Afghanistan


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.

20 killed in Afghanistan ahead of elections

2014-07-07 12:32

At least five police, five civilians and 10 militants have been reported dead following separate Taliban attacks and a government airstrike in Afghanistan.

Taliban fire rockets at Kabul airport

2014-07-03 11:58

Taliban insurgents have fired rockets into Kabul international airport, setting a hanger ablaze but no casualties have been reported, officials say, in an attack that underlined security fears in the Afghan capital.

Opium growth at highest level since 1998: UN

2014-06-27 07:35

Opium poppy cultivation worldwide has reached its highest level in 16 years with number-one producer Afghanistan growing record amounts despite efforts to eradicate the crop.

US Army: Bergdahl shifted to outpatient care

2014-06-23 13:02

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been shifted to outpatient care at a Texas military base, the US Army say.

Iraq crisis stirs fears Afghanistan could be next

2014-06-19 07:44

The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about President Barack Obama's plan to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

Afghan presidential runoff - 2 558 complaints

2014-06-17 21:44

There have been 2 558 complaints, from ballot box stuffing to fraud, filed in the Afghan presidential run-off.

5 US troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

2014-06-11 06:04

Five US troops have been killed by a US airstrike called in to help them after they were ambushed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents in 14 years of war.

Bombers hit base in east Afghanistan

2014-06-09 12:45

Three suicide bombers have attacked a parking lot at a police base in eastern Afghanistan, killing a guard and setting 25 trucks ablaze, an Afghan provincial official says.

Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban

2014-06-08 19:02

US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, freed by the Tabiban in exchange for 5 Guantanamo militants, has told how he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage after trying to escape his captors.

Afghanistan flash floods kill 70+

2014-06-07 19:00

Flash floods have killed more than 70 people in northern Afghanistan, washing away hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to flee, officials say.

Bergdahl's health improving daily

2014-06-05 20:12

The Pentagon says Bergdahl's health is improving daily but no timeline has been set for his return to the US.

Bomb, gunmen kill 5 Afghan security forces

2014-06-05 12:16

A police chief and two other officers have been killed after a roadside bomb exploded while they were on a demining mission in Afghanistan.

Couple still held in Afghanistan

2014-06-05 05:00

Videos show young couple who disappeared in Afghanistan appealing to US for help. VIDEO

Army will not overlook Bergdahl misconduct

2014-06-03 17:27

The US Army will not ignore any misconduct by released Taliban detainee Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Afghan president fuming over prisoner deal

2014-06-02 13:40

The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured US soldier, and accuses the US of failing to back a peace plan for the country.

Freed from the Taliban, Bergdahl's ordeal not over

2014-06-02 09:20

In 2008, when he joined the army, he was a bookish athlete from rugged Idaho. A year later, he was a captive of the Taliban. Today, he is on the way home, a free man at last, yet Bowe Bergdahl's ordeal is far from over.

US prisoner swap ignites criticism

2014-06-02 07:13

The deal to free Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners has ignited criticism after the insurgents' leader declared a "big victory", but also raised hopes for peace.

Afghanistan: Jailed US soldier freed

2014-06-01 08:47

The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, say US officials.

US withdrawal is 'continued occupation' - Taliban

2014-05-28 12:14

The Taliban has condemned President Barack Obama's announcement that US troops would stay in Afghanistan until the end of 2016.

 

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.

Ghani wins Afghan election on preliminary results

2014-07-07 18:53

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani has won Afghanistan's presidential election, according to preliminary results.

Afghan president signs terror law to avoid blacklist

2014-07-03 16:58

Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a law aimed at curbing the financing of terrorist groups in order to save its banks from being put on an international blacklist.

Suicide bomber kills 8 in Afghan capital

2014-07-03 08:20

A Taliban suicide bomber has attacked an Afghan air force bus in Kabul, killing at least eight military personnel, officials say.

800 Taliban fight Afghan troops in 5-day battle

2014-06-25 20:09

More than 800 Taliban insurgents have launched a major offensive in southern Afghanistan to try to gain territory recently vacated by US troops, officials say.

Over 50m driven from homes by war, crisis

2014-06-20 14:35

The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency says.

Karzai says Afghanistan will not be a repeat of Iraq

2014-06-18 17:01

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dismissed suggestions that his country could descend into the same chaos as Iraq when US-led troops pull out.

Voting underway in Afghanistan presidential runoff

2014-06-14 10:29

Afghans have headed to the polls in a presidential runoff between two candidates who both promise to improve ties with the West and combat corruption.

Nato kills own troops in Afghanistan

2014-06-10 12:44

Five foreign servicemen have died in southern Afghanistan, the Nato-led coalition forces say, and police say they had been killed by fire from helicopters piloted by their own allies.

Afghan President Karzai eyes active 'retirement'

2014-06-09 10:13

When outgoing Afghan leader Hamid Karzai moves out of the presidential palace post-elections to take up residence next door, he will be relinquishing power but not influence.

Afghan flooding: Death toll hits 81

2014-06-08 09:23

More than 80 bodies have been found two days after a devastating flash flood in Afghanistan’s mountainous and remote north, a provincial official says.

Afghan presidential front-runner escapes blast

2014-06-06 22:30

Afghan presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah says he has escaped an assassination attempt when an explosion hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul just days ahead of a hotly contested run-off election.

Obama - no apologies for Taliban deal

2014-06-05 17:32

US President Barack Obama says he will make absolutely no apologies for doing a deal with the Taliban over US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Lawmakers demand answers from Obama

2014-06-05 12:16

US President Barack Obama's decision to swap five detained Taliban operatives for a US soldier captured in Afghanistan has baffled lawmakers, with many questioning its military and political merits.

Fierce debate as Taliban video shows handover

2014-06-04 21:34

Fierce debate surrounds the controversial release of the captured US soldier to Americans in east Afghanistan. VIDEO

Afghan border attack kills 2 soldiers in Pakistan

2014-06-04 11:54

Militants have killed two soldiers and wounded three others in a cross-border attack on Pakistan checkpoints situated along the troubled frontier with Afghanistan, officials say.

Taliban recruit young fighters ahead of Afghan vote

2014-06-02 14:47

Taliban insurgents intent on disrupting a run-off in the Afghan presidential election have begun recruiting fighters from radical Islamic schools, and ramped up their campaign of violence, officials and sources say.

Suicide attack kills 3 Turkish engineers in Afghanistan

2014-06-02 10:23

A suicide bomber has killed three Turkish engineers and wounded another one in eastern Afghanistan, the latest attack on foreigners in the war-torn country.

Kabul slams US urges release of Afghan detainees

2014-06-02 08:10

Kabul has called for the release of five former Guantanamo Afghan detainees sent to Qatar in exchange for the freedom of US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, calling the transfer to a third country illegal.

US defends swop of Taliban for soldier

2014-06-01 17:54

The US has defended its decision to allow five Taliban detainees to be transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar to secure the release of a US soldier held in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: US consulate vehicle attacked

2014-05-28 12:14

Two Americans have been injured in an attack on a US consulate vehicle in western Herat province in Afghanistan, the US embassy says.

US to leave 9 800 US troops in Afghanistan

2014-05-27 18:40

US President Barack Obama will announce plans to leave 9 800 US troops in Afghanistan after the formal troop draw down at the end of this year.

 
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