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  • Republicans criticize prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    Senior Republicans criticized President Obama on Sunday for releasing five high-ranking Taliban prisoners to secure the return of an American prisoner of war, arguing that it breached longstanding U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists.
  • 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. The videotaped declaration...

    Taliban aims for propaganda points with release of new Bergdahl video

    By releasing a 17-minute video showing the handover of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in Afghanistan, the Taliban sought to build Wednesday on what the militants have described as a major propaganda victory. Bergdahl was freed Saturday as part...

    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...

    Pakistan releases a top Afghan Taliban leader

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan on Saturday released a top Afghan Taliban official who Afghan officials believe could nudge Islamist militants to the bargaining table and help hammer out a political solution after more than a decade of war....