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US soldier killed in Afghan operation against IS

Kabul - A US soldier has been killed in Afghanistan in an operation targeting Islamic State group insurgents, commanders said Thursday, in the latest blow to American forces in the war-torn nation.

Trump at Camp David on Friday for Afghanistan talks

Washington - US President Donald Trump will meet Friday with his national security team at Camp David, as he mulls whether or not to send more American troops to war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Taliban warn Trump against troop increase in open letter

Kabul - The Taliban published an open letter to US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warning him against sending more American forces to Afghanistan.

Blackwater founder resurfaces selling Afghan plan

Washington - Nearly 16 years after US forces entered Afghanistan, a shadowy figure from the past is making the rounds in Washington with a plan to end America's longest war.

US airstrike kills several civilians in Afghanistan: officials

Jalalabad - Several civilians have been killed in an US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said Friday, the latest setback in efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country.

Trump says decision on Afghanistan strategy 'very close'

Washington - President Donald Trump said Thursday he was "very close" to revealing his keenly awaited decision on the number of US troops he plans to keep in Afghanistan.

Afghan migrant 'Little Picasso' exhibits in Belgrade

Belgrade - A 10-year-old Afghan refugee dubbed "Little Picasso" exhibited his paintings and photographs in Belgrade on Wednesday, hoping to raise money for a Serbian child's post-cancer therapy.

Afghan families recount horrifying Taliban, IS massacre

Mazar-e Sharif - Taliban and Islamic State fighters unleashed a killing spree targeting civilians after capturing a remote village in northern Afghanistan, traumatised families said Wednesday after being released by the insurgents.

Taliban release 235 hostages after Afghanistan 'massacre'

Mazar-e Sharif - The Taliban released 235 hostages from a remote village in northern Afghanistan where it allegedly massacred around 50 civilians along with Islamic State insurgents but others were still feared held, officials said Tuesday.

From poppy to heroin: Taliban move into Afghan drug production

Kabul - The Taliban -- which banned poppy cultivation when it ruled Afghanistan -- now appears to wield significant control over the war-torn country's heroin production line, providing insurgents with billions of dollars, officials have told AFP.

Taliban, IS jointly massacred 50 civilians: Afghan officials

Kabul - The Taliban and Islamic State group jointly massacred dozens of civilians in an Afghan village, officials said Monday, highlighting rare co-operation between the insurgents that could increase the strain on Afghanistan's beleaguered security forces.

Afghan officials seize truck with 16 tonnes of explosives

Kabul - Afghan intelligence officials said Sunday they seized a truck in Kabul carrying more than 16 tonnes of explosives hidden in boxes marked as poultry feed, months after a truck bomb killed about 150 people.

Afghan police killed, NATO soldier wounded in 'insider attack'

Kandahar - Two Afghan police officers were killed and a NATO soldier was wounded in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said.

Afghan warlord backs elections, rejects US troop increase

Kabul - Infamous Afghan warlord and ex-prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar rejected any increase in US troops Saturday as he said elections were the only way to bring stability to the war-torn country.

Georgian soldier killed in Taliban suicide attack: NATO

Kabul - A Georgian soldier was killed in a Taliban suicide bomb attack on a convoy of foreign forces near Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, NATO said Friday.

Delay in Afghanistan policy points to White House rift

Washington - President Donald Trump has yet to announce a plan for Afghanistan, and delays in unveiling his strategy point to deep rifts in the White House on how to handle America's longest war.

Delay in Afghanistan policy points to White House rift

Washington - President Donald Trump has yet to announce a plan for Afghanistan, and delays in unveiling his strategy point to deep rifts in the White House on how to handle America's longest war.

Father of Afghan robotics girl killed in mosque attack

Herat - The father of an Afghan girl who represented her country in a robotics competition in the United States died in this week's Herat mosque attack, her family said Thursday.

Shiites chant anti-IS slogans, protest latest deadly Afghan attack

Herat - Thousands of Shiite protesters chanted slogans against the Islamic State group Wednesday as they carried the coffins of victims of a mosque attack that killed 33 people in the western Afghan city of Herat.

Taliban suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy in south Afghanistan

Kandahar - A Taliban suicide bomber Wednesday rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of foreign forces in Afghanistan's restive southern province of Kandahar, causing casualties, officials said.

Angry Shiites to protest latest deadly Afghan attack

Herat - Shiites prepared to take to the streets of Afghanistan's Herat Wednesday following a deadly mosque attack as anger grew over authorities' failure to prevent the latest assault on the minority community.

At least 29 killed in Afghan Shiite mosque attack

Herat - A suicide bomber and a gunman killed at least 29 people and wounded 63 at a packed Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's main western city of Herat Tuesday, the latest attack to highlight the country's deteriorating security situation.

Two killed in IS-claimed attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul

Kabul - Two people died in an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul claimed by the Islamic State group, Afghan officials said, with analysts describing the attack as revenge for the group's defeat in Iraq.

IS claims attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul

Kabul - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Iraqi embassy in Kabul Monday and militants breached the compound, Afghan officials said, in a complex hours-long attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

IS claims attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul

Kabul - The Islamic State group claimed it had attacked the Iraqi embassy in Kabul Monday, as a series of explosions and the sound of gunfire shook the Afghan capital in a continuing assault.

'Born free': War-torn Kabul pulls down concrete blast walls

Kabul - The blast walls that cut through Kabul like ramparts are being pulled down, part of a counter-intuitive makeover by local officials who argue the move will give the city's war-weary residents a psychological boost.

26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Kandahar base

Kandahar - At least 26 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack on a military base in southern Kandahar province, the defence ministry said Wednesday, the latest blow to the country's struggling security forces.

Violence against Afghan journalists soars: watchdog

Kabul - At least 10 journalists were killed in Afghanistan in the first half of 2017, a 35 percent surge from last year, a media watchdog said Tuesday, with rampant violence on the rise in the war-torn country.

At least 35 killed in Taliban attack on central Afghan hospital

Kabul - At least 35 people were killed when the Taliban attacked a hospital in central Ghor province over the weekend, a presidential spokesman said Monday.

At least 26 killed in Kabul car bomb claimed by Taliban

Kabul - At least 26 people were killed and 41 wounded Monday after a Taliban-claimed car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees through a Shiite neighbourhood in Kabul, raising fears of sectarian violence in the Afghan capital.
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