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Afghanistan lynching stokes anger against 'fake mullahs'

Kabul - The savage lynching of an Afghan woman who railed openly against superstitious practices has stoked public anger over the treatment of women but also ignited revulsion against Kabul's ubiquitous shamans, forcing them to go underground.

Afghan Taliban announce 'spring offensive' to start Friday

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban said their annual "spring offensive" will begin on Friday, vowing nationwide attacks in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade as NATO forces pull back from the frontlines.

Afghan president starts Iran visit

Tehran - Afghanistan's president arrived in Tehran Sunday on his first trip to Iran since taking office, with security questions likely to dominate talks after the Islamic State group claimed a massive suicide bombing.

IS claims deadly Afghan suicide attack: President Ghani

Jalalabad - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Afghanistan Saturday that killed 33 people and wounded more than 100 others, President Ashraf Ghani said, in what appears to be the first major attack by the jihadists in the countr...

Suicide bomber kills 33 in bloody attack outside Afghan bank

Jalalabad - A suicide bomber killed at least 33 people and wounded 100 others in an attack Saturday outside a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, according to officials.

Anti-graft academic leads Afghan push against 'economic mafia'

Kabul - Ringed with snipers and sandbag bunkers, the makeshift office of a Kabul academic spearheading President Ashraf Ghani's unprecedented anti-corruption drive could be mistaken for a military garrison.

Taliban kill 18 Afghan soldiers, some beheaded

Kunduz - Taliban fighters killed 18 Afghan soldiers -- including some who were beheaded -- after storming an army outpost in the remote mountainous northeast in a major attack before the spring fighting season, officials said Monday.

Bullet-ridden bodies of five aid workers found in Afghanistan

The bullet-ridden bodies of five aid workers, taken under duress by armed gunmen nearly two months ago, have been found in a city in the south of Afghanistan, a government official reported on Saturday.

15 killed in Afghan bombings, including attack on NATO convoy

Jalalabad - A Taliban suicide car bomb targeted a NATO convoy in eastern Afghanistan Friday, killing at least three civilians as security forces brace for a full-blown insurgent offensive in the spring fighting season.

Taliban storm Afghan court complex, killing three

Balkh - Taliban suicide attackers wearing military uniforms stormed a court complex in Afghanistan's relatively tranquil north Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding scores of others in an assault highlighting the country's fragile security situa...

US soldier killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

Jalalabad - An American soldier was killed Wednesday in a firefight between US and Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan, the first apparent insider attack since Washington announced a delay in troop withdrawals from the country.

Amnesty condemns Afghan 'failure' to protect female activists

Kabul - Afghanistan is turning its back on female activists and leaving them vulnerable to threats, assassinations and sexual assault, Amnesty International said Tuesday, urging the international community to preserve hard-won gains for women.

Taliban publish biography of 'RPG-loving' Mullah Omar

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban on Sunday published a descriptive biography of their "charismatic" supreme leader Mullah Omar, in a surprise move apparently aimed at countering the creeping influence of the Islamic State group within insurgent ranks.

Afghan suicide blast kills 16, wounds dozens

Khost - A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people Thursday and wounded 40 others, including a prominent lawmaker, at an anti-corruption rally in Afghanistan's restive east, the latest casualties ahead of the Taliban's widely anticipated spring offensive.

AP journalist's killer in Afghanistan jailed for 20 years: CEO

Hong Kong - An Afghan policeman who shot dead a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photojournalist was imprisoned for 20 years over the weekend, after his death sentence was commuted, the AP's CEO said in Hong Kong on Monday.

Afghan MP survives suicide attack, three dead: officials

Kabul - A prominent Afghan MP escaped a suicide attack Sunday that killed three people including a child and left seven others wounded, officials said, just days after Washington announced it would slow the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

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.
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DEA FAST team members practice firearms training at a desert location in Afghanistan.
DEA FAST team members practice firearms training at a desert location in Afghanistan.
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A British soldier in Afghanistan communicating
A British soldier in Afghanistan communicating
GySgt. Clint Runyon
DEA FAST team members in Afghanistan arrest a farmer for cultivating opium poppies during a raid on ...
DEA FAST team members in Afghanistan arrest a farmer for cultivating opium poppies during a raid on his residence.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25  2014
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25, 2014
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Explosions in Kabul following visit by President Barack Obama.
Explosions in Kabul following visit by President Barack Obama.
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The Hazara people are urging for the halt to  systemic genocides of Hazaras.
The Hazara people are urging for the halt to "systemic genocides of Hazaras."
President Hamid Karzai
President Hamid Karzai
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. James M. Bowman
Ahmed Wali Karzai
Ahmed Wali Karzai
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O’Donald
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
Aref Karimi, AFP
An ISAF news conference
An ISAF news conference
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The Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni  as she and her children were tra...
The Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni, as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul
Afghan Parliament
A fireman hoses a road next to a destroyed bus at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul  November 1...
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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Steak and Lobster
Steak and Lobster
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A US soldier conducts a security patrol in Sangin Valley  Afghanistan. Marines conduct security patr...
A US soldier conducts a security patrol in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan. Marines conduct security patrols to decrease insurgent activity and gain the trust of Afghan citizens.
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U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Glenn Niemitalo  an engineer with the Paktika Provincial Recons...
U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Glenn Niemitalo, an engineer with the Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team, talks to a village elder with the assistance of an interpreter
US Department of Defense
OCHA/UN Map showing the areas of Offensive against the Taliban in Pakistan tribal region of North Wa...
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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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 Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
The Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
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NATO helicopter
NATO helicopter
U.S. Navy
The Hazara people are urging for the halt to  systemic genocides of Hazaras.
The Hazara people are urging for the halt to "systemic genocides of Hazaras."