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Pakistan calls for aid for its millions of Afghan refugees

Islamabad - Pakistan, home for decades to millions of Afghan refugees, called for the support of the international community as it warned that without help, the flow of those fleeing Afghanistan's decades-long war to Europe could increase.

Nepali guards among at least 25 killed in Afghanistan attacks

Kabul - A busload of Nepali security guards were among 25 people killed in a string of bombings across Afghanistan Monday, days after Washington expanded the US military's authority to strike the Taliban.

Explosion hits minibus in Kabul: police

Kabul - A suicide bomber hit a minibus carrying foreign security guards and caused several casualties early Monday in Kabul along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad, police said.

Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are accused of using child sex slaves to attack police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the cultural practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- for military gain.

Taliban use child sex slaves to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of ...

Afghan refugees already 'forgotten' before migrant crisis: UN

Tehran - Displaced Afghans had already been "forgotten" by the international community before they began arriving in Europe en masse last year, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Saturday in Iran.

Taliban use 'honey trap' boys to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of ...

'Up to God to punish homosexuals': Orlando killer's father

Kabul - The father of the gunman behind the Florida massacre voiced sadness that his son took it upon himself to attack the gay community, saying it was "up to God to punish homosexuals".

Qaeda chief backs new Taliban head as 'emir of believers'

Dubai - Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has pledged allegiance to new Afghan Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada, a low-profile religious figure whose predecessor was killed in a US drone strike.

Obama approves more aggressive Taliban fight

Washington - President Barack Obama has ordered the US military to tackle the resurgent Taliban more directly -- in tandem with Afghan allies, officials said Friday, ratcheting up a 15-year conflict he had vowed to end.

Tributes for US, Afghan journalists killed by Taliban fire

Kabul - Accolades poured in Monday for veteran American reporter David Gilkey and an Afghan reporter killed in southern Afghanistan when their vehicle came under Taliban fire, highlighting the growing dangers faced by journalists covering the worsening conflic...

India's Modi inaugurates $290 mn dam in Afghanistan

Herat - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Afghanistan on Saturday to inaugurate a $290 million hydroelectric dam with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the latest Indian investment which highlights strengthening ties between the two countries.

Afghan forces improve performance over last year: U.S. general

Washington - Afghan forces have improved their performance over the last year, a time when they saw a series of setbacks in their struggle against the Taliban, a United States general said Wednesday.

Six killed as Taliban bombers raid Afghan courthouse

Ghazni - Taliban suicide bombers wearing police uniforms raided a courthouse in the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni Wednesday, killing six people in what they said was revenge for last month's execution of Taliban-linked prisoners.

Taliban kill 16 bus passengers in northern Afghanistan

Kunduz - The Taliban killed at least 16 people Tuesday and kidnapped dozens of others after pulling them off buses in northern Afghanistan, officials said, the latest assault since the insurgents named a new leader last week.

Brother of slain Taliban chief's driver presses charges against U.S.

Quetta - The brother of a man who was killed alongside the Taliban's slain chief Mullah Akthar Mansour in an American drone strike in southwest Pakistan is pressing murder and terrorism charges against US officials, police said Sunday.

Speculation abounds over new Taliban chief's leaked photo

Kabul - An ordinary, albeit strikingly clear, headshot of the secretive Afghan Taliban's newly appointed chieftain has triggered a flurry of speculation over the motive behind its release.

Taliban still bent on violence despite new leadership: Obama

Nihon - Hopes of negotiating peace with the Afghan Taliban's new leader were swiftly fading from all sides Thursday, as US President Barack Obama warned the extremist movement will continue killing in Afghanistan.

New Taliban chief Akhundzada a scholar, not a soldier

Kabul - Religious scholar Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, named Wednesday as the Afghan Taliban's new leader, was a senior judge during the insurgent group's five-year rule over Afghanistan and issued many of its harsh verdicts.

Suicide bomber kills 10 near Afghan capital: Interior ministry

Kabul - Ten people were killed in Afghanistan Wednesday when a suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives, striking a vehicle carrying court employees near the capital Kabul, the interior ministry said."A suicide bomber blew himself up...

No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan

Termiz - Some days there is no train at all crossing the bridge to Uzbekistan, yawns a customs officer in Hairatan, formerly a teeming Silk Road border town whose decline is a barometer of economic depression in Afghanistan's north.

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after deadly drone strike

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike.

Strike on Taliban chief shows dimming U.S. hopes for Afghan peace

Washington - The US killing of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour marks a significant shift for President Barack Obama, highlighting a new willingness to target the group's leaders in Pakistan and risk retaliatory attacks against struggling Afghan security forces....

Afghanistan's Taliban: leaderless but still a potent threat

Kabul - The Taliban, whose chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour died in a weekend US drone strike, originated among young Afghan religious students who took refuge in Pakistan from the 1979-89 Soviet occupation.

The Shura: ideological guardians of the Taliban movement

Islamabad - Through war and peace, the Taliban's Rahbari Shura has been at the heart of its decision-making process since the movement's inception, and is now tasked with finding a new leader to succeed Mullah Akthar Mansour.

Death of Taliban chief Mansour: what happens next?

Islamabad - President Barack Obama confirmed Monday that a US drone strike in southwest Pakistan had killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, heralding a new chapter in the Afghan insurgency which had grown fiercer under him.Who will succeed him?

Taliban leader Mansour: man of war, not peace talks

Kabul - Mullah Akhtar Mansour, killed by a US drone strike on May 21, took over as head of the Afghan Taliban last July and oversaw intensified attacks which left Afghan police and troops struggling to respond.

Iran denies killed Taliban leader was in the country

Tehran - Iran on Monday denied reports that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour entered Pakistan from the Islamic republic before being killed in a US drone strike, state media reported.

Obama confirms Taliban leader's death in U.S. strike

Hanoi - President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US air strike, hailing his death as an "important milestone" in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in U.S. attack

Quetta - Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP Sunday, adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor.
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Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter wears her father's fatigues to show her support for her dad.
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A powerful earthquake of 6.6 magnitude has struck parts of Pakistan and the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border in the Hindukush region.
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Nadia Sediqqi, head of the women's affairs department in Laghman province, shot dead by two gunmen.
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A fireman hoses a road next to a destroyed bus at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, November 16, 2013. A suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle providing security for a compound where Afghanistan's political and tribal elites are due to gather next week to debate a security pact with the United States
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The Afghan government has come under fire for failing to end insurgent attacks
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Ruined building near Kandahar, Afghanistan
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The Hazara people are urging for the halt to "systemic genocides of Hazaras."
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EGHS's drumline.
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Presidents Karzai and Rouhani of Afghanstan and Iran salute their countries' flags during a visit by President Karzai to Tehran at which details of a new Afghanistan-Iran cooperation pact were hammered out.
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Hundreds attended the funerals on Thursday of some of the victims of a massive avalanche in a mountain-bound valley in Afghanistan.
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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A woman accused of adultery squats in front of a crowd before her public execution in a village outside Kabul
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Soviet infantry in Afghanistan in the 1980's.
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Small children carrying babies in their arms in southern Afghanistan.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange led a protest in London against the war in Afghanistan, 10 years after the U.S. and Britain went to war against the Taliban.
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Mike Dolnick (left) with trauma team members
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French soldiers from the 27ème bataillon de chasseurs alpins and French Task Force Tiger patrol the many valleys of Kapisa province, Afghanistan, April 21, 2009.
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British (left) and US flags fly with the NATO and Afghan national flags (centre) during a handover ceremony at the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on October 26, 2014
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