Afghanistan

Afghan special forces raid medical aid group MSF's hospital

KUNDUZ - Afghan special forces raided a hospital run by medical aid group Médecins Sans Frontières in northern Afghanistan, in search of a suspected Al Qaeda operative being treated there, a commander of the elite force said on Thursday.

Afghan court commutes death sentences in woman's mob killing 1:43pm BST

KABUL - An appeals court in Afghanistan's capital has set aside death sentences for four men convicted in the mob killing of a woman accused of burning a Koran, media and a judge said Thursday.

Fighting between Afghan, Pakistani forces on border kills one 01 Jul 2015

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Border clashes between Pakistani and Afghan security forces broke out on Wednesday morning, officials said, killing at least one person and potentially undermining efforts by both sides to improve relations.

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Afghanistan and U.N. agency agree on police funding plan 29 Jun 2015

KABUL - Afghanistan and the United Nations have reached agreement to transfer to Kabul's control a controversial multi-billion dollar fund intended to rebuild the police force and pay officers, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) said on Monday.

U.S. raid on Afghan weapons cache incites protests 29 Jun 2015

KABUL - U.S. forces conducted a raid to destroy a cache of weapons north of Kabul early on Monday morning, a U.S. army spokesman said, giving rare details of unilateral activity in Afghanistan.

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Exclusive - In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic State loyalists gain ground 29 Jun 2015

SURKH DEWAL, Afghanistan - Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability.

U.S. air strikes target militants near border in east Afghanistan 28 Jun 2015

KABUL - U.S. military air strikes have targeted militants who were threatening international coalition forces near the border in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. forces spokesman said on Sunday.

U.N. drug body warns of more heroin deaths on record Afghan supply 26 Jun 2015

VIENNA - The U.N. drug body warned on Friday that record poppy output in Afghanistan will translate into a spike in heroin-induced deaths, with death rates already rising in Britain and the United States.

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NATO to assess Afghan fighting season before deciding on mission's future 25 Jun 2015

BRUSSELS - NATO will decide how quickly to scale back its mission to train Afghan security forces after judging how well they perform in this summer's "fighting season", the alliance's chief said on Thursday.

Uzbekistan burns Afghan drugs seized en route to Russia, Europe 25 Jun 2015

TASHKENT - Drug enforcement officers in Uzbekistan burnt 1.4 tonnes of drugs on Thursday, as Central Asia's most populous nation fights to stem the flow of narcotics from neighbouring Afghanistan to Russia and further on to Europe.