Afghanistan

Pentagon dossier to detail secretive U.S. Afghan detainee policy

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WASHINGTON - Some of them have been locked up for a dozen years. Some are suspected fighters from Yemen, Russia or Pakistan, arrested by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere. Several have been linked to al Qaeda.

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Exclusive - U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troops 22 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces - as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say.

Taliban negotiator released in UAE, returns to Kabul - peace body 21 Apr 2014

KABUL - A top Afghan peace negotiator held under house arrest in the United Arab Emirates has been released and returned to Kabul, an Afghan peace council official said on Monday, seemingly closing the door on a peace track favoured by President Hamid Karzai.

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Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential vote - latest count 20 Apr 2014

KABUL - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.

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Special Report - How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse 19 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War.

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Special Report - How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse 18 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War.

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Radical cleric promoted jihad from London mosque, U.S. jury told 18 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - From his perch as a prominent imam at a north London mosque, Abu Hamza al-Masri sent devoted followers around the world - from Oregon to Afghanistan - to pursue violent jihad against non-believers, a federal prosecutor told jurors in New York on Thursday. | Video

Taliban negotiator under house arrest in UAE, says Afghanistan 17 Apr 2014

KABUL - A leading Taliban peace negotiator has been placed under house arrest in the United Arab Emirates, officials said on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Hamid Karzai's efforts to jump-start a nascent Afghan peace process before leaving office.

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Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage 16 Apr 2014

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home.

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Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage 16 Apr 2014

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home.