May 9th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Is Taliban or al Qaeda more dangerous?

Does the Taliban or al Qaeda pose a greater threat in a post-bin Laden world? CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

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May 3rd, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Clinton to Taliban: 'Abandon al Qaeda'

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quick to suggest that the death of Osama bin Laden offered a unique opportunity for a wider settlement in a region riven by warfare and insurgency.

"Our message to the Taliban remains the same," she said Monday. "You cannot wait us out, you cannot defeat us, but you can make the choice to abandon al Qaeda and participate in a peaceful political process."

That has been a long-cherished ambition of U.S. foreign policy - to delink the "good" Taliban from the "bad" Taliban and al Qaeda as a way of bringing peace to Afghanistan. As Clinton put in a speech to the Asia Society in February, the Holy Grail was to "split the weakened Taliban off from al Qaeda and reconcile those who will renounce violence and accept the Afghan constitution."

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Afghanistan recaptures 65 inmates; hundreds at large after escape
Monday's breakout was the second at the prison in the past three years: As many as 1,000 inmates escaped in 2008.
April 26th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

Afghanistan recaptures 65 inmates; hundreds at large after escape

Afghan authorities said Tuesday they have recaptured 65 of the more than 400 inmates who slipped out of a southern Afghanistan prison a day earlier through a nearly quarter-mile tunnel dug beneath the compound.

A massive search operation continues to find the others - many of them insurgent fighters, said the Kandahar governor's office.

The Taliban issued a statement taking responsibility for the escape from the prison in Kandahar, the Taliban's birthplace. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed said digging the tunnel took five months. The escape took four and a half hours, he said.

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April 25th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

NATO: Hundreds tunnel out of Afghan jail

More than 400 prisoners escaped early Monday from a jail in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for facilitating the escape and said 541 prisoners fled. The NATO0-led International Security Assistance Force said the number was closer to 470.

Waheed Omer, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, called the mass prisoner escape "bad news and a disaster."

It was the second mass escape from the prison.

In June 2008, up to 1,000 prisoners - almost half of them Taliban members - escaped after militants detonated a large truck bomb against the side of the compound.

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March 29th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Taliban militants capture remote Afghan district

Taliban militants captured a remote district in northeastern Afghanistan early Monday, officials said.

The militants took over the Waygal district in Nuristan province after a clash with police, said Mohammad Farooq, the security director of the province.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said the entire district was under Taliban control.

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Afghan police say Taliban kidnap 50, including officers
Afghan National Army soldiers ride in the back of a truck in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on March 23.
March 28th, 2011
10:55 AM ET

Afghan police say Taliban kidnap 50, including officers

Taliban fighters kidnapped 50 people - including police officers - in northeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, police said.

The officers were among a group of people in four vehicles traveling in the Chapa Dara district, said Kunar province Police Chief Khalilullah Zaiyee.

The captured were unarmed and on leave, he said.

A Taliban spokesman said there were no civilians among the group captured.

"We have got documents and evidence that shows all the 50 captured people are policemen and they have also (confessed) during the investigations too," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told CNN.

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March 8th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

Taliban claims responsibility for deadly attack

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly attack in Punjab province.

At least 24 people - mostly civilians - were killed and 105 others were wounded when a bomb went off at a compressed natural gas station Tuesday, officials said.
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February 25th, 2011
02:19 PM ET

Inside an Afghan bank massacre

CNN's Phil Black reports on a Taliban-led massacre in an Afghan bank.

February 15th, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Feds: Seven men charged with conspiring to supply Taliban

Seven men, including two Americans, have been charged for allegedly conspiring to sell surface-to-air missiles and cocaine to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement released Monday. FULL POST

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February 1st, 2011
05:55 PM ET

U.S. commander: Spring to bring new tactics by Taliban

A recent lull in Taliban resistance will not last, says a top commander who adds that come spring, the insurgents will be back on the offensive in Afghanistan, perhaps with assassination teams.

Despite the dismal prediction by the number-two American commander in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez painted a positive picture of American and international war efforts there, but warned the Taliban will be back on the offensive when spring arrives. FULL POST