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Taliban tighten hold on Afghan city despite US airstrikes

...a strategic northern city fell to the Taliban, the insurgents fanned out in full force...warplanes carried out two airstrikes on Taliban positions, but government ground troops...airstrikes were unlikely as "all the Taliban are inside the city and so are all the...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-09-30/taliban-tighten-hold-afghan-
Nation and World
Key Afghan city falls to Taliban in major government setback

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban captured the strategic northern Afghan...richest and the target of repeated Taliban offensives as the militants spread...leaders and raising the white flag of the Taliban movement, residents reported.More...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-09-29/key-afghan-city-falls-taliba
Nation and World
Afghanistan finds only 36 percent view country positively

...and the country's economy amid an escalating war with the Taliban and rising unemployment, a survey released on Tuesday showed...Ashraf Ghani has been faced with a stepped-up war by the Taliban seeking to topple the government.The poll found that more...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-11-18/afghanistan-finds-only-36-pe
Nation and World
Taliban confirm death, choose successor

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader...group's 14-year insurgency.The Afghan Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, chose...Akhtar Mansoor, as its new leader, two Taliban figures told The Associated Press...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-31/taliban-confirm-death-choose-successo
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Afghan government holds direct talks with Taliban

...Afghan officials are holding talks with Taliban representatives in the Pakistani capital...after repeated informal meetings between Taliban and government representatives, most...war against the insurgency waged by the Taliban since their ouster in the 2001 U.S...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-08/afghan-government-holds-direct-talks-
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KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban have overrun a district in northern...spokesman for the provincial governor. The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid emailed...Darqad began at dawn Wednesday. Two Taliban fighters were killed, he said, as...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-10-29
Nation and World
US commander says Afghans requested US airstrike in Kunduz

...Afghan forces who reported being under Taliban fire requested the U.S. airstrike that...airstrike was then called to eliminate the Taliban threat and several civilians were accidentally...On Saturday, Afghan officials said Taliban fighters were in the hospital at the time...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-10-06/us-commander-says-afghans-re
Nation and World
Bergdahl describes Taliban captivity

...he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape...infantry unit. He was held for nearly five years by Taliban militants.Taliban spokesmen could not be immediately reached for comment...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-06-09/bergdahl-describes-taliban-captivity
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The Taliban has a long-term strategy

The Taliban's on-again, off-again approach to...for example, an impostor posing as a top Taliban emissary seeking to initiate a peace process...Hamid Karzai to initiate talks with the Taliban, was blown up by a visitor who concealed...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2012-01-11/taliban-has-long-term-strategy
Opinion
Rumors of talks with Taliban are premature

...is expended on rumors of talks with the Taliban. If you believe the tales, Afghan President...brother Qayum) was talking to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar's No. 2 man, Mullah...any talks between U.S. officials and Taliban leaders. A third says the United States...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/042810/opi_626493626.shtml
Opinion

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