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Exclusive: Afghans plan to double special forces from 17,000 as threats grow - sources

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan plans to double the number of elite special forces from 17,000 troops, officials said, part of a long-term strategy to bolster units stretched and exhausted by persistent attacks from Taliban insurgents and other Islamist militants.

For some, Passover Seder will address global refugee crisis

7 hours agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Abdul Jalal Hashimi grew up in Kabul and fled with his family to the United States after working more than six years against the Taliban alongside American military forces.

Taliban take key Afghan district in south; 9 killed in north

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban captured a key district center in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday while in the country's north, an officer turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing nine policemen, officials said.

Afghanistan Calls For More US Troops

The country's top diplomat said Kabul needed additional forces to help the government tackle security threats posed by the Taliban and the Islamic State group.

Violence, corruption threaten Afghan progress in getting kids to school

KABUL/KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghanistan's progress in educating its children is under threat, as growing insecurity and corruption shut more schools and reduced international funding undermines a system struggling to cop...

Afghan Taliban signal growing strength with capture of key southern district

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban fighters have captured the key district of Sangin in the southern Afghan province of Helmand after security forces pulled out, leaving the district center to the insurgents, officials said on Thursday.

Four A-29 Super Tucano Light-attack Aircraft Delivered to Afghan Air Force

Four A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft arrived for duty at Kabul Air Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan, March 20, 2017, where they will be used by the Afghan Air Force for close-air attack, air interdiction, escort and armed reconnaissance. The latest arrivals, which traveled from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., bring the AAF A-29 inventory from eight

Ancient, near-pristine Buddha to make Kabul museum debut

Having withstood time, the elements, looters and war, a spectacular Buddha restored and removed from one of Afghanistan's most dangerous regions is to make its public debut in the country's national museum.

Afghans find some escape as 'family cinema' opens in Kabul

The lights go off, the projector whirls,and for the first time in years Afghan families find themselves sharing popcorn and soda as Hollywood and Bollywood stars romp across the silver screen. A family-friendly cinema has opened in Kabul,...Show More Summary

Afghan Officials Admit 50 Were Killed in Attack on Hospital

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After contradictory government claims, officials revised the death toll in the attack on a Kabul military hospital and reported the arrests of Afghan generals.

Afghanistan holds 24 amid questions over possible hospital insider attack

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan authorities have detained 24 people in connection with what appears to have been an insider attack on a military hospital in Kabul last week, including some of the staff, officials said on Wednesday.

Afghan official: 50 killed in last week's attack on hospital

An Afghan official says the official death toll from last week's militant assault on a Kabul military hospital has risen to 50. Officials originally set the death toll at 30 … Click to Continue »

Photos of the day - March 14, 2017

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A cow stands in pasture during a winter snowstorm in Salisbury, Pa.; children ride on swings in Kabul, Afghanistan; and Ahmed Moustafa is hugged by his parents after being released from Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt.

Deadly blast destroys bus in Afghan capital

Apparent roadside bomb attack targeting state telecom workers hits in posh Kabul neighbourhood, also wounding 8.

Suicide bomber targets bus in Afghan capital Kabul, official says

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on foot blew himself up near a bus in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, a security official said, less than a week after dozens of people were killed and wounded in an attack on the country's largest military hospital.

Insiders aided Kabul hospital attack, survivors say

Insiders including two interns were among the attackers who launched a gun-and-grenade assault this week on Afghanistan's largest military hospital, killing more than 100 people, multiple surviving staff and security sources told AFP. Show More Summary

Death toll from Kabul hospital attack rises to 49

(The March 8 story is refiled to add dropped word in paragraph five) KABUL (Reuters) - The death toll from an attack on a military hospital in Kabul by gunmen dressed as medics has risen to 49 with dozens wounded, a senior health official said on Thursday. Show More Summary

Kidnappings blight war-scarred Kabul city

The bruises, scabs and chain markings have long faded but Haji Ghulam is still visibly traumatised by his month-long abduction, one of dozens of victims of a violent crime surge that has beset the Afghan capital. While the relatively...Show More Summary

Investigation into ISIL claim of Kabul hospital attack

As Afghans mourn and funerals are under way, officials asses ISIL claim of hospital attack that killed more than 40.

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