Afghanistan

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan war reach new high in 2014 - U.N.

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KABUL - At least 3,188 Afghan civilians have been killed in the intensifying war with the Taliban in 2014, making it the deadliest year on record for non-combatants, the United Nations said on Friday.

Pakistani military says it kills 32 militants in ambush 19 Dec 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Pakistani army said it has killed 59 militants in clashes in the northwest, including 32 in an ambush in a remote valley near the Afghan border, in intensified fighting since this week's Taliban massacre of children at a school. | Video

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Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school 18 Dec 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle an increasingly aggressive Taliban insurgency. | Video

Book Talk: War on Afghan frontline, by a female soldier 18 Dec 2014

KABUL - Chantelle Taylor is a former combat medic who fought in one of Britain's bloodiest battles in Afghanistan and wrote about her experience as a rare woman on the front line.

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Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school 17 Dec 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle an increasingly aggressive Taliban insurgency. | Video

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Pakistan seeks help from Afghans after school massacre 17 Dec 2014

KABUL - Pakistan's army chief and the head of its main intelligence agency flew to neighbouring Afghanistan on Wednesday to seek help in battling the militants behind this week's school massacre in Pakistan in which 145 people were killed.

Taliban fighters mount offensive near Afghan border with Pakistan 16 Dec 2014

ASADABAD, Afghanistan - Taliban fighters killed at least five Afghan soldiers in a three-day offensive in a region near Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday, as fighting heats up on both sides of the border during the withdrawal of most foreign troops from Afghanistan.

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Afghan army halts transport for soldiers after wave of bus bombs 16 Dec 2014

KABUL - Afghanistan's army has stopped taking soldiers to and from work in the capital, deeming it too dangerous after a string of bomb attacks on buses carrying soldiers killed more than a dozen of them, an official said on Tuesday.

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Angry Afghan president vows security shake-up after Taliban attacks surge 14 Dec 2014

KABUL - Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani vowed to shake up security in the capital Kabul in an angry speech on Sunday and denounced a recent surge in Taliban attacks on civilian and military targets as "un-Islamic". In recent weeks, Afghanistan has seen waves of suicide bombings and commando-style assaults by the Islamist insurgents, who are seeking to make territorial gains and to spread uncertainty as most foreign troops withdraw this month.

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Dozens killed in Afghan fighting as foreign troops head home 13 Dec 2014

KABUL - The Afghan Taliban killed a Supreme Court official, a dozen mine clearers and several national and foreign soldiers but also suffered heavy losses from intensifying violence ahead of the withdrawal of most international troops in the next two weeks. | Video