Afghanistan

Obama widens post-2014 combat role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON/KABUL - President Barack Obama has approved plans to give U.S. military commanders a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month, a senior administration official said.

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Obama approves fresh guidelines for U.S. military in Afghanistan 22 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has approved plans giving U.S. military commanders broader authority in helping Afghanistan forces repel Taliban fighters after U.S. and NATO combat operations formally end in December, a senior administration official said.

U.S. releases Guantanamo prisoner to Saudi Arabia 22 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - A Saudi inmate held for 12 years at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on suspicion of fighting in Afghanistan for al Qaeda has been transferred to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Defence Department said on Saturday.

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Obama signs order expanding U.S. Afghanistan role - New York Times 22 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a broader military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

U.S. drone strike kills six suspected militants in northwest Pakistan - officials 21 Nov 2014

PESHAWAR Pakistan - A U.S. drone strike killed six suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan, security officials said on Friday, as al Qaeda said two members of the group had been killed in a previous strike.

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Taliban suicide bombers die in attack on international zone in Kabul 20 Nov 2014

KABUL - Four Afghan Taliban suicide bombers died when a group of the militants tried to storm an international zone in Kabul on Wednesday in the latest high-profile assault aimed at foreign targets in Afghanistan.

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Taliban suicide bombers die in attack international zone in Kabul 19 Nov 2014

KABUL - Four Afghan Taliban suicide bombers died when a group of the militants tried to storm an international zone in Kabul on Wednesday in the latest high-profile assault aimed at foreign targets in Afghanistan.

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Truck bomb kills two in attack on foreign base in Kabul 18 Nov 2014

KABUL - A truck bomb ripped through the outer perimeter of a foreign security compound in Afghanistan's capital early on Tuesday, killing two Afghan security guards and wounding a foreigner, police and security sources said. | Video

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Female Afghan MP says 'prayers' saved her from bomb attack 16 Nov 2014

KABUL - An outspoken female Afghan lawmaker survived a suicide bombing attack on her vehicle on Sunday, suffering slight wounds, but three civilian bystanders were killed, a police spokesman said. | Video

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Pakistan prime minister pledges support for new Afghan president 15 Nov 2014

ISLAMABAD - Looking to overcome years of mistrust and hostility between their two nations, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, promised on Saturday to boost security and trade ties.