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Bomb kills 6 in northwest Pakistan

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:44 PM

Pakistani militant umbrella group Tehreek-e-Taliban claime responsibility for the explosion which killed a local government officer and 5 tribal police

Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Trump discards his previous criticism of the 16 year old war as a waste of time and money admitting things looked different from behind the desk in the Oval Office

POLICY ADDRESS. US President Donald Trump speaks during his address to the nation from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on August 21, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Kandahar base

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:42 PM

The terrorists attacked an army camp in Karzali area of Khakrez district of Kandahar last night Ministry of Defense spokesman General Dawlat Waziri says

At least 35 killed in Taliban attack on central Afghan hospital – presidency

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:33 PM

When the Taliban entered the hospital they killed 35 all civilians spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi says without specifying if they were patients or staff This is a cruel crime against humanity

70 villagers kidnapped in Afghanistan, at least 7 killed – police

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:49 AM

The police accuse the Taliban of the kidnappings but it is not clear why the villagers were targeted

5 dead as Taliban storm police base in Afghanistan

Jun 18, 2017 - 11:20 PM

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claims responsibility for the attack on the base in the center of the city of Gardez

Afghan policemen gather at the site of a suicide bombing attack on the police headquarters in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, on June 18, 2017. At least five Afghan policemen were killed and 15 people injured in the suicide bomb and gun attack by Taliban insurgents on June 18, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / FARID ZAHIR

Afghan leader issues ultimatum to Taliban as bombing toll tops 150

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED The president made a strong plea for security at an international peace conference on Afghanistan attended by around two dozen countries

FINAL WARNING. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (C) delivers his speech at an international peace conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 6, 2017. Shah Marai/AFP

13 dead as Taliban car bomber hits CIA-funded Afghan militia

May 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM

UPDATED Provincial police chief Faizullah Ghairat says members of the elite Khost Provincial Force were the target of the attack

Afghan Taliban announce start of 'spring offensive'

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:29 AM

UPDATED The annual spring offensive normally marks the start of the fighting season though this winter the Taliban continued to battle government forces

Over 100 killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan military base – gov't

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Afghan defense minister releases a statement on the attack

Afghan capital attack toll jumps to 16 – health ministry

Mar 01, 2017 - 10:38 PM

UPDATED The Taliban claims both assaults with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid calling them martyrdom attacks in a Twitter message

7 killed as 3 suicide bombers attack Pakistan court

Feb 21, 2017 - 4:49 PM

3rd UPDATE One bomber was briefly on the loose inside the busy complex in the Tangi area of Charsadda district but was killed by police some 20 minutes after the attack began officials say

IMF concerned over Afghanistan refugee influx

Jan 28, 2017 - 6:41 PM

An additional 2 5 million refugees and internally displaced people are expected to follow over the next year and a half

WAITING. An Afghan refugee child waits with her family to update their family data at the UNHCR Verification Center in Chamkani, on the outskirts of Peshawar on January 26, 2017. More than 380,000 registered Afghan refugees returned from Pakistan in 2016. Photo by Abdul Majeed/Rappler

Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghan civilians – officials

Jan 15, 2017 - 6:38 PM

The interior minister of Afghanistan blames enemies of peace and stability over the incident

American-Canadian couple, children appear in Taliban hostage video

Dec 20, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman had two sons after being kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012 during a backpacking trip

KIDNAPPED. In a video shared by the SITE Intelligence group, Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman are shown with their two sons. Photo from the SITE Intelligence group

Gunmen kill 5 female airport workers in Afghanistan

Dec 17, 2016 - 2:57 PM

No group has claimed responsibility of the incident but Afghan women have long been at risk from Taliban group and other insurgents

AIRPORT INCIDENT. Five airport female airport workers were gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan.

6 dead, dozens wounded as Afghan Taliban strike German consulate

Nov 11, 2016 - 11:49 PM

The suicide attacker rammed his explosives laden car into the wall of the German consulate local police chief Sayed Kamal Sadat says

ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN. An Afghan security personnel inspects the site of an attack targeting the German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif on November 11, 2016. Photo by Farshad Usyan/ AFP

Afghan forces flushing Taliban out of Kunduz

Oct 04, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Officials said some fighting was still going on in the outskirts of the strategic northern city but that its centre had been cleared of insurgents

Afghan city of Kunduz under Taliban attack

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:16 PM

UPDATED The attack comes just over a year after the Taliban overran the city the only provincial capital to have fallen into their hands since they were ousted from power in 2001

Suicide bomber kills 20 at mosque in NW Pakistan – official

Sep 16, 2016 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED The bombing takes place in the village of Butmaina in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the army has been fighting against Taliban militants

Kabul charity attacked as toll from violence hits 25

Sep 06, 2016 - 1:02 PM

UPDATED The assault on a charity called Pamlarena began late Monday September 5 with a massive explosion just hours after a brazen Taliban double bombing near the defense ministry

Afghan district falls to Taliban – officials

Aug 20, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Khan Abad district east of Kunduz city falls to Taliban after the militants launched a pre dawn attack on the district center

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Aug 09, 2016 - 11:48 AM

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Pakistan to execute 12 'hardcore terrorists' – army

Jul 15, 2016 - 12:03 AM

Attacks on law enforcement agencies and schools are among the heinous offenses reportedly committed by the men

New Taliban leader tells US to end Afghan 'occupation' in first message

Jul 02, 2016 - 3:49 PM

This is Taliban leader Maulawi Haibatullah Akhundzada s first message since its appointment as the militant group s supreme leader in May

This undated handout photograph released by the Afghan Taliban on May 25, 2016 shows, according to the Afghan Taliban, the new Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada posing for a photograph at an undisclosed location. The Afghan Taliban on May 25 announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new chief, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Kabul to investigate child sex slavery fueling insider attacks

Jun 28, 2016 - 1:35 PM

The probe comes after the revelation that Taliban are using child sex slaves to launch deadly insider attacks

In this photograph taken on April 28, 2016, Afghan police commander Seddiqullah, 30, (L) sits alongside his subordinates as he speaks during an interview at a checkpoint in Tarin Kot, capital of southern Uruzgan province. Seddiqullah voiced concern about Taliban insider attacks carried out by child sex slaves. Photo by Rateb Noori/ AFP

Lukisan pilu anak-anak pencari suaka

Jun 21, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Kegelisahan anak anak pengungsi ditumpahkan dalam lukisan lukisan dengan gambar yang menyayat hati

PELUKIS DAN FEMINIS. Sadaf Mudaber, 18 tahun, pencari suaka asal Afghanistan bersama lukisannya yang mengangkat isu kekerasan terhadap perempuan (gambar perempuan berkerudung merah). Foto oleh Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Nepali guards among at least 23 killed in Afghanistan attacks

Jun 20, 2016 - 10:55 AM

4th UPDATE A Taliban spokesman claims responsibility for the attack saying it is against the forces of aggression

epa05378762 Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, 20 June 2016. According to reports a mini-bus carrying foreign workers were attacked by a suicide bomb attacker killing at least 20 people and inuring several others. EPA/HEDAYATULLAH AMID

Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Bacha bazi is not widely seen as homosexual behavior popularly demonized as a deviant sexual act prohibited in Islam and is largely accepted as a cultural practice

In this photograph taken on April 28, 2016, Afghan police commander Seddiqullah, 30, (L) sits alongside his subordinates as he speaks during an interview at a checkpoint in Tarin Kot, capital of southern Uruzgan province. Seddiqullah voiced concern about Taliban insider attacks carried out by child sex slaves. Photo by Rateb Noori/ AFP

Tributes for US, Afghan journalists killed by Taliban

Jun 07, 2016 - 8:23 AM

David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna were killedJune 5 while they were traveling with an Afghan army unit near the town of Marja in the province of Helmand

A handout image released 06 June by NPR showing NPR photojournalist David Gilkey (R) and interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna (L) in Afghanistan, June 2, 2016. Monika Evstatieva/NPR/Handout/EPA

6 killed as Taliban bombers raid Afghan courthouse

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:09 PM

The interior ministry says 5 civilians and a policeman are killed in the 30 minute assault

AFGHANISTAN ATTACK. Afghan security officials secure the scene of an attack by the Taliban at local courts in Ghazni, Afghanistan June 1, 2016. Photo by Sayed Mustafa/EPA

Brother of slain Taliban chief's driver presses charges against US

May 30, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Mohammad Qasim says his brother who worked for a car rental company is an innocent man

epa05323632 A frame grab from a video made available on 22 May 2016 shows a close up of the wreckage of a vehicle at the alleged scene of a drone strike site that killed Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, in the Ahmad Wal area of Balochistan in Pakistan. Dawlat Waziri, Afgan Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed to the reporters that Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed in Balochistan province of Pakistan. Mullah Akhtar Mansoor took over the command of Taliban after the reports of Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Omar's death. EPA/STR

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after deadly drone strike

May 25, 2016 - 1:14 PM

UPDATED Sirajuddin Haqqani an implacable foe of US forces and Mullah Yakoub the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar are also appointed his deputies

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May 23, 2016 - 8:55 PM

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Obama hails Taliban leader's killing as insurgents seek successor

May 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED It is my responsibility as commander in chief not to stand by but to make sure we send a strong signal to the Taliban and others says US President Barack Obama

epa05324553 US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during a press conference at the International Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, 23 May 2016. US President Barack Obama visits Vietnam for the first time from 23 to 25 May 2016, making him the third US President to visit the South East Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. During the first day of his visit Obama announced that the US will lift its arms embargo on weapon sales to Vietnam. EPA/LUONG THAI LINH / POOL

Afghanistan declares Taliban leader dead in US drone attack

May 22, 2016 - 2:53 PM

UPDATE The apparent elimination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is a potential blow to the resurgent militant movement

Taliban leader Mansour 'likely killed' in US drone strike

May 22, 2016 - 9:38 AM

Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been part of the Taliban movement from its start in the 1990s and has effectively been in charge since 2013

This handout file photo released by the Afghan Taliban in December 2015, which was taken on a mobile phone in mid-2014 is said to show Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour posing for a photograph at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Photo from Afghan Taliban/ AFP

Shrinking US presence in Afghanistan creates security concerns – report

Apr 29, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Since local Afghan National Defense and Security Forces assumed responsibility for their country s security taking over from NATO forces at the start of 2015 US troop numbers have dropped to 9 800

US FORCES. In this file photo, New Commander of Resolute Support forces and United States forces in Afghanistan, US Army General John Nicholson (C) attend during a change of command ceremony in Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2016.  File photo by Rahmat Gul/EPA

Pakistani Taliban claim killing of minority minister

Apr 23, 2016 - 3:11 PM

The Pakistani Taliban claim the killing of a provincial minister for minority affairs who was shot dead in a restive northwestern district

64 killed in Taliban's deadliest Kabul attack since 2001

Apr 19, 2016 - 1:54 PM

7th UPDATE We will avenge every drop of Afghan blood says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

epa05266514 Afghan security officials inspect the site of a suicide bomb blast that targeted the premises of the Ministry of Defense, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 19 April 2016. A huge explosion rocked Kabul as Taliban militants attacked the Afghan Ministry of Defense days after they announced their spring offensive. EPA/HEDAYATULLAH AMID

Afghan child casualties soar as urban warfare escalates – UN

Apr 17, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan says 161 children were killed and 449 others injured in the first quarter of 2016 alone

epa04570810 An internally displaced Afghan child who is vulnerable to winters, stands outside a temporary shelter in Herat, Afghanistan, 20 January 2015. Afghanistan is already experiencing a harsh winter season with temperatures falling well below freezing in most parts of the country. EPA/JALIL REZAYEE

Afghan Taliban announce start of 'spring offensive'

Apr 12, 2016 - 2:54 PM

The spring offensive starts even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table to end their drawn out conflict

Kerry makes unannounced visit to Kabul to support unity gov't

Apr 09, 2016 - 9:39 PM

UPDATED Kerry calls on the Taliban to enter into a peace process a legitimate process that brings an end to violence

SURPRISE VISIT. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani speak at the start of their bilateral commission talks at Char Chinar Palace in Kabul on April 9, 2016. Jonathan Ernst/Pool/AFP

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Apr 05, 2016 - 12:32 PM

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Google removes Afghan Taliban smartphone app

Apr 05, 2016 - 12:24 AM

The Taliban launches their foray into smartphone apps with a Pashto language app called Alemarah giving access to propaganda statements and videos The app is shuttered less than a day after launching on the Google Play Store

GOOGLE. Google's updated logo on their campus in Mountain View, California, USA, October 30, 2015. File photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Pakistan detains over 200 as militants taunt PM over Easter blast

Mar 29, 2016 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED Thousands are searched and interrogated in raids across Punjab province with around 216 of them detained

An handout picture released by the Pakistan Press Information Department (PID) on March 28, 2016, shows Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the nation at his office in Islamabad. Pakistan's army launched raids and arrested suspects after a Taliban suicide bomber targeting Christians over Easter killed 72 people including many children in a park crowded with families. / AFP / PAKISTAN PRESS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PAKISTAN PRESS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT / HANDOUT - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Mar 28, 2016 - 7:24 PM

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Taliban claims Pakistan bombing, 'Christians target'

Mar 28, 2016 - 1:59 PM

The hardline Jamaat ul Ahrar faction of the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan says they will carry out more such attacks vowing to target schools and colleges alongside government and military interests

ANGUISH. Relatives of the victims of a suicide bomb blast cry outside a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, March 27, 2016. Rahat Dar/EPA

TIMELINE: Deadliest insurgent attacks in Pakistan

Mar 28, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Here is a list of major attacks by militant groups including the Pakistani Taliban since 2007

AFTERMATH. Pakistani security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Lahore, Pakistan, March 27, 2016. Rahat Dar/EPA

Blast kills 13 as Pakistani Taliban avenge executed Islamist

Mar 07, 2016 - 5:58 PM

The Pakistani Taliban s Jamat ul Ahrar faction says it avenged the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri

epa05198932 An unidentified relative of one of the victims of the suicide bomb attack, reacts after his loved one was killed, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, 07 March 2016. At least thirteen people were killed on 07 March in a bombing in Pakistan's north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, police said. The bombing targeted a local court in the Shabqadar area of Charsadda district during rush hour, local police officer Jahangir Abdul Sattar said. "Seven people including three women and one police official were killed in the bombing," he said. EPA/ARSHAD ARBAB