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Pakistan: Militants Must Surrender Weapons Before Peace Talks

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s interior minister says the government is willing to enter into peace talks with militants if they lay down their weapons. Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters Tuesday in the southwestern city of Quetta that the government had received messages from “extremist elements” for reconciliation and dialogue. He refused to elaborate on those messages or […]

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Pakistan: No Peace Talks with Taliban Unless Insurgents Surrender Weapons

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say Taliban insurgents must first lay down their weapons if they are to engage in peace talks with the government. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Tuesday that his government has received messages from unidentified members of the Islamist insurgent group suggesting they are willing to hold peace negotiations. But Malik said the […]

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NATO Kills Taliban Commander Linked to Helicopter Crash

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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NATO says a joint Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban commander who was the target of an earlier operation in which 38 troops were killed in a helicopter crash. The alliance says Qari Tahir was killed in an air strike Tuesday in Wardak province in central Afghanistan. NATO says Tahir was the Taliban’s […]

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US Ambassador Vows Not to Abandon Afghanistan

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, has promised not to abandon the war-torn country, saying to do so would be unacceptable. In an interview with a VOA correspondent in Kabul on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York and Washington, Crocker said that to […]

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US Ambassador Vows Not to Abandon Afghanistan

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, has promised not to abandon the war-torn country, saying to do so would be unacceptable. In an interview with a VOA correspondent in Kabul on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York and Washington, Crocker said that to […]

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Taliban Vows to Send US to ‘Dustbin of History’

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 5:36 pm (UTC-5)
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The Taliban on Saturday lashed out at Washington, calling the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan “a permanent stigma on the face of Western democracy.” The Taliban statement also warned the U.S. that the Afghan people have an “endless stamina for war” and that the group will send America to “the dustbin of history.” It accused […]

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Taliban Vow to Send US to ‘Dustbin of History’

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 10:06 am (UTC-5)
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The Taliban is lashing out at the United States, calling the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan “a permanent stigma on the face of Western democracy.” Saturday’s statement from the Taliban also warns the U.S. that the Afghan people have an “endless stamina for war” and says the Taliban will send America to “the dustbin of history.” […]

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Pakistani Taliban Release Video of Police Execution

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Pakistani Taliban has released a graphic video purportedly showing militants executing 16 Pakistani police officers who were captured in the country’s northwest last month. The video, which was posted on a website, shows the tribal police officers, wearing traditional baggy shirt and pants , lined up with their hands tied behind their backs. The […]

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Taliban Tape Execution of Pakistani Police

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan officials say the Taliban has released a graphic video of the insurgents executing 16 Pakistani policemen. The video shows the police lined up with their hands tied behind their backs. A militant is shouting at them. One of the insurgents accuses the police of killing six children. Then the insurgents open fire on the […]

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UN Lifts Sanctions Against 14 Ex-Taliban

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has removed 14 former Taliban members from its sanctions list. The de-listing, announced Friday, is seen as key to getting the insurgent group to participate in peace talks with the Afghan government. Kabul had urged the U.N. sanctions committee to take off the list a number of former Taliban members […]

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