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Taliban confirms talks with US officials on Afghan conflict

Kabul - The Taliban held talks with US officials in Qatar on ending the Afghan conflict last week, the militants confirmed Monday, but said no agreement was reached on "any issue".

US envoy hopes for Afghan peace deal before April election

Kabul - US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said Sunday he hoped the Taliban and Afghan government would strike a peace deal within five months -- even as the militants inflict record high casualties on security forces.

From Afghanistan to the Outback: refugees ditch Australia's overcrowded cities

Griffith - A Hazara refugee who now calls the Australian outback home, Ali named his new venture the "Afghan Friendship Restaurant", a tribute to the warm welcome he says he received after moving to the town of Griffith five years ago.

'Absolute terror': Afghans abandon villages under Taliban attack

Ghazni - Abdul Rahman and his family drove all night in a rented car to escape the "absolute terror" of escalating violence in Afghanistan's southeast, joining thousands abandoning their villages in Hazara-dominated districts.

Afghan leader: Taliban peace deal 'when, not if'

Washington - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani voiced confidence Monday on reaching a peace deal to end the Taliban insurgency -- but warned Pakistan's alleged meddling risked sparking long-term hostility.

At least six killed in Kabul suicide attack

Kabul - Six people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul Monday, close to where scores of Afghans had been protesting against Taliban attacks on the minority Hazara ethnic group.

Afghan rivals say no closer to direct talks after Moscow meeting

Moscow - Afghanistan rivals failed to reach a breakthrough on holding direct peace negotiations after international talks in Moscow on Friday, the latest international push to end the conflict.

Highway to hell: Afghan travellers run gauntlet of Taliban violence

Kabul - On a good day, it takes Mohammad less than three hours to drive from Ghazni to Kabul. But preparations for the hair-raising journey through Taliban-infested areas can take weeks.Road trips are a dangerous, and often deadly, activity in Afghanistan.

Taliban confirms delegation to attend Moscow peace talks

Kabul - The Taliban will send representatives to multilateral talks in Russia on war-torn Afghanistan this month, the militant group said Tuesday, as the international community ratchets up efforts to end the 17-year conflict.

US soldier killed in 'apparent insider attack' in Kabul: NATO

Kabul - One US soldier was killed and another wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in Kabul on Saturday, NATO said, in the latest such assault on international forces in Afghanistan.

Ghani to seek re-election in Afghan presidential poll: official

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will seek re-election in 2019, his office announced Saturday, as potential rivals begin jockeying for the country's top job ahead of the ballot.

Kabul control slips, Afghan force losses at record: US watchdog

Washington - Kabul's control of Afghanistan slipped in recent months as local security forces suffered record-level casualties while making minimal or no progress against the Taliban, a US government watchdog said Thursday.

25 killed in Afghan army helicopter crash: officials

Herat - An Afghan army helicopter carrying 25 people crashed in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing all those on board, officials said.

Seven killed in suicide attack near Kabul prison

Kabul - A suicide bomber targeting a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan's biggest prison killed at least seven people on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest militant attack in the war-torn country.

Suicide attack on Kabul election workers kills one, wounds six

Kabul - A suicide bomber targeting the headquarters of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday killed at least one person and wounded six, officials said, in the latest violence to strike the controversial poll.

Afghans risk their lives to vote in delayed Kandahar poll

Kandahar - Afghans risked their lives to vote in legislative elections in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, after the Taliban-claimed killing of a powerful police chief delayed the ballot by a week.

Afghans risk their lives to vote in delayed Kandahar poll

Kandahar - Afghans will risk their lives to vote in legislative elections in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, after the Taliban-claimed killing of a powerful police chief delayed the ballot by a week.

Pakistan frees Taliban leader after US talks with militants

Islamabad - A top Taliban commander held in Pakistani detention for more than eight years has been freed, sources said Thursday, in an apparent move to aid tentative talks between the United States and the militant group.

Afghanistan probes claims at least 14 civilians killed in raid on Islamic State

Jalalabad - Afghan officials launched an investigation Wednesday into claims at least 14 civilians were killed in a military ground operation targeting the Islamic State group in their stronghold in eastern Afghanistan.

US renews call on Pakistan to cut off extremists

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday renewed calls on Pakistan to curb extremists fighting in Afghanistan, saying Washington was holding its uneasy war partner accountable.

Afghan officials vow to probe chaotic legislative vote

Kabul - Embattled Afghan election officials on Monday vowed to investigate the mishandling of the weekend's problem-plagued legislative ballot, as voters prepare to wait weeks for the results.

NATO soldier killed in Taliban-claimed attack in Afghanistan

Kabul - A NATO soldier was killed and two others wounded in a Taliban-claimed attack in Afghanistan on Monday, days after a US general was wounded in a shooting on a high-level security meeting.

US general wounded in last week's Afghan insider attack

Kabul - A US general was shot and wounded in a Taliban-claimed attack on a high-level security meeting last week that killed a powerful Afghan police chief, NATO's mission in Afghanistan said Monday.

Afghan polling centres plagued by problems as casualties surge

Kabul - Problems plagued hundreds of Afghan polling centres Sunday in the shambolic legislative election's second day of voting, fuelling criticism of organisers and eroding hopes for credible results after a ballot marred by deadly violence.

Hundreds of Afghan polling centres open for second day of voting

Kabul - Hundreds of Afghan polling centres opened Sunday for a second day of voting in a chaotic legislative election marred by deadly violence and technical glitches that have eroded its credibility.

Nearly 170 casualties as violence rocks chaotic Afghan elections

Kabul - Nearly 170 Afghans were killed or wounded in poll-related violence on Saturday, official figures showed, as the legislative election turned chaotic with many polling centres opening hours late -- or not at all -- due to technical glitches and lack of s...

Afghanistan braces for militant attacks as voters go to the polls

Kabul - Afghans are bracing for more deadly violence on Saturday as voters turn out for the long-delayed legislative election across the war-torn country that the Taliban has vowed to attack.

Brazen Taliban attack threatens Afghan peace talks, stability

Kabul - A Taliban attack on top US and Afghan security chiefs inside a highly secure compound in Afghanistan is a major coup for the insurgents that threatens to torpedo peace talks and destabilise the country's south, analysts say.

Taliban attack on top US commander, Afghan security officials kills three

Kandahar - A Taliban-claimed attack on the top US commander in Afghanistan and senior Afghan security officials Thursday killed at least three people and sent the government scrambling to secure the country's restive south.

Afghan-style democracy faces test in legislative election

Kabul - At least 10 election candidates have been killed, thousands of polling centres closed, and many voters are likely to stay home due to the threat of militant attacks.This is democracy, Afghanistan style.
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Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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File photo: Leader Nancy Pelosi meets with American soldiers at the US Embassy in Kabul
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A 500-pound bomb was dropped on US forces by mistake in Afghanistan
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Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter wears her father's fatigues to show her support for her dad.
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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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A convoy of the Hungarian ISAF contingent on the road in Afghanistan.
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Mike Dolnick (left) with trauma team members
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Photographer Giles Duley takes photo in hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan
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Swedish marines in Afghanistan made a parody video of Greased Lightning from the 1978 movie "Grease"
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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 Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
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