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"Donald Trump flops over his pink and white baby walker and rolls it around his family's modest home in Kabul, blissfully unaware..."

"... of the turmoil his 'infidel' name is causing in the deeply conservative Muslim country. The rosy-cheeked toddler's parents named him after the billionaire US President in the hope of replicating his success. But now he is at the centre of a social media firestorm in Afghanistan after a photo of hit ID papers was posted on Facebook.... Show More Summary

Afghan Taliban renew call for dialogue with U.S. to end war

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban urged the United States on Monday to begin talks to end almost 17 years of war in Afghanistan, adding to a series of signals that suggest a greater willingness to explore options for dialogue.

The Latest: Official: 18 soldiers killed in west Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on bombing in Afghanistan capital and other violence (all times local):

Nearly two dozen Afghan soldiers killed in multiple attacks

At least 23 killed in separate attacks in Kabul's diplomatic area and country's Farah and Helmand provinces.

Afghanistan's ArtLords daub walls with messages of defiance, hope

KABUL (Reuters) - Activists in Afghanistan are speaking out against corruption and spreading messages of peace and social justice with murals, many painted on concrete blast walls that have risen to ward off militant bombs.

Polar Music Prize 2018 Goes To Afghanistan's National Institute Of Music

"Dr. [Ahmad] Sarmast founded ANIM in Kabul in 2010 in response to that country's civil war destruction of centuries of rich musical tradition. In the 1980s the pop music and film industries were thriving in Afghanistan, with hundreds of ensembles and a national radio orchestra playing Western and Afghan musical instruments. Between 1996 and 2001, […]

War wounds: the endless agony of Afghan civilians

"If committing suicide was not a sin I would have already killed myself," says Mohammad Alem. For 20 months, the Afghan father has been largely bedridden, paralysed in a suicide attack in Kabul. Alem, a Supreme Court employee, was traveling with colleagues in a minibus to neighbouring Wardak province when the bomber appeared. Show More Summary

More than 10,000 Afghan civilians killed or wounded last year, U.N. says

KABUL (Reuters) - More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in violence last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, with militant bombings the main cause while air strikes by U.S. and government forces inflicted a rising toll.

Taliban letter addresses 'American people,' urges talks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a rambling nearly 3,000-word letter issued Wednesday, the Taliban urged the "American people" to press their government to withdraw from Afghanistan, reminding them that the Afghan war is the longest conflict in which they have been embroiled — and at a cost of "trillions of dollars."

The Taliban Wants Americans to Persuade Donald Trump to Make Peace

The demand comes after two major Taliban attacks in Kabul that left 150 civilians dead.

Afghan Taliban say they want to solve war through dialogue

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban said on Wednesday they want to end Afghanistan's war through dialogue but warned that their willingness to find peace did not mean they were exhausted and that their armed campaign would be sustained no matter how powerful the U.S. opposition.

Afghan army shake-up to push out old guard in fight against Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani plans to retire more than 2,000 army generals and other senior officers, aiming to bring new blood into the military's top ranks to battle a resilient Taliban insurgency, officials sai...

The Major Flaws in Afghanistan's Intelligence War

Javid Ahmad Security, Middle East The United States needs an honest reassessment of Afghanistan’s defense capabilities as it ramps up its combat-training role. As the dust settles after the latest string of ghastly bombings in KabulShow More Summary

Kabul purges Mujahdeen and Soviet-era army generals

Ghani Government to retire over 2,000 high-ranking military officers in the next 2 years, under controversial plan.

Afghan official: Chinese, Uzbek IS militants killed in raid

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Joint U.S. and Afghan air raids targeted the Islamic State group in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan province, while in northeastern Badakshan province U.S. fighter jets pounded Taliban camps that were providing support to militant Turkic Muslim Uighurs who seek independence from China, a U.S.-led coalition statement said Thursday.

What are Kabul Attacks Signaling?

In January, Kabul endured three deadly attacks. On January 20, the Taliban stormed Kabul’s InterContinental Hotel, killing 30 people (mainly foreigners) in a siege that lasted 14 hours. A week later, Taliban militants drove an ambulance...Show More Summary

U.S. forces in Afghanistan attack anti-China militants

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. forces in Afghanistan have attacked networks of anti-China militants in action likely to please Beijing which had called for Western cooperation in its fight against the group it says wants to split off its Xinjiang region.

Who is an Afghan? Row over ID cards fuels ethnic tension

KABUL (Reuters) - A multi-million dollar plan to issue new electronic identity cards ahead of elections in Afghanistan has stirred heated debate and ethnic animosity, raising political tension just as the country faces a stepped-up campaign of Taliban attacks.

Tougher U.S. strategy brings Afghan gains, but peace or victory look remote

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A more aggressive U.S. strategy in Afghanistan has put the Taliban on the back foot, soldiers and police say, but bloody recent attacks in Kabul show the insurgency remains potent and a prolonged stalemate looms.

Afghans seeking justice pin hopes on Hague court investigation

KABUL (Reuters) - Thousands of Afghans are hoping for justice from the International Criminal Court (ICC) with Islamist militants, the government and U.S.-led forces all expected to be the subject of investigations, and possibly, trials.

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