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Afghan vice president narrowly escapes death for a second time

30 Mar 2019

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Afghanistan's vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, escaped unhurt from an attack that killed one of his bodyguards on Saturday, dodging death for the second time since returning from exile last year.

After drought and floods, Afghanistan confronts critical harvest

28 Mar 2019

KABUL/MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Afghanistan's summer harvest will be one of the most critical in years, especially of wheat, its biggest cereal crop, as the country recovers from floods and the worst drought in decades, government and aid organization officials say.

Killed, orphaned, sold - Afghan war takes brutal toll on children

20 Mar 2019

KABUL/BALKH, Afghanistan After fighting forced Mohammad Khan, a villager from the northern Afghanistan province of Sar-e Pul, to move his family to the more secure province of Balkh last year, they quickly fell on harder times. | Video

Gunfight erupts in north Afghan city over police chief's appointment

14 Mar 2019

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan A gunbattle erupted on Thursday between Afghan forces and supporters of a powerful politician in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif who rejected the appointment of a new provincial police chief by President Ashraf Ghani, officials said.

Afghan police raid school Turkey says is linked Erdogan foe

26 Jan 2019

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Afghan police arrested dozens of people in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif including six Turkish teachers in a raid on a school Turkey suspects has links with President Tayyip Erdogan's arch enemy, officials and teachers said.

Families in Afghanistan's north seek shelter as Taliban ups pressure

20 Jan 2019

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Dozens of families displaced from their homes in the northern province of Sar-e Pul by Taliban pressure have arrived in the provincial capital, as the insurgents have tightened their grip around the city, residents and officials said.

Taliban threaten oil fields in northern Afghanistan

04 Jan 2019

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Taliban fighters are threatening major oil wells near the northern Afghan city of Sar-e Pul following days of fighting in which dozens of members of the security forces have been killed and wounded, officials and residents said on Friday.

Amnesty possible for Islamic State fighters surrendering in north Afghanistan-official

04 Aug 2018

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Islamic State fighters who surrendered to Afghan forces this week in the northern province of Jawzjan may be granted amnesty despite accusations of atrocities including rape and murder, officials said.

Taliban says defeats Islamic State fighters in north Afghanistan

01 Aug 2018

MAZAR-I SHARIF, Afghanistan More than 150 Islamic State fighters surrendered to Afghan security forces in the northwestern province of Jawzjan after they were defeated and driven out by the Taliban, Taliban and government officials said on Wednesday.

"Horrors that can't be told" - Afghan women report Islamic State rapes

30 Jul 2018

SHEBERGHAN, Afghanistan A mother of three from a remote area of northwestern Afghanistan remembers the day the head of a local Islamic State group came to her village, demanding money he said her husband had promised.

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