US-Pakistani interrogation of the Afghanistan Taliban's No. 2 Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar are yielding useful intelligence, the US says. Militants say they want his release or they will kill three hostages, including a British filmmaker and two former Pakistani intelligence officials.
A zookeeper holds the beak of a Caribbean flamingo at Chester Zoo in northern England on March 29. The zoo's 87 flamingos are being measured, weighed, and microchipped for the first time in a decade as part of a check-up.
Often portrayed as mindless fanatics, the sophistication of Taliban military tactics in the Afghanistan war have impressed US military officials.
Twin suicide bomb attacks killed 45 in Lahore on Friday, the fifth attack this week in Pakistan, as militants show ability to strike despite recent wave of arrests and killings of top Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders.
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AMINE EL KHALIFI. An artist's courtroom sketch shows Amine El Khalifi, an illegal immigrant from Morocco, as he is brought before a judge in the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., on Feb. 17, 2012. El Khalifi, who lives in Alexandria, was arrested near the US Capitol wearing a vest he believed was full of Al Qaeda-supplied explosives and is charged in an attempted suicide bombing of Congress, the Justice Department said. He had been given the gun and the explosives in the suicide vest by the FBI in a sting operation. The explosives and gun had been rendered inoperable and posed no danger to the public.
Pakistan cricket slapped star players Younis Khan and Mohammad Yusuf with a lifetime ban from the national team on Wednesday, angering many of the cricket-crazy nation's fans.
The Afghanistan Taliban is under pressure with 7 of 15 members of its top leadership council, the Quetta Shura, recently arrested. But still in place are senior leaders who might step up and other senior Taliban councils responsible for different parts of the country.
Pakistani officials arrested half the Afghan Taliban leadership – 7 of 15 members of the Quetta Shura Taliban - including the Taliban commander in charge of stopping the US troop surge in southern Afghanistan. What is the Quetta Shura and why might these arrests be critical to the war in Afghanistan?
MONITOR EXCLUSIVE: Pakistan officials told the Monitor they have arrested nearly half – 7 of 15 – members of the Afghan Taliban's senior leadership council in recent days, including the Taliban head of military operations in Afghanistan.