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As CIA deepens its presence in Afghanistan, locals speak of constant fear and surveillance

KHOST, AFGHANISTAN — When his vehicle, an old Toyota Corolla 1998, finally arrived at the entrance of the Afghan province of Khost, Isaaq exuded a visible sense of relief — he, once again, managed the four-hour journey from Kabul to the eastern province without incident. The rideable road to Khost, which has been well built […]

Former US military interpreter in Afghanistan now in Houston

Mohammed Younus Yousafzoy last month walked off Lufthansa Flight 440, bleary-eyed and dizzy from the two-day trip from Kabul. The Houston Chronicle reports then the 24-year-old Afghan spotted his old … Click to Continue »

Muslims in Asia protest against Trump's Jerusalem plan

By Sayed Hassib and Kanupriya Kapoor KABUL/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority countries in Asia rallied on Friday to condemn the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as authorities tightened security outside U.S. Show More Summary

Thousands of Afghans protest Trump's Jerusalem move

More than 1,000 Afghans staged protests after Friday prayers in Kabul to condemn the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The protesters, holding banners reading "Death to Israel" and...Show More Summary

A young corruption investigator is killed in Afghanistan. Why didn't his U.S.-trained agency do more to protect him?

When 22-year-old Almar Habibzai was shot outside his house in Kabul, it raised troubling questions about the leadership of the FBI-trained Major Crimes Task Force.

Marjan the Lion Memorial in Kabul, Afghanistan

Before the mid-1990s civil war in Afghanistan, the Kabul Zoo housed many exotic animals. Unfortunately, most were killed or escaped during the fighting. But some remained in captivity, in dire conditions, throughout the surrounding conflicts. The zoo's most celebrated former resident was Marjan the lion ("marjan" means "coral" in Persian). Show More Summary

Commander of Taliban 'special forces' killed in Afghanistan: officials

KABUL (Reuters) - The commander of the Taliban's "special forces" branch, known as the "Red Unit," was killed last week in Helmand province by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistan's main intelligence agency.

Islamic State seizes new Afghan foothold after luring Taliban defectors

JAWZJAN, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - When a Taliban commander defected to Islamic State in northern Afghanistan a few months ago, his men and the foreign fighters he invited in started to enslave local women and set up a bomb-making school for 300 children, officials and residents said.

OMAR Mine Museum in Kabul, Afghanistan

The OMAR Mine Museum in Kabul displays 51 of the 53 types of landmines used in Afghanistan. It also houses a variety of other military hardware from wars fought in the country in recent decades. Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. Show More Summary

Kabul Journal: In This Film About Afghan Life, the Woman Slaps Back

2 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

Roya Sadat sold her apartment, car and jewelry to make a movie that deepens the conversation on women’s rights. It’s Afghanistan’s selection for the Oscars now.

Afghan air strike kills about 20 Taliban at religious school - officials

KABUL (Reuters) - A rocket attack on an Afghan religious school killed about 20 Taliban insurgents exchanging fire with security forces, officials said on Friday, adding that no children were among the victims.

Three Georgian military personnel wounded in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - Three Georgian military personnel serving with the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan were lightly wounded when their vehicle was attacked near an airbase north of the capital Kabul, officials said.

U.S. strikes on Taliban opium labs won't work, say Afghan farmers

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - As U.S. and Afghan forces pound Taliban drug factories this week, farmers in the country's largest opium producing-province and narcotics experts say the strategy just repeats previous failed efforts to stamp out the trade.

US hits Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan under new strategy

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — American aircraft have targeted drug producing facilities in Afghanistan for the first time under a new strategy aimed at cutting off Taliban funding, the top U.S. general in the country said Monday.

U.S., Afghan forces strike opium factories to curb Taliban funds

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group's economic lifeline, officials from both countries said on Monday.

EU examines bootlegging allegations at Kabul compound

European investigators are looking into allegations that alcohol imported by the EU's diplomatic mission in Kabul was illegally sold on the city's black market, an EU spokesman confirmed on Sunday. Bottles of wine and spirits meant for...Show More Summary

Hero police officer saved 'many lives' by bear hugging suicide bomber  

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

A 'hero' Afghan police officer saved “many lives” by putting a suicide bomber in a bear hug, authorities say. Sayed Basam Pacha died when he confronted the man wearing an explosive vest in the Afghan capital of Kabul on 16 November. Show More Summary

He Grabbed a Suicide Bomber in a 'Bear Hug,' Saved Many Lives

Fourteen people were killed Thursday when an ISIS-aligned suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest outside a hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday. But many more would have died were it not for Afghan Police Lt. Sayed Basam Pacha. Pacha suspected the man was a bomber and told him to stop; when...

'The Breadwinner' is a striking and affecting animated film set in modern Kabul

In its power and its beauty, "The Breadwinner” reminds us that animation can be every bit as much of a medium for adults as it is for children. Set in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul in 2001, the waning days of Taliban rule, "The Breadwinner" does have an 11-year-old girl as its protagonist,...

Week in pictures: From Iran earthquake to Greece floods

A photo roundup of some of last week's events, including protests in Barcelona and a suicide bomb attack in Kabul.

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