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U.S., Afghan forces strike opium factories to curb Taliban funds


KABUL U.S. and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group's economic lifeline, officials from both countries said on Monday. | Video


U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban 7:59pm GMT

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today. | Video


Suicide bomber kills nine near Afghan political meeting 16 Nov 2017

KABUL A suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital near a meeting of supporters of an influential regional leader on Thursday killed at least nine people and wounded many, the interior ministry said.

Head of Afghan election body sacked, raising doubts over 2018 ballots 15 Nov 2017

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sacked the chairman of the country's Independent Election Commission on Wednesday, raising doubts over whether parliamentary and council ballots scheduled for next year will take place as planned.

Afghans believe country headed in wrong direction, but optimism rising slightly - survey 14 Nov 2017

KABUL More than 60 percent of Afghans still believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, but signs of better governance and rebuilding has slightly lifted the national mood, according to a survey by the Asia Foundation.

Militants cross from Afghanistan, kill two Pakistani soldiers - army 13 Nov 2017

ISLAMABAD Militants have crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and killed a Pakistani army officer and a soldier, the Pakistani military said on Monday.


Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on U.S. veterans 10 Nov 2017

NEW YORK Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates this Veteran's Day are focusing on how to help victims of the crisis.

U.N. says it believes Afghanistan air strike killed civilians 09 Nov 2017

KABUL The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said at least 10 civilians may have been killed by an air strike in the northern city of Kunduz last week, despite a U.S. military investigation that found no civilian deaths.


Despite NATO pledge to increase Afghan support, troop shortfall remains - U.S. 09 Nov 2017

BRUSSELS NATO's pledge to send more troops to Afghanistan still falls short of commitments, U.S. commanders said on Thursday, concerned that fewer reinforcements could threaten the already precarious security situation in the country.

Pakistan shuts down last MSF facility in tribal areas 09 Nov 2017

ISLAMABAD Pakistan on Thursday told medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres' (MSF) to shut its last remaining facility in the impoverished tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, the health organization said.