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NATO troops race winter to give Afghan forces a morale boost

Tarin Kowt - The target is behind a slope, the advance is unprotected: crawl, fire! Italian instructors in western Afghanistan have been using the relatively quiet winter to bolster Afghan troops against the Taliban.

US air strike in Afghanistan killed senior Qaeda leader

Washington - A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior Al-Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in his native Pakistan, the US military confirmed on Saturday.

Russia 'perhaps' supplying Taliban: NATO commander

Washington - Russia is "perhaps" supplying the Taliban as they fight US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a top US general said Thursday.

Emboldened Taliban capture key southern district

Kandahar - Taliban fighters captured the strategic southern district of Sangin on Thursday, officials said, another setback for Afghan forces in opium-rich Helmand province ahead of the spring fighting season.

Emboldened Taliban capture key southern district

Kandahar - Taliban fighters captured the strategic southern district of Sangin on Thursday, officials said, another setback for Afghan forces in opium-rich Helmand province ahead of the spring fighting season.

Emboldened Taliban capture key southern district

Kandahar - Taliban fighters captured the strategic southern district of Sangin on Thursday, officials said, another setback for Afghan forces in opium-rich Helmand province ahead of the spring fighting season.

UN praises Iran's 'exemplary' refugee efforts

Tehran - While Iranians would bear the brunt of Donald Trump's visa ban, which has been blocked on the orders of a US court, international officials say the country has quietly emerged as one of the most generous towards refugees.

Afghans find some escape as 'family cinema' opens in Kabul

Kabul - The lights go off, the projector whirls,and for the first time in years Afghan families find themselves sharing popcorn and soda as Hollywood and Bollywood stars romp across the silver screen.

Afghans find some escape as 'family cinema' opens in Kabul

Kabul - The lights go off, the projector whirls,and for the first time in years Afghan families find themselves sharing popcorn and soda as Hollywood and Bollywood stars romp across the silver screen.

Afghans find some escape as 'family cinema' opens in Kabul

Kabul - The lights go off, the projector whirls,and for the first time in years Afghan families find themselves sharing popcorn and soda as Hollywood and Bollywood stars romp across the silver screen.

Afghan military rejects claims insiders aided hospital attack

Kabul - Afghanistan's defense ministry Wednesday shrugged off allegations that insiders were involved in a catastrophic insurgent attack on the country's largest military hospital, as it faces scathing public criticism over the assault.

Blast destroys telecom company bus in Kabul rush hour

Kabul - A suicide car bomber rammed into a bus carrying employees of one of Afghanistan's biggest telecom companies during rush hour Monday, just days after a deadly insurgent assault on the country's largest military hospital.

Blast destroys telecom company bus in Kabul rush hour

Kabul - A suicide car bomber rammed into a bus carrying employees of one of Afghanistan's biggest telecom companies during rush hour Monday, just days after a deadly insurgent assault on the country's largest military hospital.

Blast destroys telecom company bus in Kabul rush hour

Kabul - A suicide car bomber rammed into a bus carrying employees of one of Afghanistan's biggest telecom companies during rush hour Monday, just days after a deadly insurgent assault on the country's largest military hospital.

Insiders aided Kabul hospital attack, survivors say

Kabul - Insiders including two interns were among the attackers who launched a gun-and-grenade assault this week on Afghanistan's largest military hospital, killing more than 100 people, multiple surviving staff and security sources told AFP.

Insiders aided Kabul hospital attack, survivors say

Kabul - Insiders including two interns were among the attackers who launched a gun-and-grenade assault this week on Afghanistan's largest military hospital, killing more than 100 people, multiple surviving staff and security sources told AFP.

Insiders aided Kabul hospital attack, survivors say

Kabul - Insiders including two interns were among the attackers who launched a gun-and-grenade assault this week on Afghanistan's largest military hospital, killing more than 100 people, multiple surviving staff and security sources told AFP.

Eight Afghan police killed in 'insider attack'

Kandahar - Eight local policemen were killed by their colleagues after they were poisoned in their base in southern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, in a latest so-called "insider attack".

Kidnappings blight war-scarred Kabul city

Kabul - The bruises, scabs and chain markings have long faded but Haji Ghulam is still visibly traumatised by his month-long abduction, one of dozens of victims of a violent crime surge that has beset the Afghan capital.

'It was a massacre': Survivors recount Kabul hospital attack

Kabul - With his voice trembling, nurse Abdul Qadeer recalled the horror of coming face-to-face with one of the gunmen who stormed Kabul's main military hospital, as his terrified colleagues leapt out of high-floor windows to save themselves.

Gunmen dressed as doctors attack Kabul military hospital

Kabul - Gunmen dressed as doctors stormed Afghanistan's largest military hospital on Wednesday, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group as it makes inroads into the war-battered country.

Five troops, 10 militants dead in Pakistan border raid

Islamabad - Five Pakistani soldiers and 10 militants were killed in a coordinated overnight raid at several border posts on the frontier with Afghanistan, the military said Monday.

Twin Taliban suicide attacks in Kabul kill 16

Kabul - Sixteen people were killed Wednesday in simultaneous Taliban suicide assaults on two security compounds in Kabul, as the insurgents ramp up attacks even before the start of their annual spring offensive.

Twin Taliban suicide attacks in Kabul kill 16

Kabul - Sixteen people were killed Wednesday in simultaneous Taliban suicide assaults on two security compounds in Kabul, as the insurgents ramp up attacks even before the start of their annual spring offensive.

Twin Taliban suicide attacks in Kabul kill 16

Kabul - Sixteen people were killed Wednesday in simultaneous Taliban suicide assaults on two security compounds in Kabul, as the insurgents ramp up attacks even before the start of their annual spring offensive.

'Bacha bazi': the Afghan practice of child sex slavery

Kabul - Afghanistan is set to criminalise the practice of "bacha bazi" -- the sexual exploitation of boys -- with a slew of stringent punishments laid out for the first time in a revised penal code.

Kabul to set penalties for subculture of boy sex slaves

Kabul - Afghanistan is set to lay out stringent penalties for "bacha bazi" -– sexual slavery and abuse of boys –- for the first time, officials say, in a landmark move against the deeply entrenched practice.

Roadside bomb kills 12 Afghans including children, UN says

Kabul - The UN has condemned the killing of 12 Afghans, including eight children returning from school, by a roadside bomb in the country's volatile east, the latest in a growing number of civilian casualties.

Roadside bomb kills 12 Afghans including children, UN says

Kabul - The UN has condemned the killing of 12 Afghans, including eight children returning from school, by a roadside bomb in the country's volatile east, the latest in a growing number of civilian casualties.

Roadside bomb kills 12 Afghans including children, UN says

Kabul - The UN has condemned the killing of 12 Afghans, including eight children returning from school, by a roadside bomb in the country's volatile east, the latest in a growing number of civilian casualties.
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Two Afghan children look at a U.S. Army photographer in June, 2010
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25, 2014
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