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Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

Kabul - Adorned in makeup, fake breasts and bells, Jawed whirls around middle-aged men at Kabul's underground bacha bazi, or "boy play" parties, where the former child sex slave finds freedom of sorts as a dancing boy.

Afghans suffer deadliest Ramadan since 2001

Kabul - Afghanistan has suffered its deadliest Ramadan since the US-led invasion in 2001 with over 200 killed and hundreds wounded, according to an AFP count based on official figures.

Afghanistan's 'hill of widows' live in a world apart

Kabul - The first women settled on this stony slope outside Kabul in the 1990s hoping to escape the stigma those like them are forced to endure.

Taliban car bombing at Afghan bank kills 34, wounds dozens

Iran - At least 34 people were killed Thursday when a Taliban car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah city as people were queueing to withdraw salaries, the latest bloody attack during the holy month of Ramadan.

'Multiple casualties as car bomb hits bank in south Afghanistan'

Iran - A powerful car bomb Thursday struck a bank in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah city when civilian and military government employees were queueing to withdraw their salaries, causing multiple casualties, officials said.

Taliban gunmen kill eight Afghan guards at largest US base

Kabul - Taliban gunmen have killed eight Afghan guards working at the largest American base in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, as the US appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.

Taliban attack kills five Afghan police, injures 15

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a police hedquarters in eastern Afghanistan killed at least five officers and injured 18 people, authorities said.

Op-Ed: U.S. general: 10,000 to 20,000 troops needed to beat Taliban

General Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff of the U.S. army said that the 16-year-old U.S. involvement in Afghanistan was a disgrace.

Seven US soldiers wounded in Afghan 'insider attack'

Mazar-e Sharif - Seven American troops were wounded Saturday in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier at a military base, as the US appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.

Op-Ed: U.S. to send about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan

Washington - President Donald Trump recently gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan. Mattis could officially announce the increased troop level as early as next week.

Four dead as suicide bombers hit Kabul Shiite mosque

Kabul - Suicide bombers struck a crowded Shiite mosque in Kabul late Thursday, killing four people in the latest in a series of militant attacks to rattle the Afghan capital during the holy month of Ramadan.

IS captures Tora Bora, once bin Laden's Afghan hideout

Jalalabad - Islamic State fighters have captured Tora Bora, a mountain cave complex in eastern Afghanistan that was once the hideout of Osama bin Laden, officials said Thursday, despite pressure on the jihadists from US-led forces.

UN chief calls for aid to Afghanistan as conflict spirals

Kabul - Sitting cross-legged with war-displaced women in a mud-brick settlement on Kabul's outskirts, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for increased humanitarian assistance and a political solution to end the conflict.

Afghan teen deported by Sweden killed in Kabul blast: HRW

Kabul - An Afghan teenager was killed in a bombing less than a week after being deported from Sweden, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, calling on European nations to halt repatriations as "Kabul is not safe".

Bomb hits convoy, U.S. accused of killing three Afghan civilians

In Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan three civilians were killed after soldiers opened fire after a roadside bomb hit a vehicle according to Afghan officials.

Trump lets Pentagon set Afghanistan troop levels: US official

Kaboul - President Donald Trump has granted the Pentagon authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a US official said Tuesday, a move that could lead to the deployment of thousands more soldiers.

US 'not winning' in Afghanistan: Pentagon chief

Kaboul - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told exasperated lawmakers Tuesday that America still is "not winning" in Afghanistan, as US military commanders push for additional troops to help stabilize the country's security crisis.

War-torn Kabul becomes a protected site for migratory birds

Kabul - A rare Afghan marsh that was once a royal hunting ground is set to come under the official protection of the UN environment agency, with the aim of saving hundreds of migratory bird species.

Three US soldiers killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

Jalalabad - An Afghan commando who opened fire on American troops killed three of them and wounded another, US and Afghan officials said, in an insider attack that was claimed by the Taliban.

Three US soldiers killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

Jalalabad - Three US troops were killed and another wounded during a joint operation in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province Saturday, the Pentagon said, in the latest so-called insider attack on international forces.
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