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Eleven police killed in attacks in Afghanistan

Kandahar - At least 11 Afghan policemen were killed on Sunday when Taliban fighters attacked two checkpoints in the volatile southern province of Helmand, authorities said.

Surge in number of victims of anti-personnel mines: NGO

Paris - At least 8,605 people were killed or injured by anti-personnel mines last year, a 150 percent rise in three years, with particularly high casualty figures in Afghanistan and Yemen, the Handicap International charity said Thursday.

Germany takes back illegally expelled Afghan man

Berlin - An Afghan man who was illegally expelled from Germany has arrived back in Frankfurt, a refugee rights group said Thursday, after a three month bureaucratic struggle.

Afghan forces to launch operation against IS in the north

Kabul - Afghanistan's military plans to launch a major operation to stop the Islamic State group making inroads into the country's northern provinces, officials said Tuesday, after AFP reported that fighters including French nationals were present there.

French fighters appear with Islamic State in Afghanistan

Kabul - French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, have joined the ranks of the Islamic State group in northern Afghanistan where the militants have established new bases, multiple international and Afghan sources have told AFP.

Thousands of Afghans protest Trump's Jerusalem move

Kabul - More than 1,000 Afghans staged protests after Friday prayers in Kabul to condemn the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders killed in Afghanistan: officials

Kabul - A senior Al-Qaeda leader on the Indian subcontinent and the head of the Taliban's "special forces" in southern Helmand have been killed in recent days in Afghanistan, Afghan and US forces said Tuesday.

Afghan war widows pay heavy price for husband's sacrifice

Jelalabad - Widowed Afghan grandmother Janat Bibi has no adult males left in her family after the Taliban killed her son and two grandsons during an attack on their police base a few months ago.

Six dead as suicide blast hits Afghan political rally

Jalalabad - At least six people were killed when a suicide bomber drove a motorcycle into a crowd at a political rally in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, police said.

Northern Afghan provinces submit to lure of opium poppies

Mazar-e Sharif - New motorbikes roared through villages in Afghanistan's Balkh province this summer -- markers of growing wealth, observers say, as poppy cultivation leapt by nearly five times in a region that once was an opium-free zone.

Afghanistan executes five members of criminal gang

Kabul - Afghanistan on Wednesday executed five members of a gang involved in kidnapping and murder, as the government of the war-torn nation struggles to curb criminals who target foreigners and wealthy locals.

'We are in danger': French Army translators left behind to Taliban

Kabul - The Taliban have tried to kill Zainullah, a former translator for the French Army, twice already, he says, warning that the insurgents have expanded their territory in Afghanistan to just five minutes from his door.

Over 1,000 US troops to patrol with Afghans in 2018

Washington - A large increase in US forces patrolling with Afghan counterparts will push the Taliban back in 2018, a top general said Tuesday, cautioning that they would "absolutely" be at extra risk.

US military opens new, but risky front in Afghan air war

Washington - As the US military opens a new front in its air war in Afghanistan, targeting the Taliban's poppy-processing factories and dropping thousands more bombs, experts are warning of the risk of alienating the local population.

US mom details brutality at hands of Taliban faction

New York - A US mother held hostage by Taliban-linked militants for five years has detailed the violence and sexual assault she endured in captivity, and said her young son was also beaten.

EU examines bootlegging allegations at Kabul compound

Kabul - European investigators are looking into allegations that alcohol imported by the EU's diplomatic mission in Kabul was illegally sold on the city's black market, an EU spokesman confirmed on Sunday.

At least 14 dead in suicide attack outside Kabul political gathering

Kabul - A suicide attacker blew himself up outside a political gathering in Kabul killing at least 14 people, officials said Thursday, highlighting the deepening divisions in the war-torn country.

Afghan opium output soars as cultivation hits record high

Kabul - Afghan opium producers have had a bumper year with output soaring 87 percent as the area under poppy cultivation hit a record high, the latest annual survey said Wednesday.

Dozens of Afghan security forces killed in Taliban raids: officials

Kabul - Dozens of Afghan police and soldiers have been killed in a wave of Taliban attacks on checkpoints in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, as insurgents step up assaults on the beleaguered security forces.

'We don't feel safe': Afghan anti-graft officials demand protection

Kabul - A series of deadly attacks on Afghan anti-corruption officials has highlighted the dangers of taking on the country's rich and powerful and sparked calls for better protection of the people waging war against graft.

NATO looks for Afghans to take offensive in 2018: US general

Brussels - After another brutal fighting season that saw the Taliban kill thousands of Afghan security forces, a top US general thinks local troops will soon seize the momentum.

NATO looks to seize momentum in Afghanistan conflict

Brussels - Defence ministers from the NATO alliance met Thursday in Brussels to review the next steps in the Afghanistan conflict and brainstorm ways to make gains in the 16-year-old war.

NATO to increase cyber weaponry to combat Russia

Brussels - NATO members agreed Wednesday to increase the use of cyber weaponry and tactics during military operations, with the alliance also upgrading other capabilities to combat a resurgent Russia.

US defence chief meets NATO to discuss IS, Afghanistan

Brussels - With the Islamic State group crumbling in Iraq and Syria, North Korea defiant over its nuclear ambitions and Russia looming large, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has plenty of pressing issues as he begins talks with NATO allies on Wednesday.

NATO says to boost Afghan mission to 16,000 troops

Brussels - NATO will boost its training mission in Afghanistan by around 3,000 troops, chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday as Kabul reeled from the latest deadly attack on civilians.

Kabul TV station says attack over, resumes broadcasting

Kabul - A Kabul television station attacked by gunmen on Tuesday was back on the air after Afghan security forces brought the deadly assault to an end."The attack has ended.

'They cannot silence us': Kabul TV station back on air moments after attack

Kabul - A defiant Kabul TV station was back on the air Tuesday moments after the end of an attack by gunmen who had stormed the broadcaster, killing at least one person and leaving two dozen wounded.

Gunmen storm Kabul TV station in ongoing attack: employee

Kabul - Gunmen stormed a television station in Kabul Tuesday and many staff were still in the building, an employee told AFP, describing the attack as ongoing."I saw three attackers on security cameras entering the TV station building.

NATO probes claims of civilian casualties in Afghan airstrike

Kunduz - NATO's mission in Afghanistan was investigating claims Monday that civilians were killed or injured during a joint operation with Afghan troops over the weekend.

Afghan VP Dostum's bodyguards jailed five years for rape

Kabul - Seven of Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum's bodyguards convicted of the sexual assault and illegal imprisonment of a political rival have been sentenced to five years in jail, officials said Monday.
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Afghan Army unit arrives at site of convoy ambush.
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Photographer Giles Duley takes photo in hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan
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Ruined building near Kandahar, Afghanistan
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Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter wears her father's fatigues to show her support for her dad.
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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Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter proudly wears her dad's cap.
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Swedish marines in Afghanistan made a parody video of Greased Lightning from the 1978 movie  Grease
Swedish marines in Afghanistan made a parody video of Greased Lightning from the 1978 movie "Grease"
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The blue dot in the center shows the area where Pakistan and China performed their joint military operations. Bannu, to the west, has been the most recent site of Pakistan's attacks on terrorist. The white line also to the left is the border with Afghanistan, and Kabul can be seen even west and north of it. The capitol of Pakistan, Islamabad is to the right of the area.
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Mrs. Ferguson is handed a bouquet of flowers to symbolize the neighborhood support for her family s ...
Mrs. Ferguson is handed a bouquet of flowers to symbolize the neighborhood support for her family's sacrifice.
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 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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Left to right: General Stephane Abrial (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation) greeting General Stanley A. McChrystal (Commander ISAF)
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EGHS's drumline.
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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U.S. Soldiers conduct a patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers to check on conditions in a villag...
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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File photo: Kuchi people moving in Panjshir province in Afghanistan.
File photo: Kuchi people moving in Panjshir province in Afghanistan.
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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."
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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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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