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How quitting Afghanistan presents fresh challenges for US

Washington - President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw foreign troops from Afghanistan ushers in a new set of risks for the United States and its military. What are those risks, and how does the administration hope to mitigate them?

Top US envoy Blinken vows 'enduring' Afghan ties despite troop pullout

Kabul - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed Thursday that the United States will have a lasting partnership with Afghanistan even after it withdraws all forces from the country before this year's 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Biden tells US 'time to end America's longest war' in Afghanistan

Washington - It is "time to end America's longest war," US President Joe Biden will say Wednesday as he announces Washington's withdrawal from Afghanistan, which it invaded in the wake of the 9/11 attacks two decades ago.

Biden says 'time to end' US war in Afghanistan with total pullout

Washington - President Joe Biden announced Wednesday it's "time to end" America's longest war with the unconditional withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, where they have spent two decades in a bloody, largely fruitless battle against the Taliban.

Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

Washington - President Joe Biden will remove all US troops from Afghanistan before this year's 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, ending America's longest war around five months later than planned, a US official said.

Afghan president to unveil new peace proposal: officials

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has drawn up a new proposal for peace with the Taliban ahead of an international conference aimed at jump-starting faltering talks between the two warring sides, official sources said.

US lifts Trump sanctions on Hague prosecutor, seeking cooperation

Washington - US President Joe Biden on Friday revoked sanctions imposed by Donald Trump on the top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court as the new administration seeks a more cooperative approach, resolving an intense disagreement with European allies.

US lifts Trump-imposed sanctions on ICC prosecutor

Washington - The United States said Friday it would lift sanctions imposed by former president Donald Trump's administration on the top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, calling for a more cooperative relationship.

Biden sees Afghan withdrawal this year but not by May deadline

Washington - US President Joe Biden on Thursday gave his clearest signal yet that he would not meet a deadline to pull out all troops from Afghanistan by May 1 but said he would likely end America's longest war within the year.

Taliban slam Afghan president's proposal for new election

Kabul - The Taliban on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to hold elections later this year, after months of peace talks between the two warring sides have made little progress.

Taliban urged not to launch spring offensive at Moscow talks

Moscow - Mediators in Moscow on Thursday urged the Taliban not to launch a spring offensive, as international efforts for a peace deal intensify ahead of a deadline for US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Russia hosts Afghan talks as US deadline for exit looms

Moscow - Russia on Thursday was hosting faltering Afghan peace talks, hoping to cement its role as a powerbroker ahead of a looming deadline for US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan.

UN chief appoints personal envoy to Afghanistan

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Wednesday he had appointed veteran French diplomat Jean Arnault to be his personal envoy to Afghanistan and the surrounding region, ahead of peace talks later this week in Moscow.

Afghan sewing factory offers lifeline to war widows

Kabul - Dozens of women widowed by the Afghan war have been given a lifeline by the army, stitching military uniforms indistinguishable from the ones their husbands died in.

Afghan officials reverse ban on girls singing after social media backlash

Kabul - A ban on girls singing in public imposed by education officials in the Afghan capital last week has been overturned after a social media campaign that included local women uploading videos of themselves belting out their favourite songs.

Car bomb kills eight, wounds 47, in western Afghanistan

Herat - A powerful car bomb in western Afghanistan killed at least eight people and wounded dozens more, authorities said Saturday, as the United Nations condemned attacks on civilians in the country.

Russia backs US plan for Taliban role in Afghanistan interim govt

Moscow - Russia on Friday backed a US initiative to include the Taliban in a future interim Afghanistan government, as global powers ramp up efforts to secure a peace deal and end decades of war.

Afghan Buddha in virtual return on anniversary of destruction by Taliban

Bamyan - Twenty years after being blasted out of Afghanistan's rugged central highlands, one of the country's famed Buddha statues made a brief virtual return Tuesday night as a three-dimensional projection filled the alcove that hosted the statue for centuries...

US tests push for sweeping change in Afghanistan as pullout nears

Washington - President Joe Biden is testing whether he can bring sweeping changes in Afghanistan, including a potential government involving the Taliban, in a high-risk strategy as he weighs whether to honor a May deadline to end America's longest war.

Afghan women leave journalism in droves as violence soars

Kabul - Nearly 20 percent of Afghan women journalists have quit or lost their jobs in the past six months, a media watchdog group said Monday, as a wave of murders targeting the press has intensified in the war-torn country.

Female doctor killed in eastern Afghanistan after murder of media workers

Jalalabad - A female doctor was killed in a bomb blast in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in what appeared to be another targeted hit, officials said Thursday, just days after three women media workers were gunned down in the area.

Taliban aid crackdown spreads fear over treatment of women

Kabul - Afghan women are being cut off from crucial aid because of a growing Taliban crackdown in areas controlled by the insurgents, more than a dozen relief workers have told AFP.

'Nobody is safe anymore': Afghans in shock after three female media workers killed

Jalalabad - Outrage rippled through Afghanistan Wednesday as funerals were held for three female media workers gunned down in the eastern city of Jalalabad, with insurgent violence increasing as peace talks stall.

'Nobody is safe anymore': Afghans in shock after three female media workers killed

Jalalabad - Outrage rippled through Afghanistan Wednesday as funerals were held for three female media workers gunned down in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the latest assassinations to rack the war-weary country.

Rug hunters risk death in search for Afghanistan's last antique carpets

Kabul - In his quest to track down the last of Afghanistan's antique rugs, Chari Allahqul has weathered high-country blizzards, suffered beatings from armed robbers, and skirted fighting with insurgents.

US envoy in Kabul as questions over troop withdrawal swirl

Kabul - The US special envoy to Afghanistan touched down in Kabul on Monday for meetings with Afghan leaders, in a bid to revive a flagging peace process as violence soars in the war-weary country and a deadline for US troop withdrawal draws closer.

Five killed in multiple Kabul morning bomb attacks

Kabul - Three explosions rocked Kabul Saturday morning, killing at least five people and injuring two others, authorities said, the latest in a series of similar recent attacks in the Afghan capital.

NATO holds post-Trump talks as Afghanistan decision looms

Apo - NATO defence ministers looked to reinvigorate ties Wednesday as they held their first talks since US President Joe Biden took office after four years of tensions under Donald Trump.

NATO eyes post-Trump reset as Afghanistan call looms

Apo - NATO defence ministers meet Wednesday for their first talks since US President Joe Biden took over from Donald Trump with a vow to soothe tensions between Washington and its closest partners.

New Zealand to end military deployment in Afghanistan

Wellington - New Zealand will withdraw the last of its military personnel from Afghanistan in May, concluding a deployment that has lasted two decades, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Wednesday.
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The start of the parade.
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A general view of the Bagram prison at the U.S. airbase in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan
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EGHS's drill team.
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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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Paula Broadwell with Gen. David H. Petraeus in Afghanistan in 2011
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An Afghan boy looks at a U.S. Marine photographer in 2010
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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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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25, 2014
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The Hazara people are urging for the halt to  systemic genocides of Hazaras.
The Hazara people are urging for the halt to "systemic genocides of Hazaras."
The Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
The Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
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President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan  March 28  2010.
President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.
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Staff Sgt. Dawayne Krepel, a squad leader with U.S. Army Europe's 2nd platoon, Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, searches an Afghan man during a tactical checkpoint mission on the Pech River Road in Kunar Province, Afghanistan Jan. 11, 2008 (U.S. Army Photo)
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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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A still from the documentary Human Terrain, where social scientists embed with the U.S. military to learn about the Afghani culture
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OCHA/UN Map showing the areas of Offensive against the Taliban in Pakistan tribal region of North Waziristan. Map also shows the areas where citizens from the Northern Waziristan Area have been displaced.
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"The mother of all bombs"
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Staff Sgt. Timothy Blackman, a squad leader in Company D, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, provides over watch security while the Afghan National Army conducts a shura with the people in Pirkowti Valley with the Paktika Province
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