government forces.
  • Most of 5 freed Taliban prisoners have less than hard-core pasts

    Most of 5 freed Taliban prisoners have less than hard-core pasts
    Arriving in the western Afghanistan city of Herat in the late 1990s during Taliban rule, Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai expected a locked-down, cowering population. Instead, he heard residents openly criticize the militant Islamic movement. At...

    Obama welcomes Taliban assent to Afghanistan talks

    Obama welcomes Taliban assent to Afghanistan talks
    ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland -- Calling for an “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process,” President Obama expressed cautious optimism about the Taliban’s surprise agreement to negotiate directly with U.S. officials toward ending America&...

    Taliban leader calls for peace talks, new attacks on foreign troops

    Taliban leader calls for peace talks, new attacks on foreign troops
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- The reclusive leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban said Tuesday that his militant group was willing to begin peace negotiations, even as he urged stepped-up attacks on foreign troops to force them out of the country. In a...

    Gunmen slay Afghan election official in run-up to 2014 balloting

    Gunmen slay Afghan election official in run-up to 2014 balloting
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two Taliban gunmen on a motorcycle issued a cheery morning greeting Wednesday to Amanullah Aman, head of the Independent Election Commission in Kunduz province, then opened fire and killed him, raising fears of protracted violence in...