US military interpreter in Greece after fleeing from the Taliban (vid)

Barkatshah, a refugee in Greece, worked as a US military interpreter in Afghanistan. Forced to flee after the Taliban threatened to kill him, he was refused refuge by the United States. He told AJ+:

“The Taliban warned me like, hey, ‘Quit the job with the infidels or we’re going to cut your head off.”

Explosion shatters windows of sitting Afghan parliament, gunfire heard

A loud explosion rocked the Afghan parliament and shattered windows on June 22 as members were in session and gunfire was heard shortly afterwards. 

Television was broadcasting live from the building in the west of the capital, Kabul, when the explosion struck and lawmakers were seen leaving the building. 

Taliban announce plans to ramp up attacks in Afghanistan

The Afghan Taliban announced the start of its annual spring offensive on April 22, warning it would ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials as well as military targets.

"If the foreign occupiers really want to relieve themselves from this nuisance of fighting, they should immediately withdraw," the Taliban said in a statement.