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Ticket to rot for fruit stranded without flights in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Afghanistan's plans to fly shipments from southern fruit growers to India have gone awry, leaving tons of grapes and melons to rot as officials scramble to add flights, while trading blame for the delays.


Afghan police discover mass graves after village attack 1:27am BST

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Afghan police have discovered mass grave containing the bodies of at least 36 victims of a recent militant attack on a village, officials said on Wednesday.


Afghan Taliban warns Trump against sending in more troops 16 Aug 2017

KABUL The Taliban told U.S. President Donald Trump in an open letter on Tuesday that the military situation in Afghanistan was "far worse than you realize", and sending in more troops would be self-destructive. | Video


War room 2.0? U.S. Air Force upgrades Middle East command centre 16 Aug 2017

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar With its wall-sized screens simultaneously showing America's air wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, this war room at the heart of America's biggest military campaigns is already something of a technological marvel.

Three aid workers killed in Afghanistan - officials 15 Aug 2017

KABUL Three Afghan aid workers employed by Catholic Relief Services were gunned down and killed in central Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

In Iran, Islamic State seeks to fan militancy among minorities 15 Aug 2017

LONDON/DUBAI Islamic State is seeking to radicalise disaffected ethnic minorities in majority Shi'ite Iran to encourage attacks intended to avenge Tehran's offensive against the group across the Middle East.

Senior Islamic State commanders killed in Afghanistan air strike - U.S. military 13 Aug 2017

KABUL Several senior members of Islamic State's central Asian affiliate were killed in a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

Taliban, ISIS cooperated on Afghan village attack-rights group 11 Aug 2017

KABUL The Afghan Taliban and Islamic State attacked a village in the northern province of Sar-e Pul this week, killing between 50-60 people, a leading Afghan human rights group said on Friday.


Transgender military personnel sue Trump over service ban 09 Aug 2017

Five transgender members of the U.S. military including Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans sued President Donald Trump on Wednesday, challenging his ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces.

Afghan Taliban release villagers held after attack 09 Aug 2017

SAR-E PUL, Afghanistan The Taliban released 235 villagers held after the insurgents captured a village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, but the government faced growing pressure over why it had taken so long for security forces to arrive in the area.