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Heavy Fighting Continues in Afghan City Kunduz

By Feroz Sultani KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, April 17 – Afghan forces fought back a renewed series of attacks on Kunduz, killing dozens of Taliban fighters, officials said on Sunday as insurgent forces stepped up their bid to retake the northern city that they captured briefly last year. The attack on Kunduz, involving hundreds of insurgent fighters,

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Afghan Child Casualties Soar as Urban Warfare Intensifies

KABUL, April 17 – Urban warfare has caused a spike in deaths and injuries among women and children in Afghanistan this year as the Taliban intensifies their campaign against the Kabul government, the United Nations said on Sunday. In all, 161 children were killed from January to March and 449 were injured, a 29 percent

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Taliban Kill Top Police Official in Afghanistan Ambush

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, April 14 – Taliban insurgents ambushed and killed a police commander and seven other people, including three women, in Afghanistan on Thursday, two days after the insurgents announced the beginning of their spring offensive. The Taliban insurgency has gained strength since the withdrawal of international forces from combat at the end of 2014

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Bomb Kills Two Education Ministry Workers in Afghan Capital

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, April 11 – A bomb hit a mini-bus carrying Afghan Education Ministry workers in the capital Kabul on Monday, killing two people and wounding seven, the ministry said. The roadside bomb blew up as the bus was carrying workers to their offices in Kabul’s eastern Bagrami district, the ministry said. There

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Fighting Erupts Near Power Lines to Afghan Capital

KABUL, April 6 – Fighting has broken out between Afghan government forces and Taliban militants in an area in the north where battles destroyed power lines early this year, officials said on Wednesday. The insurgents destroyed power lines in the area in Baghlan province in January, causing nearly a month of power cuts in the

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Explosions Hit Afghan Parliament Compound, No Casualties Reported

KABUL, March 28 (Reuters) – Rockets fired by Taliban fighters struck the compound of Afghanistan’s new parliament on Monday as the country’s top intelligence official and caretaker minister of interior prepared to address the assembly. Lawmakers said no one was reported wounded, contradicting Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid who said the militants’ attack had caused heavy

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Mystery Surrounds Shahbaz Taseer’s Captivity and Return

By Omar R Quraishi Shahbaz Taseer was a high-profile kidnapping victim in Pakistan — missing for almost five years after he was abducted a few hundred meters from his home in an affluent neighborhood in the city of Lahore on August 26, 2011. His case was major news in Pakistan because in January the same year,

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Taliban Demands Prisoner Release to Rejoin Afghan Peace Talks

KABUL, Jan 24 – Afghanistan’s Taliban demanded the release of political prisoners among a list of conditions that they said on Sunday would need to be met before they consider rejoining peace talks aimed at ending the 15-year war. Taliban forces have stepped up their campaign in the last year to topple the Kabul government,

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Afghanistan Peace Talks Begin in Pakistan

By Asad Hashim and Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD, Jan 11 – Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States sat down on Monday for talks to resurrect a stalled Afghan peace process and end nearly 15 years of bloodshed, even as fighting with Taliban insurgents intensifies. Senior officials from the four countries are meeting in

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Four-Country Talks on Taliban to Begin in Pakistan

By Amjad Ali ISLAMABAD, Jan 10 – Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to begin talks on Monday aimed at restarting the Afghan peace process and eventually ending 14 years of bloodshed fighting the Taliban insurgents. Officials from the four countries will meet in Islamabad, Pakistan foreign office sources said, in what

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