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Kidnapped Pakistani diplomatic staff recovered in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD Afghan security forces on Wednesday recovered two Pakistani diplomatic officials who were kidnapped in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangahar, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.


As U.S. weighs Afghan strategy, hopes set on fledgling Air Force 25 Jul 2017

(In July 23 story, corrects reference to A-29 Super Tucano in para 7. The aircraft are built in the U.S. under an agreement between their Brazilian manufacturer, Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corp)


Mattis bristles at Pentagon waste of $28 mln on Afghan uniforms 24 Jul 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has criticized Pentagon officials for wasting as much as $28 million by making a questionable choice of forest camouflage-patterned uniforms for Afghan National Army soldiers.

Son of Afghan Taliban leader dies carrying out suicide attack 22 Jul 2017

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The son of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada died on Thursday carrying out a suicide attack in the province of Helmand in southern Afghanistan, one of the insurgent movement's main spokesmen said.

MSF reopens first Kunduz clinic since deadly hospital air strike in 2015 22 Jul 2017

KABUL Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) reopened a small medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Saturday, their first facility there since the American airstrikes that destroyed a hospital in 2015.

U.S. air strike kills Afghan forces in friendly-fire incident 21 Jul 2017

WASHINGTON/LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan A U.S. air strike killed an unknown number of Afghan security personnel in a so-called "friendly fire" incident in the southern province of Helmand on Friday, the U.S. military said, as fighting in the area has intensified over recent days.


Number of terrorist attacks globally dropped in 2016 - U.S. government 19 Jul 2017

WASHINGTON The number of terrorist attacks worldwide and deaths from such attacks dropped in 2016 for the second straight year, driven by decreases in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

Plane believed to carry Afghan vice president diverted from landing 18 Jul 2017

KABUL A private jet, which Afghan officials suspected was bringing back embattled Vice President Rashid Dostum from Turkey, was turned away when it tried to land in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, officials said on Tuesday


As Washington ponders Afghan mission, Marines toil in Helmand 18 Jul 2017

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan While Washington works on plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, U.S. forces on the ground are grappling with building an army in the middle of a war their commanders say is locked in stalemate.

Afghan forces retake district in southern province of Helmand 17 Jul 2017

KABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. air strikes have retaken a southern district from the Taliban as part of a drive to weaken the insurgents' hold on Helmand province and push them back from around its capital, Lashkar Gah, officials said on Monday.