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Detainee Brought From Afghanistan to US for Trial

RICHMOND, Va. — A Russian member of the Taliban made his first appearance in a federal court in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan has been brought to the U.S. for trial. Irek Hamidullan's appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Novak represents the Obama administration's latest attempt to sh... more

Taliban Say They Discussed Prison Swap with US

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Washington has held indirect talks with the Taliban over the possible transfer of five senior Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for a U.S. soldier captured nearly five years ago, a senior Taliban official told The Associated Press. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 27, of Hailey, Idaho, was last seen in a video released ... more

US Citizen Sentenced for Conspiring to Aid Taliban

A federal judge sentenced a U.S. citizen to 25 years in prison for conspiring to sell weapons to the Taliban, the U.S. attorney's office in New York said. The prison sentence for Alwar Pouryan Wednesday came a month after he and a co-defendant were found guilty in a bench trial by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, CNN reported. "Alwar ... more

Taliban Offer to Free US Soldier

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a U.S. army soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture, a senior spokesman for the group said Thursday. The offer follows this week's official opening of a Taliban political office in Doha, the c... more

Official: 27 Taliban Fighters Killed in Afghan Ops

Twenty-seven militants were killed in military operations conducted throughout Afghanistan during a 24-hour period, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday. "In the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, army, National Security Directorate and the NATO-led troops carried out several cleanup operations, killing 27 armed Taliban insurgents," the min... more

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