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Taliban seeks to reassure UAE over Afghanistan attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban has sought to reassure the United Arab Emirates that it was not behind an attack in the southern city of Kandahar that killed five UAE diplomats and injured the ambassador, senior Taliban officials said on Thursday.

Did Trump forget Afghans?

KABUL, Afghanistan — Donald Trump has minced few words about his plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and end the threat from Islamic State extremists. But the president-elect has been virtually silent on his plans when it comes to Afghanistan, home to America’s longest war. With 8,400 U.S. troops leading a 13,000-strong [...]

Afghan journalists face more threats as violence spreads

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan journalists say they are facing more risks than ever as both insurgents and unscrupulous government officials increasingly threaten, assault, and even murder reporters.

Internet Helps Afghan Women Find Their Voice in Battle for Equality

22 hours agoNews : Truthdig

By Sonia Azatyar / Sahar Speaks In a country considered one of the worst places on earth to be female, Afghan women have found their voices on issues such as #EndChildMarriage and #GenderInequality on social media.

An Afghan inventor designed a ball that's blown around to clear minefields

Mine Kafon is a ball made from bamboo, iron, and plastic that has been designed to clear minefields. It was made by Afghan inventor Massoud Hassani who came up the with the idea after making miniature models as a child. Mine Kafon is just a prototype at this stage but for a price of £30, it is not a bad start. Produced by Leon Siciliano Join the conversation about this story »

Teachers kidnapped by suspected Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Suspected Islamic State militants kidnapped 12 teachers and two other staff of a religious school in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, officials said.

Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

In the rundown Pedion Areos Park, older men walk slowly by young asylum seekers before agreeing on a price for sex.

The Pentagon Just Exonerated Itself for Slaughtering Dozens of Afghan Civilians

Click here for reuse options! The Pentagon admits that 33 civilians were killed, but a local official says the death toll was far higher. In early November, U.S. and Afghan forces massacred dozens of civilians, and wounded far more, during a military operation in Buz-e Kandahari, a village in Kunduz. Show More Summary

This futuristic tumbleweed is actually a minesweeper

'Mine Kafon' is a "low-cost wind-powered mine detonator with the appearance of a giant, spiky-armed tumbleweed." There's an estimated 110 million mines still buried around the world. The inventor of 'Mine Kafon' – a former Afghan refugee – hopes it will inspire others to join the effort to make the world mine-free by 2027. Show More Summary

Afghan "Ghost Soldiers" Are Costing US Taxpayers Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Annually

Submitted by Jason Ditz via, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko is once again warning about the long-standing problems of corruption in Afghanistan, and the amount of US “reconstruction aid” disappearing down black holes over the course of the years. Show More Summary

Video: Lionel Messi makes a touching visit to Barcelona children's hospital

Lionel Messi has a big heart. In December, Messi met an Afghan boy who made his jersey out of a plastic bag. Earlier this month, Messi and (...)

US Military: 33 Civilians Killed During Strike on Taliban

The US military's investigation into a November firefight with the Taliban has shown that 33 civilians died in the raid during which American troops fired on Afghan homes, reports the AP. The inquiry followed claims that civilian deaths resulted from airstrikes called in to support Afghan and US forces who...

U.S. Forces 'Acted In Self-Defense' In Battle That Killed 33 Civilians In Afghanistan

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"To defend themselves and Afghan forces, U.S. forces returned fire in self-defense at Taliban who were using civilian houses as firing positions," according to a U.S. military report.

U.S: Troops acted in self-defense in Afghan firefight that killed 33

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The investigation followed media reports that the fighting, which included airstrikes killed members of the public including children, women...        

U.S. probe clears forces over civilian deaths in northern Afghan city

KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. military investigation confirmed that dozens of Afghan civilians were killed in a special forces operation near the northern city of Kunduz last year, but found troops had acted in self-defense and decided no action would be taken against them.

US, Australian hostages appear in Afghan Taliban video

An American and an Australian have appeared in a Taliban hostage video, five months after they were kidnapped from Kabul. Gunmen wearing police uniforms abducted the two professors at the American University of Afghanistan in the heart of the Afghan capital on August 7, seizing them from their vehicle after smashing the passenger window. Show More Summary

Afghan Taliban releases video of U.S., Australian hostages

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban released a video on Wednesday showing an Australian and an American hostage pleading with the U.S. government to negotiate with their captors and saying that unless a prisoner exchange was agreed they would be killed.

U.S. extends special visas to Afghans

last weekNews : The Newsroom

A program to provide visas to Afghans who helped U.S. troops and face Taliban retaliation will remain in the next presidential term.

Afghan Officials Probe Attacks As Death Toll Rises To At Least 50

Afghan security officials began investigating Tuesday’s attacks in the capital Kabul and the southern city of Kandahar as the death toll climbed to at least 50. The Ministry of Public Health raised the death toll from the Kabul attack to 37, with 98 wounded, while 13 people were confirmed dead in Kandahar. Show More Summary

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