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Afghan security forces killed in US strike in Helmand

Kandahar - Several Afghan security forces have been killed in an American air strike targeting the Taliban, The US military said Friday, with local officials reporting the deaths of at least eight police officers.

Afghan election workers must prepare for September poll: US

Kabul - Election officials in Afghanistan should do more to ensure delayed presidential polls can take place in September, the US embassy in Kabul said Thursday.

Kabul murder highlights Afghan women's plight

Kabul - When gunmen killed former journalist Mena Mangal on a busy Kabul street, observers first wondered if she had been murdered by the Taliban, the Islamist extremists who have long marginalised women.

Afghan refugee entrepreneurs thrive in Turkey

Istanbul - When Afghan businessman Haji Yakup Burhan fled the violence of his home country 30 years ago, he brought with him his family -- and all his money.

Landmine explosion kills seven children in Afghanistan

Ghazni - A landmine explosion killed seven children and wounded two others in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, as war ordnance again claimed civilian lives.

US-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with 'some progress': Taliban

Kabul - The latest round of US-Taliban talks ended in Qatar on Thursday, an insurgent spokesman said, after "positive and constructive" negotiations that continued even as the Taliban bombed a US-funded aid group in Kabul.

Kabul aid groups reel after nine killed in Taliban attack

Kabul - Humanitarian groups were reeling Thursday from yet another attack targeting aid workers in Afghanistan, as authorities confirmed nine people had been killed in a Taliban assault in Kabul a day earlier.

Kabul aid groups reel after nine killed in Taliban attack

Kabul - Humanitarian groups were reeling Thursday from yet another attack targeting aid workers in Afghanistan, as officials confirmed nine people had been killed in a Taliban attack in Kabul a day earlier.

Taliban conduct deadly assault on US-funded aid group in Kabul

Kabul - Taliban militants stormed a US-funded aid group's central Kabul compound Tuesday, having targeted the organisation for promoting Western culture and the "inter-mixing" of men and women.

Young Afghan amputee's joy at dancing on new leg

Kabul - With his hands in the air and an infectious grin spreading from ear to ear, a young Afghan boy whirls around a Kabul hospital room on his new prosthetic leg.

US-Taliban talks stumble over troop withdrawal: Taliban

Doha - Talks between the Taliban and the US have become bogged down over the key issue of when foreign forces might leave Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman told AFP on Sunday.

Afghanistan loya jirga demands 'immediate and permanent' ceasefire

Kabul - A historic "loya jirga" peace summit in Kabul ended Friday with delegates from across Afghanistan demanding an immediate and permanent ceasefire -- and President Ashraf Ghani saying he was conditionally prepared to implement one.

Massive Afghanistan peace summit ends in Kabul

Kabul - A huge peace meeting aimed at finding an exit from Afghanistan's war is due to finish Friday in Kabul, with leading politicians expected to announce visions for a much-needed breakthrough.

New round of US-Taliban talks to start in Doha: Taliban

Kabul - A new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the US got underway in Qatar on Wednesday, an official for the insurgents said, as the foes seek a way out of America's longest war.

NATO drops another Afghanistan war metric: US watchdog

Kabul - The US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan has stopped releasing key data on how much of the country falls under insurgent or government control, a US watchdog said Wednesday, the latest war metric to fall from public view.

New round of US-Taliban talks to start in Doha: Taliban

Kabul - A new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the US starts Wednesday in Qatar, an official for the insurgents said, as the foes seek an end of America's longest war.

Kabul on lockdown as assembly discusses peace with the Taliban

Kabul - Afghanistan's usually bustling capital Kabul slowed to a crawl Tuesday amid massive security for a high-stakes peace summit that has previously been a target for insurgent attacks.

After 'caliphate' collapse, jihadists head to Afghanistan to plot attacks

Kabul - Islamic State fighters who waged a bloody campaign in Syria and Iraq are heading to Afghanistan to continue their jihad and help plot "spectacular" attacks against America, a US official has told AFP.

No peace if Taliban do not adapt: US envoy

Kabul - There will be no enduring peace in Afghanistan unless the Taliban adapt to the changes that have swept the country since they were ousted in 2001, a US diplomat said Sunday.

US envoy, Ghani push 'intra-Afghan' talks: palace

Kabul - The United States and Afghanistan stressed the need for "intra-Afghan dialogue" when US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held talks on Saturday, a palace statement said.

US agrees with Russia, China on pulling troops from Afghanistan

Washington - The United States on Friday found backing from rivals Russia and China on the key formula of a peace deal it is negotiating in Afghanistan -- withdrawing troops in return for Taliban pledges not to welcome foreign extremists.

Afghanistan's grand assembly for troubled peace process

Kabul - Afghanistan on Monday will convene a rare "loya jirga" -- a massive meeting for delegates from across the country to discuss the war and US efforts to forge a peace deal with the Taliban.

US regrets Afghan civilian deaths, says answer is peace

Washington - The US envoy negotiating with the Taliban voiced regret Thursday over findings that US-backed forces were killing more civilians than the militants, and said the solution was a peace deal.

More civilians now killed by US, Afghan forces than by insurgents: UN

Kabul - Afghan civilians are for the first time being killed in greater numbers by US and pro-government forces than by the Taliban and other insurgent groups, a UN report released Wednesday revealed.

IS claims deadly attack on Afghan ministry

Beirut - The Islamic State group Sunday claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 10 people and trapped around 2,000 for hours inside the communications ministry in the Afghan capital the previous day.

Afghan women go online to set #myredline for peace

Kabul - Kobra Samim, who rides for Afghanistan's national cycling team, wrote on Facebook that women's participation in sport is her "red line" as the US tries to forge a peace deal with the Taliban.

Suicide bombers in deadly attack on Afghan ministry

Kabul - Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in a deadly, hours-long assault that destroyed weeks of relative calm in the capital.

Loud explosion, gunfire rock downtown Kabul

Kabul - A loud explosion and follow-up gunfire were heard near the Afghan communication ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said.

Peace hopes suffer setback as Taliban-Afghan talks derailed

Doha - Hopes for a breakthrough in a push to end Afghanistan's gruelling conflict suffered a major setback Friday after a key summit between the Taliban and Afghan officials was indefinitely postponed.

Taliban-Afghan talks derailed by delegate row

Doha - Critical peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar appeared to have been suspended Friday, with Washington signalling its disappointment and urging both sides to return to the table.
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Woman wearing burqa
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A pedestrian bridge in Baghlan province.
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Around 100 Afghan security forces have died in the battle for Ghazni
Around 100 Afghan security forces have died in the battle for Ghazni
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Ghanzi, Afghanistan
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A US special operations sniper aims his rifle.
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Helmet cam video: US soldier under Taliban machine gun fire
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Arsalah Jamal  a Canadian citizen  serving as Afghan provincial governor of Logar province  was kill...
Arsalah Jamal, a Canadian citizen, serving as Afghan provincial governor of Logar province, was killed in mosque bombing
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Map of Afghanistan showing the location of Nuristan, in the Northeast part of the country. This province is where the researchers primarily conducted their studies on the Kashmir musk deer.
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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Ross Gundlach is reunited with his bomb-sniffing dog Casey
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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
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Nadia Sediqqi, head of the women's affairs department in Laghman province, shot dead by two gunmen.
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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."
File photo: Leader Nancy Pelosi meets with American soldiers at the US Embassy in Kabul
File photo: Leader Nancy Pelosi meets with American soldiers at the US Embassy in Kabul
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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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DEA FAST team members make an early morning trek across a desert field while in route to the residence of a corrupt police chief in Afghanistan where they will conduct a raid that will end in his arrest.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves after the last day of the Loya Jirga  in Kabul November 24  201...
Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves after the last day of the Loya Jirga, in Kabul November 24, 2013. Karzai said on Sunday the United States needed to bring peace to Afghanistan before he would sign a security deal which will enable Washington to keep troops in the country beyond next year
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French soldiers from the 27ème bataillon de chasseurs alpins and French Task Force Tiger patrol the many valleys of Kapisa province, Afghanistan, April 21, 2009.
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