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Op-Ed: DARPA’s Squad X A.I. at Grunt level — A new kind of war

Washington - Think for about two seconds on the subject of infantry using A.I. in a firefight, or as tactical data in real time. Interesting, it definitely is. Good idea? Better than none, would be the obvious answer. DARPA's Squad X is a new threshold.

Taliban assurance of 'women's rights' has big caveat

Kabul - An agreement by the Taliban to respect women's rights may seem like a breakthrough, but activists have questioned how the hardline Islamists -- notorious for stomping on freedoms -- will interpret the careful wording.

Taliban Afghan attack kills at least 14 and wounds more than 180

The Afghan Taliban attacked a government security compound in central Afghanistan in the city of Ghazni. The attack killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 180. Casualties included many children.

At least 12 dead in Taliban blast in Afghan city: officials

Ghazni - A Taliban car bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 12 people and wounded scores more Sunday, officials said, in a massive blast that came amid ongoing peace talks in Qatar.

Last week shows highest casualty rate in Afghanistan this year

During the last few days of June and the beginning days of July at least 246 pro-government forces and 58 civilians were killed in Afghanistan. This is the highest toll so far this year.

At least 14 killed as mortars hit Afghan market: officials

Kabul - At least 14 people were killed and dozens more wounded when a busy market in northern Afghanistan was hit by mortar fire, officials said Saturday.

Op-Ed: Trump claims he would leave intelligence officers in Afghanistan

Trump said Monday that he would like to have a complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan but wants to leave a "strong intelligence" there a number of intelligence officers. He called Afghanistan the "Harvard of terrorists".

Lawyer for Afghan football ex-chief hits out at charges

Kabul - A lawyer for the disgraced former head of the Afghan Football Federation hit back Wednesday against sexual abuse allegations targeting his client, saying they were based on "ghost stories" fuelled by the #MeToo movement.

Kabul students pick through debris after deadly blast

Kabul - Kabul students picked through the debris of shattered schools on Tuesday looking for books, backpacks and other possessions, a day after a massive bomb ripped through the Afghan capital.

Kabul students pick through debris after deadly blast

Kabul - Kabul students picked through the debris of shattered schools on Tuesday looking for books, backpacks and other posessions, a day after a massive bomb ripped through the Afghan capital.

Six dead, 50 children wounded in Taliban car bomb attack on Kabul

Kabul - At least six people were killed and dozens, including 50 children, wounded Monday when the Taliban detonated a powerful car bomb in Kabul, officials said -- the latest deadly attack in one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a child.

Pompeo confirms US is ready to withdraw troops from Afhganistan

Kabul - In a surprise visit to Kabul, the Afghan capital, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the US is willing to remove troops from Afghanistan after more than 18 years of presence in the country.

Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Kabul - Two US service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, NATO said, the latest international casualties as the US and the Taliban prepare for a new round of talks.

Pompeo hopes for Afghan peace deal 'before September 1'

Kabul - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he hopes for a peace deal with the Taliban "before September 1", speaking as he made his first visit to Kabul since Washington launched talks with the insurgents last year.

US and Taliban plan 7th round of Afghan peace talks in Qatar

The United States and the Taliban are to start new negotiations in Qatar in another attempt to find a peaceful agreement to end the war in Afghanistan that has now been going on for 18 years.

Op-Ed: US — Iran best and worst case scenarios — Leading to war?

Sydney - In a move which will reassure nobody, the US today announced the deployment of more troops to the Middle East. The move comes as Iran restarts its uranium enrichment program after the United States pulled out of the international nuclear deal.

In Afghanistan, conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak

Kandahar - Two-year-old Farid should have been vaccinated against polio, but his family -- like many in rural Afghanistan -- believed the conspiracy theories and refused to have him inoculated.

Roadside blast kills six civilians in southern Afghanistan

Kandahar - At least six people were killed Tuesday after a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in southern Afghanistan.It is the latest violence to hit the war-weary country where ordinary Afghans continue to bear the brunt of decades of conflict.

Op-Ed: Australia’s news media raids — A messy indictment of all involved

Sydney - Australia’s record on whistleblowing is so appalling it doesn’t even deserve to be called appalling. Police raids for media information from 2017 about alleged serious misconduct by Australian troops in Afghanistan define the many problems.

Taliban detain Afghan peace marchers, supporters say

Kandahar - Afghan peace protesters marching through Taliban territory have been detained by the insurgents, two supporters of the movement told AFP on Tuesday.
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