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Taliban release drone footage of suicide attack

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Afghanistan's Taliban have released drone footage showing a suicide bomber driving a Humvee into a police base in Helmand province and blowing it up this month. | Video


NATO trains Afghan troops to make air strikes more accurate 21 Oct 2016

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan NATO forces have begun a new programme to train Afghan soldiers to pinpoint ground targets for aircraft flying overhead, hoping that it will help stem militant advances in recent months and reverse a sharp rise in civilian casualties.

Nepal lifts ban on allowing migrant workers to Afghanistan 20 Oct 2016

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nepal will allow its nationals to go to war-torn Afghanistan for work, a labour ministry official said on Thursday, ending an almost four-month ban imposed after 13 Nepali security guards were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in the Afghan capital.

Gunman kills two American advisers, wounds three in Afghan capital 19 Oct 2016

KABUL A gunman, reportedly in an Afghan army uniform, shot dead two American advisers and wounded three on Wednesday near a base outside the Afghan capital before being killed himself, officials said.

Mental illness casts shadow over Afghans struggling to cope with decades of war 19 Oct 2016

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When psychiatrist Ghulam Sarwar Sakha first met a 23-year-old woman who had been studying in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz when it was stormed by the Taliban last year, the trainee teacher could not drown out the voices in her head.

Afghan troops causing more civilian casualties, U.N. says 19 Oct 2016

KABUL Afghan civilians are paying the price for increased fighting in populated areas around the country, the United Nations reported on Wednesday, with government troops responsible for a growing share of civilian casualties.


Teen migrants head to UK as French court upholds 'Jungle' closure 18 Oct 2016

CALAIS/LILLE, France France transferred another dozen mostly Afghan teenagers to Britain on Tuesday as efforts to rehouse the most vulnerable migrants of the "Jungle" camp in northern France accelerated ahead of its demolition. | Video


Some Taliban officials say secret Afghan peace talks held in Qatar 18 Oct 2016

ISLAMABAD Two Taliban officials said on Tuesday that the militant movement held informal, secret peace talks with the Afghan government earlier this month in Qatar, but a Taliban spokesman denied they took place.

Afghan troops blunt Taliban offensive outside Helmand capital, officials say 17 Oct 2016

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Afghan government troops say they have fought Taliban forces to a standstill outside the capital of southern Helmand province, but the city remains surrounded after the insurgents launched one of their most brazen offensives.

Taliban fighters ambush, kill dozens of retreating Afghan troops 13 Oct 2016

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Taliban militants ambushed and killed around 100 Afghan police and soldiers earlier this week as they tried to retreat, the heaviest losses suffered by government forces during months of fierce clashes near the capital of southern Helmand province.