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  • Afghan hospital ‘mistakenly struck’

    October 6, 2015 | 10:08 am

    The deadly air strike that hit a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was a mistake made within the U.S. chain of command, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Tuesday.

    The strike on Saturday on an Afghan hospital run by Doctors Without Borders,...

  • Taliban condemns ‘barbarity’ of Islamic State execution video

    August 11, 2015 | 12:26 pm

    The Taliban condemned a video released this week showing what appeared to be a group of fighters belonging to the radical Islamic State movement killing a group of Afghan prisoners by blowing them up with explosives.

    The video, apparently shot in the eastern Afghan province of...

  • Three American contractors killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghan capital

    January 29, 2015 | 10:39 am

    Three American contractors were killed and a fourth was wounded by an Afghan solider at the military airport in the capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters on Thursday.

    "It is unclear yet why he shot these advisers and no one else was there to tell us the reason," the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorised to give statements to the media. "An investigation has been opened."

    The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting took place on Thursday evening.

  • Yom Kippur in Afghanistan

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    Every other morning, Army Capt. Nathan Brooks wakes up between 4 and 4:30 a.m. to go for a three-mile run before the intense heat of the Afghan desert sets in. 

    Following his daily exercise at Bagram Airfield, Brooks does two things that he said have most helped him feel...

  • Sgt. Robert Bales pleads guilty to murdering 16 Afghan civilians

    June 5, 2013 | 2:47 pm

    A U.S. Army sergeant who killed 16 Afghan civilians in cold blood last year pleaded guilty on Wednesday to premeditated murder and other charges under a deal with military prosecutors to avoid the death penalty.

    Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat...

  • Pakistani girl shot by Taliban defied threats for years

    October 10, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    A 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner shot by the Taliban had defied threats for years, believing the good work she was doing for her community was her best protection, her father said on Wednesday.

    Malala Yousufzai was shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday as she was...

  • Afghan militants say deadly blast was revenge for film

    September 18, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    Afghan militants claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a suicide bomb attack on a minivan carrying foreign workers that killed 12 people saying it was retaliation for a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad.

    A short film made with private funds in the United States and posted on the...

  • U.S. asks Afghan leaders to help keep peace after video

    September 12, 2012 | 9:23 am

    The United States embassy in Kabul appealed to Afghan leaders on Wednesday for help "maintaining calm" over the anti-Muslim video, a statement said.

    President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the video amid simmering tensions in the Afghan capital on Wednesday over the video, with many fearing it could trigger protests like those seen in Libya and Egypt.

    Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Alison Williams

  • Obama, Karzai sign U.S.-Afghan strategic pact

    May 1, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday signed a strategic partnership accord that charts the future of U.S.-Afghan relations beyond the end of the NATO combat mission in the country.

    Obama, on an unannounced visit to Kabul, acknowledged that there will...

  • U.S. soldiers grinning for picks with Afghan bomber body parts

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 18, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    The hits just keep coming for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. (And let’s not forget NATO.) The Los Angeles Times published a bombshell today: A division of U.S. paratroopers had posed with the dead body parts of bombers in numerous photographs.

    The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers...

  • Afghan peace council head Burhanuddin Rabbani killed in Kabul

    September 20, 2011 | 11:15 am

    The head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who had been tasked with trying to negotiate a political end to the war, was killed at his home on Tuesday, a senior police officer said.

    His residence is in Kabul’s heavily guarded diplomatic...