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Taliban have captured Afghanistan’s second-biggest dam as fighting rages

The Taliban have captured Afghanistan’s second-biggest dam after months of fierce fighting in its former bastion of Kandahar, the group and officials said, as the US forces have begun the withdrawal of its troops from the country after 20 years. The Dahla Dam, which provides irrigation to farmers via a network of canals as well […]

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Afghanistan fights back major Taliban offence as foreign troops withdraw

Afghan government forces fought back a Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province in the last 24 hours, officials and residents said on Tuesday, as militants launched assaults around the country after a missed United States’ deadline to withdraw troops. Although the United States did not meet the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in talks with […]

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Multiple attacks kill at least 22 people in Afghanistan

At least 22 people were killed in attacks across five Afghan provinces over the past 24 hours. In capital Kabul, unknown gunmen killed four policemen, a university lecturer, and a government employee in three separate incidents, police spokesman Ferdows Faramarz said on Saturday. Two of the incidents happened on Saturday while the third one took […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban threatens to begin armed struggle if foreign troops don’t leave by May 1

The Taliban have threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops in Afghanistan if they did not meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw. If the May 1 deadline was not met, the Taliban would be “compelled to … continue its Jihad and armed struggle against foreign forces to liberate its country”, the group said in […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban warns United States of ‘reaction’ if they defy May 1 deadline for withdrawal

Taliban warns United States of a ‘reaction’ if they defy the May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan. Taliban said in a press conference in Moscow after meeting with senior Afghan government negotiators and international observers to try to jump-start a stalled peace process to end Afghanistan’s decades of […]

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Kabul: Bus ferrying Afghan government employees to work bombed, 4 dead

Four people were killed and nine wounded when a bomb hit a bus carrying Afghan government employees in Kabul on Thursday. The blast hit a bus which was rented by the Afghan Ministry of Information and Technology to transport employees, said Abdul Samad Hamid Poya, a ministry adviser. No one claimed immediate responsibility for the […]

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‘Talibanising’: Backlash forces Afghan authorities to overturn ban on girls singing in public

After facing a public backlash Afghan education officials overturned the ban on women singing in public. Schoolgirl choirs are a regular feature of official Afghan events, but when education authorities in the capital Kabul banned the participation of girls over the age of 12 and this prompted an immediate backlash. The order raised fears that […]

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Afghanistan: Three women working for TV station shot dead

Three women working for a TV station in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city were shot dead. The women, reportedly between 18-20 were killed in two separate but co-ordinated attacks. A fourth was critically hurt. Police say they arrested the lead gunman, linking him to the Taliban. The group deny any involvement. A wave of killings has rocked […]

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‘Accidental’ explosion by Taliban kills 15 children, injures 20 in Afghanistan

An explosion killed at least 15 children and wounded another 20 in the east Afghan province of Ghazni, officials said. The reason for the explosion in the Gilan district is unclear with officials saying a bomb went off in the back of a rickshaw. But local residents suggest a piece of unexploded ordnance blew up […]

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8 dead, 31 wounded after rockets HIT residential areas in Kabul

At least eight people were killed and 31 others wounded after several rockets hit residential areas in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, police said. The explosions comes two days before a major donor conference for Afghanistan in Geneva. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said at least eight civilians had been killed […]

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Car bomb attached to Afghan central bank public relations adviser explodes, killing him

A former television presenter has been killed in a blast in Afghanistan that officials have blamed on militants linked to the Taliban. Yama Siawash was an anchor on the private TV channel Tolo News and had recently started work at the country’s central bank. He and two others were killed when a bomb attached to […]

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19 dead, dozens wounded after gunmen storm Kabul University campus in Afghanistan

Gunmen attack Kabul University’s campus on Monday, killing at least 19 people and engaging in a gunfight with security forces. The attackers were targeting students and fired on them as they fled in the Afghan capital, a witness said. “They were shooting at every student they saw,” Fathullah Moradi told Reuters, saying he had managed […]