Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Tag Archives: TALIBAN

NATO to keep 12,000 troops in Afghanistan next year


NATO will keep some 12,000 troops in Afghanistan for an extra year in 2016 to prevent the country again becoming a terrorist safe haven, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday. NATO’s Resolute Support advice and training mission was supposed to

Pakistan and Afghan leaders vow to resume Taliban peace talks

The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to work together to revive stalled peace talks with Taliban insurgents after meeting on the sidelines of a climate change conference in Paris, officials said. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President

Iran condemns West’s ‘double standards’ in letter to youth

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sunday condemned the West’s “double standards” in a letter to the youth of America and Europe following the Paris attacks that killed 130 people. “Anyone who has benefited from affection and humanity is

NATO seeking to reconcile death totals in Kunduz attacks

Nearly two months after a U.S. warplane mistakenly attacked a hospital in northern Afghanistan, officials said Friday it remains unclear how many civilians were killed. In releasing a two-page summary of an international investigation that was intended to assess civilian

Pentagon: MSF hospital strike ‘caused primarily by human error’

A U.S. air strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan that killed at least 30 people was caused primarily by human error, the commander of U.S. forces said Wednesday, promising disciplinary action. General John Campbell said those most

Taliban hold minority Hazaras hostage for ‘stealing sheep’

Afghan Taliban militants on Saturday kidnapped at least seven members of the minority Shiite Hazara community after a dispute over sheep, local authorities said. Gunmen stopped three buses at dawn between Shah Joy and Qalat in the volatile Zabul province,

Afghan inquiry says poor leadership let Taliban seize Kunduz

Afghan investigators blamed leadership failings on Saturday for the Taliban’s capture of the city of Kunduz in September, a finding that may deepen concerns about the government’s grip on security. The Taliban’s seizure of the northern city was a major

Afghan Taliban breakaway faction appoints new chief

A breakaway faction of the Taliban has appointed its own leader, in the first formal split in the militant movement under new leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, posing a fresh hurdle to potential peace talks. Mullah Mohamed Rasool was named the

Pakistan anti-Taliban hero dies aged 89

A Pakistani nationalist hero who defied the Taliban in Swat Valley and survived more than 10 assassination attempts by the insurgents has died peacefully of liver disease at the age of 89, his family said Monday. Prominent Pashtun leader Afzal

Fearing more jailbreaks, Afghanistan rushed inmates out of Helmand

Afghan authorities rushed 150 “dangerous” inmates from a prison in the insurgency-racked southern province of Helmand to the capital Kabul at the weekend, officials said, after Taliban militants orchestrated two major jailbreaks in recent weeks. Government forces clashed with Taliban

Taliban may invade Central Asia, says Russian intelligence chief

Russian intelligence on Wednesday warned of an increased risk of Taliban or Daesh fighters invading Central Asia. FSB director Alexander Bortnikov said in comments carried by Russian news agencies that a concentration of Taliban fighters, some of whom had pledged

Pakistan says cannot kill Taliban while inviting them to peace talks

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday he had told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that Pakistan was prepared to help revive stalled Afghan peace talks but could not bring the Taliban to the negotiating table “and be asked to

U.S., Pakistan call for Taliban to return to talks

U.S. President Barack Obama and Pakistan’s prime minister issued a joint call for the Taliban to return to peace talks with the Afghan government, as the pair stressed the positives of a troubled alliance Thursday. Amid smiles and handshakes, Obama

Afghans flee as Taliban threaten southern city

Taliban forces advanced on the capital of the volatile southern Afghan province of Helmand on Tuesday amid fierce fighting with government forces that threatened to cut off a major highway and prompted many families to flee. The fighting near the

Dissident commanders meet to choose rival Afghan Taliban leader

Weeks after the Afghan Taliban’s biggest battlefield success since 2001, dissident commanders unhappy with their new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour are meeting to choose a rival, they told Reuters on Tuesday. Analysts say the recent brief occupation of the

Afghan TV stations face Taliban threat after Kunduz

Already forced to operate in one of the world’s most hostile environments for journalists, Afghan television stations are now being openly targeted by Islamist insurgents in a widening insurgency that threatens cities across the country. The Taliban’s brief capture of

Rare photo of Taliban leader Omar surfaces

Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban have released a striking new picture of late founder Mullah Omar from his days as a religious student, the only known image of the reclusive leader before he lost his right eye in battle. The picture, taken

Pakistan PM pushes new peace talks with Afghan Taliban

A Taliban fighter

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said he is trying to revive peace talks with the Taliban after the latest round was derailed by untimely news of the death of leader Mullah Omar. Islamabad organized the first set of

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