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Car bomb kills 15 Afghan cadets, trainers outside Kabul military school

KABUL A suicide attacker rammed a car full of explosives into a bus leaving Afghanistan's top military training centre in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 15 soldiers, including cadets and their trainers, officials said.

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'Unacceptably high' number of Afghans flee military training in U.S. - report 20 Oct 2017

KABUL Afghan soldiers and police brought to the United States for training go "absent without leave" at far higher rates than those of any other country, potentially imperilling efforts to assist Afghan security forces, a U.S. watchdog said on Friday.

Pakistan militant group finds likely replacement after U.S. drone kills leader 20 Oct 2017

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Senior militant commander Asad Afridi has emerged as the favourite to become the new leader of a deadly Pakistani Taliban faction, militant sources said on Friday, days after a U.S. drone strike killed the group's chief.

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CIA chief says U.S.-Canadian couple held for five years in Pakistan 19 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON The head of the CIA said on Thursday a U.S.-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan were held inside neighbouring Pakistan for five years before being freed.

U.S. drone strike kills militant whose group killed 250 in Pakistan 19 Oct 2017

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan The leader of a Pakistani militant group whose suicide bombings killed more than 250 people died on Thursday of injuries from a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the militants said.

U.S. drone kills architect of some of Pakistan's deadliest attacks 19 Oct 2017

ISLAMABAD A U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan led to the death on Thursday of Omar Khalid Khorasani, leader of the Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar that has carried out some of the country's deadliest bombings in the past two years.

Taliban kill at least 43 Afghan troops as they storm base - officials 19 Oct 2017

KABUL The Afghan Taliban stormed a military base in the south of the country killing at least 43 troops on Thursday, the Defence Ministry said, with the militants saying they had killed 60.

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Pakistan, Afghanistan in angry tangle over border fence to keep out militants 19 Oct 2017

ANGOOR ADDA, Pakistan Pakistan is betting that a pair of nine-foot chain-link fences topped with barbed wire will stop incursions by Islamist militants from Afghanistan, which opposes Islamabad's plans for a barrier along the disputed frontier.

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Taliban attacks kill at least 69 across Afghanistan 18 Oct 2017

KABUL Taliban militants struck government targets in many provinces of Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 69 people, including a senior police commander, and wounding scores of others. | Video

Suspected U.S. drone strikes kill 31 on Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier 17 Oct 2017

PARACHINAR/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Two suspected U.S. drone strikes on Tuesday killed 11 people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, following a strike a day earlier that killed 20, government and militant sources said.