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Prayers turn to nightmare in Kabul mosque bombing

Kabul - After finishing work on Friday Jan Ali took his two sons to their local Shiite mosque in Kabul to worship, along with dozens of other ordinary Afghans.

15 Afghan army cadets killed in Taliban attack

Kabul - A suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they travelled home from their base in Kabul on Saturday, officials said, as militants intensify a deadly rampage that has claimed more than 200 lives this week.

15 Afghan army cadets killed in attack on security forces

Kabul - A suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they were leaving their base in Kabul on Saturday, the defence ministry said, as militants step up their deadly attacks across the war-torn country.

Death toll in Kabul Shiite mosque attack jumps to 56: officials

Kabul - The death toll in the Shiite mosque attack in Kabul has jumped to 56, officials said Saturday, as the Afghan capital reels from the latest deadly violence.

Smell of death permeates Kabul mosque hit by suicide bomber

Kabul - The smell of death permeated the Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul on Saturday hours after dozens of Shiite worshippers were slaughtered by a suicide bomber during evening prayers.

Nearly 60 dead in two suicide attacks on Afghan mosques: officials

Kabul - Nearly 60 people were killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up in two separate mosque attacks in Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country.

More than 40 dead in two suicide attacks on Afghan mosques: officials

Kabul - More than 40 people were killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up in two separate mosque attacks in Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, in the latest violence to rock the country.

US-Canadian family were held in Pakistan: CIA chief

Washington - A North American family who were kidnapped by a Taliban faction in Afghanistan were held for five years in Pakistan before their release last week, CIA director Mike Pompeo said Thursday.

US drone strike kills chief of Pakistani Taliban faction

Peshawar - The chief of an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a US drone strike, a spokesman for the group told AFP Thursday.

Dozens killed as Taliban launch fresh assaults on Afghan bases

Kandahar - Militants launched two separate attacks on Afghan security installations killing dozens of soldiers Thursday, the latest in a series of devastating assaults this week that have left more than 120 people dead and underscored spiralling insecurity.

43 Afghan soldiers killed in suicide attack on military base: officials

Kandahar - At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban-claimed suicide attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, the third assault on a security installation this week.

Former American hostage hospitalized in Canada: media

Ottawa - American Caitlan Coleman was rushed to a hospital only days after being freed with her family from five years captivity at the hands of Taliban-linked kidnappers, local media reported.

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Gardez - Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded Tuesday in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces.

Afghan police foil truck bomber in Kabul: officials

Kabul - Afghan police seized a lorry packed with explosives hidden under boxes of tomatoes in Kabul, officials said Sunday, averting a potentially deadly blast months after a massive truck bomb killed or wounded hundreds.

Taliban reject rape, murder claims of freed Canadian hostage

Kabul - The Taliban on Sunday rejected claims by freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle that his kidnappers had killed his child and raped his wife during the family's captivity, saying the woman had a "natural miscarriage".

Bomb kills four Pakistani troops searching for kidnappers

Islamabad - A bomb Sunday killed four Pakistani soldiers as they searched for militants linked to the kidnapping of a US-Canadian family who were freed last week.

Afghan air force gets its own Black Hawk choppers

Kandahar - Parked at a military runway in Afghanistan near other aircraft used in the fight against the Taliban, the grey-green helicopter appears unremarkable at first blush.

Freed hostage says Taliban faction murdered his baby, raped wife

Smiths Falls - Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle has accused Taliban-linked kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity in Afghanistan.

Freed hostage says Taliban murdered his baby, raped wife

Ottawa - Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Taliban murdered daughter, raped wife: freed Canadian hostage

Ottawa - Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle accused his kidnappers of murdering his infant daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Family freed from Taliban captivity arrive in Canada

Ottawa - Joshua Boyle, his American wife and three children arrived in Toronto Friday after being freed from captivity in Pakistan, the Canadian government announced.

Pakistan army describes freeing US-Canadian couple from Taliban

Islamabad - The Pakistani military said the captors of a US-Canadian family held by the Taliban fled on foot after troops shot at their vehicle's tyres, as it offered a fuller account Friday of the operation to rescue the hostages.

Refugees take northern French town to cricket glory

Lille - On a rugby field overlooked by a towering cathedral, a group of young refugees has introduced a small northern French town to the beautiful game of... cricket.

Freed US-Canadian couple not yet on US plane: official

Washington - A couple freed from the Taliban did not immediately board a US-bound plane from Pakistan on Thursday over the Canadian husband's concerns he might face American scrutiny for links to a former Guantanamo Bay captive, an official said.

Afghan civilian casualties soar as US ramps up airstrikes

Kabul - Civilian casualties caused by airstrikes in Afghanistan surged in the first nine months of this year, the United Nations said Thursday, as the US ramps up aerial attacks in the war-torn country.

Trump hails release of US-Canadian couple from Taliban

Washington - President Donald Trump announced Thursday that US and Pakistani officials had secured the release of a American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children from Taliban captivity.

Trump hails release of US-Canadian couple from Taliban

Washington - President Donald Trump announced Thursday that US and Pakistani officials had secured the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children from Taliban captivity.

N. American family kidnapped by Afghan Taliban freed: Pakistan army

Rawalpindi - A North American family that had been held hostage by the Afghan Taliban has been freed following an operation in Pakistan, the Pakistani military said Thursday.

Red Cross to reduce Afghanistan presence after deadly attacks

Kabul - The International Committee of the Red Cross will "drastically" reduce operations in war-torn Afghanistan after seven of its employees were killed in attacks this year, the aid organisation said on Monday.

Trump sends lieutenants to Pakistan with tough message

Washington - President Donald Trump will dispatch his top diplomatic and military advisors to Pakistan in the coming weeks, turning up the heat on a nuclear-armed ally accused of harboring terror groups.
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The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over Afghanistan
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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Mrs. Ferguson is handed a bouquet of flowers to symbolize the neighborhood support for her family's sacrifice.
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An image from a cartoon produced by the al-Qaida organization. Al-Qaida is suspected by U.S. officials of trafficking heroin to European cities from Afghanistan to fund it's terrorist activities.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai gives a speech at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai gives a speech at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan
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US troops in Kandahar, 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."
President Hamid Karzai
President Hamid Karzai
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A burning tanker after Taliban attack
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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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Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle
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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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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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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
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Arsalah Jamal  a Canadian citizen  serving as Afghan provincial governor of Logar province  was kill...
Arsalah Jamal, a Canadian citizen, serving as Afghan provincial governor of Logar province, was killed in mosque bombing
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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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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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A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan  March 28  2010.
President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.
White House Photo by Pete Souza