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Three U.S. contractors killed in Afghan insider attack

Kabul - An Afghan air force official said that three American contractors were killed in an apparent attack by an insider in the Afghan capital Kabul. The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting that took place on Thursday morning.

Three U.S. contractors killed in Kabul 'insider attack'

Washington - Three American contractors were killed in an apparent "insider attack" at Kabul airport on Thursday, a U.S. defense official told AFP.Details of the shooting remained unclear, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Huge anti-Charlie Hebdo rally in Chechnya as global protests rumble on

Grozny - The furious backlash against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed rumbled on Monday with a huge rally in Chechnya, Afghan protesters burning the French flag and Gazans levelling threats against France.

Afghan policeman kills commander, district chief

Kandahar - An Afghan policeman killed his commander and a district chief in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, in a new "insider attack" in the country after a recent decline.

Afghanistan names 'unity' cabinet after months of delay

Kabul - Afghanistan's new cabinet was unveiled on Monday after three months of wrangling following the election of President Ashraf Ghani and the formation of a "national unity government" in the wake of last year's fraud-mired election.

'Evil' British preacher Abu Hamza jailed for life in US

New York - A US judge on Friday sentenced British hate preacher Abu Hamza to life behind bars for the deadly kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen and terrorism, calling him "evil" and his crimes "barbaric.

100 days in power for Afghan president, but no government

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani marked his first 100 days in power on Tuesday, still struggling to form a government as a new political stalemate threatens to fuel the Taliban insurgency.

A decade of aid cash brings little cheer for Afghan orphans

Kabul - International aid was meant to transform Afghanistan's welfare standards, but orphanages in Kabul reveal that the most vulnerable children, many left parentless by war, have seen little benefit from the billions of dollars spent.

Afghan soldiers to blame for deadly wedding bombing: officials

Kandahar - Afghan soldiers were responsible for firing mortars at a wedding party that killed 17 women and children, officials said Friday, in a mistaken strike that overshadowed the transfer of nationwide security from NATO forces.

Afghan army probed after mortars kill 20 at wedding

Kabul - Afghanistan on Thursday launched an investigation into whether the army was responsible for mortars fired into a wedding party that killed at least 20 guests in the restive southern province of Helmand.

Rocket hits Afghan wedding, at least 15 killed: Officials

Kandahar - A rocket fired during fighting between Afghan forces and insurgents killed at least 15 wedding guests late Wednesday in the southern province of Helmand, officials said, highlighting the continuing conflict after NATO's combat mission ended.

French ceremony as new NATO Afghan mission takes over

Kabul - The last French troops in Afghanistan held a ceremony in Kabul on Wednesday to mark the end of their deployment after NATO combat operations closed down and as a new "train and support" mission takes over.

Taliban claim NATO 'defeat' in 13-year Afghan war

Kabul - The Taliban responded scornfully Monday to the formal end of NATO's war in Afghanistan, describing the US-led mission as a "fire of barbarism and cruelty" that had drowned the country "in a pool of blood".

U.S. commander lauds progress as NATO ends its Afghan war

Kabul - The U.S. commander of international forces in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the achievements of 13 years of fighting against the Taliban, as NATO formally ended its war at a ceremony in Kabul."Together...

NATO ends its 13-year Afghan war, but insurgency boils

Kabul - NATO formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday, holding a low-key ceremony in Kabul after 13 years of conflict that have left the country in the grip of worsening insurgent violence.

Roadside bomb kills seven civilians in Afghanistan

Kabul - A roadside bomb and a Taliban attack on a police post have killed 14 people including children in Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.

Roadside bomb kills seven civilians in Afghanistan

Kabul - At least seven people including children were killed when a roadside bomb struck a vehicle in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, the latest civilian casualties which soared to a record high this year.

Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated: Pentagon

Washington - Four Afghans held for more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday, edging President Barack Obama closer toward his goal of closing the controversial US military jail.

Magnetic bomb kills two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan

Kabul - According to Interior Ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi the vehicle being driven by the two soldiers was hit by the bomb. The international military coalition (ISAF) provided less detail saying only that two of its members had been killed.

Afghan president urges clerics to help halt attacks

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday called for Muslim clerics and tribal elders to help stem a surge in deadly insurgent attacks that have rocked the country as US-led troops end their war against the Taliban.

Multiple attacks kill 20 in Afghanistan as NATO deadline looms

Kabul - Taliban insurgents killed at least 20 people in a series of gun and suicide attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, underlining worsening security as US-led NATO forces end their combat mission in the country.

Fiction becomes reality at deadly Kabul theatre blast

Kabul - Audience members who survived a suicide bomb at the French cultural institute in Kabul told Friday how they initially thought the explosion was part of the performance, which was about the impact of such attacks.

German killed in Afghan suicide attack: Berlin

Kabul - Germany said Friday one of its nationals was killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan targeting a play at a French-financed school.

UN voices 'serious concern' after Taliban attacks hit Kabul

Kabul - The UN has voiced "serious concern" about the Taliban's persistent threat after the group killed seven people in two suicide attacks in Kabul, including one targeting a play at a French-financed high school.

Seven dead as two suicide attacks rock Kabul

Kabul - Two Taliban suicide attacks hit Kabul on Thursday, one targeting a play at a French-financed school, killing at least seven people just as NATO forces are due to pull out of Afghanistan.

U.S. says no longer has any detainees in Afghanistan

Washington - The United States has pulled out of all prisons in Afghanistan and no longer holds any detainees, a U.S. official confirmed, as Washington extricates itself from the war-torn country.

Taliban suicide blast kills six Afghan soldiers in Kabul

Kabul - A suicide bomber killed at least six Afghan soldiers in the suburbs of Kabul Thursday morning, officials said, the latest in a spate of Taliban attacks in the capital.

US says no longer has any detainees in Afghanistan

Washington - The United States has pulled out of all prisons in Afghanistan and no longer holds any detainees, a US official confirmed, as Washington extricates itself from the war-torn country.

U.S. military's job 'not over' in Afghanistan

Jalalabad - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Sunday told U.S. troops in Afghanistan their mission was not over as they shift to a scaled-back role training their Afghan counterparts.

U.S. hands over senior militant to Pakistan

Islamabad - U.S. troops in Afghanistan said Sunday they had handed over three Pakistani detainees to Islamabad, while a security source said one of them was a senior Pakistani Taliban commander.
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Explosions in Kabul following visit by President Barack Obama.
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A US special operations sniper aims his rifle.
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A woman accused of adultery squats in front of a crowd before her public execution in a village outside Kabul
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The destruction left in the wake of a 2009 suicide bombing
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A poster in Iraq
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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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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Special Agents with a Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Teams (FAST team) burns a hashish field in Afghanistan after a joint raid on the location with NATO troops in 2008. The DEA is in Afghanistan supporting nation-building efforts by the U.S. government and military as well as targeting the hashish and opium crops that are believed to generate hundreds of millions in funds for the Taliban and al-Qaida annually.
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Afghan man and his son wait to see a U.S. military doctor providing medical services to the local population
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A still from the documentary Human Terrain, where social scientists embed with the U.S. military to learn about the Afghani culture
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Small children carrying babies in their arms in southern Afghanistan.
Small children carrying babies in their arms in southern Afghanistan.
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A burning tanker after Taliban attack
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Brian Haw
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Ross Gundlach is reunited with his bomb-sniffing dog Casey
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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.
A 500-pound bomb was dropped on US forces by mistake in Afghanistan
A 500-pound bomb was dropped on US forces by mistake in Afghanistan
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EGHS's drill team.
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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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A member of the Afghan Local Police force
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