Tag: terrorism

Taliban Commander Who Led Attack on Afghan City Was Released From Prison Last Year, Officials Say

KABUL—The Taliban commander overseeing an assault on the key southern city of Lashkargah is one of 5,000 former prisoners released by the Afghan government last...

U.S. Expands Refugee Program for Afghans Amid Rise in Violence

The U.S. will make it easier for more Afghans to apply to come to the country as refugees, the State Department said Monday, following a...

Israel pushes for UN action against Iran over deadly ship attack

Israel is pressing for international action against Iran over a deadly attack on a ship managed by an Israeli billionaire, branding Tehran an “exporter of...

Hong Kong Protester, First to Be Sentenced Under China’s National Security Law, Gets Nine Years

HONG KONG—The first person convicted under the national-security law imposed by Beijing was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday, in a case closely watched...

U.S. Combat Role in Iraq to End This Year, Biden Says

WASHINGTON—President Biden said the U.S. combat mission in Iraq would conclude by the end of 2021, but the U.S. military would continue to work with...

U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes in Afghanistan as Taliban Offensive Nears Kandahar

The U.S. has stepped up airstrikes in southern Afghanistan amid growing apprehension over a Taliban offensive threatening Kandahar, the country’s second-largest city and spiritual capital...

U.S. Expands Efforts to Relocate Afghans at Risk of Taliban Vengeance

WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is preparing to house as many as 35,000 Afghan interpreters and family members at two American bases, in Kuwait and in Qatar,...

Terrorism compounds twin problems of violence against humanitarian personnel, lack of accountability: India at UN

Terrorism compounds the twin problems of violence against humanitarian personnel and lack of accountability and sanctioning those responsible for violating humanitarian law should have wider...

Biden Defends Afghan Pullout, Sets Evacuation for Translators

WASHINGTON—President Biden said the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan is on track to end on Aug. 31, arguing that the U.S. had achieved the objectives...

One Night Inside Nigeria’s Kidnapping Emergency: Abducted Babies, Schoolchildren and Hospital Workers

A single night this week revealed the terrifying scope of Nigeria’s kidnapping emergency. Shortly after midnight on Monday in the northwestern state of Kaduna, gunmen...

A Generation of Afghan Professionals Flees Ahead of Taliban Advance

KABUL—Afghanistan’s professional class of men and women, part of a generation that came of age under the shield of the U.S. military, are weighing the...

Taliban Find New Revenues as They Seize Afghanistan’s U.S.-Built Border Gateway

KABUL—The Taliban have gained a lucrative new source of income, taking over the main trade gateway into Tajikistan, and beginning to collect customs revenues, as...

Taliban Fighters Advance After U.S. Closes Main Afghan Base

KABUL—Taliban fighters have moved to take control of dozens of new districts in Afghanistan in recent days, after the U.S. last week closed its operations...

Possible use of weaponised drones for terrorism calls for serious attention: India at United Nations

The possibility of the use of weaponised drones for terrorist activities against strategic and commercial assets calls for serious attention by the global community, India...

Iran-Backed Militias Fire Rockets in New Attack Aimed at U.S. Forces

U.S. troops in northeast Syria came under rocket fire Monday night after Iran-backed militias vowed revenge for U.S. airstrikes earlier that day in Iraq and...

Macron, Le Pen Stumble in France’s Regional Elections Amid Resurgence of Establishment Parties

PARIS—The centrist ranks of President Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen’s far-right party both failed to notch victories in France’s regional elections Sunday as voters...

Three Killed in Knife Attack in Germany

Three people were killed and several seriously hurt Friday in a southern German town after they were attacked by a Somali man with a history...

France’s Macron Pushes Controls on Religion to Pressure Mosques

PARIS—President Emmanuel Macron is redrawing the line that separates religion and state, in a battle to force Islamic organizations into the mold of French secularism....

Terrorist Attacks, Immigration Debates Push French Voters Rightward, Boosting Le Pen

L’ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE, France—Wedged between river tributaries in southeastern France, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is known for its cobblestone streets and its sun-dappled outdoor market. But ahead of local elections...

Taliban Advances Test Afghan Forces’ Morale as the U.S. Leaves

KABUL—Every few hours this weekend, the Taliban released videos of triumphant insurgents inspecting yet another Afghan district headquarters that had been lost in battle by...

Israel-Hamas Tensions High as Gaza Militants Launch More Flaming Balloons

TEL AVIV—Palestinian militants in Gaza launched more flaming balloons into Israel on Wednesday, as a new round of violence between Israel and Hamas entered a...

Israeli Nationalists March in Jerusalem as Hamas Calls for Confrontation

JERUSALEM—Israeli police fired rubber bullets at Palestinians trying to disrupt a right-wing nationalist march in Jerusalem, while Hamas militants launched incendiary balloons into Israel and...

Russian Court Strikes Blow at Alexei Navalny’s Network

MOSCOW—A Russian court declared the opposition network of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as extremist in a move that bans the groups, the Kremlin’s most definitive...

The Taliban Say They’ve Changed. On the Ground, They’re Just as Brutal.

KANDAHAR—During a recent trip, Kamaluddin visited a barbershop to obtain the illicit pleasures of clean-shaven cheeks and a fashionable mustache. But the shopkeeper, 25 years...

Inside the Israel-Hamas Conflict and One of Its Deadliest Hours in Gaza

GAZA CITY—Before 1 a.m., Zainab Al-Kolak’s apartment started to shake as bombs thudded into her Gaza neighborhood. She and her family ran downstairs to seek...