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Taliban Claim Deadly Attack on German Consulate in Afghanistan

By Abdul Matin and Sabine Siebold MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan/BERLIN, Nov 11 – A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a wall around the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Thursday, killing at least four civilians and wounding scores, officials said. A NATO spokesman said the explosion had

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Kabul Welcomes Back National Geographic’s Green-Eyed “Afghan Girl”

By Akram Walizada KABUL, Nov 9 – Afghan’s president on Wednesday welcomed back Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” whose 1985 photo in National Geographic became a symbol of her country’s wars, offering her a furnished apartment after she was deported by Pakistan. Pakistan security officials escorted Gula overnight from a Peshawar hospital, where she

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Afghan Elders Killed in Suicide Attack on Meeting

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Oct 31  – A suicide bomber killed at least four people and wounded seven at a meeting of tribal elders on Monday in the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghan officials said, blaming Daesh militants for the attack. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, the main stronghold of Daesh in Afghanistan, said

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Daesh Kills Dozens of Civilians in Afghanistan – Official

HERAT, Afghanistan, Oct 26  – Gunmen in the remote central-western Afghan province of Ghor rounded up dozens of civilians and executed them on Wednesday in an attack that officials blamed on Daesh fighters retaliating for the death of one of their commanders. If confirmed as the work of Daesh, it would mark a major departure for

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Aid Agencies Struggle to Assist Wave of Returning Afghan Refugees

By Josh Smith TORKHAM, Afghanistan, Oct 23  – Perched on top of lumbering trucks overflowing with all their possessions, Afghan families are streaming back to their home country at unprecedented rates, leaving international organisations scrambling to provide aid as winter approaches. The flow of returnees from neighbouring Iran and Pakistan this year, estimated by the

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Taliban Fighters Ambush, Kill Dozens of Retreating Afghan Troops

By Stanekzai Zainullah LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Oct 13  – Taliban militants ambushed and killed around 100 Afghan police and soldiers earlier this week as they tried to retreat, the heaviest losses suffered by government forces during months of fierce clashes near the capital of southern Helmand province. On Tuesday, dozens of Afghan police and soldiers

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Afghans Observe Subdued Ashura after Deadly Mosque Attack

KABUL, Oct 12 – Commemorations for the holy day of Ashura in the Afghan capital, Kabul, were subdued on Wednesday, amid security fears after a gunman killed at least 18 worshippers and wounded 50 during a religious gathering at a shrine. The attacker, said to be wearing a police uniform, entered the Karte Shakhi mosque

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Gunman Kills 14 at Shrine in Afghan Capital, Police Say

KABUL, Oct 12 – At least 14 people were killed on Tuesday when a gunman in a police uniform opened fire on worshippers gathered at a shrine in the Afghan capital of Kabul for a Shi’ite holy day, officials said. Thirteen civilians and one police officer died and 36 people were wounded, said Ministry of

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Most Afghan Women Serve Sentences in Elders’ Homes, Not Prisons

By Mohammadullah Himatyar SHARANA, Afghanistan, Oct 11 – When 18-year-old Fawzia was convicted of elopement and adultery, a local Afghan court in the southeastern province of Paktika sentenced her to jail. She soon discovered that she would not be serving the 18-month sentence in a government-run prison, but in the house of a tribal elder

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