Al Qaeda`s Afghanistan leader is laying the groundwork to relaunch his war-shattered organisation once the United States and international forces withdraw from the country, as they have warned they will do without a security agreement from the Afghan government, US officials say.
A photograph the Afghan government distributed to back up its claims about civilian casualties in a US airstrike 10 days ago was actually a 2009 AFP photograph of a different funeral, a media investigation revealed Sunday.
As investigations into last week`s attack on Indians here gain momentum, Afghan authorities are increasingly getting convinced that the terror strike was carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba in collusion with its masters in Pakistan.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says moderate elements of the Taliban should be taken into the Afghan government. In the process, a "wedge" could be driven between moderates and hardliners, he said.