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Kabul hotel gunmen 'waved through without checks' before assault

Kabul - The deputy head of security at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel says guards were ordered to wave through a car later revealed to be carrying militants and explosives ahead of a deadly assault one month ago.

War wounds: the endless agony of Afghan civilians

Kabul - "If committing suicide was not a sin I would have already killed myself," says Mohammad Alem. For 20 months, the Afghan father has been largely bedridden, paralysed in a suicide attack in Kabul.

Afghan civilians increasingly targeted in 2017: UN

Kabul - More and more Afghan civilians are being deliberately targeted by militant attacks and suicide blasts, new UN figures published Thursday show, as the Taliban and the Islamic State group ramp up their assaults on urban areas.

Afghan conflict to intensify in 2018 'game changer'

Kabul - Fighting in Afghanistan has escalated with US and Afghan officials tipping 2018 to be a "game-changer" as relentless airstrikes pummel Islamist militant groups -- but others warn the 16-year war has simply become a more violent stalemate.

The people who know no war: Afghanistan's most isolated corner

Tarin Kowt - "Taliban -- what's that?" asks Sultan Begium shyly from her freezing home in Afghanistan's mountainous Wakhan Corridor, a region so remote that its residents are untouched by the decades of conflict that have devastated their country.

Afghanistan's Kyrgyz trapped on the 'roof of the world'

Tarin Kowt - For centuries, the nomadic Kyrgyz people travelled freely across Central and South Asia, fording rivers and cutting across snow-capped mountains with their herds of livestock.

Afghan army officers fired over Kabul military base attack

Kabul - Seven Afghan army officers, including two generals, have been sacked over a deadly attack on a Kabul military base, President Ashraf Ghani said Tuesday, as the Afghan capital braces for further assaults.

Future president? Afghan strongman mulls bid for highest office

Mazar-e Sharif - Afghanistan's "King in the North" lolls in an armchair under the portrait of President Ashraf Ghani, the man who sacked him last year -- and who he may now challenge for the country's top job.

China in talks over military base in remote Afghanistan: officials

Kabul - Worried about militants sneaking into a restive Chinese region from war-torn Afghanistan, Beijing is in talks with Kabul over the construction of a military base, Afghan officials say, as it seeks to shore up its fragile neighbour.

Kabul has 'undeniable' evidence attacks planned in Pakistan

Kabul - Afghanistan has handed "undeniable" evidence to Pakistan that it claims shows a recent spate of deadly attacks were planned on Pakistani soil, Afghan officials said Thursday, amid growing public anger over their impotence to protect civilians.

6.1 magnitude quake rattles northern Afghanistan: USGS

Kabul - A powerful 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, sending people in Kabul rushing into the streets and creating tremors as far away as Islamabad and New Delhi.

6.1 magnitude quake rattles northern Afghanistan: USGS

Kabul - A powerful 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan Wednesday, the USGS said, sending people in Kabul rushing into the streets with tremors felt as far away as Islamabad and New Delhi.

Taliban and IS create perfect storm of bloodshed in Kabul

Kabul - The Taliban and the Islamic State group are creating a perfect storm of carnage in Kabul, adapting to ramped up security in the war-weary capital to strike again and again -- and it is civilians who are paying the price.

Kabul on edge as IS gunmen launch fresh attack on military compound

Kabul - Gunmen and suicide bombers launched a pre-dawn attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a military compound in Kabul Monday, killing 11 soldiers in the third major assault in the Afghan capital in recent days.

Gunmen attack Kabul military academy, multiple casualties

Kabul - Gunmen launched a pre-dawn raid on a military compound in Kabul on Monday, officials said, in an ongoing assault that has caused multiple casualties and is the third major attack in the city in recent days.

Gunmen attack Kabul military academy: officials

Kabul - Gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on a military academy in Kabul on Monday, security officials and sources told AFP, in an ongoing assault that marks the latest violence to strike the Afghan capital.

Kabul on high alert after ambulance bomb toll tops 100

Kabul - Afghanistan Sunday declared a day of national mourning as the toll for those killed by a huge bomb hidden in an ambulance in Kabul topped 100 people and tensions remained high after insurgents struck in the city for the second time in a week.

Growing anger after Kabul ambulance bomb kills nearly 100

Kabul - Anger was growing in Kabul Sunday, a day after a huge bomb hidden in an ambulance killed nearly 100 people and wounded scores more, highlighting the ability of insurgents to strike at the heart of Afghanistan.

Kabul blast: Key moments in security of Afghan capital

Kabul - Taliban militants detonated a bomb hidden inside an ambulance in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 63 people and wounding 151 others, officials said.

Ambulance bomb kills 95, wounds 158 in Kabul: official

Kabul - An explosives-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, officials said, in one of the biggest blasts to rock the war-torn city in recent years.
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