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Taliban chiefs 'held in Pakistan'

Friday, February 19th 2010, 8:41
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Two senior members of the Afghan Taliban are detained in Pakistan, reports say - but there is confusion over the details.
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Leading role

Friday, February 19th 2010, 2:09
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Taliban arrest shows Pakistan's aims in Afghanistan
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Nato strike 'kills Afghan police'

Thursday, February 18th 2010, 21:02

A Nato air strike mistakenly kills seven policemen during a firefight with Taliban in the north of Afghanistan, officials say.
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Bomb hits Pakistan militant group

Thursday, February 18th 2010, 15:08
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A bomb kills at least 10 people in a village hashish market in Pakistan close to the Afghan border, officials say.
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Taliban ammunition 'running low'

Thursday, February 18th 2010, 14:05

Taliban militants battling troops in southern Afghanistan, are running out of ammunition, Nato officials say citing intelligence reports.
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US hails Taliban chief's capture

Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 21:51
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States
related places: Taliban

The US hails the capture of the Afghan Taliban military commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, as a "big success" for US-Pakistani cooperation.
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Taliban 'lining up human shields'

Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 16:09
related countries: United States United States

Taliban militants are increasingly using civilians as "human shields" as they fight allied troops, an Afghan general says.
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Afghanistan missile 'hit target'

Tuesday, February 16th 2010, 18:44
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

A US missile that killed 12 people in a house in the Afghan town of Marjah hit its intended target, a top British commander says.
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Marjah Taliban resist US push

Tuesday, February 16th 2010, 13:06
related countries: United States United States

US forces face sporadic resistance in the Taliban stronghold of Marjah as the Nato offensive in Afghanistan completes its fourth day.
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Taliban 'forced from strongholds'

Monday, February 15th 2010, 22:43

Nato and Afghan troops are succeeding in pushing militants from their strongholds in Helmand province, officials say.
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Taliban bombs 'slow Afghan push'

Monday, February 15th 2010, 11:41

Improvised bombs placed by Taliban fighters are slowing Nato's big offensive in Afghanistan, military officials say.
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Situation report

Monday, February 15th 2010, 10:43

Afghan operation's success so far and challenges ahead
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Civilians die in Afghan offensive

Sunday, February 14th 2010, 17:13

Nato confirms 12 civilians were killed when two rockets missed their target during a big offensive on the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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Nato troops fight gunmen and IEDs

Sunday, February 14th 2010, 15:18
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

US, UK and Afghan forces face gun battles and booby-traps on day two of a major offensive against the Taliban.
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Nato hails major Afghanistan operation

Sunday, February 14th 2010, 8:12

Nato hails progress so far in a key offensive to oust the Taliban in Afghanistan's Helmand province as it enters a second day.
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Major offensive targets Helmand

Saturday, February 13th 2010, 15:22

Coalition troops say they are making good progress in Afghanistan's biggest offensive since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.
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Afghan offensive takes aim at Taliban

Saturday, February 13th 2010, 7:21
related countries: United States United States

More than 15,000 US, British and Afghan troops launch the biggest military push in Afghanistan since toppling the Taliban in 2001.
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Will Afghan operation make a difference?

Saturday, February 13th 2010, 6:44

Nato has launched a major offensive against the Taliban. Is it the right strategy?
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Propaganda war?

Thursday, February 11th 2010, 18:25

Information is the new front line in the Afghan conflict
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Afghan avalanche toll 'may rise'

Thursday, February 11th 2010, 10:14

Afghan officials fear the number of dead in an avalanche in the north-east could continue to rise beyond 166 people.
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Pakistan Khyber death toll rises

Thursday, February 11th 2010, 9:16
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Peshawar

Suspected militants kill a Pakistani officer near the Afghan border, hours after a deadly suicide blast outside Peshawar.
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Police die in Pakistan bomb blast

Wednesday, February 10th 2010, 17:15
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A suicide bomber kills at least 12 people in Pakistan's volatile tribal area on the Afghan border.
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Afghan avalanche toll exceeds 165

Wednesday, February 10th 2010, 17:01

Rescuers dig through snow in Afghanistan to reach hundreds trapped by avalanches that have killed at least 165 people.
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Warning over UK troop illnesses

Wednesday, February 10th 2010, 9:53
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Afghan and UK hospitals are being stretched by the number of troops wounded in Helmand, the National Audit Office says.
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Open plan

Monday, February 8th 2010, 20:24

Why surprise plays little part in latest Afghan operation
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Villages empty before Afghan push

Monday, February 8th 2010, 11:19

Hundreds of villagers leave a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan ahead of an expected Nato-led offensive.
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Afghan policeman 'planted bombs'

Monday, February 8th 2010, 8:23

A senior Afghan policeman is arrested in connection with planting and storing roadside bombs, Nato officials say.
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Karzai may introduce army draft

Sunday, February 7th 2010, 17:31
related countries: Germany Germany

Afghan President Hamid Karzai tells a conference of the world's top defence officials in Germany he is considering introducing conscription.
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Afghan villagers shot 'in error'

Saturday, February 6th 2010, 9:11
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Afghan police shoot dead seven young men near the Pakistani border after mistaking them for insurgents, a police official says.
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Fatal blast hits Afghan dog fight

Friday, February 5th 2010, 9:22

A bomb attack on a dog fight in southern Afghanistan kills at least three people and injures at least 30 more, police say.
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Afghan security better, says US

Thursday, February 4th 2010, 18:15
related countries: United States United States

Security in Afghanistan remains serious but is no longer deteriorating, says the US and Nato commander in the country.
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Afghan suicide blast kills three

Thursday, February 4th 2010, 17:35
related places: Kandahar

A suicide attack in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar has killed three people and wounded 17, Afghan police say.
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Pakistani guilty of US murder attempt

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010, 21:39
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

A US court finds a Pakistani female scientist guilty of attempting to murder US agents while detained in Afghanistan.
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US soldiers die in Afghan attack

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010, 7:50
related countries: United States United States

Two US soldiers die in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan, a Nato statement says.
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Flying lessons

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010, 0:09

Back to class for Afghan helicopter pilots
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Afghan endgame

Tuesday, February 2nd 2010, 0:11

Can talking to the Taliban stop the war?
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Afghan translator kills two US soldiers

Saturday, January 30th 2010, 15:19
related countries: United States United States
related places: Friday

Two US soldiers who died in Afghanistan on Friday were shot dead by an Afghan interpreter, it has emerged.
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Afghan Taliban deny talks with UN

Saturday, January 30th 2010, 9:56

The Afghan Taliban deny reports that some of their members met UN special envoy Kai Eide to discuss peace.
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Fierce gun battle in Afghan city

Friday, January 29th 2010, 11:06
related places: Lashkar Gah

A gun battle breaks out out between Afghan security forces and militants in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, officials say.
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Taliban talks plans gather pace

Friday, January 29th 2010, 6:40

Plans to engage the Taliban in talks gather pace with an Afghan peace council invitation and reports of a secret UN meeting.
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Afghan security move 'this year'

Thursday, January 28th 2010, 23:47

Afghanistan could control security in some of its provinces by the end of 2010, a summit on the country's future says.
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'Tide must turn' for Afghanistan

Thursday, January 28th 2010, 11:40
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown sets a mid-2011 deadline for "turning the tide" in Afghanistan, at a 70-nation London summit.
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What can the Afghan summit achieve?

Thursday, January 28th 2010, 8:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

A summit on the future of Afghanistan starts in London. Should the Afghan government talk to the Taliban?
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Brown supports Taliban talk offer

Wednesday, January 27th 2010, 21:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK PM Gordon Brown backs Afghan plans to talk to moderate Taliban as he takes part in a BBC-organised debate.
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Brown supports Taliban talk offer

Wednesday, January 27th 2010, 21:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK PM Gordon Brown backs Afghan plans to talk to moderate Taliban as he takes part in a BBC-organised debate.
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Mothers' pain

Wednesday, January 27th 2010, 18:51

Mothers of three fallen troops reflect on Afghan war
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UN eases curbs on ex-Taliban men

Wednesday, January 27th 2010, 13:03

The UN removes five former Afghan Taliban officials from its sanctions list which was imposed due to alleged al-Qaeda links.
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War to peace

Wednesday, January 27th 2010, 10:20
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Could London conference lead to Afghan withdrawal?
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Afghan aid risks 'militarisation'

Wednesday, January 27th 2010, 1:29

A group of aid agencies warns there is a danger that aid sent to Afghanistan is becoming increasingly militarised.
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Bomber strikes near US Kabul base

Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 18:06
related places: Kabul

A suspected suicide bomber strikes near a US military base in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, causing casualties, officials say.
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Germany to boost Afghan forces

Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 13:12
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany will increase its military deployment in Afghanistan by 500 troops, Chancellor Angela Merkel says.
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UK Afghan ambassador in Nato role

Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 12:58
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Kabul

The UK's ambassador in Kabul is to be the new Nato senior civilian representative for Afghanistan.
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Afghan police killed in Helmand

Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 7:42

At least four policemen are killed in an attack in Afghanistan's volatile southern Helmand province, officials say.
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Karzai bid to ease Taliban curbs

Monday, January 25th 2010, 19:48
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Afghanistan's president says he will propose lifting UN sanctions against some Taliban leaders at a summit this week in London.
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Nato to launch Helmand operation

Monday, January 25th 2010, 19:32
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Nato troops are to launch an offensive to take back areas of southern Afghanistan, the British commander there says.
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US general signals Taliban talks

Monday, January 25th 2010, 9:54
related countries: United States United States

The top US commander in Afghanistan calls for a negotiated peace with the Taliban, ahead of a major conference.
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Taliban in Quetta?

Monday, January 25th 2010, 1:46
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Claims that Afghan leadership is in Pakistani city
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Afghan parliament poll postponed

Sunday, January 24th 2010, 12:27

Afghanistan is postponing its parliamentary election by four months until September, the election commission confirms.
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Rare warbler found in Afghanistan

Saturday, January 23rd 2010, 2:44

Scientists say they have discovered a breeding site for the world's least-known bird species in a remote part of Afghanistan.
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Taliban intensifies Afghan PR campaign

Friday, January 22nd 2010, 10:33

Nato forces and the Taliban are both fighting for the hearts and minds of the Afghan people, as Allan Little explains.
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US drone 'kills Filipino militant'

Friday, January 22nd 2010, 7:12
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

A Filipino militant wanted by the US is believed killed in a drone strike in Pakistan near the Afghan border, officials say.
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Back pain 'is army's worst enemy'

Friday, January 22nd 2010, 5:12
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States

US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to be withdrawn from the combat due to back or joint pain than war injuries, a study says.
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Peace scheme mooted for Taliban

Thursday, January 21st 2010, 18:09

Afghan President Hamid Karzai tells the BBC he envisages a foreign-funded peace scheme to win over Taliban moderates.
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Afghan security forces to expand

Thursday, January 21st 2010, 7:33

Afghanistan's security forces are to be increased by more than 100,000 by the end of 2011, an international panel recommends.
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Coded Biblical references on army gunsights cause concern

Wednesday, January 20th 2010, 15:21
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

Coded references to biblical passages are inscribed on gunsights used by the US and British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, it emerges.
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Grim message

Tuesday, January 19th 2010, 15:38

Taliban attack shows Afghan war is changing
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Militants attack Afghan capital

Monday, January 18th 2010, 18:11
related places: Kabul

Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attack buildings in Kabul, setting off explosions and sparking gun battles.
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US men allege torture in Pakistan

Monday, January 18th 2010, 12:38
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

Five US citizens being held in Pakistan on suspicion of plotting attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan allege they are being tortured.
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Parliament delays Afghan cabinet

Sunday, January 17th 2010, 15:39

The Afghan parliament starts a winter recess without waiting for President Karzai to fill his cabinet, dealing him another setback.
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Pakistan drone attack 'kills 15'

Sunday, January 17th 2010, 9:48
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

An attack by a US drone kills at least 15 suspected militants in north-west Pakistan near the Afghan border, officials say.
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