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US Pentagon chief reassures Afghans ahead of Trump era

Kabul - Pentagon chief Ashton Carter sought to reaffirm US commitment to Afghanistan on Friday, as uncertainty lingers over President-elect Donald Trump's strategy on America's longest war in the face of a resilient Taliban insurgency.

Afghan female skier fights taboos — with aid of mullahs

Kaboul - Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights.

Rebuilding history? Debate rages over lost Afghan Buddhas

Bamyan - For centuries they stood, two monumental ancient statues of Buddha carved into the cliffs of Bamiyan, loved and revered by generations of Afghans -- only to be pulverised by the Taliban in an act of cultural genocide.

Afghan Taliban offers to protect infrastructure projects

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban Tuesday pledged to protect billions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects throughout the country, many of which have been stalled for years due to militant violence and insecurity.

At least five killed, 27 wounded in Afghan triple bombing

Jalalabad - At least five people were killed and 27 others wounded in a triple bombing in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province Friday, provincial officials said.

Rights group, families, urge Afghan government to protect Shiites

Kabul - An international rights group and victims' families urged the Afghan government on Tuesday to protect the minority Shiite community after a bloody mosque bombing, the latest in a series of deadly sectarian attacks.

Suicide blast at Kabul mosque kills 27, wounds 35

Kabul - A massive suicide blast at a Shiite mosque in Kabul killed at least 27 people Monday and wounded 35 as worshippers gathered for a religious ceremony, officials said.

Afghan warlord shrugs off violent past in bid to rebrand

Kabul - Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar roundly refused to apologise over war crime allegations in an audio message to AFP, even as his group attempts to rebrand from a radical, misogynistic movement to a mainstream political force.

Blast inside largest US base in Afghanistan kills four

Kabul - Four people were killed Saturday in an explosion inside the largest US military base in Afghanistan, NATO said, with local officials blaming a suicide attacker posing as a labourer for the major security breach.

Two dead as Taliban attack German consulate in Afghanistan

Mazar-e Sharif - A powerful Taliban truck bomb struck the German consulate in Afghanistan's northern Mazar-i-Sharif city late Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding more than 100 in a major militant assault in the war-torn country.

UN probes claims US airstrike killed 32 Afghan civilians

Kabul - The United Nations is investigating claims that up to 32 civilians were killed in a US airstrike in the volatile Afghan province of Kunduz last week, calling any loss of civilian life "unacceptable".

US forces say airstrikes 'very likely' caused Afghan casualties

Kabul - US forces conceded Saturday that its air strikes "very likely" resulted in civilian casualties in Afghanistan's volatile Kunduz province, pledging a full investigation into the incident which triggered angry protests.

US airstrikes kill 30 Afghan civilians, officials say

Kunduz - US airstrikes early Thursday killed at least 30 Afghan civilians, including women and children, in the volatile northern province of Kunduz, officials said, after a Taliban assault left two American soldiers dead.

Two US soldiers killed during operation in Afghanistan's Kunduz

Kabul - Two American soldiers were killed and two others wounded Thursday during operations in the Taliban hotbed of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, officials said, in the latest US casualties as the conflict escalates.

Afghans losing war on drugs, minister says

Kabul - Afghanistan is losing a multi-billion dollar war on drugs as it combats terrorism, a minister warned, denouncing a lack of political will and dwindling foreign aid to fight narcotics.

Multiple harvests drive Afghan opium boom

Iran - With jingling poppy seeds hidden in his pouch, Helmand farmer Nematullah sidled out of Taliban territory to explain how he struck gold —- two additional opium harvests a year, which could further roil Afghanistan's conflict.

Al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan killed, spy agency confirms

Kabul - Two top Al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan were killed in a US drone attack, the nation's spy agency confirmed Thursday, in a major blow to the group as it seeks to re-establish safe havens in the country.

IS militants abduct and kill 30 in Afghanistan, officials say

Kabul - Militants linked to Islamic State jihadists abducted and killed around 30 civilians, including children, in central Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, raising concerns about the group's expanding presence beyond its eastern stronghold.

Afghan air force spreads its wings amid record army losses

Kabul - Clutching a radio in his hand on a barren hill surrounded by desert peaks, Sahil prepares to guide a pilot flying low overhead toward his training target -- the third car in a convoy below.

Kabul police tackle car theft... by deflating tyres

Kabul - Police patrol the Afghan capital on a warm Sunday, but not to hunt extremists.
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