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Afghanistan Signs Draft Accord with Militant Leader

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, May 18 – Afghanistan signed a draft agreement with the Hezb-e-Islami militant group on Wednesday that the government hopes could lead to a full peace accord with one of the most notorious warlords in the insurgency. Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a veteran of decades of Afghan war and rights groups

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Kabul Locked Down as Afghan Authorities Face Power Line Protest

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, May 16 – Stacked-up shipping containers blocked the streets leading to Kabul’s government and diplomatic area on Monday as Afghan authorities prepared for a rally by thousands of members of the Hazara minority over a multi-million dollar power line project. Demonstrators are demanding that the route for the 500 kV transmission

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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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Taliban Attacks End Lull in Combat in Afghan Province of Helmand

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, May 8 – Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the main city of the southern Afghan province of Helmand early on Sunday, ending weeks of relative calm during the annual opium harvest. Helmand has been one of the main targets of the Taliban, which

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Afghan President Moves Acting Defence Minister to Head Spy Agency

KABUL, May 6 – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has appointed a new acting defence minister to replace Masoom Stanekzai, a loyalist ally whom he has shifted to lead the main intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS). The changes, announced late on Thursday, underline the uncertainty at the top of Afghanistan’s security apparatus that

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With Kunduz in Crosshairs Again, Afghan Forces Draw on Past Mistakes

By Josh Smith KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, April 27 – Bullet-ridden bunkers and signposts shredded by rockets bear witness to dozens of Taliban attacks this month on police posts around Kunduz, the northern Afghan city that fell briefly in September in the insurgents’ biggest victory to date. Unlike that short yet humiliating blow to Afghan security forces

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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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Afghan ‘Sesame Street’ Adds Girl Power With First Homegrown Muppet

By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK, April 7 – Egypt has Khokha, India has Chamki and nowAfghanistan is getting its first home-grown “Sesame Street” Muppet – a six-year-old girl called Zari. Zari, a curious and lively girl whose name means “shimmering” in the Dari and Pashto languages, makes her debut on Thursday on the “Baghch-e-Simsim”Afghan local

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