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Afghanistan's Taliban: leaderless but still a potent threat

Kabul - The Taliban, whose chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour died in a weekend US drone strike, originated among young Afghan religious students who took refuge in Pakistan from the 1979-89 Soviet occupation.

The Shura: ideological guardians of the Taliban movement

Islamabad - Through war and peace, the Taliban's Rahbari Shura has been at the heart of its decision-making process since the movement's inception, and is now tasked with finding a new leader to succeed Mullah Akthar Mansour.

Death of Taliban chief Mansour: what happens next?

Islamabad - President Barack Obama confirmed Monday that a US drone strike in southwest Pakistan had killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, heralding a new chapter in the Afghan insurgency which had grown fiercer under him.Who will succeed him?

Taliban leader Mansour: man of war, not peace talks

Kabul - Mullah Akhtar Mansour, killed by a US drone strike on May 21, took over as head of the Afghan Taliban last July and oversaw intensified attacks which left Afghan police and troops struggling to respond.

Iran denies killed Taliban leader was in the country

Tehran - Iran on Monday denied reports that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour entered Pakistan from the Islamic republic before being killed in a US drone strike, state media reported.

Obama confirms Taliban leader's death in U.S. strike

Hanoi - President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US air strike, hailing his death as an "important milestone" in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in U.S. attack

Quetta - Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP Sunday, adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor.

US drone strike on Taliban leader — What happens next?

Islamabad - An American drone strike "likely killed" Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan on Saturday, US officials said.

Afghan spy agency declares Taliban leader dead in US drone attack

Kabul - Afghanistan's spy agency Sunday said Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US bombing raid, the first confirmation from regional officials of his death, which marks a potential blow to the resurgent militant movement.

Taliban leader Mansour 'likely killed' in US drone strike

Washington - An American drone strike targeted and "likely killed" Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a remote area of Pakistan, US officials said, in a major and rare American military raid in the country.

NATO extends Afghanistan training mission

Brussels - NATO foreign ministers agreed Friday to extend the alliance's key training and support mission in Afghanistan beyond this year as the country continues to face "serious security challenges.

'Lance with love': Afghans revel in bountiful opium harvest

Tarin Kowt - Lashes swished and whirled through the air in a burst of celebration around a sea of opium poppies, as farmers in a southern Afghan village rejoiced over a bumper harvest with a traditional rope game.

Eight Afghan police killed in insider attack

Kandahar - A rogue Afghan policeman shot dead eight of his colleagues in southern Afghanistan Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of insider attacks which have blighted government forces battling the Taliban.

Afghan wins asylum in Lithuania after Taliban death threats

Vilnius - A 22-year-old Afghan man who received Taliban death threats over his work for the Lithuanian army in the war-torn country has won asylum in the Baltic state after reaching out on social media, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

Son of slain Pakistani governor narrates horrific kidnap ordeal

Islamabad - The son of a murdered Pakistani governor has described in chilling detail how he was flogged, shot and had his nails pulled out by Islamic militants during almost five years in captivity.

Kabul locked down as minority Hazaras protest over power line

Kabul - Afghanistan's capital was under lockdown Monday as thousands of minority Shiite Hazaras launched protests over a multi-million-dollar power transmission line, in what could snowball into a political crisis for the beleaguered government.

British PM calls Nigeria, Afghanistan 'fantastically corrupt'

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron called Nigeria and Afghanistan "possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world" in inadvertently public remarks Tuesday, but hailed their leaders' planned attendance at an anti-corruption summit in London.

Afghan, international forces free ex-Pakistan PM's hostage son

Islamabad - Afghan and international forces freed the kidnapped son of a former Pakistani prime minister during a raid on an Al-Qaeda cell in Afghanistan, Kabul and Islamabad said Tuesday, three years after he was kidnapped in a hail of bullets.

Afghan road crash inferno leaves at least 73 dead

Ghazni - At least 73 people were killed Sunday when two passenger buses and an oil tanker burst into flames in a head-on collision in eastern Afghanistan, health officials said, in one of the worst road accidents in the war-battered nation.

Afghan film star in miserable French exile after death threats over veil

Paris - The feted star of an internationally-acclaimed film, Afghan actress Marina Golbahari, and her husband have been chased from their home to the brink of suicide in a filthy French asylum shelter after she was photographed without a veil.

Little Messi flees Afghanistan, appeals to UN after 'threats'

Quetta - The young Afghan boy who captivated hearts after he was pictured wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Lionel Messi jersey has appealed to the UN refugee agency after fleeing Afghanistan.

Survivors call for U.S. troops to face trial over Afghan hospital air strike

Kunduz - Survivors of a US air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan have called for those responsible to go on trial and dismissed an American military investigation that said the bombardment did not amount to a war crime.

No war crimes charges for US troops who bombed Afghan hospital

Kunduz - The US personnel who bombarded a hospital in the Afghan city Kunduz last year and killed 42 people will not face war crimes charges, their commander said Friday.

Shrinking U.S. presence in Afghanistan creates security concerns

Washington - The dwindling US troop presence in Afghanistan is hampering the Pentagon's ability to train and monitor local security forces, a government watchdog report warned Friday.

Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

Sydney - An Australian woman working for a charity in Afghanistan has been kidnapped, the country's foreign minister said Friday.

Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

Sydney - An Australian woman working for a charity in Afghanistan has been kidnapped, the country's foreign minister said Friday.

Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

Sydney - An Australian woman working for a charity in Afghanistan has been kidnapped, the country's foreign minister said Friday.

The battle for birth control: Afghanistan's new fight

Balkh - "Four children is enough," says the young Afghan woman as she examines a box of contraceptive pills.

Kabul attack death toll more than doubles to 64

Kabul - The death toll from a Taliban attack in Kabul has more than doubled to 64, officials said Wednesday, in the deadliest assault on the Afghan capital since the Islamists were toppled from power in 2001.

Attacks on Kabul's diplomatic quarter

Kabul - At least 28 people have been killed in a bomb blast near government offices in Kabul, the latest insurgent attack in the highly fortified area.
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