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Coming home

Tuesday, October 11th 2016, 23:55

A humanitarian catastrophe is looming as thousands of Afghan refugees are sent home this winter. Ahmed Rashid asks who is speaking up for Afghans?
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Kabul shrine attack kills Shia Muslims during Ashura

Tuesday, October 11th 2016, 21:41
related places: Kabul

Gunmen open fire at a key shrine in Kabul, where Shia Muslims had gathered for Ashura, a religious day of mourning.
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'We could be hanged'

Friday, October 7th 2016, 2:35

Four members of the LGBT community talk to the BBC about their secret lives in Afghanistan, where homosexuality is a taboo subject.
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Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

Wednesday, October 5th 2016, 20:33
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

International donors are committing $15.2bn in aid to get Afghanistan through the next four years.
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Hiding in terror

Wednesday, October 5th 2016, 14:54

Two residents in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz tell of their terror as fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government traps them in basements.
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Kunduz assault: Taliban forces 'defeated'

Tuesday, October 4th 2016, 4:48

The governor of Afghanistan's Kunduz province says Taliban forces which staged an assault on the provincial capital have been defeated.
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Kunduz assault: Afghan forces 'in control of city'

Monday, October 3rd 2016, 20:49

Afghan security forces drive Taliban fighters out of Kunduz city centre after a day of fierce fighting, Nato and local authorities say.
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Grim odyssey

Monday, September 26th 2016, 23:25
related countries: Austria Austria, Italy Italy, Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Udine

Asylum seekers - mainly Afghan and Pakistani men - leave Austria for Italy, but they face bleak conditions in the city of Udine, Bethany Bell reports.
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Liverpool calling

Saturday, September 24th 2016, 23:06
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cambridge, Kabul

When 15-year-old Waheed Arian arrived in the UK from 1990s Afghanistan, he was told he would probably become a taxi driver. Some years later, he started a degree at the University of Cambridge and has now set up a scheme where British doctors advise
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Afghanistan strikes deal with warlord

Thursday, September 22nd 2016, 14:32

Afghanistan's government signs an agreement with the Hezb-e-Islami militant group, led by notorious militant Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
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New York bombing suspect named as Ahmad Khan Rahami

Monday, September 19th 2016, 15:16
related countries: United States United States
related places: New York

US officials name Ahmad Khan Rahami as a suspect wanted in connection with New York and New Jersey attacks.
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US hostage rescue bid in Afghanistan fails

Thursday, September 8th 2016, 21:48
related countries: United States United States

US forces in Afghanistan carried out a failed attempt to rescue two hostages last month, the Pentagon has revealed.
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Afghan blasts: Kabul charity hit by bomb and gun attack

Tuesday, September 6th 2016, 8:22
related places: Kabul

An attack on the offices of an international charity in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul, has left at least one civilian dead, officials say.
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Afghan blasts: Twin Kabul explosions 'kill 24 people'

Monday, September 5th 2016, 19:20
related places: Kabul

Twin blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul kill at least 24 people and injure 91 near the defence ministry, officials say.
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Afghanistan bus inferno kills dozens

Sunday, September 4th 2016, 6:20

An inferno sparked by the collision of a passenger bus and fuel tanker in southern Afghanistan kills at least 36 people.
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Australian aid worker Kerry Wilson freed in Afghanistan

Monday, August 29th 2016, 4:36
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Australia Australia

Aid worker Kerry Jane Wilson who was abducted earlier April in Afghanistan has now been freed, says Australia's foreign minister.
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Back to the tents?

Saturday, August 27th 2016, 23:17
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan has told all three million Afghan refugees within its borders to leave - causing chaos on its borders, the BBC's M Ilyas Khan reports.
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Kabul raid: Seven students among 13 dead in university attack

Thursday, August 25th 2016, 3:05
related countries: United States United States
related places: Kabul

Thirteen people including seven students died in an attack by gunmen on the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say.
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Afghan troops 'retake Kunduz district from Taliban'

Saturday, August 20th 2016, 15:32
related places: Khanabad

Afghan government forces have pushed the Taliban back from a key northern district near Kunduz, the provincial governor says.
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Pakistan helicopter crew freed in Afghanistan

Saturday, August 13th 2016, 8:51
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

The crew of a Pakistani helicopter forced to land in an Afghan district where the Taliban are active are freed and transferred to Pakistan.
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IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Friday, August 12th 2016, 21:27
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

Hafiz Saeed Khan, leader of so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US now believes.
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Taliban conflict: Thousands flee as fighting threatens Helmand

Thursday, August 11th 2016, 16:37

Thousands of people flee intense fighting in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province as government forces battle Taliban insurgents.
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US and Australian professors kidnapped in Afghanistan

Monday, August 8th 2016, 6:49
related places: Kabul

Two foreign professors, one from the US and one from Australia, are kidnapped in the Afghan capital Kabul, police tell the BBC.
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Afghan Islamic State releases captured US kit photos

Sunday, August 7th 2016, 17:40
related countries: United States United States

The Islamic State group releases photos of weapons and kit belonging to US soldiers discarded after fighting in Afghanistan.
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Afghanistan's Taliban attack foreign tourist convoy

Thursday, August 4th 2016, 15:45
related countries: Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

Taliban militants attack a convoy of foreign tourists - including British and US citizens - in western Afghanistan, injuring six and their driver.
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Kabul explosion: Foreign compound targeted by Taliban

Monday, August 1st 2016, 9:43
related places: Kabul

A powerful lorry bomb and gunmen target a compound housing foreign contractors in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in an attack claimed by the Taliban.
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Terror attacks dismay Afghan migrants in Istanbul

Saturday, July 30th 2016, 3:00
related countries: France France, Germany Germany, Turkey Turkey
related places: Istanbul

The latest terror attacks in Germany and France have left migrants in Turkey worried about their chances of reaching northern Europe.
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'Online revolution'

Friday, July 29th 2016, 23:30

Hundreds of thousands of tweets condemn the attack on an Afghan minority group by Islamic State militants.
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Remembering Kabul blast victims

Friday, July 29th 2016, 16:38
related places: Kabul

The BBC looks at some of the victims of the 23 July bomb attack on the Afghan capital Kabul.
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Afghan man mutilated pregnant wife

Thursday, July 28th 2016, 10:59

A woman is critically ill in northern Afghanistan after her husband mutilated her and nearly beat her to death, family members say.
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Key Islamic State leader Saad Emarati 'killed in Afghanistan'

Tuesday, July 26th 2016, 11:07
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Afghanistan's military says it has killed more than 120 suspected militants, including a founder of so-called Islamic State's faction in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Shameful rise in Afghan child deaths and injuries, UN says

Monday, July 25th 2016, 7:01

More Afghan children have been killed or injured this year than in any six-month period since 2009, says the UN, calling it "alarming and shameful".
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Munich shootings: Police arrest 16-year-old Afghan

Sunday, July 24th 2016, 23:01

A 16-year-old Afghan friend of David Ali Sonboly, who killed nine people on Friday, is arrested on suspicion of failing to report the attacker's plans.
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Kabul IS blast: Afghan capital buries victims of huge bombing

Sunday, July 24th 2016, 13:28
related places: Kabul

Funerals take place in the Afghan capital, Kabul, for victims of Saturday's suicide bomb attack claimed by so-called Islamic State, which killed 80 people.
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Kabul blast: Afghanistan mourns protest bombing victims

Sunday, July 24th 2016, 1:01
related places: Kabul

Afghanistan observes a day of national mourning after a suicide attack claimed by so-called Islamic State kills 80 people at a march in Kabul.
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Kabul explosion: Islamic State 'admits attack on Hazara protest'

Saturday, July 23rd 2016, 17:50
related places: Kabul

So-called Islamic State says it was behind an attack on a protest march in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing 80 people and injuring 230.
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India aid worker freed in Afghanistan rescue operation

Saturday, July 23rd 2016, 6:08
related countries: India India

An Indian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan more than a month ago is freed unharmed from her hostage takers in a rescue operation.
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Guitar hero

Wednesday, July 20th 2016, 23:15
related countries: United States United States
related places: Kabul

How the tragedy of three Afghan girls inspired a US rocker to teach guitar in Kabul.
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German train attack: Afghan knifeman 'wanted revenge' for friend's death

Tuesday, July 19th 2016, 16:27
related countries: Germany Germany

Prosecutors in Germany say a teenager who attacked train passengers with an axe in Wuerzburg wanted revenge for the death of a friend in Afghanistan.
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German train attack: IS releases video of 'Afghan knifeman'

Tuesday, July 19th 2016, 14:10
related countries: Germany Germany

The so-called Islamic State releases a video purporting to show an Afghan asylum seeker making threats before attacking passengers on a German train.
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US to keep most troops in Afghanistan, Obama says

Wednesday, July 6th 2016, 16:46
related countries: United States United States

President Barack Obama announces a slowdown in the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying 8,400 troops will stay there into next year.
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Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

Thursday, June 30th 2016, 12:58
related places: Kabul

Taliban bombers attack an Afghan police convoy outside Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say.
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Afghan interpreters 'betrayed' by UK and US

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016, 23:19
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

The Taliban in Afghanistan are targeting frontline interpreters who worked with British and US forces and say they have been rejected by their former employers.
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Suicide attack on minibus in Kabul kills at at least 14

Monday, June 20th 2016, 9:36
related places: Kabul

A suicide attack on a minibus in Kabul kills 14 Nepali security guards, in the first such attack since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
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Orlando shootings: Afghan background not an issue - Karzai

Monday, June 13th 2016, 14:19

The Orlando attacker's Afghan background had no influence on his actions, according to the country's former president Hamid Karzai.
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VIDEO: The blue treasure 'stolen' by the Taliban

Monday, June 6th 2016, 0:42

Armed groups, including the Taliban, are looting Afghanistan's natural resources to the tune of millions of dollars - according to the anti-corruption group Global Witness.
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US journalist killed in Afghanistan

Sunday, June 5th 2016, 23:24
related countries: United States United States

Veteran US photojournalist David Gilkey and his translator are killed in a Taliban ambush in southern Afghanistan.
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Afghan MP killed in Kabul bomb blast

Sunday, June 5th 2016, 17:30
related places: Kabul

Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak is killed in a bomb explosion outside his house in the capital Kabul.
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Taliban seize bus passengers killing 10

Tuesday, May 31st 2016, 9:06

Taliban militants have killed at least 10 people after kidnapping dozens of bus passengers in Kunduz province, in northern Afghanistan, officials say.
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Ruined Kabul palace to be rebuilt

Monday, May 30th 2016, 12:04
related places: Kabul

An ambitious project to reconstruct the historic Darul Aman palace, reduced to ruins in the Afghan civil war, has begun in the capital, Kabul.
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VIDEO: The scourge of opium in Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 25th 2016, 22:40

Opium production has long been a problem in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan, but it is also grown in many government-controlled regions.
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Afghan Taliban announce new leader

Wednesday, May 25th 2016, 17:33

The Afghan Taliban name Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader following the death of Mullah Mansour in a drone strike.
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VIDEO: Who is the new Taliban leader?

Wednesday, May 25th 2016, 16:06
related countries: United States United States

The Afghan Taliban have announced Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada as its new leader to replace Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was killed in a US drone strike.
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Afghans confirm Taliban leader's death

Sunday, May 22nd 2016, 16:21
related countries: United States United States

Afghanistan's spy agency confirms Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been killed, after the US targeted him in a drone strike.
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Taliban chief 'probably killed' in raid

Sunday, May 22nd 2016, 7:58
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour is likely to have been killed in a US air strike on the Afghan-Pakistani border, officials say.
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Pakistan ex-PM's hostage son comes home

Wednesday, May 11th 2016, 10:28
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

The kidnapped son of Pakistan's ex-Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani returns home, after being rescued by US-Afghan special forces.
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Pakistan ex-PM's kidnapped son rescued

Tuesday, May 10th 2016, 16:15
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

The kidnapped son of Pakistan's ex-Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is rescued in Afghanistan in a joint Afghan-US operation.
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Afghan teens build new lives in Germany

Monday, May 9th 2016, 9:53
related countries: Germany Germany

River helps Afghan boys adapt to Germany
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VIDEO: Young refugees find new lives in Germany

Sunday, May 8th 2016, 23:30
related countries: Germany Germany, Syria Syria

Young refugees from Afghanistan and Syria have fled war to find a new life in Germany.
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Afghanistan hangs six Taliban prisoners

Sunday, May 8th 2016, 13:41

Afghanistan executes six Taliban inmates - first since Ashraf Ghani became president - as the Taliban attacks police in Helmand province.
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Afghanistan fuel tanker crash kills 73

Sunday, May 8th 2016, 12:16
related places: Ghazni

Two buses and a fuel tanker collide in Afghanistan's Ghazni province killing 73 people and injuring more than 50, officials say.
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Two Nato soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Saturday, May 7th 2016, 21:34

Two Nato soldiers are killed in Afghanistan and a third wounded when attackers wearing Afghan security forces uniforms open fire on them, Nato says.
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Video shows Afghan woman's 'execution'

Saturday, May 7th 2016, 11:48

A video emerges showing a woman being shot dead in public in Afghanistan after her alleged conviction by an informal Taliban court.
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Afghan raid 'frees captives of Taliban'

Friday, May 6th 2016, 14:55

More than 60 people held by the Taliban in the south of Afghanistan are freed by special forces in an overnight operation, Nato officials say.
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VIDEO: Migrant children 'dream of getting to UK'

Wednesday, May 4th 2016, 22:24
related countries: Syria Syria, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Lyse Doucet speaks to Afghan and Syrian teenagers in Calais, who are hoping to rebuild their lives in Britain.
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Messi boy flees Afghan threats

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016, 11:14
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

An Afghan boy who wore a homemade Lionel Messi shirt flees to Pakistan with his family, who say they received kidnap threats after he shot to fame.
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VIDEO: Afghan press freedom still under threat

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016, 11:03
related places: Kabul

Despite greater media diversity and rising professional standards in recent years, press freedom in Kabul is under still threat and working for the country's most popular television station can carry a deadly risk.
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VIDEO: Messi shirt boy 'forced' to leave Afghanistan

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016, 9:41
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

The father of the five-year-old Afghan boy, who became an internet sensation after being photographed wearing a homemade Lionel Messi football shirt, says the family has been forced to leave Afghanistan due to repeated threats.
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VIDEO: Afghan hospital bombing 'not a war crime'

Saturday, April 30th 2016, 4:09
related countries: United States United States

A US military report into an air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan in 2015 concludes that it "was not a war crime".
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Afghan clinic bombing 'not a war crime'

Friday, April 29th 2016, 17:20
related countries: United States United States

The Pentagon says the bombing of an Afghan hospital that left 42 dead was not a war crime, confirming that 16 US troops will face disciplinary action.
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Australian aid worker 'kidnapped'

Friday, April 29th 2016, 2:48
related countries: Aruba Aruba

An Australian woman working for an aid agency in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan has been kidnapped.
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