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Shoddy leaders contribute to rising Afghan military deaths: US general

Kabul - Basic leadership failures in many Afghan police and military units are helping drive casualty rates to ever-higher levels, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned Sunday.

Afghan opium cultivation skyrockets as eradication collapses

Kabul - Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year because of bumper harvests, collapsing eradication efforts due to growing insecurity and declining international aid to combat drugs, the UN said Sunday.

Afghan Taliban delegation in Pakistan after 'secret talks'

Kabul - An Afghan Taliban delegation has arrived in Pakistan, militant sources said Saturday, raising speculation over efforts to revive peace negotiations days after reports of secret talks with Afghan officials in Qatar.

Gunman kills two Americans near Kabul base, NATO says

Kabul - Two Americans including a civilian were killed when a gunman opened fire near a NATO base in Kabul Wednesday, the military coalition said, with Afghan officials calling it an "insider attack".

Afghan forces cause growing civilian casualties, UN says

Kabul - Afghan civilians are paying a heavy price for the escalating conflict across the country, with government forces responsible for a growing share of casualties, the UN said on Wednesday.

Gunman in Afghan army uniform kills NATO soldier: official

Kabul - A gunman wearing an Afghan military uniform killed one NATO soldier and injured five at a base in the capital Kabul on Wednesday, the defence ministry said.

Taliban reject reports of secret talks with Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban on Wednesday rejected reports of secret meetings with the Afghan government in a bid to resume long-stalled peace negotiations, insisting that their hardline policy remains unchanged.

Afghanistan, Taliban hold secret talks in Qatar

Kabul - The Taliban and senior Afghan government officials have held two secret meetings since September in Qatar in a bid to restart long-stalled peace negotiations, sources said Tuesday.

Afghanistan burns five tonnes of drugs, alcohol in single blaze

Herat - Afghan authorities on Sunday burned around five tonnes of heroin, hashish, drug-making chemicals and alcohol in a show of their commitment to curbing drug trafficking.

Afghanistan's Helmand a quicksand of instability

Iran - Bruised and frightened, three-year-old Fatima flinches as the thunderous boom of Taliban rockets rolls across the capital of Helmand, an opium-ravaged province that epitomises the biggest failure of the 15-year US-led war in Afghanistan.

Blast kills 14 as militants target Afghan Shiites during Ashura

Balkh - At least 14 Shiites were killed Wednesday in a powerful blast at a mosque in northern Afghanistan, the second deadly attack on the minority in as many days during the major festival of Ashura.

Mourning Afghans mark Ashura hours after shrine attack

Kabul - Grieving worshippers Wednesday described desperately trying to shelter their children against a hail of gunfire in Kabul that killed at least 18 people gathering to mark Ashura, one of the most important festivals of the Shiite calendar.

Gunmen kill 14 in Kabul attack on Shiites marking Ashura

Kabul - Gunmen targeted Shiite pilgrims in Kabul late Tuesday, killing at least 14 people as they gathered to celebrate Ashura, one of the most important festivals on the Shiite calendar, officials said.

Hundreds of troops deployed in strategic Afghan city after attack

Iran - Afghanistan has deployed hundreds of commandos backed by NATO air strikes in Lashkar Gah to drive Taliban insurgents from the southern city after the militants killed 14 people in a coordinated attack, officials said Tuesday.

Thousands flee pitched battles in northern Afghan city

Kabul - The number of war-displaced civilians in Kunduz has more than doubled to 24,000, the UN said Sunday, as street battles persisted a week after the Taliban stormed into the northern Afghan city.

Seven dead as Afghan army helicopter crashes: officials

Kabul - An Afghan army helicopter crashed in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing all seven people on board, the defence ministry said, citing technical failure.

U.S. pays Afghanistan for soldiers who do not exist

Kabul - The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is seeking information from the Pentagon on discrepancies found in the $68 billion in funding between 2002 and now.

Taliban attack on Afghan city creates humanitarian catastrophe

Kunduz - On Monday Afghan forces slipped past defenses of the northern Afghan city of Kunduz and there have been street-to-street gun battles every since.

Afghanistan in numbers, 15 years after US invasion

Kabul - Nearly a month after the September 11 attacks that killed 3,000 people, the US launched its first major salvo in the "war on terror" by invading Afghanistan -- where, 15 years on, thousands continue to die each year.

Thousands of Afghans flee fighting in Kunduz

Kabul - Thousands of Afghan civilians have fled the northern city of Kunduz to escape days of fighting between the Taliban and government forces, with dozens arriving daily in Kabul with little more than the clothes on their backs, recounting stories of horror...
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