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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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Suicide Bomber Kills Six Civilians North of Afghanistan’s Capital

CHARIKAR, Afghanistan, April 5 – A suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up near a school north of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, killing at least six people, officials said. Twenty-six people including three children were wounded in the blast, said Wahid Sediqqi, a spokesman for the governor of Parwan province. “He carried out

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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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Afghan Women Face Invasive Virginity Tests, Says Rights Report

By Josh Smith KABUL, March 1 – Afghan women and girls accused of so-called moral crimes are often forced to endure invasive and scientifically questionable “virginity tests” by government doctors, according to human rights advocates. Improving the lives and rights of women remains a major challenge in Afghanistan nearly 15 years after a U.S.-backed military

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Afghan Police Suspected of Aiding Taliban Killed, Detained by Army

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Feb 28 – A policeman was killed and a further 30 were detained in a joint operation between Afghan troops and U.S. forces last week against police suspected of supporting Taliban insurgents in embattled Helmand province, Afghan officials said on Sunday. Reports of fighting between police and soldiers add

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Afghan Troops Pull out of Second Helmand District

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Feb 22 – Afghan government forces have pulled out of a second district in Helmand, officials said on Monday, leaving the Taliban in control of most of the northern part of the province after troops withdrew from Musa Qala district last week. The withdrawals raise questions over the capacity

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Suicide Attack near Russian Embassy in Kabul

KABUL, Jan 20 – A suicide bomber carried out an attack on Wednesday in an area close to the Russian embassy in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul, police said. At least 10 people were wounded, but there were no confirmed fatalities so far, according to a police officer at the scene, who asked

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Afghan Governor Warns Helmand Province Could Fall to Taliban

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Dec 20 – Afghanistan’s Helmand province could fall to the Taliban after months of heavy fighting, with 90 members of the security forces killed over the past two days, the deputy governor of the volatile southern province warned on Sunday. Mohammad Jan Rasulyar said unless President Ashraf Ghani took urgent action,

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Afghanistan’s Intelligence Chief Resigns Over Disagreements with President Ghani

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The head of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, resigned on Thursday over disagreements with President Ashraf Ghani, laying bare divisions that have hindered efforts to fight the growing Taliban insurgency. The resignation of Rahmatullah Nabil follows a series of setbacks in recent months

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Afghan Bank Governor Says Migrants Create Strain on Currency

By Robert Birsel and Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Nov 24 (Reuters) – An exodus of people seeking a better life in Europe has put pressure on Afghanistan’s currency, already weakened by a sharp reduction in foreign funds and sliding confidence in the country’s prospects, the central bank governor said on Tuesday. Nearly 150,000 Afghans have left

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