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Explosion targets NATO forces in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber targeted NATO forces in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, as the group step up attacks as part of their annual summer offensive.

Afghan girls attacked with acid, poison for attending school

Three teenage girls were wounded after attackers threw acid in their faces. The girls were on their way to school in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday.

Afghan parliament rejects Ghani choice for defence post

Kabul - Afghanistan's parliament on Saturday rejected President Ashraf Ghani's nominee for defence ministry, a crucial post that has sat vacant for months as stretched security forces fight to secure territory from a revitalised Taliban.

Afghan court overturns death sentences in mob killing of woman

Kabul - An Afghan appeal court has overturned death sentences given to four men for the brutal mob killing in March of a woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Kabul, a judge said Thursday.

U.S. troops blow up arms cache of local warlord in Afghanistan

Kabul - US forces attacked a village of local commander Jan Ahmad and blew up an arms cache belonging to him. The US said the raid was carried out to destroy the weapons.

Suicide blasts hit Afghanistan as Taliban wage bloody offensive

Kabul - Suicide attackers Tuesday targeted NATO troops in Kabul and a police headquarters in restive southern Afghanistan, killing four people and wounding almost 60 as the Taliban's bloody summer offensive showed no signs of letting up.

Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds 40 in Afghanistan: Officials

Kandahar - A suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan killed two civilians on Tuesday and wounded more than 40, officials said, in the latest attack since the Taliban began their annual offensive.

Taliban ambush kills 11 Afghan soldiers: Officials

Herat - At least 11 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, officials said Monday, as troops face their first fighting season without NATO combat support.

'Bang! and down': Afghan 'superhero' inspires awe and disdain

Kabul - He is called a superhero and feted with financial rewards from Afghan politicians, but the lionisation of the soldier who singlehandedly killed six attackers in parliament belies bubbling discontent over deteriorating security.

Op-Ed: Afghan security situation in shambles as IS begins recruiting

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban are able to mount serious attacks in Afghanistan. Most recently they carried out deadly attacks on the Afghan parliament and in the northern city of Kunduz.

'Fear they will find me': Death threats stalk Afghan acid victim

Kunduz - Four years after a militiaman doused Mumtaz with a flesh-searing acid for rejecting his marriage proposal, leaving her disfigured, scarred and traumatised, death threats have forced the 20-year-old Afghan into hiding.

Brazen Taliban attack on Afghan parliament kills two

Kabul - Taliban militants launched a brazen assault on the Afghan parliament Monday, triggering gunfire and explosions and sending lawmakers scurrying for cover in an attack that killed two civilians, including a child.

Explosions, gunfire as Taliban attack Afghan parliament

Kabul - Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.

Afghan Taliban offer govt workers 'hotline' number to defect

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban have announced a 24-hour telephone "hotline" and email addresses for any government employees wishing to defect to them, as the tech-savvy militants try to bolster public support.

Roadside bomb kills 14 family members in southern Afghanistan

Kandahar - A roadside bomb killed at least 14 members of an Afghan family, including women and children, in the country's volatile south Saturday, officials said, in the first major attack in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Afghan warlord angry at being 'sidelined' by Ghani

Herat - Ismail Khan played a major role in Afghanistan's struggle against Soviet occupation, but the powerful warlord now accuses his country's government of sidelining him just as it faces up to the Taliban's obstinate insurgency.

Taliban kill 17 police in southern Afghanistan

Kandahar - At least 17 Afghan policemen were killed Saturday when dozens of Taliban militants stormed their outpost in the country's volatile south, the latest attack of an increasingly deadly summer fighting season.

Iran set to execute another 45 people as European delegates visit

The National Council of Resistance of Iran claims that the Iranian government is preparing to execute at least 45 prisoners in the coming days. At least 35 people were executed on Monday, with more likely to be hanged in the gallows over the coming days.

Op-Ed: Perpetrator of Kandahar massacre lost compassion for Afghans

Washington - Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who was convicted of the murder of 16 villagers including seven children in Afghanistan in 2012, says in a recent letter that he lost his compassion for both Iraqis and Afghans over the period of his four combat deployments.

Iran allegedly preparing to execute 27 prisoners

The National Council of Resistance of Iran claims the Iranian government is preparing to execute 27 prisoners. This follows on the heels of more than 60 executions carried out in recent weeks.
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