Afghanistan


Breakaway Taliban faction names new leader in Afghanistan

2016-08-16 14:50

Breakaway Taliban faction in Afghanistan appoints new leader for the group, nephew of faction's leader killed last year.

American, Australian kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul

2016-08-08 13:28

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

Foreign tourists attacked in western Afghanistan - officials

2016-08-04 11:16

Taliban militants attacked foreign tourists escorted by an Afghan army convoy in the western province of Herat, officials say, with a military spokesperson saying at least six people were wounded.

Kabul in mourning after deadliest attack in 15 years

2016-07-24 13:40

Afghanistan is reeling after the deadliest attack for 15 years killed 80 people and left hundreds maimed, reigniting concern that the Islamic State group is expanding its foothold in the country.

80 dead as ISIS claims twin Kabul blasts

2016-07-23 20:33

Islamic State group jihadists have claimed responsibility for twin explosions that have ripped through crowds of Shi'ite Hazaras in Kabul.

German police kill Afghan teen after train axe attack

2016-07-19 07:30

German police shot dead a 17-year-old Afghan refugee after he attacked train passengers with an axe and a knife, seriously wounding four in what one official said was a "probable" Islamist attack.

US decides to leave 8 400 troops in Afghanistan to aid allies

2016-07-07 13:59

President Barack Obama's decision to slow the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan will be welcomed at the NATO summit this weekend.

Deadly attack on police buses claimed by Taliban

2016-06-30 13:58

At least 27 policemen have been killed and 40 wounded after a bomb attack claimed by the Taliban struck a convoy of buses transporting police cadets in Kabul, the interior ministry says.

Afghan Taliban release some kidnapped bus passengers

2016-06-22 14:43

The Taliban have released 21 of some two dozen hostages pulled from their vehicles on a highway in southern Afghanistan, officials say, a day after they were abducted by the militants.

US said to be reconsidering Afghan drawdown

2016-06-15 20:41

Britain's defence minister says US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has told Nato allies that the US will take another look at withdrawing thousands of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

 

Thousands flee fierce fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand

2016-08-10 06:23

Fierce fighting in Helmand has sent thousands of Afghans fleeing, sparking a humanitarian crisis as Taliban insurgents besiege the city despite intensified US airstrikes.

Hostages taken in Pakistan helicopter crash in Afghanistan: officials

2016-08-04 20:23

A spokesperson says a Pakistani government helicopter has crash-landed in eastern Afghanistan and all on board have been taken hostage by the Taliban.

Taliban truck bomb strikes hotel for foreigners in Kabul

2016-08-01 07:18

A massive Taliban truck bomb struck a hotel for foreigners on the outskirts of Kabul, officials said, just days after the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital for 15 years.

Kabul bombings show depth of IS 'depravity' - Iran

2016-07-24 08:16

Iran has condemned twin bomb attacks by the Islamic State group that killed at least 80 in Afghanistan, urging unity in order to defeat extremists.

Casualties as blast rips through Kabul protest

2016-07-23 14:42

An explosion has ripped through an area of Kabul where hundreds of minority Shi'ite Hazaras are protesting over a power line .

No plans to revive talks with Taliban, Afghanistan says

2016-07-14 13:18

An Afghan official says there are no plans to revive a peace process aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

US slows drawdown from Afghanistan

2016-07-06 20:48

President Barack Obama has announced that 8 400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country.

Dozens of Afghan police feared dead in Kabul suicide bomb attack

2016-06-30 11:31

Two buses transporting police cadets in the Afghan capital were struck by a suicide bomb attack, government and Taliban sources said, with many casualties feared.

Taliban use child sex slaves to kill Afghan police

2016-06-19 11:15

The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults say.

Gunmen kill Afghan prosecutor, 7 others

2016-06-05 17:31

Taliban gunmen have stormed a court building in eastern Afghanistan, killing seven people, including a newly appointed chief prosecutor.

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