Afghanistan

As Washington Ponders Afghan Mission, Marines Toil in Helmand

By James Mackenzie CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan, July 16 – While Washington works on plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, U.S. forces on the ground are grappling with building an army in the middle of a war their commanders say is locked in stalemate. It is slow, hot, often frustrating work, ranging from overseeing basic

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No Military Solution in Afghanistan, U.N. Chief Says on Kabul Visit

By Josh Smith KABUL, June 14 – There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan that is forcing record numbers of people from their homes, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, during an unannounced visit to the war-torn country. Guterres’ first visit as secretary general comes as the Afghan government

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Afghan Amputee Swimmer Aims for International Success

By Josh Smith KABUL, June 14 – It took a pair of landmines that severed Malek Mohammad’s legs for him to find his life’s passion for swimming in land-locked Afghanistan. He was 11 years old when he stepped on the mines as he gathered firewood in a vacant lot in Kabul, a city still trying

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Huge Bomb Blast Kills Dozens, Wounds Hundreds in Afghan Capital

By Mirwais Harooni and Josh Smith KABUL, May 31 – A powerful bomb exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing or wounding hundreds of people and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies. The explosion, one of the

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Pakistan Reopens Afghanistan Border Crossing After Deadly Clash

KABUL, May 28 – Pakistan reopened a major border crossing with Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, more than three weeks after several people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for hours. The Chaman crossing into Afghanistan’s Kandahar province was reopened on “humanitarian grounds” after Afghan officials submitted a request, according to a

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Around the World: Ramadan 2017 in Pictures

USA A Muslim American man does pull-ups before taking part in the Maghrib sunset prayer on the first day of Ramadan at the Islamic Cultural Center in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 27, 2017.                           Malaysia              

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Head of Daesh in Afghanistan killed in an operation

KABUL, May 8 – The head of Daesh in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, was killed in an operation on April 27 conducted jointly by Afghan and U.S. Special Forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, U.S. and Afghan officials said on Sunday. Hasib, appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a U.S.

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Kabul Security Gates in Storage as Afghan Officials Trade Accusations

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Dec 15  – A set of giant security gates financed by China and intended to protect Kabul from large bombs and drug smuggling lie stored in a warehouse more than five months after they arrived, while Afghan authorities bicker over who should install them. Intended for the four main entry points

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Western Governments Call for Investigation of Afghan Vice President

KABUL, Dec 13 – Afghanistan’s Western allies called on Tuesday the government to investigate allegations that a vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, had been involved in assaulting and abducting a political rival last month. Dostum, a former warring faction commander with a notorious reputation and a lingering power base in northern Afghanistan, is accused of

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