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Twelve People Killed, 50 Kidnapped in Afghan Highway Attacks

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, June 8 – Suspected Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan killed 12 people after stopping their vehicles on a road in the east of the country, while 50 people were kidnapped in the north, the latest in a spate of highway attacks, officials said on Wednesday. The Taliban have made considerable gains in fighting in

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American Journalist, Translator Killed in Afghanistan

By Zainullah Stanekzai and Josh Smith LASHKAR GAH/KABUL, Afghanistan, June 6 – A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for NPR were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, NPR and military officials said. NPR’s David Gilkey and Afghan translator Zabihullah Tamanna were in an Afghan army Humvee traveling between the

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Taliban Attack Kills Five at Afghan Court

KABUL, June 5  – At least five people were killed on Sunday when Taliban gunmen attacked a courthouse in eastern Afghanistan, an attack the insurgent group said was in retaliation for the government execution of six militants in May. Two attackers opened fire at an appeals court in Pul-e Alam in Logar province, just south

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Gunmen Kill Nine, Kidnap 170 Passengers from Afghan Buses

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, May 31 – Gunmen in Afghanistan killed nine bus passengers and kidnapped 170 on Tuesday outside the northern city of Kunduz in an attack blamed on Taliban insurgents, a provincial official said. The attackers stopped three buses on a road and ordered the passengers out, shot dead nine of them and kidnapped the

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Afghan Taliban Appoint New Leader After Mansour’s Death

KABUL, May 25  – The Afghan Taliban have named a deputy to former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their new leader, a spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday, the group’s first official confirmation that Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Haibatullah Akhunzada, who was named in a United Nations report last year

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Obama Confirms Leader Dead as Taliban Meet on His Successor

By Matt Spetalnick and James Mackenzie HANOI/KABUL, May 23 – U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday that the leader of the Afghan Taliban had been killed in an American air strike, an attack likely to trigger another leadership tussle in a militant movement already riven by internal divisions. Obama, who started a three-day visit

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Afghan Taliban Leader Likely Killed in U.S. Drone Strike in Pakistan

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, May 22 – The United States conducted a drone strike on Saturday against the leader of Afghan Taliban, likely killing him on the Pakistan side of the remote border region with Afghanistan in a mission authorized by U.S. President Barack Obama, officials said. The death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour,

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Four-Nation Talks on Afghan Peace Begin Amid Dim Hopes, Blame

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, May 18 – A fifth round of four-nation talks aimed at laying the ground for a negotiated end to the Afghan war began in Pakistan on Wednesday, as hopes faded for bringing the Taliban insurgents to the table quickly. The Afghan government declined to send a delegation from Kabul for the

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Shadowy Unit Seeks to Exploit Afghan Taliban Divisions in South

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, May 12 – A shadowy new unit run by Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency has begun operations in southern Helmand province with a mission to exploit divisions within the Taliban insurgency, government officials and a militant spokesman said. The aim is to weaken an increasingly dangerous enemy by turning the

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Blast Rocks Afghan Capital, Close to State Buildings: US embassy

By Josh Smith and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, April 19 – A major Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a government security office in central Kabul during rush hour on Tuesday killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 320, a week after the militant group announced a spring offensive. President Ashraf Ghani condemned

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