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61 dead as IS jihadists claims twin blasts in Kabul

Kabul - Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 61 people and wounding 207 others in apparently their deadliest attack in the Afghan capital.

Kabul locked down as Hazaras rally over power line

Kabul - Thousands of minority Shiite Hazaras demonstrated in Kabul Saturday, demanding that a key power transmission line pass through their electricity-starved province, in the second major protest over the issue this year.

Afghan brothers launch new mine-hunting drone

Eindhoven - Former refugees Massoud and Mahmud Hassani stunned the world three years ago with an invention like a dandelion puffball that sought to rid the world of landmines.

Pregnant Afghan teen's death sparks call to end child marriage

Kabul - Right groups Wednesday called on the Afghan government to end the scourge of child marriages, after a 14-year-old pregnant girl was burned to death in the latest case of violence against women.

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter lands in Afghanistan

Bagram - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday for talks with President Ashraf Ghani, days after the United States and NATO pledged to keep thousands of troops in the troubled country.

Afghanistan welcomes NATO's renewed security pledge

Kabul - Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on Monday welcomed as an "achievement" the renewed funding commitment from NATO for his country's fledgling security forces amid increasing Taliban insurgency.

NATO makes fresh funding, troop pledge for Afghanistan

Varsovia - NATO agreed Saturday to maintain troop numbers in Afghanistan and reiterated a funding pledge for local security forces until 2020, but officials did not say when the alliance's longest military engagement might end.

Obama slows Afghanistan pullout, 8,400 troops to stay

Washington - President Barack Obama put the brakes on the US pullout from Afghanistan Wednesday, saying 8,400 troops will remain in the war-ravaged country into next year to tackle the threat from a resurgent Taliban.

New Taliban leader tells U.S. to end Afghan 'occupation'

Kabul - New Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada called on the US Saturday to end its "occupation" of Afghanistan in his first message since being appointed the militant group's chief.

Tearful graveside reunions as Kabul mourns police cadets

Kabul - Mohinddin, who loved football and was passionate about joining the Afghan police force, was to return home after his graduation as a cadet to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with his family.

Iran 'to hang two Afghans' for rape of French hiker

Tehran - Iran sentenced to death two Afghans convicted of raping a French tourist hiking in the high mountains just north of Tehran, a government newspaper reported on Thursday.

Taliban attack on Kabul police buses kills at least 27

Kabul - At least 27 policemen were killed Thursday and 40 wounded after a bomb attack claimed by the Taliban struck a convoy of buses transporting police cadets in Kabul, the interior ministry said.

Rumi wasn't yours: Afghan fury as Iran, Turkey claim Sufi poet

Kabul - Who can lay claim to Rumi, the Sufi mystic who is one of the world's most beloved poets? A bid by Iran and Turkey to do so has exasperated Afghanistan, country of his birth eight centuries ago.

Kabul to investigate child sex slavery fuelling insider attacks

Kabul - Afghanistan's president has ordered a "thorough investigation" into institutionalised sexual abuse of children by police, after AFP revealed the Taliban are using child sex slaves to launch deadly insider attacks.

Islamic State fighters launch new attacks in eastern Afghanistan

Jalalabad - Heavy fighting between Afghan forces and Islamic State fighters has killed dozens of people, officials said Sunday, raising fears the militant group is staging a comeback months after Kabul said they had been defeated.

Pakistan calls for aid for its millions of Afghan refugees

Islamabad - Pakistan, home for decades to millions of Afghan refugees, called for the support of the international community as it warned that without help, the flow of those fleeing Afghanistan's decades-long war to Europe could increase.

Nepali guards among at least 25 killed in Afghanistan attacks

Kabul - A busload of Nepali security guards were among 25 people killed in a string of bombings across Afghanistan Monday, days after Washington expanded the US military's authority to strike the Taliban.

Explosion hits minibus in Kabul: police

Kabul - A suicide bomber hit a minibus carrying foreign security guards and caused several casualties early Monday in Kabul along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad, police said.

Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are accused of using child sex slaves to attack police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the cultural practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- for military gain.

Taliban use child sex slaves to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of ...

Afghan refugees already 'forgotten' before migrant crisis: UN

Tehran - Displaced Afghans had already been "forgotten" by the international community before they began arriving in Europe en masse last year, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Saturday in Iran.

Taliban use 'honey trap' boys to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of ...

'Up to God to punish homosexuals': Orlando killer's father

Kabul - The father of the gunman behind the Florida massacre voiced sadness that his son took it upon himself to attack the gay community, saying it was "up to God to punish homosexuals".

Qaeda chief backs new Taliban head as 'emir of believers'

Dubai - Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has pledged allegiance to new Afghan Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada, a low-profile religious figure whose predecessor was killed in a US drone strike.

Obama approves more aggressive Taliban fight

Washington - President Barack Obama has ordered the US military to tackle the resurgent Taliban more directly -- in tandem with Afghan allies, officials said Friday, ratcheting up a 15-year conflict he had vowed to end.

Tributes for US, Afghan journalists killed by Taliban fire

Kabul - Accolades poured in Monday for veteran American reporter David Gilkey and an Afghan reporter killed in southern Afghanistan when their vehicle came under Taliban fire, highlighting the growing dangers faced by journalists covering the worsening conflic...

India's Modi inaugurates $290 mn dam in Afghanistan

Herat - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Afghanistan on Saturday to inaugurate a $290 million hydroelectric dam with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the latest Indian investment which highlights strengthening ties between the two countries.

Afghan forces improve performance over last year: U.S. general

Washington - Afghan forces have improved their performance over the last year, a time when they saw a series of setbacks in their struggle against the Taliban, a United States general said Wednesday.

Six killed as Taliban bombers raid Afghan courthouse

Ghazni - Taliban suicide bombers wearing police uniforms raided a courthouse in the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni Wednesday, killing six people in what they said was revenge for last month's execution of Taliban-linked prisoners.

Taliban kill 16 bus passengers in northern Afghanistan

Kunduz - The Taliban killed at least 16 people Tuesday and kidnapped dozens of others after pulling them off buses in northern Afghanistan, officials said, the latest assault since the insurgents named a new leader last week.
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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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A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
US cargo plane crashing immediately after takeoff from Bagram Airfield military base in Afghanistan
US cargo plane crashing immediately after takeoff from Bagram Airfield military base in Afghanistan
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Special Agents with a Drug Enforcement Administration s (DEA) Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team...
Special Agents with a Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Teams (FAST team) burns a hashish field in Afghanistan after a joint raid on the location with NATO troops in 2008. The DEA is in Afghanistan supporting nation-building efforts by the U.S. government and military as well as targeting the hashish and opium crops that are believed to generate hundreds of millions in funds for the Taliban and al-Qaida annually.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Afghan man receives treatment from a U.S. Navy corpsman after being injured in a grenade attack
Afghan man receives treatment from a U.S. Navy corpsman after being injured in a grenade attack
U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Simon Lee
French journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier (screenshot from YouTube video payin...
French journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier (screenshot from YouTube video paying hommage to the two men)
Staff Sergeant Ferguson s daughter wears her father s fatigues to show her support for her dad.
Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter wears her father's fatigues to show her support for her dad.
Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle
Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle
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OCHA/UN Map showing the areas of Offensive against the Taliban in Pakistan tribal region of North Wa...
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.
OCHA/UN Reliefweb (AfP)
COAS and Prime Minister of Pakistan  Muhammad Nawaz Sharif During his visit to IDPs Camp Bannu.
COAS and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif During his visit to IDPs Camp Bannu.
ISPR – Pakistan Army
File photo: Kuchi people moving in Panjshir province in Afghanistan.
File photo: Kuchi people moving in Panjshir province in Afghanistan.
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A general view of the Bagram prison at the U.S. airbase in Bagram  north of Kabul  Afghanistan
A general view of the Bagram prison at the U.S. airbase in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan
With permission by Reuters / Omar Sobhani
Two Afghan children look at a U.S. Army photographer in June  2010
Two Afghan children look at a U.S. Army photographer in June, 2010
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Eric Cabral
EGHS s drumline.
EGHS's drumline.
Staff Sgt. Dawayne Krepel  a squad leader with U.S. Army Europe s 2nd platoon  Able Company  2nd Bat...
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 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."
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
Pete Souza / White House
A U.S. Navy SEAL team member provides cover for his teammates while advancing on a suspected locatio...
A U.S. Navy SEAL team member provides cover for his teammates while advancing on a suspected location of al Qaida and Taliban forces.
U.S. Navy
EGHS s drill team.
EGHS's drill team.

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