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Explosion kills 22 in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad

KABUL (Reuters) - An explosion in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 22 people and injured around 50 on Saturday, the city's police chief said.

Rivals row over top Afghan defense posts as Taliban goes on attack

KABUL (Reuters) - Seven months after rival leaders finally agreed to share power, Afghanistan has no permanent defense minister and cannot decide who should run the army, threatening to weaken the war against Taliban militants on the offensive after foreign troops left.

Moscow Ready to Work With Afghanistan in Fight Against Terrorism - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is prepared to cooperate with Afghanistan to normalize the situation in the country as well as work with Kabul and international partners in the fight against terrorism.

Taliban Attack Kills 18 Afghan Soldiers, Some Beheaded

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters swarmed over Afghan army posts in the country's northeast, killing at least 18 soldiers and beheading some in a major attack to mark the start of the country's summer fighting season, authorities...Show More Summary

Reading in ... Afghanistan

Via I'm pointed to Qayoom Suroush's piece at Afghanistan Analysts Network, Reading in Kabul: The state of Afghan libraries -- a fascinating/depressing overview.

Taliban overrun Afghan forces in northeast, killing 18

KABUL (Reuters) - Dozens of Taliban fighters aided by foreign militants seized Afghan government checkpoints in a previously stable northeastern province, officials said on Monday as the annual spring fighting season began in the 13-year-old war.

Clashes with Taliban take growing toll on Afghan civilians in 2015

KABUL (Reuters) - Ground clashes between Afghan government forces and the Taliban claimed 8 percent more civilian casualties in the first three months of 2015, the United Nations said on Sunday, and the approaching summer could match last year's deadly record.

Chinese demands, rebels and Buddhist ruins stall Afghan copper dream

MES AYNAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - China and Afghanistan remain deadlocked over a stalled $3 billion copper mine five months after Beijing demanded royalties be slashed by almost a half, underlining Kabul's struggles to support itself as foreign aid dries up.

Afghan aid workers found dead; 100 students hospitalized after meal

KABUL (Reuters) - Authorities in western Afghanistan are investigating whether 100 schoolboys who were hospitalized on Saturday were poisoned, police said, a day after five aid workers kidnapped by the Taliban were found dead.

Suicide bomb, roadside blast kill 15 Afghan civilians

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber targeting foreign troops killed three Afghan civilians on Friday, while a dozen people on their way to a wedding were killed in a separate roadside blast, officials said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Returns to Kabul

After a successful trip to Washington and New York where the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reset the tone vis a vis the Afghan/U.S. relationship, he returned to Kabul to get on with the business of governing and tackle the myriad problems...Show More Summary

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Returns to Kabul

After a successful trip to Washington and New York where the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reset the tone vis a vis the Afghan/U.S. relationship, he returned to Kabul to get on with the business of governing and tackle the myriad problems...Show More Summary

Afghan defense minister nominee drops out after two days

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan cabinet's latest choice for defense minister dropped out on Wednesday, just two days after being nominated for the job, underlining tensions between the president and rival parties within the national unity government.

Number of Wounded NATO Troops in Afghan Insider Shooting Rises to Seven

The number of NATO troops wounded in an armed attack by an Afghan soldier that killed one US service member less than 100 miles east of Kabul has risen to seven, ABC News reported.

False Promises: How We Are Failing Our Afghan Allies

Sharif was ten years old when U.S. troops drove the Taliban from his hometown, Kabul. Ten years later, he was working in Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban and a hotbed of insurgent activity in Afghanistan. He interpreted for U.S. Show More Summary

NATO soldier killed in firefight with Afghan troops: NATO coalition

KABUL (Reuters) - One NATO coalition soldier was killed in a firefight that broke out between NATO and Afghan troops in east Afghanistan, the coalition said in a statement.

Firefight breaks out between Afghan and NATO forces: police

KABUL (Reuters) - A firefight broke out between Afghan and NATO security forces in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, police sources said, killing at least one Afghan soldier.

Meet the Skate Girls of Kabul

last weekHumor / odd : mental_floss

When I first stumbled into Jessica Fulford-Dobson’s photos of these badass girls skating in Afghanistan I was completely enamored. Just the feel of it—young girls flying down ramps in traditional garb and proudly holding their decks!...Show More Summary

U.S. Embassy Kabul Donates Books in Memory of Colleagues Lost in Zabul Province Attack

Today marked the second anniversary of an attack in Zabul province, Afghanistan that took the life of our friend and colleague Anne Smedinghoff while she was delivering textbooks to children in the area. Three U.S.

Afghanistan's Taliban say Mullah Omar is alive and well

KABUL (Reuters) - The head of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, Mullah Omar, is alive and in touch with current events, the group has said in a 5,000 word document released to mark his nineteenth year of leadership.

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