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Speculation abounds over new Taliban chief's leaked photo

Kabul - An ordinary, albeit strikingly clear, headshot of the secretive Afghan Taliban's newly appointed chieftain has triggered a flurry of speculation over the motive behind its release.

New Taliban chief Akhundzada a scholar, not a soldier

Kabul - Religious scholar Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, named Wednesday as the Afghan Taliban's new leader, was a senior judge during the insurgent group's five-year rule over Afghanistan and issued many of its harsh verdicts.

Suicide bomber kills 10 near Afghan capital: Interior ministry

Kabul - Ten people were killed in Afghanistan Wednesday when a suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives, striking a vehicle carrying court employees near the capital Kabul, the interior ministry said."A suicide bomber blew himself up...

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after deadly drone strike

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike.

Afghanistan's Taliban: leaderless but still a potent threat

Kabul - The Taliban, whose chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour died in a weekend US drone strike, originated among young Afghan religious students who took refuge in Pakistan from the 1979-89 Soviet occupation.

Taliban leader Mansour: man of war, not peace talks

Kabul - Mullah Akhtar Mansour, killed by a US drone strike on May 21, took over as head of the Afghan Taliban last July and oversaw intensified attacks which left Afghan police and troops struggling to respond.

Afghan spy agency declares Taliban leader dead in US drone attack

Kabul - Afghanistan's spy agency Sunday said Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US bombing raid, the first confirmation from regional officials of his death, which marks a potential blow to the resurgent militant movement.

'Lance with love': Afghans revel in bountiful opium harvest

Tarin Kowt - Lashes swished and whirled through the air in a burst of celebration around a sea of opium poppies, as farmers in a southern Afghan village rejoiced over a bumper harvest with a traditional rope game.

Eight Afghan police killed in insider attack

Kandahar - A rogue Afghan policeman shot dead eight of his colleagues in southern Afghanistan Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of insider attacks which have blighted government forces battling the Taliban.

Kabul locked down as minority Hazaras protest over power line

Kabul - Afghanistan's capital was under lockdown Monday as thousands of minority Shiite Hazaras launched protests over a multi-million-dollar power transmission line, in what could snowball into a political crisis for the beleaguered government.

Afghan road crash inferno leaves at least 73 dead

Ghazni - At least 73 people were killed Sunday when two passenger buses and an oil tanker burst into flames in a head-on collision in eastern Afghanistan, health officials said, in one of the worst road accidents in the war-battered nation.

Survivors call for U.S. troops to face trial over Afghan hospital air strike

Kunduz - Survivors of a US air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan have called for those responsible to go on trial and dismissed an American military investigation that said the bombardment did not amount to a war crime.

No war crimes charges for US troops who bombed Afghan hospital

Kunduz - The US personnel who bombarded a hospital in the Afghan city Kunduz last year and killed 42 people will not face war crimes charges, their commander said Friday.

The battle for birth control: Afghanistan's new fight

Balkh - "Four children is enough," says the young Afghan woman as she examines a box of contraceptive pills.

Op-Ed: Jihad and the path to peace

New York - Religious or not, all people are Jihadis. We battle against that version of ourselves we least admire, and labor, indeed battle with all we can muster to be and become better, step by step, day by day.

Kabul attack death toll more than doubles to 64

Kabul - The death toll from a Taliban attack in Kabul has more than doubled to 64, officials said Wednesday, in the deadliest assault on the Afghan capital since the Islamists were toppled from power in 2001.

Attacks on Kabul's diplomatic quarter

Kabul - At least 28 people have been killed in a bomb blast near government offices in Kabul, the latest insurgent attack in the highly fortified area.

Heavy casualties as Taliban suicide bombing, gunfire rattle Kabul

Kabul - A powerful Taliban car bomb followed by a fierce firefight left many people dead or wounded in Kabul Tuesday, the Afghan president said, a week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive.

Op-Ed: Al Qaeda growth in Afghanistan may signal more U.S. intervention

Kabul - Commander of the US forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson claims there is a shift in the relationship of the Taliban to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. He claims this is complicating anti-terrorism efforts.

Afghan child casualties soar as urban warfare escalates: UN

Kabul - Child casualties have soared in Afghanistan this year as the Taliban stepped up attacks in urban areas, the United Nations said Sunday, branding the figures "appalling".
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