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Explosion at NATO Air Base in Afghanistan Causes Casualties

KABUL, Nov 12 – A Taliban suicide bomber dressed as a labourer blew himself up at the NATO air base at Bagram north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least four people and wounding 18, officials said. “An explosive device was detonated on Bagram Airfield resulting in multiple casualties,” the NATO-led Resolute

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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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Popular Pressures and Policy Options Awaiting Donald Trump

By Rami G. Khouri When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were competing over the American vote, intense speculation over how either candidate’s foreign policy would impact the many tensions and wars in Middle East dominated the news. But in the end, it is just that — speculation that is likely to be overtaken by events the

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Women in Afghan Army Overcome Opposition, Threats

By Josh Smith KABUL, Nov 5 – Kabul’s military training academy is churning out classes of enthusiastic women to serve in Afghanistan’s army, but the realities of rising violence and a conservative society make the future for the young recruits far from certain. Some of the nearly 150 women training to be officers in the

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U.S. Air Strikes Spike as Afghans Struggle Against Taliban, Daesh

By Josh Smith KABUL, Oct 26  – American air strikes in Afghanistan this year have already significantly surpassed the total number conducted in 2015, a stark indicator of the United States’ struggle to extricate itself from the conflict and stick to its declared “non-combat” mission. American warplanes have conducted around 700 air strikes so far

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Daesh, Pakistani Taliban Claim Killing of Police Officer

By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Oct 24  – Daesh fighters and the Pakistani Taliban on Monday said they killed a police official in northwest Pakistan, the second attack in the south Asian nation claimed by the Middle East-based militant group in just over a month. The killings follow an announcement by the military

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Afghan Taliban Envoys in Pakistan to Discuss Possible Peace Talks

By Jibran Ahmad ISLAMABAD, Oct 23 – A delegation from the Taliban’s political office visited Pakistan over the weekend, senior officials said on Saturday, for discussions that could include the latest informal effort to restart talks to end Afghanistan’s long war. The visit comes days after Taliban sources said they had held informal meetings with

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Opium Crops Spread in Afghanistan as Taliban Gains Ground, U.N. Says

VIENNA, Oct 23  – The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan, the world’s main source of heroin, has risen to its third-highest level in more than 20 years, the United Nations confirmed on Sunday, as the Taliban insurgency gains ground. In the key findings of its annual Afghanistan opium survey, the U.N. Office on Drugs

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Afghan Displaced Crisis May Be Larger Than Expected, U.N. Says

By Josh Smith KABUL, Oct 20 – A wave of internally displaced people in Afghanistan and returning refugees in need of aid may be even bigger than previously feared, U.N. officials warned on Thursday as they called for more money and attention for the growing crisis. Nearly 400,000 Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan alone,

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