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Magnetic bomb kills two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan

Kabul - According to Interior Ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi the vehicle being driven by the two soldiers was hit by the bomb. The international military coalition (ISAF) provided less detail saying only that two of its members had been killed.

Afghan president urges clerics to help halt attacks

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday called for Muslim clerics and tribal elders to help stem a surge in deadly insurgent attacks that have rocked the country as US-led troops end their war against the Taliban.

Multiple attacks kill 20 in Afghanistan as NATO deadline looms

Kabul - Taliban insurgents killed at least 20 people in a series of gun and suicide attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, underlining worsening security as US-led NATO forces end their combat mission in the country.

Fiction becomes reality at deadly Kabul theatre blast

Kabul - Audience members who survived a suicide bomb at the French cultural institute in Kabul told Friday how they initially thought the explosion was part of the performance, which was about the impact of such attacks.

German killed in Afghan suicide attack: Berlin

Kabul - Germany said Friday one of its nationals was killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan targeting a play at a French-financed school.

UN voices 'serious concern' after Taliban attacks hit Kabul

Kabul - The UN has voiced "serious concern" about the Taliban's persistent threat after the group killed seven people in two suicide attacks in Kabul, including one targeting a play at a French-financed high school.

Seven dead as two suicide attacks rock Kabul

Kabul - Two Taliban suicide attacks hit Kabul on Thursday, one targeting a play at a French-financed school, killing at least seven people just as NATO forces are due to pull out of Afghanistan.

U.S. says no longer has any detainees in Afghanistan

Washington - The United States has pulled out of all prisons in Afghanistan and no longer holds any detainees, a U.S. official confirmed, as Washington extricates itself from the war-torn country.

Taliban suicide blast kills six Afghan soldiers in Kabul

Kabul - A suicide bomber killed at least six Afghan soldiers in the suburbs of Kabul Thursday morning, officials said, the latest in a spate of Taliban attacks in the capital.

US says no longer has any detainees in Afghanistan

Washington - The United States has pulled out of all prisons in Afghanistan and no longer holds any detainees, a US official confirmed, as Washington extricates itself from the war-torn country.

U.S. military's job 'not over' in Afghanistan

Jalalabad - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Sunday told U.S. troops in Afghanistan their mission was not over as they shift to a scaled-back role training their Afghan counterparts.

U.S. hands over senior militant to Pakistan

Islamabad - U.S. troops in Afghanistan said Sunday they had handed over three Pakistani detainees to Islamabad, while a security source said one of them was a senior Pakistani Taliban commander.

Hagel confirms death of U.S. hostage in Yemen

Kabul - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday said that U.S. journalist Luke Somers was killed by militants during an operation aimed at freeing him from Al-Qaeda kidnappers in Yemen.

Additional 1,000 US troops to stay in Afghanistan, says Hagel

Kabul - An additional 1,000 US troops will remain in Afghanistan next year to meet a temporary shortfall in NATO forces, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday during a visit to Kabul.

Ghani promises self-reliant Afghanistan at London talks

London - President Ashraf Ghani outlined his vision for a more self-reliant Afghanistan at a conference in London on Thursday as he welcomed the withdrawal of foreign combat troops after 13 years.

Kerry backs new Afghan leaders at London meet

London - Secretary of State John Kerry promised US and allied support for Afghanistan as the country's new leaders outlined reform plans on Thursday, even as they struggled to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw.

NATO ministers boost support for Ukraine

Brussels - NATO foreign ministers approved fresh support for Ukraine and condemned Russia Tuesday for backing pro-Moscow rebels as the alliance signed off on its new training mission in Afghanistan.

Suicide attack at Afghan funeral kills nine: Police

Kunduz - A suicide attack at a funeral in northern Afghanistan killed at least nine people on Monday, officials said, underlining nationwide insecurity as NATO troops end their 13-year war this month.

Suicide attack at Afghan funeral kills nine

Kunduz - A suicide attack at a funeral in northern Afghanistan killed at least nine people on Monday, officials said, underlining nationwide insecurity as NATO troops end their 13-year war this month.

Taliban kill South African family in Kabul attack

Kabul - The latest Taliban strike in Kabul killed a South African father running an education charity and his two teenage children, a family spokeswoman said Sunday, as the city police chief resigned after a spate of attacks.

Kabul police chief resigns after spate of attacks

Kabul - Kabul's police chief resigned on Sunday, a spokesman said, after the Afghan capital was hit by at least nine militant attacks in the last two weeks with foreign compounds, embassy vehicles and US troops among those targeted.

Two dead as Taliban attack foreign compound in Kabul

Kabul - Taliban militants attacked a foreign compound in Kabul on Saturday, killing two employees in the latest strike to hit the Afghan capital during the final weeks of NATO's 13-year war against the insurgents.

Taliban attack Kabul guesthouse and British embassy car

Kabul - Taliban militants attacked a foreign guesthouse in central Kabul on Thursday, hours after a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle in a blast that killed six people, triggering fears of spiralling unrest.

Briton among 6 dead as Kabul blast hits embassy vehicle

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday, killing one Briton and five Afghans in the latest attack to highlight fragile security as NATO troops withdraw.

Suicide blast hits British embassy vehicle, kills five Afghans

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least five Afghans and wounding 34 bystanders in the latest blast to hit the city.

U.S. may send additional troops to Afghanistan next year

Washington - The U.S. military likely will keep a slightly larger force in Afghanistan in 2015 than first planned and American troops will have authority to come to the aid of Afghan forces if necessary, officials said Tuesday.

Toll rises to 57 as survivors tell of Afghan volleyball bombing

Kabul - Survivors of a horrific suicide attack which killed 57 people at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan told Monday how the blast ripped through a crowd of spectators enjoying the final moments of the match.

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

Khost - About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

Khost - Around 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds gathered to watch a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

Op-Ed: Sergeant’s wife surprises him on the other side of the country

A military couple’s surprise reunion will leave you crying happy tears of joy right along with them, when you see what this wife did to her husband.
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Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter wears her father's fatigues to show her support for her dad.
Helmet cam video: US soldier under Taliban machine gun fire
Helmet cam video: US soldier under Taliban machine gun fire
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Cpl. Anthony Gomez, field artillery tactical data systems specialist assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, currently attached to 1BCT, 4th Inf. Div., shakes the hand of a young resident of Tarok Kolache, April 1, while Pfc. Roy Heggernes interacts with a young boy during a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new village mosque.
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Mike Dolnick
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Swedish marines in Afghanistan made a parody video of Greased Lightning from the 1978 movie "Grease"
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai
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A US special operations sniper aims his rifle.
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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 U.S. Army in Afghanistan Operation
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Kuchi people moving in Panjshir province in Afghanistan.
Kuchi people moving in Panjshir province in Afghanistan.
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Left to right: General Stephane Abrial (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation) greeting General Stanley A. McChrystal (Commander ISAF)
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Nadia Sediqqi  head of the women s affairs department in Laghman province  shot dead by two gunmen.
Nadia Sediqqi, head of the women's affairs department in Laghman province, shot dead by two gunmen.
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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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An Afghan boy looks at a U.S. Marine photographer in 2010
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U.S. Soldiers conduct a patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers to check on conditions in a village in the Wardak province of Afghanistan
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A pedestrian bridge in Baghlan province.
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Afghan Army unit arrives at site of convoy ambush.
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Paula Broadwell with Gen. David H. Petraeus in Afghanistan in 2011
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