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Afghanistan News

Toll rises to 57 as survivors tell of Afghan volleyball bombing

Kabul - Survivors of a horrific suicide attack which killed 57 people at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan told Monday how the blast ripped through a crowd of spectators enjoying the final moments of the match.

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

Khost - About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

Khost - Around 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds gathered to watch a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

Op-Ed: Sergeant’s wife surprises him on the other side of the country

A military couple’s surprise reunion will leave you crying happy tears of joy right along with them, when you see what this wife did to her husband.

President extends US combat role in Afghanistan: report

Washington - Barack Obama has extended the combat role for US troops in Afghanistan for another year, in a classified order he signed in recent weeks, the New York Times reported Friday.

Suicide attackers target foreign compound in Kabul

Kabul - Taliban militants launched a car bomb and suicide attack Wednesday on a compound in Kabul that houses many international contractors, but only the attackers died in the assault, Afghan officials said.

Global 'terror' deaths up by 61 percent: study

London - The number of people killed globally in terrorist attacks jumped by 61 percent in 2013, reflecting the rise of Boko Haram and Islamic State jihadists, the Institute for Economics and Peace said Tuesday.

Kabul suicide blast kills two guards at foreign compound

Kabul - A Taliban suicide truck bomb struck at the entrance of a foreign-run compound in Kabul on Tuesday, killing two Afghan guards and highlighting the security challenges facing the country as NATO forces depart.

Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack, 3 dead

Kabul - A suicide bomber on Sunday attacked the vehicle convoy of a prominent female Afghan MP near the parliament in Kabul, killing three civilians and injuring 22 others, officials said.

Ghani arrives on Pakistan visit with eye on Taliban talks

Islamabad - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made his first official trip to neighbouring Pakistan on Friday, seeking to improve ties crucial to his hopes of reviving Taliban peace talks as US troops end their 13-year war.

Kabul police chief escapes suicide blast in his office

Kabul - A suicide bomber walked into the offices of the Kabul police chief on Sunday and detonated his explosives, killing a senior aide in an attack that highlighted poor security in the Afghan capital.

Op-Ed: New Afghan president can halt Taliban advance with jobs

With Ashraf Ghani now sworn in as the new president of Afghanistan in a rare peaceful transition of power, an historic opportunity arises for President Ghani to attack a fundamental source of the insurgency.

Op-Ed: Afghanistan to remain a western-funded client state

Kabul - While the Afghan security forces may or may not be able to fend off attacks by the Taliban when the 2015 fighting begins next spring, one thing is certain, the Afghan government cannot fund those forces without aid from the US and others.

New Afghan president on first China visit as withdrawal looms

Beijing - Afghanistan and China pledged a long-term partnership Tuesday as new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani began a four-day visit while NATO combat troops prepare to withdraw from his country.

Britain hands over last Afghan base

British forces Sunday handed over formal control of their last base in Afghanistan to Afghan troops, ending combat operations in the country after 13 years which cost hundreds of lives.

Taliban blast in Kabul kills four Afghan soldiers

Kabul - At least four Afghan soldiers were killed and around a dozen people including six civilians wounded when a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials said.

U.S. paid $486 million for Afghan planes now sold for scrap

Kabul - So far only 16 of 20 Italian-made military transport planes bought by the U.S. for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of almost $500 million have been sold for scrap at about six cents a pound.

New Afghan president hosts Turkey's Erdogan in Kabul

Kabul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Afghanistan Saturday, the latest world leader to visit the war-ravaged country since President Ashraf Ghani took power after a prolonged political standoff.

Afghanistan captures two Haqqani commanders

Kabul - Afghan security forces said Thursday they have captured two senior leaders of the feared Haqqani network, a hardline group behind sophisticated attacks on Afghan and NATO forces.

Taliban ambush in northern Afghanistan kills 22 police

Balkh - Taliban militants killed 22 police officers and wounded eight after ambushing a police convoy in northern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.

Civilian dead in Taliban suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber targeted an NATO convoy in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Monday, killing an Afghan civilian but causing no casualties among foreign troops, officials said.

Germany regrets 'mistakes' in Afghanistan mission

Berlin - Germany's foreign minister said Sunday that Berlin had made serious mistakes in its military engagement in Afghanistan since 2001 and warned against a hasty withdrawal.

German aid worker freed in Kabul after two-year ordeal

Kabul - A German aid worker who was taken hostage by masked gunmen in Pakistan over two years ago was released in neighbouring Afghanistan this week, Berlin said on Friday.

Five Afghan men hanged for gang-rape despite UN appeal

Kabul - Five Afghan men were hanged on Wednesday for the gang rape of four women despite the United Nations and human rights groups criticising the trial and urging new president Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions.

New Afghan leader thanks NATO troops for their sacrifice

Kabul - Newly-inaugurated Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday set a fresh tone in relations with NATO countries that have fought against Taliban insurgents, paying a fulsome tribute to foreign soldiers who died in battle.

Mixed legacy for Afghanistan after Karzai departure

Kabul - Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai may have brought development and relative stability to major cities, but an insurgency-wracked countryside and sky-high corruption levels mean that for many ordinary citizens he leaves behind a mixed legacy.

Three killed in suicide attack on Afghan army bus

Kabul - A Taliban suicide attacker killed three people on an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Thursday, the latest deadly strike against such vehicles since the new government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country.

Twin suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul kill 7

Kabul - Two Taliban suicide bombers hit army buses in Kabul Wednesday, killing at least seven people in a coordinated attack, officials said, a day after the new Afghan government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country.

Op-Ed: U.S. still holds about 60 prisoners indefinitely in Afghanistan

Bagram - While the US and Afghanistan have just signed a bilateral security agreement that will allow US and some NATO troops to remain after the end of 2014, there are still outstanding issues such as the fate of a number of prisoners still held by the US.

Afghanistan and US sign long-delayed troop pact

Kabul - Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to allow about 10,000 US troops to stay in the country next year, as new President Ashraf Ghani took a major step towards mending frayed ties with Washington.
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President Barack Obama visits with a platoon of U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan that ...
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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Mrs. Ferguson is handed a bouquet of flowers to symbolize the neighborhood support for her family s ...
Mrs. Ferguson is handed a bouquet of flowers to symbolize the neighborhood support for her family's sacrifice.
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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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Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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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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DEA FAST team member communicating with other members via radio.
DEA FAST team member communicating with other members via radio.
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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
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President Barack Obama greets hospital personnel in the ICU at Bagram Air Field  Afghanistan  May 1 ...
President Barack Obama greets hospital personnel in the ICU at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. The President presented ten Purple Hearts, three in the ICU
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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."
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai
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US troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan
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A pedestrian bridge in Baghlan province.
A pedestrian bridge in Baghlan province.
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Woman wearing burqa
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US Army Sergeant (retired) Brendan Marrocco  lost all four limbs in an EFP attack in Baiji  Iraq in ...
US Army Sergeant (retired) Brendan Marrocco, lost all four limbs in an EFP attack in Baiji, Iraq in 2009, being helped from the firing range during 'Operation Proper Exit' at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar Province, May 28, 2014
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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 Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni, as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul
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