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US Army charges ex-POW Bergdahl with desertion

Washington - The US soldier who was held by insurgents for five years after disappearing from his post in Afghanistan has been charged with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy," officers said.

Afghan leader vows new chapter in US ties

Washington - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani professed deep gratitude to the American people Wednesday for their service and sacrifice in a protracted war in Afghanistan, but warned of extremism's persistent threat in a speech to US lawmakers.

Afghan president thanks American people in speech to Congress

Washington - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressed the US Congress Wednesday, thanking "the people of the United States" for their service and sacrifice over a decade of war in Afghanistan.

Suicide bomber hits Kabul as Taliban warn on US troop pullout

Kabul - A suicide car bomber killed seven people in Kabul Wednesday as the Taliban warned that Washington's decision to slow the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan will hamper peace efforts.

US slowing Afghan troop withdrawal damages peace prospects: Taliban

Kandahar - US President Barack Obama's decision to slow the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan will hamper peace efforts, the Taliban said Wednesday, vowing to continue fighting.

Obama slows Afghanistan troop withdrawal

Washington - President Barack Obama on Tuesday reversed plans to withdraw about 5,000 US troops from war-torn Afghanistan this year, an overture to the country's new reform-minded leader.

U.S., Afghan leaders to discuss troop withdrawal

Washington - President Barack Obama is to meet Tuesday with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, who has asked Washington for "flexibility" on the pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from the war-torn country.

Gunmen kill 13 bus passengers in Afghanistan

Kabul - Gunmen killed 13 passengers travelling on a bus in Afghanistan on Tuesday, underlining the country's fragile security situation as President Ashraf Ghani holds talks with the United States in Washington.

US, Afghanistan forge new path for future ties

Sabillasville - The United States and Afghanistan turned the page on years of distrust, mapping out a new vision for future ties as Washington vowed to fund Afghan forces through 2017 to help shore up stability.

Hundreds of Afghans bury woman beaten to death by mob

Kabul - Hundreds of people on Sunday attended the burial of an Afghan woman who was beaten to death and set on fire by a mob for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran.

Arabic pledge sparks controversy at New York school

New York - It was intended to celebrate language and diversity. But reading the pledge of allegiance in Arabic at a US high school sparked a furious backlash in upstate New York.

Afghan truck bomb kills seven in Lashkar Gah

Kandahar - A Taliban truck bomb targeting senior provincial officials Wednesday killed at least seven civilians and wounded around 40 in southern Afghanistan, where the military has been battling insurgents since last month, officials said.

Afghanistan's Panjshir valley hit by new avalanches

Kabul - The worst snow slides in 30 years or more have killed an additional 200 people, adding to a total of almost 250 deaths attributed to the avalanches plaguing Afghanistan this winter.

Woman cab driver encourages other women to drive in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the majority of taxi drivers are males, but Sara Bahayi, 40, is a female taxi driver who is trying to change that.

Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 200

Parwan - More than 200 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, warning the death toll could rise still further.

Suicide attack on Turkish embassy vehicle kills two in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide attack targeting a Turkish diplomatic vehicle killed two people in Kabul Thursday, highlighting the fragile security situation as the Afghan government presses for peace talks with the militants.

National Geographic 'Afghan girl' in Pakistan papers probe

Peshawar - Pakistani officials are investigating after the famous green-eyed "Afghan girl" immortalised in a 1985 National Geographic magazine cover was found living in the country on fraudulent identity papers.

Afghan avalanches 'kill more than 100'

Kabul - Avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall have killed more than 100 people in Afghanistan and the death toll is expected to rise, officials said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan making progress reducing detainee torture: UN

Kabul - The Afghan government is making progress in reducing the torture of conflict detainees, the UN said Wednesday, though more than a third still suffer mistreatment.

Gunmen abduct 30 Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan

Kandahar - Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shiite Muslim men who were travelling by bus through southern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

Afghan bank clerks rob their own bank of $1.4 million and run

Kabul - Bank clerks in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province may have stolen as much as 81 million Afghanis ($1.4 million) from the country's central bank when they raided their own bank and fled, said one official on Saturday.

Pentagon chief reviews plans to shut Kandahar base

Kandahar - Pentagon chief Ashton Carter headed to southern Afghanistan on Sunday to review plans to withdraw US forces in a volatile area that has long preoccupied American commanders.

US signals likely delay in troop exit from Afghanistan

Kabul - President Barack Obama's new Pentagon chief said Saturday the United States was seriously considering slowing the pace of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, as the country battles a resilient Taliban insurgency.

New Pentagon chief Carter in Kabul on unannounced visit

Kabul - The Pentagon's new chief, Ashton Carter, flew to Kabul on Saturday to confer with commanders and Afghan leaders about the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan.

No US-Taliban meetings planned in Doha: White House

Washington - The White House said Thursday there are currently no meetings planned in Qatar between US and Taliban officials to discuss possible peace talks on Afghanistan, as Taliban sources had indicated.

Sharp rise in Afghan civilian casualties: UN

Kabul - The number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan jumped 22 percent in 2014, the UN said Wednesday, as NATO troops withdrew from combat leaving government forces to battle a raging Taliban insurgency.

26 Afghan police killed as army begins anti-Taliban drive

Kandahar - At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed on Tuesday in a Taliban attack near Kabul, bringing to 26 the number of officers to die since the start of an army offensive aimed at weakening the insurgents.

Afghanistan could become haven for IS: ex-CIA officer

Washington - Afghanistan is in danger of turning into a sanctuary once again for Islamist extremists as the West withdraws troops and shifts its attention elsewhere, a former senior CIA official warned.

Islamic State commander killed in Afghanistan drone strike

Kandahar - A NATO drone strike in Afghanistan on Monday killed a former Taliban commander and Guantanamo detainee who was suspected of links to the Islamic State group, officials said.

Three U.S. contractors killed in Afghan insider attack

Kabul - An Afghan air force official said that three American contractors were killed in an apparent attack by an insider in the Afghan capital Kabul. The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting that took place on Thursday morning.
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An ISAF news conference
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
French soldiers from the 27ème bataillon de chasseurs alpins and French Task Force Tiger patrol the...
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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U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer in Afghanistan takes cover as CH-53 helicopter lands
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File photo: Kuchi people moving in Panjshir province in Afghanistan.
File photo: Kuchi people moving in Panjshir province in Afghanistan.
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The male musk deer has a scent gland containing a brown substance called musk. The musk is highly prized as an aphrodisiac and for its supposed medicinal qualities.
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A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
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Mike Dolnick (left) with trauma team members
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President Obama upon arriving in Afghanistan
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Steak and Lobster
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EGHS's drumline.
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Prince Harry standing next to Apache Helicopter at Camp Bastion
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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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Hundreds attended the funerals on Thursday of some of the victims of a massive avalanche in a mounta...
Hundreds attended the funerals on Thursday of some of the victims of a massive avalanche in a mountain-bound valley in Afghanistan.
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The destruction left in the wake of a 2009 suicide bombing
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Afghan man and his son wait to see a U.S. military doctor providing medical services to the local population
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The blue dot in the center shows the area where Pakistan and China performed their joint military operations. Bannu, to the west, has been the most recent site of Pakistan's attacks on terrorist. The white line also to the left is the border with Afghanistan, and Kabul can be seen even west and north of it. The capitol of Pakistan, Islamabad is to the right of the area.
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A convoy of the Hungarian ISAF contingent on the road in Afghanistan.
A convoy of the Hungarian ISAF contingent on the road in Afghanistan.
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Two Afghan children look at a U.S. Army photographer in June, 2010
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EGHS s drill team.
EGHS's drill team.