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Three NATO soldiers killed in Kabul suicide bombing

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a NATO convoy in Kabul on Tuesday, triggering a massive blast that killed two Americans and one Polish soldier as well as wounding at least 13 civilians.

'Breakthrough' in Afghan election dispute: president spokesman

Kabul - Afghanistan's disputed presidential election inched towards a possible conclusion Monday with a senior government official hailing a "breakthrough" in talks between the two candidates, who both claim to have won the vote.

Afghan rape gang sentenced to death after national outrage

Kabul - An Afghan judge on Sunday sentenced seven men to death for the gang-rape of four women in a case that sparked nationwide outrage and highlighted the violence women face despite reforms since the Taliban era.

Op-Ed: Rival Afghan candidates assure NATO security bill will be signed

Kabul - Rival Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, assured NATO that they would form a "government of national unity". They also promised as they have in the past to sign a new joint security agreement.

Afghan audit ends but election puzzle still unsolved

Kabul - A UN-supervised audit of votes cast in Afghanistan's disputed election was completed Friday, officials said, but the results will not be known for days as the contentious process of invalidating fraudulent ballots continues.

Taliban attack kills 13 Afghan security forces

Ghazni - A Taliban attack on a government compound in Afghanistan on Thursday killed 13 security personnel and left at least 60 other people wounded when a truck bomb triggered hours of fighting, officials said.

Corpsman saves lives, even the enemy's Special

Navy corpsman Mike Dolnick has seen the results of war, and helped save the lives of many: Americans, United Nations military, Afghan Army soldiers, civilians, and even the enemy--the Taliban.

Afghan army accused of illegal killings

Kabul - The White House has asked that the Afghan government investigate as many as 15 cases of possible illegal killings carried out by Afghan security forces. There have been seven incidents so far this year.

Pakistan, China, perform joint military operations near war zone Special

Islamabad - Pakistan security forces and China's Special Forces participated in a joint field training exercises at the headquarters of the special services group, near Cherat.

Afghan election result delayed again despite US pressure

Kabul - Afghanistan will not have a new president in time for a key NATO summit next week, officials said Thursday, as the country's prolonged election crisis lurched towards another damaging delay.

Karzai packs up even as Afghan election dispute rumbles on

Kabul - Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has packed up all his personal possessions and is ready to leave the palace, his spokesman said Thursday, even though the disputed election has failed to find his successor.

Abdullah Abdullah pulls out of Afghan presidential audit

Kabul - The first deadline for the inauguration of the new Afghan president, August 25, has already passed. Now it seems the new Sept. 2 deadline will also be missed as one candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, has pulled out of the auditing process.

Abdullah vows to reject result of Afghan election audit

Kabul - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman said Wednesday, tipping the country deeper into crisis just a week before the scheduled inauguration.

Afghan presidency still not settled

Kabul - Although August 25 was set as the date for inauguration of the new Afghan president the issue of who will be president is still not settled even after several months of recounts and audits of the votes subsequent to the summer vote.

Abdullah threatens to pull out of disputed Afghan election

Kabul - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened Tuesday to withdraw from the disputed election, a move that could wreck UN efforts to rescue the country's first democratic transfer of power.

Afghan election dispute enters risky new phase

Kabul - Afghanistan's 10-week election crisis entered a risky new stage on Monday when officials started invalidating fraudulent votes in a process likely to bring to a head the bitter dispute between the presidential candidates.

Wounded flood trauma centre as Taliban attack Afghan city

Kunduz - The rotors of attack helicopters and artillery fire echo across the Kunduz plain in northern Afghanistan.On the outskirts of the provincial capital Kunduz, government forces attempt to repel Taliban assaults and the city's trauma centre is always full....

Indian airlines get boost from Afghan medical tourism to India

New Delhi - Travelers heading to India from Afghanistan for cheap, high-quality medical treatment has been the silver lining for SpiceJet, the Indian airline that suffered a loss of INR 1.24 billion ($20 million) in the April-June quarter.

NATO soldier dies in Kabul stabbing

Kabul - A NATO soldier was stabbed to death on the streets of Kabul on Wednesday, officials said, in an unusual attack that highlighted hostility to foreign troops who are withdrawing from the country.

2013 record year for deadly attacks on aid workers

New York - Attacks on aid workers reached a new peak in 2013, with 155 relief staff killed, and this year is shaping up as equally deadly, according to figures released Tuesday.

13 children among Afghan Sikhs found in UK shipping container

London - The frail survivors found inside a shipping container at a British port at the weekend following a "horrific ordeal" are Sikhs from Afghanistan and include 13 children, police said Sunday.

Aid workers saving lives while fearing for their own

New York - Aid workers rushing to save lives worldwide are increasingly becoming targets for attack, in a worrying development for NGOs trying to ease suffering in hostile war zones.

Amnesty slams US over civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Kabul - The families of thousands of civilians killed by American forces in Afghanistan have been left without justice or compensation, Amnesty International said Monday, in a damning indictment of the US military as it withdraws.

Afghani candidates agree to settle election dispute

Kabul - Afghanistan should finally have a new president in September under the terms of a new accord aimed at resolving the country's disputed presidential election runoff earlier this year.

Kabul suicide attack on NATO convoy kills four civilians

Kabul - A suicide attacker targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul on Sunday, killing four civilians and wounding at least 35 others, officials said, in the latest violence to hit the capital as politicians wrangle over election results.

Afghanistan: still on a long road to unity

Kabul - Afghanistan's feuding presidential rivals may have struck a breakthrough deal to try and solve their fraud-tainted elections, but analysts warn the war-weary nation still has a long way to go to avoid political chaos.

Afghan poll rivals sign deal on unity government

Kabul - Afghanistan's feuding presidential candidates signed a deal Friday to form a national unity government, opening an apparent way forward in a dispute over the fraud-tainted election that threatens to revive ethnic conflict.

Kerry in Kabul to seek resolution on election dispute

Kabul - US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks in Kabul Friday aimed at pressuring Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates to resolve disputed elections and have the winner installed by the end of this month.

Kerry in Kabul to push for new president within weeks

Kabul - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul on Thursday to pressure feuding presidential candidates to resolve the disputed election result that risks triggering instability as NATO troops withdraw.

Afghan army under pressure after killing of US general

Kabul - The killing of a US general by an Afghan soldier in the latest "insider attack" will fuel mutual mistrust, but training the Afghan military to take on the Taliban is crucial to Washington's exit strategy.Major General Harold J.
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Prince Harry standing next to Apache Helicopter at Camp Bastion
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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.
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Explosions in Kabul following visit by President Barack Obama.
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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 woman accused of adultery squats in front of a crowd before her public execution in a village outside Kabul
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A pedestrian bridge in Baghlan province.
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The destruction left in the wake of a 2009 suicide bombing
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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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Ahmed Wali Karzai
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U.S. Army soldiers with the 4th Battalion conduct a combined patrol in the village of Shabila Kalan, Zabul, Afghanistan
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A UK soldier in afghanistan
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25  2014
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25, 2014
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Hamid Mir, left, interviewing Osama bin Laden for Daily Pakistan in 1997. Behind them on the wall is an AKS-74U.
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A U.S. Navy SEAL team member provides cover for his teammates while advancing on a suspected location of al Qaida and Taliban forces.
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Elk Grove High School's drill team rounds the corner at the start of the parade.
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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
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The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over Afghanistan
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