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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.

World news related to Afghanistan – overview

Afghanistan: news

Afghan ex-warlord escapes attack

Friday, November 20th 2009, 14:18

MP and former Afghan warlord Abdul Rasul Sayyaf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in which five bodyguards die.
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Afghan leader 'must show results'

Thursday, November 19th 2009, 18:59

Western leaders urge Hamid Karzai to make concrete gains, as he is sworn in for a second term as Afghanistan's president.
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Karzai sets Afghan forces target

Thursday, November 19th 2009, 17:24
related countries: United States United States

President Karzai says he wants Afghan forces in charge within five years, as he is sworn in for a second term amid fresh violence.
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Canada hears of Afghan 'torture'

Thursday, November 19th 2009, 4:48
related countries: Canada Canada

A Canadian diplomat says many Afghan detainees captured by Canadian forces in 2006 and 2007 are likely to have been tortured.
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On the take

Wednesday, November 18th 2009, 16:33

How corruption permeates life in Afghanistan
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Obama 'close' to Afghan decision

Wednesday, November 18th 2009, 13:06
related countries: United States United States

Barack Obama says he is "close" to a decision on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan and will announce it within "weeks".
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Soviet lessons

Wednesday, November 18th 2009, 6:26

Echoes for Nato in the Soviet exit from Afghanistan
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Afghans 'blame poverty for war'

Wednesday, November 18th 2009, 1:23

Poverty and unemployment are seen as the main factors fuelling conflict in Afghanistan, according to a survey in that country.
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Afghanistan 'not war without end'

Tuesday, November 17th 2009, 20:17
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Afghanistan is "not a war without end" but Nato cannot leave a vacuum for the Taliban to fill, Britain's foreign secretary says.
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Taliban leader 'flees Pakistan'

Tuesday, November 17th 2009, 14:54
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Swat, Taliban

One of the most wanted Taliban leaders in Pakistan says he has escaped to Afghanistan and is planning new attacks.
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War-torn nations 'most corrupt'

Tuesday, November 17th 2009, 10:02
related countries: Iraq Iraq

War-torn nations, such as Afghanistan and Iraq, remain the world's most corrupt, Transparency International says.
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UK plans Afghan handover talks

Tuesday, November 17th 2009, 9:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British PM Gordon Brown plans to hold talks in London to discuss a timetable for the handover of power in Afghanistan.
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Afghan force to fight corruption

Monday, November 16th 2009, 17:33

Afghan officials launch a force tasked with fighting corruption, amid increasing Western pressure for the problem to be tackled.
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Afghan market attack 'kills 10'

Monday, November 16th 2009, 16:38

At least 10 people are reported to have been killed in a rocket attack on a market in north-east Afghanistan, officials say.
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Afghan migrants held in Indonesia

Monday, November 16th 2009, 6:55
related countries: Australia Australia, Indonesia Indonesia

Police on the Indonesian island of Java detain about 40 Afghan migrants about to board a boat heading for Australia.
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US demands Afghan 'bribery court'

Sunday, November 15th 2009, 16:14
related countries: United States United States

Afghan President Hamid Karzai must set up major bodies to fight crime and corruption, the US secretary of state says.
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Afghan plans

Saturday, November 14th 2009, 1:53
related countries: United States United States

Where do the key US players stand on troop numbers?
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Afghan corruption probe announced

Friday, November 13th 2009, 13:40

Afghanistan's chief prosecutor reveals he has a list of senior officials and ministers suspected of taking bribes.
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Brown hopeful over Afghan boost

Friday, November 13th 2009, 10:21

Gordon Brown says he is hopeful he will be able to persuade allies to send more military personnel to Afghanistan.
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Explosion at Nato base in Kabul

Friday, November 13th 2009, 10:08
related places: Kabul

A suicide bomber has struck a Nato base in the Afghan capital, injuring three Western soldiers and three Afghan civilians.
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Way ahead?

Friday, November 13th 2009, 8:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK suggests new plans for Afghan reconciliation
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UK to push for more Afghan troops

Friday, November 13th 2009, 5:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The British government will try to persuade its allies in Afghanistan to provide 5,000 more military personnel for the conflict.
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US presses Karzai on corruption

Thursday, November 12th 2009, 17:21
related countries: United States United States

Hillary Clinton says Afghan President Karzai must combat corruption, as rifts emerge over plans for a US troop boost.
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Afghan options

Thursday, November 12th 2009, 17:09

Obama's troops alternatives under the microscope
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Roundabout story

Thursday, November 12th 2009, 17:03

Place where Afghan kings once took the nation's pulse
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US envoy opposed to Afghan surge

Thursday, November 12th 2009, 16:25
related countries: United States United States
related places: Kabul

The US ambassador in Kabul warns against sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan, in a dramatic intervention.
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In pictures

Thursday, November 12th 2009, 10:52

The players and rifts inside Obama's Afghan team
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Australian bomb dog lost in Afghan battle found months later

Thursday, November 12th 2009, 10:10
related countries: Aruba Aruba

An Australian bomb-sniffing dog turns up safe and well more than a year after disappearing in a battle in Afghanistan.
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Obama in Afghan troop level talks

Thursday, November 12th 2009, 0:02

The US president meets his national security team to discuss Afghanistan as speculation mounts over troop levels.
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Pakistan troops killed in attacks

Wednesday, November 11th 2009, 17:13
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Mohmand

At least 10 Pakistani soldiers are killed in separate attacks in Mohmand tribal district, close to the border with Afghanistan.
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Australian PM visits Afghanistan

Wednesday, November 11th 2009, 11:44
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Australian PM Kevin Rudd makes a surprise visit to Afghanistan to spend Remembrance Day with the troops.
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Obama in Afghan troop level talks

Wednesday, November 11th 2009, 11:37
related countries: United States United States

US President Barack Obama is to discuss Afghan policy with his national security team, as speculation mounts over a decision on troop levels.
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Missing Nato soldier body found

Wednesday, November 11th 2009, 8:47

Nato finds the body of one of two US soldiers believed to have drowned in Afghanistan.
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Czech troops in Nazi symbols row

Tuesday, November 10th 2009, 10:30
related countries: Czech Republic Czech Republic

Three Czech soldiers who served as part of Nato's force in Afghanistan are suspended for wearing Nazi symbols.
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Japan to boost aid to Afghanistan

Tuesday, November 10th 2009, 4:54
related countries: Japan Japan, United States United States
related places: Tokyo

Japan pledges $5bn in aid over five years to Afghanistan, days before US President Barack Obama visits Tokyo.
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UK soldier dies in Helmand blast

Sunday, November 8th 2009, 8:24
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British soldier is killed in an explosion in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence says.
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Hedging bets

Saturday, November 7th 2009, 21:51

How Pakistan allows the Afghan Taliban to thrive
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Afghans die in 'Nato air strike'

Saturday, November 7th 2009, 17:44

Nato officials investigate whether the death of eight Afghans working with US troops was a "friendly-fire" incident.
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Nato soldiers 'believed drowned'

Friday, November 6th 2009, 18:19

Two US soldiers originally thought missing in Afghanistan are believed to have drowned, officials say.
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Brown warns Karzai on corruption

Friday, November 6th 2009, 15:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK will not be "deterred, dissuaded or diverted" from its Afghan mission, despite risks to troops, PM Gordon Brown says.
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Security fears force UN Afghan relocation

Thursday, November 5th 2009, 15:26

The UN says it is to temporarily move 600 of its foreign staff in Afghanistan, after last week's deadly Taliban hostel raid.
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US official defends Afghan wait

Thursday, November 5th 2009, 14:21
related countries: United States United States

The US Homeland Security secretary defends the time it is taking for President Obama to decide on his Afghan strategy.
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UK 'must investigate Afghan raid'

Thursday, November 5th 2009, 13:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain must investigate a raid that freed a UK journalist from the Taliban but left his Afghan colleague dead, an NGO says.
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Can Afghan security be improved?

Thursday, November 5th 2009, 10:47

Three ex-chiefs of defence have launched an attack on Gordon Brown's commitment to the war in Afghanistan. Has Gordon Brown convinced you that UK troops should stay in Afghanistan?
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Five shot by Afghan policeman named

Wednesday, November 4th 2009, 21:22
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The five British soldiers killed in an attack by an Afghan police officer have been named by the UK's Ministry of Defence.
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Law and disorder

Wednesday, November 4th 2009, 17:21

Spotlight on troubled police force in Afghanistan
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Wednesday, November 4th 2009, 16:13
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Taliban could have infiltrated the Afghan police to kill five British soldiers in Afghanistan, Gordon Brown says.
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Karzai rival says poll victory 'illegal'

Wednesday, November 4th 2009, 13:32

Former Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says Hamid Karzai's re-election "has no legal basis".
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Five UK soldiers die in Afghanistan

Wednesday, November 4th 2009, 12:41
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Five British soldiers are shot dead in an attack in Afghanistan, which the UK military blames on a "rogue" Afghan policeman.
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UK MP urges Afghan withdrawal

Wednesday, November 4th 2009, 3:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A former Labour minister calls for the "great majority" of British troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan.
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Karzai vows to battle corruption

Tuesday, November 3rd 2009, 13:20

Newly re-elected Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledges to eradicate corruption, as the Taliban label him a "puppet".
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Karzai's 'to do' list

Tuesday, November 3rd 2009, 12:34

Challenges Afghan president must meet to be effective
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Obama urges 'new Afghan chapter'

Monday, November 2nd 2009, 21:47

Barack Obama urges Hamid Karzai to "write a new chapter" in governing Afghanistan, after its disputed presidential poll.
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Karzai declared elected president

Monday, November 2nd 2009, 18:15

Hamid Karzai is declared Afghan president as poll officials scrap the second round of a fraud-marred election.
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UN chief in Kabul for key talks

Monday, November 2nd 2009, 10:15
related places: Kabul

UN chief Ban Ki-moon is in Kabul for talks with President Karzai amid confusion over the planned presidential election run-off.
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Future of Afghan election unclear

Monday, November 2nd 2009, 6:09

Afghanistan's presidential run-off due in five days' time is thrown into doubt after the challenger pulls out.
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Afghanistan poll in disarray after pull-out

Sunday, November 1st 2009, 18:19

Afghanistan's election is thrown into confusion after President Karzai's rival says he will pull out of the second round next week.
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What next for Afghanistan?

Sunday, November 1st 2009, 7:26

Around 600 UN staff are moved out as Hamid Karzai's re-election is branded "illegal". What now for the country?
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Abdullah to make run-off decision

Saturday, October 31st 2009, 13:12

President Hamid Karzai's rival in the Afghan presidential election run-off is set to announce if he intends to pull out of the vote.
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Killed officer warned of shortage

Saturday, October 31st 2009, 11:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The most senior British officer to be killed in the Afghan campaign warned about the risks to troops of a shortage of helicopters.
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Civilians killed in Afghan blast

Friday, October 30th 2009, 7:38

At last eight civilians are killed as a roadside bomb hits their vehicle in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
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UN to boost Afghanistan security

Friday, October 30th 2009, 3:35

The UN Security Council backs a call by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to offer more protection to UN staff in Afghanistan.
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More poll centres for Afghan vote

Thursday, October 29th 2009, 14:59

Afghan election officials say they will open more voting centres in the presidential run-off than they did in the fraud-riddled first round.
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Officers' mess

Thursday, October 29th 2009, 14:31

How a lack of leadership holds back Afghan army
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Obama honours Afghanistan killed

Thursday, October 29th 2009, 10:29

President Obama pays his respect to 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan, the first time he has honoured the dead in this way.
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UN chief condemns Kabul killings

Wednesday, October 28th 2009, 19:42
related places: Kabul

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denounces as "shocking and shameless" a Taliban attack which killed five UN staff in Kabul.
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US warned on drone attacks

Wednesday, October 28th 2009, 10:20
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

The US is told its use of drones to target suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan may break international law.
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UN staff killed in Kabul attack

Wednesday, October 28th 2009, 9:41
related places: Kabul

Six foreign UN employees and three Afghans are killed in an attack in Kabul, 10 days before the presidential election run-off.
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