Defence minister rejected as Taliban battle near Kabul

Afghanistan`s parliament rejected a second nominee for defence minister on Saturday, leaving a vacuum that has already lasted nine months, while government forces battled the Taliban just 30 miles west of the capital Kabul.

John McCain denounces US troop withdrawal plan in Afghanistan

Influential Senator John McCain said Saturday the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 would be a "serious mistake", as stretched local forces battle a resurgent Taliban.

Key Taliban commander Hajji Wazir killed in Afghanistan
Key Taliban commander Hajji Wazir killed in Afghanistan

A key Taliban commander in Afghanistan, Hajji Wazir, was killed in a raid on Saturday, police said.

Pakistan forces wind up military campaign in Khyber tribal region

Pakistan has ended a major military operation in the Khyber tribal area, flushing out the Taliban militants from the volatile region and blocking their entry points on borders with Afghanistan, officials said.

Top Tunisian jihadist killed by US strike in Libya: Report

A top Tunisian jihadist and associate of late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by a US airstrike in Libya last month, The New York Times reported.

30 Afghan police personnel killed in Taliban attacks

At least 30 Afghan police personnel have been killed in heavy clashes that broke out between Taliban militants and security forces in Afghanistan`s eastern Wardak province, media reported on Friday.

Did Vajpayee govt pay ransom for passengers of IC-814, asks Congress

The Congress party on Friday questioned whether the NDA government under former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had paid a ransom to the Taliban for the release of the passengers on Indian Airlines Flight 814, which had been hijacked and flown to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Afghan ''hero soldier'' of parliament attack arrested in traffic death

An Afghan soldier hailed as a hero for defending parliament from a Taliban assault has been arrested after a fatal traffic accident in Kabul involving a car he had been given as a reward, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.

Afghanistan leans on `abusive` local police as Taliban advance

A peach-fuzzed teenager clad in camouflage fatigues, Mohammad Jawad could be mistaken for a boy scout -- but he commands one of hundreds of Afghanistan`s local anti-Taliban police units, accused of stoking insecurity. 

Azerbaijan jails 10 for fighting with IS radicals

 A court in Azerbaijan on Wednesday sentenced 10 people to jail terms of between four to 15 years for joining Islamic State fighters, a spokesman said.

Three TTP terrorists sentenced to death in Pakistan

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Tuesday awarded the death sentence to three Taliban militants for killing four policemen during an attack on oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Narendra Modi govt to chalk out plan to check radicalisation of Kashmiri youth

Alarmed by reports of growing radicalisation of Kashmiri youth, the government would soon chalk out a plan to thwart the designs of terror groups like ISIS to swell their ranks by indoctrinating them to choose the path of militancy.

Suicide blasts hit Afghanistan as Taliban wage bloody fighting
Suicide blasts hit Afghanistan as Taliban wage bloody fighting

 Suicide attackers on Tuesday targeted foreign troops in Kabul and a police headquarters in restive southern Afghanistan, killing two people and wounding nearly 60, as the Taliban's bloody summer offensive showed no signs of letting up.

Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds 40 in Afghanistan: Officials
Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds 40 in Afghanistan: Officials

 A suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed two civilians and wounded more than 40, officials said, in the latest attack since the Taliban began their annual offensive.

Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds at least 40 in Afghanistan: officials

A suicide truck bomb attack in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed two civilians and wounded more than 40, officials said, the latest attacks since the Taliban began their annual offensive.

US raid on Afghan weapons cache incites protests

The US forces conducted a raid to destroy a cache of weapons north of Kabul early on Monday morning, a US Army spokesman said, giving rare details of unilateral activity in Afghanistan.

Pakistan`s anti-terror fight enters new phase despite rights fears
Pakistan`s anti-terror fight enters new phase despite rights fears

 Pakistan`s army is preparing for a final push in the coming weeks in its fight against militants, but there are concerns that rights are being rolled back in the name of defeating terror.

Pakistani police kills four Taliban terrorists in Punjab province

Pakistani police and counter- terrorism forces on Monday raided a house near here, killing four Taliban militants and seizing a large cache of arms as they claimed to have averted a "major terror attack".

Taliban ambush kills 11 Afghan soldiers: Officials
Taliban ambush kills 11 Afghan soldiers: Officials

At least 11 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, officials said today, as security forces face their first fighting season without NATO combat support.

Pakistan military says 23 militants killed in air strikes

Pakistani air strikes on Sunday killed 23 militants including foreigners in the country`s restive tribal regions near the Afghan border, the military said, part of a massive ongoing operation against the Taliban.