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Op-Ed: Obama sees expanded role for US in Afghanistan in 2015

Washington - While US combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of this year, under an agreement signed by the new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani almost 10,000 troops will remain through 2015 at least.

Op-Ed: Executive's decisions make Kenya more vulnerable

Intelligence failure means preventive measures fail. Once intelligence fails, predicting preventive wars becomes impossible.

Toll rises to 57 as survivors tell of Afghan volleyball bombing

Kabul - Survivors of a horrific suicide attack which killed 57 people at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan told Monday how the blast ripped through a crowd of spectators enjoying the final moments of the match.

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

Khost - About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

Khost - Around 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds gathered to watch a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

Op-Ed: Sergeant’s wife surprises him on the other side of the country

A military couple’s surprise reunion will leave you crying happy tears of joy right along with them, when you see what this wife did to her husband.

Suicide attackers target foreign compound in Kabul

Kabul - Taliban militants launched a car bomb and suicide attack Wednesday on a compound in Kabul that houses many international contractors, but only the attackers died in the assault, Afghan officials said.

Kabul suicide blast kills two guards at foreign compound

Kabul - A Taliban suicide truck bomb struck at the entrance of a foreign-run compound in Kabul on Tuesday, killing two Afghan guards and highlighting the security challenges facing the country as NATO forces depart.

Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack, 3 dead

Kabul - A suicide bomber on Sunday attacked the vehicle convoy of a prominent female Afghan MP near the parliament in Kabul, killing three civilians and injuring 22 others, officials said.

Kabul police chief escapes suicide blast in his office

Kabul - A suicide bomber walked into the offices of the Kabul police chief on Sunday and detonated his explosives, killing a senior aide in an attack that highlighted poor security in the Afghan capital.

Thought to be extinct, the fanged deer of Afghanistan lives on

In 1948 a Danish research team roaming the Northeast brush lands of Afghanistan made the last documented sighting of the Kashmir musk deer. Now, 60 years later, researchers with the WCS have recorded five sightings of this strange, fanged, deer.

Op-Ed: Afghanistan to remain a western-funded client state

Kabul - While the Afghan security forces may or may not be able to fend off attacks by the Taliban when the 2015 fighting begins next spring, one thing is certain, the Afghan government cannot fund those forces without aid from the US and others.

Taliban blast in Kabul kills four Afghan soldiers

Kabul - At least four Afghan soldiers were killed and around a dozen people including six civilians wounded when a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials said.

U.S. paid $486 million for Afghan planes now sold for scrap

Kabul - So far only 16 of 20 Italian-made military transport planes bought by the U.S. for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of almost $500 million have been sold for scrap at about six cents a pound.

New Afghan president hosts Turkey's Erdogan in Kabul

Kabul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Afghanistan Saturday, the latest world leader to visit the war-ravaged country since President Ashraf Ghani took power after a prolonged political standoff.

Afghanistan captures two Haqqani commanders

Kabul - Afghan security forces said Thursday they have captured two senior leaders of the feared Haqqani network, a hardline group behind sophisticated attacks on Afghan and NATO forces.

Taliban ambush in northern Afghanistan kills 22 police

Balkh - Taliban militants killed 22 police officers and wounded eight after ambushing a police convoy in northern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.

Civilian dead in Taliban suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber targeted an NATO convoy in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Monday, killing an Afghan civilian but causing no casualties among foreign troops, officials said.

German aid worker freed in Kabul after two-year ordeal

Kabul - A German aid worker who was taken hostage by masked gunmen in Pakistan over two years ago was released in neighbouring Afghanistan this week, Berlin said on Friday.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.
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