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U.S. Marines back in Helmand as Afghanistan 'stalemate' continues

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CAMP SHORAB, Afghanistan The U.S. Marine Corps has returned to Helmand, the restive province in southern Afghanistan where it fought years of bloody battles with the Taliban, to help train Afghan forces struggling to contain the insurgency.

Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan - Pentagon 5:23am BST

WASHINGTON Two U.S. special operations forces soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday may have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Friday. | Video

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Notorious Afghan warlord calls for peace in first public speech 29 Apr 2017

MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords on Saturday called for the Taliban to stop fighting and begin negotiations.

Suspected U.S. drone strike targets Pakistani Taliban militants - sources 28 Apr 2017

(This story corrects Kamran Afridi's comments to say drone strike was in Afghanistan, not Pakistan)

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan - Pentagon 28 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON Two U.S. service members were killed during an operation against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan overnight on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump's administration looks to craft a strategy in the war-torn country.

Afghan Taliban launch spring offensive as U.S. reviews strategy 28 Apr 2017

KABUL The Taliban says its annual spring offensive will be a mix of conventional, guerrilla and suicide attacks on Afghan and foreign forces, underlining the challenges facing the U.S. administration as it weighs its options in Afghanistan.

Risk of deeper involvement as U.S. weighs its options in Afghanistan 28 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON As President Donald Trump's administration drafts an Afghanistan policy, U.S. officials are seeking a way to reverse gains by militant groups without wading deeper into a 15-year-long war that has no end in sight.

Civilian casualties decline slightly in Afghanistan - U.N. report 27 Apr 2017

KABUL Civilians casualties caused by the war in Afghanistan declined slightly in the first three months of 2017, the United Nations said on Thursday, a rare drop that officials attributed mostly to residents fleeing areas of fighting.

India, Afghanistan gave help to Pakistani Taliban, says group's ex-spokesman 26 Apr 2017

KARACHI, Pakistan Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies gave funds and other assistance to Pakistani Taliban militants to fight Islamabad, the group's former spokesman, who surrendered last week, said in a video released by Pakistan's military on Wednesday.

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Base attack another blow to struggling Afghan military 25 Apr 2017

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Samad always worried that something might happen to his brother, Shah Mohammad, a three-year veteran of the Afghan army, even though his job was to train soldiers, not to fight.

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