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Taliban leader endorses Afghan talks

Wednesday, July 15th 2015, 14:32

In a rare statement, Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar backs peace talks with the government.
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Afghan 'hero' soldier freed from jail

Tuesday, July 14th 2015, 14:55

An Afghan soldier hailed as a hero for defending parliament, but later arrested following a car crash, is freed from prison ahead of his trial, police say.
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Deadly Afghan blast near ex-CIA base

Monday, July 13th 2015, 7:06

A suicide car bomb kills at least 33 people near a military base once used by the CIA in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
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IS leader in Afghanistan 'killed'

Sunday, July 12th 2015, 15:38
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Hafiz Saeed, the leader of Islamic State for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been killed in a drone strike, the Afghan intelligence agency says.
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Drone 'kills senior IS commander'

Thursday, July 9th 2015, 16:26

A top Islamic State commander has been killed in a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan earlier this week, Afghan security officials say.
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Two suicide attacks hit Kabul

Tuesday, July 7th 2015, 12:47
related places: Kabul

A Nato convoy and an Afghan intelligence agency office are targeted in two suicide attacks hours apart in the Afghan capital Kabul.
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VIDEO: Robot suit lets paralysed soldier walk

Thursday, July 2nd 2015, 23:39

James Johnson, who was paralysed in Afghanistan, is using an exoskeleton to walk again as part of a pioneering programme.
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Afghan court spares mob killers

Thursday, July 2nd 2015, 11:40
related places: Kabul

An Afghan appeals court quashes death sentences imposed on four men for their part in the mob killing of a young woman in Kabul in March.
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VIDEO: Farkhunda murder sentences quashed

Thursday, July 2nd 2015, 10:59

A court in Afghanistan has quashed the death penalties of four men who were found guilty of taking part in the killing of a woman falsely accused of burning the Koran.
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Why Afghanistan's neighbours fear drugs influx

Wednesday, July 1st 2015, 23:32

How Afghan fighting is fuelling the drugs trade
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Deadly attack on Nato force in Kabul

Tuesday, June 30th 2015, 15:37
related places: Kabul

A Taliban suicide bomber driving a car has targeted a Nato troop convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, reportedly killing one civilian and injuring 22.
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VIDEO: 'Taliban bomb' rips through Kabul convoy

Tuesday, June 30th 2015, 11:42
related places: Kabul

A suicide bomber driving a car has targeted a Nato troop convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
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Afghan fighters 'linked to Syria IS'

Tuesday, June 30th 2015, 4:18
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

Afghan fighters allied with Islamic State are in contact with the group's Syrian headquarters, a senior US commander says.
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Taliban ambush 'kills 11 soldiers'

Monday, June 29th 2015, 13:30
related places: Herat

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have killed at least 11 soldiers in an ambush in western Herat province, police tell the BBC.
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DNA helps jail Afghan father for rape

Monday, June 29th 2015, 5:44

DNA helps jail Afghan father for rape
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'Hero' soldier feted in Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 17:44

President Ashraf Ghani presents a new flat to a soldier for killing the Taliban insurgents who tried to storm parliament.
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VIDEO: How Kabul attack unfolded - in 60 seconds

Monday, June 22nd 2015, 20:41
related places: Kabul

How the attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Monday unfolded.
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VIDEO: Moment bomb hits Afghan parliament

Monday, June 22nd 2015, 9:31

Footage from the inside of the Afghan parliament shows the moment the car bomb was detonated and the Taliban attack began.
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Afghan parliament attackers killed

Monday, June 22nd 2015, 9:02
related places: Kabul

A co-ordinated Taliban attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul ends with all six gunmen killed, the interior ministry says.
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Afghans counter Taliban offensive

Sunday, June 21st 2015, 17:28

Government forces in northern Afghanistan launch a counter-offensive against the Taliban after they took control of a key district.
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Roadside bomb kills Afghan family

Saturday, June 20th 2015, 16:37

At least 12 members of the same family, including women and children, are killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province.
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VIDEO: From Afghanistan to the boxing ring

Saturday, June 20th 2015, 7:05
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A boxer who fled to England to escape the Taliban in Afghanistan is now on the cusp of fighting for a world title.
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VIDEO: Is Iran paying Afghan mercenaries?

Friday, June 19th 2015, 5:57
related countries: Iran Iran, Syria Syria

It is thought hundreds of unemployed men from Afghanistan, supported by the Iranian government, have taken up arms alongside President Assad's forces in Syria.
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Afghan police killed in Taliban raids

Saturday, June 13th 2015, 9:12

Taliban fighters overrun police checkpoints in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, killing at least 20 officers.
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Afghan women talk to the Taliban

Saturday, June 6th 2015, 12:58
related countries: Norway Norway
related places: Oslo

An all-female Afghan delegation holds historic talks with representatives of the Taliban in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.
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Aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 10:43
related places: Balkh

Nine Afghan employees of a Czech charity have been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in northern Afghanistan, officials say.
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VIDEO: Afghan police defeat guesthouse gunmen

Wednesday, May 27th 2015, 5:33
related places: Kabul

A battle between police and insurgents who entered a guesthouse in central Kabul has ended with the death of four attackers, the Afghan interior ministry says.
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Gunmen die in Taliban Kabul attack

Wednesday, May 27th 2015, 4:21
related places: Kabul

Four militants who attacked a guesthouse in Kabul's diplomatic quarter die after a gun battle lasting at least six hours, police say.
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Taliban blast kills four in Kabul

Tuesday, May 19th 2015, 14:36
related places: Kabul

The Taliban claims responsibility for an explosion in the government quarter of Afghanistan's capital Kabul that killed at least four people.
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Afghan police jailed over mob death

Tuesday, May 19th 2015, 11:58
related places: Kabul

Eleven Afghan policemen are sent to prison for failing to protect a woman killed after being falsely accused of burning the Koran.
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VIDEO: How Farkhunda has changed Afghanistan

Tuesday, May 19th 2015, 8:53

The legacy of Farkhunda is increasingly bitterly contested, explains the BBC's David Loyn.
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VIDEO: Soviet soldier who stayed in Afghanistan

Monday, May 18th 2015, 23:13
related places: Herat

A former Soviet soldier who was wounded and captured Afghanistan in the 1980s has a new life as a guide at Herat's Jihad Museum.
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British man killed in Kabul named

Monday, May 18th 2015, 20:24
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Huddersfield, Kabul

A British national killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul on Sunday is named as Michael Hampshire from Huddersfield.
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Three killed in Kabul airport bomb

Sunday, May 17th 2015, 17:08
related places: Kabul

Three people, including a Briton, have been killed in a suicide bombing near the international airport in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, officials say.
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Fourteen dead in Kabul hotel attack

Thursday, May 14th 2015, 11:11
related countries: United States United States
related places: Kabul

Afghan officials say 14 people were killed, including citizens of the UK, the US and India, in an attack claimed by the Taliban on a hotel in Kabul.
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VIDEO: Afghan bus hostages released

Monday, May 11th 2015, 22:17

The Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has confirmed that 19 of 31 men kidnapped on a bus in southern Afghanistan have been released in an apparent prisoner swap.
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Kidnappers free 19 Afghan Hazaras

Monday, May 11th 2015, 14:08

Militants who kidnapped 31 Hazara people from a bus in Afghanistan free 19 of them, while negotiations continue for the release of the other 12.
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Afghan forces fight back in key city

Thursday, May 7th 2015, 14:54

The Afghan government launches a major counter-offensive against Taliban forces threatening the north-eastern provincial capital of Kunduz.
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Four to hang over Afghan mob killing

Wednesday, May 6th 2015, 10:37

Four men are sentenced to death in Afghanistan over the mob killing of a woman falsely accused of burning the Koran.
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Afghan Koran lynching trial begins

Saturday, May 2nd 2015, 14:03
related places: Kabul

Forty-nine Afghan men appear in a court in Kabul accused of a mob attack in which a woman was beaten to death accused of burning the Koran.
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Afghanistan landslide buries village

Tuesday, April 28th 2015, 15:11

At least 52 people, mostly women and children, are killed in north-east Afghanistan after a landslide sweeps through a village cut off by winter snow.
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Farkhunda's death - 'turning point' for Afghanistan?

Sunday, April 26th 2015, 22:25

The Afghan shrine killing that could be a watershed
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VIDEO: Hostage deaths 'raise questions'

Friday, April 24th 2015, 0:52
related countries: United States United States
related places: White House

The White House says two hostages held by al-Qaeda in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region were killed in a US counter-terrorism operation in January.
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US admits hostages killed in raid

Thursday, April 23rd 2015, 21:22
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States
related places: White House

The White House says a US counterterrorism operation in January killed two hostages held by al-Qaeda in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.
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New Afghan cabinet after long delay

Tuesday, April 21st 2015, 12:05

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani swears in 16 new ministers - nearly completing his cabinet after seven months of delay.
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VIDEO: Afghanistan blast leaves many dead

Saturday, April 18th 2015, 15:53
related places: Jalalabad

At least 33 people have been killed and 100 injured in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.
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Many dead in Afghanistan bank blast

Saturday, April 18th 2015, 13:46
related places: Jalalabad

Islamic State says it carried out a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 33 people and injured 100 in the east Afghan city of Jalalabad.
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Taliban fighters kill 18 Afghans

Monday, April 13th 2015, 15:20

At least 18 Afghan soldiers are killed - eight beheaded - by Taliban fighters in a major attack in north-east Afghanistan, officials say.
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Deadly gun battle in Afghan city

Thursday, April 9th 2015, 15:58
related places: Mazar

At least 10 people are killed and more than 65 wounded in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif after gunmen storm a court complex.
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US soldier 'shot by Afghan soldier'

Wednesday, April 8th 2015, 14:26
related countries: United States United States

A US soldier in eastern Afghanistan is killed, reportedly after being fired upon by an Afghan soldier in an "insider" attack.
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Video shows Afghan hostage beheaded

Tuesday, April 7th 2015, 9:38

Militants who kidnapped 31 people from a bus in Afghanistan release a video showing one of the hostages being beheaded.
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VIDEO: Afghan government 'failing women'

Tuesday, April 7th 2015, 8:19

Amnesty International has said the Afghan government is not doing enough to support those who stand up for women's rights in the country.
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Empty cabinet a year after Afghan vote

Monday, April 6th 2015, 23:39

Afghanistan still without a full government one year after elections
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VIDEO: Struggle to fill Afghan government

Monday, April 6th 2015, 16:21

One year on from the presidential election in Afghanistan, officials are still trying to agree on cabinet appointments.
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Taliban publish Mullah Omar biography

Sunday, April 5th 2015, 15:01

The Afghan Taliban publish a surprise biography of the reclusive Mullah Mohammed Omar, to mark his 19th year as their supreme leader.
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Afghan suicide bomb blast kills 16

Thursday, April 2nd 2015, 12:27

At least 16 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Khost, officials say.
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Why I am ashamed to be a man in Afghanistan

Thursday, March 26th 2015, 1:16

Afghan lynching triggers one man's guilt
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Taliban-swap US soldier charged

Wednesday, March 25th 2015, 20:11
related countries: United States United States

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years before a controversial prisoner swap, is charged with desertion.
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Afghan leader praises US sacrifice

Wednesday, March 25th 2015, 17:03
related countries: United States United States
related places: Congress

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has told the Congress his country owes the US a "profound debt" for its military sacrifices.
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US to slow Afghan troops withdrawal

Tuesday, March 24th 2015, 19:33
related countries: United States United States

The US will keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan throughout 2015, delaying plans for withdrawal, the White House has said.
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Protests grow over Afghan lynching

Tuesday, March 24th 2015, 16:48
related places: Kabul

More than 2,000 people march in Kabul to demand justice for Farkhunda, 28, an Afghan woman beaten to death by a mob last week.
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Gunmen kill 13 in Afghan road attack

Tuesday, March 24th 2015, 8:15

Gunmen attack vehicles on a road in eastern Afghanistan, shooting dead at least 13 people they took off a bus, local officials say.
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Woman lynched 'for speaking out'

Monday, March 23rd 2015, 18:34

An Afghan woman who was lynched after being falsely accused of burning the Koran was killed for tackling superstitious practices, eyewitnesses say.
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Visiting Afghan leader praises US

Monday, March 23rd 2015, 16:54
related countries: United States United States
related places: Washington

In his first official visit to Washington, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani praises the US for the commitment shown to his country over 14 years.
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VIDEO: Woman killed 'for speaking her mind'

Monday, March 23rd 2015, 13:55
related places: Kabul

The family of a young woman beaten to death in Afghanistan say the police did not do enough to protect her. The woman, Farkhunda, was killed by an angry mob after a mullah at a shrine in Kabul accused her of trying to burn the Koran.
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Women help bury Kabul mob victim

Sunday, March 22nd 2015, 13:54
related places: Kabul

Women break Afghan funeral customs to help bury a woman killed by a mob in Kabul on an apparently false charge of burning the Koran.
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Viewpoint: A clean Afghanistan slate

Sunday, March 22nd 2015, 0:30
related countries: United States United States

Does Ghani visit signals start of better US-Afghan relations?
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Inquiry into Afghan woman's killing

Friday, March 20th 2015, 14:02

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani orders an inquiry after a mob beat a woman to death and burned her body for allegedly setting fire to the Koran.
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Afghan lynched 'after burning Koran'

Thursday, March 19th 2015, 17:38
related places: Kabul

An Afghan woman is lynched by a crowd in the Afghan capital Kabul after reportedly burning a copy of the Koran, police say.
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Service honours UK Afghan war effort

Friday, March 13th 2015, 16:40
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Queen and many veterans attend a service at St Paul's Cathedral to commemorate the end of British involvement in the war in Afghanistan.
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England bow out with nine-wicket win

Friday, March 13th 2015, 11:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

England's miserable World Cup campaign ends with a nine-wicket win over Afghanistan in a rain-hit game in Sydney.
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