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Afghan warlord accused of rights abuse awarded highest military rank

Kabul - A powerful Afghan warlord accused of kidnapping and raping a political opponent and of committing rights abuses for decades has been given the country's highest military rank, a top official said Friday.

UN concerned Afghan violence aimed at derailing peace talks

Kabul - More than 800 people were killed or wounded in "deliberate attacks" targeting civilians in Afghanistan during the first half of 2020, the UN said Thursday, raising concerns the rising violence was aimed at derailing planned peace talks.

Pompeo insists US firm on Russia but leaves open door to Putin

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration insisted Wednesday it has been firm with Russia over Afghanistan but kept open the door to inviting President Vladimir Putin for a summit.

Pompeo doesn't rule out inviting Putin to expanded G7 summit

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday left the door open to President Vladimir Putin attending a US summit but insisted the administration has been firm over Moscow's activities in Afghanistan.

Taliban reaffirm commitment to US deal in Pompeo call

Kabul - The Taliban reaffirmed their commitment to a February deal to draw down the war in Afghanistan during a call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the group's spokesman has said.

Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February: report

Washington - Donald Trump received a written briefing about alleged Russian bounties offered to Afghan militants to kill American troops as early as February, The New York Times said Monday in a new report undercutting the US president's assertion that he was not t...

Once again, US-Russia tensions soar despite Trump

Washington - Donald Trump has spent much of the past four years musing about warmer ties with Russia. But explosive new allegations show that relations may only get worse.

Blasts at Afghan market kill 23 civilians

Kandahar - Multiple explosions tore through a busy market in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least 23 civilians, officials said, blaming the Taliban for the carnage.

White House says no intel consensus on Russia bounties

Washington - President Donald Trump was not briefed on reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militias to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan due to concern over the accuracy of the intelligence, a White House spokeswoman said Monday.

Trump says spies deemed Russia-Taliban intel not 'credible'

Washington - Donald Trump said he was not briefed on US intelligence related to Russian activity in Afghanistan because it was not thought "credible" by the secret services.

US thinks Russia spies aided Taliban attacks: report

Washington - US intelligence has concluded that a Russian unit offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported Friday.

Taliban killed 291 Afghan security personnel in past week: govt

Kabul - The Taliban killed at least 291 Afghan security personnel over the past week, a top government official said Monday, accusing the insurgents of unleashing a wave of violence ahead of potential talks.

Taliban says no threat to West as US troops leave Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban on Friday played down concerns that Afghanistan could be used as a launching ground for future attacks on the West, after the US said it had so far upheld its pledge to reduce its military presence in the country.

'Catastrophic': South Asia reels from virus surge

Islamabad - Early optimism that South Asia might have dodged the worst ravages of the coronavirus pandemic has disappeared as soaring infection rates turn the densely populated region into a global hot spot.

Taliban raids on Afghan security posts kill 18

Mazar-e Sharif - Taliban fighters killed at least 18 Afghan security personnel Wednesday in two attacks on checkpoints in the north, officials said, the latest violence ahead of expected peace talks.

Doctors Without Borders pulls out of Afghan attack hospital

Kabul - Doctors Without Borders has pulled out of a hospital in the Afghan capital where gunmen last month killed 25 people, including mothers, in a horrific attack on a maternity ward.

Four killed in Kabul mosque blast

Kabul - Four people were killed after a blast ripped through a crowd during Friday prayers at a mosque in Kabul, Afghan officials said, in the latest attack on the city ahead of potential talks with insurgents.

Ramping up fight, Trump brandishes sanctions over ICC war crimes probe

Washington - President Donald Trump on Thursday authorized sanctions against any official at the International Criminal Court who investigates US troops, ramping up pressure to stop its case into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

Freed Taliban prisoners eye return to the battlefield

Kabul - Afghan authorities are opening prison doors for thousands of Taliban inmates in a high-risk gambit to ensure the insurgent group begins peace talks with Kabul.

Uphill task for Taliban as virus spreads in militant bastions

Kunduz - The Taliban boasted of their readiness to fight the deadly coronavirus when it first reached Afghanistan, but now the insurgents are struggling to curb its spread in their strongholds.

MSF urges probe into gruesome Afghan hospital attack

Kabul - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday called for an inquiry into last month's horrifying attack on an Afghan hospital, which the international charity said killed 18, including some women who were about to give birth.

Two dead in attack on mosque in Kabul's Green Zone

Kabul - A well-known imam and a worshipper were killed in a prayer-time bombing at a popular mosque in Kabul's fortified Green Zone on Tuesday, officials said.

Roadside bomb kills 7 civilians in Afghanistan

Kunduz - Seven civilians were killed by a roadside bomb linked to the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, even as authorities pressed for peace talks with the militants.

Afghan reporter killed as govt says ready for Taliban dialogue

Kabul - A roadside bomb killed a television journalist in Kabul on Saturday, soon after a top Afghan official appointed to lead peace talks with the Taliban said his team was ready for the long-delayed dialogue.

14 Afghan forces killed in 'Taliban attacks' after ceasefire ends

Kabul - Fourteen members of the Afghan security forces were killed in two separate attacks Thursday in the first deadly assaults officials have blamed on the Taliban since the end of a three-day ceasefire.

Afghan forces killed in first 'Taliban attack' since ceasefire end: officials

Kabul - Seven members of the Afghan security forces were killed Thursday in an attack officials blamed on the Taliban, the first deadly assault since a three-day ceasefire ended.

Coalition against IS to meet virtually amid virus

Washington - Foreign ministers from nations fighting the Islamic State group will meet virtually next week to coordinate action as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts operations, the United States announced Wednesday.

US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule

Kabul - The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is considerably ahead of schedule, an official told AFP on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump reiterated calls for the Pentagon to bring troops home.

No new reports of fighting despite Afghan ceasefire ending

Kabul - Appeals for the Taliban to extend a ceasefire with Afghan forces went unanswered Wednesday, but there were no reports of major violence and the militants said they would release some government prisoners.

Hundreds more Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan truce

Bagram - Afghan authorities freed hundreds more Taliban prisoners on Tuesday, as calls grew for the militants to extend a ceasefire on its third and final day.
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A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
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U.S. Army soldiers with the 4th Battalion conduct a combined patrol in the village of Shabila Kalan, Zabul, Afghanistan
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An Afghan boy looks at a U.S. Marine photographer in 2010
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Afghan man and his son wait to see a U.S. military doctor providing medical services to the local population
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Steak and Lobster
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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Woman wearing burqa
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Afghan man receives treatment from a U.S. Navy corpsman after being injured in a grenade attack
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Cpl. Anthony Gomez, field artillery tactical data systems specialist assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, currently attached to 1BCT, 4th Inf. Div., shakes the hand of a young resident of Tarok Kolache, April 1, while Pfc. Roy Heggernes interacts with a young boy during a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new village mosque.
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A pedestrian bridge in Baghlan province.
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President Barack Obama greets hospital personnel in the ICU at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. The President presented ten Purple Hearts, three in the ICU
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A 500-pound bomb was dropped on US forces by mistake in Afghanistan
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DEA FAST team members make an early morning trek across a desert field while in route to the residence of a corrupt police chief in Afghanistan where they will conduct a raid that will end in his arrest.
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500 days of captivity for French journalists in Afghanistan (screenshot from support committee video)
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EGHS's drumline.
Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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A US soldier conducts a security patrol in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan. Marines conduct security patrols to decrease insurgent activity and gain the trust of Afghan citizens.
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DEA FAST team member communicating with other members via radio.
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