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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.

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.

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.

New Taliban leader tells U.S. to end Afghan 'occupation'

Kabul - New Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada called on the US Saturday to end its "occupation" of Afghanistan in his first message since being appointed the militant group's chief.

Kabul to investigate child sex slavery fuelling insider attacks

Kabul - Afghanistan's president has ordered a "thorough investigation" into institutionalised sexual abuse of children by police, after AFP revealed the Taliban are using child sex slaves to launch deadly insider attacks.

Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are accused of using child sex slaves to attack police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the cultural practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- for military gain.

Taliban use child sex slaves to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of ...

Taliban use 'honey trap' boys to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of ...

Qaeda chief backs new Taliban head as 'emir of believers'

Dubai - Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has pledged allegiance to new Afghan Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada, a low-profile religious figure whose predecessor was killed in a US drone strike.

Afghan forces improve performance over last year: U.S. general

Washington - Afghan forces have improved their performance over the last year, a time when they saw a series of setbacks in their struggle against the Taliban, a United States general said Wednesday.

Six killed as Taliban bombers raid Afghan courthouse

Ghazni - Taliban suicide bombers wearing police uniforms raided a courthouse in the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni Wednesday, killing six people in what they said was revenge for last month's execution of Taliban-linked prisoners.

Taliban kill 16 bus passengers in northern Afghanistan

Kunduz - The Taliban killed at least 16 people Tuesday and kidnapped dozens of others after pulling them off buses in northern Afghanistan, officials said, the latest assault since the insurgents named a new leader last week.

Speculation abounds over new Taliban chief's leaked photo

Kabul - An ordinary, albeit strikingly clear, headshot of the secretive Afghan Taliban's newly appointed chieftain has triggered a flurry of speculation over the motive behind its release.

Taliban still bent on violence despite new leadership: Obama

Nihon - Hopes of negotiating peace with the Afghan Taliban's new leader were swiftly fading from all sides Thursday, as US President Barack Obama warned the extremist movement will continue killing in Afghanistan.

New Taliban chief Akhundzada a scholar, not a soldier

Kabul - Religious scholar Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, named Wednesday as the Afghan Taliban's new leader, was a senior judge during the insurgent group's five-year rule over Afghanistan and issued many of its harsh verdicts.

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after deadly drone strike

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike.

Afghanistan's Taliban: leaderless but still a potent threat

Kabul - The Taliban, whose chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour died in a weekend US drone strike, originated among young Afghan religious students who took refuge in Pakistan from the 1979-89 Soviet occupation.

The Shura: ideological guardians of the Taliban movement

Islamabad - Through war and peace, the Taliban's Rahbari Shura has been at the heart of its decision-making process since the movement's inception, and is now tasked with finding a new leader to succeed Mullah Akthar Mansour.

Death of Taliban chief Mansour: what happens next?

Islamabad - President Barack Obama confirmed Monday that a US drone strike in southwest Pakistan had killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, heralding a new chapter in the Afghan insurgency which had grown fiercer under him.Who will succeed him?

Taliban leader Mansour: man of war, not peace talks

Kabul - Mullah Akhtar Mansour, killed by a US drone strike on May 21, took over as head of the Afghan Taliban last July and oversaw intensified attacks which left Afghan police and troops struggling to respond.

Iran denies killed Taliban leader was in the country

Tehran - Iran on Monday denied reports that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour entered Pakistan from the Islamic republic before being killed in a US drone strike, state media reported.

Obama confirms Taliban leader's death in U.S. strike

Hanoi - President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US air strike, hailing his death as an "important milestone" in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in U.S. attack

Quetta - Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP Sunday, adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor.

Pakistan denounces US drone strike on Afghan Taliban chief

Islamabad - Pakistan on Sunday denounced the US drone strike believed to have killed the Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour as a violation of its air space and said only negotiations could bring a lasting peace to Afghanistan.

US drone strike on Taliban leader — What happens next?

Islamabad - An American drone strike "likely killed" Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan on Saturday, US officials said.

Afghan spy agency declares Taliban leader dead in US drone attack

Kabul - Afghanistan's spy agency Sunday said Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US bombing raid, the first confirmation from regional officials of his death, which marks a potential blow to the resurgent militant movement.

'Lance with love': Afghans revel in bountiful opium harvest

Tarin Kowt - Lashes swished and whirled through the air in a burst of celebration around a sea of opium poppies, as farmers in a southern Afghan village rejoiced over a bumper harvest with a traditional rope game.

Eight Afghan police killed in insider attack

Kandahar - A rogue Afghan policeman shot dead eight of his colleagues in southern Afghanistan Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of insider attacks which have blighted government forces battling the Taliban.
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Five insurgents belonging to Quetta Shura arrested with 33 suicide vests and 1 000 kg of explosives ...
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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