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Afghan detainees walk free from jail in push for peace

Released Taliban prisoners greet their relatives after a ceremony in Pul-e-Charkhi jail on the outskirts of Kabul on January 4, 2013. With tears streaming down their rugged faces, scores of Afghan prisoners embraced waiting relatives and walked to freedom -- the latest government move to foster reconciliation after 11 years of war. The 80 men, all wearing white skull caps, were released on Friday at a ceremony held inside Pul-e-Charkhi, Afghanistan's largest prison located on dusty flat lands east of the capital Kabul. AFP / MASSOUD HOSSAINI

With tears streaming down their faces, scores of suspected Afghan militants embraced waiting relatives and walked to freedom — just one sign of increasing attempts at reconciliation after 11 years of war.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Afghan president under lockdown in Kabul attacks—aide

A NATO soldier stands guard at the scene of an attack by Taliban militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 15, 2012. The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks on at least seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting NATO headquarters, the parliament and diplomatic residences. Militants also launched near-simultaneous assaults in three other eastern cities.  AP PHOTO/AHMAD JAMSHID

President Hamid Karzai was moved to a safe area and his palace went into lockdown as Kabul was hit Sunday by a wave of attacks including a failed attempt to target one of his deputies, officials said.

Posted: April 15th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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