March 15, 2012
The Taliban militant group says it is suspending talks with the United States. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement Thursday that the United States kept changing the terms of the negotiations. Mujahid says that the Taliban only wanted to discuss prisoner transfers and the establishment of a political office in Qatar, but U.S. negotiators wanted to broaden the discussion. Mujahid says they did not want the Afghan government included in the talks.
February 26, 2012
I enjoy reading Leonard Pitts columns, he is a very thought provoking writer, but the other week he wrote a column titled “Marines' ignorance should alarm us all,” which I found a little disturbing. In this piece, he discusses two incidents which he suggests puts on display the ignorance of the Marines. The first incident involves a group of Marines seen displaying a flag which resembles the notorious Nazi SS organization. This picture was taken in Afghanistan in 2010. Jewish officials renounced this incident as “beyond the pale,” and Pitts accuses the Marines of being ignorant of our history and the symbolism of the Nazi flag.
July 5, 2011
Sharia law is nothing to be scared of To the editor: Are you concerned about sharia law? If you are, you should read the article in the June 13 USA Today, written by Amy Sullivan. She starts with the following statement: "If you are not vitally concerned about the possibility of radical Muslims infiltrating the U.S. government and establishing a Taliban style theocracy, then you are not a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination. " Why does sharia scare people so much?
October 27, 2009
KABUL (AP) -- Eight American troops were killed in two separate insurgent attacks Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, making October the deadliest month of the war for U.S. forces since the 2001 invasion to oust the Taliban. In one of the insurgent assaults, seven Americans were killed while patrolling in armored vehicles, U.S. forces spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Vician said. He said an Afghan civilian died in the same attack. The eighth American was killed in a separate attack elsewhere in the south, also while patrolling in a military vehicle, he said.
August 7, 2009
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who led a violent campaign of suicide attacks and assassinations against the Pakistani government, has been killed in a U.S. missile strike, a militant commander and aide to Mehsud said Friday. Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad that intelligence showed Mehsud had been killed in Wednesday's missile strike on his father-in-law's house in Pakistan's lawless tribal area, but authorities would travel to the site to verify his death.
July 2, 2009
NAWA, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Marines hiked through searing heat and took fire from small pockets of militants Thursday after landing in this Taliban-controlled southern region of tree-lined fields, mud homes and crisscrossing waterways in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize Afghanistan. Elsewhere, the U.S. military announced that insurgents were believed to have captured an American soldier missing in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday. The missing soldier was not involved in Operation Khanjar, or "Strike of the Sword," under way in southern Afghanistan.
May 4, 2009
Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail. Last week there were three poll questions. The first question was: Should the United States take action to ensure the Taliban does not take over Pakistan? o "Time for other nations to step up and help! If a country becomes a threat to the world, let the world help out!