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Taliban Say They Discussed Prison Swap with US

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

Taliban Leader Arrested in Afghanistan

A top Taliban leader was seized during a military operation in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province Friday, officials said. The operation was carried out jointly by Afghan and coalition security forces, Khaama Press reported. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, in a statement about the operation, said: "An Afghan and coali... more

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