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Hundreds killed in further Taliban attacks with peace talks ahead

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Increased Taliban attacks are jeopardising the peace process, the Afghan government said on Tuesday after hundreds of security force personnel were killed over the...

Afghanistan, Pakistan take small steps towards repairing rift

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Pakistan and Afghanistan have stepped back from a near-rupture in relations following the murder of an Afghan peace envoy, officials said after...

Plot to kill Afghan president foiled – agency

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Afghanistan's intelligence agency said it had thwarted a plot to assassinate President Hamid Karzai after arresting a bodyguard and five people with...

Sparks fly as US, Pakistan spar over Afghan bloodshed

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The top US military officer accused Pakistani intelligence of backing violence against US targets including the American Embassy in Afghanistan, a stunning...

NATO forces cast Afghan night raid net too wide – report

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Foreign forces fighting in Afghanistan have become more accurate in night-time raids on homes, but they have stepped up the number and...

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 22 in central Afghanistan

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Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 22 people in a bold attack on a governor's compound in central Afghanistan during a security...

Obama honours return of fallen troops from Afghanistan

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President Barack Obama flew to a Delaware air force base to honour the return of the remains of 30 US troops killed...

Two French soldiers killed in Afghanistan and five wounded

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Two French soldiers were killed and five others were wounded in Afghanistan, the French President's office said, bringing to 72 the total...

NATO investigates deadly Afghan helicopter crash

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NATO tried to determine if Taliban insurgents had shot down a troop-carrying helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 38 in the largest loss of...

US drawdown begins in Afghanistan, first troops leave

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The first US troops have left Afghanistan as part of US President Barack Obama's planned drawdown of about a third of the...

Britain to pull 800 troops from Afghanistan – report

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The government will announce this week that it is to withdraw up to 800 troops by the end of next year, according...

Obama weighed military, political risk for Afghan plan

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President Barack Obama's plan for pulling US troops from Afghanistan will intensify risks in the thick of next year's fighting season, but...

NATO air strike kills fighter linked to Afghan hotel attack

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NATO aircraft killed an insurgent leader linked to a deadly hotel attack in the Afghan capital this week, the coalition said a...

Two French journalists freed in Afghanistan

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Two French journalists held hostage in Afghanistan for a year and a half have been freed, President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said. Herve Ghesquiere...

Russia eyes bigger role in Afghanistan

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Russia wants to enlarge its presence in Afghanistan and rebuild the country where Soviet troops fought a disastrous decade-long war, Russia's envoy...

Afghanistan says will deal with IMF crisis after summer holiday

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Afghanistan said it won't be able to address a key International Monetary Fund concern over a looming cash crisis, sparked by a...

France won’t charge reporters, aid workers for rescue

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Journalists and aid workers would be exempted from a proposed bill that could see the state charge kidnapped citizens for rescues if...

Afghan war at critical stage, says Petraeus

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The nine-year war in Afghanistan has reached a critical stage says U.S. General David Petraeus , as he formally took command of...

US forces missed chance to get bin Laden: report

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The US military could have captured or killed Osama bin Laden in 2001 if it had launched a concerted attack on his...