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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

Missing couple in 'Taliban' video

Wednesday, June 4th 2014, 21:00
related countries: Canada Canada, United States United States

An American woman and a Canadian man who went missing in Afghanistan in 2012 are shown captive on videos released by their families.
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Pakistani soldiers killed in attacks

Wednesday, June 4th 2014, 14:40
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Islamabad

Five people, two of them soldiers, are killed in a blast near Pakistan's capital Islamabad, while four soldiers die in a shooting near the Afghan border.
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Freed Taliban five to choose war or peace

Monday, June 2nd 2014, 17:56

Freed Taliban five could help shape course of Afghan conflict
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Afghan bomber kills Turkish workers

Monday, June 2nd 2014, 9:45
related countries: Turkey Turkey

At least seven people, three of them Turkish engineers, are killed by suicide bombers in two separate attacks in Afghanistan.
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VIDEO: Anger over Bergdahl prisoner swap

Monday, June 2nd 2014, 0:19
related countries: United States United States

The Afghan government has reacted angrily to a US deal that freed an American soldier, in exchange for five senior Taliban militants from Guantanamo Bay.
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VIDEO: 'Our son needs time to decompress'

Sunday, June 1st 2014, 20:10
related countries: United States United States

US soldier Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, who has been released after nearly five years in captivity in Afghanistan, needs time to ''decompress'', his parents have told a news conference.
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VIDEO: Taliban celebrate prisoner 'victory'

Sunday, June 1st 2014, 18:37
related countries: United States United States

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has issued a rare public statement hailing the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a Taliban-held US soldier as a "big victory".
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Hagel praises soldier release team

Sunday, June 1st 2014, 13:09
related countries: United States United States

The US defence secretary, on a visit to Afghanistan, praises special forces involved in the release of a Taliban-held US soldier.
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US 'assured' on Afghan release deal

Sunday, June 1st 2014, 7:43
related countries: Qatar Qatar, United States United States

The US says it has received security assurances from Qatar, which has taken five Guantanamo Bay prisoners exchanged for a Taliban-held US soldier.
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Afghan notebook: Sporting chance

Saturday, May 31st 2014, 23:39

Afghan politicians wake up to the power of sport
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US soldier freed by Taliban captors

Saturday, May 31st 2014, 23:11
related countries: United States United States

The only US soldier held by the Taliban in Afghanistan is freed in a deal that includes the release of five Afghan detainees at Guantanamo.
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Pakistani strike 'kills 16 militants'

Saturday, May 31st 2014, 15:04
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistani forces say they have killed at least 16 militants after attacks on army checkpoints near the Afghan border.
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VIDEO: Afghan wheelchair basketball team

Friday, May 30th 2014, 23:03

Afghan wheelchair basketball team play game of their lives
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Afghan Notebook: Kabul to Calais

Wednesday, May 28th 2014, 3:27
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Afghans risking it all to reach Britain
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US to keep 9,800 Afghanistan troops

Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 19:53
related countries: United States United States

The US will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after the US concludes its combat mission at the end of this year, President Barack Obama says.
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Obama makes surprise Afghan visit

Sunday, May 25th 2014, 23:11
related countries: United States United States

President Barack Obama tells US troops serving in Afghanistan that America's longest war would come to "a responsible end" at the end of 2014.
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Afghanistan sacks 5,300 poll staff

Sunday, May 25th 2014, 14:32

Afghanistan's election commission sacks thousands of staff over alleged fraud, less than a month before the second round of presidential elections.
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Afghan notebook: Helmand homecoming

Friday, May 23rd 2014, 23:10
related places: Lashkar Gah

A reporter's emotional return to Lashkar Gah
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Afghanistan Indian consulate attack

Friday, May 23rd 2014, 9:45
related countries: India India
related places: Herat

Heavily-armed gunmen launch an assault on the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Herat, but diplomatic staff escape unharmed.
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Jailed ex-marine loses murder appeal

Thursday, May 22nd 2014, 10:15

An ex-Royal Marine jailed for life for murdering an Afghan insurgent loses his appeal but has his minimum term cut to eight years.
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Afghan notebook: Life inside

Monday, May 19th 2014, 20:54
related places: Kabul

What's life like inside Kabul's only prison for women?
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VIDEO: Sandhurst training for Afghan recruits

Sunday, May 18th 2014, 3:21
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Sandhurst

The first group of officer cadets at a new British-run academy in Afghanistan are now half way through their training, modelled on Sandhurst in the UK.
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UK told to hand over jailed Afghans

Friday, May 16th 2014, 23:49
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Kandahar

The Afghan government orders the UK to hand over detainees held in military jails in Helmand and Kandahar.
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Afghan election goes to second round

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 8:22

The Afghan election will proceed to a run-off between the two top candidates, after a vote count showed no-one polled more than 50% of the vote.
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Afghan notebook: Pulling together in face of disaster

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 1:44

Afghans forget divisions to help flood victims
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US soldier awarded Medal of Honor

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 21:25
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States
related places: Honor

Former US Army Sgt Kyle White has been awarded the Medal of Honor, only the seventh US veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan to be so decorated.
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UK mental health cost of Afghan war

Monday, May 12th 2014, 10:00
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

There has been a "significant increase" in the number of Afghanistan veterans seeking mental health treatment, charity Combat Stress says.
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Taliban launch summer offensive

Monday, May 12th 2014, 8:12
related places: Kabul

Attacks are reported across Afghanistan, including on Kabul's international airport, as the Taliban launch their summer offensive.
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Afghan front-runner gains support

Sunday, May 11th 2014, 9:32

Afghan presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah wins the backing of a key rival - forming the contest's first major coalition.
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UK troops leave last Helmand outpost

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 21:19
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British forces pull out of their last forward base in Afghanistan
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RAF man 'posed with dead insurgent'

Friday, May 9th 2014, 18:54
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Photographs emerge which appear to show at least one British serviceman posing with the dead body of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.
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Rescued Afghan vows to cross Channel

Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 10:42
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A young Afghan man who was rescued from a makeshift raft off Calais vows he will try to cross the Channel again until he reaches England.
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Viewpoint: India risks destabilising Afghanistan

Tuesday, May 6th 2014, 23:39
related countries: India India

Why Indian move risks destabilising Afghanistan
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Day of mourning for Afghan mudslide

Sunday, May 4th 2014, 8:21

The Afghan government declares a day of national mourning for hundreds killed when a mudslide engulfed a north-eastern village on Friday.
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VIDEO: Landslide survivors fight over bread

Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 23:40

Survivors of a landslide in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of up to 2,500 people are spending a second night in freezing conditions on an open hillside.
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VIDEO: No hope left after Afghan landslide

Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 19:57

Rescuers in Afghanistan have given up hope of finding any more survivors in a double landslide that is feared to have killed more than 2,500 people.
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Afghan landslide missing search ends

Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 19:10

Rescuers in Afghanistan abandon their search for survivors after two landslides destroy a village and kill as many as 2,500 people.
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VIDEO: 'People can't live here anymore'

Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 18:43

Rescuers in Afghanistan have given up hope of finding any more survivors in a double landslide that is feared to have killed more than 2,500 people.
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Search for Afghan landslide missing

Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 12:58

Rescuers in Afghanistan are sifting through mud for a second day after a landslide that is feared to have buried at least 2,000 people.
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Afghan landslide 'kills hundreds'

Friday, May 2nd 2014, 20:47

At least 350 people have been killed and many more are missing, the UN says, after a landslide hit the Afghan province of Badakhshan.
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VIDEO: Forgotten plight of Afghan refugees

Friday, May 2nd 2014, 12:14
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

The BBC's Kim Ghattas visits Afghan refugees in Pakistan and talks to the head of the UN's refugee agency, Antonio Gutteres.
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VIDEO: Afghans count the cost of flooding

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 18:16

BBC Persian's Bahaar Joya visits Jowzjan and Sarpol, two provinces hit hard by recent flash floods in northern and western Afghanistan.
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Taliban claim deadly Afghan bombing

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 16:36

At least 12 people are killed in a Taliban suicide bombing at a checkpoint in central Afghanistan, a spokesman for the provincial governor tells the BBC.
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Afghan flood death toll rises

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 0:22

The death toll from last week's flash floods in northern Afghanistan rises to nearly 150.
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Bomb 'kills five Pakistan Taliban'

Wednesday, April 30th 2014, 13:31
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

At least five Pakistan Taliban fighters have been killed in a bombing in the South Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan border, local officials say.
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Afghans 'repel big attack on base'

Wednesday, April 30th 2014, 11:47
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Afghan forces backed by Nato air power repel an assault by more than 300 militants on an army base close to the Pakistani border, officials say.
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Army dog given posthumous medal

Tuesday, April 29th 2014, 0:23

Sasha, a four-year-old Labrador killed alongside her handler in Afghanistan, is to be recognised for her "exceptional devotion to duty".
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UK helicopter crash personnel named

Sunday, April 27th 2014, 22:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Five UK service personnel who died in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan are named by the Ministry of Defence.
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Afghan crash 'a tragic accident'

Sunday, April 27th 2014, 17:34
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A helicopter crash in Afghanistan, which killed all five British personnel on board, was likely "a tragic accident", British defence officials say.
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Five UK personnel die in Afghan crash

Saturday, April 26th 2014, 23:26

A UK helicopter has crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing all five British personnel on board, four of whom were stationed at the same Hampshire base.
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Afghan election set for run-off

Saturday, April 26th 2014, 18:46

Afghanistan's presidential election is set for a second round run-off, after no candidate wins the 50% needed to be elected outright.
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VIDEO: Deadly floods swamp Afghan villages

Saturday, April 26th 2014, 7:17

At least 80 villagers are killed and hundreds left stranded on roofs as devastating flash floods hit northern Afghanistan, officials say.
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Afghan first-round vote count due

Saturday, April 26th 2014, 5:02

Preliminary results from Afghanistan's presidential election are due to be announced, three weeks after the vote was held.
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Deadly floods swamp Afghan villages

Friday, April 25th 2014, 20:58

At least 80 villagers are killed and hundreds left stranded on roofs as devastating flash floods hit northern Afghanistan, officials say.
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VIDEO: US medics killed in Kabul attack

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 21:33
related countries: United States United States
related places: Kabul

Three American medics have been shot dead by a policeman at a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, US officials say.
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US medics killed in Kabul attack

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 21:26
related places: Kabul

Three American medical staff are shot dead by a policeman guarding a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.
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Abdullah leads Afghan poll count

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 13:29

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah remains the frontrunner with 80% of votes counted, although a run-off vote next month is expected.
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Afghan notebook: First timers

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 1:40

Can young Afghans make their vote count?
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Abdullah 'extends Afghan poll lead'

Sunday, April 20th 2014, 15:27

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has extended his lead over his rival Ashraf Ghani, latest results from the presidential polls suggest.
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VIDEO: 'Complacency' left Camp Bastion vulnerable

Wednesday, April 16th 2014, 8:29
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

British commanders must "bear a degree of responsibility" for the failure to prevent a Taliban raid in Afghanistan in 2012 that left two US marines dead, a group of MPs has said.
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MPs criticise UK over Afghan attack

Tuesday, April 15th 2014, 22:58
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

The UK bears "a degree of responsibility" for the failure to prevent a raid in Afghanistan in 2012 that left two US marines dead, MPs say.
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Afghan deputy minister kidnapped

Tuesday, April 15th 2014, 7:10
related places: Kabul

Afghanistan's deputy minister of public works Ahmad Shah Wahid is kidnapped by armed men in Kabul, officials say.
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VIDEO: Abdullah 'leading' in Afghan count

Sunday, April 13th 2014, 19:50

The first results of the Afghan presidential election which took place last Saturday are beginning to come through.
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Abdullah ahead in Afghan poll count

Sunday, April 13th 2014, 13:05

Partial results released after Afghanistan's presidential vote show Abdullah Abdullah slightly ahead in a tight race with Ashraf Ghani.
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VIDEO: Anja Niedringhaus funeral held

Saturday, April 12th 2014, 17:34
related countries: Germany Germany

Hundreds of mourners in Germany have been paying their respects to Anja Niedringhaus, the German Associated Press photographer killed in Afghanistan last week.
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Injured Afghan girl's joyous homecoming

Friday, April 11th 2014, 20:46

Injured Afghan girl returns to joyous welcome
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Casting the vote in India and Afghanistan

Friday, April 11th 2014, 16:23
related countries: India India

William Dalrymple on a tale of two elections
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