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Car Bomb Kills at least 10 Police in Besieged Afghan City

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Oct 10 – A suspected car bomb on Monday killed at least 10 police amid increased Taliban attacks on the besieged capital of the southwestern Afghan province of Helmand, with the toll expected to rise, a security official said. The blast, in the city of Lashkar Gah, killed 10 police officers, with

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Dozens of Afghan Troops Missing from Military Training in U.S.

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Oct 6 – Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally in America, Pentagon officials said. Although the number of disappearances is relatively small — some 2,200 Afghan troops have received military

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EU sees Support for Afghan Peace Talks as New Aid Flows In

By Robin Emmott and David Brunnstrom BRUSSELS, Oct 5  – Regional powers agreed to try to revive Afghanistan’s stalled peace process after almost 40 years of conflict, the EU’s foreign policy chief said on Wednesday, as governments began to raise some $13 billion to fund the country through 2020. With the government in Kabul facing

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Kerry Calls on Taliban to Choose Path to ‘Honorable’ Peace

By David Brunnstrom BRUSSELS, Oct 5 – The Taliban should look at the example of a deal between the Afghan government and militant commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar as a path to an “honorable” peace in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. Kerry told an international conference in Brussels to raise funds for

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Taliban Resist Afghan Forces’ Counterattack in Northern City of Kunduz

KABUL, Oct 4  – Pockets of Taliban fighters held out overnight against Afghan government forces in the northern city of Kunduz, a police official said on Tuesday, a day after the militants pushed deep into the city centre. Taliban militants slipped past government defences early on Monday and occupied or attacked central areas of Kunduz,

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Afghan Hospital Bombing Reenacted in Protest as Bombs Fall on Aleppo

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 4 – Geneva’s main hospital became a fiery inferno on Monday night in a simulation to commemorate the deadly U.S. air strike on a Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan a year ago and to condemn alleged Syrian and Russian bombing of health centres in Aleppo. The #NotaTarget event was organised by

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Twelve Afghan Soldiers Killed in Their Sleep by Fellow Troops

By Sadar Razmal KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Sept 27  – As many as 12 Afghan soldiers were killed in their sleep by comrades in an outpost near the northern city of Kunduz, an official said on Tuesday, in the latest so-called “insider attack”. Two soldiers with suspected links to the Taliban fled and joined the insurgents after

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Abandoning Discretion, Iranians Proclaim Their Role in Syrian War

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Babak Dehghanpisheh DUBAI/BEIRUT, Sept 22  – Abandoning a long-standing reticence, Iranians are increasingly candid about their involvement in Syria’s war, and informal recruiters are now openly calling for volunteers to defend the Islamic Republic and fellow Shi’ites against Sunni militants. With public opinion swinging behind the cause, numbers of would-be fighters

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‘Chicken Shacks’ are Lifeline for New Jersey’s Afghan Immigrants

By Joseph Ax and Mica Rosenberg ELIZABETH, N.J., Sept 21 – They dot the landscape in this working-class New Jersey city, popping up every few blocks with names like U.S. Fried Chicken, Royal Fried Chicken and New York Fried Chicken and Burger and giving immigrants a foothold in a new country. One of these fried

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Afghan Refugees Leave Pakistan Over Tougher Measures on Visits Home

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Sept 6  – More than five times the number of Afghan refugees returned home from Pakistan in August than in July, the United Nations’ refugee office said on Tuesday, seeking to escape harassment in the host nation and stiffer measures on visits home. Pakistan is home to the world’s second-largest refugee

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