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At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base

Ghazni - At least 65 people were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on an Afghan intelligence base, sources said Tuesday, contradicting an official toll in the latest high-casualty assault on beleaguered Afghan forces.

At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base: sources

Ghazni - At least 65 people were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on an Afghan intelligence base, security sources said Tuesday, raising the toll substantially from 12 announced previously.

Taliban announces meeting with US officials in Qatar

Kabul - The Taliban said it met with US officials in Qatar on Monday, in the latest round of talks between the insurgents and Washington aimed at bringing an end to the 17-year war.

Kabul chokes on dirty air as temperatures plunge

Kabul - Kabul residents have long run the gauntlet of suicide attacks and bombs. This winter, however, they face another deadly threat: air pollution.

Unwanted Afghan refugees pin hopes on Pakistan's Imran Khan

Peshawar - Shahzad Alam has proposed marriage to several women and been rejected each time for the same reason, he says: their discovery that he is not the Pakistani shoe shop owner they thought he was, but an Afghan refugee.

'Naive, reckless' tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan

Kabul - Seeking an "authentic" experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. He found an astonishing number of potential hosts.

Four killed, more than 90 wounded in Kabul car bomb attack

Kabul - A car packed with explosives blew up near a heavily fortified foreign compound in Kabul on Monday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 90, officials said, in the latest deadly attack to rock the Afghan capital.

Afghan talent show singer finds fame as Justin Trudeau's double

Kabul - An Afghan talent show contestant's striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country -- and potentially given him the winning edge.

Kabul faces water crisis as drought, population strain supply

Kabul - Standing in his garden in Kabul, Baz Mohammad Kochi oversees the drilling of a new well more than 100 metres deep after his first water reservoir dried up. He is not alone.

US envoy on new Afghanistan peace trip

Washington - US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad headed Tuesday on a trip to Afghanistan and regional powers in a fresh bid to negotiate an end to 17 years of war.

Afghan migrants returning from Iran hit record high in 2018

Herat - The flow of Afghans forced to leave Iran turned into a flood in 2018, with a record nearly 800,000 coming back as renewed US sanctions sent the Iranian currency into freefall and fuelled inflation.

India rebuffs Trump 'Afghan library' swipe

New Delhi - India rejected US President Donald Trump's comments mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, saying Thursday that New Delhi has provided $3 billion in development assistance to the war-torn country.

Taliban kill 21 Afghan security forces, threaten city: official

Kabul - Taliban fighters killed more than 20 Afghan security forces in simultaneous raids on a provincial capital and district in northern Afghanistan, an official said Tuesday, as the city braced for further violence.

Afghan football boss denies sex abuse claims

Kabul - Afghan football boss Keramuddin Karim on Monday rejected allegations he sexually and physically abused members of the women's national team, suggesting his accusers may have invented the claims to help their applications for asylum in Europe.

Iran says Afghan Taliban were in Tehran for peace talks

Tehran - Iran said Monday that the Afghan Taliban have visited Tehran for a second round of peace talks in just a few days aimed at bringing an end to 17 years of conflict.

Afghan Taliban were in Iran for peace talks: foreign ministry

Tehran - The Afghan Taliban were in Iran on Sunday for fresh peace negotiations with senior officials, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday.

Top Republican says Trump vows to 'destroy' IS before leaving Syria

Washington - A senior Republican senator said Sunday that President Donald Trump had promised to stay in Syria to finish the job of destroying the Islamic State group -- just days after announcing he would be withdrawing troops immediately.

Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

Kabul - Afghanistan's presidential election will be postponed until July 20, an official said Sunday, as US-led efforts to end the 17-year war with the Taliban gather steam.

Pakistani militant wanted in Chinese attack killed in Afghanistan

Quetta - A Pakistani separatist wanted over an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi in November has been killed in a suicide blast in Afghanistan, his group has confirmed.

Afghan election organisers mull delaying presidential vote

Kabul - Afghanistan's election organisers are again considering postponing April's presidential ballot for two months, an official said Thursday, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of October's shambolic legislative vote.

Iran held talks with Afghan Taliban amid peace push

Tehran - Iran has met with the Afghan Taliban, a top Iranian security official said Wednesday according to the Tasnim news agency, just days after the militants attended reconciliation talks in the UAE.

At least 43 killed in Kabul govt compound attack

Kabul - An hours-long gun and bomb attack on a Kabul government compound killed at least 43 people, officials said Tuesday, making it one of the deadliest assaults on the Afghan capital this year.

At least 29 dead in militant attack on Kabul govt compound

Kabul - A suicide and gun attack on a Kabul government compound killed at least 29 people on Monday, an official said, in the latest bloody violence to strike the Afghan capital.

Pakistan says US troop withdrawal 'step forward' in Afghan peace effort

Islamabad - Pakistan on Saturday welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to slash US troop numbers in Afghanistan, calling it a step towards peace in the war-torn nation.

NATO stresses Afghan commitment despite US withdrawal

Apo - The NATO alliance stressed its continued commitment to its support mission in Afghanistan on Friday as Washington prepared to withdraw thousands of US troops.

NATO stresses Afghan commitment despite US withdrawal

Apo - The NATO alliance stressed its continued commitment to its support mission in Afghanistan on Friday as Washington prepared to withdraw thousands of US troops.

Trump to pull half of US troops from Afghanistan

Kabul - US President Donald Trump has decided to pull about 7,000 troops from Afghanistan, a US official said Friday, but the Afghan presidency brushed off concerns the drawdown would affect security.

Decision made for 'significant' troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: US official

Washington - President Donald Trump has decided to pull a significant number of troops from Afghanistan, a US official told AFP on Thursday, with some reports suggesting as many as 50 percent could leave the war-torn country.

US envoy doubts Afghan Taliban's desire for peace

Kabul - US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad raised doubts Thursday about the Taliban's desire to end the 17-year war, after the militants refused to meet with a Kabul-backed negotiating team.

Afghanistan sends team to join Taliban peace talks in UAE

Kabul - An Afghan peace negotiations team has arrived in Abu Dhabi, an official said Tuesday, a day after talks attended by US and Taliban representatives were held in the city aimed at ending the 17-year conflict.
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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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Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves after the last day of the Loya Jirga, in Kabul November 24, 2013. Karzai said on Sunday the United States needed to bring peace to Afghanistan before he would sign a security deal which will enable Washington to keep troops in the country beyond next year
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The blue dot in the center shows the area where Pakistan and China performed their joint military operations. Bannu, to the west, has been the most recent site of Pakistan's attacks on terrorist. The white line also to the left is the border with Afghanistan, and Kabul can be seen even west and north of it. The capitol of Pakistan, Islamabad is to the right of the area.
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DEA FAST team member standing watch over opium seized during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
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President Barack Obama greets deployed service members and civilians during a surprise visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. During his visit he thanked the troops for all their hard work and dedication to the United States. Prior to Obama meeting the troops he flew to Kabul to meet with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai.
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Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter proudly wears her dad's cap.
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Two Afghan children look at a U.S. Army photographer in June, 2010
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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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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.

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