TALIBAN

  • Even as Mulayam rides Victorian buggy at birthday bash, confidante Azam Khan says celebrations funded by Dawood, Taliban 4 days ago

    Rampur: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan kicked off yet another controversy by his irate comments during the birthday celebration of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. When questioned about the funding for the grand event, an irate Khan said that it is funded by terror group Taliban and underworld don Dawood...
  • Burdwan blast probe: NIA arrests a Myanmar national for alleged role in organising terror camps November 18, 2014

    Hyderabad: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a Burmese national Khalid Mohammed from Hyderabad for his alleged involvement in the Burdwan blast case probe. The Burmese national is allegedly an IED maker belonging to the Rohingya Muslim solidarity group. He is believed to have have organised terror camps along...
  • Shiv Sena warns Taliban against crossing path with Modi November 7, 2014

    Mumbai: Days after a Taliban's breakaway faction issued a threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP's former ally Shiv Sena supported the PM on his Hindutva stand and warned the terror group against crossing path with him. "The Talibanis should not cross path with Prime Minister Modi. Therein lies their well...
  • Taliban group threatens to attack India following border blast November 5, 2014

    Peshawar: A new Pakistani Taliban group behind this week's devastating suicide bombing on the Wagah border said on Wednesday the attack was as much aimed at India as Pakistan, suggesting that Indian targets might be next. At least 57 Pakistanis were killed during a popular flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday when a...
  • Foreign hand cannot be ruled out in Wagah Border attack: Pakistan November 4, 2014

    Lahore: Pakistan's Punjab government on Monday said the involvement of a "foreign hand" could not be ruled out in the Wagah Border suicide bombing, even after three homegrown militant factions separately claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 61 people. "Foreign hand cannot be ruled out in the...
  • Pakistan police arrests 2 suspects involved in attack on Benazir Bhutto November 1, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan police on Friday said they have arrested two members of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban allegedly involved in the deadly attack on slain former premier Benazir Bhutto's convoy in 2007. The arrests were made during an operation in Karachi's Garden area. According to SP CID Usman Bajwa, the arrested suspects were involved...
  • Pakistan to root out Taliban, says PM Nawaz Sharif October 9, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on his first visit to the restive North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Thursday assured the nation that the army was determined to win the war against the Taliban. Sharif, who met the soldiers involved in a major operation to flush out the...
  • Errant tweet by Taliban's spokesman in Afghanistan reveals Pakistan as his location October 6, 2014

    Kabul, Afghanistan: An apparently errant tweet by the Taliban's spokesman in Afghanistan gave his location as being in neighboring Pakistan. On Friday, a tweet by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claiming an attack included geolocation information that suggested he sent the message from Sindh, Pakistan. Mujahid later sent a tweet Saturday describing the...
  • Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad October 5, 2014

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate. Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South...
  • Man to sue US government after being cleared in the Taliban terror case October 2, 2014

    Miami: Irfan Khan, a naturalised US citizen from Pakistan with a wife and two children, worked hard to realise the American dream after arriving in this country in 1994. He held jobs in South Florida as a taxi driver, service technician and operated a limousine company. He was an avid...
  • Historic, anxious handover as Afghanistan swears in new leader September 29, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan inaugurates its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test. The first democratic handover of power in Afghanistan's history has been far from smooth: the deal for...
  • Taliban storm Afghan district southwest of capital, 100 killed September 27, 2014

    Ghazni: Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a strategic district in an Afghan province southwest of the capital and are on the verge of capturing it after killing dozens of people and beheading some in days of fighting, officials said on Friday. The Ghazni provincial government has lost contact with police...
  • New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack September 21, 2014

    Islamabad: Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at US vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. The SITE monitoring service quoted its spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, as saying...
  • Pakistan militant group renounces violence September 14, 2014

    Islamabad: A Pakistan Taliban militant group renounced violence to pursue implementation of Sharia in the country through peaceful means. The Punjabi Taliban militant group would now pursue the implementation of Islamic law through peaceful means, it said in a statement. The decision to end violence was taken after consultation with...
  • Taliban attack on key Pakistan naval dockyard foiled September 9, 2014

    Karachi A major Taliban attack on the strategic navy dockyard here has been foiled by Pakistani security forces after a fierce gunbattle that left a naval officer and two militants dead, the fourth terror strike on sensitive military facilities in the country this year. The attack on the high security facility...
  • After Syria and Iraq, Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia September 7, 2014

    Peshawar/Dera: Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultraradical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan's Taliban insurgents, Jamatul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the wellfunded and...
  • Afghan elections: Abdullah Abdullah warns of unrest amid vote dispute September 6, 2014

    Kabul: A spokesman for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says powerful factional supporters are pressuring the candidate to not cede any power in an upcoming meeting with his rival that could cap a fivemonth standoff over a disputed election. Mujib Rahman Rahimi said on Saturday that an equitable powersharing deal could...
  • AlQaeda announces India wing, renews loyalty to Taliban chief September 4, 2014

    Dubai: AlQaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri on Wednesday announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent. In a 55minute video posted online, Zawahri also renewed a longstanding vow of loyalty to Afghan Taliban...
  • Pakistan Taliban splits over method of functioning August 26, 2014

    Peshawar: Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday suffered a major split as leading commanders of the banned outfit formed a splinter group, accusing its leadership of promoting personal and narrow objectives. Leaders of the new faction 'TTP Jamatul Ahrar' said that TehreekeTaliban Pakistan leadership was promoting personal and narrow objectives, resulting in lack...
  • Pakistan forces kill three militants including top Taliban leader August 11, 2014

    Peshawar: At least three militants including a top PakistaniTaliban commander were killed in a joint operation carried out by the security forces and peace militia in northwestern Pakistan, security forces said on Monday. Qair Usman, a top Taliban commander was killed during an operation in Sonai Darra, a border village in...
  • Afghan election resolution inches forward with audit deal July 31, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan's floundering attempts to declare a winner of its presidential election inched forward on Thursday with a deal allowing an audit of all votes to restart, but the United Nations warned of the risk of further delays. Alleged fraud during the June 14 election has plunged the country into a...
  • US weapons for Afghans may end up with Taliban: audit July 28, 2014

    Washington: Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said on Monday. The United States also had delivered more weapons than Afghan forces now needed, partly...
  • Three foreign advisers killed in suicide attack near Kabul airport July 22, 2014

    Kabul: A Taliban suicide bomber detonated himself on Tuesday outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police said. The nationalities of the foreign advisers were not immediately clear. The explosion comes days after one of the most audacious militant attacks in a year on the airport, which...
  • US lawmakers still questioning Afghanistan drawdown July 19, 2014

    Washington: The Afghan election crisis and unravelling of Iraq have lawmakers and regional allies thinking US President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all US troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016. The White House says Afghanistan is a different situation from Iraq, mired in sectarian violence...
  • Malala in Nigeria, pledges to help free girls July 14, 2014

    Abuja: Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to help free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants. On Sunday, Malala met parents of the more than 200 girls who...
  • Taliban survivor Malala in Nigeria, pledges to help free girls July 13, 2014

    Abuja: Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, has pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to help free a group of school girls abducted by Islamist militants. On Sunday, 16yearold Malala met with parents of the more...
  • 11 Afghan security force members killed in attacks July 13, 2014

    Kabul: Insurgent attacks across Afghanistan have killed 11 Afghan security force members, authorities said on Sunday, as a suicide car bomb attack wounded three NATO troops. The deadliest attacks happened overnight in Afghanistan's eastern Laghman province, when insurgents raided Afghan police and army checkpoints in Aliangar district, said Sarhadi Zwak spokesman...
  • EU urges Afghanistan to probe fraud in presidential poll July 9, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union (EU) Tuesday called on the Afghanistan authorities to properly investigate the "serious" allegations of fraud in presidential election. "We note the publication of the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential election in Afghanistan and the fact that these results are subject to further audits,"...
  • Abdullah claims victory as Afghan election crisis deepens July 8, 2014

    Kabul: Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory on Tuesday in Afghanistan's disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind in preliminary results as fears rise of instability and ethnic unrest. Abdullah told a rally of thousands of rowdy supporters in Kabul that he would fight on to win the presidency, but...
  • Ghani's Afghan election win engulfed in fraud dispute July 8, 2014

    Kabul: Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan's presidential election, according to preliminary results on Monday, but his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the outcome as "a coup against the will of the people". Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed Ghani...