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US drone kills Taliban chief wanted in Malala attack: Ghani

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani confirmed Friday that Pakistani Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah had been killed in a US drone strike.

US military targets senior militant in Afghanistan

Washington - The US military said Thursday it carried out a strike targeting a senior militant leader in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, where Pakistani Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah is believed to be hiding.

Taliban warn Kabul residents to 'keep away' ahead of attacks

Kabul - The Taliban warned Kabul residents Monday to avoid "military centres" in the heavily fortified city, saying they are planning more attacks in the Afghan capital where civilians have long borne the brunt of casualties.

US, Afghan attacks force Taliban to retreat from western city: officials

Herat - Afghan commandos and US air strikes have driven the Taliban to the outskirts of Farah city, officials said Wednesday, after a day-long battle to prevent the insurgents from seizing the western provincial capital.

Lack of oversight for Afghan donations: US watchdog

Washington - Billions of dollars of reconstruction cash are flowing into Afghanistan with limited accounting of where and how the funds are being spent, a US government watchdog warned Wednesday.

Taliban vows 'serious revenge' over Afghan airstrike

Kunduz - The Taliban has vowed to "take serious revenge" after an Afghan airstrike in an area controlled by the militant group killed or wounded dozens of people, many of them children.

VP Pence urges Pakistan to 'do more' against Taliban

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence told Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that his country "must do more" against the Taliban and other militants, the White House said on Saturday.

Top US general in Afghanistan urges 'tired' Taliban to talk peace

Bagram - Now is the best time for the Taliban to negotiate for peace, the top US general in Afghanistan said Wednesday, warning that an increased air and ground campaign against the insurgents would only get worse.

'German man from Frankfurt' arrested with Afghan Taliban

Kandahar - A German national has been arrested with the Taliban in Afghanistan's insurgency-racked Helmand province, Afghan officials said, one of the only Europeans found among the militants throughout the 16-year war.

German citizen arrested with Taliban in Afghanistan: officials

Kandahar - A German national has been arrested with the Taliban in Afghanistan's insurgency-racked Helmand province, officials told AFP late Wednesday, a rare example of a European among the insurgents.

Afghan president unveils plan for peace talks with Taliban

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party, days after the militants called for direct negotiations with the US.

Afghan Taliban calls for direct talks with the US

Kabul - The Taliban has called for direct talks with the US to find a "peaceful solution" to the conflict in Afghanistan, in an apparent policy shift after months of escalating attacks.

Kabul hotel gunmen 'waved through without checks' before assault

Kabul - The deputy head of security at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel says guards were ordered to wave through a car later revealed to be carrying militants and explosives ahead of a deadly assault one month ago.

The people who know no war: Afghanistan's most isolated corner

Tarin Kowt - "Taliban -- what's that?" asks Sultan Begium shyly from her freezing home in Afghanistan's mountainous Wakhan Corridor, a region so remote that its residents are untouched by the decades of conflict that have devastated their country.

NATO's Afghan mission backtracks after classifying Taliban data

Washington - The US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan admitted Tuesday it had mistakenly classified data on the Taliban that had been public, citing "a human error in labeling," and said it would no longer withhold the information.

Pentagon hushes up data on Taliban in Afghan war: watchdog

Washington - A US government watchdog said Tuesday the Pentagon has barred it from disclosing how much of Afghanistan is under Taliban control -- a significant break from past accountability that comes amid mounting security woes in the war-torn nation.

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

Islamabad - Afghanistan on Saturday blamed a devastating suicide bomb attack in Kabul that killed at least 95 people and wounded 158 others on the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network, former CIA assets now considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting US-l...

US fatalities in Kabul hotel attack

Washington - Americans were among the dead and wounded in the weekend attack by Taliban gunmen on a Kabul luxury hotel, a State Department official said Tuesday.

Kabul hotel guests describe lax security before deadly attack

Kabul - Visitors to an upmarket Kabul hotel attacked by Taliban gunmen have described glaring security breaches before the assailants went on a bloody rampage targeting guests, in a city constantly under threat.

Canadian ex-Afghan captive still jailed, hearing delayed

Ottawa - A Canadian man held captive for years in Afghanistan and charged in his home country with 15 offences remained in detention on Monday awaiting a bail hearing delayed to next week.

Former Taliban hostage Boyle arrested for 15 charges including assault

Montr - A Canadian man who was held captive by a faction of the Afghan Taliban for five years has been arrested on 15 charges including sexual assault, illegal confinement and issuing death threats, according to reports on Tuesday.

Northern Afghan provinces submit to lure of opium poppies

Mazar-e Sharif - New motorbikes roared through villages in Afghanistan's Balkh province this summer -- markers of growing wealth, observers say, as poppy cultivation leapt by nearly five times in a region that once was an opium-free zone.

Taliban strikes on Afghan bases a 'show of strength' against Trump

Kabul - A spate of deadly Taliban attacks targeting Afghan forces this week was a show of strength against Donald Trump's new strategy, and signalled a push to strike security bases rather than cities, analysts said.

US drone strike kills chief of Pakistani Taliban faction

Peshawar - The chief of an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a US drone strike, a spokesman for the group told AFP Thursday.

Militant behind Pakistan school attack killed: Taliban

Peshawar - The militant commander accused of masterminding Pakistan's deadliest ever extremist attack, a massacre at a school in Peshawar in 2014, has been killed, the Pakistani Taliban said in an email to media Wednesday.

Taliban reject rape, murder claims of freed Canadian hostage

Kabul - The Taliban on Sunday rejected claims by freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle that his kidnappers had killed his child and raped his wife during the family's captivity, saying the woman had a "natural miscarriage".

Freed hostage says Taliban faction murdered his baby, raped wife

Smiths Falls - Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle has accused Taliban-linked kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity in Afghanistan.

Freed hostage says Taliban murdered his baby, raped wife

Ottawa - Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Taliban murdered daughter, raped wife: freed Canadian hostage

Ottawa - Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle accused his kidnappers of murdering his infant daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Family freed from Taliban captivity arrive in Canada

Ottawa - Joshua Boyle, his American wife and three children arrived in Toronto Friday after being freed from captivity in Pakistan, the Canadian government announced.
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File photo: Taliban insurgents turn themselves into Afghan National Security Forces
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Taliban religious police beating a woman in Kabul on August 26, 2001
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Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl, 16, who was shot in the head by the Taliban
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Dawood Ibrahim, the sole survivor in his class saved by his faulty alarm clock from a Taliban attack on the Peshawar Army Public School.
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U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia Obama meet Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban in 2012, in the White House last year.
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Five insurgents belonging to Quetta Shura arrested with 33 suicide vests and 1,000 kg of explosives in Kandahar Province.
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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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U.S. Secretary of State poses with Aghani female politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
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Nadia Sediqqi, head of the women's affairs department in Laghman province, shot dead by two gunmen.
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