Tag: Taliban

In Nigeria, Female Suicide Bombers Are a Terrorist Group’s Hidden Weapon

A woman held a baby as she detonated a bomb over the weekend in northern Nigeria, killing them both and at least half a dozen others, the local authorities said, putting an abrupt end to a rare lull in the violence that has plagued the region for over a decade. She was joined by two […]

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Qaeda Commander at Guantánamo Bay Sentenced for War Crimes

A U.S. military jury on Thursday ordered a former Qaeda commander to a serve a 30-year prison sentence for war crimes carried out by his insurgent forces in wartime Afghanistan in the early 2000s. The military judge excused the panel from the chamber and then announced that, under a plea agreement, the prisoner’s sentence would […]

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Rare Battlefield War Crimes Case Reaches Sentencing Phase at Guantánamo Bay

Twenty years ago, when the Eggers family of Cape Coral, Fla., got the devastating news that their eldest son had been killed in Afghanistan, they did what Gold Star families do. They buried him at Arlington National Cemetery. They listened as an Army priest described his last battlefield confession. They mourned with President George W. […]

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Putin, at Economic Forum, Again Talks About Nuclear War

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Friday that even the combined arsenals of Europe and the United States would be no match for Russia’s in a nuclear confrontation, but that “I hope this is never going to happen.” He reasoned that Moscow’s supremacy in the Ukraine war has made that grim scenario unlikely. […]

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Who Was Abdul Raziq?

I first heard about Abdul Raziq in early 2009, when I was a young freelance journalist newly arrived in southern Afghanistan. By chance, I had befriended two drug smugglers who told me that a powerful police commander in the area was helping them ship two metric tons of opium to Iran each month. Raziq, I […]

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America’s Monster

The convoy rumbled into the Taliban heartland, a white desert littered with stones. Over the loudspeakers at the local mosque, the Afghan police officers ordered everyone to gather: The commander was here. Dozens assembled in the mud square to listen as Abdul Raziq, one of America’s most important partners in the war against the Taliban, […]

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Flooding Kills Dozens in Afghanistan

Heavy seasonal rains have set off flash floods across Afghanistan, killing at least 50 people in one province, leaving 100 more missing and displacing thousands of others on Friday, officials said. The flood’s toll in the northern province of Baghlan, which appeared to have suffered the worst devastation on Friday, was likely to rise, said […]

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We Still Haven’t Figured Out How to Beat ISIS

For all of the counterterrorism wins that the United States has had in its fight against the Islamic State — and there have been many — we still have not figured out how to defeat it. A terrorist attack targeting a concert hall in the Russian capital of Moscow on March 22 killed more than […]

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