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Afghanistan News

Op-Ed: New Afghan president can halt Taliban advance with jobs

With Ashraf Ghani now sworn in as the new president of Afghanistan in a rare peaceful transition of power, an historic opportunity arises for President Ghani to attack a fundamental source of the insurgency.

Op-Ed: Afghanistan to remain a western-funded client state

Kabul - While the Afghan security forces may or may not be able to fend off attacks by the Taliban when the 2015 fighting begins next spring, one thing is certain, the Afghan government cannot fund those forces without aid from the US and others.

New Afghan president on first China visit as withdrawal looms

Beijing - Afghanistan and China pledged a long-term partnership Tuesday as new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani began a four-day visit while NATO combat troops prepare to withdraw from his country.

Britain hands over last Afghan base

British forces Sunday handed over formal control of their last base in Afghanistan to Afghan troops, ending combat operations in the country after 13 years which cost hundreds of lives.

Taliban blast in Kabul kills four Afghan soldiers

Kabul - At least four Afghan soldiers were killed and around a dozen people including six civilians wounded when a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials said.

U.S. paid $486 million for Afghan planes now sold for scrap

Kabul - So far only 16 of 20 Italian-made military transport planes bought by the U.S. for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of almost $500 million have been sold for scrap at about six cents a pound.

New Afghan president hosts Turkey's Erdogan in Kabul

Kabul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Afghanistan Saturday, the latest world leader to visit the war-ravaged country since President Ashraf Ghani took power after a prolonged political standoff.

Afghanistan captures two Haqqani commanders

Kabul - Afghan security forces said Thursday they have captured two senior leaders of the feared Haqqani network, a hardline group behind sophisticated attacks on Afghan and NATO forces.

Taliban ambush in northern Afghanistan kills 22 police

Balkh - Taliban militants killed 22 police officers and wounded eight after ambushing a police convoy in northern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.

Civilian dead in Taliban suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber targeted an NATO convoy in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Monday, killing an Afghan civilian but causing no casualties among foreign troops, officials said.

Germany regrets 'mistakes' in Afghanistan mission

Berlin - Germany's foreign minister said Sunday that Berlin had made serious mistakes in its military engagement in Afghanistan since 2001 and warned against a hasty withdrawal.

German aid worker freed in Kabul after two-year ordeal

Kabul - A German aid worker who was taken hostage by masked gunmen in Pakistan over two years ago was released in neighbouring Afghanistan this week, Berlin said on Friday.

Five Afghan men hanged for gang-rape despite UN appeal

Kabul - Five Afghan men were hanged on Wednesday for the gang rape of four women despite the United Nations and human rights groups criticising the trial and urging new president Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions.

New Afghan leader thanks NATO troops for their sacrifice

Kabul - Newly-inaugurated Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday set a fresh tone in relations with NATO countries that have fought against Taliban insurgents, paying a fulsome tribute to foreign soldiers who died in battle.

Mixed legacy for Afghanistan after Karzai departure

Kabul - Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai may have brought development and relative stability to major cities, but an insurgency-wracked countryside and sky-high corruption levels mean that for many ordinary citizens he leaves behind a mixed legacy.

Three killed in suicide attack on Afghan army bus

Kabul - A Taliban suicide attacker killed three people on an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Thursday, the latest deadly strike against such vehicles since the new government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country.

Twin suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul kill 7

Kabul - Two Taliban suicide bombers hit army buses in Kabul Wednesday, killing at least seven people in a coordinated attack, officials said, a day after the new Afghan government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country.

Op-Ed: U.S. still holds about 60 prisoners indefinitely in Afghanistan

Bagram - While the US and Afghanistan have just signed a bilateral security agreement that will allow US and some NATO troops to remain after the end of 2014, there are still outstanding issues such as the fate of a number of prisoners still held by the US.

Afghanistan and US sign long-delayed troop pact

Kabul - Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to allow about 10,000 US troops to stay in the country next year, as new President Ashraf Ghani took a major step towards mending frayed ties with Washington.

New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

Kabul - Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan on Monday and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war.

Afghan 'free spirit' Ashraf Ghani becomes president

Kabul - Ashraf Ghani is an intellectual high-achiever with a famous temper who proudly describes himself as a "free spirit". Now he must prove himself to be a unifying leader who can tackle Afghanistan's vast problems.

Afghanistan to inaugurate new president as conflict rages on

Kabul - Afghanistan will host a grand presidential inauguration on Monday, with former US-based academic Ashraf Ghani taking power as NATO troops end their 13-year war without defeating the fierce Taliban insurgency.

Taliban seize key area of strategic province in Afghanistan

Kabul - Hundreds of Taliban attacked the Ajrestan District of Ghazni province a key link between the capital Kabul and southern areas. The Taliban have also been making advances in the south recently.

Up to 100 Afghans killed, 12 beheaded, in Taliban offensive

Ghazni - A major Taliban offensive in eastern Afghanistan over the past week has left up to 100 civilians and security personnel dead, 12 of them beheaded, officials said Friday, as violence worsens with the withdrawal of US-led troops.

Ghani hails Afghan election deal, vows to bring peace

Kabul - Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani congratulated the country Monday on what he called its first democratic transfer of power, but the former rival with whom he signed a power-sharing deal was absent from the celebrations.

US hails Afghan power deal, seeks quick security pact

Kabul - The United States has welcomed a power-sharing deal that saw former finance minister Ashraf Ghani declared Afghanistan's next president, and said it hopes a crucial security agreement will be signed within a week.

Ghani named next Afghan president, signs power-sharing deal

Kabul - Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president on Sunday, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah that ended a prolonged standoff over the disputed result.

Rival Afghan candidates reportedly reach deal

Kabul - Rival candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani were said to be close to a power-sharing agreement back on Tuesday Sept. 16 but talks stalled in part because the two could not agree when the results of final vote audit should be released.

Afghan presidential rivals set to ink 'unity government' deal

Kabul - Afghanistan's two rival presidential candidates are due to sign a power-sharing agreement Sunday, officials said, forming a potentially rocky coalition that will end a prolonged stand-off over the disputed election result.

Disputed Afghan election result to be announced Sunday

Kabul - The result of Afghanistan's disputed election will be declared on Sunday, officials said Saturday, as last-minute talks between the two rival candidates struggled to nail down a proposed power-sharing deal.
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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A convoy of the Hungarian ISAF contingent on the road in Afghanistan.
A convoy of the Hungarian ISAF contingent on the road in Afghanistan.
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A woman accused of adultery squats in front of a crowd before her public execution in a village outs...
A woman accused of adultery squats in front of a crowd before her public execution in a village outside Kabul
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Afghan man receives treatment from a U.S. Navy corpsman after being injured in a grenade attack
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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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500 days of captivity for French journalists in Afghanistan (screenshot from support committee video)
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Presidents Karzai and Rouhani of Afghanstan and Iran salute their countries' flags during a visit by President Karzai to Tehran at which details of a new Afghanistan-Iran cooperation pact were hammered out.
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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
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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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The destruction left in the wake of a 2009 suicide bombing
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Afghanistan women
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COAS and Prime Minister of Pakistan  Muhammad Nawaz Sharif During his visit to IDPs Camp Bannu.
COAS and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif During his visit to IDPs Camp Bannu.
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A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
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Elk Grove High School's drill team rounds the corner at the start of the parade.
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A pedestrian bridge in Baghlan province.
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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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