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Afghanistan's Panjshir valley hit by new avalanches

Kabul - The worst snow slides in 30 years or more have killed an additional 200 people, adding to a total of almost 250 deaths attributed to the avalanches plaguing Afghanistan this winter.

Woman cab driver encourages other women to drive in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the majority of taxi drivers are males, but Sara Bahayi, 40, is a female taxi driver who is trying to change that.

Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 200

Parwan - More than 200 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, warning the death toll could rise still further.

Suicide attack on Turkish embassy vehicle kills two in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide attack targeting a Turkish diplomatic vehicle killed two people in Kabul Thursday, highlighting the fragile security situation as the Afghan government presses for peace talks with the militants.

National Geographic 'Afghan girl' in Pakistan papers probe

Peshawar - Pakistani officials are investigating after the famous green-eyed "Afghan girl" immortalised in a 1985 National Geographic magazine cover was found living in the country on fraudulent identity papers.

Afghan avalanches 'kill more than 100'

Kabul - Avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall have killed more than 100 people in Afghanistan and the death toll is expected to rise, officials said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan making progress reducing detainee torture: UN

Kabul - The Afghan government is making progress in reducing the torture of conflict detainees, the UN said Wednesday, though more than a third still suffer mistreatment.

Gunmen abduct 30 Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan

Kandahar - Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shiite Muslim men who were travelling by bus through southern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

Afghan bank clerks rob their own bank of $1.4 million and run

Kabul - Bank clerks in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province may have stolen as much as 81 million Afghanis ($1.4 million) from the country's central bank when they raided their own bank and fled, said one official on Saturday.

Pentagon chief reviews plans to shut Kandahar base

Kandahar - Pentagon chief Ashton Carter headed to southern Afghanistan on Sunday to review plans to withdraw US forces in a volatile area that has long preoccupied American commanders.

US signals likely delay in troop exit from Afghanistan

Kabul - President Barack Obama's new Pentagon chief said Saturday the United States was seriously considering slowing the pace of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, as the country battles a resilient Taliban insurgency.

New Pentagon chief Carter in Kabul on unannounced visit

Kabul - The Pentagon's new chief, Ashton Carter, flew to Kabul on Saturday to confer with commanders and Afghan leaders about the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan.

No US-Taliban meetings planned in Doha: White House

Washington - The White House said Thursday there are currently no meetings planned in Qatar between US and Taliban officials to discuss possible peace talks on Afghanistan, as Taliban sources had indicated.

Sharp rise in Afghan civilian casualties: UN

Kabul - The number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan jumped 22 percent in 2014, the UN said Wednesday, as NATO troops withdrew from combat leaving government forces to battle a raging Taliban insurgency.

26 Afghan police killed as army begins anti-Taliban drive

Kandahar - At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed on Tuesday in a Taliban attack near Kabul, bringing to 26 the number of officers to die since the start of an army offensive aimed at weakening the insurgents.

Afghanistan could become haven for IS: ex-CIA officer

Washington - Afghanistan is in danger of turning into a sanctuary once again for Islamist extremists as the West withdraws troops and shifts its attention elsewhere, a former senior CIA official warned.

Islamic State commander killed in Afghanistan drone strike

Kandahar - A NATO drone strike in Afghanistan on Monday killed a former Taliban commander and Guantanamo detainee who was suspected of links to the Islamic State group, officials said.

Three U.S. contractors killed in Afghan insider attack

Kabul - An Afghan air force official said that three American contractors were killed in an apparent attack by an insider in the Afghan capital Kabul. The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting that took place on Thursday morning.

Three U.S. contractors killed in Kabul 'insider attack'

Washington - Three American contractors were killed in an apparent "insider attack" at Kabul airport on Thursday, a U.S. defense official told AFP.Details of the shooting remained unclear, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Huge anti-Charlie Hebdo rally in Chechnya as global protests rumble on

Grozny - The furious backlash against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed rumbled on Monday with a huge rally in Chechnya, Afghan protesters burning the French flag and Gazans levelling threats against France.

Afghan policeman kills commander, district chief

Kandahar - An Afghan policeman killed his commander and a district chief in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, in a new "insider attack" in the country after a recent decline.

Afghanistan names 'unity' cabinet after months of delay

Kabul - Afghanistan's new cabinet was unveiled on Monday after three months of wrangling following the election of President Ashraf Ghani and the formation of a "national unity government" in the wake of last year's fraud-mired election.

'Evil' British preacher Abu Hamza jailed for life in US

New York - A US judge on Friday sentenced British hate preacher Abu Hamza to life behind bars for the deadly kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen and terrorism, calling him "evil" and his crimes "barbaric.

100 days in power for Afghan president, but no government

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani marked his first 100 days in power on Tuesday, still struggling to form a government as a new political stalemate threatens to fuel the Taliban insurgency.

A decade of aid cash brings little cheer for Afghan orphans

Kabul - International aid was meant to transform Afghanistan's welfare standards, but orphanages in Kabul reveal that the most vulnerable children, many left parentless by war, have seen little benefit from the billions of dollars spent.

Afghan soldiers to blame for deadly wedding bombing: officials

Kandahar - Afghan soldiers were responsible for firing mortars at a wedding party that killed 17 women and children, officials said Friday, in a mistaken strike that overshadowed the transfer of nationwide security from NATO forces.

Afghan army probed after mortars kill 20 at wedding

Kabul - Afghanistan on Thursday launched an investigation into whether the army was responsible for mortars fired into a wedding party that killed at least 20 guests in the restive southern province of Helmand.

Rocket hits Afghan wedding, at least 15 killed: Officials

Kandahar - A rocket fired during fighting between Afghan forces and insurgents killed at least 15 wedding guests late Wednesday in the southern province of Helmand, officials said, highlighting the continuing conflict after NATO's combat mission ended.

French ceremony as new NATO Afghan mission takes over

Kabul - The last French troops in Afghanistan held a ceremony in Kabul on Wednesday to mark the end of their deployment after NATO combat operations closed down and as a new "train and support" mission takes over.

Taliban claim NATO 'defeat' in 13-year Afghan war

Kabul - The Taliban responded scornfully Monday to the formal end of NATO's war in Afghanistan, describing the US-led mission as a "fire of barbarism and cruelty" that had drowned the country "in a pool of blood".
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Hundreds attended the funerals on Thursday of some of the victims of a massive avalanche in a mounta...
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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Afghanistan: American soldiers
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Mike Dolnick
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DEA FAST team members practice firearms training at a desert location in Afghanistan.
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U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer in Afghanistan takes cover as CH-53 helicopter lands
U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer in Afghanistan takes cover as CH-53 helicopter lands
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President Barack Obama visits with a platoon of U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan that recently lost six members, Dec. 3, 2010. The President made an overnight trip to visit troops in Afghanistan.
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Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter proudly wears her dad's cap.
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Afghanistan women
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The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over Afghanistan
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President Barack Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan
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Ghanzi, Afghanistan
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The Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
The Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
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Mike Dolnick (left) with trauma team members
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The destruction left in the wake of a 2009 suicide bombing
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai
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Screenshot from i>Télé report of image of the two French hostages in Afghanistan projected on to the Arc de Triomphe on the day marking the first anniversary of their capture
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An ISAF news conference
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U.S. Secretary of State poses with Aghani female politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
U.S. Secretary of State poses with Aghani female politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
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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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