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Terror and death: Survivors recount Kabul university attack

Kabul - Her voice quaking with emotion, law student Ghazia recalled the horror of coming face-to-face with a gunman who stormed the American University in Kabul, as her terrified classmates leapt out of second-floor windows to save themselves.

Hours-long attack on Kabul American university kills 12

Kabul - At least 12 people were killed after militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, officials said Thursday, in a nearly 10-hour raid that prompted anguished pleas for help from trapped students.

Militants storm American University in Kabul

Kabul - Explosions and gunfire rang out as militants stormed the elite American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday, prompting desperate calls for help from students trapped inside classrooms, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital.

Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drownings

Kallon - Standing on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, Mehdi Salehi searches for a good spot to set his drone loose.

Afghan travels 400km belted to underside of lorry

Rome - An Afghan migrant travelled 400 kilometres (250 miles) along an Italian highway strapped by leather belts to the bottom of a lorry, police said Tuesday.

US soldier killed in anti-Taliban operation in Afghanistan

Kabul - A roadside bomb killed an American soldier Tuesday near the capital of Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province, following the first major US deployment to the southern city since foreign forces withdrew in 2014.

Bactrian deer manage to survive bloody conflict in Afghanistan

Decades of unrelenting war and general lawlessness, coupled with a loss of habitat and unregulated hunting in Afghanistan had conservationists believing the Bactrian deer had disappeared. But despite the chaos, this rare creature has survived.

Afghan district falls to Taliban: officials

Kunduz - The Taliban on Saturday captured a district in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province, near the provincial capital where militants scored their biggest victory in 14 years last September.

Afghan district falls to Taliban: officials

Kunduz - The Taliban on Saturday captured a district in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province, near the provincial capital where militants scored their biggest victory in 14 years last September.

Afghan district falls to Taliban: officials

Kunduz - The Taliban on Saturday captured a district in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province, near the provincial capital where militants scored their biggest victory in 14 years last September.

Italy warned about Milan-based IS cell, expels imam

Rome - Libyan authorities have warned Italy about an Islamic State cell based in the Milan area with links to one of the jihadist group's battle-hardened veterans, Italian media reported Sunday.

IS threat lingers in Afghanistan despite leader's death

Jalalabad - The killing of the Islamic State group's leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has dealt a major blow to the jihadists, but despite a US-backed scorched earth offensive the regional franchise is far from over, observers said Saturday.

Pakistan chopper crew home after Afghan hostage drama

Islamabad - Six crew members of a Pakistani government helicopter which crash-landed in Afghanistan's volatile east have been released, an official said Saturday, after they were taken hostage by the Afghan Taliban.

IS leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan killed in US strike: official

Washington - The Islamic State group's leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed, was killed in July in a strike in the border region between the two countries, a US defense official said Friday.

Afghanistan's Ghani 'unfit for presidency': chief executive

Kabul - Afghanistan's chief executive has castigated his ally Ashraf Ghani as "unfit for the presidency", in a public outburst highlighting bitter internal divisions that threaten their US-brokered power sharing agreement.

Clashes as Afghan Taliban edge closer to Helmand capital

Kandahar - Fighting raged Thursday in Helmand after Afghanistan rushed military reinforcements to beat back Taliban insurgents advancing on the besieged capital of the southern poppy-growing province, as officials downplayed fears the city could fall.

American, Australian kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul

Kabul - Gunmen wearing police uniforms kidnapped an American and an Australian in the heart of Kabul, officials said Monday, the latest in a series of abductions of foreigners in the conflict-torn country.

War tourism in Afghanistan: Adventure or reckless hedonism?

Kabul - Thousands of people are fleeing the conflict roiling Afghanistan, but American backpacker John Milton recently made the reverse journey to the war-ravaged country -- for a holiday.

Militants ambush foreign tourists in western Afghanistan

Herat - Taliban militants attacked a group of 12 American and European tourists escorted by an Afghan army convoy in western Herat province Thursday, leaving at least seven people wounded as the insurgents step up nationwide attacks.

Sole Afghan woman governor in a man's world

Nili - Surrounded by male advisors and condescending "mansplainers", Masooma Muradi holds her own against a deep underswell of sexism in a society unaccustomed to women exercising authority.

Taliban truck bomb blasts hotel for foreigners in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban truck bomb blasted a hotel for foreigners in Kabul Monday, triggering a seven-hour gun and grenade assault that highlighted growing insecurity in a city still reeling from its deadliest attack for 15 years.

Taliban truck bomb rocks hotel for foreigners in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban truck bomb blasted through a hotel for foreigners in Kabul early Monday, killing at least one policeman just days after the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital for 15 years.

Afghan cleric arrested for marrying six-year-old girl

Kabul - An elderly Afghan cleric has been arrested after he married a six-year-old girl, officials said Friday, in the latest case highlighting the scourge of child marriages in the war-battered country.

Turkish generals serving in Afghanistan held in Dubai after coup

Ankara - Two Turkish generals serving in Afghanistan have been detained in Dubai on suspicion of links to the July 15 failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Turkish official said Tuesday.

Afghan civilian casualties soar to record high, UN says

Kabul - Civilian casualties in Afghanistan soared to a record high in the first half of 2016, the UN said Monday, with children in particular paying a heavy price for growing insecurity as the conflict escalates.

61 dead as IS jihadists claims twin blasts in Kabul

Kabul - Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 61 people and wounding 207 others in apparently their deadliest attack in the Afghan capital.

Kabul locked down as Hazaras rally over power line

Kabul - Thousands of minority Shiite Hazaras demonstrated in Kabul Saturday, demanding that a key power transmission line pass through their electricity-starved province, in the second major protest over the issue this year.

Afghan brothers launch new mine-hunting drone

Eindhoven - Former refugees Massoud and Mahmud Hassani stunned the world three years ago with an invention like a dandelion puffball that sought to rid the world of landmines.

Pregnant Afghan teen's death sparks call to end child marriage

Kabul - Right groups Wednesday called on the Afghan government to end the scourge of child marriages, after a 14-year-old pregnant girl was burned to death in the latest case of violence against women.

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter lands in Afghanistan

Bagram - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday for talks with President Ashraf Ghani, days after the United States and NATO pledged to keep thousands of troops in the troubled country.
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A general view of the Bagram prison at the U.S. airbase in Bagram  north of Kabul  Afghanistan
A general view of the Bagram prison at the U.S. airbase in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan
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Screenshot from i>Télé report of image of the two French hostages in Afghanistan projected on to t...
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
US Army Sergeant (retired) Brendan Marrocco  lost all four limbs in an EFP attack in Baiji  Iraq in ...
US Army Sergeant (retired) Brendan Marrocco, lost all four limbs in an EFP attack in Baiji, Iraq in 2009, being helped from the firing range during 'Operation Proper Exit' at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar Province, May 28, 2014
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Woman wearing burqa
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The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over Afghanistan
The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over Afghanistan
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
The destruction left in the wake of a 2009 suicide bombing
The destruction left in the wake of a 2009 suicide bombing
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Ross Gundlach is reunited with his bomb-sniffing dog Casey
Ross Gundlach is reunited with his bomb-sniffing dog Casey
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Special Agents with a Drug Enforcement Administration s (DEA) Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team...
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.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Elk Grove High School s drill team rounds the corner at the start of the parade.
Elk Grove High School's drill team rounds the corner at the start of the parade.
Map of Afghanistan showing the location of Nuristan  in the Northeast part of the country. This prov...
Map of Afghanistan showing the location of Nuristan, in the Northeast part of the country. This province is where the researchers primarily conducted their studies on the Kashmir musk deer.
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Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle
Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai
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Presidents Karzai and Rouhani of Afghanstan and Iran salute their countries  flags during a visit by...
Presidents Karzai and Rouhani of Afghanstan and Iran salute their countries' flags during a visit by President Karzai to Tehran at which details of a new Afghanistan-Iran cooperation pact were hammered out.
President Hassan Rouhani Official Twitter Account
Afghan Army unit arrives at site of convoy ambush.
Afghan Army unit arrives at site of convoy ambush.
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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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Staff Sgt. Dawayne Krepel  a squad leader with U.S. Army Europe s 2nd platoon  Able Company  2nd Bat...
Staff Sgt. Dawayne Krepel, a squad leader with U.S. Army Europe's 2nd platoon, Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, searches an Afghan man during a tactical checkpoint mission on the Pech River Road in Kunar Province, Afghanistan Jan. 11, 2008 (U.S. Army Photo)
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EGHS s drill team.
EGHS's drill team.
The male musk deer has a scent gland containing a brown substance called musk. The musk is highly pr...
The male musk deer has a scent gland containing a brown substance called musk. The musk is highly prized as an aphrodisiac and for its supposed medicinal qualities.
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President Barack Obama greets deployed service members and civilians during a surprise visit to Bagr...
President Barack Obama greets deployed service members and civilians during a surprise visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. During his visit he thanked the troops for all their hard work and dedication to the United States. Prior to Obama meeting the troops he flew to Kabul to meet with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai.
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