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Rogue Afghan policeman kills five colleagues

Kandahar - A rogue Afghan policeman drugged his colleagues before shooting five of them dead, officials said Thursday, the latest in a series of "insider attacks" which have blighted pro-government forces battling the Taliban.

Afghan civilians, soldiers killed in separate attacks

Khost - Nine people were killed and eighteen injured in two separate suicide attacks in Afghanistan on Monday, authorities said, days after a fresh round of international talks aimed at reviving dialogue with the Islamist group.

Kabul peace talks with Taliban 'expected this month': officials

Islamabad - Direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban are "expected to take place" by the end of the month, representatives from four countries involved in pre-cursor roadmap negotiations said in a joint statement issued Saturday in Islamabad.

Taliban suicide bomber kills 20 police outside Kabul base

Kabul - Twenty policemen were killed Monday when a Taliban suicide bomber struck their base in Kabul Monday, officials said, just days before a fresh round of international talks aimed at reviving dialogue with the Islamist group.

Taliban suicide bomber kills at least nine outside Kabul police base

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber struck a police base in central Kabul Monday, killing at least nine people just days before a fresh round of international talks aimed at reviving dialogue with the Islamist group.

Suicide car bomb rocks police base in Kabul, casualties reported

Kabul - A suicide car bomb rocked a police base in central Kabul on Monday, leaving several bodies strewn around the area, officials and an AFP photographer at the scene reported.

Messi seeks to meet Afghan boy in plastic jersey

Kabul - Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hoping to arrange a meeting with an Afghan boy who shot to fame after pictures of him dressed in a striped plastic bag jersey went viral, Kabul's football federation said Monday.

Iran coerces Afghans to fight in Syria: HRW

New York - Iran's Revolutionary Guards has recruited thousands of Afghans, some by coercion, to fight in Syria's war alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Afghan president vows to 'bury' Islamic State franchise

Kabul - President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to "bury" the Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan, a report said, after Washington granted the US military legal authority to strike the jihadists in the country.

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for peace talks

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban Sunday reiterated their pre-conditions for the resumption of peace talks with Kabul, including their removal from international terror blacklists, at an informal meeting with lawmakers and activists in Doha.

Seven dead as suicide bomber hits Afghan TV channel bus

Kabul - Seven people were killed Wednesday when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying employees of popular Afghan TV channel TOLO, just months after the Taliban declared the network a legitimate "military target".

Afghan Taliban search for man who cut off wife's nose

Tarin Kowt - The Afghan Taliban said Wednesday they were searching for a man who cut off his wife's nose, condemning the attack as "un-Islamic", after online images of the young woman sparked widespread outrage.

Afghans revolted after man cuts off wife's nose

Kabul - A photograph of an Afghan woman whose nose was sliced off by her husband in a fit of rage has sparked revulsion across the country, with activists demanding punishment for the "barbaric act".

Afghan Taliban flex muscles with new telecom 'tax'

Kandahar - The Taliban have demanded a hefty new "protection tax" from Afghan mobile phone companies, industry and militant sources told AFP, as the resurgent group tightens its stranglehold on a rare successful business in a slumping war economy.

Suicide bomber kills 14 at tribal gathering in Afghan city

Jalalabad - Fourteen people were killed Sunday when a suicide bomber struck a gathering of tribal elders at a prominent politician's home in Jalalabad, the second deadly attack in the eastern Afghan city in less than a week.

Seven Afghan troops dead after siege near Pakistan consulate

Jalalabad - Seven Afghan forces were killed Wednesday when militants launched an hours-long gun and bomb siege near Pakistan's consulate in Jalalabad city, just days after four-country talks in Islamabad aimed at reviving Taliban peace negotiations.

Canadian freed five years after Taliban kidnapping: Ottawa

Ottawa - A Canadian has been freed from captivity in Afghanistan after being taken hostage by the Taliban five years ago, Canada's foreign minister said Monday.

Pakistan hosts four-way talks to revive Afghan peace process

Islamabad - Pakistan Monday hosted four-country talks aimed at luring the Afghan Taliban back to the negotiating table with the Kabul government, even as the insurgents wage an unprecedented winter campaign of violence.

Pakistan to host four-way talks aimed at reviving Afghan peace process

Islamabad - Four-way talks aimed at reviving dialogue between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban will be held in Islamabad on Monday, officials said, with Pakistani authorities set to unveil a list of insurgents willing to negotiate.

US soldier killed in Afghan mission: NATO

Kabul - A US soldier was killed and two wounded in an operation in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where Afghan troops are battling to push back Taliban insurgents, a NATO defence official said Tuesday.

Siege near India's Afghan consulate ends after 25 hours

Balkh - A 25-hour gun and bomb siege near the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif city ended late Monday, after a bloody weekend assault on an air base in India near the Pakistan border.

Powerful car bomb attack near Kabul airport

Kabul - A powerful car bomb struck near Kabul's international airport on Monday evening, just hours after a suicide bomber blew himself up in the war-scarred Afghan capital.

Suicide bomber strikes near Kabul airport: Officials

Kabul - A suicide bomber on Monday struck a street leading to Kabul's international airport, officials said, the latest in a wave of attacks on the Afghan capital.

Gun battles rage near Indian consulate in Afghan city

Balkh - Gunfights raged on Monday as Afghan forces battled to flush out militants holed up near the Indian consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, hours after they attempted to storm the diplomatic mission.

Shock, anger after deadly Taliban attack on Kabul French eatery

Kabul - Emotions ran high Saturday in a Kabul neighbourhood where a Taliban suicide bomber struck a French restaurant popular with expats, killing two people including a 12-year-old boy hit by flying shrapnel.

Taliban suicide attack targets French restaurant in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide car bomber hit a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul Friday, in a New Year's day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults.

Freed Afghan village reveals key to Taliban 'success'

Tarin Kowt - Flanked by shaggy-haired gunmen, commander Ghulam Farooq peered out from a hilltop at the biggest military prize of his fabled career as a warlord -- a mud-walled Afghan village captured after five years of Taliban control.

U.S. general: More troops may be needed in Afghanistan

Washington - The top US and NATO military commander in Afghanistan may seek additional American troops to help local forces as they struggle to contain the Taliban insurgency, USA Today reported.

Taliban car bomber targets NATO convoy near Kabul airport

Kabul - A Taliban bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle near Kabul airport Monday, killing one civilian in an attack targeting a NATO convoy the day after Pakistan's army chief visited the Afghan capital in an effort to revive peace talks.

Taliban deny talks with Russia on IS in Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban have denied they held talks with Russia about countering the spread of Islamic State in Afghanistan, and dismissed the influence of the jihadist group in the country.
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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U.S. Secretary of State poses with Aghani female politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
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President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai
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Afghan students march in Herat on June 22, 2014 in protest against alleged election fraud
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Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban 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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US cargo plane crashing immediately after takeoff from Bagram Airfield military base in Afghanistan
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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
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A British soldier in Afghanistan communicating
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The Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni, as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul
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Arsalah Jamal, a Canadian citizen, serving as Afghan provincial governor of Logar province, was killed in mosque bombing
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Afghanistan: American soldiers
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A convoy of the Hungarian ISAF contingent on the road in Afghanistan.
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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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