Breakaway Taliban Faction Expresses Support for Peace Talks

Breakaway Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, far right, said May 29 that his faction was willing to hold peace talks with the Afghan government. (AP/Allauddin Khan)

SHINDAND, Afghanistan -- A breakaway Taliban faction is willing to hold peace talks with the Afghan government but will demand the imposition of Islamic law and the departure of all foreign forces, a senior leader of the group said Sunday. Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi told a group of around 200 followers in eastern Afghanistan that his faction had ... more

US Naval, Air Maneuvers Become 'New Normal' in Asia Pacific

An F/A-18E Super Hornet participates in a Pacific Ocean air power demonstration over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in April 2013. (US Navy/Ignacio Perez)

American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the "new normal" in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Moscow. U.S. moves in recent months have led to angry protests from China and Russia, which contend the Obama administration is fueling unrest in the Asia Pacific... more

US Airstrike Kills ISIS Commander in Fallujah

Islamic State group militants wave al-Qaida flags as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)

U.S. airstrikes killed the ISIS commander in Fallujah as Iraqi Security Forces pushed closer to the city about 40 miles west of Baghdad, a U.S. military spokesman said Friday. U.S. artillery at the Iraqi base of Taqqadam west of Fallujah has also been firing to back the advance of a mix of about 20,000 ISF, Iraqi Counter Terrorism Services (CTS... more

Obama Defends His Nuclear Record on Eve of Hiroshima Visit

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive to the Ise Grand Shrine in Ise, Japan during the G-7 Summit on Thursday, May 26, 2016. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

SHIMA, Japan — On the eve of his historic trip to Hiroshima, President Barack Obama is defending the vigor of his efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons. He says he will use his visit to the Japanese memorial site on Friday to underscore "the sense of urgency that we all should have." Obama, who began his administration with an audacious c... more

Tony Blair Says Defeating ISIS Requires 'Proper Ground War'

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair takes part in a discussion on Britain in the World, in London, Tuesday May 24, 2016. (Stefan Rousseau / PA via AP)

LONDON  — The Islamic State group will be defeated only with a ground war involving Western troops, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday. Blair said airstrikes alone wouldn't defeat the militants. Instead, "you are going to have to go and wage a proper ground war against them," with British, American and other Western troops pl... more

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