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News: Afghanistan

We have started to collect the most important news related to Afghanistan in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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Afghanistan: news

Women 'failed' by Afghan justice

Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 8:26

Despite some progress, Afghan women victims of violence are still being failed by the justice system, a UN report finds.
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Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 2:46
related countries: United States United States

A US Navy Seal killed during a mission to rescue a doctor kidnapped by the Taliban was a member of the famed Seal Team Six, US officials say.
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VIDEO: Women join Afghan special forces

Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 2:17

A group of female soldiers has been trained to join the Afghan military's elite special forces.
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Afghan officials die in attacks

Monday, December 10th 2012, 9:05

An official in charge of women's affairs and an Afghan provincial police chief have been killed in separate attacks, officials say.
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US soldier dies in Afghan rescue

Sunday, December 9th 2012, 23:42
related countries: United States United States
related places: White House

A US commando was killed during a mission to rescue an American doctor kidnapped by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, the White House has said.
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US doctor rescued in Afghanistan

Sunday, December 9th 2012, 9:56
related countries: United States United States

A US doctor abducted by the Taliban in east Afghanistan is freed in a joint US and Afghan operation that killed seven captors, officials say.
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Afghanistan's growing demand for plastic surgery

Saturday, December 8th 2012, 0:34

How Afghan doctors turned their skills to plastic surgery
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Bomber wounds Afghan spy chief

Friday, December 7th 2012, 1:54
related places: Kabul

Afghanistan's intelligence service head Asadullah Khalid is wounded in a Taliban bomb attack in the capital, Kabul.
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Viewpoint: Pakistan military pushing for Afghan talks

Friday, December 7th 2012, 1:05
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan military's policy shift on Afghanistan 'opens path to peace'
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VIDEO: Afghan women speak out on sexual abuse

Wednesday, December 5th 2012, 19:59

Afghan women have previously been wary about reporting sexual crimes but now more and more of them are stepping forward to seek justice.
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Taliban target US Afghan base

Sunday, December 2nd 2012, 11:59
related countries: United States United States

Taliban suicide bombers have killed four Afghan soldiers and wounded Nato troops in an attack on a joint US-Afghan airbase in eastern Afghanistan.
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Afghan captives in 'torture risk'

Thursday, November 29th 2012, 14:14
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

People detained by UK forces in Afghanistan cannot be transferred to Afghan custody at present, over fears of ill treatment, the defence secretary tells the High Court.
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Afghan roadside bomb kills five

Thursday, November 29th 2012, 11:20

At least five members of a family, including women and children, are killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province.
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Arrests for Afghan girl beheading

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 18:21

Police in northern Afghanistan have arrested two men accused of beheading a girl after her father rejected a marriage proposal for her, officials say.
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Afghan bank inquiry 'was tainted'

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 11:39

Afghan politicians interfered in a $900m banking fraud inquiry, a report claims, after a leaked audit said members of the political elite stole the money.
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At the mercy of Afghanistan's warlords

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 0:18

At the mercy of a feudal warlord in rural Afghanistan
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VIDEO: Kabul Bank fraud 'profited elite'

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 16:51

Afghanistan's failed Kabul Bank was involved in a fraud that funnelled almost $900m into the pockets of a small number of the political elite, an independent auditors' report says.
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Kabul Bank fraud 'profited elite'

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 12:58

Afghanistan's failed Kabul Bank was involved in a fraud that funnelled almost $900m to a small number of the political elite, a leaked auditors' report says.
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VIDEO: Roadworks bring traffic chaos to Kabul

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 10:19
related places: Kabul

Works to improve roads and drains in Kabul have led to disruption for many drivers in the city.
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DJ to broadcast from Afghanistan

Monday, November 26th 2012, 17:40

Greg James is to host his Radio 1 afternoon show from the country for five days from Monday 10 December.
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The chequered tale of the Taliban 'boy commander'

Monday, November 26th 2012, 11:55

The boy commander jailed by both sides in Afghanistan's conflict
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VIDEO: Giant photos pop-up on Afghan streets

Sunday, November 25th 2012, 0:59
related places: Kabul

Pop-up snapshots on the streets of Kabul
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'Two die' in Afghan suicide blast

Friday, November 23rd 2012, 7:33

At least two people are killed and dozens injured after a suicide car bomber launches an attack in Afghanistan's Wardak province, officials say.
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Dismay over new Afghan executions

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 17:02

Human rights groups criticise Afghanistan for hanging 14 people in two days after a virtual moratorium on executions for years.
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Three dead in Kabul suicide bomb

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 8:31
related places: Kabul

Two Afghan security guards are killed by a suicide bomber in a heavily-guarded area of Kabul home to foreign embassies and Nato HQ, police say.
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Afghan opium harvest 'down sharply'

Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 15:45

Opium production in Afghanistan has dropped by a third, according to a UN report, even as the amount of land devoted to opium production went up.
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Bond star in UK Afghan base visit

Sunday, November 18th 2012, 18:36
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

James Bond star Daniel Craig surprises UK troops serving at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan with a visit as they prepare to watch the 007 latest film, Skyfall.
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Bomb kills Afghan wedding guests

Friday, November 16th 2012, 15:52

A roadside bomb in western Afghanistan kills 17 people travelling in a wedding party. Most of the victims are women and children
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Withdraw UK troops now - Ashdown

Friday, November 16th 2012, 11:16
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain should pull its troops out from Afghanistan as quickly as decently possible, former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown says.
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Pakistan releases Afghan Taliban

Thursday, November 15th 2012, 16:20
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Islamabad

Pakistan has freed 13 mid-level members of the Afghan Taliban as part of apparent efforts to encourage peace moves, Afghan officials say.
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Pakistan agrees Taliban releases

Wednesday, November 14th 2012, 15:51
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Islamabad, Taliban

Pakistan agrees to free several jailed Afghan Taliban officials during talks with Afghan peace negotiators in Islamabad, officials say.
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VIDEO: Death sought in US soldier case

Wednesday, November 14th 2012, 6:33
related countries: United States United States
related places: March

US military prosecutors demand the death penalty for Sgt Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan in March.
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Death sought in US soldier case

Wednesday, November 14th 2012, 5:26
related countries: United States United States
related places: March

US military prosecutors demand the death penalty for Sgt Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan in March.
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VIDEO: Petraeus scandal engulfs US general

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 19:44
related countries: United States United States

The top US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is being investigated in connection with the scandal surrounding the former CIA director David Petraeus.
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Petraeus scandal engulfs general

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 16:42

The Pentagon is investigating its top commander in Afghanistan for "inappropriate" emails to a woman in the Petraeus scandal, officials say.
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VIDEO: Cigarette papers 'halted Afghan battles'

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 12:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

While many are pessimistic about Afghanistan's future when British and US troops leave in 2014, the director of the Royal United Services Institute has brighter hopes for its future.
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One dead in Kabul rocket attack

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 8:01
related places: Kabul

At least one person is killed after militants fire rockets into the Afghan capital, Kabul.
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Karzai for more India investment

Monday, November 12th 2012, 10:04
related countries: India India

Afghan President Hamid Karzai calls for greater Indian investment in Afghanistan during talks with PM Manmohan Singh in Delhi.
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UK soldier dies in Afghanistan

Sunday, November 11th 2012, 22:53
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British soldier has been killed by an individual wearing an Afghan army uniform, the Ministry of Defence says.
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Afghan attack kills newborn baby

Sunday, November 11th 2012, 14:23

A mother and her newborn baby were among six people killed when a roadside bomb explodes in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
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VIDEO: Marines prepare Helmand withdrawal

Saturday, November 10th 2012, 17:05

As the Nato withdrawal from Afghanistan gathers pace, some 500 service personnel are preparing to leave by the end of the year - but before then, Royal Marines continue to mentor local police and army recruits.
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Afghanistan bombings 'kill 20'

Thursday, November 8th 2012, 16:52
related places: Laghman

At least 20 people, including 12 civilians, have been killed in four separate militant attacks in the south and east of Afghanistan, officials say.
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Afghan policeman jailed for rape

Wednesday, November 7th 2012, 15:25

An Afghan policeman is sentenced to 16 years in jail for raping a young woman whose case drew international attention after she reported the attack.
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US soldier in court over massacre

Monday, November 5th 2012, 22:49
related countries: United States United States

Preliminary hearings begin for US soldier Sgt Robert Bales who is accused of killing 16 civilians, including nine children, in Afghanistan.
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Haqqani joins UN sanctions list

Monday, November 5th 2012, 22:29
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

The UN Security Council's Taliban sanctions committee adds the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, accused of attacks in Afghanistan, to its blacklist.
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Afghan police in 'insider attack'

Friday, November 2nd 2012, 14:12

Four Afghan policemen are shot dead by colleagues in Helmand, police say, in what appears to be the latest in a series of insider attacks.
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Victoria Cross for Australia man

Thursday, November 1st 2012, 4:58
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Australia Australia, Seychelles Seychelles

An Australian soldier is awarded the Victoria Cross for actions of "exceptional courage" to save fellow troops in an Afghan ambush.
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MoD names two dead UK soldiers

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 18:30
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Two British soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform are named by the Ministry of Defence.
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VIDEO: Afghan boxer wins Kabul match

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 17:33
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Kabul

Millions of Afghans have watched a German-born Afghan win the country's first professional men's boxing match in the capital Kabul
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Civilians killed by Afghan bomb

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 13:09

A roadside bomb in the southern Afghan province of Helmand kills at least 10 civilians, officials say, most of them women and children.
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UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 23:12

Two British soldiers have been shot dead at a checkpoint in Afghanistan by a man wearing a local police uniform, the Ministry of Defence says.
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Afghan wins Kabul boxing match

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 21:38

An Afghan boxer wins the country's first professional men's boxing match, with millions across the country watching the victory live on television.
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Afghan key vote date is announced

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 18:37

The Afghan Election Commission says the presidential election will be on 5 April 2014, ending speculation the vote may have been held before then.
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Afghanistan's first female rapper upbeat on future

Monday, October 29th 2012, 9:58

Afghanistan's first female rapper upbeat about the future
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Kandahar: Assassination capital of Afghanistan

Monday, October 29th 2012, 0:11
related places: Kandahar

Kandahar, the assassination capital of Afghanistan
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Events support charged marines

Sunday, October 28th 2012, 12:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Events are taking place across the UK in support of five Royal Marines charged with murder over an incident in Afghanistan last year.
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Troop deaths 'not friendly fire'

Saturday, October 27th 2012, 14:06
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A Royal Marine and an Army medic who died in Afghanistan were not killed by British forces, an initial Ministry of Defence report says.
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Afghan mosque blast kills dozens

Friday, October 26th 2012, 11:53

At least 41 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in northern Afghanistan, officials say.
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NZ to resettle Afghan translators

Friday, October 26th 2012, 7:27
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

New Zealand says it has offered to resettle 23 Afghan interpreters and their families who fear being targeted by the Taliban after troops leave.
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Doubts over 'viable' Afghanistan

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 11:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK might have to recognise that creating a viable state in Afghanistan is not achievable, an influential group of MPs says.
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Two British deaths in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 8:12
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A Royal Marine and a female soldier have been killed while on patrol in Afghanistan - the woman is the third who has died since the conflict began.
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VIDEO: Afghanistan's first national park opens

Wednesday, October 24th 2012, 1:14

Afghanistan has opened its first ever national park and is preparing for the day when tourists might visit to marvel at its spectacular scenery, archaeological treasures and wildlife.
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Protecting Afghanistan’s environment and tourist future

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 23:08

Afghan tourist hope faces new threat - climate change
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Afghan forces die in gun battle

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 19:25
related places: Herat

At least 10 Afghan security personnel are killed in a gun battle with Taliban insurgents in the western province of Herat, officials say.
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VIDEO: Afghan minister: Nato exit 'difficult'

Monday, October 22nd 2012, 12:28

Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister, Jawad Ludin, discusses the rise of green on blue attacks and security. He tells Stephen Sackut that the Nato withdrawal of 2014 will be a 'difficult and challenging milestone'.
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Six Afghan police killed in south

Saturday, October 20th 2012, 12:35

Six Afghan policemen are killed after being attacked by colleagues in Helmand province - in a checkpoint attack claimed by the Taliban.
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Afghan wedding party hit by bomb

Friday, October 19th 2012, 13:16
related places: Balkh

At least 18 people, mostly women and children, are killed by a roadside bomb as they travel to a wedding in Balkh province, northern Afghanistan.
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Car bomb injures Afghan soldiers

Wednesday, October 17th 2012, 9:23

At least 45 Afghan soldiers are injured by a suicide car bomb at a joint Afghan-Nato military outpost in eastern Paktia province.
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