‘American Taliban’ released from prison

John Walker Lindh, the California man who took up arms for the Taliban before 9/11, is out of prison after more than 17 years. (May 23)

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Walker Lindh indicted on 10 counts

He was charged with being a terrorist trained by al Qaeda who conspired with the Taliban against Americans, Attorney General John Ashcroft said at a press conference on February 5, 2002.

Women seek voice in Afghan peace talks

Afghan women are demanding a strong voice in peace talks between the government and the Taliban but are so far meeting resistance. (April 29)

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Afghan govt, US & intl forces responsible for more civilian deaths than militant forces – UN report

More Afghan civilians are being killed by US and pro-government forces than by the Taliban and other insurgents, the UN reports, 18 years after US military involvement in the country began.

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More civilians killed by US, Afghan forces than by insurgents:UN

Afghan civilians are for the first time being killed in greater numbers by US and pro-government forces than by the Taliban and other insurgent groups, a UN report reveals.

Poppies bloom across Afghanistan as drought eases

Afghanistan is the world’s top grower of opium, and the crop accounts for hundreds of thousands of jobs. Farmers grow poppies with impunity, as both Taliban and government officials often profit from the lucrative trade.

Victims of Kabul blast arrive at hospital

Victims of a mortar attack on a large ceremony attended by Afghanistan’s chief executive and other leading government figures arrive at hospital. The Kabul attack killed three people and injured 22 others and represents a major security breach and marks a resumption of violence in the capital after weeks of calm amid ongoing peace talks between the US and Taliban in Doha. IMAGES of victims being taken to the hospital

Taliban encouraged about latest round of talks

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said in Doha on Tuesday that the withdrawal of foreign forces is a core issue in the talks aimed at ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan. (Feb. 26)

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Afghan trailblazer describes confronting Taliban

Fawzia Koofi was hesitant to face the Taliban militants who jailed her husband, threatened to stone her for wearing nail polish, and — when she became a high-profile MP and women’s rights champion — tried to assassinate her. But the politician and mother of two daughters could not refuse a rare invitation to travel to Moscow earlier this month and stand before her oppressors to declare that Taliban misogyny and prejudice would never again take root in Afghanistan.

Afghans talk about lives under Taliban control

As the US and the Taliban seek an end to 17 years of grinding conflict in Afghanistan, Afghans fleeing their homes under Taliban controlled areas speak about their experiences there.