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Abducted Australian aid worker freed in Afghanistan

Kabul - Afghan special forces have rescued a kidnapped Australian aid worker, officials said on Monday, four months after she was taken at gunpoint in the country's volatile east.

Terror and death: Survivors recount Kabul university attack

Kabul - Her voice quaking with emotion, law student Ghazia recalled the horror of coming face-to-face with a gunman who stormed the American University in Kabul, as her terrified classmates leapt out of second-floor windows to save themselves.

Hours-long attack on Kabul American university kills 12

Kabul - At least 12 people were killed after militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, officials said Thursday, in a nearly 10-hour raid that prompted anguished pleas for help from trapped students.

Militants storm American University in Kabul

Kabul - Explosions and gunfire rang out as militants stormed the elite American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday, prompting desperate calls for help from students trapped inside classrooms, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital.

US soldier killed in anti-Taliban operation in Afghanistan

Kabul - A roadside bomb killed an American soldier Tuesday near the capital of Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province, following the first major US deployment to the southern city since foreign forces withdrew in 2014.

Bactrian deer manage to survive bloody conflict in Afghanistan

Decades of unrelenting war and general lawlessness, coupled with a loss of habitat and unregulated hunting in Afghanistan had conservationists believing the Bactrian deer had disappeared. But despite the chaos, this rare creature has survived.

Afghan district falls to Taliban: officials

Kunduz - The Taliban on Saturday captured a district in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province, near the provincial capital where militants scored their biggest victory in 14 years last September.

29,000 contractors versus 9,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan

Kabul - Data compiled by the Congressional Research Service shows that private contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan by more than a three to one margin.

IS threat lingers in Afghanistan despite leader's death

Jalalabad - The killing of the Islamic State group's leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has dealt a major blow to the jihadists, but despite a US-backed scorched earth offensive the regional franchise is far from over, observers said Saturday.

Afghanistan's Ghani 'unfit for presidency': chief executive

Kabul - Afghanistan's chief executive has castigated his ally Ashraf Ghani as "unfit for the presidency", in a public outburst highlighting bitter internal divisions that threaten their US-brokered power sharing agreement.

Clashes as Afghan Taliban edge closer to Helmand capital

Kandahar - Fighting raged Thursday in Helmand after Afghanistan rushed military reinforcements to beat back Taliban insurgents advancing on the besieged capital of the southern poppy-growing province, as officials downplayed fears the city could fall.

Taliban surrounding capital of Helmand Province

The Taliban are surrounding Lashkar Gah the capital of Helmand Province. While military commanders claim the situation has stabilized, city officials are more pessimistic.

American, Australian kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul

Kabul - Gunmen wearing police uniforms kidnapped an American and an Australian in the heart of Kabul, officials said Monday, the latest in a series of abductions of foreigners in the conflict-torn country.

War tourism in Afghanistan: Adventure or reckless hedonism?

Kabul - Thousands of people are fleeing the conflict roiling Afghanistan, but American backpacker John Milton recently made the reverse journey to the war-ravaged country -- for a holiday.

Militants ambush foreign tourists in western Afghanistan

Herat - Taliban militants attacked a group of 12 American and European tourists escorted by an Afghan army convoy in western Herat province Thursday, leaving at least seven people wounded as the insurgents step up nationwide attacks.

Taliban truck bomb blasts hotel for foreigners in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban truck bomb blasted a hotel for foreigners in Kabul Monday, triggering a seven-hour gun and grenade assault that highlighted growing insecurity in a city still reeling from its deadliest attack for 15 years.

Taliban truck bomb rocks hotel for foreigners in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban truck bomb blasted through a hotel for foreigners in Kabul early Monday, killing at least one policeman just days after the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital for 15 years.

Afghan cleric arrested for marrying six-year-old girl

Kabul - An elderly Afghan cleric has been arrested after he married a six-year-old girl, officials said Friday, in the latest case highlighting the scourge of child marriages in the war-battered country.

Afghan civilian casualties soar to record high, UN says

Kabul - Civilian casualties in Afghanistan soared to a record high in the first half of 2016, the UN said Monday, with children in particular paying a heavy price for growing insecurity as the conflict escalates.

61 dead as IS jihadists claims twin blasts in Kabul

Kabul - Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 61 people and wounding 207 others in apparently their deadliest attack in the Afghan capital.
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