December 9, 2001
Once military victory is complete in Afghanistan, should the United States expand the war on terrorism against other nations? If yes, who's next and why? If no, why not? Send essays of about 200 words by Dec. 17, including a phone number for verification, to Voices/Taliban, The Inquirer, Box 41705, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101. Send faxes to 215-854-4483 and e-mail to email@example.com. Questions? Call Kevin Ferris, readers' editor, at 215-854-4543.
September 21, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide attacker with a bomb in his turban posed as a Taliban peace envoy and assassinated a former Afghan president who for the past year headed a government council seeking a political settlement with the insurgents. Yesterday's attack, carried out in former President Burhanuddin Rabbani's Kabul home, dealt a harsh blow to attempts at ending a decade of war. The killing of Rabbani, an ethnic Tajik and one of the wise old men of Afghan politics, will blunt efforts to keep in check the regional and ethnic rivalries that help feed the insurgency.
November 17, 2001 |
MAZAR-I-SHARIF. Herat. Kabul. Jalalabad. Kandahar. Faster than you can say "quagmire," the Taliban is fleeing cities across Afghanistan. A week ago, critics of the U.S.-led military campaign were insisting that the Taliban wouldn't budge, that American bombs were only killing civilians, that Ramadan and winter would lock in place the Taliban's advantage on the ground, and that the coalition supporting the war was disintegrating. Now the Taliban is disintegrating. Why? Because the crisis of confidence Osama bin Laden sought to foment in the West has taken hold in Afghanistan instead.
December 16, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that if security concerns make it impossible to set up a Taliban political office in Afghanistan, then it should be established in another Islamic country, like Saudi Arabia, or in Turkey. If the Taliban opened an office, it would be seen as a willingness to talk peace and signal their intention to try to find a nonviolent solution to an insurgency that has cost the lives of thousands. Karzai's comments came one day after an Indian newspaper reported that plans were being finalized for a Taliban office in the Gulf state of Qatar.
September 16, 2010
KABUL, Afghanistan - Police fired warning shots to disperse hundreds of stone-hurling Afghans yesterday to protest Quran burning in the U.S. At least 35 police officers and 10 protesters were reportedly wounded; two of them had gunshot wounds. Though a small American church in Florida backed off its threat to destroy the holy book to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, several copycat burnings were posted on the Internet. Up to 800 protesters gathered on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, chanting "Death to America" and listening to fiery speeches.
October 19, 2012 |
AB BAND, Afghanistan - Fed up with the Taliban closing their schools and committing other acts of oppression, men in a village about 100 miles south of Kabul took up arms late last spring and chased out the insurgents with no help from the Afghan government or U.S. military. Small-scale revolts in recent months like the one in Kunsaf, mostly along a stretch of desert south of the Afghan capital, indicate bits of a grassroots, do-it-yourself anti-insurgency that the United States hopes Afghan authorities can transform into a wider movement.
September 12, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - The massive Taliban truck bomb that exploded outside an American military base in a restive eastern district injured nearly 80 U.S. troops and killed five Afghans, Western and Afghan officials said yesterday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place Saturday evening in the Sayedabad district of Wardak province. That is the same district where insurgents last month shot down a U.S. Chinook helicopter, killing 30 American troops, the majority of them Navy SEALs, including some from the unit responsible for killing Osama bin Laden.
December 10, 2012 |
KARACHI, Pakistan - Bodies are piling up in Pakistan's largest city as it suffers one of its most violent years in history, and concern is growing that the chaos is giving greater cover for the Taliban to operate and undermining the country's economic epicenter. Karachi, a sprawling port city on the Arabian Sea, has long been beset by religious, sectarian, and ethnic strife. Here armed wings of political parties battle for control of the city, Sunnis and Shiites die in tit-for-tat sectarian killings, and Taliban gunmen attack banks and kill police officers.
May 2, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - On the first day of its promised spring offensive, the Taliban used a 12-year-old boy as a suicide bomber in an attack yesterday that killed four civilians, President Hamid Karzai said. It was one of several attacks across the country that killed seven people, government officials said. The insurgent movement announced in a statement Saturday that it would step up operations against military bases, convoys and Afghan officials, including members of the peace council working to reconcile with top insurgent leaders.
October 8, 2001 |
TALIBANTER: She doesn't look at the world through veils. She isn't forced to stay inside her Bergen County, N.J., home. And she can say anything she wants. Maybe Laili Helms looks through rose-colored glasses. For sure, she is talking out of the other side of her mouth these days. Helms, an Afghan native who speaks three languages, coaches her sons' soccer team and is a niece-in-law of former CIA director Richard Helms, has long been a vocal supporter and adviser of the Taliban.