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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

Failures blamed for Helmand death

Friday, September 7th 2012, 11:14
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

A British soldier was killed in a US friendly fire attack in Afghanistan due to "cumulative failures", a coroner rules.
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VIDEO: From Afghanistan to Eton Dorney

Friday, September 7th 2012, 6:35
related countries: United States United States

A former US marine has won a bronze medal at the Paralympics, just two years after he stepped on a landmine and lost both his legs in Afghanistan.
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Friendly fire family praise medic

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 15:43
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The family of a British soldier killed in a friendly fire attack in Afghanistan publicly thank the Army medic who tried to save his life.
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Afghan 'purge' over rogue attacks

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 14:58

Hundreds of soldiers in Afghanistan are dismissed or held after a probe into a surge of insider attacks against foreign forces, officials say.
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Bomber 'kills 25' Afghan mourners

Tuesday, September 4th 2012, 14:31

A suicide bomber attacks a funeral in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, killing at least 25 civilians including the son of a district governor, officials say.
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VIDEO: Rasmussen: 'This is not a race to exit'

Monday, September 3rd 2012, 16:32

A spate of so-called "Green-on-Blue" attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan has led to Isaf temporarily suspending the training of local police.
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New Zealand to leave Afghanistan

Monday, September 3rd 2012, 7:50
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

New Zealand formally announces it will pull its troops out of Afghanistan by April 2013, ending a 10-year deployment.
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Afghan recruits training halted

Sunday, September 2nd 2012, 10:29
related countries: United States United States

Training for new recruits into the Afghan local police is suspended while they are re-vetted for possible ties to the Taliban, US officials say.
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Afghan suicide attacks kill 13

Saturday, September 1st 2012, 11:40
related countries: United States United States

A twin suicide bombing near a base of US-led forces in central Afghanistan kills at least nine civilians and four policemen, officials say.
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Herat Taliban fighters switch sides

Friday, August 31st 2012, 6:36

Change of heart as some Taliban fighters join Afghan government
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VIDEO: 'Progress' with Taliban in Afghanistan

Friday, August 31st 2012, 1:45

International forces in Afghanistan believe they are making progress in persuading Taliban fighters to lay down their weapons and join the government side.
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Australians killed in Afghanistan

Thursday, August 30th 2012, 8:01

Five soldiers are killed in two separate incidents, in what the prime minister called Australia's "single worst day in Afghanistan".
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Karzai removes intelligence chief

Wednesday, August 29th 2012, 14:49

Afghan President Hamid Karzai removes intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil amid reports of an imminent cabinet reshuffle.
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Militants kill Pakistan soldiers

Wednesday, August 29th 2012, 12:52
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

Taliban militants attack a Pakistani army post near the Afghan border killing at least eight soldiers, security officials say.
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VIDEO: Afghan bid for Paralympic glory

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 16:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Afghanistan is sending a single competitor to the London 2012 Paralympics but there are signs of progress for the country's many victims of years of war.
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Troops punished for Koran burning

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 2:24
related countries: United States United States
related places: Koran

Nine US troops are disciplined for incinerating scores of Korans and for urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan.
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Taliban kill Afghan 'party-goers'

Monday, August 27th 2012, 16:14

Seventeen civilians have been killed by Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, reportedly for attending a party.
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VIDEO: Civilians beheaded in Afghanistan

Monday, August 27th 2012, 9:12

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville reports after Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 civilians in southern Afghanistan, according to government officials.
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Drone raid 'kills Haqqani leader'

Saturday, August 25th 2012, 15:11
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Nato

A senior figure in a Pakistan-based militant network, Badruddin Haqqani, is killed in a US drone strike, one of his relatives tells the BBC.
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Ex-US diplomat in drink charge

Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 21:56
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States
related places: Washington

Ryan Crocker, the former US ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, is charged with a hit-and-run and drink driving in the US state of Washington.
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Afghan Eid street concert challenges clerics

Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 15:45

How an impromptu gig challenged an Afghan cleric during Eid
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US army chief plane hit by rocket

Tuesday, August 21st 2012, 9:58
related countries: United States United States
related places: America

An insurgent rocket attack on a US air base in Afghanistan damages the plane of America's top military officer while he was on a visit - but no-one is seriously injured.
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Talks on Afghan 'insider attacks'

Monday, August 20th 2012, 11:29
related countries: United States United States

The top US military officer flies to Afghanistan for talks on the growing number of attacks against Nato soldiers by Afghan security forces.
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Afghanistan death soldier named

Sunday, August 19th 2012, 16:09

A soldier killed in Afghanistan while on sentry duty is named by the Ministry of Defence as Guardsman Jamie Shadrake.
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Nato kills senior Afghan Taliban

Sunday, August 19th 2012, 9:31
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Kunar, Nato

A top Taliban commander and his deputy are among dozens of insurgents killed in a Nato air strike in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance says.
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UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

Saturday, August 18th 2012, 9:41
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The MoD says a soldier from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards dies during "enemy action" in Afghanistan.
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Why Afghanistan's past is being 'rewritten'

Friday, August 17th 2012, 23:48

New Afghan textbooks 'erase history'
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Afghan policeman kills US troops

Friday, August 17th 2012, 9:02
related countries: United States United States

Two US soldiers are shot dead by a local policeman in Afghanistan, officials for the international Nato-led force in the country say.
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Afghan helicopter crash kills 11

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 13:26

Eleven people - including seven US troops - are killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, according to Nato-led forces.
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Probe into Afghan border shelling

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 11:27
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says that he and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari have agreed a joint military probe into cross-border shelling.
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VIDEO: Afghan Olympic hero's homecoming

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 10:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Afghanistan's dual Olympic medallist Rohullah Nikpai says he is disappointed he could not bring home gold but knows the celebrations of his London bronze medal in Taekwando will unite his nation.
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VIDEO: Multiple Afghan blasts kill dozens

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 21:28

Forty-eight people have been killed and more than 130 others wounded in a series of bombings in the south-west and north of Afghanistan.
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Dozens killed in Afghan blasts

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 20:45

A series of bombings on markets crowded with shoppers preparing for the end of Ramadan leaves 48 people dead in south-western and northern Afghanistan.
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'Heavy fighting' on Afghan border

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 9:27
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Kunar, There

There is heavy fighting between Afghan and Pakistani forces in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, which borders Pakistan, officials say.
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VIDEO: Russia discusses strategic Tajik base

Monday, August 13th 2012, 16:07
related countries: Tajikistan Tajikistan

As the 2014 withdrawal of Nato troops from Afghanistan draws nearer, coalition forces may want to set up bases in Afghanistan's neighbouring countries such as Tajikistan.
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Afghanistan kidnapper is killed

Monday, August 13th 2012, 14:56
related places: Ghazni

The Taliban in Afghanistan shoot dead a man accused of kidnapping a child from a village, tribal elders in Ghazni province tell the BBC.
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Double gun attacks in Afghanistan

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 14:44

Two separate gun attacks on Nato-led troops in Afghanistan on Friday left a total of six US soldiers dead, the coalition officials say.
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Taliban stronghold two hours from Kabul

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 0:42
related places: Kabul

The Taliban stronghold only two hours from Kabul
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Friday, August 10th 2012, 14:50
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

The Ministry of Defence could be forced to reveal whether the UK had a role in supplying information to a US military "kill list" in Afghanistan.
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US troops killed in Afghanistan

Friday, August 10th 2012, 14:45
related countries: United States United States

Three US soldiers are killed by a gunman wearing uniform in the province of Helmand, Nato says, the second such incident in a week.
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UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

Friday, August 10th 2012, 13:27
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A soldier from 3rd Battalion The Rifles has been killed by "enemy action" while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence says.
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Afghanistan's Nikpai wins bronze

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 22:58
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Afghanistan taekwondo hero Rohullah Nikpai matches his achievements in Beijing with bronze at London 2012 in the men's -68kg.
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MoD error over troops' body parts

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 9:38

Body parts and tissue samples of soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been kept without their families' permission, the Ministry of Defence says.
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VIDEO: Afghan national Olympic hero returns

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 6:50

Afghanistan's Taekwondo fighter, Rohullah Nikpai, is hoping to take home a second medal for his country today.
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Afghan civilian casualties 'fall'

Wednesday, August 8th 2012, 14:05

Afghan civilian casualties are down for the first time in five years, according to UN figures showing a 15% fall in the first half of 2012.
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US soldier killed in Afghanistan

Tuesday, August 7th 2012, 17:21
related places: Kabul

A US soldier is killed in Afghanistan by gunmen wearing Afghan army uniform, in the latest in a series of so-called "green-on-blue" attacks.
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Afghan sprinter wants Rio return

Monday, August 6th 2012, 17:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Afghan female sprinter Tahmina Kohistani is already looking ahead to the 2016 Olympics after making her debut in London.
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Afghanistan police join Taliban

Monday, August 6th 2012, 12:59

Eleven Afghan policemen have defected to the Taliban in the southern province of Helmand, officials say.
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Karzai accepts ministers' sacking

Sunday, August 5th 2012, 11:56

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accepted parliament's dismissal of two of his most senior ministers following a vote of no confidence in them.
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Looted art's homecoming to Kabul

Sunday, August 5th 2012, 7:52
related places: Kabul

Looted art feared lost returns to Kabul
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Looted Afghan artefacts returned

Sunday, August 5th 2012, 7:22
related places: Kabul

Hundreds of archaeological artefacts looted from Afghanistan are handed over to the country's national museum during a ceremony in Kabul.
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Key Afghanistan ministers 'fired'

Saturday, August 4th 2012, 13:08

The Afghan parliament passes a vote of no confidence in two of its most senior ministers, and demands that they be replaced.
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Deadly gunfight in Afghan capital

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 10:28
related places: Kabul

Afghan officials say five insurgents believed to have been planning attacks in central Kabul have been killed in a gun battle.
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Army criticised over Afghan death

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 15:36

A coroner criticises the Army over the death of a soldier by an improvised explosive device on a training range in Afghanistan.
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Millions lost on Afghan projects

Monday, July 30th 2012, 17:24
related countries: United States United States
related places: Congress

Hundreds of millions of US taxpayer dollars may have been wasted on poorly managed infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, says a report to Congress.
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VIDEO: Afghan eyes Olympic Taekwondo gold

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 22:17
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Afghan taekwondo champion, Rohullah Nikpai, is the only person in his nation's history to take home an Olympic medal. Can he win again in London?
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VIDEO: 'Why my brother should not hang'

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 12:35
related countries: France France

The family of former Afghan soldier Abdul Saboor, who is awaiting execution after being convicted of killing five French soldiers, is calling for his life to be spared, claiming he has mental health problems.
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VIDEO: Crackdown on Afghan cash smuggling

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 15:07

The Afghan government has imposed a restriction on the amount of money Afghan citizens can take abroad in an effort to stop billions of dollars from leaving the country.
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Afghan police defect to Taliban

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 11:37

An Afghan police commander and 13 officers join the Taliban in western Afghanistan, in what is thought be the biggest defection yet by the country's police.
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Runaway couple given protection

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 15:47
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A judge in Pakistan orders police to protect a young Afghan couple who married in secret and are now fighting deportation.
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Afghan 'kills foreign trainers'

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 20:21
related places: Herat

An Afghan policeman shoots dead three foreign staff at a police training centre in western Herat province, local officials say.
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Looted art back in Afghan museum

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 12:10
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The British Museum assists in the return of 843 artefacts to Afghanistan, almost 20 years after they were stolen or smuggled abroad.
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UK and Pakistan PMs meet in Kabul

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 4:39
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Kabul

Afghan President Karzai is holding meetings with the prime ministers of Britain and Pakistan, hoping to secure support for efforts to bring peace.
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Taliban blow up 22 Nato tankers

Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 12:17

A bomb planted by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan destroys 22 Nato fuel tankers carrying supplies to coalition forces, local officials say.
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Rogue Afghan soldier condemned

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 10:09
related countries: France France

A military court sentences an Afghan soldier to death over the killing of five French soldiers in January, officials say.
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VIDEO: Modern art in Afghanistan

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 6:33
related places: Kabul

A modern art exhibition has opened in the Afghan capital, Kabul, aiming to heal divisions after 30 years of conflict.
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Wedding attack kills Afghan MP

Saturday, July 14th 2012, 15:03

Prominent Afghan MP and commander Ahmad Khan Samangani is among around 20 people killed in a suicide attack at a wedding in the north.
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