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Afghanistan peace talks on hold amid Taliban turmoil

Afghan Taliban announces that Mullah Akhtar Mansoor will be group's new leader, confirming death of founder Mullah Omar.

Former Soviet Officer Accused of Being Taliban Fighter Goes on Trial in US

A jury was selected on Thursday ahead of the unprecedented trial of a former Soviet army officer accused of fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan, which is taking place in a Virginia US District Court.

U.S.-Taliban Fight Goes On, So Guantánamo Detainee Stays, Court Says

4 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

A judge found that an accused Taliban fighter may still be held even if the administration considers the United States’ war in Afghanistan to be over.

Judge Cites ACA 'Tax' Debate in Refusal to Release Gitmo Detainee

From the status of the U.S. conflict in Afghanistan to whether the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is a tax or a penalty, the "government may not always say what it means or mean what it says," a federal district judge in Washington said on Thursday.       

First Openly Gay Navy SEAL Says He Feared Anti-Gay CIA Workers Would Kill Him in Explosive Complaint Against Agency

7 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

An openly gay former Navy SEAL has filed an explosive, internal complaint alleging anti-gay harassment while on a CIA work assignment in Afghanistan last month. Brett Jones, the author of “Pride: The Story of the First Openly Gay Navy...Show More Summary

No Warlords Need Apply: A Call for Credible Peacemaking in Afghanistan

This blog was co-authored by Buddy Bell. A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July, 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a cease-fire. Show More Summary

Death of Mullah Muhammed Omar Confirmed

Taliban leader Mullah Muhammed Omar is dead. According to Afghanistan, he died two years ago in a Pakistani hospital. As the supreme religious figure in Afghanistan, he commanded allegiance from all Taliban and foreign fighters, including Osama... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Former Navy SEAL Alleges Anti-Gay Bullying by CIA Workers

A former Navy SEAL has filed an internal complaint alleging the CIA bullied him for being gay during a work assignment in June in Afghanistan.

The Taliban Names New Leader as It Distances Itself From Peace Talks

10 hours agoNews : Vice News

VICE News is covering the ongoing fight for the future of Afghanistan. Click here for more from the Enduring Freedom blog. The Taliban distanced itself from ongoing peace talks with the Afghan government Thursday, amid reports that it has named a successor to deceased leader Mullah Omar. Show More Summary

Brandon Garrison phony busted by mates

Bobo sends us a link to Kansas City Fox 4 which tells the story of Brandon Garrison who has been playing the victim of his deployment to Afghanistan for years. He has benefited from receiving a free home and a free service dog. He has done interviews graveside of people he claimed to try and […]

What Mohammad Omar took from Afghanistan that can never be returned

15 hours agoNews : BlogPost

The late Taliban leader Mohammad Omar played a major role in history. By giving Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda haven after they were expelled from Sudan in 1996, Omar hosted the organization and its leader as they planned the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York. When Omar refused to give up bin […]

Afghan Taliban pick new leader; future of peace talks is murky

17 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

The confirmation of former Afghanistan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar's death reverberated Thursday as the insurgent group reportedly selected a new leader but signaled growing dissension over peace talks with the Afghan government.

We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

20 hours agoNews : Truthdig

In the first half of 2015, violence by both the Taliban and the U.S. has risen sharply and Islamic State has emerged as a new and dangerous player. Once again, ordinary Afghans are the victims.

Taliban capture district in Afghanistan's Helmand province

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban have captured a district in the southern province of Helmand that foreign troops struggled to secure for years, in the latest setback for Afghan government forces now largely battling the militants on their own.

Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ago.

Why Taliban leader Mullah Omar was one of world's most-wanted fugitives

Afghanistan authorities say Mullah Mohammed Omar, the one-eyed figurehead of the Taliban, has been dead for more than two years

Taliban leader Mullah Omar reported dead

Mullah Omar, the head of the Taliban in Afghanistan, was reported dead by the Afghanistan government

How Death of Taliban’s Mullah Omar Could Boost ISIS in Afghanistan

Michael Kugelman: Assuming Mullah Omar has died, the implications are immense. He was not just the leader of a militant organization. He has been a deeply influential figure well beyond the Taliban.

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