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UN probes 'credible' reports of nine Afghan civilians killed in air strike

Kabul - The United Nations said Tuesday it was investigating "credible reports" that nine members of a family had been killed in an air strike in Afghanistan, but US Forces denied the victims were civilians.

Pentagon adjusts tactics as Afghan army toll rises: Mattis

Washington - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that the US military is adjusting tactics in Afghanistan as the Taliban continue to inflict heavy casualties on local forces.The Taliban are killing hundreds of Afghan army and police forces each month.

Afghan journalists dying in record numbers to report the war

Kabul - Moments after Afghan journalist Samim Faramarz wrapped up his live report on the latest suicide attack in Kabul, a car bomb exploded just metres away, killing him and his cameraman Ramiz Ahmadi.

Giving birth in Afghanistan: inside MSF's 'baby factory'

Khost - The mother was admitted at 9.30am, the birth recorded at 9.35. Women often arrive in extremis at the Doctors Without Borders maternity hospital in southeastern Afghanistan, one of the most active in the world, with more than 60 babies born daily.

Afghan Shiites brace for attacks ahead of Ashura holy day

Kabul - A series of devastating suicide attacks on Afghanistan's minority Shiite community has fuelled fears of more violence ahead of Ashura, one of the Muslim sect's holiest days, and prompted calls for civilians to arm themselves.

Afghan conflict could be deadlier than Syria in 2018: analysts

Kabul - The Afghan conflict could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year, analysts say, as violence surges 17 years after the US-led invasion.

Death toll in Afghan suicide attack soars to 68

Jalalabad - The death toll from a suicide attack on Afghan protesters has soared to 68, officials said Wednesday, as violence flares across the country ahead of elections and a key Islamic holy day.

At least 32 killed in suicide attack on Afghan protesters

Jalalabad - A suicide attack on protesters in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 32 people, officials said, as an uptick in violence across the war-torn country dampens hopes for peace talks and elections.

Student killed in twin bomb attack near Afghan girls' school

Jalalabad - A boy was killed and four others wounded in a double bombing outside a school in restive eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials and witnesses said, in the latest violence to hit the country.

Taliban kill dozens in attacks across north Afghanistan: officials

Mazar-e Sharif - Taliban fighters killed nearly 60 members of Afghanistan's beleaguered security forces in a spate of attacks across the country's north, officials said Monday, as diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year war intensify.

At least seven killed in suicide attack on Kabul commemorations

Kabul - A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up near a convoy of gunmen commemorating the death anniversary of a famed resistance leader in Kabul on Sunday, killing at least seven people, officials said.

Turkmenistan seeks South Asian markets after power plant boost

Ashkhabad - Gas-rich Turkmenistan on Saturday hailed the expansion of a Soviet-era power plant that it hopes will become a hub for electricity exports to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Kabul - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with top Afghan leaders during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Friday, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Kabul - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Kabul on Friday for an unannounced visit to war-torn Afghanistan, where he will meet President Ashraf Ghani and the new US commander for American and NATO forces.

At least 20 killed in twin blasts on Kabul wrestling club

Kabul - At least 20 people have been killed including two Afghan journalists after twin blasts at a Kabul wrestling club on Wednesday that left another 70 wounded, officials said, in the latest deadly assault on the capital.

At least four dead as twin blasts hit Kabul wrestling club

Kabul - A suicide attack on a Kabul wrestling club that killed at least four people Wednesday was followed by a second blast as rescuers gathered nearby, police said, in the latest assault on the Afghan capital.

Khalilzad: the blunt veteran leading US peace efforts in Afghanistan

Kabul - Zalmay Khalilzad, the veteran US diplomat tasked with leading efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, is a blunt negotiator with a history of hawkish foreign policy views.

Afghan mujahideen: from holy warriors to political chiefs

Kabul - Decades after forging reputations as anti-Soviet fighters during the Cold War, many of Afghanistan's former mujahideen commanders still wield influence in the war-torn country, despite claims of gross human rights violations on their march to power.

Who are the Haqqanis, Afghanistan's most feared insurgents?

Kabul - The Taliban announced Tuesday the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former CIA asset whose eponymous militant group is now considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting Afghan and US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Afghan Taliban announce death of Haqqani network founder

Kabul - Jalaluddin Haqqani, a one-time CIA asset who went on to found a brutal militant group that is now a top US target in South Asia, has died after a long illness, the Afghan Taliban announced Tuesday.

Afghan Taliban announces death of Haqqani network leader

Kabul - The founder of the Haqqani network, one of Afghanistan's most effective and feared militant groups, has died after a long illness, their allies the Afghan Taliban announced Tuesday.

Thousands pack huge anti-racism gig as Merkel urges Germans to speak out

Chemnitz - Tens of thousands of people thronged an anti-racism concert Monday in protest against xenophobic mobs that ran rampage in the city of Chemnitz, as Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to stand up against the far right's message of hate and division.

US commando takes helm of forces in Afghanistan

Kabul - General Scott Miller took command of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, as worsening violence erodes hopes for peace in the war-torn country.

Russia says Afghanistan talks postponed

Moscow - Russia said on Monday that international peace talks on Afghanistan have been postponed following a phone conversation between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani.

Afghan officials say Islamic State leader killed by airstrikes

Kabul - The leader of the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan was killed by airstrikes over the weekend along with 10 other people, government officials said Sunday following a string of deadly attacks by the extremist group.

Afghan leader rejects resignation letters from spy chief, ministers

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday rejected the resignations of the intelligence chief and the interior and defence ministers, as the government faces fierce criticism over an increasingly deadly insurgency.

Suicide bomb attack kills two in eastern Afghanistan

Jalalabad - A suicide bomb blast killed at least two people Saturday outside an election commission office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said.

Afghan stabbed teenage sister 28 times in Austria 'honour' killing

Vienna - An Austrian court on Wednesday sentenced an Afghan man to life in prison for fatally stabbing his teenage sister 28 times in a so-called "honour" killing.The man, in his early twenties, pleaded guilty to murdering his younger sister in September 2017.

Hours-long battle ends in Kabul after militants killed

Kabul - Militants rattled the Afghan capital Kabul Tuesday in an hours-long attack that saw parts of the city showered with mortar fire, sparking intense clashes with security forces who used air strikes to quell the assault.

Multiple rockets hit Afghan capital Kabul, clashes underway: AFP

Kabul - Multiple rockets hit near the diplomatic area in the Afghan capital Kabul early Tuesday, as officials said fighting had broken out between security forces and militants in the city's old quarter.
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A U.S. Navy SEAL team member provides cover for his teammates while advancing on a suspected location of al Qaida and Taliban forces.
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An Afghan boy looks at a U.S. Marine photographer in 2010
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The Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
The Kashmir musk deer in Afghanistan is an endangered species.
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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500 days of captivity for French journalists in Afghanistan (screenshot from support committee video)
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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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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.
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The blue dot in the center shows the area where Pakistan and China performed their joint military operations. Bannu, to the west, has been the most recent site of Pakistan's attacks on terrorist. The white line also to the left is the border with Afghanistan, and Kabul can be seen even west and north of it. The capitol of Pakistan, Islamabad is to the right of the area.
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DEA FAST team members in Afghanistan arrest a farmer for cultivating opium poppies during a raid on his residence.
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Taliban in Afghanistan
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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 Afghan government has come under fire for failing to end insurgent attacks
The Afghan government has come under fire for failing to end insurgent attacks
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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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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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Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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