Afghanistan car bomb
June 22, 2015

Taliban suicide bomber, gunmen attack Afghan parliament

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber struck the entrance to the Afghan parliament on Monday and gunmen tried to storm the heavily guarded compound, setting off a gunbattle with police that left two people dead and at least 30 people wounded as lawmakers were […]

June 17, 2015

The Heat discusses strategy in the fight against ISIL

Kurdish fighters take control of an Islamic State stronghold in Northern Syria, cutting off a key supply route for weapons and foreign fighters. It’s the first major defeat since the militant group was forced out of the Iraqi city of Tikrit in April.

June 1, 2015

Afghanistan philharmonic gives notes of peace

War-torn Afghanistan is taking time to finish its recovery and reconstruction. Music has been taken out of people’s life for a long time under the rule of Taliban. But a special band of musicians are giving the recovering nation something to smile about.

May 27, 2015

The Heat discusses theft, bribery in the US millitary

The United States-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have reportedly cost the U.S. an estimated four trillion dollars. Now we’re learning that tens of millions of dollars were stolen as some members of the U.S. military engaged in criminal activity.

April 15, 2015

Afghan girls going to school despite Taliban

In Afghanistan, young girls are reclaiming their right to an education after decades of war and repression. For five years before the 2001 military invasion that overthrew the Taliban government, women were not allowed outside their homes. Today, a different picture is emerging.

March 26, 2015

The Heat discusses the US-Afghan strategic relationship

It was by most accounts a remarkable visit by Afghanistan’s new president. Out were the days of tension and mistrust between former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the U.S. government. In were words of praise, warm greetings and flexibility by an American President willing to […]

March 23, 2015

At Pentagon, Afghan president thanks US troops

Afghanistan’s president thanked U.S. troops and taxpayers for their sacrifices in nearly 14 years of war, kicking off his visit to Washington with a stop at the Pentagon. He pledged that his impoverished country will not remain a burden to the West.

March 11, 2015

The Heat discusses Syria and strategies

A group of Syrian opposition forces has rejected the UN’s proposal for a temporary ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo. With the crisis threatening the region, refugees spilling into neighboring countries and the Islamic State threatening parts of Syria, does the West need to […]

February 11, 2015

US President wants Congress to approve war on ISIL

U.S. President Barack Obama is asking Congress to approve a new plan to fight ISIL, as Al Qaeda in Iraq continues to morph into the massive terror group, making it stronger. Obama says this plan does not authorize the use of U.S. armed forces in […]

January 18, 2015

NATO shifts interim troops’ focus to Europe

After combat operations in Afghanistan have ended, NATO is shifting its focus to Europe. It is creating a new ultra-rapid-response force; all to deter Russia. CCTV’s Jack Barton reported this story from Brussels.

Somalia Charlie Hebdo Protests
January 17, 2015

Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to roil Muslim world

Many Muslims have expressed disgust at the deadly assault on the famed French magazine, Charlie Hebdo’s Paris office by Islamic extremists who killed 12 people. However, many also remain deeply offended by the magazine’s record of publishing cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad. Those passions were […]

January 16, 2015

The Heat discusses fate of children living in warzones

A recent report by UNICEF found that an estimated 15 million children are caught up in violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. The Heat examines the plight of these children and what can be […]

January 13, 2015

The Heat examines the future of Afghanistan

NATO coalition forces in Afghanistan once numbered around 140,000, with the majority of them American. Today only about 10,000 U.S. troops remain, and half of those will be gone next year as U.S. President Barack Obama fulfills his pledge to end 13 years of combat […]

December 28, 2014

US, NATO mark end of 13-year war in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from U.S.-led combat troops to the country’s own security forces.

December 16, 2014

Differences between extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister and his entire cabinet were in Peshawar city where the Taliban targeted children in a brutal attack. Pakistan’s government is said to be planning a major and serious response. There are air strikes being reported in a remote border region against the […]

November 27, 2014

SAARC Summit concludes with limited success

The South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation, or SAARC, between eight South Asian nations has concluded in Nepal’s capital with limited success and plenty of frustration. CCTV America’s Shweta Bajaj reported this story from Kathmandu.

October 29, 2014

Missouri residents weigh in on US foreign policy

American service members have reported mixed emotions as the last of the coalition bases in Afghanistan are handed over Afghan military. The last two bases, one American, and one British, were turned over to Afghan control last weekend and all NATO combat troops are set […]

Ashraf Ghani
October 6, 2014

The Heat: What does a new presidency mean for US-Afghan relations?

After a tense year-long election process, Afghanistan finally has a new president: Ashraf Ghani. He will share power with runner-up Abdullah Abdullah. Will the former rival candidates be able to put aside their differences and work together? Afghanistan has also signed a security agreement with […]

September 10, 2014

A bit of Iraq policy ‘deja vu for Obama

U.S President Barack Obama came to office promising to reduce America’s involvement in the Middle East and end wars of the George W. Bush era. But once again, the U.S. is getting more deeply involved in Iraq and possibly Syria.