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Afghan neighbours wary of new refugee crisis as violence surges

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani meets regional leaders for talks in Uzbekistan on Thursday as deteriorating security in his country raises fears of a new...

Taliban fighters storm capital of northwestern Afghan province

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Regional officials in northern Afghanistan said on Wednesday they had recaptured government buildings in a provincial capital after Taliban fighters stormed it overnight, taking...

Afghan civilians take up arms as US-led forces leave

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Gun in hand, 55-year-old Dost Mohammad Salangi recites poetry as he leads a small group of men to a look-out post high in the...

US military days away from completing Afghan withdrawal – sources

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The US military appears just days away from completing its withdrawal from Afghanistan, well ahead of the 11 September deadline set by President Joe...

Taliban say committed to Afghan peace talks, want ‘genuine Islamic system’

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The Taliban said on Sunday they were committed to peace talks, adding they wanted a "genuine Islamic system" in Afghanistan that would make provisions...

Afghan government and Taliban negotiators meet in Doha to discuss peace

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Afghan government and Taliban negotiators met in Qatar's capital Doha this week to discuss the peace process, the first known meeting in weeks after...

Car bombing at Afghan school in Kabul kills 55, injures over...

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Explosions caused by a car bomb and mortarsoutside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killed at least 55 people and wounded...

Taliban launches huge Afghan offensive after deadline for US pullout

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Afghan security forces fought back a huge Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province in the last 24 hours, officials and residents said on Tuesday,...

Four killed in bombing of Afghan government bus, nine die in...

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Four people were killed and nine wounded when a roadside bomb hit a bus carrying Afghan government employees in Kabul on Thursday, while nine...

Afghan air strike hits religious school as Taliban mount attacks, officials...

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An Afghan military air strike targeting Taliban fighters killed at least 12 people, including children, and wounded 14 in an attack that hit a...

US air strikes target Taliban fighters advancing on key Afghan city

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The United States launched air strikes against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, US officials said on Monday, after a large-scale offensive saw...

Attacks surge in northwest Pakistan as Afghan peace effort brings shifting...

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Militants have stepped up attacks on security forces in northwest Pakistan raising fears of a revival of their insurgency and a return of lawlessness...

Afghan government releases 80 of final 400 Taliban prisoners

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The Afghan government has begun releasing the last Taliban prisoners from a final batch of 400 who the militants want freed before they agree...

Afghan president signs off on Taliban prisoner release, peace talks expected...

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday signed a decree to release a final batch of “hardcore” Taliban prisoners demanded by the militants, sources told...

Afghan Taliban kidnap dozens of civilians amid peace efforts, officials say

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Taliban militants kidnapped about 60 civilians in central Afghanistan over the past week, officials said on Sunday, with more than half still being held...

CASSIDIAN supports helicopter missions in Afghanistan

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Cassidian supports the helicopter missions of the German Armed Forces in Afghanistan with a mobile version of its computer-based operations support system...

NATO-backed Afghan militia scheme seen expanded

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A controversial scheme that pays and arms Afghans to defend their villages in areas with a strong insurgent presence is likely to...

Afghanistan’s Karzai extends private security closure

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai scrapped a March 2012 deadline he had set for the closure of private security firms, giving them until...

Afghans must pursue reform, democracy – Clinton

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The United States is ready to support Afghanistan over the long haul but the country must carry through on reforms, take responsibility...

Soldier dismissed for stabbing Afghan boy – report

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A soldier has been dismissed from the army after stabbing a 10-year-old Afghan boy with a bayonet, the Guardian said in a...

Afghans to debate future of U.S. presence, Taliban vow attacks

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About 2,000 Afghan community and political leaders will gather in Kabul under tight security for four days of deliberations on the country's...

Afghan suicide attack kills seven near mosque

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At least seven civilians were killed and 15 others injured when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near a mosque in Baghlan province...

Obama plows on with plans to end Iraq, Afghan wars

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American soldiers in Iraq are packing up military gear and shutting down bases as the United States races to remove all but...

Insurgents attack two foreign bases in Afghan south

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Taliban insurgents armed with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, as well as a suicide car bomber, attacked two bases used by foreign troops...

Afghans rally behind policeman’s rare act of bravery

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Policeman Abdul Sameh drew his gun when he saw a suicide bomber approaching the Kabul base he was paid to protect. They...

Some Afghan ministers have embezzled millions – anti-graft chief

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At least two Afghan cabinet ministers have embezzled millions of dollars of public money, the country's anti-graft chief said at the weekend,...

Afghan security to cost “$5 billion a year” after pullout

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A fully fledged Afghan national security force, including army and police, will cost about $5 billion (3.2 billion pounds) a year after...

Pakistan wants Afghan action on Taliban cleric

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Pakistan said that Afghan and US-led forces had failed to hunt down a Taliban cleric responsible for a spate of cross-border raids...

Taliban did not kill Afghan president’s brother – NATO

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The man who killed the influential half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai three months ago carried out the attack for personal...

US open to Afghan peace deal including Haqqani

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signalled the United States remains open to exploring a peace deal including the Haqqani network, the...

10 years on, NATO says Afghan exit plan on track

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Ten years after the West intervened in Afghanistan, NATO said its plans to hand over security responsibility to the Afghan government and...

Pakistan appears more isolated after India-Afghan pact

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Pakistan, its ties with powerful ally the United States heavily strained, is looking increasingly isolated after rival India signed a wide-ranging agreement...

Afghan leader signs deal to deepen ties with India

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a wide-ranging agreement with India to deepen ties between the two countries, including to help train Afghan...

NATO says Afghan security situation improving

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NATO-led forces fighting in Afghanistan reported a drop in the number of "security incidents," a stark contrast to a United Nations report...

Afghan peace council head killed in Kabul

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A Taliban suicide bomber killed Burhanuddin Rabbani, former Afghan president and head of the government's peace council, a dramatic show of insurgent...

NATO-backed local police terrorising Afghans – report

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Armed groups supported by NATO and the Afghan government are terrorising and robbing the people they are supposed to protect, behaviour that...

Haqqani network behind Afghan truck blast – Pentagon

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The Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network was behind a truck bombing that killed four Afghan civilians and wounded 77 US troops on the eve...