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Afghan star burns controversial dress

Thursday, May 25th 2017, 12:51

Singer burns skin-coloured outfit after criticism from religious figures.
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German woman killed and Afghan guard beheaded in Kabul

Sunday, May 21st 2017, 7:41
related countries: Finland Finland, Germany Germany
related places: Kabul

A third person, a woman from Finland, is missing and may have been kidnapped.
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Afghan Vice-President Dostum flies to Turkey amid torture claims

Saturday, May 20th 2017, 7:35
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Former warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum denies he had a rival kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
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IS gunmen in deadly battle at Afghan TV

Wednesday, May 17th 2017, 12:15
related places: Jalalabad

At least six people and four IS gunmen die in a battle at the Afghan state TV building in Jalalabad.
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Taliban fight: US may send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Tuesday, May 9th 2017, 10:18
related countries: United States United States

President Trump is being asked by senior advisers to send 3,000 extra soldiers to fight the Taliban.
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Afghanistan IS head killed in raid - US and Afghan officials

Monday, May 8th 2017, 8:42
related places: Kabul

Abdul Hasib was killed 10 days ago in a joint Afghan and US special forces operation, officials say.
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Afghan conflict: Families flee Taliban Kunduz assault

Sunday, May 7th 2017, 11:28

The militant group seizes a district near the northern city of Kunduz in two days of fighting.
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Warlord's return

Saturday, May 6th 2017, 0:59
related places: Kabul

How significant is it that a warlord accused of atrocities is pursuing peace in Kabul?
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Clash erupts on Afghan-Pakistan border

Friday, May 5th 2017, 10:48
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Troops exchanged fire as a Pakistani census team visited villages along the disputed border.
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Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Thursday, May 4th 2017, 14:44
related places: Kabul

The leader of Afghanistan's second-largest militant group agreed last year to abandon violence.
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US photographer captured moment of her death in Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017, 18:47
related countries: United States United States

The 22-year-old camerawoman and four Afghan soldiers were blown up in July 2013.
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Kabul bomb attack targeting Nato convoy kills eight

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017, 9:35
related countries: United States United States

So-called Islamic State says a suicide bomber carried out the explosion that killed eight civilians.
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Friendly fire inquiry after US soldiers die battling IS

Friday, April 28th 2017, 17:37
related countries: United States United States

Sgts Joshua Rodgers, 22, and Cameron Thomas, 23, both on their third deployment to Afghanistan.
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Afghan Taliban announce spring offensive

Friday, April 28th 2017, 8:22

Foreign forces will face conventional, guerrilla, insider and suicide attacks, a statement says.
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Two Americans killed in IS Afghan raid

Thursday, April 27th 2017, 17:36

The soldiers were killed during a raid in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon confirms.
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Mother of All Bombs

Thursday, April 27th 2017, 0:27

The BBC's Auliya Atrafi finds out if a massive bomb dropped on Afghanistan had any effect on IS.
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Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack

Monday, April 24th 2017, 16:57
related places: Mazar

It follows Friday's killings, the Taliban's deadliest assault on Afghan forces since 2001.
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Afghan attack: 'The walls are pocked with gunshot fire'

Monday, April 24th 2017, 12:43
related places: Mazar

At the scene of Friday's attack in Mazar-e Sharif, in which scores of Afghan soldiers were killed.
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Mazar-e Sharif attack: Afghanistan mourns deadly Taliban assault

Saturday, April 22nd 2017, 19:31

More than 100 soldiers were killed or wounded in the Taliban attack on an Afghan military base.
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Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100

Saturday, April 22nd 2017, 14:22
related places: Balkh, Mazar

Taliban fighters went through checkpoints dressed in army uniforms before attacking on Friday.
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Snipers and green tea

Tuesday, April 18th 2017, 21:51

Auliya Atrafi found worried residents and a complex conflict in the Afghan Taliban heartland.
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MOAB strike: 90 IS fighters killed in Afghanistan

Saturday, April 15th 2017, 7:14
related countries: United States United States

The fighters were killed in the most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US in combat.
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MOAB strike: US military defends use of massive bomb in Afghanistan

Friday, April 14th 2017, 18:01
related countries: United States United States

US and Afghan forces at the blast site reportedly saw no evidence of civilian casualties.
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MOAB strike: US bombing of IS in Afghanistan 'killed dozens'

Friday, April 14th 2017, 14:10
related countries: United States United States

The US "mother of all bombs" attack did not affect civilians, the Afghan defence ministry says.
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The moment MOAB bomb struck IS cave and tunnel systems

Friday, April 14th 2017, 11:54
related countries: United States United States
related places: Moab

Footage shows the massive bomb being dropped by US forces on IS cave systems in Afghanistan.
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US military drops 'mother of all bombs on IS' in Afghanistan

Friday, April 14th 2017, 4:38
related countries: United States United States

The GBU-43/B bomb was used for the first time in combat to target IS in Afghanistan, the US says.
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Spain mourns first female defence minister Carme Chacón

Monday, April 10th 2017, 10:12

Carme Chacón symbolised women's rights by reviewing troops in Afghanistan while heavily pregnant.
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IS in Afghanistan: US special forces soldier is killed

Saturday, April 8th 2017, 22:53
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

The special forces soldier dies in fighting in restive Nangarhar province adjoining Pakistan.
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Best friend

Monday, April 3rd 2017, 23:37

Jeff De Young served in Afghanistan with a bomb-detection dog named Cena N641, a black Labrador. In the intense atmosphere of war they developed an unbreakable bond.
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Place of refuge

Saturday, April 1st 2017, 23:51
related places: Kabul

Afghanistan has been labelled one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman. One place in Kabul offers hope to women escaping abuse.
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Symbolic strength

Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 16:21
related places: Sangin

The Taliban's capture of the crucial southern Afghan city of Sangin is highly significant.
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Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 13:18
related places: Sangin

Government forces retreat as the district headquarters fall to militants after a year-long battle.
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Pakistan PM orders Afghan border crossings to reopen

Monday, March 20th 2017, 13:30

The border crossings were shut as tensions soared over a wave of deadly militant attacks.
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Killers in disguise

Sunday, March 19th 2017, 0:44

The Afghan capital was rocked by a brutal militant attack last week on the city's military hospital.
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Afghan migrant boy dubbed 'Little Picasso'

Monday, March 13th 2017, 20:21

This 10-year-old Afghan boy is making a name for himself in a Serbian camp.
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Afghanistan: IS gunmen dressed as medics kill 30 at Kabul military hospital

Wednesday, March 8th 2017, 15:54
related places: Kabul

Gunmen dressed as doctors stormed the largest military hospital in Kabul.
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Wheelchair man

Tuesday, March 7th 2017, 1:24
related places: Now

Mohammad Sayed was abandoned by his family in Afghanistan after he was paralysed by a bomb. Now he's designed a comic book superhero based on his own life story.
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Afghan family of five detained in US despite valid entry visas

Monday, March 6th 2017, 6:25
related countries: United States United States

The family, including three young children, had special immigrant visas.
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In a man's world

Sunday, March 5th 2017, 1:09

Dr Homa Amiri Kakar left her job in a remote Afghan province but is returning, wracked with guilt.
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Simultaneous Taliban attacks kill at least 16 in Kabul

Wednesday, March 1st 2017, 17:01
related places: Kabul

The almost simultaneous attacks targeted a police station and intelligence agency offices.
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'Taliban infiltrator' aids police killing in Helmand province

Tuesday, February 28th 2017, 10:03

Twelve are dead after an infiltrator allegedly allowed militants into a police checkpoint.
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Terror threat

Saturday, February 25th 2017, 1:18

The Islamic State group spread to Afghanistan two years ago. How big a threat does it pose?
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Senator Grassley confronted by Afghanistan interpreter seeking asylum

Thursday, February 23rd 2017, 2:59

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley faced tough questions from his constituents at a town hall meeting.
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Pakistan 'kills 100 militants' after Sufi shrine attack

Friday, February 17th 2017, 18:13

Pakistan kills suspected militants in Sindh and the north-west, and fires rockets into Afghanistan.
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Blame game

Friday, February 17th 2017, 15:44
related countries: India India, Pakistan Pakistan

The Pakistani military points the finger at Afghanistan and India, but some believe the answer is more complex.
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Nato has troops 'shortfall' in Afghanistan - US general

Thursday, February 9th 2017, 18:42
related countries: United States United States

The general says extra forces are needed to train Afghan troops in the war with the Taliban.
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US Army officer brings Afghan interpreter to live with him

Thursday, February 9th 2017, 14:55
related countries: United States United States
related places: Palo Alto, California

Qismat Amin will live for now with Captain Matthew Ball and his wife in Palo Alto, California.
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Afghanistan killings: Red Cross halts aid after attack

Thursday, February 9th 2017, 11:40

An aid organisation warns that attacks on relief workers in conflict zones could become the norm.
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Six Afghan ICRC workers 'killed by Islamic State'

Wednesday, February 8th 2017, 20:11

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is putting its work in Afghanistan on hold.
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Suicide bomber kills many at Kabul's Supreme Court

Tuesday, February 7th 2017, 20:10
related places: Kabul

The bomber targeted the court's car park as employees were leaving work, Afghan police say.
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Afghan avalanches: Frantic bid to find buried survivors

Tuesday, February 7th 2017, 14:35

The hazardous terrain and heavy snow continue to hamper the efforts of rescuers.
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Afghan civilian casualties: Why have they hit a new high?

Monday, February 6th 2017, 12:41

The rise includes a ten-fold increase in casualties from attacks linked to Islamic State militants.
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Afghan diplomat shot dead inside Karachi consulate

Monday, February 6th 2017, 11:47

His bodyguard is arrested after the shooting at the Karachi consulate.
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Afghanistan and Pakistan avalanches kill more than 100

Monday, February 6th 2017, 6:30
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Entire villages are reportedly buried following heavy snow in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

Saturday, February 4th 2017, 12:21

The move is part of a peace deal paving the way for Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to return to Afghanistan.
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Eight Afghan policemen from one family killed by colleague

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 17:59

Eight policemen from a single family are shot dead in a suspected Taliban attack in Afghanistan.
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Afghan woman's ears cut off by husband

Wednesday, February 1st 2017, 11:25

The woman, Zarina, tells the BBC she is the victim of a horrifying and unprovoked attack.
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Afghanistan women's orchestra closes global forum

Tuesday, January 24th 2017, 15:26

The Zohra Afghan women's orchestra teaching music - once banned under the Taliban - to girls.
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Green-eyed girl: Photo 'caused problems'

Tuesday, January 17th 2017, 13:58

National Geographic Afghan 'cover girl' speaks exclusively to the BBC about life back in her homeland.
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Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect 'trained in Afghanistan'

Tuesday, January 17th 2017, 11:50

The man held for the New Year's Eve nightclub attack has confessed, the city's governor says.
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Green-eyed girl

Monday, January 16th 2017, 19:42

The Afghan woman made famous by a 1985 magazine cover tells the BBC of her hope for a new beginning.
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US and Australian men in Taliban video

Thursday, January 12th 2017, 10:22
related countries: Aruba Aruba, United States United States
related places: Kabul

It is the first time the two professors have been seen on camera since being kidnapped in Kabul.
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Great Game

Thursday, January 12th 2017, 0:20

Amid precarious security, world powers jostle for influence in a new "Great Game" in Afghanistan.
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UAE confirms five officials killed in Afghan attack

Wednesday, January 11th 2017, 14:46
related places: Kandahar

The United Arab Emirates calls three days of mourning after five officials were killed in Kandahar.
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Afghanistan bombings: Dozens killed across the country

Tuesday, January 10th 2017, 21:16

The violence is the worst in weeks with scores killed or wounded in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand.
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The Afghan families being repatriated by Pakistan

Thursday, December 29th 2016, 9:11
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

The BBC follows a family being repatriated to Afghanistan from Pakistan
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Kabul nights

Saturday, December 24th 2016, 0:16

Where do Kabulis go to escape the stress and fear of daily life in the Afghan capital?
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Afghanistan Taliban: Eight dead in attack on MP's house

Thursday, December 22nd 2016, 9:06
related places: Kabul

At least eight people were killed when Taliban gunmen attacked the house of an Afghan MP in Kabul.
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Hostage couple's 'Kafkaesque' ordeal

Tuesday, December 20th 2016, 11:52
related countries: United States United States

An Afghan insurgent group releases video of a kidnapped North American couple with two children.
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Taliban 'kill woman who divorced husband and remarried'

Monday, December 19th 2016, 16:25

Taliban militants in Afghanistan kill a woman who divorced her husband and remarried, officials say.
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Afghanistan fuel tanker hits bus, killing at least 14

Sunday, December 18th 2016, 10:25

At least 14 people are killed in a collision between a bus and a fuel tanker in Afghanistan, officials say.
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Five female security staff at Kandahar airport killed

Saturday, December 17th 2016, 14:33
related places: Kandahar

Five female security staff in Afghanistan are killed on their way to work, officials say.
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