Afghanistan

Afghan forces 'yet to regain control' of symbolic southern district

KABUL - Afghan forces are still battling for control of a symbolic district of southern Helmand province, the NATO forces commander told reporters, contradicting the defence ministry, after more than a week of intense fighting supported by U.S. air strikes.

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Afghan man and woman given 100 lashes in public for adultery 01 Sep 2015

KABUL - An Afghan man and woman found guilty of adultery received 100 lashes on Monday in front of a crowd who filmed their punishment, TV footage showed. 

Afghan forces regain control of a symbolic district in south 01 Sep 2015

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Afghan government forces, backed by U.S. air strikes, have regained control of a key district in volatile Helmand province after days of fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents, provincial officials said on Sunday.

Taliban say keeping leader's death secret was a military decision 31 Aug 2015

KABUL - Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most foreign troops were preparing to withdraw at the time, the group said on Monday.

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Afghan forces regain control of a symbolic district in south 30 Aug 2015

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Afghan government forces, backed by NATO air strikes, have regained control of a key district in volatile Helmand province after days of fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents, provincial officials said on Sunday.

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Refugee children, close to death, found in van in Austria 29 Aug 2015

VIENNA - Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van crammed with 26 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Austrian police said on Saturday. | Video

Three refugee children found critically ill in Austria 29 Aug 2015

VIENNA, Austria - Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van in Austria, crammed in with 23 other refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, police said on Saturday.

Hungary detains three Bulgarians, one Afghan in migrant lorry deaths 29 Aug 2015

KECSKEMET, Hungary - Three Bulgarians and an Afghan arrested in Hungary in connection with the deaths of 71 refugees found in a truck in Austria made their first appearance in court on Saturday, where they were given one month's detention to allow for an investigation.

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Afghan forces, with NATO help, attack resurgent Taliban 27 Aug 2015

LASHKAR GAH - Soldiers from the U.S.-led NATO coalition have joined an Afghan army campaign to try to stop a Taliban advance in Helmand province that has undermined hopes of a negotiated peace.

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U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Taliban grab district 26 Aug 2015

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Taliban fighters seized a district headquarters in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday despite repeated U.S. air strikes to repel them, adding to the insurgents' recent advances in a heavily fought over region of opium farms and trade routes.