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Afghan forces seek to press Taliban by targeting field commanders

13 Dec 2018

KABUL Afghan forces, backed by U.S. advisers and air power, are targeting Taliban field commanders seen as a major obstacle to possible peace talks, as they step up military pressure on the insurgents, security officials said.

Afghan peace push backed by surge in air strikes, operations

06 Dec 2018

KABUL The death last week of the Taliban's senior leader in southern Afghanistan in a U.S. air strike highlights a surge in operations amid pressure to coax the increasingly confident insurgents to accept talks to end the 17-year war.

Three U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan blast

27 Nov 2018

KABUL A roadside bomb blast killed three U.S. service members and wounded three others near the central Afghan city of Ghazni on Tuesday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said. | Video

Afghanistan prepares for election amid fraud allegations, fear of Taliban

07 Oct 2018

KABUL Najibullah, a 47 year-old shopkeeper in the main bazaar of Kabul's old city, is resisting the widespread pessimism and allegations of cheating that have hung over elections to Afghanistan's often-derided parliament this month.

Afghan Shi'ites brace for attacks ahead of Ashura celebration

19 Sep 2018

KABUL Afghan police and volunteer groups of armed civilians tightened controls across the capital Kabul on Wednesday ahead of Ashura, the holiest day of the Shi'ite Muslim calendar, following a series of attacks on Shi'ite targets by Islamic State militants.

New U.S. general arrives in Afghanistan with peace still distant

02 Sep 2018

KABUL U.S. Army General Scott Miller assumed command of NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, arriving as Washington faces growing questions over its strategy to force the Taliban into talks to end the 17-year conflict. | Video

New U.S. training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems

17 Aug 2018

CAMP DAHLKE, Afghanistan Captain Joe Fontana, a team leader with the U.S. army's 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, is part of a new unit but he is working on problems that have been stubbornly familiar to American military advisers in Afghanistan for years.

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record as suicide attacks surge

15 Jul 2018

KABUL The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan reached a record in the first half of the year, despite last month's ceasefire, with a surge in suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State, the United Nations said on Sunday.

U.S., Afghan forces clear Islamic State from eastern district

08 Jul 2018

DEH BALA, Afghanistan U.S. and Afghan Special Forces are completing an operation to clear Islamic State fighters from a remote district in Nangarhar, the eastern province where they have their main stronghold in Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.

Afghan gunships killed and wounded 107 boys and men in attack last month - U.N.

07 May 2018

KABUL Rockets and heavy machines guns fired from Afghan government helicopters killed and wounded at least 107 boys and men attending a religious ceremony near the northern city of Kunduz last month, according to a United Nations report on Monday.

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BA to resume Pakistan flights decade after hotel bombing

British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next year after a 10-year absence following an Islamist militant truck bomb that killed more than 50 people at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, the carrier and a British official said on Tuesday.