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Taliban Launch Attacks In Afghanistan Amid Political Deadlock

Reuters | Posted 08.30.2014 | World

By Rafiq Shirzad JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Taliban suicide bombs hit an office of the Afghan intellig...

Aid Workers Abducted In Western Afghanistan

AP | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan is trying to secure the release of five of their staff members...

U.S. Major General Killed In Afghan Insider Attack: U.S. Officials

AP | ROBERT BURNS and RAHIM FAIEZ and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 08.05.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An American major general was shot to death Tuesday in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the long Afghanistan war wh...

American 2-Star General Killed In Afghanistan Attack

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2014 | World

By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL, Aug 5 (Reuters) - An Afghan soldier killed a U.S. general and wounded 14 coalition troops in a machinegu...

Attack On Afghan Military Base Kills NATO Soldier

AP | ROBERT BURNS and RAHIM FAIEZ and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 08.05.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An American major general was shot to death Tuesday in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the long Afghanistan war wh...

Foreign Advisers Killed In Suicide Attack Outside Kabul Airport

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

KABUL, July 22 (Reuters) - A Taliban suicide bomber detonated himself on Tuesday outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign ad...

Taliban Militants Set 200 Oil Tankers Ablaze In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2014 | World

KABUL, July 5 (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents set fire on Saturday to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just ou...

Protesters Blame Karzai For Creating Afghanistan Election Crisis

Reuters | Posted 08.27.2014 | World

By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL, June 27 (Reuters) - As thousands of Afghans poured into the streets of Kabul on Friday to p...

Afghanistan's Hidden Trove Of Buddhist Artifacts In Danger

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion

The Buddhist treasure troves of Mes Aynak in Afghansitan have had their fair share of disturbances over the years. A coup, a revolution, an invasi...

Afghans Want Peace, And Hope Their Next President Is Listening

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.14.2014 | World

Afghan citizens headed to the polls on Saturday, many of them hoping to elect a new president who will bring peace. The winner of Saturday's presid...

'Mission Accomplished' Reversed: Iraq Is the New Afghanistan

Clemens Wergin | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Clemens Wergin

The country has become the new Afghanistan -- a center of attraction and a training ground for the next generation of jihadist fighters who will be able to make use elsewhere of the fighting experience they get there. And now the same thing has happened in Iraq. ISIS cleverly used the porous borders with Syria to draw jihadists initially recruited for Syria into the neighboring country. ISIS can thus create the reign it so desires over an extensive territory comprising parts of Syria and northern Iraq. Since the Americans destroyed the Afghan symbiosis between al-Qaeda and the Taliban, no terror group has achieved anything like this. And it will draw more Islamist radicals from around the world who will either join ISIS or donate money. From that point of view, the Mosul victory was a successful PR coup.

More Than 50 Dead As Flash Floods Hit Remote Afghan Villages

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 06.07.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Flooding in a remote part of northern Afghanistan has claimed more than 50 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes,...

Afghan Presidential Candidate Escapes Assassination Attempt

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 08.06.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The front-runner for the Afghan presidency narrowly escaped assassination Friday when two bombs struck his convoy as it tr...

A Twitter Essay On Torture In Afghanistan You Just Have To Read

Posted 05.14.2014 | World

Few words are necessary when the facts speak for themselves. So when Afghanistan reporter Matthieu Aikins saw the recent New York Times report of a 23...

Landslide Buries Afghan Village, At Least 350 Dead

AP | AMIR SHAH and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A landslide triggered by heavy rain buried large sections of a remote northeastern Afghan village on Friday, killing at le...

Parents Exact Gruesome Revenge On Afghan Cleric Accused Of Sex Abuse

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

By Zakaria Nasiri BAGHLAN MARKAZI, Afghanistan, April 29 (Reuters) - Afghan police have arrested the parents of a 14-year-old girl aft...

Deadly Flash Floods Wreak Havoc In Afghanistan

AP | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Flash floods after heavy rains in northern Afghanistan killed at least 75 people and damaged thousands of homes, leaving a...

LOOK: Afghanistan Gets Ready To Vote For A New President

Posted 04.02.2014 | World

With days to go before Afghans choose a successor for President Karzai, preparations are in full swing in many parts of the violence-ridden country. ...

LOOK: Afghanistan's Formidable Women In Power

AP | By ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, women rarely left their home. When they did venture beyond their four walls, they w...

Afghan Law 'Lets Women Batterers Off The Hook'

Posted 02.06.2014 | World

A new law approved by the Afghan parliament could have catastrophic implications for women in the country as it would silence victims of domestic viol...

First Sign Of Breakthrough After Deadlock Over Afghan Security Pact

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai's national security adviser says he is more optimistic that the Afghan leader will agree to sign a ...

Restaurant Attack Shifts Front Line Of Afghanistan War

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2014 | World

By Jessica Donati KABUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) - For Kabul's expatriate crowd, a visit to a restaurant in the Afghan capital's well-guarded...

Suicide Bomber Targets Popular Kabul Restaurant

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 03.19.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Kabul's police chief says at least 13 people, including foreigners, have been killed and at least four wounded in a suicid...

Karzai Slams U.S. Over Civilian Deaths

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

KABUL, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's president attacked the United States over a military operation that killed civilians on Wednesday, underlini...

Car Bomb Kills At Least 3 In Kabul

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of international troops in an eastern district of the Afghan capital Kabul on Frida...