Afghanistan

Afghans arrest commander of group that claimed killing Swedish journalist

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(This version of the story clarifies that the Swedish mission will pass on details of investigation, not has passed on, in paragraph eight.)

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Afghan air force ascent slow, imperilling battle with Taliban 25 Jan 2015

KABUL - Afghanistan's armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed "flying tractors", to bolster their air power. | Video

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Insight - Disenchanted militants in South Asia eye Islamic State with envy 21 Jan 2015

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Splits within the Taliban, and doubts over whether its elusive leader is even alive, are driving a growing number of militant commanders in Afghanistan and Pakistan towards Islamic State (IS) for inspiration.

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Afghan parliament rejects cabinet nominees over dual citizenship 21 Jan 2015

KABUL - Afghanistan's parliament said on Wednesday it will not confirm seven out of 25 nominees to a long-awaited cabinet because they hold dual citizenship, another obstacle to President Ashraf Ghani forming a government after nearly four months in office.

Two Yemenis charged in U.S. court over alleged al Qaeda link 20 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - Two Yemeni men were charged in the United States with working with al Qaeda and conspiring to attack U.S. military forces in Afghanistan in 2008, according to a complaint unsealed on Tuesday.

Man goes on trial in Germany for helping attack on Syrian jail 20 Jan 2015

MUNICH, Germany - A German man of Afghan descent went on trial on Tuesday charged with being a member of a terrorist organisation and an accomplice to murder in Syria after participating in a jihadist attack on a prison in Aleppo.

Dutch court blocks extradition to U.S. over torture concerns 20 Jan 2015

AMSTERDAM - A Dutch court on Tuesday blocked the extradition of a man accused of having fought against U.S. troops in Afghanistan, saying it could not be ruled out that the CIA had been involved in his torture after his arrest in Pakistan.

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Afghan leader in cabinet setback as nominee quits, others in doubt 19 Jan 2015

KABUL - The Afghan president's bid to form a cabinet nearly four months after taking office ran into fresh trouble on Monday after his candidate for finance minister withdrew and doubt was cast over as many as 11 nominees believed to hold dual citizenship.

Afghan Cabinet nominee wanted by Interpol for tax evasion 18 Jan 2015

KABUL - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's nominee for agriculture minister in his new Cabinet is on an Interpol wanted list for tax evasion in Estonia, a fact Ghani's spokesman said was unknown to his office at the time of his nomination.

Afghan cabinet nominee wanted by Interpol for tax evasion 17 Jan 2015

KABUL - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's nominee for agriculture minister in the new cabinet is on an Interpol wanted list for tax evasion in Estonia, a fact Ghani's spokesman said was unknown to his office at the time of his nomination.