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Suicide blasts hit Afghanistan as Taliban wage bloody offensive

Kabul - Suicide attackers Tuesday targeted NATO troops in Kabul and a police headquarters in restive southern Afghanistan, killing four people and wounding almost 60 as the Taliban's bloody summer offensive showed no signs of letting up.

Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds 40 in Afghanistan: Officials

Kandahar - A suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan killed two civilians on Tuesday and wounded more than 40, officials said, in the latest attack since the Taliban began their annual offensive.

Taliban ambush kills 11 Afghan soldiers: Officials

Herat - At least 11 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, officials said Monday, as troops face their first fighting season without NATO combat support.

'Bang! and down': Afghan 'superhero' inspires awe and disdain

Kabul - He is called a superhero and feted with financial rewards from Afghan politicians, but the lionisation of the soldier who singlehandedly killed six attackers in parliament belies bubbling discontent over deteriorating security.

'Fear they will find me': Death threats stalk Afghan acid victim

Kunduz - Four years after a militiaman doused Mumtaz with a flesh-searing acid for rejecting his marriage proposal, leaving her disfigured, scarred and traumatised, death threats have forced the 20-year-old Afghan into hiding.

Brazen Taliban attack on Afghan parliament kills two

Kabul - Taliban militants launched a brazen assault on the Afghan parliament Monday, triggering gunfire and explosions and sending lawmakers scurrying for cover in an attack that killed two civilians, including a child.

Explosions, gunfire as Taliban attack Afghan parliament

Kabul - Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.

Afghan Taliban offer govt workers 'hotline' number to defect

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban have announced a 24-hour telephone "hotline" and email addresses for any government employees wishing to defect to them, as the tech-savvy militants try to bolster public support.

Roadside bomb kills 14 family members in southern Afghanistan

Kandahar - A roadside bomb killed at least 14 members of an Afghan family, including women and children, in the country's volatile south Saturday, officials said, in the first major attack in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Afghan warlord angry at being 'sidelined' by Ghani

Herat - Ismail Khan played a major role in Afghanistan's struggle against Soviet occupation, but the powerful warlord now accuses his country's government of sidelining him just as it faces up to the Taliban's obstinate insurgency.

Op-Ed: Has war on U.S. cops begun?

Dallas - Was it a horror movie or breaking news from the Iraq Militants using an armored car and packed with explosives attack a police station. But the location is Dallas, in what is arguably the most heavily armed state in the nation, Texas.

Taliban kill 17 police in southern Afghanistan

Kandahar - At least 17 Afghan policemen were killed Saturday when dozens of Taliban militants stormed their outpost in the country's volatile south, the latest attack of an increasingly deadly summer fighting season.

U.S. drone attack kills at least 34 at Afghan Taliban funeral

Kabul - On Friday June 5, US drones attacked a funeral for a Taliban fighter in Khost province. Since the funeral was for an alleged Taliban fighter, the Afghan government assumed that the mourners were all members of the Taliban as well.

Taliban admit holding informal Afghan talks in Norway

Kabul - The Taliban on Friday admitted taking part in informal talks in Norway with an Afghan delegation, reportedly made up of women, signalling a nascent dialogue despite an escalating militant offensive.

Gunmen kill nine Afghan employees of Czech charity

Balkh - Gunmen killed nine Afghan employees of a Czech aid organisation in their beds during an overnight raid in northern Afghanistan Tuesday, one of the deadliest recent attacks on humanitarian workers in the war-battered country.

Taliban wage overnight gunfight in Kabul diplomatic quarter

Kabul - An all-night gunbattle with Taliban insurgents who stormed a guesthouse in Kabul's diplomatic quarter ended at daybreak Wednesday, with four attackers killed in the second assault in two weeks on a venue popular with foreigners.

Militants wage overnight gunfight in Kabul diplomatic quarter

Kabul - Gunfire and explosions rang out Wednesday in a diplomatic quarter of Kabul as security forces waged an all-night battle with Taliban militants who tried to storm a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family.

Blasts, gunfire as insurgents attack Kabul diplomatic area

Kabul - Sporadic bursts of gunfire and heavy explosions rocked a diplomatic district of the Afghan capital Tuesday, with police saying a guesthouse is believed to be the target of the ongoing attack.

Islamic State wooing fighters from Taliban in Afghanistan

Kabul - General John Campbell, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan reports that the Islamic State is recruiting fighters in Afghanistan and next door in Pakistan as well.

Taliban truck bomber wounds more than 70 in southern Afghanistan

Kandahar - A Taliban truck bomber detonated about a tonne of explosives outside a government complex in southern Afghanistan on Monday, wounding more than 70 people as the summer fighting season sends civilian casualties surging.

IS is recruiting, but not operational in Afghanistan: NATO General

Kabul - The Islamic State group is recruiting fighters in Afghanistan, the commander of foreign forces in country has said, but they are not yet operational.

Taliban car bomber kills four, wounds dozens in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban car bomber ripped through the parking lot of the justice ministry in Kabul Tuesday, killing four people and wounding dozens of others in the latest in a string of attacks to shake the Afghan capital.

11 Afghan police jailed over mob killing of woman

Kabul - Eleven Afghan policemen were Tuesday sentenced to one year in prison for failing to protect a woman who was lynched by a mob after being falsely accused of blasphemy, following a landmark fast-track trial.

Three including foreigner killed in Kabul suicide attack

Kabul - Three people including a foreigner working with a European Union police unit were killed when a Taliban car bomber struck a foreign convoy Sunday, the latest attack of Afghanistan's fighting season.

Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

- Russia has deployed hundreds of troops for drills in Central Asia with its ex-Soviet allies in a show of force as anxiety grows over a surge in fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Taliban defend killing of foreigners after Kabul guesthouse siege

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban attempted to justify targeting foreigners after a brazen hours-long siege on a Kabul guesthouse that killed 14 people, saying people from "invading countries" do not count as civilians.

Fourteen die in Kabul guesthouse siege, most of them foreign

Kabul - Fourteen people, most of them foreigners, were killed in a Taliban attack on a Kabul guesthouse that trapped dozens attending a concert and triggered an hours-long standoff with Afghan forces, officials said Thursday.

Taliban claim responsiblity for Kabul guesthouse attack

Kabul - The Taliban on Thursday claimed responsibility for an attack during a concert at a Kabul guesthouse that left five people dead including two Indians and an American."It was a suicide mission carried out by one of our mujaheddin from Logar.

American among five dead in Kabul guesthouse siege

Kabul - An American was among five people killed when gunmen stormed a downtown Kabul guesthouse, trapping dozens of people attending a concert and triggering an hours-long standoff with Afghan security forces, officials said on Thursday.

American killed in seven-hour Kabul guesthouse siege

Kabul - An American citizen was killed when gunmen stormed a downtown Kabul guesthouse late Wednesday, trapping several foreigners awaiting a musical concert and triggering a seven-hour standoff with Afghan security forces.
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