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Kabul library bus drives Afghan children to read

Kabul - The door of the blue bus slides open and dozens of children excitedly bound up the steps, eager to get their hands on hard-to-find books in Kabul's first mobile library.

US wasted billions in failed Afghan stabilization efforts: official

Washington - The United States wasted billions of dollars trying to stabilize fragile parts of Afghanistan from 2001-2017 and some efforts caused more harm than good, a US government watchdog said Thursday.

16 killed, 38 wounded by blast in southern Afghan city

Kandahar - At least 16 people were killed and 38 wounded Tuesday when a minivan packed with explosives exploded as members of the security forces were trying to defuse it in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

16 killed, 38 wounded by blast in southern Afghan city

Kandahar - At least 16 people were killed and 38 wounded Tuesday when a minivan packed with explosives detonated as security forces were trying to defuse it in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

'Few signs of progress' in Afghanistan: US inspector

Washington - Upbeat assessments of an improving security situation in Afghanistan do not line up with the facts on the ground, the Pentagon watchdog said Monday, pointing to "few signs of progress" in the war-torn nation.

Taliban warn Kabul residents to 'keep away' ahead of attacks

Kabul - The Taliban warned Kabul residents Monday to avoid "military centres" in the heavily fortified city, saying they are planning more attacks in the Afghan capital where civilians have long borne the brunt of casualties.

Afghan cricket stadium attack leaves 8 dead, 45 wounded

Jalalabad - Eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said Saturday, the first attack since the holy month of Ramadan began.

UK mulls sending more troops to Afghanistan: report

London - Britain could substantially boost its troop numbers in Afghanistan following demands from US President Donald Trump that NATO members "pay their fair share", The Times reported Friday.

Decline in strength of Afghan forces less sharp than thought: US watchdog

Kabul - The strength of Afghanistan's security forces has declined less sharply than previously reported, a US watchdog says, citing incorrect figures given by the American military last month.

US, Afghan attacks force Taliban to retreat from western city: officials

Herat - Afghan commandos and US air strikes have driven the Taliban to the outskirts of Farah city, officials said Wednesday, after a day-long battle to prevent the insurgents from seizing the western provincial capital.

US, Afghanistan launch air strikes as Taliban attack western city

Herat - US and Afghan aircraft Tuesday bombed Taliban positions in the western city of Farah after the insurgents launched a major attempt to capture the provincial capital, with fearful residents seeking shelter from explosions and gunfire.

At least ten dead after bomb, gun battle in Afghan city

Jalalabad - At least ten people were killed and more than 40 injured when militants detonated bombs and stormed a government building Sunday in an hours-long attack in an eastern Afghan city claimed by the Islamic State group, officials said.

Afghanistan extends deadline for voter registration amid violence

Kabul - A deadline for Afghans to register to vote in the October 20 legislative elections has been extended, officials said Friday, as figures show hundreds of civilians have already been killed or wounded in poll-related violence.

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocks Afghanistan: USGS

Kabul - A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, creating tremors felt as far away as Pakistan's capital Islamabad and Tajikistan's Dushanbe.

Suicide bombers, gunmen attack Kabul police stations

Kabul - Suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations Wednesday, killing at least five people, with security forces still searching for assailants as the city braces for more violence.

Afghan air force fired rockets, machine guns on religious ceremony: UN

Kabul - Afghanistan's air force sprayed an outdoor religious gathering with rockets and heavy machine gun fire last month killing and wounding 107 people, mostly children, a UN report said Monday.

Afghan poverty rises sharply since NATO combat troops' departure

Kabul - Poverty has risen sharply in Afghanistan since the departure of NATO's combat troops in 2014, with more than half of the population now living below the poverty line, according to a national survey.

Foreign donors to Afghanistan fuelling corruption: US watchdog

Kabul - Foreign donors have flooded Afghanistan with more money than it can absorb, exacerbating corruption and fuelling the drawn-out conflict, US independent auditor John Sopko has said in an interview with AFP.

Afghan police foil suicide attack on Kabul blood drive

Kabul - A suicide bomber targeting a blood drive for victims of recent attacks blew himself up in Kabul on Monday after being spotted by police, officials said, causing no other casualties.

Dozens of casualties in blast at Afghan voter registration centre

Khost - A blast at a voter registration centre in east Afghanistan on Sunday killed or wounded at least 30 people, officials said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country.

Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

Kabul - Afghanistan's slain journalists were remembered on World Press Freedom Day Thursday, days after the deadliest attack on the country's media since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

Kabul - Afghanistan's slain journalists were remembered on World Press Freedom Day Thursday, days after the deadliest attack on the country's media since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Afghan media defiant after deadly day for journalists

Kabul - Afghan journalists were shaken but defiant Tuesday, vowing to continue reporting on the bloody conflict after the deadliest attack on the country's media since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Outrage after bloody day for Afghan journalists

Kabul - Condemnation poured in from across the world Tuesday after 10 journalists were among dozens killed in attacks in Afghanistan, in what the UN described as the "deliberate targeting" of the media.

AFP journalists killed in line of duty

Paris - Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul Shah Marai on Monday became the latest of the agency's journalists to die on the job since it was founded in 1944.Shah Marai died in the second of two explosions which targeted reporters at the scene.

BBC reporter killed in eastern Afghanistan: broadcaster

Kabul - A BBC reporter was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the broadcaster said, hours after twin blasts in Kabul marked the deadliest day for journalists in the war-torn country since the Taliban's fall in 2001.

Tributes pour in for AFP photographer slain in Kabul

Kabul - Friends and colleagues of Shah Marai have reacted with shock and grief to news of the veteran AFP photographer's death in Kabul on Monday.

11 children killed in Afghan suicide attack on foreign convoy: officials

Kandahar - A suicide attack on a foreign military convoy in southern Afghanistan on Monday killed at least 11 children who were nearby, officials said.

Shah Marai, charismatic and courageous AFP journalist

Kabul - Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul Shah Marai, who was killed covering a suicide bombing on Monday, was a charismatic, courageous journalist who was dedicated to reporting on Afghanistan's wrenching conflict.

When hope is gone – AFP's Shah Marai in his own words

Kabul - Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, and five other journalists were among more than two dozen people killed in twin suicide blasts in the Afghan capital.
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President Barack Obama visits with a platoon of U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan that ...
President Barack Obama visits with a platoon of U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan that recently lost six members, Dec. 3, 2010. The President made an overnight trip to visit troops in Afghanistan.
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A fireman hoses a road next to a destroyed bus at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, November 16, 2013. A suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle providing security for a compound where Afghanistan's political and tribal elites are due to gather next week to debate a security pact with the United States
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Staff Sgt. Dawayne Krepel, a squad leader with U.S. Army Europe's 2nd platoon, Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, searches an Afghan man during a tactical checkpoint mission on the Pech River Road in Kunar Province, Afghanistan Jan. 11, 2008 (U.S. Army Photo)
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Arsalah Jamal  a Canadian citizen  serving as Afghan provincial governor of Logar province  was kill...
Arsalah Jamal, a Canadian citizen, serving as Afghan provincial governor of Logar province, was killed in mosque bombing
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The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over Afghanistan
The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over Afghanistan
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A burning tanker after Taliban attack
A burning tanker after Taliban attack
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The Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
The Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
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President Barack Obama (center) with Afghan President Karzai and Pakistan President Zardari during a...
President Barack Obama (center) with Afghan President Karzai and Pakistan President Zardari during a US-Afghan-Pakistan Trilateral meeting in Cabinet Room
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai
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Sgt. Dennis Weichel
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President Barack Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan
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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
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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 British soldier in Afghanistan communicating
A British soldier in Afghanistan communicating
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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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A 500-pound bomb was dropped on US forces by mistake in Afghanistan
A 500-pound bomb was dropped on US forces by mistake in Afghanistan
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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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Most trash generated at the base in Bagram, Afghanistan is burned in an open pit or in several small incinerators that are located just 300 yards beyond the runway. Bulldozers constantly shovel rubbish into the fire, creating thick columns of brown smoke. Jan. 5, 2012.
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The Afghan government has come under fire for failing to end insurgent attacks
The Afghan government has come under fire for failing to end insurgent attacks
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