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Afghan security forces, Taliban reach impasse: US general

Washington - Afghan security forces have reached something of an impasse with the Taliban, which has been unable to expand its grip on Afghanistan but still holds large parts of the country, a US general said Friday.

Afghanistan inks peace deal with warlord 'butcher of Kabul'

Kabul - Afghanistan Thursday signed a peace agreement with notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to make a political comeback despite a history of war crimes and after years in hiding.

US 'friendly fire' kills eight Afghan police

Kandahar - A US air raid has killed eight Afghan policemen who were battling the Taliban, officials said Monday, the first apparent "friendly fire" incident since American forces were given greater powers to strike at insurgents.

Afghanistan close to peace deal with notorious warlord

Kabul - Afghanistan is close to signing a peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, President Ashraf Ghani said Monday, in a landmark accord that could pave the way for the notorious warlord's political return after years in hiding.

Afghans mark Eid with prayers for peace

Kabul - Millions of war-weary Afghans on Monday marked the Islamic festival of Eid-ul-Adha with prayers and feasting, hopeful of a brief respite from fighting that has seen record-breaking losses this year.

100,000 Afghan refugees return from Pakistan: UNHCR

Peshawar - More than 100,000 Afghan refugees have been repatriated from Pakistan since July, UNHCR officials said Thursday, the highest number since the fall of the Taliban saw a flood of people cross the border in 2002.

Taliban storm into southern Afghan city

Kandahar - The Taliban stormed into Tarin Kot Thursday, triggering heavy fighting around government buildings as panicked residents scrambled to flee the capital of southern Uruzgan province, the latest city to be targeted by insurgents.

Attack on CARE International in Kabul a war crime: Amnesty

Kabul - The militant attack on global charity CARE in Kabul constitutes a "war crime", Amnesty International said Tuesday, calling for an independent probe to bring the perpetrators to justice."The attack by an armed group on the aid agency CARE International....

Global charity attacked in deadly wave of Kabul violence

Kabul - Explosions rang out Tuesday during an hours-long attack on an international charity in Kabul, the latest assault in a wave of violence in the Afghan capital that has killed at least 24 people and wounded dozens.

Third blast after 24 killed in Kabul carnage

Kabul - A third massive explosion jolted central Kabul late Monday, hours after a Taliban double bombing killed at least 24 people and left 91 others wounded, in another day of carnage in the Afghan capital.

Twin Taliban blasts in Kabul kill 24, injure 91

Kabul - At least 24 people were killed and 91 wounded Monday in a Taliban double bombing near the defence ministry in central Kabul during rush hour, the latest assault on the Afghan capital.

Tax-exempt NATO, Afghan military fuel sold on open market

Kabul - Tax-exempt military fuel imported into Afghanistan is being sold on the open market, industry officials and a new anti-corruption report reveal, causing the government huge revenue losses as Kabul struggles to wean itself off foreign aid.

Kabul's once battle-scarred zoo roars back to life

Kabul - Its scarred lion Marjan was for years a symbol of Afghan survival.

Afghan road crash inferno leaves 35 dead

Kandahar - At least 35 people were killed on Sunday when a bus collided with a fuel tanker and burst into flames in southern Afghanistan, in the latest road accident in the war-torn country.

Lion of Panjshir's son ready to take up his Afghan destiny

Parwan - His first public appearance was at the tender age of 12, a tiny figure walking, head down in grief, beside his legendary father's coffin.

Lawmakers urge US crackdown on Afghan child sex slavery

Washington - US lawmakers are pressing Washington to get tough on institutionalized sexual slavery of boys by Afghan forces, with some invoking a human rights law that prohibits American aid to foreign military units committing such violations.

Abducted Australian aid worker freed in Afghanistan

Kabul - Afghan special forces have rescued a kidnapped Australian aid worker, officials said on Monday, four months after she was taken at gunpoint in the country's volatile east.

Terror and death: Survivors recount Kabul university attack

Kabul - Her voice quaking with emotion, law student Ghazia recalled the horror of coming face-to-face with a gunman who stormed the American University in Kabul, as her terrified classmates leapt out of second-floor windows to save themselves.

Hours-long attack on Kabul American university kills 12

Kabul - At least 12 people were killed after militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, officials said Thursday, in a nearly 10-hour raid that prompted anguished pleas for help from trapped students.

Militants storm American University in Kabul

Kabul - Explosions and gunfire rang out as militants stormed the elite American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday, prompting desperate calls for help from students trapped inside classrooms, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital.

Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drownings

Kallon - Standing on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, Mehdi Salehi searches for a good spot to set his drone loose.

Afghan travels 400km belted to underside of lorry

Rome - An Afghan migrant travelled 400 kilometres (250 miles) along an Italian highway strapped by leather belts to the bottom of a lorry, police said Tuesday.

US soldier killed in anti-Taliban operation in Afghanistan

Kabul - A roadside bomb killed an American soldier Tuesday near the capital of Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province, following the first major US deployment to the southern city since foreign forces withdrew in 2014.

Bactrian deer manage to survive bloody conflict in Afghanistan

Decades of unrelenting war and general lawlessness, coupled with a loss of habitat and unregulated hunting in Afghanistan had conservationists believing the Bactrian deer had disappeared. But despite the chaos, this rare creature has survived.

Afghan district falls to Taliban: officials

Kunduz - The Taliban on Saturday captured a district in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province, near the provincial capital where militants scored their biggest victory in 14 years last September.

Afghan district falls to Taliban: officials

Kunduz - The Taliban on Saturday captured a district in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province, near the provincial capital where militants scored their biggest victory in 14 years last September.

Afghan district falls to Taliban: officials

Kunduz - The Taliban on Saturday captured a district in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province, near the provincial capital where militants scored their biggest victory in 14 years last September.

Italy warned about Milan-based IS cell, expels imam

Rome - Libyan authorities have warned Italy about an Islamic State cell based in the Milan area with links to one of the jihadist group's battle-hardened veterans, Italian media reported Sunday.

IS threat lingers in Afghanistan despite leader's death

Jalalabad - The killing of the Islamic State group's leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has dealt a major blow to the jihadists, but despite a US-backed scorched earth offensive the regional franchise is far from over, observers said Saturday.

Pakistan chopper crew home after Afghan hostage drama

Islamabad - Six crew members of a Pakistani government helicopter which crash-landed in Afghanistan's volatile east have been released, an official said Saturday, after they were taken hostage by the Afghan Taliban.
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Screenshot from i>Télé report of image of the two French hostages in Afghanistan projected on to the Arc de Triomphe on the day marking the first anniversary of their capture
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British (left) and US flags fly with the NATO and Afghan national flags (centre) during a handover ceremony at the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on October 26, 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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Steak and Lobster
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Paula Broadwell with Gen. David H. Petraeus in Afghanistan in 2011
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A still from the documentary Human Terrain, where social scientists embed with the U.S. military to learn about the Afghani culture
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
DEA FAST team member standing watch over opium seized during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
DEA FAST team member standing watch over opium seized during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
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The destruction left in the wake of a 2009 suicide bombing
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US Army Sergeant (retired) Brendan Marrocco, lost all four limbs in an EFP attack in Baiji, Iraq in 2009, being helped from the firing range during 'Operation Proper Exit' at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar Province, May 28, 2014
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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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EGHS's drill team.
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Elk Grove High School's drill team rounds the corner at the start of the parade.
US cargo plane crashing immediately after takeoff from Bagram Airfield military base in Afghanistan
US cargo plane crashing immediately after takeoff from Bagram Airfield military base in Afghanistan
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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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Afghan students march in Herat on June 22  2014 in protest against alleged election fraud
Afghan students march in Herat on June 22, 2014 in protest against alleged election fraud
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