Afghanistan


Large blast, ongoing gunfire in central Kabul

2014-11-27 18:02

A large blast has rocked Kabul, followed by gunfire in the Afghan capital's central district that houses many embassies and foreign compounds.

Large explosion shakes Afghan capital

2014-11-25 12:22

A large explosion has shaken houses in Afghanistan's capital, a witness says, but it is so far unclear what has caused the blast and whether there are any casualties.

Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

2014-11-22 14:15

President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan,

Afghan govt undergoes overhaul

2014-11-17 16:30

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has missed his deadline for naming a cabinet as his government undergoes a major overhaul.

Kenya to extradite 'drug kingpins' to US

2014-11-13 20:32

A Kenyan court has ordered police to process the extradition of four suspected drug traffickers to the United States.

Afghan first lady backs French veil ban

2014-11-01 22:32

Afghanistan's cosmopolitan new first lady has backed France's controversial ban on the niqab, comparing the full veil to blinders.

New Afghan president heads to China

2014-10-27 14:09

The new Afghan president will travel to China, signalling the role he hopes Beijing will play in Afghanistan's future, not only economically but also strategically.

UK ends combat operations in Afghan province

2014-10-26 14:45

Defence officials say Britain has ended combat operations in the Helmand province in Afghanistan.

5 rapists, kidnapper to be executed in Afghanistan

2014-10-08 14:29

Six men, including five rapists, are due to be hanged in Kabul, the Afghan attorney-general’s office says.

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact

2014-09-30 15:54

Afghanistan and the United States have signed a security pact to allow US forces to remain in the country past the end of year.

Violence ahead of inauguration in Afghanistan

2014-09-29 10:42

Security officials in Afghanistan say militants have carried out two attacks just ahead of the country’s presidential inauguration.

Afghanistan: No money to pay civil servants

2014-09-28 12:45

Afghanistan will delay paying salaries to hundreds of thousands of civil servants next month because it does not have enough money, a finance ministry official says.

Up to 100 Afghans killed in Taliban offensive

2014-09-26 17:04

A major Taliban offensive in eastern Afghanistan over the past week has left up to 100 civilians and security personnel dead, 12 of them beheaded, officials say.

Taliban reject new Afghanistan government

2014-09-22 14:46

The Taliban has rejected the announcement of a new Afghan government, and vowed to “continue armed jihad” against it.

Afghan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape

2014-09-15 14:51

An appeals court has sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault against an Afghan family driving home from a wedding just outside Kabul.

Afghan rape gang sentenced to death

2014-09-07 17:05

An Afghan judge has sentenced seven men to death for the gang-rape of four women in a case that sparked nationwide outrage.

Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

2014-08-27 17:52

Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil as both candidates vying to succeed Hamed Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit.

Afghan election dispute into crunch phase

2014-08-25 17:51

Afghanistan's election crisis has entered a risky new stage after officials started invalidating fraudulent votes in a process likely to bring to a head the bitter dispute raging between the presidential candidates.

5 aid workers seized in western Afghanistan - report

2014-08-16 17:26

The International Committee of the Red Cross says that five of its Afghan staff have been kidnapped by a local armed group in the western province of Herat.

Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul

2014-08-06 08:31

A US general has been shot dead in Afghanistan, becoming the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since 9/11, in an insider attack that left more than a dozen wounded.

US weapons for Afghans may end up with Taliban

2014-07-28 22:12

Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that many could end up in the hands of insurgents.

Sexy 'Car Curse of 39' strikes again

2014-07-23 12:05

A traffic department in Afghanistan has 800 unwanted licence plates bearing the number '39' because the locals don't want to be connected to the sexual taboo associated with the number.

Kabul airport under militant attack

2014-07-17 08:07

A militant attack is underway at Kabul airport as explosions and gunfire ring out, according to an AFP photographer.

Deadliest attack since 2001 hits Afghanistan

2014-07-16 08:21

A suicide bomber has blown up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 US-led invasion.

From heroin dealer to Afghan oil man

2014-07-14 16:42

One-eyed Rateb Popal's debut as an Afghan businessman was not promising: he was caught smuggling heroin and locked up in a New York federal prison for almost a decade.

 

Blast hits British embassy vehicle in Kabul

2014-11-27 10:03

A British embassy vehicle has been hit by a blast in Kabul, causing some injuries, an embassy spokesperson says.

Suicide bomber kills 40 at volleyball match

2014-11-23 16:38

A suicide bomber walked into a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan and detonated his explosives vest, killing at least 40 people.

Huge blast rocks Afghanistan's capital

2014-11-18 07:52

A powerful explosion has rocked Afghanistan’s capital, sending a plume of black smoke over the city just after dawn.

Afghan female MP targeted in blast

2014-11-16 10:27

A suicide bomber targeted a vehicle convoy of Afghan lawmakers that included a prominent female MP, killing three civilians and injuring 17 others, officials have said.

Afghan deputy governor shot dead

2014-11-03 10:00

The deputy governor of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan has been shot dead during a university class, Afghan officials say.

Last UK combat troops leave Afghanistan

2014-10-27 19:06

Britain's defence ministry says the last UK combat troops have left Afghanistan's Helmand province, ending a 13-year war that cost more than 450 British lives.

Afghan mullah jailed for 20 years for raping girl

2014-10-26 16:55

An Afghan court has sentenced a mullah to 20 years in prison after finding the religious teacher guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl.

5 Afghan men hanged for gang-rape

2014-10-08 16:16

Five Afghan men have been hanged for the gang rape of four women despite the UN and human rights groups criticising the trial and calling for new president Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions.

3 Afghan soldiers who fled say they can't go home

2014-10-02 12:23

Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts say they now face the wrath of their own government.

Afghanistan prepares to sign deal with US

2014-09-30 09:48

Afghanistan's new government is due to sign a long-delayed bilateral security agreement with the United States that will allow US troops to stay beyond the end of this year.

Historic, anxious handover in Afghanistan

2014-09-29 05:00

Afghanistan is set to inaugurate its first new president in a decade, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government, just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test.

Afghan villagers hang Taliban - officials

2014-09-27 21:16

Afghan villagers have hanged four Taliban fighters from a tree after hundreds of militants launched a major offensive, officials say, as security forces fought to recapture ground in Ghazni.

How the US has justified overseas military action

2014-09-23 15:40

A look at the domestic legal justifications the US has used for military action around the world.

3 Afghan soldiers missing from US base

2014-09-22 13:50

Police and military officials are searching for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing during a training exercise at a US military base.

Pakistan: Airstrikes kill 35 militants

2014-09-10 10:32

Pakistan's military says warplanes have struck three militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, killing 35 fighters.

Trapped, then poisoned: Kabul's ruthless dog cull

2014-09-03 08:59

About 17 600 dogs have been poisoned by municipal workers in Kabul in an effort to protect residents from disease and to control the rocketing population of canines that roam the city.

Afghan presidential contender threatens boycott

2014-08-26 16:07

An adviser to a leading Afghan presidential contender, Abdullah Abdullah, says the candidate is threatening to boycott the country's ballot audit.

2013 record year for attacks on aid workers

2014-08-19 11:29

Attacks on aid workers reached a new peak in 2013, with 155 relief staff killed, and danger levels remain high this year, according to new figures.

Kerry seeks resolution on Afghan election dispute

2014-08-08 10:37

US secretary of state John Kerry will hold talks in Kabul aimed at pressuring Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates to resolve the disputed elections and have the winner installed.

Karzai cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack

2014-07-29 14:45

A suicide attacker has killed a cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai near the city of Kandahar, officials say, raising tensions during a struggle over the contested election result.

Death sentence for AP photographer's killer

2014-07-23 20:20

A Kabul court has announced that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus has been convicted and sentenced to death.

Three foreign advisers killed near Kabul airport

2014-07-22 10:59

A Taliban suicide bomber has detonated himself outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police say.

Afghan court jails Pakistani journalist

2014-07-16 13:01

An Afghan court has sentenced a Pakistani journalist to four years in jail for 'contacting terrorists', officials say.

89 killed in suicide blast in Afghanistan

2014-07-15 16:00

A suicide bomber has blown up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, killing 89 people and wounding more than 40.

Afghan suicide attack kills 16

2014-07-08 14:18

At least 16 people, including four foreign soldiers, have been killed in a suicide attack near a clinic in eastern Afghanistan, an official says.

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