{FD} American Caitlan Coleman, family leave Pakistan after five years held by militants

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children -- who were freed from a Taliban-affiliated group after five years of captivity -- left Pakistan for an unknown destination on Friday, one day after reports emerged the woman's husband feared being jailed by U.S. authorities.

{FD} US relaxes rules of engagement to help troops in Afghanistan defeat Taliban

The U.S. military has overturned a requirement for its troops to be in contact with enemy forces in Afghanistan before opening fire in a bid to relax the rules of engagement and defeat the Taliban.

How Trump’s Afghanistan strategy was received by Afghan president and Pakistan

President Donald Trump’s comprehensive new strategy to achieve a “lasting peace” in Afghanistan was enthusiastically received Tuesday by the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, which praised the increasing number of U.S. troops in the country as another way to strengthen weakened Afghan forces.

Afghanistan speech: Trump rejects ‘timetables,’ ups pressure on Pakistan, refocuses on ‘killing terrorists’

President Trump outlined a comprehensive new strategy Monday night for achieving a “lasting peace” in Afghanistan – rejecting what he called “arbitrary timetables” for the U.S. troop presence, ratcheting up pressure on Pakistan to stop harboring militants and vowing to refocus the mission on “killing terrorists,” not nation-building.