Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar's lead role in peace talks with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is considered significant because of his stature within the Taliban, which controls or holds sway over nearly half of Afghanistan.
Nearly 3,000 people died when hijacked planes slammed into the original World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Fifteen of the 19 attackers were Saudis.
Almost 3,000 people were killed at New York's World Trade Centre, the deadliest attack on American soil.
The death of Jalaluddin Haqqani is not operationally significant, but the man's life contains within it the story of the last three decades of war in Afghanistan.
Every major stakeholder in Afghanistan is now open to talking to the Taliban. But who exactly is 'the Taliban'?
Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah is expected to give information about his torture at the hands of the CIA, after he was detained following the 2001 Al Qaeda attacks on the United States.
Even if President Obama upholds his promise to veto the bill, the measure may still be signed into law if a majority two-thirds of both the US House and Senate vote to overturn.
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