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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.

Gunmen trap foreigners in Kabul guesthouse

Kabul - Gunmen stormed a downtown Kabul guesthouse late Wednesday, trapping several foreigners awaiting a planned concert and triggering a shootout with security forces, with fears of multiple casualties.

Squalor, misery await Afghan returnees forced out of Pakistan

Tarin Kowt - Like thousands of Afghan returnees, Neik Mohammad became unwanted in Pakistan after a Taliban massacre at a Peshawar school, forcing him to return home to a life of misery and fear in a squalid refugee settlement.

19 of 31 Shiites abducted in February freed: Afghan officials

Ghazni - Nineteen of 31 Shiite Muslim men abducted in Afghanistan in February were released Monday in exchange for scores of Uzbek militant fighters held in government prisons, officials said.

Suicide attack on Kabul bus kills 3, wounds at least 16

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber struck a government bus in Kabul on Sunday, killing three and wounding at least 16 others, officials said, the second such attack in less than a week in the Afghan capital.

Afghan Taliban 'soften stance' on women's rights: activists

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban, condemned for their misogynistic ideology, were surprisingly open with female delegates who attended peace talks in Qatar, pledging support for women's education and their right to work in "male-dominated professions", activists sai...

Afghan runaways fight heroin addiction on Pakistan streets

Peshawar - After his brother beat him with chains, Abdullah decided enough was enough and fled his home in Kabul to Pakistan, where he lived rough, sleeping where he could and battling drug addiction.

Four sentenced to death over mob killing of Afghan woman

Kabul - Four Afghan men were sentenced to death Wednesday for the savage lynching of a woman falsely accused of blasphemy, a landmark judgement in a nation where female victims often have little legal recourse.

Suicide attack on Kabul bus kills one, wounds 15: Officials

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber struck a government bus in Kabul Monday, killing one civilian and wounding 15 others, officials said, following talks between insurgent representatives and an Afghan delegation in Doha aimed at ending the country's 13-year war....

52 feared dead in Afghanistan landslide: Officials

Kabul - At least 52 people, mostly women and children, are feared dead after a landslide swept through a village in Afghanistan's remote mountainous northeast Tuesday, the latest natural disaster in the war-torn nation, officials said.

Afghanistan lynching stokes anger against 'fake mullahs'

Kabul - The savage lynching of an Afghan woman who railed openly against superstitious practices has stoked public anger over the treatment of women but also ignited revulsion against Kabul's ubiquitous shamans, forcing them to go underground.

Afghan Taliban announce 'spring offensive' to start Friday

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban said their annual "spring offensive" will begin on Friday, vowing nationwide attacks in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade as NATO forces pull back from the frontlines.

Afghan president starts Iran visit

Tehran - Afghanistan's president arrived in Tehran Sunday on his first trip to Iran since taking office, with security questions likely to dominate talks after the Islamic State group claimed a massive suicide bombing.

IS claims deadly Afghan suicide attack: President Ghani

Jalalabad - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Afghanistan Saturday that killed 33 people and wounded more than 100 others, President Ashraf Ghani said, in what appears to be the first major attack by the jihadists in the countr...

Suicide bomber kills 33 in bloody attack outside Afghan bank

Jalalabad - A suicide bomber killed at least 33 people and wounded 100 others in an attack Saturday outside a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, according to officials.

Anti-graft academic leads Afghan push against 'economic mafia'

Kabul - Ringed with snipers and sandbag bunkers, the makeshift office of a Kabul academic spearheading President Ashraf Ghani's unprecedented anti-corruption drive could be mistaken for a military garrison.

Taliban kill 18 Afghan soldiers, some beheaded

Kunduz - Taliban fighters killed 18 Afghan soldiers -- including some who were beheaded -- after storming an army outpost in the remote mountainous northeast in a major attack before the spring fighting season, officials said Monday.

Bullet-ridden bodies of five aid workers found in Afghanistan

The bullet-ridden bodies of five aid workers, taken under duress by armed gunmen nearly two months ago, have been found in a city in the south of Afghanistan, a government official reported on Saturday.

15 killed in Afghan bombings, including attack on NATO convoy

Jalalabad - A Taliban suicide car bomb targeted a NATO convoy in eastern Afghanistan Friday, killing at least three civilians as security forces brace for a full-blown insurgent offensive in the spring fighting season.
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A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
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An Afghan boy looks at a U.S. Marine photographer in 2010
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