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Taliban threatens Pakistan lawmakers over allowing NATO supplies to travel through country

March 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Taliban on Sunday threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
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Setbacks in Afghanistan: Taliban talks off; President Karzai demands immediate NATO troop pullout in rural areas

March 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The setbacks – a double blow for the American campaign in Afghanistan – effectively paralyze the two main tracks for ending the 10-year-old war. Continue Reading

Taliban fire on Afghan officials at site of allaged U.S. soldier attack

March 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The attack came as students in the east staged the first significant protest in response to Sunday’s shootings, raising worries of a repeat of the wave of violent demonstrations that rocked the nation after last month’s burning of Qurans by troops at a U.S. base. Continue Reading

Afghan witness recounts U.S. soldier’s rampage

March 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A young Afghan man recounted today the terrifying scene in his home as a lone U.S. soldier moved stealthily through it during a killing spree, then crouched down and shot his father in the thigh as he stepped out of the bedroom. Continue Reading

Afghan witness recounts U.S. soldier’s rampage

March 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A young Afghan man recounted today the terrifying scene in his home as a lone U.S. soldier moved stealthily through it during a killing spree, then crouched down and shot his father in the thigh as he stepped out of the bedroom. Continue Reading

Taliban vow revenge for Afghan civilians said to be killed by U.S. soldier

March 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Taliban vowed revenge today after an American soldier allegedly shot to death 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan and burned their bodies, an attack that has fueled anger still simmering after U.S. troops burned Qurans last month. Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack Sunday and said the 16 dead included nine children and three women. Five other villagers were wounded. Continue Reading

Pakistan’s appointment of new head of intelligence leads to uncertainty of peace deal between Afghan Taliban and U.S.

March 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Pakistan appointed a new head of intelligence on Friday, injecting some uncertainty in America’s dealings with an agency crucial to its hopes of negotiating a peace deal with the Afghan Taliban and keeping pressure on al-Qaida. Continue Reading

23 died when suicide bomber hits Pakistan militant base

March 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A Pakistani official says a suicide bomber has killed 23 people, many of them believed to be militants, in an attack on the base of a rival insurgent group. Continue Reading

Peace talks behind U.S. confirmation of possible release of Taliban prisoners

January 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. intelligence officials acknowledged Tuesday that the United States may release several Afghan Taliban prisoners from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an incentive to bring the Taliban to peace talks.
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Suicide bomber kills dozens in Afghanistan; NATO commander says Taliban chief ‘lost all control’

January 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. Gen. John Allen condemned the attack today in Kajaki district of Helmand province and said it was evidence that the insurgents had “declared outright war” on the Afghan people. While the Taliban work to intimidate civilians and kill anyone aligned with the Afghan government, the U.S.-led coalition emphasizes that civilians deaths should weaken the Taliban’s appeal. Continue Reading