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U.S. drone strike kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan, United Nations says

KABUL At least 15 civilians were killed and 13 wounded in a U.S. unmanned aircraft strike in eastern Afghanistan, the United Nations said, calling for an independent investigation into the incident.

U.S. expects donors to pledge $3 billion a year for Afghanistan 29 Sep 2016

WASHINGTON An international conference is expected to pledge over $3 billion (£2.3 billion) a year in development support for Afghanistan next week but funds will be dependent on reforms and countering corruption, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.


U.S. may consider lifting sanctions on Afghan warlord - official 29 Sep 2016

KABUL The United States may consider lifting sanctions on one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords after a peace accord was signed in the Afghan capital on Thursday, a U.S. official said.


Taliban leaders watched U.S. presidential debate, blast 'non-serious' Trump 28 Sep 2016

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Taliban leaders followed the U.S. presidential debate closely but heard nothing on Afghanistan, a spokesman said on Wednesday, adding that they were not impressed by Republican candidate Donald Trump, whom they considered "non-serious".


Mother, brother of NYC bomb suspect held in Afghanistan - report 28 Sep 2016

NEW YORK The mother and a brother of New York City bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami have been detained in Afghanistan after trying to return to the United States and being taken off a flight, the suspect's father told ABC News.

U.S. strike on Islamic State in Afghanistan kills 21, maybe some civilians 28 Sep 2016

JALALABAD, Afghanistan A suspected U.S. drone strike against Islamic State in Afghanistan killed at least 21 people on Wednesday, most of them militants but possibly including some civilians, Afghan officials said.


China to build outposts for Tajik guards on Tajikistan-Afghanistan border 26 Sep 2016

DUSHANBE China plans to finance and build several outposts and other facilities to beef up Tajikistan's defence capabilities along its border with Afghanistan, the Tajik government said on Monday.


Afghan peace deal with warlord an 'encouraging' step - U.S. general 23 Sep 2016

WASHINGTON The Afghan government's peace deal with a notorious Islamist warlord is an "encouraging" step in the effort to resolve the country's conflict, the commander of U.S.-led international forces in Afghanistan said on Friday.


Accused N.Y. bomber's wife back; lawyer seeks access to suspect 22 Sep 2016

NEW YORK The wife of the Afghan-born U.S. citizen charged in last weekend's bombings in New York City and New Jersey has returned to the United States, a law enforcement official said on Thursday, as a defence lawyer pressed to get access to the accused man.


Violent past revisited as Afghanistan initials accord with notorious warlord 22 Sep 2016

KABUL Afghan officials initialled a peace deal on Thursday with a party led by one of the country's most notorious Islamist warlords, a move that inspired both hope and fear as it dredged up tension dating back decades.