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Taliban praise continued US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban welcomed the latest withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan with the insurgents' spokesman Saturday calling the continued reduction of American forces a "good advancement" even as fighting raged across the war-weary country.

Taliban kill 12 pro-govt militiamen in Afghanistan insider attack

Herat - Two Taliban fighters who had infiltrated a base of pro-government Afghan militiamen killed 12 of them, officials and the insurgent group said Saturday.

Taliban kill 9 Afghan security personnel in checkpoint raids: authorities

Kunduz - At least nine Afghan security personnel were killed when Taliban militants attacked two police checkpoints overnight in a restive northern province, officials said Friday.

Don't pimp my ride: Afghanistan retires '39' number plates

Kabul - Afghan traffic authorities are retiring licence plates containing the number "39" because the figure has long been associated with pimping and prostitution.

US military blames Taliban for spate of Afghan assassinations

Kabul - The US military on Monday blamed the Taliban for a spate of assassinations of prominent Afghans, the first time Washington has directly accused the insurgent group of the killings.

Afghan peace talks resume as bloodshed continues

Kabul - A string of assassinations has sowed fear and chaos across Afghanistan as a fresh round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban begin in Qatar Tuesday.

Afghan dairy entrepreneur walks political tightrope to stay afloat

Kandahar - Brightly coloured milk bottles whizz off the production line at the Milko factory in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, the result of entrepreneur Ghami Mia treading a careful line with both the Taliban and government officials.

Afghan youth fear Taliban return will roll back Kandahar's progress

Kandahar - Once the epicentre of the Taliban's iron-fisted Islamist government, Kandahar city in Afghanistan's restive south is slowly transforming into a vibrant urban centre dotted with bustling cafes, co-ed universities -- and even a women's gym.

Next round of Afghan peace talks to take place in Doha: official

Kabul - The next round of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government will be held in Qatar from next month, a top official said Sunday, despite President Ashraf Ghani's recent calls for them to be moved home.

Afghan women's rights activist shot dead

Kabul - Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a women's rights activist and her brother north of Afghanistan's capital Thursday, officials said, as a wave of assassinations ravages the violence-wracked country.

The Afghan police team welcoming back Taliban fighters

Tarin Kowt - After more than a decade fighting for the Taliban and being hounded by Afghan and US forces, Haji Lala thought there was little chance of ever returning home.

Two women prison doctors among five killed in Afghan bombing

Kabul - Two women doctors working at an Afghan prison with hundreds of Taliban inmates were among five people killed Tuesday in a bomb attack, officials said, in the latest of several targeted killings in Kabul.

Two women prison doctors among five killed in Afghan bombing

Kabul - Two women doctors working at an Afghan prison with hundreds of Taliban inmates were among five people killed Tuesday by a bomb stuck to their car, officials said.

Nine killed in Kabul car bomb targeting Afghan MP

Kabul - A car bomb targeting an Afghan lawmaker killed nine people and wounded more than a dozen in Kabul on Sunday, officials said, the latest attack to rock the capital.

Attack in Afghanistan kills 13 police at checkpoint

An attack in Baghlan Province in Afghanistan killed 13 police. The attack was at a checkpoint. Details are still emerging. Although no one has claimed credit for the attack Afghan officials have blamed the Taliban.

Afghan president calls for peace talks to be moved home

Kabul - The next round of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government should be held at home, President Ashraf Ghani said Monday, backing calls to move the talks from Qatar.

Scores of Taliban militants killed as fighting rocks insurgent bastion

Kandahar - Dozens of Taliban fighters were killed in fierce overnight fighting between Afghan forces and militants who attacked multiple checkpoints in the insurgent bastion of Kandahar, officials said Sunday.

One civilian killed in Kabul rocket attack

Kabul - A series of rockets struck the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing one person and wounding two, the interior ministry said, the second such attack to rock Kabul in less than a month.

US military rejects 'one-sided' report on Afghan civilian deaths

Kabul - The US military in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected a "one-sided" report that found civilian casualties caused by American and coalition air strikes soared after Washington relaxed its rules of engagement.

Suicide car bomb kills 30 Afghan security personnel

Ghazni - A suicide car bomber struck an army base in Afghanistan on Sunday killing at least 30 security personnel, officials said, in one of the deadliest attacks targeting government forces in months.
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