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Al Qaeda militants killed in drone strike in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A drone strike in Pakistan this week killed three al Qaeda operatives who ran a training camp in neighboring Afghanistan to prepare militants for attacks including this week's jail break in Pakistan, a Taliban commander said on Wednesday. Full story

Taliban jailbreak prompts fears of more attacks on Pakistan prisons

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani authorities moved some of their most notorious militant inmates after an intelligence warning of an imminent jailbreak but a Taliban raid this week has raised fears about the security of all Pakistani prisons. Full story

Afghan forces will need help after NATO mission ends: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghan forces will require significant support from the U.S. military and its allies after the NATO combat mission ends next year, according to a new Pentagon report implicitly warning against a "zero option" of total withdrawal. Full story

Pakistan president elected as insecurity threatens

Pakistani lawmakers elected a textiles magnate Tuesday to be the next president of a country plagued by Islamic extremism, only hours after Taliban militants launched a mass prison break freeing hundreds of inmates. Full story

U.S. Army won't bar contractors linked to Afghan insurgents: watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has refused to bar 43 individuals or companies from getting U.S. contracts in Afghanistan despite information that they support the Taliban or other enemies of U.S. forces, a government watchdog said on Tuesday. Full story

Afghan women's rights at risk in peace process: U.N. watchdog

GENEVA (Reuters) - Women's rights in Afghanistan risk being further undermined in the fragile country's peace process due to entrenched patriarchal attitudes, a United Nations watchdog warned on Monday. Full story

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  The Taliban’s letter to Malala

The letter sent by a  Taliban commander  attempts to justify the shooting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzi and urges her return to Pakistan. ITV’s Nina Nannar reports.

  Watchdog warns about waste in Afghanistan

As the U.S. prepares to leave Afghanistan, the Pentagon is  trying to strengthen the Afghan military by providing new aircraft. But a government watchdog is warning that this may prove to be a huge waste of taxpayer money. NBC’s Lisa Myers reports.

  Malala, Pakistan shooting survivor, stands strong for women’s rights

Less than a year after being brutally attacked by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai spoke at the United Nations Friday about girls’ right to an education.  NBC’s Amna Nawaz reports.

  UN Honors Malala Yousafzai on 16th birthday

The United Nations declared Friday to be “Malala Day” in honor of Malala Yousafzai’s 16th birthday. The teen was shot in the head by the Taliban last year and now works to promote education for girls in Pakistan.

  Teen shot by Taliban delivers powerful message to the UN

Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai spoke to the U.N. on Friday about the shooting and reaffirmed her position that she would not be silenced by them for her cause. NBC's Amna Nawaz reports.

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Burnt rooms inside a prison are seen following a Taliban attack in Dera Ismail Khan
Burnt rooms inside a prison are seen following a Taliban attack in Dera Ismail Khan

Burnt rooms inside a prison are seen following a Taliban attack in Dera Ismail Khan July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Policemen and Ranger soldiers stand outside a prison following a Taliban attack in Dera Ismail Khan
Policemen and Ranger soldiers stand outside a prison following a Taliban attack in Dera Ismail Khan

Policemen and Ranger soldiers stand outside a prison following a Taliban attack in Dera Ismail Khan July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

A plainclothes police officer takes a photo with his mobile phone of a damaged gate of center jail caused by Taliban militants
A plainclothes police officer takes a photo with his mobile phone of a damaged gate of center jail caused by Taliban militants

A plainclothes police officer takes a photo with his mobile phone of a damaged gate of center jail caused by Taliban militants attacked, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan. Dozens of Taliban militants armed with guns, grenades and bombs attacked a prison in northwest Pakistan, free

An injured Pakistani policeman lies on a bed at a hospital following an overnight armed Taliban militant attack
An injured Pakistani policeman lies on a bed at a hospital following an overnight armed Taliban militant attack

An injured Pakistani policeman lies on a bed at a hospital following an overnight armed Taliban militant attack on the Central Prison in Dera Ismail Khan, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on July 30, 2013. Taliban insurgents freed hundreds of prisoners including hardline militants in a brazen assault