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British Library rejects Taliban trove fearing terror laws

Paris - Academics have criticised the British government for creating a "climate of fear" after the national library declined to store the world's biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws.

Iran enlists Afghan refugees as fighters to bolster Syria's Assad

Kabul - The fate of two brothers from Kabul, one grievously wounded, the other killed fighting in Syria, spotlights Iran's covert but active recruitment of Afghan refugees to buttress President Bashar al-Assad's steadily depleting forces.

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

Kabul - A man wearing an Afghan military uniform shot dead two NATO soldiers in the country's south Wednesday, the coalition said, the first insider attack on foreign troops since an embittered succession to the Taliban leadership.

Kabul car bomb kills 12 including NATO contractors

Kabul - At least 12 people, including three NATO contractors, were killed Saturday when a suicide car bomber struck a foreign forces convoy, officials said, underlining the precarious security situation in the Afghan capital.

After NATO drawdown, U.S. forces guide Afghans from the shadows

Jelalabad - From his watchtower in insurgency-wracked eastern Afghanistan, US army Specialist Josh Whitten doesn't have much to say about his Afghan colleagues. "They don't come up here anymore, because they used to mess around with our stuff.

Pakistan's ex-spymaster Hamid Gul dies aged 79

Islamabad - Pakistan's former spymaster Hamid Gul, who trained Afghan resistance fighters against the Soviets and helped create the Taliban, has died at the age of 79.

Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri vows allegiance to new Taliban chief

Dubai - Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Thursday pledged his group's allegiance to new Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour who is facing a bitter struggle over his leadership.

Afghanistan slams Pakistan over wave of bloody Kabul attacks

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan on Monday of sending "messages of war" and harbouring bombmaking camps, after a wave of devastating blasts in Kabul killed at least 56 people.

Taliban blast at Kabul airport kills five

Kabul - At least five people were killed Monday when a Taliban suicide car bomber struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, the latest in a wave of lethal bombings in the Afghan capital.

Taliban bombing kills up to 29 in northern Afghanistan

Kunduz - A Taliban attack killed up to 29 people in northern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, after a wave of lethal bombings in the capital as the insurgency escalates following a bitter power transition.

Eight more confirmed dead in Kabul US base attack: NATO

Kabul - Eight more people were confirmed dead in a militant attack on a US special forces base in Kabul, the NATO mission in Afghanistan said on Saturday.

Kabul bombings leave 51 dead, hundreds wounded

Kabul - Fifteen more fatalities were confirmed Saturday from a barrage of bombings in Kabul, taking the toll to 51 in the deadliest day for the city in years as Afghanistan battles an escalating Taliban insurgency.

Suicide blast hits Kabul police academy, heavy casualties feared

Kabul - A suicide attacker blew himself up near the Kabul police academy Friday, officials said, with heavy casualties expected in the second major attack in the Afghan capital in less than 24 hours.

Powerful truck bomb kills eight, wounds more than 100

Kabul - A huge truck bomb in Kabul early Friday killed eight people and wounded more than 100 others in the first major attack in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death.

Afghan military helicopter crash kills 17

Kandahar - At least 17 people, including 12 Afghan army soldiers, were killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, the worst such incident suffered by military forces since the NATO combat mission ended in December.

Six dead in first major Afghan Taliban attack since transition

Kabul - Six people were killed Thursday when a Taliban suicide truck bomber struck a police compound in Afghanistan, in the first major insurgent attack since the announcement of leader Mullah Omar's death.

Afghan civilian casualties touch record high, says UN

Kabul - Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit a record high in the first half of 2015, the UN said Wednesday, as Afghan forces struggle to contain the spreading conflict six months after the NATO combat mission ended.

Haqqani network founder backs new Taliban leader

Kabul - Afghanistan's Haqqani network militant group posted a statement Sunday backing the appointment of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour whose legitimacy has been challenged internally.

New Taliban leader urges unity in ranks in first audio message

Kabul - New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour called for unity in the movement Saturday in his first audio message since becoming head of the group that faces deepening splits following the death of longtime chief Mullah Omar.

Taliban deny reports of Haqqani network founder's death

Kabul - The Taliban on Saturday denied reports of the death of the founder of Haqqani network, its allied militant group blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan.

Taliban power transition raises hopes for Afghan peace talks

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban named Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their new chief Friday, a historic power transition that raises hopes a more moderate leadership will pave the way for peace talks despite divisions within insurgent ranks.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death: what now?

Kabul - The death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, announced by Kabul and confirmed Thursday by the militants, has major implications for the insurgency and for the future of Afghanistan.Here are some of the key issues. What does it mean for the Taliban?

Mullah Omar's death: Taliban's loss, Islamic State's gain

Kabul - Mullah Omar's death poses an existential crisis for the Afghan Taliban, analysts say, potentially presaging a splintering of the movement as the Islamic State group gains a toehold among insurgents enthralled by its battlefield prowess.

Afghan Taliban confirm leader Mullah Omar's death

Kabul - The Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of their elusive leader Mullah Omar, paving the way for the first transition of power for the fractious militant movement waging a bloody war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan says second round of Afghan-Taliban talks postponed

Islamabad - A second round of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban has been postponed, Pakistan's foreign office said Thursday, following the reported death of the insurgents' leader Mullah Omar.

Afghan Taliban silent on Mullah Omar, disavow peace talks

Kabul - The Taliban on Thursday distanced itself from peace talks that had been expected this week with the Afghan government, while making no comment on Kabul's reported death of their leader Mullah Omar.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: Afghan intelligence

Kabul - Taliban leader Mullah Omar died two years ago, Afghanistan's intelligence agency spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said Wednesday.The comments came after unnamed government and militant sources said earlier that he had died."Mullah Omar is dead.

Gunfight kills at least 20 at Afghan wedding: Officials

Kunduz - At least 20 people were killed when a gunfight broke out at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, highlighting the fragile security situation in the war-torn country.

Taliban seize Afghan police base after mass surrender

Kunduz - Taliban insurgents seized a police base in northern Afghanistan after more than 100 policemen surrendered, inflicting one of the heaviest blows to Afghan forces since the NATO combat mission ended in December.

U.S. air strike kills top Al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Arbil - A US air strike in Afghanistan killed a senior Al-Qaeda commander in charge of suicide bombing and two other militants, the Pentagon said Friday.
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A 500-pound bomb was dropped on US forces by mistake in Afghanistan
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Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter wears her father's fatigues to show her support for her dad.
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Elk Grove High School's drill team rounds the corner at the start of the parade.
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Swedish marines in Afghanistan made a parody video of Greased Lightning from the 1978 movie "Grease"
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange led a protest in London against the war in Afghanistan, 10 years after the U.S. and Britain went to war against the Taliban.
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A fireman hoses a road next to a destroyed bus at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, November 16, 2013. A suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle providing security for a compound where Afghanistan's political and tribal elites are due to gather next week to debate a security pact with the United States
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Most trash generated at the base in Bagram, Afghanistan is burned in an open pit or in several small incinerators that are located just 300 yards beyond the runway. Bulldozers constantly shovel rubbish into the fire, creating thick columns of brown smoke. Jan. 5, 2012.
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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The Afghan government has come under fire for failing to end insurgent attacks
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The Hazara people are urging for the halt to "systemic genocides of Hazaras."
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Woman wearing burqa
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Photographer Giles Duley takes photo in hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan
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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.
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President Barack Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan
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