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Afghan female skier fights taboos — with aid of mullahs

Kaboul - Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights.

Afghan teen arrested over German murder-rape

Berlin - A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of a 19-year-old female student in Germany, police and prosecutors said Saturday.

Rebuilding history? Debate rages over lost Afghan Buddhas

Bamyan - For centuries they stood, two monumental ancient statues of Buddha carved into the cliffs of Bamiyan, loved and revered by generations of Afghans -- only to be pulverised by the Taliban in an act of cultural genocide.

Afghan Taliban offers to protect infrastructure projects

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban Tuesday pledged to protect billions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects throughout the country, many of which have been stalled for years due to militant violence and insecurity.

At least five killed, 27 wounded in Afghan triple bombing

Jalalabad - At least five people were killed and 27 others wounded in a triple bombing in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province Friday, provincial officials said.

ICC eyeing foreign fighters in Syria, Iraq

Den Haag - The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Tuesday put foreigners fighting with Islamic State jihadists on notice that she was seeking ways of bringing to justice those behind crimes in Syria and Iraq.

Rights group, families, urge Afghan government to protect Shiites

Kabul - An international rights group and victims' families urged the Afghan government on Tuesday to protect the minority Shiite community after a bloody mosque bombing, the latest in a series of deadly sectarian attacks.

Suicide blast at Kabul mosque kills 27, wounds 35

Kabul - A massive suicide blast at a Shiite mosque in Kabul killed at least 27 people Monday and wounded 35 as worshippers gathered for a religious ceremony, officials said.

Afghan warlord shrugs off violent past in bid to rebrand

Kabul - Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar roundly refused to apologise over war crime allegations in an audio message to AFP, even as his group attempts to rebrand from a radical, misogynistic movement to a mainstream political force.

US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan: ICC prosecutor

Den Haag - US forces may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan from 2003-2004 by torturing prisoners in what appeared to be a deliberate policy, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday.

'Abhorrent' Bagram attack won't change US policy: Kerry

Wellington - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday condemned an "abhorrent and cowardly" suicide bombing which killed four Americans at a military base in Afghanistan.

'Abhorrent' Bagram attack won't change US policy: Kerry

Wellington - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday condemned an "abhorrent and cowardly" suicide bombing which killed four Americans at a military base in Afghanistan.

'Abhorrent' Bagram attack won't change US policy: Kerry

Wellington - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday condemned an "abhorrent and cowardly" suicide bombing which killed four Americans at a military base in Afghanistan.

Blast inside largest US base in Afghanistan kills four

Kabul - Four people were killed Saturday in an explosion inside the largest US military base in Afghanistan, NATO said, with local officials blaming a suicide attacker posing as a labourer for the major security breach.

Two dead as Taliban attack German consulate in Afghanistan

Mazar-e Sharif - A powerful Taliban truck bomb struck the German consulate in Afghanistan's northern Mazar-i-Sharif city late Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding more than 100 in a major militant assault in the war-torn country.

Pakistan deports National Geographic 'Afghan girl'

Peshawar - An Afghan woman immortalised on a National Geographic cover was deported by Pakistani officials early Wednesday to her war-torn homeland following a brief period of detention for using fraudulent identity papers.

UN probes claims US airstrike killed 32 Afghan civilians

Kabul - The United Nations is investigating claims that up to 32 civilians were killed in a US airstrike in the volatile Afghan province of Kunduz last week, calling any loss of civilian life "unacceptable".

US forces say airstrikes 'very likely' caused Afghan casualties

Kabul - US forces conceded Saturday that its air strikes "very likely" resulted in civilian casualties in Afghanistan's volatile Kunduz province, pledging a full investigation into the incident which triggered angry protests.

US strike killed Afghanistan Al-Qaeda leader Qahtani: official

Washington - The US military confirmed it had killed Al-Qaeda's emir for northeastern Afghanistan during an air strike last month, in a major blow to the group as it seeks to re-establish safe havens in the country.

Pakistan to deport 'heartbroken' National Geographic 'Afghan girl'

Peshawar - The Afghan woman immortalised on a National Geographic cover says she is "heartbroken" at news she will be deported from Pakistan to the war-torn homeland she first fled decades ago.

US airstrikes kill 30 Afghan civilians, officials say

Kunduz - US airstrikes early Thursday killed at least 30 Afghan civilians, including women and children, in the volatile northern province of Kunduz, officials said, after a Taliban assault left two American soldiers dead.

Two US soldiers killed during operation in Afghanistan's Kunduz

Kabul - Two American soldiers were killed and two others wounded Thursday during operations in the Taliban hotbed of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, officials said, in the latest US casualties as the conflict escalates.

Spain ambassador to Afghanistan probed over embassy attack

Madrid - Spain's National Court said Wednesday it was investigating the country's ambassador to Afghanistan and his former deputy for alleged security flaws after an attack on the Kabul embassy last year that left six dead.

National Geographic 'Afghan girl' denied bail in Pakistan

Peshawar - A Pakistani court refused bail Wednesday to an Afghan woman immortalised on a National Geographic cover after she was arrested in Pakistan and accused of being one of thousands of refugees using fake ID cards.

Woes mount for beleaguered Afghan security forces

Washington - As Afghan military forces near the end of a second year leading security operations across their battered country, new numbers highlight a sobering reality: They are being killed in horrific numbers.

Afghans losing war on drugs, minister says

Kabul - Afghanistan is losing a multi-billion dollar war on drugs as it combats terrorism, a minister warned, denouncing a lack of political will and dwindling foreign aid to fight narcotics.

Multiple harvests drive Afghan opium boom

Iran - With jingling poppy seeds hidden in his pouch, Helmand farmer Nematullah sidled out of Taliban territory to explain how he struck gold —- two additional opium harvests a year, which could further roil Afghanistan's conflict.

Pakistan to free on bail National Geographic 'Afghan girl'

Islamabad - An Afghan woman immortalised on a National Geographic magazine cover is to be freed on bail days after being arrested in Pakistan for fraud, a government minister said Sunday.

Al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan killed, spy agency confirms

Kabul - Two top Al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan were killed in a US drone attack, the nation's spy agency confirmed Thursday, in a major blow to the group as it seeks to re-establish safe havens in the country.

National Geographic 'Afghan girl' arrested in Pakistan

Peshawar - An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers.
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Paula Broadwell with Gen. David H. Petraeus in Afghanistan in 2011
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A poster in Iraq
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A convoy of the Hungarian ISAF contingent on the road in Afghanistan.
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A 500-pound bomb was dropped on US forces by mistake in Afghanistan
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Helmet cam video: US soldier under Taliban machine gun fire
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File photo: Kuchi people moving in Panjshir province in Afghanistan.
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Ruined building near Kandahar, Afghanistan
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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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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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US cargo plane crashing immediately after takeoff from Bagram Airfield military base in Afghanistan
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DEA FAST team member communicating with other members via radio.
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Mike Dolnick (left) with trauma team members
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President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.
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EGHS's drill team.
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DEA FAST team member standing watch over opium seized during a raid on a residence 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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