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Iran enlists Afghan refugees as fighters to bolster Syria's Assad

Kabul - The fate of two brothers from Kabul, one grievously wounded, the other killed fighting in Syria, spotlights Iran's covert but active recruitment of Afghan refugees to buttress President Bashar al-Assad's steadily depleting forces.

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

Kabul - A man wearing an Afghan military uniform shot dead two NATO soldiers in the country's south Wednesday, the coalition said, the first insider attack on foreign troops since an embittered succession to the Taliban leadership.

Kabul car bomb kills 12 including NATO contractors

Kabul - At least 12 people, including three NATO contractors, were killed Saturday when a suicide car bomber struck a foreign forces convoy, officials said, underlining the precarious security situation in the Afghan capital.

Taliban claim control of key district in southern Afghan province

Kabul - Taliban forces routed Afghan troops from the Naw Zad district of Helmand Province in the south of Afghanistan. The Afghan government described the move as a "tactical retreat".

After NATO drawdown, U.S. forces guide Afghans from the shadows

Jelalabad - From his watchtower in insurgency-wracked eastern Afghanistan, US army Specialist Josh Whitten doesn't have much to say about his Afghan colleagues. "They don't come up here anymore, because they used to mess around with our stuff.

Afghanistan slams Pakistan over wave of bloody Kabul attacks

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan on Monday of sending "messages of war" and harbouring bombmaking camps, after a wave of devastating blasts in Kabul killed at least 56 people.

Taliban blast at Kabul airport kills five

Kabul - At least five people were killed Monday when a Taliban suicide car bomber struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, the latest in a wave of lethal bombings in the Afghan capital.

Taliban bombing kills up to 29 in northern Afghanistan

Kunduz - A Taliban attack killed up to 29 people in northern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, after a wave of lethal bombings in the capital as the insurgency escalates following a bitter power transition.

Eight more confirmed dead in Kabul US base attack: NATO

Kabul - Eight more people were confirmed dead in a militant attack on a US special forces base in Kabul, the NATO mission in Afghanistan said on Saturday.

Kabul bombings leave 51 dead, hundreds wounded

Kabul - Fifteen more fatalities were confirmed Saturday from a barrage of bombings in Kabul, taking the toll to 51 in the deadliest day for the city in years as Afghanistan battles an escalating Taliban insurgency.

Suicide blast hits Kabul police academy, heavy casualties feared

Kabul - A suicide attacker blew himself up near the Kabul police academy Friday, officials said, with heavy casualties expected in the second major attack in the Afghan capital in less than 24 hours.

Powerful truck bomb kills eight, wounds more than 100

Kabul - A huge truck bomb in Kabul early Friday killed eight people and wounded more than 100 others in the first major attack in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death.

Afghan military helicopter crash kills 17

Kandahar - At least 17 people, including 12 Afghan army soldiers, were killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, the worst such incident suffered by military forces since the NATO combat mission ended in December.

Six dead in first major Afghan Taliban attack since transition

Kabul - Six people were killed Thursday when a Taliban suicide truck bomber struck a police compound in Afghanistan, in the first major insurgent attack since the announcement of leader Mullah Omar's death.

Afghan civilian casualties touch record high, says UN

Kabul - Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit a record high in the first half of 2015, the UN said Wednesday, as Afghan forces struggle to contain the spreading conflict six months after the NATO combat mission ended.

Haqqani network founder backs new Taliban leader

Kabul - Afghanistan's Haqqani network militant group posted a statement Sunday backing the appointment of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour whose legitimacy has been challenged internally.

New Taliban leader urges unity in ranks in first audio message

Kabul - New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour called for unity in the movement Saturday in his first audio message since becoming head of the group that faces deepening splits following the death of longtime chief Mullah Omar.

Taliban deny reports of Haqqani network founder's death

Kabul - The Taliban on Saturday denied reports of the death of the founder of Haqqani network, its allied militant group blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan.

Taliban power transition raises hopes for Afghan peace talks

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban named Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their new chief Friday, a historic power transition that raises hopes a more moderate leadership will pave the way for peace talks despite divisions within insurgent ranks.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death: what now?

Kabul - The death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, announced by Kabul and confirmed Thursday by the militants, has major implications for the insurgency and for the future of Afghanistan.Here are some of the key issues. What does it mean for the Taliban?
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