southern Afghanistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan | Officials: Pakistan frees senior Taliban commander

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani officials say a senior Taliban commander arrested in 2010 has been released from prison. Two intelligence officials said Wednesday that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was released after high-level negotiations. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media. His release could be related to U.S. … Continue reading PESHAWAR, Pakistan | Officials: Pakistan frees senior Taliban commander

SINGAPORE | Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment

SINGAPORE  — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the killing of a powerful police chief in southern Afghanistan just two days before national elections is unlikely to fundamentally weaken the security situation. Mattis commented on the attack in Kandahar during a break in meetings at an Asian security conference in Singapore. Mattis called the … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment

WASHINGTON | US: At least 50 killed in strike on Taliban leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. rocket artillery strike last week on a gathering of Taliban leaders in southern Afghanistan killed at least 50 of them, a U.S. military official said Tuesday. Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, said a weapon system known as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US: At least 50 killed in strike on Taliban leaders

ARLINGTON, Va | On ‘sacred soil,’ Trump lauds those who’ve fallen in service

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a Memorial Day tribute at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, saying he came to “sacred soil” to “honor the lives and deeds of America’s greatest heroes.” The commander in chief, speaking before an audience of Cabinet members, military leaders, veterans and families assembled in the marble amphitheater … Continue reading ARLINGTON, Va | On ‘sacred soil,’ Trump lauds those who’ve fallen in service