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Afghan vice president's bodyguards cooperate in abuse case


KABUL Bodyguards of Afghan Vice President Rashid Dostum who are wanted over allegations of torture and abuse of one of their boss's political rivals have turned themselves in to authorities after weeks of refusing to cooperate, officials said on Wednesday.


Security forces surround Afghan VP's house over abuse case 21 Feb 2017

KABUL Afghan security forces blocked roads and took up positions around the house of Vice President Rashid Dostum on Tuesday as a standoff flared up over accusations his men tortured one of his political opponents.

Afghan villagers flee Pakistani cross-border firing - aid group 20 Feb 2017

KABUL Hundreds of Afghan families have been displaced by cross-border rocket and artillery fire by Pakistani troops, an aid group said on Monday, as tension rose after Pakistan said militants implicated in recent attacks had taken shelter in Afghanistan.


Afghan training goes back to basics as Trump faces U.S. troop decision 20 Feb 2017

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan At a recent, at times chaotic live-fire exercise near NATO's military base in Kandahar, Romanian army Master Sergeant Liviv Sandulache's advice to the assembled Afghan officers was simple: "I don't want anybody to do any job without your command."

Islamic State fighters kill 18 Afghan soldiers in attack on outpost 17 Feb 2017

KABUL Islamic State fighters attacked an Afghan army post in the eastern border province of Nangarhar, near Pakistan, late on Thursday and killed at least 18 soldiers, a local official said.

Afghanistan gunmen kidnap 52 farmers, regional officials say 15 Feb 2017

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Gunmen in Afghanistan kidnapped 52 farmers on Wednesday, most of them members of the minority Uzbek community in the remote northern province of Jowzjan, regional officials said, but the motive for the abductions was not immediately clear.


Rights group says Pakistan has 'forced' mass Afghan refugee returns 13 Feb 2017

KABUL The number of Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan, already at the highest level in years, may increase this year if Pakistan maintains its forceful policies, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

Coalition air strikes killed 18 Afghan civilians, U.N. says 12 Feb 2017

KABUL At least 18 civilians were killed last week in air strikes by international forces in Afghanistan's Helmand province, an initial United Nations inquiry has concluded.

Suicide bomber kills 7, wounds 20 in Afghan provincial capital - official 11 Feb 2017

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan A suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 20 others outside a bank in the capital city of Afghanistan's Helmand province on Saturday, the governor's office said on Saturday.


Afghan military would support more foreign troops, official says 10 Feb 2017

KABUL The Afghan Defence Ministry welcomed on Friday suggestions by the commander of international forces in Afghanistan that more troops were needed to train Afghan security forces, who are battling to hold back a growing Taliban-led insurgency.

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