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Taliban praise continued US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban welcomed the latest withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan with the insurgents' spokesman Saturday calling the continued reduction of American forces a "good advancement" even as fighting raged across the war-weary country.

Taliban kill 12 pro-govt militiamen in Afghanistan insider attack

Herat - Two Taliban fighters who had infiltrated a base of pro-government Afghan militiamen killed 12 of them, officials and the insurgent group said Saturday.

Taliban kill 9 Afghan security personnel in checkpoint raids: authorities

Kunduz - At least nine Afghan security personnel were killed when Taliban militants attacked two police checkpoints overnight in a restive northern province, officials said Friday.

US troop levels cut to 2,500 each in Afghanistan and Iraq

Washington - The US military has cut troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 each, their lowest levels in the nearly two decades since the wars began, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Don't pimp my ride: Afghanistan retires '39' number plates

Kabul - Afghan traffic authorities are retiring licence plates containing the number "39" because the figure has long been associated with pimping and prostitution.

US military blames Taliban for spate of Afghan assassinations

Kabul - The US military on Monday blamed the Taliban for a spate of assassinations of prominent Afghans, the first time Washington has directly accused the insurgent group of the killings.

Afghan peace talks resume as bloodshed continues

Kabul - A string of assassinations has sowed fear and chaos across Afghanistan as a fresh round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban begin in Qatar Tuesday.

Afghan dairy entrepreneur walks political tightrope to stay afloat

Kandahar - Brightly coloured milk bottles whizz off the production line at the Milko factory in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, the result of entrepreneur Ghami Mia treading a careful line with both the Taliban and government officials.

Afghan youth fear Taliban return will roll back Kandahar's progress

Kandahar - Once the epicentre of the Taliban's iron-fisted Islamist government, Kandahar city in Afghanistan's restive south is slowly transforming into a vibrant urban centre dotted with bustling cafes, co-ed universities -- and even a women's gym.

Next round of Afghan peace talks to take place in Doha: official

Kabul - The next round of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government will be held in Qatar from next month, a top official said Sunday, despite President Ashraf Ghani's recent calls for them to be moved home.

Afghan women's rights activist shot dead

Kabul - Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a women's rights activist and her brother north of Afghanistan's capital Thursday, officials said, as a wave of assassinations ravages the violence-wracked country.

The Afghan police team welcoming back Taliban fighters

Tarin Kowt - After more than a decade fighting for the Taliban and being hounded by Afghan and US forces, Haji Lala thought there was little chance of ever returning home.

Pentagon chief meets with Afghan president in Kabul

Washington - US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller met Tuesday with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in Kabul during an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.

Two women prison doctors among five killed in Afghan bombing

Kabul - Two women doctors working at an Afghan prison with hundreds of Taliban inmates were among five people killed Tuesday in a bomb attack, officials said, in the latest of several targeted killings in Kabul.

Two women prison doctors among five killed in Afghan bombing

Kabul - Two women doctors working at an Afghan prison with hundreds of Taliban inmates were among five people killed Tuesday by a bomb stuck to their car, officials said.

Nine killed in Kabul car bomb targeting Afghan MP

Kabul - A car bomb targeting an Afghan lawmaker killed nine people and wounded more than a dozen in Kabul on Sunday, officials said, the latest attack to rock the capital.

Afghan president calls for peace talks to be moved home

Kabul - The next round of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government should be held at home, President Ashraf Ghani said Monday, backing calls to move the talks from Qatar.

Scores of Taliban militants killed as fighting rocks insurgent bastion

Kandahar - Dozens of Taliban fighters were killed in fierce overnight fighting between Afghan forces and militants who attacked multiple checkpoints in the insurgent bastion of Kandahar, officials said Sunday.

One civilian killed in Kabul rocket attack

Kabul - A series of rockets struck the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing one person and wounding two, the interior ministry said, the second such attack to rock Kabul in less than a month.

US military rejects 'one-sided' report on Afghan civilian deaths

Kabul - The US military in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected a "one-sided" report that found civilian casualties caused by American and coalition air strikes soared after Washington relaxed its rules of engagement.

Twitter rejects call to remove Chinese official's fake Australian troops tweet

Sydney - Twitter on Tuesday rebuffed Australian calls to remove a Beijing official's incendiary tweet targeting Australian troops, as China doubled down on criticism in the face of mounting international condemnation.

Australia PM slams Chinese official's 'repugnant' tweet

Sydney - Australia's prime minister angrily denounced a "repugnant", "outrageous" and "appalling" tweet from a top Chinese government spokesman Monday and demanded Beijing formally apologise.

Suicide car bomb kills 30 Afghan security personnel

Ghazni - A suicide car bomber struck an army base in Afghanistan on Sunday killing at least 30 security personnel, officials said, in one of the deadliest attacks targeting government forces in months.

Suicide car bomb kills 26 Afghan security personnel

Ghazni - A suicide car bomber struck an army base in Afghanistan on Sunday killing at least 26 security personnel, officials said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in recent months.

Australia to discharge 13 soldiers after Afghan war crimes probe

Sydney - Australia's army on Friday moved to discharge 13 soldiers following a damning report into conduct in Afghanistan that prosecutors believe may have constituted war crimes.

14 dead as twin blasts rock historic Afghan city

Kabul - At least 14 people were killed in central Afghanistan on Tuesday when two blasts ripped through the historic city of Bamiyan, home to many members of the mainly Shiite Hazara ethnic minority, officials said.

World renews Afghanistan aid with ceasefire call and conditions

Geneva - Donors demanded an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan on Tuesday as they pledged around $12 billion in aid over four years -- but tied their money to civil rights being upheld in peace talks with the Taliban.

Afghan president calls for support but donors likely to cut aid

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged the international community to continue supporting Afghanistan on Tuesday even as he acknowledged that donors are likely to cut aid under the strain of Covid-19.

Afghan VP vows to track down Kabul attackers

Kabul - Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh vowed Sunday to track down those responsible for a rocket attack on the capital that killed at least 10 people, even as the Islamic State group claimed to have fired the salvo.

The women who served as a deadly duo for the Taliban

Kabul - Female assassins who lured an Afghan security official to his death with promises of sex before shooting him and dumping his body at a cemetery are among thousands of Taliban criminals freed as part of a fragile peace plan.
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The start of the parade.
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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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The destruction left in the wake of a 2009 suicide bombing
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Mike Dolnick
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DEA FAST team members in Afghanistan arrest a farmer for cultivating opium poppies during a raid on his residence.
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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Taliban in Afghanistan
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An image from a cartoon produced by the al-Qaida organization. Al-Qaida is suspected by U.S. officials of trafficking heroin to European cities from Afghanistan to fund it's terrorist activities.
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An ISAF news conference
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File photo: The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over Afghanistan
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DEA FAST team member standing watch over opium seized during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
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Mike Dolnick (left) with trauma team members
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Afghanistan women
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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 general view of the Bagram prison at the U.S. airbase in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan
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A US soldier conducts a security patrol in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan. Marines conduct security patrols to decrease insurgent activity and gain the trust of Afghan citizens.
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