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Pakistan, China, perform joint military operations near war zone Special

Islamabad - Pakistan security forces and China's Special Forces participated in a joint field training exercises at the headquarters of the special services group, near Cherat.

Afghan election result delayed again despite US pressure

Kabul - Afghanistan will not have a new president in time for a key NATO summit next week, officials said Thursday, as the country's prolonged election crisis lurched towards another damaging delay.

Karzai packs up even as Afghan election dispute rumbles on

Kabul - Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has packed up all his personal possessions and is ready to leave the palace, his spokesman said Thursday, even though the disputed election has failed to find his successor.

Abdullah Abdullah pulls out of Afghan presidential audit

Kabul - The first deadline for the inauguration of the new Afghan president, August 25, has already passed. Now it seems the new Sept. 2 deadline will also be missed as one candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, has pulled out of the auditing process.

Abdullah vows to reject result of Afghan election audit

Kabul - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman said Wednesday, tipping the country deeper into crisis just a week before the scheduled inauguration.

Afghan presidency still not settled

Kabul - Although August 25 was set as the date for inauguration of the new Afghan president the issue of who will be president is still not settled even after several months of recounts and audits of the votes subsequent to the summer vote.

Abdullah threatens to pull out of disputed Afghan election

Kabul - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened Tuesday to withdraw from the disputed election, a move that could wreck UN efforts to rescue the country's first democratic transfer of power.

Afghan election dispute enters risky new phase

Kabul - Afghanistan's 10-week election crisis entered a risky new stage on Monday when officials started invalidating fraudulent votes in a process likely to bring to a head the bitter dispute between the presidential candidates.

Wounded flood trauma centre as Taliban attack Afghan city

Kunduz - The rotors of attack helicopters and artillery fire echo across the Kunduz plain in northern Afghanistan.On the outskirts of the provincial capital Kunduz, government forces attempt to repel Taliban assaults and the city's trauma centre is always full....

Indian airlines get boost from Afghan medical tourism to India

New Delhi - Travelers heading to India from Afghanistan for cheap, high-quality medical treatment has been the silver lining for SpiceJet, the Indian airline that suffered a loss of INR 1.24 billion ($20 million) in the April-June quarter.

NATO soldier dies in Kabul stabbing

Kabul - A NATO soldier was stabbed to death on the streets of Kabul on Wednesday, officials said, in an unusual attack that highlighted hostility to foreign troops who are withdrawing from the country.

2013 record year for deadly attacks on aid workers

New York - Attacks on aid workers reached a new peak in 2013, with 155 relief staff killed, and this year is shaping up as equally deadly, according to figures released Tuesday.

13 children among Afghan Sikhs found in UK shipping container

London - The frail survivors found inside a shipping container at a British port at the weekend following a "horrific ordeal" are Sikhs from Afghanistan and include 13 children, police said Sunday.

Aid workers saving lives while fearing for their own

New York - Aid workers rushing to save lives worldwide are increasingly becoming targets for attack, in a worrying development for NGOs trying to ease suffering in hostile war zones.

Amnesty slams US over civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Kabul - The families of thousands of civilians killed by American forces in Afghanistan have been left without justice or compensation, Amnesty International said Monday, in a damning indictment of the US military as it withdraws.

Afghani candidates agree to settle election dispute

Kabul - Afghanistan should finally have a new president in September under the terms of a new accord aimed at resolving the country's disputed presidential election runoff earlier this year.

Kabul suicide attack on NATO convoy kills four civilians

Kabul - A suicide attacker targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul on Sunday, killing four civilians and wounding at least 35 others, officials said, in the latest violence to hit the capital as politicians wrangle over election results.

Afghanistan: still on a long road to unity

Kabul - Afghanistan's feuding presidential rivals may have struck a breakthrough deal to try and solve their fraud-tainted elections, but analysts warn the war-weary nation still has a long way to go to avoid political chaos.

Afghan poll rivals sign deal on unity government

Kabul - Afghanistan's feuding presidential candidates signed a deal Friday to form a national unity government, opening an apparent way forward in a dispute over the fraud-tainted election that threatens to revive ethnic conflict.

Kerry in Kabul to seek resolution on election dispute

Kabul - US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks in Kabul Friday aimed at pressuring Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates to resolve disputed elections and have the winner installed by the end of this month.

Kerry in Kabul to push for new president within weeks

Kabul - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul on Thursday to pressure feuding presidential candidates to resolve the disputed election result that risks triggering instability as NATO troops withdraw.

Afghan army under pressure after killing of US general

Kabul - The killing of a US general by an Afghan soldier in the latest "insider attack" will fuel mutual mistrust, but training the Afghan military to take on the Taliban is crucial to Washington's exit strategy.Major General Harold J.

Afghan soldier guns down U.S. general in Kabul

An Afghan soldier shot dead a U.S. general on Tuesday at an army training centre in Kabul -- the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

One US soldier killed, 15 wounded in Kabul attack: official

Kabul - One US soldier was killed and 15 more were wounded Tuesday when a man in Afghan military uniform opened fire at an officer academy in Kabul, a US official said.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah to rejoin election audit

Kabul - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has agreed to rejoin an audit of the votes, UN officials said Sunday, after tense negotiations to keep the election on track amid a prolonged dispute over alleged fraud.

Attempts to resume Afghan vote audit stall over disagreement

Kabul - Attempts to resume the audit of Afghanistan's presidential election stalled Saturday as candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed over the criteria to address alleged fraud in the June run-off election.

Hashmat Karzai the president's cousin killed by suicide bomber

Kandahar - Hashmat Karzai the powerful cousin of Afghan president Hamid Karzai was killed by a suicide bomber at his fortified home near the southern city of Kandahar as he was greeting visitors to celebrate the Eid holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Afghan president's cousin killed in 'turban bomb' attack

Kandahar - A suicide attacker killed an influential cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a dispute over election results that will determine the country's new leader as US-led troops withdraw.

Afghan vote audit suspended again over disagreement

Kabul - Afghanistan's election commission on Saturday once again suspended the auditing process of 8.1 million votes cast in the presidential run-off poll, after the two candidates failed to agree on the procedure for invalidating fraudulent votes.

Gunmen kill 15 civilians travelling in central Afghanistan

Herat - Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road, officials said Friday, in the latest attack to highlight the growing civilian toll from violence.
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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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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange led a protest in London against the war in Afghanistan, 10 years after the U.S. and Britain went to war against the Taliban.
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A convoy of the Hungarian ISAF contingent on the road in Afghanistan.
A convoy of the Hungarian ISAF contingent on the road in Afghanistan.
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EGHS's drill team.
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The Hazara people are urging for the halt to "systemic genocides of Hazaras."
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The Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni  as she and her children were tra...
The Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni, as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul
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U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer in Afghanistan takes cover as CH-53 helicopter lands
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves after the last day of the Loya Jirga  in Kabul November 24  201...
Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves after the last day of the Loya Jirga, in Kabul November 24, 2013. Karzai said on Sunday the United States needed to bring peace to Afghanistan before he would sign a security deal which will enable Washington to keep troops in the country beyond next year
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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.
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French journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier (screenshot from YouTube video payin...
French journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier (screenshot from YouTube video paying hommage to the two men)
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Staff Sgt. Timothy Blackman  a squad leader in Company D  1st Battalion  28th Infantry Regiment  4th...
Staff Sgt. Timothy Blackman, a squad leader in Company D, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, provides over watch security while the Afghan National Army conducts a shura with the people in Pirkowti Valley with the Paktika Province
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Sergeant Hayley Nine
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DEA FAST team member standing watch over opium seized during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
DEA FAST team member standing watch over opium seized during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
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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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President Barack Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at Bagram Air Field 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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COAS and Prime Minister of Pakistan  Muhammad Nawaz Sharif During his visit to IDPs Camp Bannu.
COAS and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif During his visit to IDPs Camp Bannu.
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